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The Labor Theory of the Iran Nuclear Talks

June 24th, 2014 - 9:38 pm

Lest anyone be in doubt about the amount of work involved, here is more from that background press briefing by that same U.S. official:

And I’m not being evasive in the sense in that we are entirely focused on working as hard as we can, as intensely as we can, as robustly as we can. And as I said, my colleagues are still working. We will be working on the airplane home. We will be working over the weekend. We will be working all next week. We will be going to Europe for consultations. We will be then coming right back here to Vienna. Our days started very early; they go very late at night. In the U.S. Government we have I don’t know how many people who are working on this who will never see the inside of a meeting room in which some of us sit, but are working on technical documents, are working on solutions, are coming up with ways that we might approach this to assure ourselves that Iran will not obtain a nuclear weapon.

Lots more work is planned, with the talks due to reconvene July 2 in Vienna, and quite possibly just keep going, right up to the July 20th deadline, or perhaps way beyond.

Why all this work? According to this same U.S. official, in the same briefing linked above, “There are very, very difficult decisions to be taken here by Iran.” (Yet more work, apparently).

Here’s the question. If Tehran is genuinely willing to scrap its quest for nuclear weapons, what’s so very, very difficult?

Under the labor theory of diplomacy, all this work and difficulty might herald a fabulous deal in the making. In the real world, it’s looking ever more like U.S. diplomacy is digging itself into a big hole. The advice in such situations: don’t work harder. Stop digging.

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Fitting that you would bring Marx's Labor Theory into the mix, because the United Nations itself was a Marxist front since its inception. I mean, most of the founders, including Alger Hiss, were Marxists/Communists, most of the Security Heads were Marxists, and even the entire charter was copy and pasted from the Soviet Constitution. We really need to shatter that institution. It should never have been created.
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There is a difference between work & talk. These State Dept. blow-hards consider jacking their jaws about nothing & coming to no conclusions is work. Fools one & ALL.
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This was another great and important column, Claudia. Of course it will be ignored in the MSM and probably not even garner many comments at PJM. It's a great and sad puzzle to me that the "civilized world" can't bear to stop hitting the snooze button on Iran.

IMHO, US diplomacy re: Iran has an equivalent mission to that of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen: run out the clock to avoid embarrassing the administration, http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2014/06/24/congress-wont-get-anywhere-on-the-irs-investigation-with-john-koskinen/.
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Greetings:

Allow me to allay your fears, my good woman. Ms. Catherine Ashston is on the case having utilized her "Get Out of Ukraine Free" by handing that tar-baby off to President Obama, another paragon of geopolitical incompetence. In my mellower moments, I like to think of her as having all the competence of Hillary Clinton without the burden of the latter's good looks.
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Another Saudi chicken- Khomeini- coming home to roost.
If only they'd stop paying these Frankensteins to go somewhere else.
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"Saudi chicken- Khomeini" - A bit backwards. Saudi support for Sunni Islamist radicals grew significantly after Khomeini, with his doctrine of radical Shia Islamism, took power in 1979. This is not surprising given that the Iranians are only a sort distance from the oil fields of Eastern KSA, a region w/a significant Shia population.
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"Karl Marx brought us the labor theory of value, which posited that the more work you put into producing something, the greater its worth.

That turned out to be rubbish."

This is a hard concept to understand. It goes against pre-concieved ideals.

I remember having a hard time in 1st semester physics. Work is defined as works times distance.

For example, you can expend a all sort of energy trying to move an a boulder, but if you budge it not an inch, you have done no work. Well that does not make sense I said. I eventually got over it and now I understand.

But can you now understand a humanities major liking Marxists theory? These people are delusional like I was (just a little).
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I had a hard time with some of the equations, but not the concepts....

My Physics teacher would have said after "expending" all that energy, you "accomplished" no work...

You know, like that fat smelly Marx Guy?
Mooching off Engles Family fortune, B.S.ing his way to one free meal after the other, without ever producing a single thing of any tangable value, to anyone, EVER?
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Fitting that you would bring Marx's Labor Theory into the mix, because the United Nations itself was a Marxist front since its inception. I mean, most of the founders, including Alger Hiss, were Marxists/Communists, most of the Security Heads were Marxists, and even the entire charter was copy and pasted from the Soviet Constitution. We really need to shatter that institution. It should never have been created.
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These negotiators and their "process" remind me of a wonderful Jim Henson kids show back in the 80s on Showtime called "Fraggle Rock". It was set in a mythical cave system inhabited by three kinds of characters - Fraggles who lived in the cave, Monsters who lived outside the mouth of the cave, and Doozers - little guys in hard hats whose sole life work was to construct structures out of hard candy, which the Fraggles ate as their main food supply.

The Doozers were quite happy to have the Fraggles tear down their newly-built hard candy structures and eat them, because that meant that the Doozers could go back and build more, so that the Fraggles could again tear them down and eat them, meaning the Doozers could ....

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There is a difference between work & talk. These State Dept. blow-hards consider jacking their jaws about nothing & coming to no conclusions is work. Fools one & ALL.
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The vaguaries are about as nebulous as usual. "We need to be doing lots more of what we have been doing." How much more do you say? Lots more! They say, and right away.
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This was another great and important column, Claudia. Of course it will be ignored in the MSM and probably not even garner many comments at PJM. It's a great and sad puzzle to me that the "civilized world" can't bear to stop hitting the snooze button on Iran.

IMHO, US diplomacy re: Iran has an equivalent mission to that of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen: run out the clock to avoid embarrassing the administration, http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2014/06/24/congress-wont-get-anywhere-on-the-irs-investigation-with-john-koskinen/.
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