Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Is America ‘Yearning for Fascism’?

The following post by Chris Hedges makes some crucial points, and speaks bluntly to issues that most of us seem to be ignoring. I believe that right now we're at a critical point in this country. Sociologically speaking, we may already be past a tipping point, I don't know.
I do know that unless some widespread political interventions are applied, ones that make public sense for a change, ones that give people the feeling there's political action happening that will actually benefit them, the socio-economic turmoil is gonna escalate - in a big way.
Yet it also seems clear that the people we have in congress now cannot and will not fix the enormous messes that they've created, planned, allowed, and enabled.

Chris Hedges on Truthdig:
Is America ‘Yearning for Fascism’?
The language of violence always presages violence. I watched it in war after war from Latin America to the Balkans. The impoverishment of a working class and the snuffing out of hope and opportunity always produce angry mobs ready to kill and be killed. A bankrupt, liberal elite, which proves ineffectual against the rich and the criminal, always gets swept aside, in times of economic collapse, before thugs and demagogues emerge to play to the passions of the crowd. I have seen this drama. I know each act. I know how it ends. I have heard it in other tongues in other lands. I recognize the same stock characters, the buffoons, charlatans and fools, the same confused crowds and the same impotent and despised liberal class that deserves the hatred it engenders.

“We are ruled not by two parties but one party,” Cynthia McKinney, who ran for president on the Green Party ticket, told me. “It is the party of money and war. Our country has been hijacked. And we have to take the country away from those who have hijacked it. The only question now is whose revolution gets funded.”

The Democrats and their liberal apologists are so oblivious to the profound personal and economic despair sweeping through this country that they think offering unemployed people the right to keep their unemployed children on their nonexistent health care policies is a step forward. They think that passing a jobs bill that will give tax credits to corporations is a rational response to an unemployment rate that is, in real terms, close to 20 percent. They think that making ordinary Americans, one in eight of whom depends on food stamps to eat, fork over trillions in taxpayer dollars to pay for the crimes of Wall Street and war is acceptable. They think that the refusal to save the estimated 2.4 million people who will be forced out of their homes by foreclosure this year is justified by the bloodless language of fiscal austerity. The message is clear. Laws do not apply to the power elite. Our government does not work. And the longer we stand by and do nothing, the longer we refuse to embrace and recognize the legitimate rage of the working class, the faster we will see our anemic democracy die. Read the rest here.


Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

Chris Hedges never ceases to amaze me. He's a modern-day prophet, seeing what others refuse to see. We're slipping away, and few are willing to acknowledge the uncomfortable truth.

I'll say it again. December will not look like January.

4:21 AM  
Blogger Peter of Lone Tree said...

"Is America 'Urinating on Democracy'?"

10:25 AM  

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