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Con Vs. Con - Chris Hedges


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: bernie sanders, chris hedges, corporate state, democratic national committee, donald trump, election 2016, fcc, hillary clinton, liberal, neoliberalism )

Judy
- 1090 days ago - truthdig.com
We will accept our place in the political wilderness and build alternative movements and parties to bring down corporate power or continue to watch our democracy atrophy into a police state and our ecosystem unravel.



   

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JL A (281)
Monday June 20, 2016, 9:50 pm
He puts into words many things I've noted or been concerned about without being sure I had the full picture. Thanks Judy
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Monday June 20, 2016, 10:50 pm
Yes.
Shared over social media to spread awareness.
 

Animae C (509)
Tuesday June 21, 2016, 3:17 am
i feel very sad that my friends in the US will be made to suffer even more with either one of these stooges in the White House!
Gee look at that pic, they could be siblings!!!
 

Evelyn B (63)
Tuesday June 21, 2016, 5:55 am
Judy, again, you share a good article! I'll share it on!

Just a note:
There's a certain "humour" to this title for someone francophone!
"Con" is a rude slang word in French that can be translated as "idiot", "jerk", "asshole", "stupid", "fool" - but stronger than these English equivalent! Somehow, I like the French reading of the title!!

The phrase that really caught me is:
"the tawdry drama called democracy"

YES - that says it all
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 21, 2016, 8:15 pm
Thanks Judy,

Excellent article. Well written. Too much to comment on.

"Groups suspected of planning protests to defy corporate politics have already been infiltrated. They will be heavily monitored. Those who attempt to organize protests without permits will be arrested or detained before the conventions begin. The cities will be on lockdown."

Yep.


 

Judy C (91)
Wednesday June 22, 2016, 6:20 pm
This definitely is a very good article. For example, this: "Liberal media, epitomized by MSNBC, ruthlessly purge those who challenge the Democratic Party establishment. Liberal pundits, such as Paul Krugman, lambaste critics of the political theater, charging them with enabling the Republican nominee. Liberals chant, in a disregard for the facts, not to be like Ralph Nader, the “spoiler” who gave us George W. Bush."

"The liberal class refuses to fight for the values it purports to care about. It is paralyzed and trapped by the induced panic manufactured by the systems of corporate propaganda. The only pressure within the political system comes from corporate power. With no counterweight, with no will on the part of the liberal class to defy the status quo, we slide deeper and deeper into corporate despotism. The repeated argument of the necessity of supporting the 'least worse' makes things worse."

Hedges' analytical powers are great.
 

Judy C (91)
Wednesday June 22, 2016, 6:31 pm
Thanks for sharing this article, Evelyn. "Con vs. Con" kind of reminded me of Mad Magazine's "Spy vs. Spy". The two "Spy" characters are the same, except one wears black and one wears white.
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Thursday June 23, 2016, 1:55 am
Yes, "Punch" and "Judy" are essentially controlling by the same hands.
 

Angelika R (143)
Thursday June 23, 2016, 5:22 pm
Thx Judy! Been a Hedges fan for long time and his analytics are so great because he is writing and speaking from own experience! Remember the lawsuit back in the occupy days. Nobody else uses such a clear language, he has never minced his words about the disastreous state of affairs.
 

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday June 26, 2016, 5:57 am
From article:

During the presidential election cycle, liberals display their gutlessness. Liberal organizations, such as MoveOn.org, become cloyingly subservient to the Democratic Party. Liberal media, epitomized by MSNBC, ruthlessly purge those who challenge the Democratic Party establishment. Liberal pundits, such as Paul Krugman, lambaste critics of the political theater, charging them with enabling the Republican nominee. Liberals chant, in a disregard for the facts, not to be like Ralph Nader, the “spoiler” who gave us George W. Bush.

The liberal class refuses to fight for the values it purports to care about. It is paralyzed and trapped by the induced panic manufactured by the systems of corporate propaganda. The only pressure within the political system comes from corporate power. With no counterweight, with no will on the part of the liberal class to defy the status quo, we slide deeper and deeper into corporate despotism. The repeated argument of the necessity of supporting the “least worse” makes things worse.

Isn't that the truth.....I see exactly those points every 4 year, the lesser of two evils, and I'm so tired of Ralph Nader, a National Treasure, being thrown out there by the very people who should be protecting his legacy instead of tarnishing it.

Yes, good article, too bad the voters of the "least worse" wouldn't come by for a read. I suggest also those who vote Republican, but seems many of them have chosen out of the Elite class that Hillary is the one, as they can smell a Republican a mile away.
 

Angelika R (143)
Sunday June 26, 2016, 6:07 am
Not simply "good" article, pribably one of the BEST as it hold the mirror directly in front of Americans' faces!
Hedges surely has a reason for not being very optimistic! I share that view, yet try to hold on to hope-what else can we do!
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday June 26, 2016, 10:56 pm
We in Britain have to take some responsibility for this mixture of Neoliberalism and Neoconservatism, which took root in-between Thatcher's reign and Blair's reign. Classic Conservatism is privatization, convincing a public that buying shares in companies, gives them some wealth and power over their own lives. Blair's New Labour Party essentially continued that same idea, and led to the Housing Bubble in Britain that Burst into our Financial Crisis, adding to the American shambles originating from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Conservatives and Republicans love to make money, privatize things. LABOUR / DEMOCRATS should have been nationalizing, bringing ownership of Corporate institutions BACK under the watchful eye of a responsible government.

George Bush's observation of the Axis Of Evil (whilst he was playing golf, note the disconnection between fantasy and reality), led to the creation of the crisis that crystallized with the controlled explosion of the Twin Towers, into this phony War on Terror, and subsequent Military intervention in Iraq. Destabilization of the Middle East continued with the phony Wars on Terror with Afghanistan and Syria, weapons manufacturers making an absolute billion dollar fortune, buying into the illusion that anything threatening the British and American "way of life" was and is, a threat to democracy in the free world.

Chris Hedges and people such as Abby Martin/Empire Files and for decades, Noam Chomsky, have essentially been saying the same thing.

I think social media has become and is becoming the tool of created and expanded awareness for those of us who don't buy into mainstream notions of divide and conquer.

Of course, we have our right-wing zealots who still buy into the bullsh£$€t that WAR on foreigners is a good idea, if it helps to preserve the phony, illusion of freedom in the West.
 

Birgit W (160)
Monday June 27, 2016, 4:29 am
Thanks for sharing Dandelion.
 

Lois Jordan (63)
Monday June 27, 2016, 3:14 pm
Noted.
Thanks for posting this powerful article by Hedges, Judy. He is right on the money. I hope many take a few minutes to read this. He speaks from experience, as Angelika mentioned above.
 

JL A (281)
Monday June 27, 2016, 3:52 pm
I would add that so-called alternate press allegedly have GOP editorial control like Daily Kos, Alternet and Huffington Post...Daily Kos admitted their Clinton bias months ago and forbid posts of anything not positive of her.
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Monday June 27, 2016, 11:28 pm
That's very interesting to know, thank you JL A.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 28, 2016, 4:15 am
Noted with thanks Judy---and thanks to Dandelion for the link.
 

Nita L (127)
Wednesday June 29, 2016, 7:17 am
Thank you for this great article that says it exactly the way it is.
 

Maryann S (112)
Wednesday June 29, 2016, 6:03 pm
Thanks for sharing!
 
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