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I posit that NATO and the U.N. are nothing more than the "special bodies of

armed men" that in some ways regulate conflicts, but at all times

defend the economic interests of capitalists in the international world market.



NATO or the UN

Supporting the Interests of Capital

By Connie White 


Recent international political events -- that is, U.S. occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq in Middle Asia -- have brought to fore a discussion of whether the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) or the United Nations (U.N.) is the best (read: most "humane") organization to help the U.S. occupy Middle Asia.  The fact is that NATO and the U.N. are two sides of the same coin.  We should always look for the solution as an independent representation of the interests of the working class.

The interests of the ruling class  “the capitalist class” are clearly international (i.e., global).  These international interests are driven by the international nature of capital, that engenders forms by which the interests of capital would be protected and defended against the encroaching and demanding interests of the majority of society -- the toiling masses of workers, peasants and slaves.

As an international economic system, capitalism is ultimately represented in the political expressions of national governments, as well as international cooperations (e.g., trade agreements).  Protection of the international interests of these governments and cooperations is codified in institutions such as NATO and the U.N.  The "bourgeois language" of the media reads as if international conflict between countries really comes down to the organizing of society along the lines of democracy (bourgeois democracy, of course), and socialism (the "enemy").  (Today the slogans "good" and "evil" have been resurrected from cold war days.)

Socialism has been (incorrectly) linked with the USSR example.  Because of the collapse of the Soviet economy, socialism is criticized as bankrupt. This "bourgeois language" is the ideological framework used to (inaccurately) describe the basis for international conflict between nations.

In fact, nothing could be farther from the truth.  Socialism and capitalism are economic systems (i.e., modes of production), and international conflict is based in the bourgeoisie maintaining the capitalist mode of production against the encroaching possibility of the socialist mode of production. There has been no example of the socialist mode of production (the USSR notwithstanding – but that is another discussion), and the bourgeoisie wants to make sure there is no possibility for that "example" to raise its head.

When NATO was established in 1949, the North Atlantic Treaty consisted of 14 articles, the most important of which were the articles ". . .defining the area to be covered by the Treaty.. ., setting forth the obligations of the member states if an armed attack should occur within the defined area. . . ; and providing the basis for political and economic co-operation within the alliance."  (Encyclopedia Britannica, 1961)  

"The treaty formally and definitively recognized that a brief chapter of world history had ended, a chapter which had been marked by a European and American coalition with the Soviet Union to defeat the Axis powers in World War II and establish a new international order after that defeat."  (Encyclopedia Britannica, supra, emphasis added)

If we recognize that capitalism is an international economic system, we also recognize that what we refer to as competition is an international phenomenon.  Within the international framework of capitalism are international conflicts between capitalists, and these conflicts take on the character of international conflicts between nations.  

In fact, these conflicts are for the domination of markets by capitalists, not the domination of the world by this or that country or government.  It is only to the extent that these "national governments" represent certain economic interests in the world market that there appears to be a conflict between nations.

If we refer back to the quote from the Encyclopedia Britannica (and remember what has earlier been stated about "bourgeois language"), we see that NATO was established in order that certain economic interests could dominate the world economic scene.  Today, in 2003, we also have newly formed cooperations like the European Union Rapid Reaction Force.  See analysis in "PaxAmerica In Decline." at

The success of the Russian Revolution, and its example of soviets and workers’ councils, could not be allowed to proliferate.  Since "the need of a constantly expanding market for its production chases the bourgeoisie over the whole surface of the globe. . . . ," (Marx), it also engenders an international interdependence of nations and peoples.  (This international interdependence is the precondition of a socialist economic system -- the only thing left to do is for the international working class to seize ownership of the means of social production.)  The examples of state capitalism and workers’ cooperative governments that were being raised internationally by the Soviet Union, and by China, had to have a counter-balance until laissez faire capitalism could win a foothold within those countries.

I posit that NATO and the U.N. are nothing more than the "special bodies of armed men" that in some ways regulate conflicts, but at all times defend the economic interests of capitalists in the international world market.  The working class cannot depend on these "special bodies of armed men" (i.e., NATO and the U.N.) to do more than ultimately defend bourgeois interests.

(Cases in point:  the U.N.’s intervention into the civil wars in Korea and the Congo, as well as its bombing of Iraq, and brutal embargo of that same country.  The U.N.’s intervention in the Congo ended with the assassination of Patrice Lumumba.  In Korea, bourgeois media made it seem like U.N. intervention was to repel an aggressor nation but, in fact, the division of North and South Korea was the result of WWII, and the North allied itself with the Soviet Union and the South with international capital.  

We should also always remember UNSCUM, the Christmas bombing of Iraq, and the brutal and genocidal sanctions, which were all at the behest of the U.N.  We should never call on any of the murderous "special bodies of armed men" to intervene to bring peace anywhere in the world.}

The U.N. and N.A.T.O. will bring "peace" only as it benefits the interests of world capitalism. 

posted 2003

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