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Resist or Become Serfs by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Truthdig
April 6, 2009

America is devolving into a third-world nation. And if we do not immediately halt our elite’s rapacious looting of the public treasury we will be left with trillions in debts, which can never be repaid, and widespread human misery which we will be helpless to ameliorate. Our anemic democracy will be replaced with a robust national police state. The elite will withdraw into heavily guarded gated communities where they will have access to security, goods and services that cannot be afforded by the rest of us. Tens of millions of people, brutally controlled, will live in perpetual poverty. This is the inevitable result of unchecked corporate capitalism. The stimulus and bailout plans are not about saving us. They are about saving them. We can resist, which means street protests, disruptions of the system and demonstrations, or become serfs.

We have been in a steady economic decline for decades. The Canadian political philosopher John Ralston Saul detailed this decline in his 1992 book “Voltaire’s Bastards: The Dictatorship of Reason in the West.” David Cay Johnston exposed the mirage and rot of American capitalism in “Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (and Stick You With the Bill),” and David C. Korten, in “When Corporations Rule the World” and “Agenda for a New Economy,” laid out corporate malfeasance and abuse. But our universities and mass media, entranced by power and naively believing that global capitalism was an unstoppable force of nature, rarely asked the right questions or gave a prominent voice to those who did. Our elites hid their incompetence and loss of control behind an arrogant facade of specialized jargon and obscure economic theories.

[...]

via Truthdig

Chris Hedges, who is an Arabic speaker and spent seven years in the Middle East, was the Middle East bureau chief for The New York Times.

Copyright © 2009 Truthdig

see

The Looming Collapse of the American Empire by Chris Hedges

The Financial War Against Iceland by Prof Michael Hudson

Worldwide Depression: Regional Impacts of the Global Crisis, Part II by Prof. James Petras

More IMF Economic Medicine Is Not the Solution by Michel Chossudovsky

stimulator: Spring of Rage + The Take (2004) (Naomi Klein)

Chris Hedges: On the Future

Rachel Maddow Show: Bailout for Auto Workers Forbids Strikes

“Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Govt Expense (& Stick You with the Bill)” (must see video)

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  1. [...] Resist or Become Serfs by Chris Hedges [...]

  2. [...] Resist or Become Serfs by Chris Hedges [...]

  3. [...] Chris Hedges, a Pulitzer prize-winning reporter: “If we do not immediately halt our elite’s rapacious looting of the public treasury we will be left with trillions in debts, which can never be repaid, and widespread human misery which we will be helpless to ameliorate. [...]

  4. But… isn’t this what they voted for? Isn’t this exactly what they wanted?? And don’t they realize that voting for this would beget this scenario, even now??? Likely not! You can lead a fool to knowledge, but you can’t make it think. they would rather ‘believe’.

    Could they really all have been fooled for 40 years? They put their faith for decades in greed and god. Greed forsook them, now it’s up to god. Will god bail them out when greed didn’t?? If not, there’s always the guns…

    Flash: They LOVE these loudmouthed radio buffoons. Why not let them get what they deserve, why try to help amerigoons, why not let them bite the dust.

    They are, after all, biologically bred to be ‘conservatives’, and conservatism is based in selfishness and buffoonery, why not let them all suffer and wallow in the ultra-right religious-fanaticism they so love.

    Don’t worry so much about americans, they have their trailers, their guns, they’ve been stupid brain-dead limbaugh believers all this time, they will live off their obesity for years to come, and by then their leaders will have drummed up some war to get production running again.

  5. I heard Chris on Hartman’s show this morning and I would like to challenge him on a point or two with respect to his views on evolution.

    Whether or not a human being experiences violence against their person in their lifetime is a matter of percentages, not a matter of the sheer volume of blood spilled.

    As Dr. Steven Pinker makes his point (with the assistance of one or two anthropological archeologists), had we killed one another during the 20th century at the same rate we killed one another in the 10th century, we would have killed close to two billion human beings. I believe the final toll on the 20th century was a mere 100 million, or 5% of the expected number in our more blood thirsty days.

    This represents at 95% improvement over our former behavior even while we easily had the means to dispense with 2 billion human beings during the entire century.

    Point two would be the observation that that which is perfect never changes and, therefore, there’s not alot of sex going on near absolute zero degrees Kelvin. Meaning, of course, that absolute perfection is a limit life, as a whole, strives to approach until it is no more. Species may come and go, but life, itself, seems driven to improve its fitness and either does so or finds a new avenue of expression.

    A case in point would be the dinosaurs and their long reign, followed by our relatively short, but prodigious, reign. Clearly life was moving in a cooperative direction from the more blood thirsty reptiles who could no more cooperate with each other than they could survive a cataclysm together, to the more cooperative and social mammalians model of species organization.

    Like it or not, we are driven to improve our lot in life and there is clear evidence that we have done so.

    Does religion play a role in this? I believe I am with you on this score. Science, atheism, religion — once the rhetoric becomes dogmatic and egocentric, it becomes rubbish and self destructive prattle to its core.

    Going backward is, I think, an evolutionary throwback to a struggle between our lizard and mammalian brains vying for control of our whole organism. Eventually one direction must hold sway and the one that does will either help, or hinder, our future survival as a species.

    Regardless, however, life will find a way to move forward because it was from some sort of perfection that this massive imperfection we label, “life,” seems to have arisen (or dropped, if you believe in Genesis), and, to preserve itself, all must return to perfection at some point. Time being unreal and an invention of our perceptions, we believe we see imperfection manifested by and through perfection, but, actually, imperfection is being annihilated as fast as it has been manifested — like, NOW. We get to experience some brief periods of blissful awareness of wholeness while we are scattered in a sense of disunity and chaos, but these perceptions could not be real if life is perfect.

    If life is imperfect, then it could never have been in the first place because the ONLY time that has ever truly been has been NOW. Already. What demands that it NOT BE, will not be, and so it is. A trick of illusion and, voila, a perfect life manifests itself into a crack of logic where it can temporarily experience an awareness of its own perfection through its contrast against imperfection, limitation and finiteness.

    Kinda cool, hunh?

  6. [...] Resist or Become Serfs by Chris Hedges [...]

  7. Thank you!

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