The Ruling Class confesses

Things go better with Coke?

"the most beautiful sight that we see is the child at labor; as early as he may get at labor, the most beautiful, the most useful does his life get to be."

--Asa Candler, founder of Coca-cola company (cited in *Capital Crimes* by George Winslow p117)

Bill Clinton comes clean

"...Today, we have about 4 percent of the world's people. We enjoy about 22 percent of the world's income. It is pretty much elemental math that we can't continue to do that unless we sell something to the other 96 percent of the people that inhabit this increasingly interconnected planet of ours."

From the remarks by U.S. President Bill Clinton to farmers, students from the Seattle-Tacoma area who study trade, and area officials, at the Weyerhauser Facility, Transit Shed - Terminal 5, The Port of Seattle, Washington. December 1, 1999.

George Kennan's candid admission

From Policy Planning Study 23, written by George Kennan for the State Department planning staff in 1948:

"we have about 50% of the world's wealth, but only 6.3% of its population....In this situation, we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity....To do so, we will have to dispense with all sentimentality and day-dreaming; and our attention will have to be concentrated everywhere on our immediate national objectives....We should cease to talk about vague and...unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of the living standards, and democratization. The day is not far off when we are going to have to deal in straight power concepts. The less we are then hampered by idealistic slogans, the better."

Winston Churchill describing Great Britain in 1904

"a party of great vested interests, banded together in a formidable confederation, corruption at home, aggression to cover it up abroad...sentiment by the bucketful, patriotism by the imperial pint, the open hand at the public exchequer, the open door at the public-house, dear food for the millions, cheap labour for the millionaire."

cited by Lewis Lapham in the March 2002 Harper's

Dwight Eisenhower's candid admission

Press Conference with Dwight Eisenhower, April 7, 1954

Q: Would you mind commenting on the strategic importance of Indochina to the free world?

A: First of all, you have the specific value of a locality in its production of materials the world needs.

Then you have the possibility that many human beings pass under a dictatorship that is inimical to the free world.

Finally, you have broader considerations that might follow what you call the "falling domino" principle...

Now, with respect to the first one, two of the items from this particular area that the world uses are tin and tungsten. They are very important. There are others, of course, the rubber plantations and so on...

Thatcherite agrees with Marx?

"Rising unemployment was a very desirable way of reducing the strength of the working classes.... What was engineered--in a Marxist sense--was a crisis in capitalism which re-created a reserve army of labor, and has allowed the capitalists to make high profits ever since."

--Alan Bud, chief economic advisor to Margaret Thatcher

(The source is an article by Christian Parenti in The Baffler.)

Defense Secretary explains imperialism

Cohen: No 'Superpower Fatigue' Secretary Says U.S. Military Presence Promotes Stability

By Stephen Trimble Staff Writer

WASHINGTON (May 24, 2000) -- Defense Secretary William Cohen, rebutting recent critiques of U.S. foreign policy, vowed to preserve the military's strong presence overseas.

Addressing a U.S. Chamber of Commerce crowd here, Cohen said other countries are starting to ask whether U.S. leaders are showing signs of "superpower fatigue." That is, some critics claim that 50 years of bearing worldwide leadership have begun to weaken the government's resolve abroad.

For example, some lawmakers threatened to order U.S. troops to withdraw from peacekeeping efforts in Kosovo by next July, defying Cohen's claims that troops may be needed there for years longer.

But Cohen reminded the audience that 100,000 U.S. troops remain stationed in Europe and an equal number stands guard in Asia, including nearly 40,000 soldiers in South Korea. Another roughly 25,000 troops stand watch in the Persian Gulf region, he said.

"Does this sound like a nation suffering from superpower fatigue?" he asked. "We cannot rest on our laurels and, indeed, our lasers."

Cohen also cited an economic reason for maintaining America's superpower role.

"Business follows the flag," he said. "Where there is stability and security, there is likely to be investment."