Potemkin wrote:It's also something a die-hard Marxist would say. As Lenin pointed out in State and Revolution, the state apparatus, always and everywhere, is and is intended to be oppressive. He actually asserted that, in a truly communist society, the state apparatus would be "smashed to smithereens". Once class conflict has been ended, then there would be no further need for one class to oppress another, and therefore no further need for the instrument of oppression, the state itself.
Indeed, too bad it doesn't ever happen.
Potemkin wrote:All states are oppressive, but some states are more oppressive than others. I won't argue with that. But you seem to be denying that the USA can be regarded as oppressive at all. Towards you, of course, it isn't; but towards others, it is.
I'd say it's more like it can't be regarded as terribly oppressive compared to most actually existing states
(not the ones one may want, but those that actually exist). I also don't have as much sympathy sympathy if it turns out that those who end up getting the short end of the stick when it comes to US repression are the same who would be far, far more oppressive in their conduct were the positions to be switched. If anything, I am relieved they are not even if I still feel sorry for them.
At last, but not least, the US does
have the material means to be far, far more oppressive and far more brutal in its actions than it actually is both against those of us living in its territory and those living outside it. Even the recent Afghan fiasco could have been prevented had the US taken the rather unsavory measures
that have historically been proven to work in the context of having to deal with a guerrillas - yet it didn't, for whatever reason (stupidity, idealism, cowardice, political constraints - it doesn't matter, the fact is that it did not), preferring to simply accept the loss even though it could have in fact achieved a military victory in Afghanistan - by losing something far more important than Afghanistan, if you ask me, but the fact that the US understands why it wasn't worth it already makes it unusual from a historical perspective.