The Politico-economic Context of Sovereignty by Chip Berlet

Originally a comment on my post below The World System: Sovereignty in Context, this post comes from Chip Berlet, former Senior Research Analyst at Political Research Associates, who is also one of the foremost experts on far right-wing extremist groups. It continues the discussion on sovereignty on the umiverse:

While I agree with both the economic and political analysis of Umiʻs post, the actual practice of sovereignty is complex, and very much related to how elites manage financial and monetary policies to defend the state in some of its aspects while looting other states and even the state in which they are technically based. The rise of a trans-national corporate elite complicates this even more.

Two major forces are doing battle in the current election cycle. Neoliberal trans-national imperialist elites versus business nationalist unilaterialist elites. Most of the advisors to whom President Obama is listening are in the former, as is Mitt Romney. Obama is moderate liberal supporting neoliberal trans-national corporate and financial services power while Romney is a moderate conservative supporting neoliberal trans-national corporate and financial services power.

The right-wing of the Republican Party is composed of a pack of business nationalist unilateralist elites who are willing to use naked racism and xenophobia to garner votes—in a coalition with social traditionalists who want to police gender roles and defend heteropatriarchy.

Chip Berlet

Depending on which faction has power, there are shifts in terms of how U.S. sovereignty is performed. How money is allowed to cross borders, how people are allowed to cross borders, and how the state is allowed to cross borders to enforce so-called “state interests” all are in a constant fluctuating tension.

See Arnie Saiki’s and Kyle Kajihiro’s responses here to my original post, What is Sovereignty?

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  1. “Two major forces are doing battle in the current election cycle. Neoliberal trans-national imperialist elites versus business nationalist unilaterialist elites.” True, however, is it worth arguing that the “neoliberal transnational imperialist” is a functioning regime that actually exists in the world as we know it, while the “business nationalist unilateralist” is some imaginary national obsessive perversion based on some kind of John Galt fantasy. Unfortunately this John Galt manifestation is beginning to evolve the same way that Scientology has evolved into a religion… Maybe that’s why this election cycle is so weird– BNU is more religion than policy.

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