Koch and Soros join to form Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft

United actions in Washington, DC on March 30, 2019, 70th anniversary of NATO, stand against war

A main problem the U.S. ruling circles are trying to solve is preserving the U.S. and their rule in the face of intensifying conflicts among the factions vying for power, particularly control of the presidency. There is concern that Trump has been unable to unite the vying factions, especially the huge military bureaucracy, while also keeping the people dispersed and disempowered. In attempting to contend with these problems and unite the factions, some of the most powerful forces have joined together to establish the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. It is openly a means to bring together what are often called anti-war conservatives and liberal democrats. It is funded by billionaires George Soros, a big Clinton backer, and the Koch Brothers, Trump supporters and notorious for their anti-union and anti-people actions.

According to the Institute’s statement, the think tank “promotes ideas that move U.S. foreign policy away from endless war and toward vigorous diplomacy in the pursuit of international peace.” It is named after John Quincy Adams, the second U.S. president, who said the U.S. “goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy.”

The statement speaks to problems the rulers are facing in deciding how to maintain the U.S. role as “indispensable leader”: “The foreign policy of the United States has become detached from any defensible conception of U.S. interests and from a decent respect for the rights and dignity of humankind. Political leaders have increasingly deployed the military in a costly, counterproductive, and indiscriminate manner, normalizing war and treating armed dominance as an end in itself.

“Moreover, much of the foreign policy community in Washington has succumbed to intellectual lethargy and dysfunction… It has forfeited the confidence of the American public.” There is recognition and concern here of the broad antiwar stand of the people and an effort to respond to it. Their “principles,” for example, include that responsible statecraft: serves the public interest; engages the world using “peaceful cooperation”; builds a peaceful world by coexisting with competitors and respecting international law; abhors war, with the U.S. military existing “to defend the people and territory of the United States, not to act as a global police force”; is democratic, meaning Congress must neither tolerate “the usurpation of its Constitutional role by the executive nor abdicate its authority to declare war.” This last is stated even though Congress has not declared a single one of the many wars since WWII. It is a power long-since usurped by the president. The language is designed to disinform and disorient the anti-war movement, while striving to unite the ruling factions.

There is a fight intensifying within the ruling class not over eliminating the war government and war economy and all this means at home and abroad, but rather over how best to regain the confidence of the people in their rule while also ensuring the dominance of the U.S. The forces coming together are among those that now think the people can be diverted with high ideals and U.S. leadership imposed through what they term responsible statecraft. It is not an end to aggression and interference, rather a different form for it. They are also concerned that the current path of open destruction, use of force and elimination of rule of law, is not succeeding in uniting the vying factions, including the military.

The fact that the Institute is being formed now is also an indication that these forces will intervene in the elections, as both Soros and the Koch Brothers have long been doing. As well, the usual branding of “left” and “right” no longer holds and does not assist in analyzing the various factions and what they are up to. The factions themselves are fluid, not fixed, and as the Institute indicates, various forces can come together for specific purposes.

Voice of Revolution, August-October, 2019

Publication of the U.S. Marxist-Leninist Organization

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