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So American republicans like Madison and Jefferson, even though they were slave holders, essentially did have genuine republican values — this vision of a society of independent freeholders. They could not conceive of a democratic republic in which the majority was not independent farmers, because the wage-earning working class of their day was destitute and miserable.
They were simply wrong. What happened was that we shifted as a result of productivity growth in agriculture from having most jobs in agriculture to having most jobs in wage-earning sectors without having the proletarianisation that Jefferson and his contemporaries feared on the basis of pre-modern history. So agrarian republicanism turned out to be wrong, but even though it was wrong in its very pessimistic view of the future, which McCoy describes brilliantly, nevertheless these legacies continue to shape American values.
This book is the best guide to one of the two traditions in American history, the Jeffersonian tradition in its early phases. It goes beyond the usual notions that they were in favour of decentralisation against centralisation and in favour of small business against big business.
They actually had very sophisticated views about demography and the demographic future of the US, which, as I have said, turned out to be wrong. The American System involved the assembly of manufactured goods — originally rifles and muskets — using interchangeable parts, which led to an enormous increase in efficiency and productivity.
Before then factories were essentially sweatshops or common spaces where individual craftsmen sat and assembled each item piece by piece completely from scratch, which was enormously time and resource consuming. So, even before you had electrified conveyor belts and the modern idea of mass production, there was this vision of simply having this pile of parts and you could take any of those parts and assemble it into a single device.
This seems easy, but it was not. You had to have machine tools which were capable of cutting the individual parts so that each one could fit into any product. The French military in the 18th century, like most European countries, manufactured their own weapons, and some generals came up with this idea and they experimented with it with some success. From that point, all the way up to the Civil War, federal arsenals pioneered this kind of assembly, based on interchangeable parts, which became known as the American System.
And again, this goes against the idea that the government should just stay out of the economy. So in the same way that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, in the present day Defense Department, spun off the Internet and computers and so on in the late 20th century, these federal arsenals diffused this highly efficient new technique of manufacturing. It was superseded in turn by what we know as mass production.
This required electricity to power the conveyor belt and the tools used by the workers. So the American System developed in the steam era. The next wave of technological innovation based on electricity made possible the system of mass production.
It is the most thorough scholarly study. Tell us about your next pick, Technology and American Society , which looks at the impact of technology in the United States. All the basic information is here. There are only a small number of books on the history of technology in the United States that look at the impact of technology on society — for example, on how electricity transformed the household.
This is one of the big revolutions that has been overlooked. We focus on these big things like the canals, railroads and mass production, but domestic life has been transformed radically by technology in living memory in all the industrial countries. In you had to lug water into the house and most toilets were outside.
Simply having water piped into the home had enormous effects on sanitation but also on convenience. Then you look at what electrification did. Women in particular were liberated from the drudgery of spending most of the day washing, cooking and cleaning by the modern miracles of the dishwasher, refrigerator and the washer-dryer, which we tend to take for granted. But, if anything, these things were just as revolutionary and important to the transformation of society as some of the more dramatic ones.
The American economy has always seemed to be very inventive when it comes to technology. Manufacturing might have moved elsewhere, but companies such as Apple and Facebook seem to show America is still the leader when it comes to technological innovation. Would you agree? Throughout most of American history we were not that inventive. In the first and second industrial revolutions — the steam era and the electricity era — all of the major technologies were invented in Britain, Germany and France, for the most part.
For example, steam engines were invented in Britain, as was the locomotive. Electricity and electrical motors were developed primarily in Europe. Thomas Edison and others adapted the technology and made their own incremental improvements on it, but essentially it was European technology. The automobile was invented in Germany and then was perfected in France. What the United States did all the way up to World War Two was that it took foreign-invented technology and then applied it on a massive scale, in the same way that China is now doing with technology invented in the United States.
You also had in Germany the development of research universities. Americans were inspired by this to create new institutions like MIT, which was devised on the German model. So just as the American System started out as the French system of manufacturing with interchangeable parts, we essentially took the German idea of the research university and we integrated it with government and venture capital funding in a highly successful way, and it continues to be the most successful part of the innovation ecosystem in the US.
The idea grew up during the tech bubble that we could invent things and then outsource all the manufacturing. That may have worked in consumer electronics and a few other things, but in the long term, most innovation actually comes from the factory floor or people closely working with it. You cannot specialise in invention alone. Robert Atkinson is one of the leading scholars of what is sometimes called evolutionary economics or sometimes the neo-Schumpeterian school.
He goes back to Joseph Schumpeter who emphasised the role of technology in transforming the economy. That is not what Schumpeter meant. So, for example, canals did not evolve into railroads — they were just completely wiped out and replaced. Railroads have largely been wiped out by trucking and automobile travel. The telegraph was wiped out by the telephone.
Five Books interviews are expensive to produce. If you're enjoying this interview, please support us by donating a small amount. Atkinson argues that this completely ignores the central fact of economic life, which is disruptive technological innovation. The economy is never in a condition of equilibrium. His book is a polemical argument about the kind of economics that is appropriate in the 21st century. On to your final book now, Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism , which accuses Western countries of hypocrisy when it comes to promoting economic growth in the developing world.
The three leading countries of industrial capitalism — the United States, Germany and Japan — developed by using techniques, as Ha-Joon Chang points out, that are the opposite of what are supposed to work. There are endless bestselling books about how the West developed and how it became rich. That is not how the industrial world actually developed. Germany in many ways led the world economically before and it was an authoritarian state for most of that period.
The same is true for Japan. I think we should be in favour of democracy for its own sake, whether or not it promotes economic growth. The other thing that is part of the conventional wisdom is that government can only fail if it engages in protectionism. The problem is, Germany, Japan and the United States, and also Britain before the s, became the leading economic powers in the world by means of naked protectionism. They used tariffs and subsidies, and they kept out foreign products and privileged their own producers.
All of these things that are supposed to lead to ruin actually succeeded in the case of the four or five leading powers, including the United States. During that period it had the most rapid growth and the greatest industrial success of any society in history. This does not mean that protectionism works at every level. As Chang points out, protectionism can be very useful for a country like the United States in the 19th century or Britain in the 18th century or various developing countries today that want to catch up, but once they have caught up it tends to become counterproductive.
If you have world-class industries and are no longer worried about foreign competition killing off your own factories, then you want to expand your market. At that point — and it happened with Britain in the s and the United States by the middle of the 20th century — the leading industrial power wants to open up foreign markets so that in addition to its own consumers, it can have access to consumers in other countries for its superior industries.
The set of rules which would benefit the US in may not be the ones that would help Brazil to catch up. If you go down that road, you come to the conclusion that the project of having a single set of rules in trade and finance that all countries must agree on is profoundly misguided. With similar pretexts, the Russian dictatorship justified its harsh control of its Eastern European dungeon. The reasons for intervention, subversion, terror, and repression are not obscure.
They are summarized accurately by Patrice McSherry in the most careful scholarly study of Operation Condor, the international terrorist operation established with U. The United States is an unusually open society. Hence there is no difficulty documenting the leading principles of global strategy since the Second World War.
As Russia beat back the Nazi armies after Stalingrad, and it became increasingly clear that Germany would be defeated, the plans were extended to include as much of Eurasia as possible. He was speaking in , shortly after the missile crisis brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. That was clearly understood by policy analysts. The Bush I administration, then in office, at once made clear its understanding of the end of the Soviet threat.
A few months after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the administration released a new National Security Strategy. The government understands well that the U. Rather, it means not under our control. Thus Iraq at the time was not radical. On the contrary, Saddam continued to be a favored friend and ally well after he had carried out his most horrendous atrocities Halabja, al-Anfal, and others and after the end of the war with Iran, for which he had received substantial support from the Reagan administration, among others.
In keeping with these warm relations, in President Bush invited Iraqi nuclear engineers to the United States for advanced training in nuclear weapons development, and in early , sent a high-level Senatorial delegation to Iraq to convey his personal greetings to his friend Saddam. The delegation was led by Senate majority leader Bob Dole, later Republican presidential candidate, and included other prominent Senators. A few months later Saddam invaded Kuwait, disregarding orders, or perhaps misunderstanding ambiguous signals from the State Department.
That was a real crime, and he instantly switched from respected friend to evil incarnate. The events and their interpretation reveal a good deal about the continuities of policy after the collapse of the Soviet Union and about the intellectual and moral culture that sustains policy decisions.
The Panama invasion was scarcely more than a footnote to a long and sordid history, but it differed from earlier exercises in some respects. With the Soviet deterrent in place, the United States and Britain would have been unlikely to risk placing huge forces in the desert and carrying out the military operations in the manner they did.
The goal of the Panama invasion was to kidnap Manuel Noriega, a petty thug who was brought to Florida and sentenced for narcotrafficking and other crimes that were mostly committed when he was on the CIA payroll. The media wisely chose silence. According to Panamanian human rights groups, the U. The matter is of no interest in the West, but Panamanians have not forgotten. Everyone in the Arab world will be happy.
The invasion aroused great anger throughout the region, so much so that the new regime was expelled from the Group of Eight Latin American democracies as a country under military occupation. Official reasoning was outlined by Thomas Friedman, then chief diplomatic correspondent of the New York Times.
With the Soviet pretext gone, the record of criminal intervention continued much as before. One useful index is military aid. As is well known in scholarship, U. He found that aid, not surprisingly, is correlated with improvement in the investment climate. Such improvement is often achieved by murdering priests and union leaders, massacring peasants trying to organize, blowing up the independent press, and so on.
The result is a secondary correlation between aid and egregious violation of human rights. It would be wrong, then, to conclude that U. These studies precede the Reagan years, when the questions were not worth posing because the correlations were so overwhelmingly obvious. The pattern continued after the Cold War. Outside of Israel and Egypt, a separate category, the leading recipient of U.
Washington was barred by Congress from providing aid directly to the Guatemalan murderers. They were effusively lauded by Reagan, but he had to turn to an international terror network of proxy states to fill the gap. In El Salvador, however, the United States could carry out the terrorist war unhampered by such annoyances. The decade ended when the elite Atlacatl Brigade, armed and trained by Washington, blew out the brains of six leading Latin American intellectuals, Jesuit priests, after compiling a bloody record of the usual victims.
By the time Clinton took over, a political settlement had been reached in El Salvador, so it lost its position as leading recipient of U. It was replaced by Turkey, then conducting some of the worst atrocities of the s, targeting its harshly oppressed Kurdish population. Tens of thousands were killed, 3, towns and villages were destroyed, huge numbers of refugees fled three million, according to analyses by Kurdish human rights organizations , large areas were laid waste, dissidents were imprisoned, hideous torture and other atrocities were standard fare.
Clinton provided 80 percent of the needed arms, including high-tech equipment used for savage crimes. In the single year , Clinton sent more military aid to Turkey than in the entire Cold War period combined before the counterinsurgency campaign began. Media and commentary remained silent, with the rarest of exceptions. By , state terror had largely achieved its goals, so Turkey was replaced as leading recipient of military aid by Colombia, which had by far the worst human rights record in the hemisphere, as the programs of coordinated state-paramilitary terror inaugurated by Kennedy took a shocking toll.
Meanwhile other major atrocities continued to receive full support. One of the most extreme was the sanctions against Iraqi civilians after the large-scale demolition of Iraq in the bombing of , which also destroyed power stations and sewage and water facilities, effectively a form of biological warfare. The horrific impact of the U. Massacres of that scale are rare, and to acknowledge this one would be doctrinally difficult.
But the charges were too valuable to be allowed to vanish. Halliday and von Sponeck had numerous investigators all over Iraq, which enabled them to know more about the country than any other Westerners. They were barred from the U. The Clinton administration also prevented von Sponeck from informing the UN Security Council, which was technically responsible, about the effects of the sanctions on the population.
The studied refusal to give Iraqis an opportunity to take their fate into their own hands by releasing the stranglehold of the sanctions, as Halliday and von Sponeck recommended, eliminates whatever thin shred of justification for the invasion may be concocted by apologists for state violence. Also continuing without change through the s was strong U. The general reaction in the West was unconcealed euphoria after the mass slaughter, which the CIA compared to the crimes of Hitler, Stalin, and Mao.
On the side, he invaded the former Portuguese colony of East Timor in , carrying out one of the worst crimes of the late twentieth century, leaving perhaps one-quarter of the population dead and the country ravaged. From the first moment, he benefitted from decisive U. The U. Australia, which had the most detailed information on the atrocities, also participated actively in training the most murderous elite units. In April , there was a series of particularly brutal massacres, as in Liquica, where at least sixty people were murdered when they took refuge in a church.
The United States reacted at once. Admiral Dennis Blair, U. Pacific commander, met with Indonesian army chief General Wiranto, who supervised the atrocities, assuring him of U. Highly credible church sources estimated that 3,—5, were murdered from February through July.
In August , in a UN-run referendum, the population voted overwhelmingly for independence, a remarkable act of courage. The Indonesian army and its paramilitary associates reacted by destroying the capital city of Dili and driving hundreds of thousands of the survivors into the hills. The United States and Britain were unimpressed.
A few days later, under intense international and domestic pressure much of it from influential right-wing Catholics , Clinton quietly informed the Indonesian generals that the game was over, and they instantly withdrew, allowing an Australian-led UN peace-keeping force to enter the country unopposed. The lesson is crystal clear. To end the aggression and virtual genocide of the preceding quarter-century there was no need to bomb Jakarta, to impose sanctions, or in fact to do anything except to stop participating actively in the crimes.
The lesson, however, cannot be drawn, for evident doctrinal reasons. The British record was even more grotesque. The Labor government continued to deliver Hawk jets to Indonesia as late as September 23, , two weeks after the European Union had imposed an embargo, three days after the Australian peace-keeping force had landed, well after it had been revealed that these aircraft had been deployed over East Timor once again, this time as part of the pre-referendum intimidation operation.
Under New Labour, Britain became the leading supplier of arms to Indonesia, over the strong protests of Amnesty International, Indonesian dissidents, and Timorese victims. For similar reasons, Prime Minister Tony Blair later approved the sale of spare parts to Zimbabwe for British Hawk fighter jets being used by Mugabe in a civil war that cost tens of thousands of lives. The chorus of self-adulation also devised a new literary genre, castigating the West for its failure to respond adequately to the crimes of others while scrupulously avoiding any reference to its own crimes.
It was lauded as courageous and daring. Few allowed themselves to perceive that comparable work would have been warmly welcomed in the Kremlin, pre-Perestroika. It is unfair to say that Power avoids all U. A scattering are casually mentioned, but explained away as derivative of other concerns.
Summarizing, after the fall of the Soviet Union, policies continued with little more than tactical modification. But new pretexts were needed. The new norm of humanitarian intervention fit the requirements very well. It was only necessary to put aside the shameful record of earlier crimes as somehow irrelevant to the understanding of societies and cultures that had scarcely changed, and to disguise the fact that these crimes continued much as before.
This is a difficulty that arises frequently, even if not as dramatically as it did after the collapse of the routine pretext for crimes. Rather, the past must be effaced and the present ignored as we march on to a glorious new future. That is, regrettably, a fair rendition of leading features of the intellectual culture in the post-Soviet era. Nevertheless, it was imperative to find, or least to contrive, a few examples to illustrate the new magnificence.
Some of the choices were truly astonishing. One, regularly invoked, is the humanitarian intervention of mid-September to rescue the East Timorese. A few other examples were tried, also impressive in their audacity. To sustain the self-image, however, it has been necessary to suppress some inconvenient facts. The Bush I administration devoted substantial effort to undermine the hated Aristide regime and prepare the grounds for the anticipated military coup. Trade with the junta increased under Clinton, who also illegally authorized Texaco to supply oil to the junta.
Texaco was a natural choice. It was Texaco that supplied oil to the Franco regime in the late s, violating the embargo and U. By , Washington felt that the torture of Haitians had proceeded long enough, and Clinton sent the Marines in to topple the junta and restore the elected government—but on conditions that were sure to destroy what was left of the Haitian economy. The restored government was compelled to accept a harsh neoliberal program, with no barriers to U.
Haitian rice farmers are quite efficient, but cannot compete with highly subsidized U. One small successful business in Haiti produced chicken parts. But Americans do not like dark meat, so the huge U. They tried Mexico and Canada, but those are functioning societies that could prevent the illegal dumping.
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