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Fascism should more
properly be called corporatism since it is
the merger of
state and corporate power

-Benito Mussolini

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"Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government."
-Thomas Jefferson

Kirk over at American Amnesia has posted his interview with Benjamin DeMott, give it a read. You may have read his piece on junk politics in Harpers, as I did and appreciate his trenchant analysis. His book "Junk Politics" is on my reading list.

No computer access til Monday. EP makes a great portal...


Neocon Richard Perle has resigned from the Defense Policy Board, ending 17 years there. Perle claims he doesn't want his outspoken radical neocon call for endless war and American Empire reflecting back on the Bush Administration.

17 years. That is through the Clinton administration. Take a look at the board members histories- how big is the difference between a Democrat and a Republican? The board members seem happy serving which ever branch of the center-right UniParty is in power.

So you are asking, "What is the Defense Policy Board?"
According to its charter, the board was set up in 1985 to provide the Secretary of Defense ?with independent, informed advice and opinion concerning major matters of defense policy.? The members are selected by and report to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy?currently Douglas Feith, a former Reagan administration official. All members are approved by the Secretary of Defense. The board?s quarterly meetings?normally held over a two-day period?are classified, and each session?s proceedings are summarized for the Defense Secretary. The board does not write reports or vote on issues. Feith, according to the charter, can call additional meetings if required. Notices of the meetings are filed at least 15 days before they are held in the Federal Register.

The above quote is from an article from The Center For Public Integrity telling about Defense Policy Board members with conflicts of interest. The Center for Cooperative Research gives more background on board members affiliations and histories.

A bit of background on Perle from William Hartung.

Hartung will be speaking at The Socialist Scholars Conference at Cooper Union. The Conference will be on March 12 through 14.



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