Magazine article Canadian Dimension

Running Dogs, Lackeys and Imperialism

Magazine article Canadian Dimension

Running Dogs, Lackeys and Imperialism

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Has anybody met any RUNNING DOG LACKEYS OF US IMPERIALISM lately? Aficionados of the more colourful language of the Left will recall this particular epithet was lifted from its cultural context and transported to North America where it never caught on because, hell, too many people in the belly of the capitalist beast actually like dogs. (okay, so a few lefty cat lovers took a shine to the slogan, but mainly those tending towards meowism...iouch!)

I was reminded of this the other day when I conrnered the family running dog (a.k.a. Snooker) to give her a bath.

"What's an imperialist?" Snooker, pictured above, on the left, asked. I was taken aback, though I've long suspected Snooker's loyalties - something about the way she behaves for just about anybody else when it suits her purposes - but never listens to me. Did she want to meet one? Was she on the slippery slope to lackeyhood? Or was this a sign of puppyish precocity - such as when she peed on a copy of the Globe and Mail? I wasn't sure, but I promised her I'd tell her if she had her bath without a fight...

Imperialism is one of those words whose meaning has changed over time - through most of recorded history denoting military conquest and occupation, and more recently being equated to economic hegemony. These days "globalization" is the term most likely to be uttered in polite company to describe the undermining of nation states by corporations, but the spirit of imperialism - ruthless domination of the weak by the strong - remains, and examples abound to show that megabucks are still backed by military might.

A staggering military statistic compares the firepower expended in World War II, Korea and Vietnam with the stockpiles of six modern nuclear powers; 1991 nuclear stockpiles were 1,600 times as great. One Trident submarine carries with it 24 megatons of explosive power - four times the explosive power expended in WW II! Annual global military expenditures in 1989 topped $950 billion. So, imperialism is well positioned to send bullets when bankers won't do, as it did in the Gulf War, which reportedly cost $1. …

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