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Posted on Jan 24, 2010

By Chris Hedges

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“Inverted totalitarianism reverses things,” Wolin writes. “It is politics all of the time but a politics largely untempered by the political. Party squabbles are occasionally on public display, and there is a frantic and continuous politics among factions of the party, interest groups, competing corporate powers, and rival media concerns. And there is, of course, the culminating moment of national elections when the attention of the nation is required to make a choice of personalities rather than a choice between alternatives. What is absent is the political, the commitment to finding where the common good lies amidst the welter of well-financed, highly organized, single-minded interests rabidly seeking governmental favors and overwhelming the practices of representative government and public administration by a sea of cash.” 

Hollywood, the news industry and television, all corporate controlled, have become instruments of inverted totalitarianism. They censor or ridicule those who critique or challenge corporate structures and assumptions. They saturate the airwaves with manufactured controversy, whether it is Tiger Woods or the dispute between Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien. They manipulate images to make us confuse how we are made to feel with knowledge, which is how Barack Obama became president. And the draconian internal control employed by the Department of Homeland Security, the military and the police over any form of popular dissent, coupled with the corporate media’s censorship, does for inverted totalitarianism what thugs and bonfires of books do in classical totalitarian regimes.

“It seems a replay of historical experience that the bias displayed by today’s media should be aimed consistently at the shredded remains of liberalism,” Wolin writes. “Recall that an element common to most 20th century totalitarianism, whether Fascist or Stalinist, was hostility towards the left. In the United States, the left is assumed to consist solely of liberals, occasionally of ‘the left wing of the Democratic Party,’ never of democrats.”

Liberals, socialists, trade unionists, independent journalists and intellectuals, many of whom were once important voices in our society, have been silenced or targeted for elimination within corporate-controlled academia, the media and government. Wolin, who taught at Berkeley and later at Princeton, is arguably the country’s foremost political philosopher. And yet his book was virtually ignored. This is also why Ralph Nader, Dennis Kucinich and Cynthia McKinney, along with intellectuals like Noam Chomsky, are not given a part in our national discourse.

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The uniformity of opinion is reinforced by the skillfully orchestrated mass emotions of nationalism and patriotism, which paints all dissidents as “soft” or “unpatriotic.” The “patriotic” citizen, plagued by fear of job losses and possible terrorist attacks, unfailingly supports widespread surveillance and the militarized state. This means no questioning of the $1 trillion in defense-related spending. It means that the military and intelligence agencies are held above government, as if somehow they are not part of government. The most powerful instruments of state power and control are effectively removed from public discussion. We, as imperial citizens, are taught to be contemptuous of government bureaucracy, yet we stand like sheep before Homeland Security agents in airports and are mute when Congress permits our private correspondence and conversations to be monitored and archived. We endure more state control than at any time in American history. 

The civic, patriotic and political language we use to describe ourselves remains unchanged. We pay fealty to the same national symbols and iconography. We find our collective identity in the same national myths. We continue to deify the Founding Fathers. But the America we celebrate is an illusion. It does not exist. Our government and judiciary have no real sovereignty. Our press provides diversion, not information. Our organs of security and power keep us as domesticated and as fearful as most Iraqis. Capitalism, as Karl Marx understood, when it emasculates government, becomes a revolutionary force. And this revolutionary force, best described as inverted totalitarianism, is plunging us into a state of neo-feudalism, perpetual war and severe repression. The Supreme Court decision is part of our transformation by the corporate state from citizens to prisoners.

Chris Hedges, a Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent, writes a column published every Monday on Truthdig. His latest book is “Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle.”


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By gerard, January 27, 2010 at 3:36 pm Link to this comment

REPEAT ENTRY, ROUGH DRAFT SLIGHTLY REVISED:

This recent move of the Supremes is so outrageous it is just begging for a radical return act similar to returning a top-spin ball with a smash into the Court’s court, so to speak.

CAFE - Citizens Advocating Free Elections, a public movement spanning all parties and individuals who want to get corporate money out of government and politics once and for all.

A REVOLUTION OF THE SPIRIT OF INDEPENDENCE. 
A CITIZENS’ NONVIOLENT REVOLT.

MOTTO, POINT OF EMPHASIS, TAGS ETC.  “We cannot be bought” (echo of 60s tune. “We will not be moved!”)
“Take your money and stick it!”  “People, not money!”
etc “Thanks—but no thanks!”

MAIN THEME—We promise NOT to support any candidate or measure that accepts corporate money for advertising, promotion or so-called “education”.

We will support only candidates who REFUSE corporate support.  Our reasons are based on ethical principles of democratic rights, democratic access, democratic procedures, etc. Enough of graft, secret deals and K Street finagling! 

Keep Congress and government informed and ask for cooperation.  Where possible, influence verbally on basis of political wisdom, not political expediency.

Heavy, concentrated local community activism coordinated by local representatives whose principles set forth in a statement of purpose worked out in cooperation free from pressures of any monied interest. 

Only contributions from individuals will be accepted for this campaign, and legislation proposed and supported by us will be for the benefit of the commonwealth of ordinary citizens, improving the lot of those most in need. Take the money out of war; put it in education, justice, freedom of individual thought and speech, and equality regardless of age, creed or color.

Approach all media, especially local media, and ask for cooperation and for donation of free time and space, for fairness and accuracy in reporting, etc.
(Requires lots of local individual participation which, in the process, would heal a lot of our present apathy and despair.)
  Main idea:  Free speech is free. Corporate speech is PAID SPEECH.  Praise media who cooperate.  Stress integrity at every level. Concentrate on grassroots educatioin and activities, debates on issues etc. Encourage local leadership, speakers, meetings. Keep records of results and evaluations.

Join with other groups already working on this problem.  Work for unified impact and benefit from their experience. It’s not that we have to invent the wheel.

Emphasize creativity in actions, cultivate friendliness and enthusiasm. Empowerment. STAND UP FOR PEOPLE WHO STAND UP FOR PEOPLE,  etc.

SUB-THEME: make clear the use of war as economic stimulus and job creation.  Dependence on military industrial complex as cause of national demoralization. Therefore, immediate need to end war cycle. 

If successful at any level or in any part, results could be used for second step—organizing to passpas legislation to support new laws for campaign reform so long hoped for.

Sounds naive?  Maybe so, but it’s also creative, surprising, nonthreatening, and might appeal to large numbers of disengaged people to make change before further disintegration morphs into violent protests.

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By John, January 27, 2010 at 1:14 pm Link to this comment
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Charles Dharapak’s satirical photo of the Supreme Court demonstrates both prejudice and ignorance by lumping a courageous minority dissent into the same stinking cesspool of the majority. Charles Dharapak hold be a bit less hysterical, less prejudiced and less bigoted.

To lump the courageous dissent with the majority they clearly disagree with is just plain ignorant prejudice. But to do it knowing they dissent is nothing less than bigotry. This does not facilitate the debate but slams the door shut.

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By ofersince72, January 27, 2010 at 12:55 pm Link to this comment

Not at all nightgaunt….Just wonderin bout you…
This week u callin someone else a dumbass for sayin
the same things as you
All commune115 was sayin..
We are beyond a political fix….You took him to task
on that….So he may not have the particulars of
French Rev..big deal…he was making a point…

So i made everything inside to beltway rediculous
and comic…as it is…
Called me a dumbass….  dumbass!!!!!

I have read your stuff….Ain’t no news breaking stuff there…. We all fightin the same cause callin
each other dumbass, no wonder the progressive
vote is in the toilet….you don’t state anything
but the obvious yourself

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By Night-Gaunt, January 27, 2010 at 12:51 pm Link to this comment

Samson do you have anymore to say bout ;the article itself instead of complaining about others who aren’t staying directly on topic? If you do it would help your cause more than your obtuse criticism of some of the writers here.

Democracy in America is a sick joke played on us all the time. What do you have to say about that?

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By Samson, January 27, 2010 at 12:43 pm Link to this comment

A very fascinating article.

One would think it would generate an equally fascinating discussion.  But, isn’t it interesting how the place where that could occur instead gets hijacked by a few people who loudly hold an arcane argument about stuff no one else cares about.

Me, I think that’s not an accident.

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By Michael Shaw, January 27, 2010 at 12:30 pm Link to this comment
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Chris, you’re right on the money! This article should be mandatory reading for the entire population. Sadly, however and as you point out, it would fall on mostly deafened ears.

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By John, January 27, 2010 at 12:26 pm Link to this comment
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I simply can not avoid reading anything by Chris Hedges. He is clearly one of the most powerful writers in America and I have frequently thrown his books against a wall. Not because he’s wrong but because I fear he is right. I read him with caution for he has a rather sloppy habit of stating conclusions as facts that remain unsupported by any authority (e.g., he wrote elsewhere ‘More Vietnam veterans committed suicide than died in the war.” based on what authority?) and his vituperative and grossly unfair attacks on the so-called “new atheists” (in the screed called “I don’t believe in atheists”) was just plain ignorant and bigoted.

That said, Hedges remains a powerful (though too hysterical) voice that I can not make myself tune out. Perhaps someday he will have something to say other than “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!”

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By Night-Gaunt, January 27, 2010 at 12:13 pm Link to this comment

No Ofersince72, do you? Why don’t you actually say something substantial? Don’t just ask such half baked questions boardering on the rhetorical. Be specific in what bothers you.

My analogy with the Ukraine, C.Curtis.Dillon was with the act of voting and nothing else. Our own system is so riddled with graft and corruption it is hardly representative of the people. I was careful.

]In a Democracy, the people get the government they deserve “- Hunter S. Thompson/Alexis de Tocqueville

I very much disagree with both Mr. Thompson & de Tocqueville on that. Most of us never get the gov’t we want in the first place!

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By JDmysticDJ, January 27, 2010 at 11:27 am Link to this comment

Rorschach

You commented,

“Protest only serves to embolden our rulers.”

Can you offer some examples that support this assertion?

I would agree that protest causes repressive regimes to become more repressive, but that increased repression sometimes leads to the downfall of that repressive regime, or at the least, a re-evaluation of repressive policies. My assertion would be especially true of regimes founded on democratic principles, with democratic institutions.

Grass roots and populace movements are in fact a form of protest against established governance.

Public protest is, and has been an effective method for citizens who wish to have their grievances addressed.

Public protest serves to make grievances, to one degree or another, a subject of political discourse. (Unfortunately, The Tea Bagger example serves to reinforce this assertion.)

Given the current state of affairs, what do you suggest would be a more effective method of re-establishing true democratic principles?

Unless you can offer another more effective method, public protest remains, as the only effective method for the common people to have their grievances addressed.
 
Of course, political protest is difficult, and it may sometimes seem ineffectual. It requires commitment.

]In a Democracy, the people get the government they deserve - Alexis de Tocqueville

[2]If the citizenry do not hold their officials to standards, then any government gets our of hand. So the question goes beyond taxation, and becomes how can we ever have a sound government, and the answer is by a principled populace. As has been said by Jefferson and Tocqueville, people get the government they deserve.

[3]What worries me though is the following quotation penned by Shakespeare in Julius Caesar: “Cassius suggests that the people get the government they deserve…”. This can be a good thing, if (and it’s a big “if”) the people do their homework and vote based on facts, not on rumor or innuendo.

[4]In a Democracy, The People Get the Government They Deserve. - Hunter S. Thompson

Allow me to paraphrase; in a democracy, the people get the democracy they earn.

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By gerard, January 27, 2010 at 10:45 am Link to this comment

REGARDING THE INFAMOUS COMMENT OF “UNREGISTERED COMMENTER” LISTED AS:
“By gerard, January 26 at 11:44 am #
(Unregistered commenter):

REWRITE:
Socrates: Sure, we have problems, but that doesn’t mean we should sit back and do nothing.  If this kind of political chicanery happened in the sixties there would have been an outpouring of dissent and people would have protested.  It’s time to take action instead of simply tolerating the pain.  Do you think a police state is what people want?

HERE’S THE ORIGINAL:

socrates, Shore were fucked, but that doesn’t mean we should sit back and take their bullshit. If this garbage happend in the sixties there would be an outporing of descent, and people would take notice and fight back.It’s time to fight back instead of bending over and over again and again.
Do you think the pigs should win?

“gerard”  IS THE REGISTERED NAME USED BY JEAN GERARD DURING THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS.  THE SEMI-LITERATE COMMENT ABOVE IN NO WAY FITS MY THOUGHT OR STYLE.  THIS MISTAKE SHOULD HAVE BEEN CAUGHT BY TRUTHDIG EDITORS, AND HAS NOT YET BEEN ACKNOWLEDGED, EXPLAINED OR CORRECTED BY TRUTHDIG, SO I’M DOING WHAT I CAN TO CLEAR THE MATTER UP.

Note to Truthdig:  You need not post this if I am wrong in my assumptions.  Just explain to me how this occurred.  You have my email address on file. One helpful person explained that it might be a “troll.”  Interesting.  What (who) are “trolls?”  Presumably, the familiar right wing provocateurs or the long arm of “Security.”

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By Bill Owen, January 27, 2010 at 10:15 am Link to this comment

How real change will come to America!

Hedges is correct. The game is up, no democracy for you!

The solution to our “problem” is being created by the robber barons themselves. Every day, each hour, they take more for themselves; their greed has no upper boundary.

Unemployment knows no party, hunger is not Democrat or Republican; the untreated illness of a child supersedes political philosophy.

Someday, soon, the undifferentiated free floating fear and hatred will find a home - it will find a focus - on the real enemy; and on that day, the teabaggers will unite with the Naderites, and the march on the palaces will begin.

That is my dream, that is my nightmare.

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By firefly, January 27, 2010 at 10:09 am Link to this comment

Hedges says “The fiction of democracy remains useful, not only for corporations, but for our bankrupt liberal class.”

The fiction of democracy is useful for the conservatives too.

Corporate powers and corporate media make conservatives believe that they make a difference to their own lives and democracy by voting in Republicans. Ever since WWII, there has been a steady stream of propaganda against communism, socialism and any leftwing governments in the world that don’t support the extreme capitalist ideology of the U.S.  Republican voters are brainwashed into believing that ‘government’ is evil, even one that is elected by the people. Without government interference, corporations have absolute ‘freedom’, but the notion that that particular kind of ‘freedom’ is good for society is misguided.

Capitalism and Democracy are not truly compatible, because capitalism unfairly concentrates power and wealth among a small segment of society that controls capital and derives its wealth through exploitation, which creates an unequal society, which then does not provide equal opportunities for everyone to maximise their potential.

America has become the very thing it fought against in its war for independence. The owners of multi-billion corporations are no different from the kings, tsars and emperors of ancient Europe. Laws are now made to protect them, and wars are fought to increase their hold on their wealth.

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By ofersince72, January 27, 2010 at 9:53 am Link to this comment

Mr. Dillon, you ought to try calling or writing
one of our representatives, it is really very
amusing..  Once I wrote mine about the really sad
Iraq destruction….and got a letter back about
abortion in Mexico City..

I will say, and he is not even my representative,
the Honorable John Conyers answered the phone
himself, talked on any issue I wanted to, and even
waited for me to hang up.

I was so stunned I was speechless.

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By firefly, January 27, 2010 at 9:28 am Link to this comment

christian96 says,
I suggest we start a new party called the “Christian Labor” party.  Now that should confuse some voters.
Our platform would be to unite Christians and Labor. Jesus did preach support for poor laboring people.
Wonder how Pat Robertson would handle that one?
—————————
Fantastic idea. Although it may not go down well with the Jewish, Muslim, Hindu etc communities. Perhaps an all encompassing religious labor party. The Party of God and Labor?? That would confuse everyone.

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By gregorylkruse, January 27, 2010 at 8:44 am Link to this comment
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I am going to discontinue donations to politicians except those who are fighting to save democracy.  I will watch Olbermann until they take him off the air, and I will cease support of any website that drops the issue of corporatocracy.  I am waiting to hear what Al Franken has to say, and I will put all my resources into Alan Grayson and Dennis Kucinich.  I will not vote until this “decision” is overturned.

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By C.Curtis.Dillon, January 27, 2010 at 8:20 am Link to this comment

Night-Gaunt:

Careful where you go with your comparisons.  I live in Ukraine and am watching a train wreck in slow motion right now.  There is no political system in Ukraine.  One only gets to vote for a few positions in this country ... president is one.  The Rada, our legislature, is not populated by direct vote.  We vote for blocks ... like Block Temoshenko or Party of the Regions.  They then get to select actual delegates who sit in the legislature.  There is no direct representation for the people and all the politicians are openly corrupt.  The constitution is a joke and so is the political process.  So, despite the mess in America, at the very least you can point to your representatives and even call them.  No such right here.

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By AS, January 27, 2010 at 6:07 am Link to this comment
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As always, Chris Hedges tells it like it is!

When one of the NYTimes op-ed columnists recently wrote yet another column about our President and his actions that do not reflect his promisses to the American people, I responded with the following comment:

For better or worse, Mr. Obama’s one year long presidency, has already proven what Andrew J. Bachewich (a professor of history & international relations at Boston University) had written in his 2008 superb book- “The Limits of Power/The End of American Exceptionalism”-:

“To say that a power elite directs the affairs of state is not to suggest the existence of some dark conspiracy. It is simply to acknowledge the way Washington actually works…policy making has become oligarchic rather than democratic…(in the) policy-making process…voices of privileged insiders carry unimaginably greater weight than those of the unwashed masses.”(page 82)

When in November of 2008, I finished my reading of this book, I had no choice but to agree with the multitude of reviewers who stated that Mr. Bachewich “writes with a passionate eloquence and moral urgency…(that he depicts) the Washington’s establishment’s dangerous delusions of omnipotence…”

My own impression was that if Mr. Bachewich were to be proven right, America, its people and perhaps the world at large, must be in big trouble, for according to Mr. Bachewich (page 182) “Americans appear determined to affirm Neibuhr’s axiom of willful self-destruction.”

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By ofersince72, January 27, 2010 at 1:07 am Link to this comment

Nightgaunt….?Do You Have an Ego Problem?

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By mcthorogood, January 26, 2010 at 11:51 pm Link to this comment

The U.S. Federal Reserve is a private corporation.  Today the third largest line item in the federal budget, behind military and social expenditures, is interest paid on the national debt. We are taxed to pay that interest, and the profit made by the Federal Reserve can be used to influence elections because corporations are entitled to free speech?  Something is wrong.

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By teadrinker, January 26, 2010 at 11:28 pm Link to this comment

(note: I wrote D. Kucinich with my thoughts)

The common thread of agreement here is our Democracy has long since been bought and sold. The powers that be, have served to divide and conquer the people. Who to trust?

If the people do it, they need the MLK approach, non-violent but en masse. Without large numbers there will be no impact. And they must totally reject and eject the violent stains of folks. (It’s sad because folks never know if people in any group are FBI plants.)

People need to rally around someone with legitimacy, such as the last remaining progressives, like D. Kucinich to form the core of a New Party. Many Third Parties can unite and agree and choose one leader. The devil is always in the details and that means, for the good of all some elements of each Party have to be sacrificed. If this can be done, there’s a shadow of a chance.

As Chris Hedges has so clearly pointed out, “The corporate state is firmly cemented in place” but nothing is so firmly cemented that can’t be undone!

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By Virginia777, January 26, 2010 at 11:17 pm Link to this comment

to gerard 4:54 pm: its a freaking troll, Truthdig is mined with them.

Why wasn’t your request honored?

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By Virginia777, January 26, 2010 at 11:13 pm Link to this comment

“military and intelligence agencies are held above government, as if somehow they are not part of government. The most powerful instruments of state power and control are effectively removed from public discussion.”

Exactly!! WTF?

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By glider, January 26, 2010 at 10:53 pm Link to this comment

Fantastic article by Hedges and many great comments.  I certainly do not fault Chris for the depressing tone of this writing.  It is an entirely accurate assessment IMO.  Realizing the hopelessness of the situation in terms of it being resolved positively within the system, is itself critical to finding a remedy.  And the identity of that remedy, if feasible, can not be determined at this stage.

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By Virginia777, January 26, 2010 at 10:01 pm Link to this comment

Exactly: “If the fiction is seriously challenged, liberals will be forced to consider actual resistance, which will be neither pleasant nor easy.”

Time to Wake Up liberals!!

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By Rorschach, January 26, 2010 at 10:00 pm Link to this comment
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“And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”-Thomas Jefferson, Letter to William Stephens Smith

I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO. The infrastructure (ie communites) that allowed for true reform in the past, has been destroyed. The democratic system is undermined. Protest only serves to embolden our rulers. What options are there for the common people?

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By gerard, January 26, 2010 at 9:30 pm Link to this comment

Here’s a repeat of some rough ideas I sent in on January 25.  Not well done, but best I could do on the spur of the moment to indicate possibilities. This is a great time for a broad-based protest based on the wide appeal of We the people, in order to save what is left of our civil rights, establish justice, reclaim our Constitution etc. etc…..” Thousands of people are worrying, wanting to do something, not knowing what or how ... Some organizations are beginning.(Reclaim Democracy.org, ACLU, Free Speech for People, Committee for Constitutional Rights, American Friends Service Committee.  It’s not like we are starting from scratch.)


By gerard, January 25 at 11:55 pm #


This recent move of the Supremes is so outrageous it is just begging for a radical return act similar to returning a top-spin ball with a smash into the Court’s court, so to speak.

CAFE - Citizens Advocating Free Elections, a public movement spanning all parties and individuals who want to get corporate money out of government and politics once and for all.

MOTTO, POINT OF EMPHASIS, TAGS ETC.  “We cannot be bought” (echo of 60s tune. “We will not be moved!”)
“Take your money and stick it!”  “People, not money!”
etc,
Main theme—We promise NOT to support any candidate or measure that accepts corporate money for advertising, promotion or so-called “education”.

We will support only candidates who REFUSE corporate support.  Our reasons are based on ethical principles of democratic rights, democratic access, democratic procedures, etc. Enough of graft, secret deals and K Street finagling! 

Keep Congress and government informed and ask for cooperation.  Where possible, influence verbally on basis of political wisdom, not political expediency.

Heavy, concentrated local community activism coordinated by local representatives whose principles set forth in a statement of purpose worked out in cooperation free from pressures of any monied interest. 

Only contributions from individuals will be accepted for this campaign, and legislation proposed and supported by us will be for the benefit of the commonwealth of ordinary citizens, improving the lot of those most in need. Take the money out of war; put it in education, justice, freedom of individual thought and speech, and equality regardless of age, creed or color.

Approach all media, especially local media, and ask for cooperation and for donation of free time and space, for fairness and accuracy in reporting, etc.  Main idea:  Free speech is free. Corporate speech is PAID SPEECH.  Praise media who cooperate.  Stress integrity at every level. Concentrate on grassroots educatioin and activities.
Emphasize creativity in actions, cultivate friendliness and enthusiasm. Empowerment. STAND UP FOR PEOPLE WHO STAND UP FOR PEOPLE,  etc.

Sub-theme, make clear the use of war as economic stimulus and job creation.  Dependence on military industrial complex as cause of national demoralization. Therefore, immediate need to end war cycle. 

If successful at any level or in any part, results could be used for second step—organizing to passpas legislation to support campaign reform so long hoped for.

A REVOLUTION OF THE SPIRIT OF INDEPENDENCE. 
A CITIZENS’ NONVIOLENT REVOLT.

Sounds naive?  Maybe so, but it’s also creative, surprising, and might appeal to large numbers of disengaged people to make change before further disintegration leads to violent protests.

PS—I am no relation to gerardz3 below

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By gerard, January 26, 2010 at 9:16 pm Link to this comment

For screamingpalm:

I was born in 1914 so I’m getting up there.  I can walk for about five minutes.  Fortunately my head is still in good shape.

I know organizing works because I lived through the 402,50s,60s working with Quakers, SANE, Women’s Strike for Peace, ACLU, the Freeze and as a college teacher and union secretary.  If I were able to do more, I surely would, but it’s up to younger people now. I try to encourage them because I know how hard organization is, yet I also know there’s probably no other way.  Thanks for asking.

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By nick, January 26, 2010 at 9:11 pm Link to this comment
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I am concerned that sites like this are a cul de sac for armchair
progressives,leftists. We can vent but no organizing takes place, meanwhile the
teabaggers are out there intimidating and metastasizing. There is a march on dc
march 20 perhaps all the truthdig posters could meet up. Im not sure for what
reason other than at least to establish human contact. Its all good to read articles
from places like truth dig, but sometimes I think that people can take some kind
of satisfaction in reading something that validates their sentiments and for leftist
this does not come without searching for places like truthdig, but posters on this
site must do more. The teabaggers and corporations are out there working
overtime. Blogging is not going to change the world the way you want.

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By nick, January 26, 2010 at 7:08 pm Link to this comment
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Gerard, im with you, I have recently started making comments on truthdig, and
have quickly come to the consideration that maybe this type of forum is a cul de
sac, so my proposal is lets see if we can get this forum/site to evolve to actual
human organization in the real space not cyber space. Somehow we must decide
on a meet up place and get together. There is a demo on March 20 in washington
dc we could all meet up there.  I m not sure what meeting up in the real world in
itself would accomplish, we would help to swell the ranks of the demo and help
send a message, but back to my main concern, This type of forum has to do more
for organizing than just providing a cyber space for wannabe
progressives.changers, hopers,rads, leftist to genuflect from the comfort of their
homes. We must get out there, dig?
this is urgent the teabaggers are out there taking it to the streets and what are we
doing chatting on the computer.

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By screamingpalm, January 26, 2010 at 7:05 pm Link to this comment

gerard,

If you want feedback, see my post below. Please elaborate… you want people to organize? I assume you have started organizing something since you blame others for waiting for something to happen. Tell us what you are organizing then!

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By gerard, January 26, 2010 at 6:53 pm Link to this comment

NightGuant: 

I sympathize with the being called “pessimist” bit.  However on this site I usually make positive suggestions because everybody else is so pessimistic.
Result? Nobody pays any significant attention. I get no feedback—or almost none. Not even negative criticisms.  A lot of people on this site are mostly people who talk about what should be done, but it seems they are waiting for something else to happen.

I think one guy below used my name to put up some dirty language, which I am denying because I don’t think or write that way, even though I am a left-wing liberal humanistic secularist. I want people to get together and organize.  Maybe people who write don’t organize???

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By screamingpalm, January 26, 2010 at 6:52 pm Link to this comment

By Timmay, January 26 at 7:58 pm #
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There are so many of you Truthdig frequenters who would have easily joined those ranks then. But you are a far more impotent lot because of this information age. Many of you were searching for an alternative news source. You found this one, and others, and then felt special. What now, gripe and whine like its the end of days? Stop alienating yourselves from you neighbors and co-workers because you think they won’t get it. You are a worse flock of “sheeple” because your inaction renders you more pathetic.

How many of you have even phoned or wrote an elected official?


Can you elaborate, perhaps give some examples of activism you’re involved in? I would love to get more involved. Aside from writing my representatives , as I’ve done many many times- only to receive the pragmatic answer that it’s not doable.

The problem as I see it, is that we are too disorganized and fragmented. I remember a year ago where this site was exploding with arguments between Loyalists and Nader supporters, between Nader supporters and David Sirota, between Greens and Nader supporters, etc etc etc. I seem to remember Sirota even writing a piece about the many different factions within progressives themselves. Sirota seemed to have changed his stance on third party candidates, but was pretty irritated at Nader supporters who kept on saying “Nader was right… told you so” lol.

All in all we seem to be making progress in coming together since then I think. Besides the last time the Progressive movement really came together was after 8 years of Clinton. On the other hand, that is also when we were blamed for Bush winning the election.

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By Timmay, January 26 at 7:58 pm #
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There are so many of you Truthdig frequenters who would have easily joined those ranks then. But you are a far more impotent lot because of this information age. Many of you were searching for an alternative news source. You found this one, and others, and then felt special. What now, gripe and whine like its the end of days? Stop alienating yourselves from you neighbors and co-workers because you think they won’t get it. You are a worse flock of “sheeple” because your inaction renders you more pathetic.

How many of you have even phoned or wrote an elected official?


Can you elaborate, perhaps give some examples of activism you’re involved in? I would love to get more involved. Aside from writing my representatives , as I’ve done many many times- only to receive the pragmatic answer that it’s not doable.

The problem as I see it, is that we are too disorganized and fragmented. I remember a year ago where this site was exploding with arguments between Loyalists and Nader supporters, between Nader supporters and David Sirota, between Greens and Nader supporters, etc etc etc. I seem to remember Sirota even writing a piece about the many different factions within progressives themselves. Sirota seemed to have changed his stance on third party candidates, but was pretty irritated at Nader supporters who kept on saying “Nader was right… told you so” lol.

All in all we seem to be making progress in coming together since then I think. Besides the last time the Progressive movement really came together was after 8 years of Clinton. On the other hand, that is also when we were blamed for Bush winning the election.

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By Night-Gaunt, January 26, 2010 at 6:20 pm Link to this comment

I have said it before and will say it again until it catches on. If you don’t change the system then you can form as many parties as you like—-you will still lose. It is set up to keep everyone out but the two established parties. Just look an you can see for yourself. Ask the Libertarians and Greens about it. You will lose with a thud! All others are lock out and the mummies of the two parties are kept moving even though they are both dead in any open system. Not this hermetically sealed one.

When you take over the system you run the show even under the pretense of “freedom to chose” which is bogus when you see only evil running or a fake good like Obama & Clinton were. If you are not the right type you will be kept out—-just ask Dennis Kucinnich the real man for the hour. The 21st century version of FDR we needed. No go.

In Mocton‘s Fork the choices are made for you before hand to make sure the right person, by their definition, will always be there to vote on. Disappointed? Our political system doesn’t measure up to the political system in the Ukraine!

I’m called a pessimist by my positive in all things mother, but I am grounded in reality and that should be where we start from. They like to keep us “positive” & always “smiling” and saying “good things” all of the time. It is part of the mass psychological actions being done against us. If you aren’t smiling then they can notice you and consider spending time “correcting” your or mine “bad attitude.” No camps either, just sessions with psychologists, probably in the company you are working for. If you are so lucky to actually have a job in this time of Great Depression. (One of the casualties of this politically incorrectness as defined by psychopaths and authoritarians. The truth of things.)

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By mark prichard, January 26, 2010 at 4:23 pm Link to this comment
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unmask the photo of the FASCISTS. Excellent article.
A mellow “call to ar__s?.

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By Timmay, January 26, 2010 at 3:58 pm Link to this comment
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It was in the 1880s when the Supreme Court ruled that a corporation is a “person.” Yet, so many of you are acting acutely surprised at this new ruling. You want Kucinich and pals to start a new party? Look to yourselves for this solution. Why, because it was also in the 1880s when the Populist Party had tens of thousands of well trained orators traveling the country spewing truth to power. The robber barons where truly scared of these people because they did it all themselves through discussions within their communities.

There are so many of you Truthdig frequenters who would have easily joined those ranks then. But you are a far more impotent lot because of this information age. Many of you were searching for an alternative news source. You found this one, and others, and then felt special. What now, gripe and whine like its the end of days? Stop alienating yourselves from you neighbors and co-workers because you think they won’t get it. You are a worse flock of “sheeple” because your inaction renders you more pathetic.

How many of you have even phoned or wrote an elected official?

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By christian96, January 26, 2010 at 3:49 pm Link to this comment

I suggest we start a new party called the “Christian
Labor” party.  Now that should confuse some voters.
Our platform would be to unite Christians and Labor.
Jesus did preach support for poor laboring people.
Wonder how Pat Robertson would handle that one?

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By gerard, January 26, 2010 at 3:42 pm Link to this comment

tony_opmoc, January 26 at 5:21 pm

Tony, so what is the use of registering beyond getting posted faster?  I had thought a main purpose was for identification purposes.

Is there any way to prevent this kind of “duplication” in names?  Use something weird and reregister?  Thanks

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By BlueEagle, January 26, 2010 at 3:32 pm Link to this comment

“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!” -Benjamin Franklin. (1706 - 1790)

“A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.” -Thomas Jefferson

“A Democracy is mob rule; a Republic is where there are rules that govern the mob.” -Me


A Republic is representative government ruled by law (the Constitution). A democracy is direct government ruled by the majority (mob rule). A Republic recognizes the inalienable rights of individuals while democracies are only concerned with group wants or needs (the public good).

Those that advocate Democracy are enemies of those that wish to restore the Republic.

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By Q, January 26, 2010 at 2:14 pm Link to this comment

The End of an Illusion

You forget to mention the biggest of all co operations - the state itself. A true sovereign god amongst all those semi-gods. Democracy itself created the first among the living death’s. All kind of political, religious as well as economic groups which act as persons were created as balances against the other big groups (the state and cooperations just one amongst others). You will not solve the problem of tyranny with getting rid of some groups? Do your really believe in the wisdom of the masses? Why would they give legitimation to this government by electing it in the first place?

Are your really that blind not to see that the elephant in the room is called DEMOCRACY?

Q

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By Mike, January 26, 2010 at 2:13 pm Link to this comment
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Like they haven’t always been running the show. 

But now the population is so highly distracted and digressing twittering, blogging (talking to themselves in nowhere-space), and watching moronic TV and movies, that the corporations figure they might as well just make it official since no one will know or care.

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By tony_opmoc, January 26, 2010 at 1:21 pm Link to this comment

gerard,

I’m new here but have already noticed, that you can post under any name you want without registering, though if you don’t register there is a delay whilst your comment passes moderation.

Maybe the gerard here

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is called gerard too.

Tony

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By gerard, January 26, 2010 at 12:54 pm Link to this comment

THIS IS NOT MY COMMENT AND I WANT IT REMOVED AT ONCE!

I do not use language like this.

This is not my opinion.

Please explain on line how this happpened.

Jean Gerard—signed in as “Gerard” for the past several months and commenting regularly.

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By belty, January 26, 2010 at 12:20 pm Link to this comment

This continues to make a cynical man even more so… between corrupt political campaign contributions and rigged Diebold machines… we might as well sell seats in congress to the highest bidder.

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By felicity, January 26, 2010 at 12:16 pm Link to this comment

christian96 - except that Ms. Rice has very little brain matter between her left ear and right ear, and Hollywood is not directly above a major earthquake fault whereas I am, and God lost interest years ago in this beleaguered planet, you may have something.

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By teadrinker, January 26, 2010 at 10:08 am Link to this comment

Hedges is so astute! And Wolin a must read. A writer in Op-Ed news suggested that any progressives that are left in Congress, such as Dennis Kucinich, because they are incumbents with legitimacy, need to form the core of that New Party. Just the other day I wrote Mr. Kucinich and expressed that idea. Who am I? Just an ordinary Plebian like you. Pop question: Who was the first government to be overthrown by the CIA in a bloodless coup? A: The United States of America. If we ever had a moral bone in our body politic, lawmakers and a judiciary would never have allowed our CIA coups.

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By nobodysaysBOO!, January 26, 2010 at 9:09 am Link to this comment
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Remember KENT STATE? I do.
The corrilary may well be in the immortal words of TUCO in the good,bad and ugly “When You have to shoot,shoot ,don’t talk”
The big problem is of course how do you make them stop shooting once they start?

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By screamingpalm, January 26 at 5:47 am #
Hell, forget the Jehovah’s Witnesses… I can’t even have
rational discussions with people who agree with me politically.
Members of my family, Truthdig posters, etc… many of whom
are what I call “Democrat Loyalists”, fed the propaganda from
the DNC and believing that voting for a third party candidate
is “wasting their vote”.

I hate to sound defeatist, but what can one do really?
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I understand your plight/dilemma because even trying to have
‘enlightening’ discourse with members of my family, I just stay
away from them for the most part as two sibling rely on fux
news and it would lead to fisticuffs and the same can be said
about the area I live in and that is something I would like to
remedy by moving but where to move?

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By Keep Left, January 26, 2010 at 7:47 am Link to this comment
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Chris Hedges criticisms of American Liberalism are limited by his own liberal perspective, even if he is more “radical” than your run-of-the-mill Democrat. Mr. Hedges needs to do a serious study of Marxism and its history, and then commit himself to working with one of the Marxist groups in the US. (PSL, ISO, SEP, etc) This is the only way to free oneself from the extremely insular and fatalistic perspective of American liberalism and radicalism.

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By gerard, January 26, 2010 at 7:44 am Link to this comment
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socrates, Shore were fucked, but that doesn’t mean we should sit back and take their bullshit. If this garbage happend in the sixties there would be an outporing of descent, and people would take notice and fight back.It’s time to fight back,instead of bending over and over again and again.
Do you think the pigs should win?

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By elisalouisa, January 26, 2010 at 7:31 am Link to this comment

Thanks so much PSmith for the link to Kurt Vonnegut’s ‘A Man Without A Country.’

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By elwoodpdowd, January 26, 2010 at 6:51 am Link to this comment
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“Mass emotions are directed toward the raging culture wars. This allows us to take emotional stands on issues that are inconsequential to the power elite.”

I’ve talked to people who actually voted for a presidential candidate totally on where they stood on gay marriage. We are out of our friggin minds! I picture us now, animated and raging about gays in the military while we stand freezing on endless unemployment lines. What a heritage we are leaving our children. Obscene.

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By wildflower, January 26, 2010 at 2:45 am Link to this comment

Re Hedges: “As long as a democratic facade exists, liberals can engage in an empty moral posturing that requires little sacrifice or commitment.”

Chris, you need to get a pair boots and go see those mountaintop removal folks in Appalachia - not everybody is engaged in empty moral posturing:

“It’s going to take action, continued and direct, to end mountaintop removal in Appalachia. We need to stop the coal companies from laying mountains low, poisoning air and water and ruining livelihoods. . .

Here in West Virginia, an overwhelming majority of residents are opposed to this destructive form of mining. But our political leaders are afraid of Big Coal and their powerful lobbyists–a few coal state Senators and Representatives of Congress have vowed to block any reforms. Over a century of repression has created a situation where coal operators are exempt from environmental laws and regulations, and a corrupt court system refuses to enforce those laws.

To stop mountaintop removal, we need to awaken the consciousness of the country to this violent crime. Since the beginning of the year, hundreds of activists have come to the coalfields and stood with the residents of West Virginia to demand an end to the destruction. . .”

http://climategroundzero.net/about-us/

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By SemiFrost, January 26, 2010 at 1:59 am Link to this comment

Exactly, prior poster.  Get swept up in a police maneuver, booked,  locked up for a few hours – congratulations: You now have a police record.  Lose your current job, desperately applying for a new gig, check the box that asks if you have ever been arrested…

You and your family are screwed.

Concerted effort since the early 70s to make sure the nothing like the 60s ever again threatens the establishment—not the least of which was the dumbing down of the general public.

And even if you are part of mass demonstrations that are peaceful and not hassled, as I was in DC, September 24, 2005, the main media limits the coverage, average news watchers never even notice, denying momentum.

That day no fewer than 300,000, likely exceeding 400,000, were on the streets with me, all walks of life, essentially ignored.  (Remarkably, even Jon Stewart mocked the event—saying in effect, *Get a life.*  But at least he mentioned it.)

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By screamingpalm, January 26, 2010 at 1:47 am Link to this comment

Hell, forget the Jehovah’s Witnesses… I can’t even have rational discussions with people who agree with me politically. Members of my family, Truthdig posters, etc… many of whom are what I call “Democrat Loyalists”, fed the propaganda from the DNC and believing that voting for a third party candidate is “wasting their vote”.

I hate to sound defeatist, but what can one do really?

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By screamingpalm, January 26, 2010 at 1:32 am Link to this comment

Samson, I agree with just about every post of yours. Hedges’ articles and many members’ posts on here are what keeps me coming back here.

That said, I wish I could share in your energetic optimism. I’ve tried talking with neighbors, once almost ending in fisticuffs. When two of the households on your block contain Jehovah’s Witnesses in a tight-knit community, it’s rather difficult to have any kind of discussion about these issues.

I would love to get involved somehow, but civil disobedience would be irresponsible when I have a wife and three kids of whom depend on me. Neither do I have the resources to be bailed out of jail over and over. You are right in that I wait for others to do this, younger citizens that aren’t tied down with responsibilities. Oh to be young again!

So yeah, I agree with what you’re saying, but do not know what I can do aside from volunteering for third party campaigns and donating whatever modest change I can.

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By Samson, January 26, 2010 at 12:32 am Link to this comment

The one thing I think Americans have to learn is to stop waiting on other people.

Don’t wait for a leader, an organization, a politician, or a TV show to knock on your door and ask you to join the magical movement that will change all of this.

Instead, get out and start organizing.  Talk to your neighbors.  Talk to friends.  Almost everyone realizes something is very wrong.  No one seems to know what to do.  Start talking with people about what to do.  Don’t accept artificial limits on what you can have.  Start thinking about how the world should be.  And start acting towards that.

Find little things to do.  Little places where you and some friends and neighbors can be a noisy and annoying opposition.  Anything big almost always started small.  The SOAWatch people tell the story of the first Ft. Benning protest .... held by 12 or 13 or so people.  Now there’s 20,000 every year.  Its impossible to organize a 20,000 person protest from scratch.  But, if you get a handful of people together, you can start something that will lead to that.  Don’t be afraid to have a small little protest or action.  It can be empowering to the people who do it, and it can grow.

A big problem on the left is that everyone wants to seem to want to think and talk and wait for the perfect plan that is going to change everything.  But that will never come.  So, we can’t wait for the perfect plan.  Don’t go to conferences to create a vision of the future.  Get out and start organizing to create that future.

Change will come out of what we do to create change.  So, get out and start organizing to create change.  Just remember to create change in such a way that it helps to create the world you want.  For me, violence doesn’t lead to the world I want.  But, there are lots of creative, fun, democracy building and empowering things that can be done.  And by their nature, those lead towards the world I want.

Organize.  Organize small.  Organize locally.  Just don’t wait on anyone else .... start organizing!

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By Samson, January 25, 2010 at 11:59 pm Link to this comment

Remember, what ‘they’ always want is for us to believe that ‘resistance is futile’ and that ‘there is no alternative.’  This is what they’ve been constantly trying to convince all of us for at least the last 20 years.

So, while it can seem depressing and overwhelming that corporate power is so strong in this country, we have to remember that at least some of this is always an illusion that they are trying to make us believe.  Its a strange fact of living in such a media-overloaded culture is that sometimes you have to disbelieve what seems like the truth in order to really see the world.

That’s why its good to read back in history and read about some of the movements and such that have created real ‘change’ in this country.  Like Dr. King and many of the others who back in the sixties did indeed mount a very credible challenge to corporate power.

They want us to believe they are invincible.  We need to remember that we’ve beaten them before.  And that we can do so again.

Organize!

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By Not One More!, January 25, 2010 at 11:56 pm Link to this comment

I used to say that we need more ‘transparency’ before we can have honest government. And now I got my wish.

It is now transparent (and apparent) that our corporate elite are in charge, and they have no interest or intent in upholding law, justice, compassion, fairness, and progress as a value. They don’t give a crap about us, the planet, or the future. This fact isn’t new, it’s just that they have moved out from behind the curtain and doing it in broad daylight.

We live in a society that is run by pirates. Is it less than 10,000 individuals that all this war, dying and killing is carried out for?  Can someone provide the names and pictures of these people?

And people are still voting for the democrats (and republicans) who are giving the official ‘seal of approval’ on these actions?

I don’t know what is more unacceptable, but I think that voting for a democrat is giving the stick to the person who is going to hit you over the head with it.

At least start with supporting somebody outside of the corporate political process, vote third party.

http://www.NotOneMore.US  -  The Pledge for Peace

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By Samson, January 25, 2010 at 11:54 pm Link to this comment

The fact that ‘they’ constantly use words like ‘democracy’ and ‘freedom’ in their propaganda is of strong benefit to us.

For one thing, they are telling us that these words still resonate strongly with Americans. 

Secondly, we do still have what I view as this rusty ol creaky machine called democracy sitting here.  It may not be working very well. In fact, it almost looks like they are lucky to just get it fired up and running for show once every few years.

But still, the machine is there.  And we can still take it and make it work and use it.  And when we get it up and running and working for the people again, all their propaganda about ‘democracy’ and ‘freedom’ will make it all the harder for them to resist us.

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By Samson, January 25, 2010 at 11:50 pm Link to this comment

This of course is nothing new.

On MLK day, I try to remember to go read some of the Doctor’s speeches and writings.  This year, I was reading his Riverside Church speech again, and put a chunk of it up on my blog (commondebate.blogspot.com).

So, I was looking at those words when I go to my blog page after reading the news of this court decision.

“We must rapidly begin [applause], we must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.

A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. On the one hand we are called to play the Good Samaritan on life’s roadside, but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho Road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life’s highway. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. [applause]

A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth. With righteous indignation, it will look across the seas and see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa, and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries, and say, “This is not just.” It will look at our alliance with the landed gentry of South America and say, “This is not just.” The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just.”

The key to realize is that this is nothing new.  In some ways, that’s depressing, as people seem to like to believe in ‘good ol days’ when all was better.

But, when you stop and think about it, it just means that this fight has been going on for a long, long time.  A hundred years or more at least, but I won’t bore people with the details.

That means this group of corporate power has been trying to crush all resistence, probably dating back to just after the Civil War.  And they haven’t succeeded yet.  And, we have our our side several eras of ‘progresive’ reform where we’ve pushed back and made some gains for our side.

It means don’t look for easy answers. Just get into the fight.  Organize something yourself.  Don’t wait on someone or some group to come organize you.  Hook up with others when you can, when you see them fighting the same fight.  Get in their way.  Protest. Be noisy.  Be bothersome.  Run election campaigns ... we can never completely cede elections to them, no matter how rigged the rules are towards big money.  And sometimes elections can be wonderful opportunities to raise some havoc.  But don’t limit yourselves to elections either, since we can see they are rigged towards big money.  There’s a good 100 years worth of ideas for other peaceful ways people can organize and resist.

And eventually someday, maybe reclaim our democracy for the American people.

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By WriterOnTheStorm, January 25, 2010 at 9:54 pm Link to this comment

Inverted Totalitarianism—nice neologism. Calls to mind J. Talmon’s Messianic Democracy. Words may yet
have the power to illuminate, but the potential of such clever turns of phrase to impact individual thinking is
probably limited to the degree to which one is invested in bourgeois politics in the first place.

Everybody knows the “Special Interests” will always look for a way to suborn the system. It is no small irony
then, that one of the special interests’ favorite facilitators in these latter days is the very superstition that
democracy represents some sort of amulet of protection from such abuse. The middle class’s pernicious, and
increasingly desperate identification with this myth is big medicine for those eager to serve a lesser god.

One thing GW Bush demonstrated ad nauseam was the powerful black juju invoked with the mere
pronouncement of words like democracy and freedom. Such mystical phrases apparently have the magical
power to corrupt the senses and abruptly end rational thought. Stupefaction of the bourgeoisie is my
neologism for this phenomenon.

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What concerns more is Hedges’ allusion to “actual resistance”. One wonders what this could possibly mean. In
the age of simulated realities and the black hole of history, in which even the idea of progress has collapsed
in on itself, what could possibly be worth fighting for? And even if some idea approaching worthiness could
be found, would it not be just as vulnerable to the fetishism and eventual inversion that has brought us to
our current state of affairs?

If the apparatus has a reset button, nobody’s found it yet. Meanwhile, us outliers will serve our purpose and
spectate the spectacle, just lately with dread creeping in like a twilight fog.

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By mrfreeze, January 25, 2010 at 9:40 pm Link to this comment

I was not-at-all surprised to hear all of the fascist rationalisations in favor of this decision on NPR and various other news outlets today.

It’s simply amazing how many “artificial persons” can dance on the head of the pin of capitalism. No matter how calmly the proponents of this ruling explained themselves and no matter how much they tortured the 1st Amendment and the English language, they still sounded like cheap, venal and cynical liars.

Perhaps the real revenge might come when President Obama runs for a second term. Incumbents win more often than not and when his coffers fill to the brim with corporate money, I’ll dance with glee as his opponents cry foul like a bunch of whining 2-year-olds.

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By murphthesurf, January 25, 2010 at 8:58 pm Link to this comment
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THE DIRECT INFLUENCE BY FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS AND FOREIGN CONTROLLED BUSINESS/SPECIAL INTEREST CORPORATE BODIES IN OUR POLITICAL PROCESS NEEDS TO BE OUR PRIMARY CONCERN.

WHAT DO WE DO TO REIN IN THIS DANGEROUS SITUATION OR DO YOU LIKE HAVE YOUR OFFICE HOLDERS CHOSEN BY THE SAUDIS AND THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA?

Last week’s SCOTUS ruling gives foreign powers an enormous amount of power in determining American political life.

Here is a good (bad) example: Aramco, a corporation owned by the Saudi Arabian government, will have enormously more influence in choosing your senator than you will.

Saudi Aramco is the state-owned national oil company of Saudi Arabia. It is the largest oil corporation in the world with the largest proven crude oil reserves and production.[2] Headquartered in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia,[3] Saudi Aramco also operates the world’s largest single hydrocarbon network, the Master Gas System. It was known as just Aramco between the years of 1933-1988, an acronym for Arabian American Oil Company.

Associated companies/subsidiaries
* Aramco Services Company (ASC): HQ in Houston.
* Aramco Overseas Company B.V. (AOC B.V.) - HQ in The Hague.
* Aramco Associated Company (AAC)
* Aramco Training Services Company
* Saudi Refining, Inc. (SRI)
* Aramco Financial Services Company (AFSC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Saudi Refining, Inc.
* Saudi Petroleum International, Inc. (SPI) - HQ in New York.
* Bolanter Corporation N.V.
* Pandlewood Corporation N.V.
* Saudi Petroleum Overseas Ltd. - HQ in London.
* Vela International Marine Ltd.: HQ in Dubai.

Want to guess how interested this company will be in controlling our energy policy? Our environmental policy? Our trade policy? ....Our research and development policy?....Our international banking policy? ....Our Middle East Policy regarding Israel, Iran, Muslim Fundamentalism?

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By Peetawonkus, January 25, 2010 at 8:38 pm Link to this comment

For hundreds of years after Rome had lapsed into the rule of the dictators, Rome maintained the fiction of the Republic. It was a nice fiction and it made everyone feel good about themselves. Even when they knew deep down inside that this or that Caesar held the power and the structure of the Republic was a hollow shell. Occasionally someone with a death wish would point out that the Republic had been stolen and replaced with a dictatorship—and their wish would be granted. Governments don’t like to be embarrassed by the truth. Goodbye, Democracy. We hardly knew ye.

Hail, Caesar!

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By nick, January 25, 2010 at 8:28 pm Link to this comment
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I agree this cite preaches to the choir. If the writers are the leaders they need to
begin to write articles that help the choir get more singers. We can read articles
about corporatism.fascism, totalitarianism, for a long time and they will deliver
the sick satisfaction of validating the sad state of affairs, but they wont organize
people. Lets get some leadership from the truthdig writers.

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By liecatcher, January 25, 2010 at 8:12 pm Link to this comment

Democracy in America Is a Useful Fiction By Chris
Hedges

In one of my blogs about OBAMAGEDDON, I commented that
the predation is moving so fast that he could be the
last POTUS.  No doubt the SCOTUS rulling is the final
blatant death knell.
In the mean time, as the parasites continue to consume
our collective carcass , the charade continues.

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By SemiFrost, January 25 at 10:53 pm

A very astute mythology has Sauron for the dark lord’s name,
only no one is supposed to say his name.

And the supreme court are the nazgul except 4 of them who
refused the riches that the other 5 sold out america for, for their
power.

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By gerard, January 25, 2010 at 7:55 pm Link to this comment

This recent move of the Supremes is so outrageous it is just begging for a radical return act similar to returning a top-spin ball with a smash into the Court’s court, so to speak.

CAFE - Citizens Advocating Free Elections, a public movement spanning all parties and individuals who want to get corporate money out of government and politics once and for all.

MOTTO, POINT OF EMPHASIS, TAGS ETC.  “We cannot be bought” (echo of 60s tune. “We will not be moved!”)
“Take your money and stick it!”  “People, not money!”
etc,
Main theme—We promise NOT to support any candidate or measure that accepts corporate money for advertising, promotion or so-called “education”.

We will support only candidates who REFUSE corporate support.  Our reasons are based on ethical principles of democratic rights, democratic access, democratic procedures, etc. Enough of graft, secret deals and K Street finagling! 

Keep Congress and government informed and ask for cooperation.  Where possible, influence verbally on basis of political wisdom, not political expediency.

Heavy, concentrated local community activism coordinated by local representatives whose principles set forth in a statement of purpose worked out in cooperation free from pressures of any monied interest. 

Only contributions from individuals will be accepted for this campaign, and legislation proposed and supported by us will be for the benefit of the commonwealth of ordinary citizens, improving the lot of those most in need. Take the money out of war; put it in education, justice, freedom of individual thought and speech, and equality regardless of age, creed or color.

Approach all media, especially local media, and ask for cooperation and for donation of free time and space, for fairness and accuracy in reporting, etc.  Main idea:  Free speech is free. Corporate speech is PAID SPEECH.  Praise media who cooperate.  Stress integrity at every level. Concentrate on grassroots educatioin and activities.
Emphasize creativity in actions, cultivate friendliness and enthusiasm. Empowerment. STAND UP FOR PEOPLE WHO STAND UP FOR PEOPLE,  etc.

Sub-theme, make clear the use of war as economic stimulus and job creation.  Dependence on military industrial complex as cause of national demoralization. Therefore, immediate need to end war cycle. 

If successful at any level or in any part, results could be used for second step—organizing to passpas legislation to support campaign reform so long hoped for.

A REVOLUTION OF THE SPIRIT OF INDEPENDENCE. 
A CITIZENS’ NONVIOLENT REVOLT.

Sounds naive?  Maybe so, but it’s also creative, surprising, and might appeal to large numbers of disengaged people to make change before further disintegration leads to violent protests.

PS—I am no relation to gerardz3 below

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By Ouroborus, January 25, 2010 at 7:36 pm Link to this comment

Not much I can add to what’s already been said; again
and again and again.
What’s most disturbing is the recognition that the
system has failed and yet everyone seems to be
looking to the system for the answers.
Seems to me that if the system had the answer it
wouldn’t have failed in the first place.
Obviously the answer is out side the system.
If one truly wants change it must start with them.
Walk away, boycott, strike. Bring the system down
with it’s own weight; money. Don’t give it anymore.
Don’t give one penny to anything outside of your own
community; oh, I forgot, you don’t have any
communities anymore.
Well, now there is something to work on immediately.
It’s easy to talk and complain; action is harder.
It’s already been analyzed to death; time to act, no?

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By doublestandards/glasshouses, January 25, 2010 at 7:25 pm Link to this comment
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The shamelessness of corporate institutions is matched
and probably related to a new level of shamelessness in
warfare.  Terrorizing civilian populations is what war
is about today.  And then there is the pleasure of
denying it.

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By SemiFrost, January 25, 2010 at 6:53 pm Link to this comment

All praise and bow down before HIM, The Lord of Dark Perception—

If you ever wake up feeling slightly less depressed based on some form of passing self-delusion, Mr. C. Hedges is always out there with a writing or audio download ready to snap you back to full-on (we’re-totally-screwed-get-me-that-Malaysian-island-property-now) reality.  And this now cliché quote again bashes back to the fore of gut-check association—

“Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism, because it is a merger of state and corporate power.”
  - Benito Mussolini

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By Alan MacDonald, January 25, 2010 at 6:50 pm Link to this comment

Socrates January 25 at 7:16 pm.

I’m afraid it’s looking like you are correct.

I just watched the TV clip/interview where Obama said he wouldn’t mind being a one term president.

My fear was that he would collapse like a cheap suit and he has—- probably because he entered this without any idea of how tough the Empire could and would make it, and he is now preferring to leave voluntarily and without causing their ire, than to leave like Jack.

Well, as Kurt Vonnegut used to famously say—- “and so it goes”.

This doesn’t mean we can’t do it ourselves, but it certainly seems to mean that there will be no easy short-cuts to rolling this Empire.

Best,
Alan

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By mot, January 25, 2010 at 6:26 pm Link to this comment
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Where to begin?....

  Every mothers son & daughter who has, or expects to have, a pension, mortgage, auto loan, other bank loan/line of credit, credit card, air miles card, “reward” card, and/or is an investor in any “my money works for me” scam is a corporatist, you know, like aiding & abetting, as well as “guilt by association”.

So…

As JB used to say: “How you like me so far?”

Stop the whining, hand wringing and preaching to the converted….

Stop this sickness you call “being a good citizen”.

There are other ways, unsafe to be sure, but you’re being marched down the road to slavery… the good times are gone… who wants to be a slave in the bad?

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By bARUGNA, January 25, 2010 at 6:21 pm Link to this comment

Everyone here, that I have read, is of the same mind. This is fascism, newborn. The second coup coup d’ètat by the almost same court (same five ugly old penises), as a matter of fact. We all sit here commiserating with each other when we should be talking to people who haven’t heard what this means yet on Fox “News”.

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By doublestandards/glasshouses, January 25, 2010 at 5:58 pm Link to this comment
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I forgot to mention sit-ins (highly effective).  And
yes people got hurt and people went to jail but they
knew what human dignity is.

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By Joe, January 25, 2010 at 5:58 pm Link to this comment
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Our democracy is a sham, but it has nothing to do with the supreme court ruling our campaign ads

Its more due to the fact that as an american citizen, you will never be allowed to directly vote on any issue of national importance, ever.
You don’t get to vote on war, healthcare, taxes, social security, ect.
The only choice you are given is between D and R

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By doublestandards/glasshouses, January 25, 2010 at 5:43 pm Link to this comment
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Two things were most effective in the civil rights
movement in the southern states: strikes and boycotts.
Those who are too young to remember should study the
civil rights movement 1959-1965.  There are too many
people here who are in love with their own despair and
seem to want to outdo Chris Hedges in expressions of
hopelessness.  There is a way to fight corporatism and
that is by withdrawing our support.

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By robert puglia, January 25, 2010 at 5:31 pm Link to this comment
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as prophecized in the film “brazil”;
central services, we’re all in it together.
‘ere i am, j.h.

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By bARUGNA, January 25, 2010 at 5:30 pm Link to this comment

There is a lot of preaching to this choir. This audience is all agreed, of one similar mind. Frustrating that the preaching goes on here to this choir. We must all find a different audience, although in the final analysis, which is close, it won’t matter a whit. This Supreme Decision was the second coup d’ètat, the second Supreme Court coup in ten years. The next will be the final blow.

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By William, January 25, 2010 at 5:11 pm Link to this comment
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The United States was founded with the requirement that only white men with
property could vote. Modifications to that requirement have always maintained
the primacy of property in various forms.

When you accurately describe democracy as it is and then write that it is really
not a democracy, you are merely engaged in a delusion. Israel, for instance, is
described as the “only democracy in the middle east”.

It is engaged in a racist colonialist expansion paralleling the historical racist
colonialist expansion of the United States.

We are given the evidence every day of the reality of the practices of a
democracy yet our symbol using pundits assert that these practices do not
come from a democracy.

Of course they do. That is what a democracy is—-it is what it does.

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By JohnMcD, January 25, 2010 at 4:39 pm Link to this comment

Socrates:  You’re just a little more pessimistic than I am.  Cheer up eh? 

There’s a bright side to this.  I’ll just let the IRS know that my income is actually free speech and that they’ve got no right to legislate what I can do with it.  I mean, the law applies equally to all, right? 

Haha, well, at least they can’t take my dark sense of humor…

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By christian96, January 25, 2010 at 4:28 pm Link to this comment

Rev. Bustrin——You are a man of few words but they
hit the nail on the head.

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By TAO Walker, January 25, 2010 at 4:02 pm Link to this comment

So, tame Sisters and Brothers, who’re the “indians” now?  Put this in your Pipe and smoke it:  Us surviving free wild Natives have already taken everything, and more, that “your” government is throwing at you, and we’re still here to say it’s all a giant CON!

Every real threat to your mutual well-being exists only in your own heads, cemented their by your truly groundless fears.  This much though is dead-certain.  As “individuals” you are doomed to suffer any number of fates worse than death….until grim Death itself finally lets you off the hook.  As functioning members of genuine living organic Human communities (Tiyoshpayes), on the other hand, you can (from a safe place) watch your tormentors reap the naturally inevitable consequences of their own institutionalized idiocy.

So it’s all up to all of you, all together….The Tiyoshpaye Way or the-hard-way.

HokaHey!

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By chaztv, January 25, 2010 at 3:54 pm Link to this comment

Political action to reform a Corporatocracy cannot
work by definition.  Our government is now totally
corrupted by corporate influence. 

We must, by necessity, take this battle to the
“streets.”  Step one is to begin by urging wide spread, easy to mount boycotts like: Move Your Money and http://www.UseCashMovement.org

Working to get these actions of protest started among 5 - 10% of the citizens will make the next, larger actions possible. 

Unfortunately, it’s going to take a lot of sacrifice and education to turn this ship around.  If we don’t, just expect more and worse serfdom in the furture.

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By Socrates, January 25, 2010 at 3:16 pm Link to this comment

Matti:  You sound like a kindergarten student.

Glen Wayne:  You’re stuck on yourself dude.  I think you need to love yourself a little bit less.

Bob:  Here is your option, repeat after me—Our Father, who art in Heaven….

Blueinmo:  You are so right.  But instead of lamenting, we should be toasting to our future which is bleak and empty.  Entropy is only natural so why worry about it?

gerardz3:  The revolution has been performed on US by the corporations and it is irreversible.

doublestandards/glasshouses:  A general strike will only bring on the mass American genocide sooner.  The power elite regard 90% of us as “useless eaters” and are investigating ways to get rid of us all.

the worm:  Every word precise and right on.  Good going.  And, worm, there ain’t nuttin’ we can do about it.  This is the beginning of the one thousand years of dark ages Winston Churchill warned us about. 

Alan MacDonald:  Don’t be silly.  Obama is just another string puppet.  President Kennedy was murdered for standing up to these hidden tyrants.  Obama knows.  And you must have heard about the many years Dick Cheney and Haliburton, with U.S. Military equipment, built concentration camps all over America where they are even now awaiting millions of protesters, or, as it were, domestic terrorists.

E.F.:  God is not real.  And the slumbering American populace is too dumb and unwilling to be “educated” by the truth which is blinding and deadly.  I say only highly educated, intelligent, highly aware and academically motivated people can learn what you know, and we are in the vast minority.

Jack:  You’re on acid, dude.  Wait at least 12 hours before you leave the house.  Really.

greenuprising:  You have the grace and delivery of an Ivy League graduate student.  Beautiful writing and insights.  But I’m afraid all words are to no avail.  This time our goose is cooked and there will be no reprieve.

Maxim:  Yeah, guy.  No matter how you look at it, we’re f**ked.  And in the big picture, the human race is actually a cancer, growing, spreading, metasticizing while devouring and destroying its host.  By 2050 we will have gone from 7 billion to 14 billion people.  It was fun while it lasted and now it’s over.

photoshock:  Everything you say is true.  And you said it well.  You are awake.  Most people can not and will not be awakened. 

No_Man’s_Land:  Your recitation of history is wonderful.  And your conclusion is correct.  We seem to be reentering the dark ages and maybe this time there will be no way out.  The power elite that killed the Molly Maguires for murder will kill us simply for existing.

commune115:  This new world order gang is much more powerful than King Louis XVI to where robespierre would be lopping our heads day and night if that would appease them.

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By msgmi, January 25, 2010 at 3:06 pm Link to this comment
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Democratic capitalism is in a free fall. Hubris has extended its tennacles from Wall Street to K-Street to Capitol Hill amid the blessings of C-Street. Now the Supreme Court has been infected with the plague, giving corporate entities ‘freedom of speech’ license and carte blanche maneuver to influence political elections. The porters in black robs have failed the writers of the constitution and the document it stands for.

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By David Ehrenstein, January 25, 2010 at 2:57 pm Link to this comment

You’re only right Mr. Hedges.

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By The Revd Craig Bustrin, January 25, 2010 at 2:37 pm Link to this comment
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In a world where the sound-bite is king, I’d like to suggest a pithy meme to
describe Inverted Totalitarianism and its relation to our highest aspirations:

Government
Of the Greedy
By the Greedy
For the Greedy

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By don knutsen, January 25, 2010 at 2:17 pm Link to this comment
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If our society was even alittle bit informed anymore , or interested, in what and who the real people in power represent, then you might see this as a welcome testiment to how absurd the whole idea of “We the people” has become. As if the Supreme Court was doing us a favor by shoving right in our face that we no longer need pretend that the people have any power in this country.That its been given over, lock stock, to industry and the decisions made are only for industry, the banking, pharma, oil and not let us forget the huge military support industry that we were warned of from a former president, a republican ironically over 50 years ago, an industry that would be insatiable and would ultimately be the catalyst itself of future wars. People like the Bush’s and Cheney do very well in this kind of New World Order climate. They were the architects of it in large measure, and its been designed for them. But rather then call them the treasonous bastards they are, we still see them flapping their gums on TV, illuminating us with their weighty opinions via a media that is determined to keep the public in the dark with “infotainment”. If we had a functioning news media and it were made public knowledge, the amount of outright criminal profit our supposed leaders have made theu their political decision making while the country continued to spiral down, would we put up with it ? I’m not altogether sure we wouldn’t..there are so many that still would rather have others think for them, that reserve little curiosity for themselves beyond where to park at the monster truck rally ot tea-party event. so maybe then we fuckin’ deserve it. I guess its a oot point cause its all already played out for the most part…we can finally stop pretending. That idea of a democracy has been bought by corporate interests who placed shills like Cheney and Bush, Clinton, in office to do their bidding. They were paid well after leaving office, in some cases while still in office. Their incentive was certainly not in the best interests of the people, what an absurd naive idea..With the help of Saint Reagan the our society shifted. While the rich got richer, the middle class shrunk and the poor increased in their numbers. The homeless multiplyed and we all saw it happen but did little but drive by alittle faster. Education costs have skyrocketed, health care costs, on and on it goes.. They’ve all left office, wallets fattened considerably and our political machinery can produce nothing else.

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By thebeerdoctor, January 25, 2010 at 1:43 pm Link to this comment

For those who are interested, check out what Nick Turse has found about the robotic goals of the defense department:
http://www.tomdispatch.com/

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By christian96, January 25, 2010 at 1:33 pm Link to this comment

Felicity—-If the whole world believes in American
values than we should give an Academy Award to
Hollywood for their accomplishment.  Since movies,
television programs, and porn all come from the Los
Angeles area and it is situated on an earthquake
fault would it be reasonable to assume, if their is a
God, we can expect an 8.2 earthquake in that area
soon?

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By christian96, January 25, 2010 at 1:25 pm Link to this comment

I just read on Rich Sanchez twitter that the American
gov’t is being accused of setting off an underground
bomb which caused the earthquake in Haiti.  Things
are getting strange.

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By matti, January 25, 2010 at 1:24 pm Link to this comment

Several have posted wanting ideas for a “solution” to the problem Hedges outlines.

How about this:

Solution: Dismantlement of Empire to reduce Corporatist incentive to use U.S. as “home base”

Slogan: “Restore the Republic!”

Method: Constitutional Conventions. One for the Federal Constitution and one for each State Constitution.

Obviously, achieving such Conventions will be a long, hard struggle, but what solution WOULDN’T be at this point?

A Convention movement has the advantages of:

1. Advocating a technique of Democratic Change that is familiar to most, and comprehensible to all.

2. Being able to do away with “culture wars” politics and concentrate on a unifying goal.

3. Not being party dependent, but also not being party alienating. If small parties wish to join in Coalition around this shared goal they may better ensure their individual success. But such a Coalition can also easily accommodate members of the large parties or independent Citizens and groups.

There are already some Amendment movements getting started to deal specifically with the Corporate issue. But I think that these will suffer from:

1. Being percieved as “left”/“liberal”/“socialist” schemes due to the players involved.

2. Being unable to motivate the majority of the People because of narrowness of scope.

Important fact to remember: The exact same moves in State Legislatures and the U.S. Congress are required to ratify just ONE Amendment or to hold a Constitutional Convention and ratify many Amendments, or a whole new text!!!

So why bother setting our sights low? Especially when setting our sights as high as they can go costs us just the same and has so much greater potential for reigniting the Democratic flames in this country?

-matti.

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By felicity, January 25, 2010 at 12:49 pm Link to this comment

Mr. Hedges has hit the nail on the head.  We actually believe the illusion that we project to the world (and the world long ago quit believing) that we are exceptional, that all we do is above reproach, that we are the greatest nation on earth, and as Condi Rice declared the whole world believes in American values.

We have an insufferable and infinite capacity for innocence when it comes to the consequences of our actions.  And, like when repetitive behavior goes from being a habit to a medical diagnosis, our illusions have become delusions and we’re seriously in need of a medical diagnosis.

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By Glen Wayne, January 25, 2010 at 12:44 pm Link to this comment

Mice Spliced Tomatoes   empirePie   January 25th, 2010

The inertia of rot
of those that are bought
reeks without flesh
like neutered neutrinos

The sapiens without the Homo
the empty abode of Homo erode us
to abode us in plastic
to nurture us in faux potatoes,
and mice spliced tomatoes
stewed with the lucre
of pick pocketed sucre
from the shtick…

“The big stick..”

of ‘stick up’ diplomacy
joy stick controlled
power predator sold
totally bondage bonded
feeds fried fear to the populous
the celluloid slouches
drooping in the dung that is slung
by the celebrity yahoos
the non entity louts…

the empty one,  ones
the branded O ones
the no ones,  of ones
with…

some of the clout
of a mice spliced tomato
but all the reek
of the rot that is bought

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By Bob, January 25, 2010 at 12:36 pm Link to this comment
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Mr Hedges, as always, you paint a clear and moving—albeit apocalyptic and perhaps one-sided—image of the political and social landscape. But, as Christian96 points out, you again neglect to suggest meaningful paths of action. Clearly, having personally witnessed for many years the actuality, you don’t support armed revolution, and although we continue to play our hollow role, voting has become an empty farce. So what are our options?

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By skmacksk, January 25, 2010 at 12:24 pm Link to this comment

doublestandards/glasshouses,
Thank you for the the 3quarks.com tip. Mr Jeff Strabone has written the perfect rejoinder to Chris Hedges usual thundering sermonizing!Chris seems to know only one rhetorical note and it begins to pall after so many soundings. Post-shame is really worth the time to read and think about.Definitely read Chris because he is indispensable; but also take the time to read Mr. Strabone’s Post-shame it is of equal intellectual weight.

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By prole, January 25, 2010 at 12:10 pm Link to this comment

Great picture! It neatly captures the essence of the faceless functionaries of Amerika’s dysfunctional fictitious ‘democracy’.
    “The fiction of democracy remains useful, not only for corporations, but for our bankrupt liberal class”…but our bankrupt liberal class doesn’t remain useful for much of anything. “If the fiction is seriously challenged, liberals will be forced to consider actual resistance”…which is unthinkable since it is something they would not be able to control. “As long as the charade is played, they do not have to consider how to combat”…corporate combat but combat is all that is left. “What the political philosopher Sheldon Wolin calls our system of ‘inverted totalitarianism’”…has been repeatedly shown to be impervious to structural change through conventional electoral politics or the courts.  “Inverted totalitarianism” calls for inverted resistance at home. The resistance movements outside of Amerika’s borders, in the evil empire’s periphery are gathering pace. The grand strategy is working, Amerika is being sucked into a deepening quagmire in Afghanistan, resistance forces are lurking in the background in Iraq, the heroic Hezbollah are in permanent readiness. Why should Amerika be spared what it has unleashed on the rest of the world? Why shouldn’t the occupiers be occupied?
  “Our transformation into an empire, as happened in ancient Athens and Rome, has seen the tyranny we practice abroad become the tyranny we practice at home”…well, not quite. Not yet, anyway, are conditions as dreadful as they are in Palestine or Iraq or Afghanistan. But it would be a good idea so that then maybe ‘we’ could get a true understanding of what we have done to ‘them’. Maybe then we would be joined to their resistance as so many of us, in some smaller ways, are increasingly joined to their far-more onerous yoke of corporate tyranny. Unfortunately, most of the cowed and conformist Amerikan public is more likely to continue siding with the corporate oppressors rather than with the oppressed.
    “Wolin writes ‘Recall that an element common to most 20th century totalitarianism, whether Fascist or Stalinist, was hostility towards the left. In the United States, the left is assumed to consist solely of liberals…’”, and the great beast of the Amerikan public is turning even on tepid liberals, as witness the recent bizaare Massachusetts senatorial election. “Liberals, socialists, trade unionists, independent journalists and intellectuals, many of whom were once important voices in our society, have been silenced or targeted for elimination within corporate-controlled academia, the media and government”…including some familiar ones here, like Truthdig contributor Scott Ritter, who has once again been snared in an undercover police, internet sex-sting trap and faces prosecution that may be more than a little influenced by his political activism.
“We, as imperial citizens, are taught to be contemptuous of government bureaucracy, yet we stand like sheep before Homeland Security agents in airports and are mute when Congress permits our private correspondence and conversations to be monitored and archived. We endure more state control than at any time in American history” …and if you’re not against it, you’re for it - so that leaves it all up to the resistance movements.

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By blueinmo, January 25, 2010 at 12:01 pm Link to this comment
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ALL hail the mighty Fascist United States of Amerikkka.

The same men and corporations who wanted to overthrow FDR back in the 30’s should have been executed for treason for they are the same ones who just got the Scotum’s to make this decision.

Their baaaack. FDR’s Attorney General let them go because they were white, rich and owners of corporation’s.  The grandchildren succeeded where their grandfathers failed, fascism has come to 100% power in the USA.

I for one blame Harry Reid for blocking the filibuster of Alito and Roberts.  Does everyone remember fighting the appointment of these 2 men?  I do and millions of us were against them.

The Scotum has successfully married our government to all foreign corporation’s too.  Our next president will be bought and paid for by Wal Mart with their cheap labor from China.

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