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Chris Hedges: Rise Up or Die

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: chris hedges, corporate state, days of destruction, days of revolt, economy, empire, government, joe sacco, politics, poverty, rebellion, united states )

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Corporations write our legislation. They control our systems of information. They manage the political theater of electoral politics and impose our educational curriculum. They have turned the judiciary into one of their wholly owned subsidiaries.


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Past Member (0)
Monday May 20, 2013, 6:02 am
Thanks Judy for this frightening and inspiring look into where the world is headed if we continue to play along with the sham of corporate capitalism. Chris Hedges speaks the truth.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Monday May 20, 2013, 6:18 am
Speaking as someone who has worked for IBM, and also currently works within in a Corporate Cuboid in England, Chris Hedges column is quite disturbingly accurate. Indeed, one can feel and sense the pervading sterile atmosphere creeping up on you and invading your own space, to the extent you end up feeling sucked into it... colleagues have reported back to me to confirm my own belief that the Corporate world is akin to a dangerous poisonous jungle, with a sharp, impersonal, cold atmosphere which can literally make you feel ill.

mag.w.d. Aichberger (34)
Monday May 20, 2013, 6:24 am
> A handful of corporate oligarchs around the globe have everything—wealth, power and privilege
[and also Cancer... of the mind and often body, too]
i prefer to call them (excuse me french:) a$$holes, and they do not have quite everything, for " The best things in life aren't things." (Art Buchwald), and even if they had all thingies, what good does them who have (never known or) lost themselves/their souls.

mag.w.d. Aichberger (34)
Monday May 20, 2013, 6:30 am
d'accord, d'accord! D'ACCORD! -- I couldn't agree more.
Even if you fail, even if we all fail, we will have asserted against the corporate forces of exploitation and death our ultimate dignity as human beings. We will have defended what is sacred. Rebellion means steadfast defiance.
"And if they suck us all down? Then I will perish in the awareness: I have lived my life, I have not relinquished it to the Idiots and Criminals. I have resisted to the last. {my transl.} ] " -- Hans A. Pestalozzi "Auf die Bäume ihr Affen [Up into the Trees You Apes]" (1989) ISBN 3729603132 S.346


jan b (5)
Monday May 20, 2013, 6:41 am
We as a country were never ALL for profit...but today, we are headed in the direction that it will be all that we are. Although it appeared that the United States was leading the world, it was really the corporate military industrial complex within and without the U.S., together with the elite international financiers who owned most industries that was steering world policy . The United States had always been an isolationist country had to be dragged into WW2.

Roseann d (178)
Monday May 20, 2013, 10:16 am
Interesting to note...they are finally talking about the cumbersome burden of college grads drowning in debt...and the meat of their's grads are putting off buying homes, new cars, and having kids which has them worrying about sustaining the economy. It always comes down to that.

Sheryl G (359)
Monday May 20, 2013, 12:03 pm
No truer words were said.

Robert S placed a story on C2 about 300 days ago, lot of intersting comments, not sure if the petitions are still valid within the thread but might want to check them out.
Sacrifice Zones Communities Destroyed for Profits

Within the article:

And we wanted to expose as impotent the formal liberal and governmental institutions that once made reform possible, institutions no longer equipped with enough authority to check the assault of corporate power.
(As the author so brilliantly brings out, the Espionage Act was only used 3 times since 1917 but under Obama it has been used 6 times) You do not have any friends with this Administration. Wake up Liberals.

What has taken place in these sacrifice zones—in postindustrial cities such as Camden, N.J., and Detroit, in coalfields of southern West Virginia where mining companies blast off mountaintops, in Indian reservations where the demented project of limitless economic expansion and exploitation worked some of its earliest evil, and in produce fields where laborers often endure conditions that replicate slavery—is now happening to much of the rest of the country.

These sacrifice zones succumbed first.

You and I are next.

My comment....


Long ago the First Nations and American Indian understood this, that at some point, this would destroy all if it continued on and on. Chief Seattle's speech on where he said, his people may have fallen today, but in time it will be shown what is to be and he said, "we may be brothers after all." They undersood natural law of the creators creation whereas the others who spoke of their God, seemed to honor little of what the Creator had made.


Sheryl G (359)
Monday May 20, 2013, 12:21 pm
Naomi Wolf pointed out these steps.....

Fascist America, in 10 easy steps

Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy
Create a gulag
Develop a thug caste
Set up an internal surveillance system
Harass citizens' groups
Engage in arbitrary detention and release
Target key individuals
Control the press
Dissent equals treason
Suspend the rule of law

If you read what Chris Hedges is writing, what you see around will note that these steps are here.

"We stand helpless before the corporate onslaught. I do not know what to call this system. It is certainly not capitalism. Extortion might be a better word." Chris Hedges

Thank you Chris for speaking TRUTH......

Thank you Judy for doing your part in presenting this Truth.......

Judy C (91)
Monday May 20, 2013, 11:17 pm
Every one of you make some excellent points. Thanks for your comments, everyone! I think those of us who are aware of what's up can literally feel the stranglehold of the corporate thugs who play casino with our lives, and with the planet. I appreciate Chris Hedges' writing, because he doesn't sugar coat anything.

I went to the article and the petition that Dandelion writes of, by Robert S. I remember readng that one. The petition was still active, with 208,399 signatures. I signed, and then after a few seconds, the site took me to another petition, which I signed. That petition is based on Elizabeth Warren's first bill, to lower the interest rates on student loans, to equal the amount paid by the big banks (0.75%)! Here's the link for another petition on that issue that Beverly posted recently:


Naomi Wolf is another person who tells things as they are. Her 10 steps to Fascism is very true. Thanks for posting that, Dandelion. Thanks for the quote, Frack. We just have to fight, any way we can.

We can also educate people who may not understand what is going on, but who have some openness of mind. After all, we have to do some digging, and a lot of reading to get down to the truth--watching the corporate news sure isn't going to get it. That's about all the news some people see, if even that! As Bob Dylan said, "Something's happening here but you don't know what it is, do you, Mr Jones?".

Stephen B (23)
Tuesday May 21, 2013, 5:49 pm
The espionage against the reporters appears to have been partisan politics, not corporate interests.

The state is supposed to serve corporate interests, at least to a degree, because cumulatively they are the backbone of the economy, and the government is supposed to promote economic growth. The government, however, is comprosed of elected officials of political parties, who have an interest in supporting their parties separate from any corporate intersts. These are what drove the espionage, and more to the point, the leak that the espionage had happened, not corporations. To the contrary, this came from the party of unions, not the one often depicted as totally run by corporate interests.

The OSHA discrimination against conservative-owned businesses, IRS-discrimination against conservative-owned activists, EPA-discrimination in FOI requests, DoJ hiring-discrimination by politics of past employers, and other such behaviour are a matter of partisan politics. The espionage was not revealed for the sake of corporate intrerests, but between those and Benghazi all coming out now, to put a chill on reporting until several news-cycles separate us from the flood of bad news for the Obama administration (and Democrats in the next two elections).

There is a problem, but Hedges recommends rising up against the wrong targets. He suggests dealing with real problems in Washington, but not the ones that actually drive the worst of the trouble.

Adele Caskey (16)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 9:33 am
Thanks for sharing - we need a completely new system that is not based on greed and self interest.
Where all have access to the basic human rights and not made into slaves by the elite
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