by Chris Hedges
October 5, 2010
We can hold One Nation marches every week. It will not make any difference until we revolt against the formal structures of power.
The liberal preoccupation with positive forms of propaganda ignores the root of our problem. The tea party and hate mongers on Fox such as Glenn Beck, however repugnant, are the manifestation of the crisis, not its cause. The forces assaulting the remnants of American democracy will not be cowed or discredited with rallies, such as the one in Washington on Saturday. We will blunt these rising anti-democratic forces only when we organize outside conventional systems of power. It means dismantling the permanent war economy and the corporate state. It means an end to foreclosures and bank repossessions. It means a functional health care system for all Americans. It means taking care of our poor and unemployed. And it means a system of government that is freed from corporate interests.
Mass support for anti-democratic movements and public acceptance of open violations of human rights are not caused, in the end, by the skillful dissemination of misinformation or brainwashing. They are caused by the breakdown of a society and the death of a liberal class that once made reform and representative government possible.
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Chris Hedges spent two decades as a foreign reporter covering wars in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. He has written nine books, includingEmpire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle (2009) and War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (2003).
Updated Oct. 6, 2010
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Great sentiment but we all know that those who play ball get the revolving door and those that don’t get the trap door.
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How well thought out. No political party is needed. POLICITAL PARTIES need to be outlawed. Only independents should be allowed to run, stating their ow views, thus enabling a voter to see the difference between candidates.
The Dumbcrats and Repugnacans are the Problem!
No one candidate can make a long or even medium term difference without a party behind them to help carry the burden.
What needs to be outlawed is the buying of elections with corporate and billionaire dollars …
Hedges needs to get behind a political party … The left needs a political infrastructure once the sheit really starts hitting the fan …
The left has divided its efforts across too many issues. Labor, anti-war, environment, women’s rights, minority rights, food etc etc etc with many of these categories in many splinters …
Without a focused effort both in terms of time and money towards a common political party the efforts are diffused and defeated. Time to join the Green Party … all the left …