AIPAC – The Israel Lobby Exposed

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2007 – For many years now American foreign policy has been characterized by the strong tie between the United States and Israel. Does the United States in fact keep Israel on its feet? And how long will it continue to do so? In March 2006 the American political scientists John Mearsheimer (University of Chicago) and Steve Walt (Harvard) published the controversial article ‘The Israel Lobby and US foreign policy.’ In it they state that it is not, or no longer, expedient for the US to support and protect present-day Israel. The documentary sheds light on both parties involved in the discussion: those who wish to maintain the strong tie between the US and Israel, and those who were critical of it and not infrequently became ‘victims’ of the lobby. The question arises to what extend the pro-Israel lobby ultimately determines the military and political importance of Israel itself. Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson (Colin Powell’s former chief-of-staff) explains how the lobby’s influence affects the decision-making structure in the White House.
With political scientist John Mearsheimer, neocon Richard Perle, lobby organization AIPAC, televangelist John Hagee, historian Tony Judt, Human Rights Watch director Kenneth Roth, colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, Democrat Earl Hilliard, Israeli peace negotiator Daniel Levy and investigative journalist Michael Massing.

 

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Not Business As Usual

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2014 – Not Business As Usual is a provocative look at capitalism and its unintended price of success. The film tracks the changing landscape of business with the rising tide of conscious capitalism through the stories of local entrepreneurs who have found innovative ways to bring humanity back into business.

 

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  • As you get into this video-businesses should be this way, giving up front-helping employees and customers-being out there-making a better world-capitalism is making a better world no about greed.

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    While I agree with the specific messages portrayed in this film (stewardship of the environment and social responsibility), I hope that people recognize the prevailing ideology behind this film. Simply put, it reeks of Marxism-Leninism 2.0. In my opinion, it’s films like this that have earned Greens the nickname “Watermelons” (Green on the outside, red in the middle).

    Let’s not get too caught up on the ideas presented on the surface of this film, because I think we can all agree on those things. It is the prevailing ideology behind the causes which is much more surreptitious, insidious, and ultimately dangerous for liberty and the rule of law.

    Marxism-Leninism presumes that nature (and by extension, commerce) is fundamentally flawed, and thus man must step in, usually in the form of a state acting on behalf of its ruling class who know what is “right” for the collective, in order to prevent society from drifting into chaos. In all practicality, Marxist-Leninist ideology can be most easily recognized when the argument is made that the state must intervene in natural processes such as commerce, by way of statutory regulation, in order to curb bad behavior. This seems reasonable, except that anyone familiar with Machiavelli is aware of how the state masquerades as the dispenser of justice, while in actuality serving the interests of those with money and power. This is why more government never seems to effectively eradicate the corruption that we all sense lurking beneath the surface.

    I realize that taking the state out of regulating commerce sounds a lot like laissez-fair capitalism, however, it couldn’t be further from the truth.There is one thing that laissez-fair capitalism lacks that Adam Smith and most libertarians have fundamentally come to understand, and that is that the rule of law is the most important premise in a truly free and just society, and provided it is firmly in place, a complex web of regulations are not necessary in order to effective curb bad behavior.

    The rule of law does not mean rule by statutory law, which essentially amounts to rule by written decree. Instead, it is rule by those few laws which have generally been observed by all civilized societies throughout history. These laws can be seen as natural law, and it is the observance of these laws and their limitations which determine the legitimacy of a government, or any other institution within a society for that matter. More importantly, due to the “less is more” nature of law, a society which observes natural law is much more capable of dealing with those who deviate from the boundaries of what is acceptable.

    If you wish to measure the legitimacy of any public institution, corporate or civil, then consider its observance of one’s birth right. Your birth right is simply your right to life, liberty, and to pursue your own happiness without restriction. You gained this birth right by virtue of your humanity. It means that you are entitled to unlimited freedom, so long as you don’t interfere with the birth right of any other human being. In this regard, acting in bad faith in commerce, including harming the environment, is an infringement on the birthrights of all those affected. This is how natural law works.

    So in short, yes to natural law, no to increased regulation. Every regulation has a loop hole, and it is not meant to benefit you or I or the environment. If you agree with the values expressed on the surface of this film, I encourage you to research natural law, common law, and liberty, because it is in these subjects that you will find remedy for the issues which plague us today.

    Marxism-Leninism is, at its core, a repugnant and malignant ideology, whereas natural law is simply an observance of the natural boundaries of acceptable human behavior. And let’s not forget that ideology prevails where common sense and reason break down. So for the these reasons, I’m giving this film one star.

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