The S&M Election by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
November 5, 2012

I learned at the age of 10, when I was shipped off to a New England boarding school where the hazing of younger boys was the principal form of recreation, that those who hunger for power are psychopathic bastards. The bullies in the forms above me, the sadistic masters on our dormitory floors, the deans and the headmaster would morph in later life into bishops, newspaper editors, college presidents, politicians, heads of state, business titans and generals. Those who revel in the ability to manipulate and destroy are demented and deformed individuals. These severely diminished and stunted human beings—think Bill and Hillary Clinton—shower themselves, courtesy of elaborate public relations campaigns and an obsequious press, with encomiums of piety, patriotism, devoted public service, honor, courage and vision, not to mention a lot of money. They are at best mediocrities and usually venal. I have met enough of them to know.


via Truthdig

Chris Hedges spent two decades as a foreign reporter covering wars in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. His latest books are Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, Death of the Liberal Class, and The World as It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress.

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10 thoughts on “The S&M Election by Chris Hedges

  1. Profound and commendable insight from the “pen” of one of our most learned and incisive contemporary ethical commentators..

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  5. Combining Art and Literature:

    Any art work by Gerald Scarfe from his work of genius ” Monsters” even the Contents page and especially page 8 may serve to provide a visual context to Chris Hedges’… The S&M Elections.

    His artistic ability matches Chris Hedges’ literary work.

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