[lit-ideas] Re: FW: Re: ] Hillary Clinton Speaks Up for israel at U.N.Rally

  • From: "Phil Enns" <phil.enns@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2006 15:21:36 -0400

Omar Kusturica wrote:

"This is simply nonsense. If this were so, people could never change a
government by elections or in other ways without changing the whole

Again, the nonsense is yours.  I clearly wrote that the authority of the
state lies with the particular form under which people order themselves
under government.  Obviously, except to Omar, this means that people can
alter the particular form of government.  The vehicles of change might
be through referendum or electing a particular group of representatives
into power.

I understand why Omar might be interested in a free-floating
understanding of the authority of the state, free from all the
difficulties of material conditions, since it permits the ideological
critique that informs so much of his commentary on Israel and the U.S.
Sadly, most of those he so boldly defends, including the Palestinians
and Iraqis, are hardly served by such critique.  They have to deal with
the realities of conflicting interests competing for government.

How does one institute government when faced with multiple and
conflicting interests, as is the case with the Palestinians and Iraqis?
What the Palestinians and Iraqis don't need is Omar's 'Beat the shit out
of the other guy!' routine or his 'Death to Israel' chants.


Phil Enns
Toronto, ON

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