This video is of an Iraq War Protest – Seattle, USA, in 2003.
From British daily The Morning Star:
A weak-kneed theory
(Sunday 22 July 2007)
Globalisation, Democracy and Terrorism by Eric Hobsbawm
(Little, Brown, £17.99)
LEFT WANTING: Globalisation, Democracy and Terrorism by Eric Hobsbawm.
JOHN MOORE sees historian Eric Hobsbawm’s take on imperialism, war and terrorism as a weaker replacement for his old spot-on analyses.
In his survey of the prospects for war and peace in the 21st century, Eric Hobsbawm compresses his material expertly, in his usual clear, temperate style, with thought-provoking ideas.
The flows of immigrants, a consequence of globalisation, are likened to Marx’s reserve army of unemployed, which keeps wages down.
He condemns the Iraq war and relegates terrorism from “threat to our way of life” to the category of serious public order problem. He says that the rhetoric of the so-called war against terror is “designed to make the flesh of our citizens creep” and to excuse the invasion.
Hobsbawm realises that intervention by a state in another’s territory is rarely justified … But behind the cover of armed invasion in defence of human rights hides a state acting to pursue its own interests. …
Once upon a time, Hobsbawm would have seen the roots of imperialism in monopoly capitalism, with an inbuilt drive to overseas expansion. Now he sees them embedded in the backward central mass of the US population, inward-looking compared with the more advanced, cosmopolitan people of the east and west coasts.
What of the future? Hobsbawm hopes for “enlightened self-interest and education” in the US. Perhaps this weak-kneed message will be heard in the White House and the Pentagon.
Hobsbawm and debates about the strength of the British labour movement: here.