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Chris Hedges: Let's Get This Class War Started


Society & Culture  (tags: chris hedges, democracy, economy, government, greed, history, money, oligarchy, politics, rich people, wall street, wealth )

Judy
- 262 days ago - truthdig.com
"We Americans are not usually thought to be a submissive people, but of course we are," Wendell Berry writes. "Why else would we allow our country to be destroyed? Why else would we be rewarding its destroyers?



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Beverly M. (85)
Monday October 21, 2013, 9:23 am
I'd rather be an uncouth parasite than a heartless, egostical member of the upper crust. And I may be a lot of things but I'm not disposable.
 

Dandelion G. (374)
Tuesday October 22, 2013, 10:35 am
Within the article:
Wealth breeds, as Fitzgerald illustrated in “The Great Gatsby” and his short story “The Rich Boy,” a class of people for whom human beings are disposable commodities.

Colleagues, associates, employees, kitchen staff, servants, gardeners, tutors, personal trainers, even friends and family, bend to the whims of the wealthy or disappear. Once oligarchs achieve unchecked economic and political power, as they have in the United States, the citizens too become disposable.

****This is why they are dangerous!

Look back upon history, even within the ruling families, there was always deceit, someone trying to find ways to get rid of another family member to move up within the rank and file, to be the ruler themselves. They would kill their brother, their own child, just to have the thorn go to themselves. The peasants, serfs, slaves, and all others were there to do whatever was needed to keep the rulers rich and comfortable; it did not matter if the masses had feelings, cares, or concerns.

There is no mercy, no cause to care about another unless it fits into their plan to obtain something or to get to something. We keep thinking that these human beings, despite they are rich and powerful, somehow have in their chest a beating heart and that they care at a certain point. That is our dangerous thinking for it cause us to sit back and do nothing while the noose got tighter.

Taken out of his movie It's called America: Freedom to Fascism, Aaron Russo explains how a business opportunity offered to him that included an invitation to join the Council on Foreign Relations. "I was definitely being recruited," says Aaron.

Apparently Aaron was well aware of the true intentions of the inner-core of the CFR. He answered, "As much as I like you Nick, your way isn't my way, we're on opposite sides of the fence. You know I don't believe in enslaving people."

According to Aaron, Nick Rockefeller's reply was, "What do you care about those people? What difference does it make to you? ... They're just serfs." Aaron described Nick's personality during this time as, "cold."

In the article it said:

The public face of the oligarchic class bears little resemblance to the private face.

Remember when Mitt Romney was captured on tape at that private dinner, a fundraiser that only those who had the Big money could afford going to. When Mitt Romney thought he was only surrounded by those "like him" he showed his true colors.

Within the article:

F. Scott Fitzgerald, was thrown into the embrace of the upper crust when young.

My hatred of authority, along with my loathing for the pretensions, heartlessness and sense of entitlement of the rich, comes from living among the privileged. It was a deeply unpleasant experience. But it exposed me to their insatiable selfishness and hedonism.

Fitzgerald......I learned, as a boy, who were my enemies.

Oligarchs, these philosophers knew, are schooled in the mechanisms of manipulation, subtle and overt repression and exploitation to protect their wealth and power at our expense. Foremost among their mechanisms of control is the control of ideas. Ruling elites ensure that the established intellectual class is subservient to an ideology—in this case free market capitalism and globalization—that justifies their greed.

This is coming out in Alan Greenspan's book, “The Map and the Territory,”. The mistake, he writes, is that forecasters treated humans as rational decision makers — a functional fiction that no longer seems functional. He stated on one interview that those in the corporate and banking industry did nothing to protect their own establishments and seemed not to care as long as individual personal gain was obtained.

No duh.....maybe that is why there is such things as regulations! And even though I bring up his book he still has missed the boat in so many ways in my opinion as well as other economists that are critiquing his writing. I am at least he does admit to some failures that he now sees, but that failure was what many economists had brought out, that there are humans behind these economic systems, so one can't say, a cold calculation will all go exactly the way a mathematical system is drawn up when you have human's running the show behind it. A variation off of the mathematical formula will give a totally different output......and it has.

Oligarchs do not believe in self-sacrifice for the common good. They never have. They never will. They are the cancer of democracy.

Within the article:

The rise of an oligarchic state offers a nation two routes, according to Aristotle. The impoverished masses either revolt to rectify the imbalance of wealth and power or the oligarchs establish a brutal tyranny to keep the masses forcibly enslaved.

We have chosen the second of Aristotle’s options. The slow advances we made in the early 20th century through unions, government regulation, the New Deal, the courts, an alternative press and mass movements have been reversed.

The oligarchs are turning us—as they did in the 19th century steel and textile factories—into disposable human beings. They are building the most pervasive security and surveillance apparatus in human history to keep us submissive.

****And this my fellow readers is why I'm glad I'm on my way out (age wise) not on my way in. But it pains me to look at my children and grandchild. Is why I do what I can to clear the fog where I can and I know that is a reason behind what you do Judy........but far too many sleep or they fight in the incorrect direction and actually slice their own throats.

I suggest the reader take in slow and steady this whole article.

There is a long struggle ahead.......that the wonderful vision that I saw in the 60's to the point we are today is unsettling at best, just saddens the heart. But until the people look the reality in the eye nothing will improve for the many of us.

Great Truth in this writing......Chris Hedges is also a brave man. I applaud him in his position for speaking these great words of TRUTH to Power. But I'm sure those words have been duly noted by the Oligarchy, I just hope a lot of the masses are also learning from him.....fast.




 

Birgit W. (140)
Tuesday October 22, 2013, 4:03 pm
Very good article. I am a very peaceful person but I believe it is time to fight back. Thanks Chris Hedges for speaking up.
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (272)
Tuesday October 22, 2013, 4:20 pm
It is time to fight back
 

Angelika R. (146)
Tuesday October 22, 2013, 4:30 pm
Yes, time to get out the pitchforks, as D. said. Chris Hedges is one of those voices of reason and warning, and bringing the truth out, thx Judy! (keeping it brief not to spoil Sheryl's great comment)
 

tasunka m. (335)
Tuesday October 22, 2013, 4:30 pm
I judge people by their actions not their net worth.
Have seen extreme callousness, but also seen extremely important charity from wealth with a heart.
Philanthropy is still alive, just take Sir Richard Branson
 

Judith C. (107)
Tuesday October 22, 2013, 5:00 pm
Human beings are not disposable commodities, thankyou Dandelion.
 

. (0)
Tuesday October 22, 2013, 5:23 pm
My hatred of authority......especially when it's the wrong kind. Let's go people. TY Judy and dandelion for the fwd
 

Tamara Noforwardsplz (185)
Tuesday October 22, 2013, 6:10 pm
This is, perhaps, one of the best articles I have ever read. With absolute clarity, it puts a very fine point on just exactly where we stand today and how it is born of a cycle that started so long ago that few even know it's earliest beginnings. The truth, as I read it, is that until ALL of the 99% stand together and throw the chains off, nothing will get better. It will continue to get worse. And we will be responsible for allowing it to happen. We cannot afford to wait for someone else to fire the first shot so to speak, (euphemism only) we must rally together now. We must make our own fate and take back what is every living being's right. The choice to live how we want to live, say what we want to say, the right to all of the protections of a democracy, to have food enough for our families, and money enough to live day to day without fear of starving or being homeless, being attacked for the color of our skin, or for who we want to love, to be who each of us is without fear of judgement, and to not have to live in fear that at any moment, someone who has more money than we do can come along and tell us that whatever we are doing is not o.k. with them and therefore they can take it away from us. We all deserve the right to not be considered disposable commodities and to be valued as human beings who, each of us, has something special to offer this world we all share, and that whatever that may be, it is special and unique. In short, we are all equal whether some people like it or not and the time has come to rectify the imbalance once and for all. Thank you Judy for this excellent post and Ms. Dandelion for forwarding.
 

Jason S. (57)
Tuesday October 22, 2013, 6:50 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

Dandelion G. (374)
Tuesday October 22, 2013, 6:57 pm
Per Philanthropy per Tasunka's comment.

“Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.” Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

Although there are those who truly give back, not all with money are heartless, however I think it was Judy who placed another article on C2 that mentioned that many of these so called "gifts" are just another way to make more money for themselves. That in the so called giving, the way the tax codes are set up and various other situations that are only afforded those up in the top 10% and certainly the top 1%, is this is philanthropy is actually keeping the money in their hands and many times makes them more money. So one can't say it is all done from their hearts......it's also making them more money.....and then they can say, look how wonderful I am too.
 

Dandelion G. (374)
Tuesday October 22, 2013, 6:59 pm
Very nicely stated Tamara. Now if we can get the majority of the masses to grasp this concept you so correctly summarized.
 

Laurie H. (687)
Tuesday October 22, 2013, 8:27 pm
So Many Thanks for this Judy & Sheryl for sending over.I want to believe that there could be hope to attain this objective,as Tamara has stated so well. This article is very moving and right on target!!!
 

Ros G. (88)
Tuesday October 22, 2013, 10:09 pm
Thanks for the forward Dandelion..interesting read..but it has been happening in front of the masses eyes for centuries..right up to today...for change to take place at this level..where do you start..with the masses?
 

Inge Bjorkman (124)
Tuesday October 22, 2013, 11:55 pm
The only way to change society and rich versus poor in a peaceful way, is that all workers do not go to their jobs, become self-sufficient. How long do you think the money and the wealthy can stay in power then? Democracy can only be complete if the people vote for issues, not as now, representative democracy, they cheat us.
REFUSE WORK AND REVOLOTIONEN IS A FACT

Love
 

BMutiny TCorporationsEvil (466)
Wednesday October 23, 2013, 2:07 am
B MUTINY. THE CORPORATIONS ARE EVIL.

Thass my name.....
 

BMutiny TCorporationsEvil (466)
Wednesday October 23, 2013, 4:00 am
Maybe there isn't that much we CAN do, at this point. Maybe it's already too late.
"Get out your Pitchforks", against Armored Tanks? Drones? Chemical and Electrical weapons?
Maybe we DIDN'T have an INFINITE number of chances, as we always liked to THINK we had. Fooling ourselves.

However, we still CAN do this:
1] RAISE CONSCIOUSNESS. Our own, and that of people around us. [That's what I'm aiming to do here on C2.]
Well, if we're all gonna die, let's not die STUPID.
Irrational, true, but it's what I feel... nobody's gonna stop me...

[It probably won't be that we and all our descendents will be SLAVES forever...
the Rich are so IRRATIONAL now {as they always have been!}
so SELFISH and so SHORT-SIGHTED...
that THIS time, they won't just be destroying populations, whole species and Eco-systems, and Empires and civilizations, like before - but HUMAN LIFE AS WE KNOW IT ON THIS PLANET EARTH...]

2] We can CREATE ALTERNATIVE ECONOMIES AND LIFESTYLES, based on our shared HUMAN Values...
Maybe this is all the Wiggle-room we have, and there is no future, to either look forward to, or be worried about...
But we will live and die Better people, if meanwhile we live as we choose, with Human Values...

Remember that old "Revival" Hymn, "Oh, We'll All Go Together When We Go"...

And if, just IF, there's a Way Out, then THAT'S the Path will lead to it.....

[The Corporate State has such OVERWHELMING Power at its command... and MERCENARY ARMIES dependent on it, to carry forth its Power... impossible that acts of Violence could "overthrow" the Global Corporate State...]
[Could maybe just temporarily RESIST some of its egregious acts. But not "overthrow", as in a "Revolution"... how would you DEFINE a "Revolution".... this ain't 1917... technology now at the disposal of the Corporate State, is, of course, COMPLETELY different...]
 

Judy C. (106)
Wednesday October 23, 2013, 5:04 am
Thanks so much for all your excellent comments, everyone. Thanks for promoting this article, Dandelion. Sometimes great articles slip through the cracks, and I had hoped this one wouldn't.
 

Marija Mohoric (50)
Wednesday October 23, 2013, 5:37 am
thanks
 

Linda Rust (69)
Wednesday October 23, 2013, 8:54 am
Chris Hedges speaks truth to power as always.
 

Susan Allen (220)
Wednesday October 23, 2013, 11:03 am
Definitely noted and shared this outstanding article. We must get the word out far and wide. It is time ...
 

Julie E. (256)
Wednesday October 23, 2013, 11:13 am
Thank you Judy for the post and Dandelion for the forward.
 

Gary A L. (129)
Wednesday October 23, 2013, 12:27 pm
as someone who has worked year after year in the labor movement I must say we are our worse enemies those that would lick the boots of their masters are as craven as the Oligarchs confirming their disdain for others we have a lot of work to do one way would be for all to stop voting pretending it actually makes a difference thanks you Dandelion and all who are awake
 

Dandelion G. (374)
Wednesday October 23, 2013, 12:37 pm
I still believe in voting, we just need to vote in those who will return the power to The People and take it out of the hands of the few Oligarchy that rule the roost right now. You can't keep voting in the same one's that sign your rights away as in the past. One must pay attention to their individual voting records. Compromise does not mean one signs in NDAA or hacks away at the Social Security without first going after the ones who created this mess.

I agree, too many at all levels of society need to get a backbone. It isn't easy to stand up for one's rights, I've done so in my past places of employment, and took the heat for it when the other spineless wouldn't. But I did for I couldn't live with myself if I didn't. It was a struggle, but in the end the Truth I was standing up for did win out in the end. Not easy, but necessary. But too many in the labor market rolled over......so what our ancestors won, some with their blood, has gone by the wayside.
 

Lona Goudswaard (67)
Wednesday October 23, 2013, 1:04 pm
Thank you so much, Judy, for posting this exceptional article. Chris Hedges is both a very competent writer who's analysis is as sharp as his pen, and a very brave man, because his article also tells us there is much to fear from those he speaks against.

Time to get out the pitchforks, that couldn't be more true. But true in a literal sense too. The computer generation and de social media generation following it just sit behind their PC, pads and phones, agreeing with each other - or not as the case may be - but beside an uncoordinated riot followed by a looting spree after the oligarchy has really messed up, nothing much is happening with the masses. As Chris Hedges says, we - the masses - are allowing the plutocrats, the oligarchy, the 1 (-10)% or whatever they are called, to run the country (and the world) and bleed this planet so dry it'll die.

Somewhere in our background (take the 60's and 70's) there must lie the key to inspire the masses to take to the streets again with their pitchforks and show them that enough is enough. I was out there in the 70's (to young for the 60's) and I'm sure a lot here on Care2 were out there too. And things did change. But we let it slip and we do not know how to get it back again.
 

. (0)
Wednesday October 23, 2013, 1:28 pm
The one true way to have a chance of winning against the corruption of endless evil is to revolt. If that does not work then a full-blown revolution is the answer.
 

John D. (45)
Wednesday October 23, 2013, 1:58 pm
He hit the nail right on the head...!!
 

Joanne Dixon (35)
Wednesday October 23, 2013, 2:00 pm
Not voting is certainly what the corporate masters want us to do! Look how hard they are rewriting voting rights.
 

jan b. (3)
Wednesday October 23, 2013, 3:21 pm
Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report = 32 million adults worth over $1 million collectively hold $98.7 trillion in personal wealth. These affluents make up 0.7 percent of the world’s adult population and hold 41 percent of/ the world’s wealth
Why do companies who have been making huge profits the past decades..... pay out so little in wages and then the Government of we-the-people (taxpayers) have to pick up the slack by providing benefits like food stamps, medicaid and even providing some household items. Mainly the middle class is picking up the slack since on average that class pays more in taxes than the wealthiest in our country.

Interesting that a survey was taken and the counties who had the most food stamp recipients were from the red states and voted overwhelmingly republican the last election. Now the republicans voted to cut food stamps $40 billion dollars. I'll betcha they'll vote republican anyway.....THAT" THE PROBLEM FOLKS---THE VOTES....Working-class Americans who elect Regressive plutocrats apparently WANT to be enslaved by the system. I mean, why else would they elect these scoundrels against their better interests, unless masochism or self-loathing or pathological ignorance also enters the picture...
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 23, 2013, 4:03 pm
Excellent article!
Buffett, (spokesman for his class, appointed or self-appointed), publicly declared class warfare on us peons years ago. Unfortunately for us, too many peons traded their pitchforks, (and, likely their souls), for i-phones and other distracting addictions!
 

Dandelion G. (374)
Wednesday October 23, 2013, 4:38 pm
Lona, usually the youth behind us picks up the torch and carries on so that we can join in when needed while raising our families. That didn't seem to happen. I never really stopped, even with a family, but my activism did morph into places I could bring my children. Things via Girl and Boy Scouts, doing Walk A Thons for the MDA, spending time with the No Kill Animal shelter.

I still use to attend meetings with my children against the Nuclear Plant, I still wrote letters, I still made phone calls, but I couldn't get out in the streets as often and lay in the road like I did before I had my children, plus being in the sandwich generation, with Elders to care for didn't leave as much time. However, had I known of a big march I would of found a sitter and joined in. It is really dependent upon the youth of the day to keep up the momentum.

College campuses use to be the hubs of change, but now that the Koch Brothers and others have used their wealth to "buy" Professors, they have paid for their policies to be taught, just like the Texas school board having a say over the textbooks that are sent throughout this Country. When you give millions of dollars it comes with strings attached, they get the say who is hired and what goes in, this is dangerous as there is less and less a balance of ideas.
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Wednesday October 23, 2013, 5:08 pm
Noted. Thanks so much for posting, Judy. I agree that Hedges is one in a million. Along with a couple of others, he sued the Obama Admin. over the NDAA. Although he lost, he has my greatest respect. (I'm not sure if other lawsuits are pending).
Excellent comments by Dandelion, Tamara, BMutiny & others, which I agree with wholeheartedly! So many are still unaware of this "great divide," and we must continue to get out this message and wake more people up. Occupy was a fantastic "initial hit," but we need to continue. While some have already gathered pitchforks, others are still looking for some. A great target would be what MoveToAmend is trying to do--reverse Citizens United, and get public financing for elections....this needs a constitutional amendment. While we work on that, exposing the billionaires behind the politicians, as well as their motives, would also help. As we expose the politicians from both parties, we must find new "progressive-green" candidates for primaries, and support them through election....and beyond.
BTW, there's an article in The Nation, 10/21/13 by Robert L. Borosage, "The New Insurgents," that focuses on the rise of the democratic wing of the Democratic Party, that explains a lot. Sorry I don't have the link.
 

Lynn Squance (224)
Wednesday October 23, 2013, 8:58 pm
"Once oligarchs achieve unchecked economic and political power, as they have in the United States, the citizens too become disposable."

As I read this excellent article, for some reason I began to see a parallel to Harry Potter. In 'The Philosopher's Stone', Harry enter Hogwarts for the first time. At the top of the stairs, before going into the dinning hall, he meets that foul guinea Drako Malfoy. Now Harry has already met Ron Weasley on the train and established a friendship but Malfoy, coming from a rich family shows only disdain for Ron. Drako extends his hand to shake Harry's saying something like "Some wizarding families are better than others. You want to know the right people." To that, Harry does not accept Drako's proffered hand and replies"I think I know the right people." Follows 7 years of Harry and friends going up against the Malfoys of the world who bow and scrape to Lord Voldemort, and rebelling against Lord Voldemort himself.

Even in communist societies the same is true. The upper bureaucrats and party leaders hold sway over many people based on their power and their ability to make life miserable for anyone that dares cross them. Too often our societies see everything as 'instant' and 'disposable', even to friendships.

It is time for a good old fashion revolt of consciousness. I am not advocating violence but rather people coming together in strength of numbers. One of the best ways might be to use the state and local elections to elect people that actually stand for the people. Start now. Elect progressives and return the Republicanus/Teabaggers to the unemployment line. As this happens, change can be forced upwards. And don't let any elected official off. Vigilance! Persistence. Justice. These are also part of the revolt.

At the end of the 7 years of battle with Lord Voldemort, Harry Potter and the people won!
 

Judy C. (106)
Wednesday October 23, 2013, 10:15 pm
There are a lot of solutions that can be implemented bit by bit, in many ways, at many levels. Most of you offered good suggestions. Change will work best from the bottom up, grassroots level, I think. That way we aren't JUST confronting the corporate behemoth all at once, in an obvious way. We do need to stand up to them in a way that puts them on notice that we know what's up, and that our quality of life is unacceptable. Beyond that, we can accomplish a lot at more subtle levels RIGHT NOW.

Educating the people around us is possible in many settings. The young are especially important. What kind of world do they want to inherit? They can make choices at a personal level that will have a great impact on their world. How they think, their attitude toward learning, who they hang out with, what they value, what they buy, how they eat, and many other choices can be fully conscious, with a realistic understanding of limits. I tell my grandchildren to ask themselves what they can contribute to the world to make it a better place, rather than always thinking of what they will get out of it.

At the big, systemic level, Citizens United has to go, and campaign finance needs to be reformed. The major parties seem corrupted beyond repair. Their strings are being pulled by the same corporate, elite puppet masters. To become viable, Third Parties probably need to rise up at more local levels, first. That's going to take a lot of work. They can be in a position to implement common sense change that has an effect at an immediate, quality of life level. What works will gain acceptance as people become more empowered.

Thanks for this great discussion, people. We are NOT alone in this!
 

Pat A. (117)
Thursday October 24, 2013, 1:35 am
Many thanks and blessings to Dandelion for forwarding this fascinating and excellent article - and also to Judy for posting it! I do so agree!

"It is not a new story. The rich, throughout history, have found ways to subjugate and re-subjugate the masses. And the masses, throughout history, have cyclically awoken to throw off their chains. The ceaseless fight in human societies between the despotic power of the rich and the struggle for justice and equality lies at the heart of Fitzgerald’s novel, which uses the story of Gatsby to carry out a fierce indictment of capitalism. Fitzgerald was reading Oswald Spengler’s “The Decline of the West” as he was writing “The Great Gatsby.” Spengler predicted that, as Western democracies calcified and died, a class of “monied thugs” would replace the traditional political elites. Spengler was right about that ."

 

A F. (128)
Thursday October 24, 2013, 1:39 am
That's what I'm talkin' about. Thank you very much! :)
 

Franshisca Dearmas (97)
Thursday October 24, 2013, 1:53 am
Good posting. TY Judy
 

Charmaine Shannon (80)
Thursday October 24, 2013, 5:42 am
Thank-You ......Noted and Shared!!
 

Col N. (56)
Thursday October 24, 2013, 7:16 pm
Very good posting... There are noteable people in history who have stood up to Oligarchy and they mostly did it with peaceful but very obvious disobedience. I do not believe in anarchy as a way out of a situation (that causes social and moral collapse and a selfish free-for-all society), but sometimes you just have to walk against the wave of injustice and try to stand up for what is right and decent. We need some more Ghandi's, some Martin-Luther-King's and lots of litte hero's to stand against Corporate greed and Social injustices.
 

Charlie Rush (43)
Thursday October 24, 2013, 8:53 pm
The majority of our citizens and noncitizens belong to the lower and middle classes, as we all know. We have been pawns for the upper class since the beginning of time.
Our main strength is in _numbers_. However, this only has any validity, when we think for ourselves and stick together. The problem is, the affluent are very good at the game of 'divide and conquer'. They use their vast wealth to get us to disagree with each other.
This is where the 2 party system comes into play. If we had 5 or more parties, their objective would be significantly more arduous.

You can see it today, with the Affordable Care Cat. We have liberals who are disgusted with the computer problems, instead of realizing that any new system this large, will have problems in the beginning. The rich and powerful have patience, because they can afford to, while the rest of us, are impatient, because we see so many inequities perpetrated upon us.

It's time for us all, to grow up, pay attention, and most of all, be diligent and persevere.
 

Charlie Rush (43)
Thursday October 24, 2013, 8:57 pm
One thing I forgot to mention.
The next time someone tells you they are tired of poor people taking advantage of the 'system', tell them, you are tired of the wealthy being given far more in tax breaks and subsidies than they deserve.
When wealthy corporations and the upper class pay LITTLE or NO TAX, how is this _not_ nefarious?
 

Judy C. (106)
Thursday October 24, 2013, 9:19 pm
"Monied thugs" have replaced traditional political elites, as Spengler predicted, and Pat points out. Those near the top are buying out Washington, and are scrambling around to maintain the wealth and power of the top elites. The elite thugs are calling all the shots. That's why Congress is so irrationally adverse to taxing the rich.
 

Dandelion G. (374)
Thursday October 24, 2013, 9:44 pm
So correct Judy. When people wonder why certain things go on the way they do; once one has cleared the fog from their eyes it is crystal clear.
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Friday October 25, 2013, 4:45 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Craig Althage (24)
Friday October 25, 2013, 9:41 am
This was a pretty good article. I would caution not to blame people the victims as the right wing already does so well, and far too often the ultra-left preaches at people telling them to get the revolution underway. I agree that a revolution is indeed necessary to get the real needed and sustainable change that will include a humane and environmentally hopeful future, though with our environment we may be crossing the final thresholds far too soon. It is not a motivation to activist apathy to hurl further moralism and guilt at those who are imbedded in the information wars and those already disgusted with the ruling ideology. The marginalized too often have the Stockholm syndrome having internalized the hatred of their class by the wealthy. People need to see real alternatives and we have had some excellent beginnings at this process; the global justice movement of the 1990s, Third Party alternative politics of the present, and the Occupy movement to name a few of these. Unfortunately we are not where we were in this fight when were able to get the needed reforms that are being stripped from us. Those few who are out there in activism cannot substitute themselves for a movement. As we have seen with the conservative liberal organization Planned Parenthood who eschew activist defense of clinics, the thinking is far too timid amidst the gains of the right wing to further the few choices of women to choose abortion on demand. We have to be patient activist who tireless and un-scolding talk with radicalized people who are willing to start to fight for the change and reforms we all need on the way to demanding a complete system change. When people are emboldened and more confident by the gains and reforms they are able to realize, then they can perhaps chant and fight with the message "we are unstoppable anther world is possible" This is what builds toward a tipping point that can win the real hearts and mind of people to fight for the rule of the people. We may be short of time and dangerously close to complete subjection to the rulers, but we still have the burden of doing the hard and patient work of activists.
 

Winn Adams (187)
Friday October 25, 2013, 10:39 am
Thank you Dandelion!
 

Carmen S. (607)
Friday October 25, 2013, 7:29 pm
Thanks for sharing this Judy.
 

Anne P. (241)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 8:23 am
"Oligarchs are the cancer of democracy." So true. Brilliant call to action by Chris Hedges. And remember, my friends: they only call it "class war" when we fight back. Thanks for the eye-opener, Judy and Dandelion!
 

Devon Leonard (54)
Monday October 28, 2013, 11:27 am
Extremism in all it's forms is dangerous... We need to restore balance. Thanks Judy and Dandelion for this needed posting.............
 

Judy C. (106)
Monday October 28, 2013, 3:24 pm
Thanks for more thoughtful comments, folks. Craig, you make a good point about the internalization of hatred for the poor that results in a sort of Stockholm Syndrome among some. Patience and understanding with those who are immobilized in this way, does have value. Many of the poor are afraid of losing what little they do have, too, and seem to operate against their own best interest.

Hedges' new article this week continues on the topic of revolution:

Chris Hedges: Our Invisible Revolution
 

Jude Hand (56)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 10:38 am
Noted. I'm experiencing something that my college sociology/psychology/interpersonal and group communication didn't cover, nor did my social work in Ohio, CT, TX or FL. There are some similarities in the reality of the social stratification theory. But this beyond-puzzles me. The day to day reality of a small Big Oil town in W. PA with those in generational poverty. How to help my new, sad town is beyond me at the moment. The poor are literally publicly call "wellies" (welfare recipients) or, just as publicly, "scummers". I've never lived in something like this. How do the monied and the "wellies" have a meeting of the minds? Lots of great theories, but the reality is a whole different ballgame. And THEN, should that ever occur, we can get down to everyone having some kind of dignity in their life.
 

Gina Caracci (231)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 6:32 pm
I have never been one to bow down to anyone.
The super rich can only be defined as psycho/sociopaths as they have NO SOULS, NO CONSCIENCE, NO HEARTS..
There is no reasoning with them..there is only way and that is to hit them in the pocketbook.

Dear Tamara said it perfectly..I couldnt send another star yet my Pea..

green stars all around..and I hope people will get out there on the 5th..Im already imagining the huge sign Im gonna make and all the things it will say. Since I dont see anything being mobilized in my area, i will probablyl be alone. .Just get out there! I forgot to get my Guy Fawkes mask though..shoot!
 

Neill Abayon (733)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 7:25 pm
Thank you. Noted and shared.
 
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