Scott Horton Interviews Jon Basil Utley

Scott Horton, April 07, 2012

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Jon Basil Utley, director of Americans Against World Empire, discusses his article “Polling the Right Questions on Defense – Voters Get It Right,” a summary of Scott Rasmussen’s book The Peopole’s Money; the super-majority of Americans more concerned with economic threats than military ones; the “political class” cheerleaders of US empire; European labor laws and regulations that limit business competition; and the redundancy and waste in US “defense” spending.

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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.

11 Responses to “Jon Basil Utley”

  1. Why are we an Empire? — Because of voter ignorance or voter greed?

    Our voting majority is the 51% most educated and wealthy, the 51% that owns all the wealth in Empire USA, they being the only Americans who have great jobs, terrific homes and deluxe healthcare. Enough said.

  2. I'd like to think that most voters 'get things right', but this didn't convince me. For example, maybe a large percentage of people say that in general, they'd rather pay lower taxes and get fewer services, but how would that answer change if the pollster specified those services that might be cut – and he or she mentioned services that the person actually benefited from?

  3. ANyone in favor of lowering taxes and cutting services in only in favor of cutting everyone else's services – not theirs! I know staunch tea party Republicans who would never send back to the government their social security checks- would not happen. Nor would they give up Medicare or the cops. But, ask them if education, food stamps, pell grants and the environmental/parks department services are necessary, and you will hear a loud, "Shut em down." Uneducated people are easy to fool.

  4. How right JaneB.
    Funny how most Republicans can't see something as simple as that.
    Guess if they could, we wouldn't be in the current situation.
    Lest anyone think that with the above comment I'm giving the Democrats a free pass, think again.
    They have their own myopia…a different discussion for a different day.

  5. Spain was booming a few years ago, with labor laws akin to those they have now, if not the exact same. Also, the rest of Europe (like Scandinavia!) is doing much better than the troubled places mentioned here.

  6. JaneB
    Uneducated people are easy to fool.

    But surely, no one is being fooled, not in Empire USA. For we laboring-class people, the 49% of America with no education but some high school, are we being fooled into working for minimum wage? And the voting majority, the 51% most educated and greedy who own all the wealthy, are they fooled into always voting for the war-hawk President best qualified to plunder the world?

  7. JaneB
    Uneducated people are easy to fool.

    But surely, no one is being fooled, not in Empire USA. For we laboring-class people, the 49% of America with no education but some high school, are we being fooled into working for minimum wage? And the voting majority, the 51% most educated and greedy who own all the wealthy, are they fooled into always voting for the war-hawk President best qualified to plunder the world?

  8. Uneducated? I've spoken to plenty of well-educated robots who are more than happy to goose-step to the tune DC plays no matter which criminal gang is in control. The point is that nobody has a "right" to screw their neighbor "for the good of society".

  9. Where propaganda matters comments are closed!
    One thing I like to say lew, it sounds like onomatopoetica.

  10. ROOT CAUSE

    The upper half of society in our most brutal and imperial Empire USA, this is the wealthiest educated-class the world has ever known. Which supports my theory that the more wealth one has all the more greedy are they to fight for wealth and to kill to protect wealth.

    GREED
    A liar’s pretense of good hiding an
    intent to be enriched upon our misery.

  11. Minimum wage in Denmark: about $18/hr with about 6% unemployment…

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