"Hat's Off" to McKibben for his protesting, civil disobedience, and 'calling-out' of Exxon --- which is called-out as a 'Private Empire' in Steve Coll's fabulously revealing book, "Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power".
While Coll calls Exxon a Private Empire, it's more than that. It's one of the charter members of the much larger Disguised Global Crony-Capitalist EMPIRE that has captured and now fully "Occupies" our former country as its nominal global HQ, and Vichy facade of supposed democracy. ["America's Deadliest Export: Democracy" as William Blum's book documents]
As I wrote at CD when this story first broke several weeks ago:
It's great news that Bernie is focusing on this ---- because WHEN he really
understands that EMPIRE is the underLYING factor behind Exxon and the
USG, maybe, just maybe, Sanders will 'come-out' publicly, loudly, and
forthright for a Second (and now non-violent) American Revolution against
this total EMPIRE --- and not just a limited "Political Revolution" against what?
Exxon falls within the 'corporate-sector' of this highly-integrated, but well
hidden cancerous, six-sectored; corporate, financial, militarist,
media/propaganda, extra-legal, and most dangerously dual-party
Vichy-political facade of both the neocon 'R' Vichy party and the smoother
lying neoliberal=con 'D' Vichy party of faux-democracy called the U.S., which is
actually just a front for this first truly Disguised Global Crony-Capitalist Empire.
Exxon is clearly a major factor of this DGC-C Empire that Professor Robinson's
book exposes as a key conspirator of the total 'Private/Public Partnership' Empire
of "Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Humanity".
"The U.S. state is a key point of condensation for pressures from dominant
groups around the world to resolve problems of global capitalism and to
secure the legitimacy of the system overall. In this regard, “U.S.”
imperialism refers to the use by transnational elites of the U.S. state
APPARATUS to continue to attempt to expand, defend, and stabilize the
global capitalist system. We are witness less to a “U.S.” imperialism
per se than to a global capitalist imperialism. We face an EMPIRE of
global capital, headquartered, for evident historical reasons, in
Robinson 2014 "Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Humanity".
Cambridge University Press.
Of course the revealing book, "The Wikileak Files: The World According to
U.S. Empire" (with introduction by Julian Assange) exposes the same
conclusion on the Public/Government 'face of Empire'.
"The US Department of State is unique among the formal bureaucracies of the
United States. Other agencies aspire to administrate one function or
another, but the State Department represents, and even houses, all major
elements of US national power. It provides cover for the CIA, buildings
for the NSA mass-interception equipment, office space and
communications facilities for the FBI, the military, and other
government agencies, and staff to act as sales agents and political
advisors for the largest US corporations.
As the diplomatic APPARATUS of the United States, the State Department is
directly involved in putting a 'friendly face' on EMPIRE, concealing its
underlying mechanics. Every year, more than $1 billion is budgeted for
“public diplomacy,” a circumlocutory term for outward-facing PROPAGANDA.
Public diplomacy explicitly aims to influence journalists and civil
society, so that they serve as conduits for State Department messaging."
[Caps added for focus on the 'Private/Public nature of this integrated Global
Empire in using and abusing the "U.S. state apparatus" of both 'hard
and soft powers' for the benefit of the ruling-elite TCCs (Transnational
Capitalist Classes) and TNCs (Transnational Corporations).]
"It's not the economy, stupid"
"It's the EMPIRE, stupid"
--- because it is the exact same Empire which causes wars "abroad" and economic tyranny "at home" as Hannah Arendt warned about the Nazi Empire when she said,
"Empire abroad entails tyranny at home"
PS. And as we should remember, the former EXXON CEO, Lee Raymond, who
Dick Cheney invited to his secret 2001 "Energy / War Planning Meetings"
in the White House and allowed him to say to the assembled senior
Pentagon execs and Generals that, "In the past we acquired oil through
market means, but in the future we will need to gain it through
'extra-market' means", might also be something that DOJ should
Supoena, if they want to investigate the real Empire.
PS2. "over here we got out friends from oil, they don't give a shit about how much wilderness they spoil, as long as we keep driving cars they'd let the planet die --- Exxon, Mobil, the Saudis, and Kuwait, if we took out the Middle East the atmosphere can wait"