Even Lost Wars Make Corporations Rich by Chris Hedges + Mike Prysner Protests Obama’s Wars

by Chris Hedges
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January 10, 2011

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Power does not rest with the electorate. It does not reside with either of the two major political parties. It is not represented by the press. It is not arbitrated by a judiciary that protects us from predators. Power rests with corporations. And corporations gain very lucrative profits from war, even wars we have no chance of winning. All polite appeals to the formal systems of power will not end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We must physically obstruct the war machine or accept a role as its accomplice.

The moratorium on anti-war protests in 2004 was designed to help elect the Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. John Kerry. It was a foolish and humiliating concession. Kerry snapped to salute like a windup doll when he was nominated. He talked endlessly about victory in Iraq. He assured the country that he would not have withdrawn from Fallujah.


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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, including Death of the Liberal Class, Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle (2009) and War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (2003).


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Mike Prysner Protests Obama’s Wars

Singlepayeraction | December 16, 2010

Iraq War Vet Mike Prysner
Protests Obama’s Wars
Veterans for Peace
White House
December 16, 2010, 10 am

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9 thoughts on “Even Lost Wars Make Corporations Rich by Chris Hedges + Mike Prysner Protests Obama’s Wars

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  7. It is long past time that more people came to this realization. We seem to live in a world where the love of money rules all, especially the psychopaths in Congress and the administrative branch. It’s obvious the corporations are in control. The question needs to be: how do the people wrestle back control from these certifiable idiots?

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  9. “Naturally the common people don’t want war: Neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, IT IS THE LEADERS of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter …to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is TELL THEM THEY ARE BEING ATTACKED, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. IT WORKS THE SAME IN ANY COUNTRY.”
    –Goering at the Nuremberg Trials


    Absolutely! I agree with Daniel Ellsberg. I would like to give here a link to my Blog: PAX AMERICANA. WAS HIROSHIMA NECESSARY? http://balpatil.sulekha.com/blog/post/2009/08/pax-americana-was-hiroshima-necessary.htm

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