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Book Review - Laurence H. Shoup, Wall Street’s Think Tank

Revolutionaries seek to end capitalism and move to the next stage of human development. That’s a tall order. In order to carry it out we have to know exactly what forces are arrayed on the political battlefield. That means we have to know the political enemy thoroughly.

So every revolutionary – without exception – should read – at minimum – the Preface to this book, which is less than 20 pages. It outlines the thrust of the book: that the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is the Central Committee of the U.S. capitalist class. The rest of the book outlines in detail who the central players in the CFR are and have been, how the CFR works, and which organizations and corporations it works through. Along with Domhoff’s The Powers That Be (see my review), this is essential reading on understanding who and what we are up against.

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Book Review - G. William Domhoff, The Powers That Be: Processes of Ruling Class Domination in America.

This is a must-read book for every revolutionary and activist because it details exactly how the class enemy – the capitalist class – rules the United States. It’s dated – and an update would be wonderful – but the detailed analysis remains completely valid. Domhoff describes with crystal clarity the inner operations of bourgeois democracy. 

The book is straight forward. In the first chapter Domhoff lays out four processes by which the ruling class rules. The remaining four chapters are each on one of the processes. There is no filler. The book is direct and detailed, laying out how the ruled are ruled and the actual organizations and connections that carry out that rule. The four processes are 1) the special-interest process, 2) the policy-formation process, 3) the candidate-selection process, and 4) the ideology process. The processes are separate, but intertwined and interconnected in myriad ways; they support each other.

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Fidel Castro Ruz – 1926 – 2016 

His friends and comrades – the downtrodden and those who fought for the oppressed – called him Fidel; his enemies and foes – the one per-centers, Cuban plantation owners and their lackeys – called him Castro. He was a giant of a revolutionary who upset the apple cart. He defied the world’s biggest bully – U.S. Imperialism – for 56 years. You knew that he had won a symbolic victory when The New York Times, the leading propaganda organ for the U.S. ruling class had to devote two-thirds of the front page and six inside pages to highlighting his life and its impact.

Fidel influenced several generations of revolutionaries throughout the world with his steadfastness and clarity of vision. On New Years Day 1960 Fidel came from nowhere when his rag tag rebel army (Los Barbudos) overthrew the brutal dictator Fulgencio Batista, a puppet of the U.S. and business partner of the Mafia. I remember becoming aware of him in about 1961 when I heard the lyrics to the song that was a hit on Spanish-speaking radio: Los Barbudos

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