How’s this for a left-right combination? James Petras, America’s leading leftist sociologist, and Pat Buchanan, the top conservative commentator of the past half-century, will join me to throw some hard punches at the treasonous financier elite that is running our great nation, and our world, into the ground.
First hour: James Petras, Bartle Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Binghamton University, is the author of 62 books published in 29 languages, and over 600 articles. A cautious 9/11 skeptic, Dr. Petras is the author of the underground bestseller The Power of Israel in the United States (read Steve Lendman’s review.) His latest article compares Argentina’s brilliant and successful defiance of the international bankers, and subsequent full-blown recovery from its economic crisis, to the USA’s craven capitulation and stagnation.
Second hour: Patrick J. Buchanan‘s stature as America’s leading conservative commentator has only risen during the ongoing neocon attempt to redefine “conservative” as “trotskyite nazi.” His latest book Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025? is a scintillating jeremiad that mixes formidable erudition with soaring rhetoric. While I don’t agree with all of his views, I find Buchanan compulsively readable and, more often than not, right on the proverbial money. His strongest point: A certain financier elite is quite literally dismantling what remains of the United States of America by spending us into the ground while shipping American jobs and manufacturing overseas under the auspices of a phantasmagoric hallucination known as “free trade” or “globalization” – euphemisms for the New World Order’s endgame of all-out planetary plunder. And while I think he over-emphasizes his conservative take on the culture wars, embraces a rosily mythological view of US history, fails to register the full, horrific import of the neocon annihilation of the Constitution, and likes nationalism and tribalism better than I do, I love Buchanan’s politically-incorrect eloquence, his acknowledgment of the crucial role of religious values, and his passionate defense of a nation that we both agree is falling apart.