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Chris Hedges on the ‘Disintegrated’ Media, Cultural Illiteracy

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In case it wasn’t clear from his columns, Chris Hedges is not optimistic about the state of American media and chagrined by the future of a culture in which “people don’t read anymore,” as he notes in this interview with Media Roots. Hedges doesn’t spare the Internet in this critique, either, pegging online news as a “big game of telephone” that ignores the journalistic standards of reporting and vetting set, if not always followed, by “old” media.  —KA

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By mullet911, March 23, 2011 at 8:39 am Link to this comment

Like I said, This is as good as it gets for amrca.

If you undercut Obama, you are going to get some brain dead hillbilly that will pander to christians while allowing the bankers and the generals to wreak havoc around the world. In other words, The Illuminati.

Fight The Illuminati

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By DigThis, March 23, 2011 at 8:25 am Link to this comment

Mr. Hedges MIGHT be displaying symptoms of PTSD.  Here are just a few of the many indications:
-Sense of a limited future
-Feelings of alienation, and detachment
-Difficulty concentrating
-Irritability/anger
http://www.helpguide.org/mental/post_traumatic_stress_disorder_symptoms_treatment.htm

If so, I hope people who know him will recognize the symptoms and provide direct support and help.  PTSD can be treated.  He still has much to contribute to the world.

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By Gary Mont, March 22, 2011 at 11:21 pm Link to this comment

mullet911:
“Obama is hand-cuffed. He can’t do much. The pigs are in controll.”

I’m pretty sure you’re just tossing red mullets, but, if you’re really interested in understanding why Obama has done absolutley nothing useful since taking office - or rather, receiving office - simply spend a little time and investigate who his backers are. Look into who financed his election campaign. See who his mentors were. Look into his past poltical dealings. Examine who he has positioned near him at the top. Note what things he has NOT done, that any real Democratic party member would normally have done after defeating a dishonest Republican government.

Consider the Bush Crime Family’s conundrum…

When you know you’re going to lose the election, even though you have the vote process firmly fixed, the only thing left you can do to maintain control and keep a lid on the crimes committed while you were in office, is to send all the members of the opposition party nice pictures of their children playing in the school yard and then politically wack all the opposition candidates, and then bring in a ringer - a fellow Fascist who dresses and speaks and acts like an opposition statesman. He’ll get elected by a landslide

Barack Obama.

You can full all of The People most of the time and most of The People all of the time. Even Oprah.

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By mullet911, March 22, 2011 at 6:10 pm Link to this comment

I figured something out when Clinton was prez: This is as good as Amrca gets. Obama is hand-cuffed. He can’t do much. The pigs are in controll.

The only way to beat the Illuminati is through tax and bank reform. 

Clean up Wall St and everything else will follow.

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By sallysense, March 22, 2011 at 3:52 pm Link to this comment

(have been a life-long democrat for almost 40 years… though often enough in name only… as my votes go elsewhere…

and say what you want about ralph nader… but he’s been the best vote on my ballot more than once…

so what is considered entirely dismissible to some… is not considered entirely dismissible to all others)...

(and with this country’s intelligence agencies rooted in rich powerful wall street lawyers… and military cronies… and top corporate big shots including oil’s…

we don’t even hafta guess where the best interests of intelligence lie…

and just seeing what’s happening confirms that)... smile

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By mullet911, March 22, 2011 at 3:05 pm Link to this comment

There are spies everywhere.  Why wouldn’t there be? Airfare is cheap and an internet connection is cheaper.

The twitter revolution is real, people! Believe it!  Why would you want to be ruled by a crusty old monarch?

People have figured it out. Obama is not going to prop up the dictators. People are rushing out on to the street to get their freedom.

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By Gary Mont, March 22, 2011 at 12:50 pm Link to this comment

To mullet911,

Methinks that underneath the “scabs” of this “biggest geo-politcal event since the fall of the Soviet Union” will be found the CIA, Wall Street and the American Fascist Empire, setting up the rationale for the next invasion in their Hundred Year War.

Then again, I get the feeling you already know this.

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By mullet911, March 22, 2011 at 8:27 am Link to this comment

If you’ve been around for a while you would know Ralph Nader is a stooge.  He pops his head up once in a while to whail about war criminals. He is entirely dismissable.

Ralph Nader, Naomi Klein and Denis Kucinich couldn’t organize a 3 car parade.

What is going on in the middle east right now is earth shattering. This is the biggest geo-politcal event since the fall of the Soviet Union.

Time to pull off the scabs.

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By Litl Bludot, March 21, 2011 at 4:26 pm Link to this comment

NADER DEMANDS PUBLIC HEARINGS IN EVERY US DISTRICT THAT HAS NUCLEAR PLANT TO CLOSE THEM AND NO MORE LICENSING

phone Washington 202 456 1111

Nuclear industry and Obama playing Russian Roulette with the American People
http://www.democracynow.org/2011/3/18/why_are_we_playing_russian_roulette

closed monetized minds, Obama, energy secretary Chou, will not meet with nuclear power critics, union of concerned scientists, but only with nuclear corporate allies, technological insanity, won’t be financed by bankster, but only by taxpayers.  Closed “monetized minds” in Washington.  Obama’s rush to defend nuclear power by Obama, a cheerleader for Nuclear polluters. Obama likes “clean coal”, and hides continuing oil disaster in Gulf

NADER DEMANDS IMPEACHMENT OF OBAMA AS WAR CRIMINAL

“Many legal experts know that Obama is committing war crimes and should be impeached, veterans for peace want us out of Iraq and Afghanistan, Obama committing worse crimes than Bush in Afghanistan “innocents are being slaughters, using state secrets,  CIA engaging in illegal surveillance “running wild”, “if Bush should have been impeached, Obama should be impeached”

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/3/18/daniel_ellsberg_joins_peace_activists_risking

At this time, the longer citizens wait to stop the corporate fascism takeover of the US, as described by Chris Hedges, who you people seem to follow, the less chance there is going to be to keep the planet from being destroyed by disaster capitalism, as described by Naomi Klein.  Google it, if you’re ignorant of what is happening to your country and the world by “monetized minds” the term used by Ralph Nader, the only guy that I can see that has dedicated his life to citizens of this country, has the knowledge and brilliance and organizational skills, the knowledge base to lead the effort to end the corporate fascist takeover.  The longer you people believe that Obama is a moral human being, the less chance we and all life on this planet have of making it to the next century without living in toxic, ugly, lifeless world.  Please people, realize Obama is a fake, a frenemy, he will not even listen to you, he is a tool of the corporate fascists.

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By mullet911, March 20, 2011 at 9:27 am Link to this comment

If you want to fight the Illuminati the best way to do it is through bank and tax reform.  In that regard the Democrats are #winning. If JP Morgan threatens to cap debit card spending at $50 you know they’re doing something right.

Reform Wall St and everything else will follow smile

http://money.cnn.com/2011/03/10/pf/debit_cards_limit/index.htm

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By Gary Mont, March 19, 2011 at 3:10 pm Link to this comment

Well, here’s another wee bit of reality you can all ignore.

Naught will change in the Ex-USA until “They The People” realize that the Vote process has been intercepted and commericialized as a consumer pacifier, and is no longer a threat to the ruling corporate interests who now occupy the seat of government.

Your presidents, congress-critters and other so-called “representatives” are no longer dependant upon the whims of The People’s vote. They’re put into and dropped out of office by the same board of directors that planned and executed the 9/11 based war-plan, the super-profittable financial fiascos and bailouts, and the consequent complete conquest of the USA.

Until you realize you have been invaded and defeated and are currently under occupation by the real enemy of freedom, you’re never going to recognise the real enemy, let alone figure out how to defeat it.

“If the vote was effective, it would be illegal.”

Ok now, back to your regularly scheduled pablum.

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By sallysense, March 19, 2011 at 1:25 pm Link to this comment

(hiya again renzo… obama’s first run for office was for an illinois state senate seat in 1996…

and sometimes knowing what to do…

means we know what not to do)... smile

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By RenZo, March 19, 2011 at 12:25 pm Link to this comment

@ sallysense, March 19 at 3:01 pm

I was not fully awake during the primaries (don’t ask, I won’t tell) and do not have any clear idea about his tactics then. I remember clear awareness that he was ignoring/violating his campaign promises (both what he SAID, and what we HEARD, those being perhaps different)after he was elected. He didn’t even admit it and explain it, as if he didn’t remember what he promised (or seemed to us to stand for). He has been a great disappointment, I must admit, but alas better than Republicons.

No one speaks about it, no one… but it is clear to me that both parties (including the President) base their ‘political positions’ on 1) pleasing the money lenders and 2) what their focus groups tell them they can get away with. Shameful to call this Democracy. More like Focusgroupacracy.

A strategy to change this situation escapes me personally, but it will likely take decades of organized, dedicated, society wide adaptation to get ready to make it happen. Losing unions seems like the very last nail in the coffin of representative government, since the corporations will have NO fungible counterweight.

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By sallysense, March 19, 2011 at 11:01 am Link to this comment

hiya renzo…

to me someone who really cares about all the people…

isn’t going to get into politics by doing such an underhanded thing like using a sneaky tactic to get rid of worthy opponents on the ballot so he could win…

(what does that tell you about a person’s demeanor…

to even resort to something like that to begin with…

and not have the conscientiousness of fair play to either apply the golden rule or stop it altogether)...

everybody complains about so few choices on the ballot…

well barack obama made that happen on his very first run for office when he underhandedly used a sneaky tactic that got rid of all of his worthy opponents…

and then look at his actual work record in politics… (this’un had checked it out and it wasn’t worthy of my vote)...

and now look at his work record… (and he’ll never get my vote in the future either)...

do you think that someone who was not above board with his fellow opponents…

was going to be anymore above board with his fellow americans ?... and has he been ?... no!...

(will vote for ralph nader again if he runs)...

best wishes’n'ways for today to dawn on!... smile

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By dman canada, March 18, 2011 at 10:45 pm Link to this comment
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I’d be really intrested to hear more on Chris’ opinion of 9/11. Theres a couple of youtube video’s where people ask him what he thinks about it. To me at least it seems like Hedges is deadly accurate on everything accept 9/11 it’s just a line he should cross. He probabley knows it was inside job too but just fears intellectual discrediment and ostricism. Anways I have found he just does a crushingly perfect narrative of American culture in empire of illusion. It would be soo amazing for him to write and literate about the transformation of politcal, social culture post 9/11. Anythoughts anyone? and f anyone who dosn’t belive the theory. Check Building 7!

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By RenZo, March 18, 2011 at 10:19 pm Link to this comment

@ Litl Bludot, March 18 at 6:37 pm

You seem lost in a forest of polemic, a strange forest, with tall trees you cannot name correctly. Clearly you think (or hope) that some stupid (liberal) person will read your posting and suddenly, like St Paul, be lightning-struck with the perfect realization that Obama is the devil incarnate. Not.

No matter how middling he seems, I cannot imagine any Republicon who would be “better”. With that out of the way, let me also point out that I realized how he was leaning when he took office and did not accept the resignations of all 93 US Attorneys (the ones that W appointed, and Rove bullied into prosecuting political rivals). The first President (on party change) not to do so in…. well I don’t know how long.

By not firing them, and replacing them with new political apointees, he signaled clearly that he was ‘bipartisan’, and most importantly that he would not be seeking to investigate any of their actions while in office. Likewise, of course, with the war criminals (and thiefs and liars) of the last administration. Thus not only does he protect them and become, in doing so, complicit in their crimes, but he also establishes more firmly than ever the principle that Presidents are above the law. Then too, he is continuing many of the same things that made Republicons criminals, and assumes the same status as them in doing so.

But it strikes me that I write this cute analysis, not for you, in the hopes that my lightning bolts will convert you, but rather to show the reasoning to others more closely aligned with my views. They are educable, and I do have hope for them.

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By RayLan, March 18, 2011 at 6:56 pm Link to this comment

Democrat and Republican - Tweedle-dee-dee and Tweedle-dee-dumber

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By Litl Bludot, March 18, 2011 at 2:37 pm Link to this comment

Ralph Nader calling for impeachment of Obama for war crimes and domestic
crimes, very end of segment of Democracy Now.

I know almost all good Democrats think that only Republicans commit
impeachable acts, not the charming, Harvard educated community organizer,
who
just happened to work on wall street before that, but well—let’s forget about
that
and who he’s surrounded himself with, or who he’s killed and tortured, or that he’s
given away the treasury of this country to con artist banksters, or that he is
spending 12 billion a month on war, that’s all ok though, because, he’s a
Democrat, and besides, it could be worse.

Since Obama is doing the same crimes and worse as Bush and Cheney, on
Democracy Now today’s show at the very end of it, in the last seconds, Ralph
Nader called for the impeachment of Obama for war crimes, and for directing
the CIA to break laws, and our laws in our constitution, on the books, you know, the ones
we have to follow or get thown in jail.

Just wondering if any of the liberals here who voted for the creep are able to
recognize that they made the wrong decision and should call for Obama’s
impeachment, arrest and jailing for crimes against humanity and our
constitution.

Otherwise, it seems clear that it’s ok for your guy to commit crimes, but not
anyone else. .  Some may call that hypocrisy.  Besides, that’s what wing nut
nazis Republicans do, not you ethical, humanitarian, liberal Democrats.

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/3/18/daniel_ellsberg_joins_peace_activis
ts_risking

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By SEEK TRUTH, March 18, 2011 at 11:21 am Link to this comment

Surfnow,
You hit the nail on the head! I started my formal education in 1940, finished it in 1952,using the 15th Century technology. The longer I live the more I relaize that I understand life and know how to handle technical problems better than the majority of US Citizens educated with the assist of modern technology. I believe we will all suffer in the long run. I watch my grand-children struggle with the new teaching philosophy and see high-school graduates unable to make change while clerking in a store or fast-food place. What is wrong with memorizing the multiplication, division, addition and substraction tables? Schools now depend on computers do do this; how can anyone make inteligent decisions if one can’t make simple math calculations in their head?


When enough people become too poor to even pay the cost of private schooling for their children they will finally understand why public schools with qualified teachers working under the protection of a Union was so important. Unfortunately, it will be too late for them and their children. Maybe there will be future generations that can restore sanity; provided the earth is still habitable. Unfortunately, this will only happen if everyone realizes there is no god to help us - WE ARE IT!

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By surfnow, March 18, 2011 at 7:59 am Link to this comment

AS a high school teacher I see it all of the time. My students this year, with all of their technology, are insulated, totally uninformed, uncultured and apathetic- the only things that excite them are the latest I-Pad, Facebook and immature gossiping.Phonies like Bill Gates go on and on about the value of technology in education but I haven’t seen it. Students in the 1960s were far more insightful, articulate and committed with only a 15th century technology at their disposal- books.

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By RayLan, March 18, 2011 at 7:21 am Link to this comment

I never believed in the American Dream because it was all about having - rather than being.  American culture is existentially bankrupt and always has been. It just took a lot of reality-testing to prove that.
The central lie of course, is a Utopian one, engendered by the unholy union of Protestant Puritanism and capitalism. Apart from a sadistic despotism, nothing could be more dangerous than an anointed greed. An acquisitive life believed to be blessed and protected by God.
And nothing could be a deeper and more destructive lie.
Americans try to have their religious cake and eat it too, faithfully going to church on Sundays and playing the market during the week.
Something had to give and it did. Marx got some things wrong, especially about historical dialectic but his claim that religion is the opium of the masses, especiallly in a capitalistic society was deadly accurate.
These God-fearing capitalist should carefully study the Bible of their pseudo-Christianity instead of the Wall Street Journal.

“Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
Matthew 19:24

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By 43t9fisldjfdsfqo9rg3, March 18, 2011 at 3:36 am Link to this comment
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The only people offended by “When Atheism Becomes Religion” are the ones the book was aimed at in the first place. It’s a great work and only has poor online reviews because much of Hitchens’ brainless, amoral audience overlaps with Hedges’ in a great fit of misinterpretation, unfortunately.

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By John, March 18, 2011 at 1:33 am Link to this comment
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God, he looks utterly defeated. That’s depressing.

Newspeak is here. He’s right.

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By Mark A. Goldman, March 18, 2011 at 1:03 am Link to this comment

On alternate days I think and feel the way Hedges across here. I think he is admitting that he doesn’t know what to do about the current state of affairs and he is confusing that with hopelessness.  But I don’t think that will remain his permanent state of mind. What he is not taking account of is the possibility of a black swan event… which is to say a transformation that is not planned for, anticipated, orchestrated, or sponsored by some leader or movement.  It was not long ago that blacks could not sit at a lunch counter with a white person; that there was no such thing as a cell phone or the internet.  There was no recognition that the economy could possibly collapse overnight or that an earthquake could bring to its knees the second most powerful economy in the world.  The truth is, we are all connected, that the human spirit does not want to be subjugated and that it’s possible that when it looks like there is nothing left to live for that people will put their heads and hearts together and find a way to turn things around… after all when there’s nothing else to lose people might very well go for broke.
  Jefforson predicted this when he said, in so many words, that every few generations or so we’re going to have to spill some blood to stay free.  We are not willing to do that now because we’re still too comfortable, we still have so much that we can’t imagine living like some other people do every day and have since they were born.  So we’re complacent.  Whether I or Chris is alive to see this transformation happen I don’t know, but empires throughout history have risen and fallen, there were dark ages and somehow a kind of age of enlightenment.  The truth is, God is real and not a myth.  Most people don’t know that, but it’s true.  In our heart of hearts we know we’re being stupid; it’s just too inconvenient and dangerous to stand alone and get beaten up, jailed, tortured, and humiliated trying to stand alone against a power we know can take us down and no one will give a damn, or if they do, be able to do anything about it.  Viz…Bradley Manning.  But someday a lot of people will have enough of this crap; and they won’t care anymore if they live or die because living like this won’t be worth it.  It won’t even be any fun anymore for rich people to have to slog along trying to keep the charade going.

Will it be too late for humanity by the time we wake up?  I don’t think so.  Like I said, God is real and not a myth.  It’s possible that we are all a failed experiment.  But something tells me that He doesn’t see it that way.
http://www.gpln.com

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By Gary Mont, March 18, 2011 at 12:52 am Link to this comment

“Its over - we lost.”

I wish I could disagree with Chris’s sentiments, but it is obvious that he has actually been paying attention and has read and understood the writing on the wall.

I wish the rest of the world was capable of seeing that wall, but as Chris mentioned, they’re almost all illiterate and cannot read what is written thereon anyway, and those who are technically literate, simly don’t read.

And sadly, those whose wealth and position make them the perfect candidates for pulling humanity’s ashes out of the fire, are all busy turning the world into dollars, in the hopes of making a pile of money tall enough to reach heaven, before the fire consumes the piles.

Amazingly, the dinosaurs lasted much, much longer than humanity and left far less of a mess behind.

Well, maybe not so amazing actually.

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By ChaviztaKing, March 17, 2011 at 11:48 pm Link to this comment

Hello all, what Chris Hedges is saying in this video of his interview, is something related to what Arnold Shwarzenegger claimed about the internet destroying the human spirit. And Arnold Shwarznegger was correct when he claimed that the modern sedentary american lifestyle of lap tops, facebook, youtube, ipods, blackberries, cell phones, digital tv and cell phones is turning american males into afeminate girly boys, low in will power, working spirit, determination and drive and unable to have the necessary agressiveness and will power that the revolutionary modern world demands.

And this is true, even though the internet has lots of philosophy, science and knowledge on the good and positive side. It is also true that the internet is also full of satanic immoral anti-christian temptations like porn, spending mindless hours on facebook, and other social networks, video game addiction, and other things like for example the excess of videos and audios, that which Chris Hedges mentioned which kills and destroys book-reading skills and book-reading habits.

I bet that the people of the 1950s were a lot smarter than the people of today.  Because the negative impact of internet is that it destroys the strength of the body and mind.

However if we are utilitarian and progressive we can use the internet for positive things like philosophy, science and knowledge


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By Healy, March 17, 2011 at 11:21 pm Link to this comment

The answer is in the document that created this nation, and is something we here all know and are very aware of.  But we also know that the will to enact upon such words does not exist among the people, and it is thus that “it’s over” and “they’ve won.”

But let us remember anyway:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.” - The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776.

Robert Healy

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By doublestandards/glasshouses, March 17, 2011 at 5:34 pm Link to this comment
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Do you get the picture?  Destroy public education, abolish child labor laws, destroy unions, and you have unlimited cheap labor and the return of sweat shops.  This is the race to the bottom which the international trade agreements of the 1990’s were meant to bring about.

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By doublestandards/glasshouses, March 17, 2011 at 5:21 pm Link to this comment
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What’s coming: Republican governor of Maine wants to abolish child labor laws.  http://thinkprogress.org
If they will work for $2 a day maybe some of those manufacturing jobs that went to Mexico, Indonesia, and Southeast Asia will come back to America.

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By Josh, March 17, 2011 at 4:49 pm Link to this comment
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I love Hedges.  He’s no-BS.

Q: What inspirational words would you offer those trying to make a positive change to society?

Hedges: “It’s over.  We’ve undergone a coup d’etat, and they’ve [the corporate state has] won.  We’ve lost.”

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By Miko, March 17, 2011 at 4:33 pm Link to this comment
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jamie: “Wasn’t he ( and maybe still is ) a great
believer in Christ”

Yes.

“and that everything will be fine, if we just get rid
of the atheist’s.”

No.  He did release a fairly poor book with the
really unfortunate title “I Don’t Believe in
Atheists” (later retitled “When Atheism Becomes
Religion”), but it wost definitely did not call for
getting rid of atheists.  Rather, he pointed out
certain forms of atheism that he felt were similar in
outlook to fundamentalist religion.  Speaking as an
atheist, I respect Hedges’ work on combating
fundamentalist religion and am glad to call him an
ally even if I disagree with him on some points.

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By doublestandards/glasshouses, March 17, 2011 at 4:12 pm Link to this comment
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What’s coming: http://blog.troubletown.com

I’m not surprised that he’s tired or bored.  Many of the people here are too young to fully grasp what he is saying.  What ever decency exists in the US came as a result of influence exerted by the liberal class and it is no longer there.  It is an immeasurable catastrophy for the nation.  How can you be a “fan” of someone who is telling you that the world as we have known it is coming to an end?

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By jamie, March 17, 2011 at 2:03 pm Link to this comment
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Wasn’t he ( and maybe still is ) a great believer in Christ and that everything will be fine, if we just get rid of the atheist’s.
I do think he is correct about America and where it is heading…right down the tubes.

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By sallysense, March 17, 2011 at 12:56 pm Link to this comment

misled pressure levered by today…


they pulled the plug on his conscience…
then swung it from a hardball fallen chain…
with a starter pistol’s single novice gunshot…
at some distant signal missing real aim…

(well what can a man ever count on…
when insight still won’t find itself to say…
it saw how contemplation wound up stolen…
under misled pressure levered by today!)...

they spiked drawn vains on his ego…
and stained him into flooded exchange…
over target-riddled prejudicial capers…
of participating robberies in his brain…

(now what can a man ever count on…
when insight still won’t find itself to say…
it saw how contemplation wound up stolen…
under misled pressure levered by today!)...

from fabricated thought-sealed hot spots…
refinishers will contract off his claim…
with livelihood primed up enough to offer…
a fine excuse to profit through their gain…

(so what can a man ever count on…
when insight still won’t find itself to say…
it saw how contemplation wound up stolen…
under misled pressure levered by today!)...

best wishes’n'ways for today to dawn upon!... smile

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By James WIlson, March 17, 2011 at 12:29 pm Link to this comment
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“Denial” is one stage of grief (Dying civilization?). “Anger” is certainly going on. I noted a hint of “Resignation” and “Depression” in Chris Hedges video (an activist/warrior that has given up!). I don’t think it is “boredom”.

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By TheEnd, March 17, 2011 at 12:26 pm Link to this comment

He seems… kind of… stoned.  I’m not trying to be funny but he really labored over some simple Q&A.  It’s more likely he is just really tired.  Take some time off, Chris; the miserable world will be here once you rest up.

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By mitchum22, March 17, 2011 at 11:42 am Link to this comment

I’m the world’s biggest Hedges fan, but this clip should be trashed. He seems bored out of his mind, and is not worthy of him. (Or us.)

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By mullet911, March 17, 2011 at 10:36 am Link to this comment

Chris Hedges is totally my man. I high-five everyone in site when he speaks.

However, objective analysis and simple facts do not move the body politic. You need a way to get to the dim-wits in the factories and the call centers. The Alex Jones conspiracy stuff has infected every layer of society. Painfully, this is demonstrated quite clearly in how the illuminati changed the tea party message from “hang the bankers” to “wheres Obamas birth certificate.”

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By ChaviztaKing, March 17, 2011 at 1:14 am Link to this comment

A revolutionary song dedicated to people who feel that the USA right now is a puppet state of capitalists, of satanic European Zionist mafias who own USA:

USA National Anthem


Oh, say! can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming;
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there:
Oh, say! does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In fully glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh, long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution!
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Oh, thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n-rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust”:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.


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