Weberian social scientists will often say that capitalism isn’t rational. On the other hand, political economists on the left understand that capital is rational, that those who govern are rational, have intentionality, and develop their strategies accordingly.

That’s why it would be a good idea to reread the 20th century and study how (and why) capitalist corporations collaborated with Hitler and Mussolini and their expansionist project.

Almost 100 years later, we can see the same expansionist logic – and the same terrorist practices – being deployed by the USA. This isn’t new, but it’s becoming more obvious.

The empire’s objective is to exterminate populations and cultures. What they are doing now is not too different from what Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy did: corporations are allying with the fascist axis to further their rational interests.

So, to answer your question, a global reconfiguration is underway, but the terrorist character of empire is nothing new.,f_auto,q_auto:best/newscms/2015_27/1099776/150630-kabul-car-blast-jpo-558a.jpg?w=696&ssl=1

A new global consciousness of the cruelty of the NATO project is emerging. There isn’t such a thing as the “American way of life.” In its place, we find expansion and devastation.

There is no life and no humanity in their project. In other words, the imperial drive to destroy life is visible everywhere you look.

In the current scenario, I argue that there is no Global South or “periphery.” Instead, there are pueblos and governments that understand that their interests are incompatible with those of the USA.

The non-aligned countries know that the battleground is not so much between the worker and the capitalist, but between survival and extermination.

This doesn’t mean that the current battleground is not class-based as well, but the key is located in the survival of peoples, their nation-states, their cultures, and the protection of their resources.

Right now the battleground is not so much capitalism versus socialism, but between an empire of mercenaries and the peoples of the world.

Many countries desire an alternative and the global correlation of forces is beginning to change. That’s why Venezuela allies itself with countries that respect its sovereignty such as China and Russia.

The US empire wages wars against peoples in the name of freedom and liberty… but its objective is just the opposite!

There are governments in this loose bloc that may not declare themselves communist but they respect the sovereignty and culture of other nations. Those are our allies.

This takes us to the South American presidents’ summit that took place this May in Brazil, renewing prospects for continental integration and the reactivation of UNASUR, an institution that had been dormant for years.

Does this point to a South-South realignment in the region?

We should cast our lot with UNASUR, but we should pay attention as it gets reactivated to make sure that it remains true to its original principles, which are of a piece with Chávez’s geopolitical strategy.

That strategy included initiatives such as ALBA, Petrocaribe, and the defeat of [former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso’s plans for Mercosur.

Cardoso’s plan was about economic convergence or integration but didn’t really break away from the precepts of the Alliance for Progress.

In fact, Chávez didn’t base his proposal on the convergence of economies, but rather on the need to overcome weak multilateral institutions that are easily penetrated by US interests.

President Nicolás Maduro did well at the Brasilia summit. He talked about regional integration, and he kept the idea of UNASUR as a true union in the discussion. That idea was being challenged by other participants.

From where we are, this makes all the difference: union of the pueblos, integration of our economies, and full respect for each other’s borders and sovereignty.

The issue of the borders is altogether relevant because there are regional multilateral instances such as IIRSA [Initiative for the Integration of Regional South American Infrastructure] promoted by Cardoso himself that have attempted to redraw borders.

In fact, in the Venezuelan case, the country’s map was chopped into two!

Why do I talk so much about Cardoso, a former president of Brazil? Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva has an alliance with Cardoso and Celso Amorim, the ideologue behind Cardoso’s “map,” is also an adviser to Lula.

If their influence on Lula and UNASUR is felt, UNASUR won’t be the instrument we need.

At the end of the day, the important thing is for there to be a space where the pueblos and their governments can deliberate on their own and not with the tutelage that expresses itself in IIRSA or direct interventionism along the lines of Plan Puebla-Panamá [Mesoamerica Project].

The existing UNASUR charter preamble is beautiful because it centers both unity and integration; it talks about development but it also talks about liberty and sovereignty.

It sketches a framework where the continent’s pueblos can be free and respect each other’s territories. That’s why some years ago, when the governments of Brazil and Colombia were cooking up plans to invade Venezuela, they had to get out of UNASUR.

The language of the preamble of UNASUR’s charter must be maintained. Colombia’s Gustavo Petro proposed that it be called an association and not a union.

What is that? We don’t want to be business associates with our partners in the region! Our aim is much more ambitious.

Let’s stay firm and push for integration and union. If we are able to do this, UNASUR will be a powerful tool against the uni-polar interests of the US empire.

Venezuela Today / ABC Flash Point News 2023.

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11-06-23 11:44

Well that’s palpable-logical and truthful a change from the constant American lies & propaganda.