Via the media there have been coming various reminders that it is today 15 years since that September 11th, 2001 which most of us still remember somehow. Undeniably it was a dramatic day, and of course we would wish that it had not happened. And then there is of course also reason to remember that we after all these years still do not have an official account which would be compatible with the laws of physics. Several thousand architects and engineers are trying to get a new investigation of the matter going, but so far in vain. Nor will the recent report of one Senator Bob Graham that he had the very clear impression that Bush & Cheney simply did not want to accept warning reports of the CIA result in any new (and better, more careful) investigation.
Altogether, somebody is lying, and all those journalists, most of whom would already from school times know enough physics to see that the official report cannot be true, are helping the liar – e.g., in a case known to me, obviously for fear of not getting a visa to the USA. And other journalists will have other reasons … . And undeniably we are, so far, living rather well and conveniently with the lie. Thus, why still bother about it?
Well, of course the matter is an example of what the US system was capable of already 15 years ago. Since then Obama got the Nobel Peace Price (presumably mostly because of the world wide immense relief that G. W. Bush was finally out of office), which, though, did not hinder the Republican party from doing its worst to obstruct his policies every step of the way. And now we are witnessing what type of presidential candidates the US system has, again, been producing for the now-upcoming elections. Should we call it “not much of an improvement in 15 years” … .
One could see this and take it as a reason to avoid giving the US system too much influence on European or Scandinavian affairs (be it via TTIP, NATO or still other channels). But no! In Sweden the borgerliga parties of Alliansen are demanding that the government should take steps towards NATO membership, and in Finland it is Kokoomus and SFP who want into NATO (seemingly blind to the fact that a Finnish NATO membership, if used to build up Finland as a basis for threatening Russia, might provoke Russia into occupying Finland in order to shorten that hostile border). And every now and then representatives of business and industry are publicly regretting that the TTIP negotiations seem not to get forward (seemingly believing that they would have no difficulties whatsoever to handle the inflow of US competition, and anyway not caring a bit about the possible consequences for democracy in general).
One can wonder about this glaring selective blindness and also wonder what term to put on this phenomenon. And as it has become clear that concern about democracy is obviously not involved, and as there are already several academic publications which arrive at the conclusion that the USA are not any more a democracy, but instead a financial oligarchy (a state which seems to appeal to our borgerliga parties), so it seems to me that the best-fitting term for the phenomenon would be “class struggle from above”, i.e. a better-up class trying to secure its rule/control over a “lower” class of “subjects” (possibly because of fears of, perhaps, having to give up some money for common purposes).