with Chris Hedges
TheRealNews on May 15, 2015
Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges and Truthdig editor in chief Robert Scheer continue their discussion about surveillance, corporate power, and the national security state.
Robert Scheer: They Know Everything About You
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Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges: They Know Everything About You, Part 6
Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges: They Know Everything About You, Part 7
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That cold-war Russian chestnut still rings true (like the Eurasian “cedars” ~ Frank Lambert knows what I mean…) the only difference between the (former) Soviet Union (now, everyone not beholden to US media) and the USA, is the Americans actually believe their own propaganda!
I agree with both Chris and R.S. Great discussion. Of course, empire and Sovereign Republics cannot sit well together. How do we challenge the hegemony of unaccountable corporate power and their City and Wall St stranglehold over resources? by making them accountable! but how? through the Rule of Law !!
Of course they protest, which law is that? the law of the strong? the law that says possession of nine-parts satisfies our rule? or the law that “we approve” ie lawless law ~ the chaos of deregulated capitalist market anarchy, where the only legal obligation is protecting shareholders’ profits.
Fact is, the UN has failed; but this need not deter “us” from challenging the upper case “US” the fake, simulacrum USA. We could organize to convene a reconfigured (alternative) “league of nations.”
Why not? ~ in real terms I suspect we may have to, as it seems improbable that the UN can be reformed. It is like the European Commission, replete with time-serving tenured hypocrites of the worst sort; febrile, well-intentioned bureaucrats at best, comfortably paving the road to futility.
We shall have to await the outcome of the “eradicating ecocide” initiative this year. Even if it is “successful” in theory, its practical implementation remains daunting. The former corporate lawyer/barrister Polly Higgins is confident it can be achieved…..confer (in particular from around 3:50 ff) https://vimeo.com/67285099
Interesting that Bob mentions Tehran 1953; this glaring example is precisely what the TPP and TTIP translate into, the “authority” to subvert sovereign governments….now what is that? in a word ~ piracy.
Yes, it is a great discussion, among two men that have the courage and the conviction in telling the truth and “rocking the boat” of conformity which many of their progressive and liberal colleagues shun away from, as not to be seen as “too far to the left” (by the establishment?) to be taken seriously, and possibly lose financial support and media outlets to soft soap the various crimes which Hedges and Scheer have been exposing for a long time.
David, again, my compliments for an outstanding post, covering the most important aspects of “Humanity 101″, circa 2015 A.D.
You know my feelings on the international country club, aka the United Nations, an oxymoron for sure, as the world has never been united under that banner in the building housing them in New York City.
And yes indeed, ” empires and Sovereign Republics cannot sit well together.” The insatiable greed of the capitalist system for more riches, more markets, more exploitation of manpower and natural resources and everything juxtaposed to it is in a sense a crime against humanity and Mother Earth.
On the TPP, my Congressman is still undecided on which way to vote. About a half-dozen different labor unions demonstrated in front of his office last week (about 50 people), but of course he was nowhere to be seen.
I also received the form letter from his office thanking me for my concern, which was a waste of paper.
The despicable John Kerry met with Lavrov and Putin and now his “string pullers” have sent him to China for who knows what? Regarding Kerry, Michael Parenti, interviewed by Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff last year on Project Censored said: “Nothing worse than a weak man trying to look tough.”
Gasoline prices have shot up again as they were artificially lowered last year in trying to and punish Russia, devalue the ruble, increase trade sanctions, and turn the world against the “Bear” backfired.
It has been said that the 20th Century was the bloodiest century in recorded history. Perhaps the 21st will be worse. It is up to the inhabitants in every nation on this planet to rise up, collectively and refuse to participate in state-sponsored criminal activity of every sort and unite to transform their communities into sustainable, eco-friendly egalitarian systems of “all for one and one for all.” It can be done!
So refreshing to see a discussion show where the guest is allowed to speak until done making his points. And veteran journalist Robert Scheer makes some very important points. Good talk/series.
It sure is, Jerry. Glad you have enjoyed the series so far.