Scott Horton Interviews Jon Basil Utley

Scott Horton, September 18, 2010

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Jon Basil Utley, director of Americans Against World Empire, discusses how the U.S. export-grade democracy (proportional representation) differs from domestic democracy (direct elections) and the dysfunctional foundations of Iraq’s government that may have been intentionally crippled to guarantee a permanent U.S. occupation.

MP3 here. (9:35)

Jon Basil Utley is associate publisher of The American Conservative. He was a foreign correspondent in South America for the Journal of Commerce and Knight Ridder newspapers and former associate editor of The Times of the Americas. He is a writer and adviser for Antiwar.com and edits a blog, The Military Industrial Congressional Complex. Jon also runs the IraqWar.org and TheWarParty.com websites.

14 Responses to “Jon Basil Utley”

  1. But the US govt. system IS broken.

  2. agreed… The USG, AW.com and the rest of the establishment are in BUSINESS to game the people. Keep sending those Nickles & Dimes folks, we need to protect U from the bad guys…

    Wake Up USA and World.

  3. There's nothing wrong with proportional representation. It would probably be a big improvement if the
    US adopted it because it would mean the end of the rotten "two party " system.

    Problems created by US intervention aside, Iraq''s main problem is that it's an artificial state that was created by the late British Empire.

  4. Did Mr. Utley provide the voice of K.I.T. in Knight Rider?

  5. Yes, of course the so-called Iraqi democracy is "broken." It never existed in the first place. But so what? Just look at America, the old constitutional republic died with the murder of JFK by the Wall Street establishment-controlled CIA. I hope that this isn't news to a majority of Americans but the simple truth is this: the central government of America is now nothing more than a Wall Street establishment-controlled corporate (fascist) tyranny. The popular belief that the U.S. government is alternately controlled by one of two major "independent" political parties is a complete sham and a gigantic fraud. The Wall Street establishment owns both of the two major parties; lock, stock and barrel. No matter which party wins or loses elections, the Wall Street establishment always wins. Pat Buchanan, speaking of the two major parties, once said; "they are just two wings of the same bird of prey." No one has ever put it better. And what comprises the body of the "bird of prey?" If you guessed the Wall Street establishment, you just went to the top of the class.

  6. Afghanistan = Democracy, Chicago-style

  7. Iraq = Democracy, Chicago-Style

  8. In America, some 60% to 70% of the American people think we should get our of Iraq. Around 55% to 60% think we should get out of Afghanistan.

    In your elections this fall, do you have a legitimate candidate who supports these positions for which you could vote? Most likely, the answer is no.

    America runs a variant of the old Soviet-style one-party elections. The Soviet Union did have elections. But they didn't really offer a choice of policies. Only minor variations, and probably different hair-styles. The same is true in America today.

    You can vote for the Democrats who favor wars abroad and a trickle-down, Herbert Hoover-style economic policy where they give all the money to Wall Street. Or you can vote for the Republicans who favor wars abroad and a trickle-down, Herbert Hoover-style economic policy where they give all the money to Wall Street. Any other candidates are barred from running TV ads (because of money) and aren't allowed on any debates where they wouldn't have to pay to be on TV. And that's if any third party candidates exist at all. Both major parties work hard to suppress any third parties on their side of the fake-divide between left and right.

    If there's any country that should not be telling the world how to run a 'democracy', its America. In fact, America could probably use some help from the rest of the world. Having the rest of the world come here and monitor and report on all the ways American elections are crooked and rigged, from the beginning when candidates are blocked from talking tot he people to the end when the votes are cast on rigged voting machines and counted by rigged vote counting computers.

  9. Proportional representation is the strange idea that says that if 10% of the US voters are libertarian then there should be around 40 Libertarian Congresspeople in a 435 seat House of so-called Representatives.

  10. Sir, I commend you for your comment. It was well written and 100% correct.

  11. Hmmm, that might not be a bad idea.

  12. Scott, you get some great guests. Why don't you keep quiet and let them speak?!?

  13. scott, don't listen to hannah.
    but, the introduction up top here says that their government in iraq "may have been intentionally crippled"– well, that may be ….a complete mistatement. like saying, the u.s. economy (and government, and people, may have been intentionally crippled.
    not maybe intentional…
    have you'all read naomi klein's shockdoctrine? stephen lendman wrote a long and precious review of the book, and it's thoroughly mindblowing how intentional it is and how many real countries have already gone through just what we are. iraq is destroyed and privatized and has nothing of anything good anymore. it's so hell there ( we have NO idea), and that's just what the greedsterboys want.

    catch layla anwar's blog for a taste of our ignorance about iraq.
    keep talking, scott. keep listening, people. we have a long way to go to see…. the… intentions.

  14. Please read acherusctus.blogspot.com in English or push the translation button for biarjelas.blogspot.com

    TQ

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