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marmar

(77,434 posts)
Mon May 16, 2016, 08:19 AM May 2016

Chris Hedges: Welcome to 1984


from truthdig:


Welcome to 1984

Posted on May 14, 2016
By Chris Hedges


The artifice of corporate totalitarianism has been exposed. The citizens, disgusted by the lies and manipulation, have turned on the political establishment. But the game is not over. Corporate power has within its arsenal potent forms of control. It will use them. As the pretense of democracy is unmasked, the naked fist of state repression takes its place. America is about—unless we act quickly—to get ugly.

“Our political system is decaying,” said Ralph Nader when I reached him by phone in Washington, D.C. “It’s on the way to gangrene. It’s reaching a critical mass of citizen revolt.”

This moment in American history is what Antonio Gramsci called the “interregnum”—the period when a discredited regime is collapsing but a new one has yet to take its place. There is no guarantee that what comes next will be better. But this space, which will close soon, offers citizens the final chance to embrace a new vision and a new direction.

This vision will only be obtained through mass acts of civic mobilization and civil disobedience across the country. Nader, who sees this period in American history as crucial, perhaps the last opportunity to save us from tyranny, is planning to rally the left for three days, from May 23 to May 26 at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., in what he is calling “Breaking Through Power” or “Citizen’s Revolutionary Week.” He is bringing to the capital scores of activists and community leaders to speak, organize and attempt to mobilize to halt our slide into despotism.

“The two parties can implode politically,” Nader said. “They can be divided by different candidates and super PACs. But this doesn’t implode their paymasters.”

“Elections have become off-limits to democracy,” he went on. “They have become off-limits to democracy’s fundamental civil community or civil society. When that happens, the very roots shrivel and dry up. Politics is now a sideshow. Politics does not bother corporate power. Whoever wins, they win. Both parties represent Wall Street over Main Street. Wall Street is embedded in the federal government.” ...............(more)

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/welcome_to_1984_20160514





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Chris Hedges: Welcome to 1984 (Original Post) marmar May 2016 OP
Hedges sums up the Issue. Octafish May 2016 #1
The 1% Have Been Fleecing The 99% For Centuries - It Is High Time Their Power Was Destroyed cantbeserious May 2016 #2
Nader and Hedges = dead enders. stopbush May 2016 #3
"Must be nice to live in an alternate reality." marmar May 2016 #4

Octafish

(55,745 posts)
1. Hedges sums up the Issue.
Mon May 16, 2016, 08:33 AM
May 2016

Almost all Americans understand the existential threat to the nation posed by Big Money and Warmongers.

Thank you, marmar!

stopbush

(24,475 posts)
3. Nader and Hedges = dead enders.
Mon May 16, 2016, 11:19 AM
May 2016

Typical. When your predictions of a revolution don't come to pass, claim that the system you sought to tear down is collapsing under it's own weight. You win, even though you've failed completely.

Must be nice to live in an alternate reality.

Schoolyard narny-narnerism at its worst.

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