Quite a few people I know work in building big things for big companies and are simultaneously suffused with pro-American rantings about foreigners, communism, and occasionally Martin Luther King and other communist troublemakers.
This is all well and good because I believed it all when I as growing up. Every word. America was the bastion of freedom, against everything evil and wrong in the world. Everyone else was a bully, America was the valiant truth fighter making everything right and proper, defending freedom and democracy.
Now, did I read a bunch of communist crap in college, or fall in love with a communist woman or something like that? No.
I read things like Alexander Solzhenytsin, Harry Wu, Luba Brezhneva, etc. These are books written by people describing what it was actually like to live in tyrranical states like the Soviet Union or China. Now, I don't know why the goddamn hell our schools teach us Aldous Huxley, Ray Bradbury, Margaret Atwood, George Orwell, etc, when these people are all MAKING SHIT UP. We have REAL PEOPLE who lived through things that are LOTS WORSE than these 'dystopian' authors could ever dream up.
Now, I take all this knowledge of why the Soviet system is evil. Communism is evil. (Also, fascism was evil). If that is all true then we, America, must fight this system, as our military and industry has been doing for generations. Except it hasn't. It's all been a lie.
The Industry of America SUPPORTED HITLER. Including Henry Ford. That is OK, that was a long time ago right?
Fine, how about right now, 2003. Surely nowdays American military and industrial might, filled to the brim with the ranks of the '100% americanism' red blooded no-bullshit workers and soldiers and ex-soldiers who will die for the constitution, surely these people will never sell us out, or go against their words, or their ideals which they have pounded into me since I was about 5 years old, telling me why we had to go to war.
In fact, they have. Go into any American store, the bigger and more capitalist and more American, the better. You will see 'Made in China' all over the place. Go talk to people working on big construction projects. Chances are good they are doing it for the Chinese government. A COMMUNIST DICTATORSHIP, let me remind you. In China, there are no national elections, there are no labor unions, there is no freedom of speech, no freedom of religion, and there is no right to bear arms either. In China, both wings of our beloved pro-America nutbags would be in jail together. Anti-abortion christians and radical feminists would be sitting in the same cells with gun-nuts and anti-globalization protestors .
And yet, the most gung-ho red blooded John Wayne worshipping segment of our population: The blue collar construction trades, the high tech aerospace, manufacturing, refining, metallurgy, machine tools, plastics manufacturing, chemists, etc, are all working under the control of the Chinese Communist government.
Now I don't mean to red bait. The Chinese government is filled with closet reformists, like the one who leaked much of what became the "Tiananmen Papers". Even the stupidest uptight control-freak zealot like Deng Xiaoping or Li Peng had in their hearts good wishes for the development of the Nation and at least a partial understanding that opening up was a good thing. I doubt the average Chinese person cares much about politics any more than the average American, they just want to raise their kids and do their job and have some fun once in a while.
But Jane Chu is not who the American military industrial elites are helping. These same people who brainwashed us into spending hundreds of billions of dollars on everything from decade-late bombers we almost never use to crouching under our desks during a nuclear holocaust, are now making their living, buying their gazebos and tuxedos and fake leather bomber jackets, by selling themselves out to a communist dictatorship government.
Now of course they will argue, 'well we are helping the Chinese people to liberalize'. Why does that strike me as odd, for a group that made themselves wealthy and powerful during our entire cold war by 'helping' the American People, to now be getting even more wealthy and powerful by 'helping' the Chinese People. If I was sniffing around, like any reasonbly intelligent person will be doing after the Enron/Worldcom/Internet bullshit bubble finally woke people up to how crooked our elites are, (and the savings and loan before that, and etc etc), then I might say to myself "Hey wait a goddamn minute, no matter what happens you scallawags always seem to come out rich, even if you go backwards 100% on your ideals you claim to hold".
And that is why I am a pinko liberal and why I don't work for a big fancy "defense contractor" or "fortune 500 manufacturing firm" or whatever. I just can't stand all those gung ho shit brains telling me how 'brave' and 'honorable' they are and the US military is, when they would sell themselves out for a few thousand bucks to whichever ideology/state is paying them the most money. That is why when liberals say 'womens rights or civil rights movements protect democracy, not the military industrial people' , I listen to them, and I believe them. . . . beacuse the military industrial people never have given a shit about social issues, like spreading democracy within our borders, and they probably never will.
But why is this? Where do these people's actions come from? Their philosophy is simple: They are forced to do everything. Even if they have a million dollars in the bank and own 3 companies, they feel 'forced' to sell themselves out to the highest bidder. Scientists, engineers, business people, even some academics, whatever, they all throw up their arms and say 'I can't do anything, I am forced to capitulate and do what I am told'. And yet these people are the people who raised me to worship some guy in a trench dying for his beliefs in some shit hole 15,000 miles away from home, while his family waited wondering if he were dead or not. And they sell out their ideals for a few thousand dollars and their fancy cars and their job security. Convinced me over and over and over that building guns and bombs and weapons is necessary because we are defending democracy and freedom, and yet they sell it out for a rolex watch in the next heartbeat.
Seems more likely to me that these people get a hard on from technology, and will use whatever excuse they can find to get money from anyone who will let them build it. In one minute they will say 'Technology is neutral and amoral so it is not my fault what it is used for'. In the next minute, they will say 'Technology is positive for society, thats why we need more students in engineering school, that's why we need more funding, etc.' You can't have it both ways. Maybe if you had taken a few philosophy courses instead of making fun of the 'fluffs' and 'zoids' you would realize there is something called 'total and complete logical inconsistency', and that is what your arguments about technology and society are filled with. And that is why you will go to your grave forever hateful and bitter that the world 'didn't understand science/technology': it understood it very damn well, and it realized that the 20th century military/industrial/corporate/statist version of science and technology is completely inconsistent and full of lies and bullshit, and therefore stupid and wrong.
There is this thing called freedom, and it is not about some girl buying candy or tucking kids in at night. It is freedom where you can decide what you do in life, and who you help, and where your work goes, and what it is used for. It is saying you can quit, it is saying no I won't help you do things that are morally wrong. It is having control of your own life, not selling it out to some manager or bureaucrat or whatever because you are 'forced to'. If that is what all those people died for, then why don't you practice it? If you worship bravery and defying death, then what is so scary about telling off some guy in a suit?
And that is why I am a no good pinko liberal.