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Prof. Mel Gurtov: « It’s time for a Reset in US-Saudi Relations. »

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Professor Mel Gurtov. DR.

Mohsen Abdelmoumen: You mentioned in one of your articles the non compliance with the War Powers Resolution by successive American presidents. Does the president of the United States decide alone, including in military interventions abroad? Can we still speak of a democracy in the United States when institutions such as the Congress do not weigh in the decision?

Prof. Mel Gurtov: When it comes to major decisions on war and peace, the US practice, regardless of administration, has been that a small circle of presidential advisers, mostly civilians rather than military, make the decisions. This circumstance is probably true everywhere, and certainly does not qualify as democracy. Lire la suite »

Norman Pollack: « If one had to choose between Clinton and Trump, Americans would be best advised to move to Canada ».

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Prof. Norman Pollack. DR.

Mohsen Abdelmoumen: Is the capitalist system compatible with life?

Norman Pollack: I think not, not as a reflex-action, but because the commodity structure, which is the salience of capitalism, is the source of alienation. Human beings are reduced to commodities, valued—if at all—for their exchange value. The characteristic impulse or query under capitalism is, what’s in it for me? There is no intrinsic respect for others; in fact others become no more than means to the satisfaction of one’s own ends. The classic statement of this analysis is Marx’s Economic-Philosophical Manuscript of 1844, and an excellent statement built on that is Fritz Pappenheim, The Alienation of Modern Man. Lire la suite »