Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.org debates the Saudi-led war on Yemen. He argues that the war should be understood as a proxy war intitiated by Saudi Arabia in order to prop up a puppet government and further its own interests. Draitser illustrates the hypocrisy of the US and its allies as they confer legitimacy on compliant regimes, and call illegitimate those that do not bow to their diktats. He examines the issues of terrorism, geopolitics, and imperialism, explaining how they are relevant to this discussion.
Scientific and technological innovations have the power to fundamentally transform human civilization as new possibilities previously deemed impossible are made realities. However, it is not the technologies themselves that dictate the nature of the political, economic or social evolution. Rather, it is control over, and access to, technology that has the truly profound impact. While advanced medicines, new methods of energy production and biotechnology breakthroughs are in themselves important, when monopolized by a select few, the implications for the majority of people can be dire.
So it is with the emerging revolution in 3D printing, a technology that manufactures (or “prints”), layer by layer, physical objects from computer models using a variety of materials. While 3D printing has existed in concept since the early 1980s, only in recent years has the technology been brought to the desktop level, allowing individuals and small groups of hobbyists to print a wide variety of objects, from plastic coasters to medical equipment. Having started in the traditional industrial and fabrication setting, it was the application of 3D printing by independent, technologically inclined “hackers” (individuals who manipulate and/or customize computer and electronic equipment to fit their needs) that helped mainstream this technology.
Today, there is a consensus among those in the know – from the most ruthless capitalist profit-seekers to anarcho-communist hackers – that the 3D printing revolution is coming, and the world will not be the same once it arrives. So the struggle is not whether there will be 3D printers, but rather how that technology will be used, how it will be dispersed in society, who will have access to it, and who will control and/or steer its development.
The central question will not be whether a working-class person can 3D print some household object in his garage; this is a foregone conclusion. Instead, it will be whether or not the ability to 3D print the elemental parts of modern and future society (computer processors, nanobots, telecommunications equipment etc.) will be open to all, or controlled by the few.
Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.org provides his analysis of NATO’s missile systems in Eastern Europe. He explains that while the US maintains the missiles are “defensive,” they should be understood as part of an aggressive policy aimed at Russia. Draitser notes that Ukraine is only one front in the broader conflict in which NATO expansion plays a key role.
Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.org appears on RT to discuss the state of the US-Israel relationship in the wake of Israeli PM Netanyahu’s election victory. Draitser argues that, though there is clearly a personality conflict between Tel Aviv and the Obama administration, the pro-Israel consensus in Washington remains unchanged.
Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.org appears on Community Progressive Radio to discuss the Netanyahu electoral victory in Israel, and what it means both for the politics of Israel/Palestine, as well as the US. Draitser explains that Netanyahu’s victory was fueled by racism and demagogy designed to appeal to the most radical elements of the extreme right in Israel and the occupied territories. He adds that, though a more liberal opposition challenged Netanyahu and the Likud Party, there is a clear consensus built on colonialism and militant Zionism that regards the continued oppression of Palestinians as both legitimate and just. Draitser adds that US politics will be increasingly pulled to the right in the run up to US elections in 2016, with both Republicans and Democrats espousing a pro-Israel consensus. These and other issues are discussed in this short interview.