Scott Horton Interviews Justin Raimondo

Scott Horton, August 13, 2009

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Justin Raimondo, editorial director of Antiwar.com, discusses the Democratic antiwar activists who rolled over for Obama, the insanity of the “clear, hold, build” strategy in Afghanistan, the rise of neoliberal think-tanks, the dependence of foreign policy on domestic constituencies, the U.S. pursuit of Central Asian oil routes and how a viable pro-peace, pro-liberty movement is decades away from fruition.

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Justin Raimondo is the editorial director of Antiwar.com. He is the author of An Enemy of the State: The Life of Murray N. Rothbard (Prometheus Books, 2000), Reclaiming the American Right: The Lost Legacy of the Conservative Movement (ISI, 2008), and Into the Bosnian Quagmire: The Case Against U.S. Intervention in the Balkans (1996).    He is a contributing editor for The American Conservative, a senior fellow at the Randolph Bourne Institute, and an adjunct scholar with the Ludwig von Mises Institute. He writes frequently for Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture.

19 Responses to “Justin Raimondo”

  1. Greenwald has been critical of Obama but Mr. Raimondo is right, Greenwald has not written anything about Af-Pak or the war.

  2. Kill for Uncle Sam or Clean Up the Environment, it's a win/win for the Empire.

  3. "how a viable pro-peace, pro-liberty movement is decades away from fruition."
    AAAHHHH!! I want peace and liberty NOW!

  4. Why do Scott and Justin persist in referring to US Democrats as "left"? From a Eruropean perspective, US Demoicrats are "far right" and "Republicans" are "extreme right". Between them they have taken fascism far beyond Mussolinni's aspirations.

  5. then we need to get to work!!

  6. Oh, where to begin? How about – congratulations on 1,000 articles! As a progressive green who opposes Obama's foreign policy, I can assure you that we are not silent, we have been silenced. During the Bush administration, we were a useful tool to be used by Democrats, in their attempt to regain power. Our voices and writings found their way into the mainstream media. Jeremy Scahill made this point clear in his recent interview with Scott.

    Stop fixating on MSNBC. It is owned by GE, a defense contractor, health care company, major consumer lender, what do you expect? The best that can be said of MSNBC is that it has become for Obama what FOX was for Bush – a propaganda tool.

    Energy independence is absolutely critical to the future economic prosperity of America and the ending of it's financially unsustainable empire. The gradual economic decline of America began in 1970 when it became an importer of oil. Not only does importing oil create a trade deficit, which hurts economic growth, it also causes U.S. corporations to use the U.S. military to engage in resource wars. It is the cause of the rise of Islamic fundamentalism.

  7. [...] The Silence of the Lefties Justin Raimondo interviewed by Scott Horton [...]

  8. Good post Greendaworld, another hard lefty here with no love for the complicit Dims. :(

  9. If you don't believe the Left has been critical of Obama, just look at Common Dreams any day of the week. It is disappointing that we haven't been more militant about the wars and occupations, but that stopped long before Obama got there. The Cheney administration made it all seem so irrelevant by ignoring the demonstrations. Far too few people were ready to take it to a higher level of resistance, which would have been necessary to get any attention.
    Raimondo's snide insinuations about the Left "rolling over for Obama," is his usual prejudice. The Dems who have rolled over (most of the party) were never "Left." The few Lefties in the party – (e.g. Kucinich, Woolsey, Lee, maybe Feingold) are as antiwar as they have ever been.

  10. I find the tone of Justin Raimondo rather grating. He speaks with such a condescending voice as if to say the poor smucks out there who haven't got enough sense to agree with my every word will just have to remain out in the cold.
    I do not say this to be mean but think that if he wants to get the attention of the listener he should re-play the interview and lend an objective ear, not to what he is saying but to the manner in which he is saying it.
    People do not like to be talked down to.

  11. I have a question for Druthers. Why are you acting like such a pussy?
    Raimondo's "tone" is utterly irrelevant where war & peace is concerned. It is the content of his words that matters. His words hurt because they're true, not because of a condescending tone.

  12. Scott, you should DEFINITELY get Glenn Greenwald on asap to answer Justin's quite credible allegations. I don't think that Glenn is puposively avoiding Afganistan, but I would very much like to hear a discussion between you two about the relationship between the anti-war movement and Obama's war machine. VERY GOOD discussion.

    My politics are hard-left, btw, but I find antiwar.com to be an essential resource for a credible discussion about foriegn policy. I try as hard as I can to turn my other lefty marxist buddies onto you guys but they just can't get past the libertarian thing. I understand where they are coming from, but in this case, its their loss.

  13. Abosutamente ! World citizenry sees fascist amerika for what it is- an Imperialistic force of murder and environmental destruction !
    paz, pedro guevara, Mexico

  14. timsgolf
    I fail to see how you can think tone is irrelevant in communiciation, which is the object of an interview, whether it be about war and peace or any other subject. If the object is to attract listeners to the message or information then delivery is very important.
    I do not find that his words hurt; they inform, with facts and his opinion. He is a journatlist here and wants people to hear or read what he has to say. otherwise he would just keep a private diary. An egg is an egg but there is a difference between a fried egg and an omelet in the presentation.
    Perhaps I should have emailed him directly rather than posting here. I consider this nothing more than friendly criticism. Sorry if you are offended.

  15. "Energy independence" is a term that you don't want to use too often. "The Power that be" despise such terms. You might find yourself visited by (how the song goes? "Strangers in the night"). It meant less profit for them. They rigged elections(including the presidential) to stop it. They started new economic war(rigging the world food price) to stop it. They trained/hired/extorted journalist and academics to shot down the alternative energy projects. It's all for the profits of the few with power. The little people like us? Who cares!

  16. America has to realize one thing. We live under a one part system. We are on a fast pace to becoming a fascist state. the dems are spineless as ever. just look at their appeasement to the repubs and health care. The dems are just as much bought and paid for as are the repubs. The Neolibs, will probably be worst than the Neocons. Their agenda is the same, bought and paid for by the same paymasters. Dems have to wake up. Stop living in a state of denial. You have been hustled one more time. This endless resource war will last an eternity.

  17. Clear, hold, build…foreign policy is a reflection of domestic policy…genocide. Didn't Hitler, Stalin, and Mao try this, too. Native Americans were subjected to a similar plan. I don't think it worked out too well.

    Sounds like a plan: the extermination of all free people.

    The welfare-warfare state is our enemy. The Stinky One just happens to be on top right now and giving it to all willing to spread'em..

  18. If Jusin Raymondo plans to try to convince people by his verbal gifts (as well as written), he should count the number of times he sez "you know" per minute and take appropriate remedial steps.

    You all must read The Causes of War by Geoffrey Blainey to get a realistic grip on why wars and peacw occur. The short version is that as long as global power is so skewed to the U.S., the U.S. is highly likely to wage war because that is the path of least resistence for the U.S. to impose its will on other countries.

    BTW, Blainey argues that the anit-VN war movement prolonged the war. That'll put hair on your chest. Even if you don't believe it, you should consider the logic. The anitwar movement, so Blainey avers, prevented the prez from using the full force of the U.S. earlier. If that had occurred, the U.S. would have learned sooner that the VN war was unwinnable. As this arguement is a counterfactual, one can only speculate about its veracity, but it's worth considering. That is, the only way to wage peace is to have at least one side of a war lose decisevly.

  19. I can tell how much Scott Horton respects Robert Higgs, as do I. Thanks.

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