Previously posted Feb. 27, 2017
with Abby Martin and Chris Hedges
Empire Files on Mar 7, 2017
For the first time in modern history, a fringe wing of Christian extremists have obtained the highest seats of power in the US government—from Mike Pence to Betsy DeVos.
This new development is coupled with the emergence of the Alt-Right, the Trump movement, and the rise of fascist movements abroad.
Renowned journalist and author Chris Hedges has embedded himself in what he calls “Christianized Fascism” and warns that this is the biggest danger we face under Trump.
From the archives:
Chris Hedges: The Issue Before Us is Death
Our Identity is Found in Christ, Not Dead Presidents by Shawn S. Grandstaff
Howard Zinn: The Myth of American Exceptionalism
Chris Hedges: The Fight Against Fascism
Chris Hedges: Home Grown Hatred–Anger and Alienation in the US (2009)
Chris Hedges: My Goal Is The Utter Destruction Of This Corporate Kleptocracy, interviewed by Joe Sacco
The Early Christian Communists by Roman A. Montero
Chris Hedges and Matt Taibbi: Insane Clown President
Fascism: A False Revolution by Michael Parenti
Chris Hedges: Fascism vs Neoliberalism
Trump’s Cabinet: The Church of Neoliberal Evangelicals + Abby Martin: 2016–Year in Review
Chris Hedges: Alt-Right Movement Has Overt Characteristics of Racism
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I recall this very well. Chris Hedges has been prescient in so many respects, but there are always unpredictable, perhaps underestimated events, that can and will almost certainly trigger unforeseen consequences.
The exponential rise of industrial corporatism ~ so intimately related to the seemingly limitless growth of resource exploitation, coupled with giant strides in industrial engineering and unprecedented technical ‘advances’ ~ is, despite those inarguable achievements, a gigantic risk. We cannot call ourselves realists, until or unless we acknowledge the devastating impacts these epochal effects have wrought upon our living, breathing biosphere.
We are surface creatures, arguably (depending on one’s perspective of course) more akin to a film of bacterial life than to hypothetical praeternatural intelligences that may indeed indwell or animate an infinite universe; so magical thinking is perhaps an ambiguous turn of phrase, if we make some allowance for the late Arthur C. Clarke’s oft quoted third law…. ( I highly recommend this fulsome description of several contextual variants thereof https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarke%27s_three_laws ) ….but then, there’s none so blind as those who will not see, as the biblical prophet Jeremiah is said to have originally lamented.
Hold a mirror up to most evangelical fundamentalists and don’t be surprised if they experience an iconic saintly vision rather than a diabolical visitation or flash of blinding truth. Narcissism is certainly not a characteristic of political aptitude, whereas it is virtually a guarantee of psychological disturbance, even of actual psychiatric disorder or perhaps, just overwhelming vanity.
Infantilism seems to be in evidence everywhere these days. The great worry is that there may not yet be enough green shoots, robust enough to avert scaling disaster….