Erik Prince has been many things in his 54 years on Earth: the wealthy heir to an auto supply company; a Navy SEAL; the founder of the mercenary firm Blackwater, which conducted a notorious 2007 massacre in the middle of Baghdad; the brother of Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s secretary of education; a shadow adviser to Trump; and the plaintiff in a lawsuit against The Intercept.

Last November, Prince started a podcast called “Off LeashOpens in a new tab,” which in its promotional copy says he “brings a unique and invaluable perspective to today’s increasingly volatile world.” On an episode last Tuesday, his unique and invaluable perspective turned out to be that the U.S. should “put the imperial hat back on” and take over and directly run huge swaths of the globe.

read more: https://theintercept.com/2024/02/10/erik-prince-off-leash-imperialism-colonialism/

  • @conditional_soup@lemm.ee
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    Hi, American here. All I want is decent bike lanes and affordable rent, but we can’t have that because guys like this just cannot mind their own goddamn business. I’m going to dig a hole and scream into it.

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      I’m with you, but I also want my area to finally build a commuter rail line on the tracks that already exist and connect to another popular commuter rail line. It’s a single track, but most of the way has no impediments to double tracking (plenty of land next to it), and we honestly don’t need to double track at first, just 3-4 stations at popular stops and run the line during commute hours (rest of the line runs all day).

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      He’s a war profiteer and he knows there would be massive contacts for his mercenary firm if we went back to colonialism.

    • @PeepinGoodArgs@reddthat.com
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      33 months ago

      I’m going to dig a hole and scream into it.

      I swear to god, I’m so close to getting fed up and starting a third party called Fuck This Shit Party. It will have no legislative goals other than to say the stuff we all think about rich people and their stupid ass ideas.

  • Annoyed_🦀 🏅
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    253 months ago

    “Unique and Invaluable perspective”

    My man, being a disney villain and having the idea to “takeover the world” isn’t unique nor invaluable.

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    Reich-winger having a normal one. I’m honestly glad I don’t have kids, the political climate of the near future isn’t looking too great; right-wing extremism is becoming the norm

  • gregorum
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    113 months ago

    Oh, like we don’t have enough of our own problems to deal with

  • @riodoro1@lemmy.world
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    83 months ago

    The US cant fucking take care of it’s own infrastructure. It’s the same kind of strawman “empire” as russia but they had actual money pumped into their military instead of only oligarchs pockets. Nothing is functioning right in this country and spreading the resources even thinner would mean the US would sooner match Africa quality of life than the other way around.

  • @lobut@lemmy.ca
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    33 months ago

    I sound brutal saying this but there are some people that deserve death and it’s these high level death merchants.