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Chris Hedges on the Corporatocracy

Posted on Feb 14, 2010

In this interview, Chris Hedges elaborates on his Truthdig column that says democracy in America is a useful fiction.



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By siamdave, February 17, 2010 at 9:53 am Link to this comment

- Chris does an admirable job of pointing out what is happening in the US. For Canadian readers, or others looking for a different perspective making the same argument, an equally in-depth analysis can be found here - What Happened?

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By nemesis2010, February 16, 2010 at 12:42 pm Link to this comment
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What a perspicacious commentary on the U.S. Corporate Empire! It’s not by aberration that the only legislation able to pass the Congress’s façade of permanent partisan gridlock is only that which is desired by the Congress’s corporate masters. Hoes obey their pimps!

Big Corp Media and GOPDNCCorp has successfully spun American history in such a way that most Americans haven’t a clue that the principles upon which the nation was founded were in opposition to everything the ruling plutocracy stands for; corporatism, conservatism, mercantilism, monopoly, central banks, foreign intervention, state church, etc. Americans simply don’t know that the idea of freedom, inalienable rights, etc. for all men did not rise from conservatism, it came from enlightenment.

What is needed is to ban corporations. Partnerships can accomplish anything a corporation can without the “limited liability” racket protection scheme. As we can easily see—especially since the Reagan administration—when accountability and regulation are removed from the equation there is no evil too evil that human avarice will not justify and condone. 

The corporate overlords are so confidently ensconced in their power that they will appoint whomsoever they will as the acting head of state. They first gave us the B list actor, then Bush I, the new-age Casanova, the village idiot, and now the intelligent and articulate token black. Don’t be surprised to see the one missing color from the Benetton collection of presidents; the perfect female match to Dubya –President Sarah Palin!  Palin, whom Chris Matthews described as: “…an empty vessel waiting to be filled with an ideology that she doesn’t even understand.”

The present does not bode well for the Empire’s future. Let’s hope that its decline into the new Dark Age doesn’t drag the rest of the world with it.

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By david dixit, February 16, 2010 at 4:35 am Link to this comment
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Twelve minutes well spent. Let us hope that President Obama sees this too.

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By Ouroborus, February 16, 2010 at 2:56 am Link to this comment

I wonder why Americans don’t change their shopping
habits? How hard could it be; directing one’s money
away from the corporate structure.
The Huffpost’s “Move Your Money” campaign is being felt
by the big guys.
I quit banks 20 years ago and never looked back. Credit
Unions are the way to go.

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By Tennessee-Socialist, February 15, 2010 at 10:11 pm Link to this comment


Don’t trust the Privatized Federal Reserve, or the or the whole capitalist system. Because we’ve seen what they’re doing. We see who they are really working for.

If we don’t trust, then we need to find a different path than conventional strategies. You need to try some entirely different strategies, and the path to those strategies is education.

The first step down that educational path is to come to understand what the Federal Reserve and Wall Street already know quite well, even if the general public does not. Inflation does not destroy wealth for a nation as a whole. Inflation redistributes wealth within a nation from the lower-classes to the upper-classes.

And if we have a massive round of inflation what may very well happen is that most of the country does indeed lose most of its wealth but it’s crucial to understand that wealth is not destroyed.

Instead, the wealth is redistributed to the monopoly-capitalist class within the United States of America.

Do you know how that works? Think you should?

Read widely socialist books. Join socialist movements, join socialist-revolutionary parties. If Americans are angry but dont join any socialist party, they will get no where to fight corporate power. Socialism is the only antidote to the 2% US Oligarchy. Find new sources. Explore new concepts. Challenge your assumptions and beliefs. The world is not a fair place, and strategies that appear to be safely in the mainstream media might only bring victim status.

And remember: Let other people you know learn about socialism! Spread the word… the more people who know the truth, the greater the force against the capitalist system! Resistance forever!

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By Warren Metzler, February 15, 2010 at 7:45 pm Link to this comment
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I have a suggestion. Which is that the government of any state exists
solely and only because the majority of the citizens of that state have
the same world view as do the leaders of the government. How does a
corporation come into existence? I suggest the same way every time. A
person, or group of people are in business and are greedy and / or
irresponsible; and in most cases both; and want to have those flaws
excused. So they form a corporation, under the assumption they won’t
individually held responsible for any illegal actions; and under the
assumption they will eventually go public and through selling the stock
they personally get, get a lot more money than they would ever get
from bank loans or profit sharing.

When you work in a company that was formed out of avoiding
responsibility and being greedy, and the consciousness of the majority
of the population becomes considerably corrupt, then most such
employees will do terrible things.

Any time the majority of the citizens develop personal integrity; with
which it is impossible to be irresponsible or greedy; than most of the
employees in companies in that country will behave properly.

As the Pogo strip character said, “I have seen the enemy and it is us”.
Let us support a drive for moral character in all, and stop the
assumption you can reform the government through effective

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By bggi666, February 15, 2010 at 1:33 pm Link to this comment
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“Creating a climate of [manufactured, imaginary] fear is to obscure the truth” a quote by Deitrich Hitlers chief of security about the tactic that Himmler used and subsequently resurrected by the Republican Party which admittedly uses NAZI tactics as confessed by former RNC chairman Ed Rollins during an impromtu interview in the mid 90’s when he was asked, why the Republicans use the same tactics as the NAZI’s used saying ‘if these tactics worked for the NAZI’s they will work for us[the Republoan Party]why wouldn’t we use the same tactics the NAZI’s used’.

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By no mans land, February 15, 2010 at 8:13 am Link to this comment


Couldn’t agree more…

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By diman, February 15, 2010 at 6:35 am Link to this comment

Why would Obama increase military spending? Because war is what keeps the economy going, in the face of total economic collapse, only the military industrial complex can save the day with all the wars in the Middle East, they create jobs. As perverted as it may sound but this is the society we are living in. “War is the engine of the progress”, whoever coined this phrase, new exactly what it meant. What a pathetic creatures we are.

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By G.Anderson, February 15, 2010 at 12:12 am Link to this comment

Yes exactly, let the proles argue about issues for which there are no solutions. Give them a bill, here and there to make them think their making some progress. Divide them on those same issues, abortion, religion, immigration, etc., keep them preoccupied while, gutting rights, and labor. Make them believe that there’s a difference between Republicans and Democrats….the country is collapsing…while people are diverted..

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