But what the hell ... Everybody blows their wheels every now and again. I mean he earned a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School so we know he spent a lot of time, and allocated a lot of head space, to the study of gibberish. It was only natural some of that lunacy leaked out. But after The Big Blowout I guess he called the mental health department of Triple A and got back on the road again.
His latest essay, We're Losing the Last Shreds of Legal Rights to Protect Ourselves from Oligarchy,
is another example of great Chris Hedges writing. But he consistently has a problem with using the correct tenses of verbs. He insists on using the present or future tense when he should be using the past tense.v
We’re not losing … we’ve lost.
He gets delusional, “ … if we do not rapidly build militant mass movements to overthrow corporate tyranny, including breaking the back of the two-party duopoly that is the mask of corporate power (Yeah that’ll happen) we will lose our liberty.”
And there he does it again. It’s lost our liberty - not lose our liberty. What’s with this guy? Maybe he’s like the climate scientists who privately admit among themselves it’s too late to do anything but in public don’t want to scare the public completely out of their minds.
According to the page views at OpEdNews, the most “popular” essay I’ve written was, From Now On ... Our Biggest Mistake is Believing We Are Free.
It was about Obama signing The National Defense Authorization Act on December 31st, 2011. You read it on the program on January 2nd.
We lost our liberty a couple of year’s ago on New Year’s Eve. The moment the ink dried anyone could be picked up and held indefinitely. Anyone. Just because we haven’t been nabbed yet doesn’t mean we’re walking around free.
Years ago I had a large fish, a Tiger Oscar, I kept in a hundred gallon aquarium. Twice a month I’d buy a dozen “feeder” goldfish and dump them into Oscar’s tank. Over the next couple of weeks he’d “rendition” every single one of them. Once, when Oscar was down to one goldfish, I went to the pet store for a new supply of feeders. The goldfish that survived two weeks of a ravenous Oscar had a distinctive black spot on its dorsal fin. I came back home, dumped in the latest batch of feeders, and Oscar began … renditioning. Two weeks later Oscar was down to one fish again but before I went to the store I noticed it was the surviving goldfish from the last batch. The one with the black spot on its fin. Goldfish aren’t … um … able to express themselves very well, and it was definitely a case of anthropomorphism on my part when I thought the fish looked pretty damn anxious. I got out the net, scooped it up, and put it in another tank. I figured any fish who survived a month with Oscar deserved its “freedom.”
Chris Hedges, Noam Chomsky, Daniel Ellsberg, journalist Alexa O’Brien, RevolutionTruth founder Tangerine Bolen, Icelandic parliamentarian Birgitta Jonsdottir, and Occupy London activist Kai Wargalla, tried to get the Courts to take Oscar out of our tank. The U.S. Supreme Court decided to refuse to hear the case.
Oscar will always be swimming amongst us. We are able to pretend we are free right up until the moment we are eaten. So why does Chris Hedges say we are losing instead of we’ve lost? Oh that’s right. All is not lost. All we have to do is rapidly build militant mass movements, overthrow corporate tyranny, and break the back of the two-party duopoly that is the mask of corporate power. Check and double check. Whew! I thought we were in trouble there for a minute.
Does that mean we have to get together with other liberals-progressives and talk about what we're going to do? Because if that's the case I’m going to have to tell you another story.
Years ago when I worked for a special effects company I came to work one day and everybody was just standing around. The big problem was there was a huge piece of equipment that had to be moved. It was very expensive. It was very heavy. The owners of the company were over in the corner of the soundstage talking about the best way to move The Big Heavy Expensive Thing. All sorts of plans were brought up and discarded. This went on all morning until one of the grips stood up and said, “FUCK IT!” He motioned to all of us to follow him and we went over to The Big Heavy Expensive Thing. It took over a dozen of us to pick it up and move it to where it needed to go. The owners of the company were aghast. “What if you dropped it? What if you broke it?” they cried. “We didn’t.” said the grip. “What’s next?”
Look. We all know what has to happen. We either pull off a National Strike or we don’t. We either begin the first steps towards a revolution or we don’t. There will never be a National Strike therefore there will never be a revolution -- peaceful or otherwise.
What are we going to do about Global Climate Change?
It doesn’t make any difference what we do. We can all take shorter showers, switch out our light-bulbs, recycle, take public transit, reduce our personal carbon “footprint” to zero, and it won’t make any difference. It’s Capitalism that’s killing the planet, not your electric toothbrush. The corporate-controlled countries committed to extracting all the carbon out of the ground and into our atmosphere have no intention of stopping. There will be no revolutions to stop them.
How do you want to spend the last hundred years of human existence?
That an easy one for me. Most of that time I plan on being dead.
Regards from Beautiful British Columbia,
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My Favorite(?) Excerpt
The discrepancy between the kind of society many Germans thought they were building and the reality of the horror of the Third Reich presents one of the most intriguing questions of our age. How could Fascism -- have happened in a modern, industrialized, educated nation?
Click here for the excerpt from They Thought They Were Free, The Germans, 1938-45 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1955) by Milton Mayer
Books I Give To People I Know and Maybe They'll Still Talk To Me But Probably Won't
Deep Green Resistance - Strategy to Save the Planet
Aric McBay, Lierre Keith, and Derrick Jensen
For years, Derrick Jensen has asked his audiences, “Do you think this culture will undergo a voluntary transformation to a sane and sustainable way of life?” No one ever says yes.
Deep Green Resistance starts where the environmental movement leaves off: industrial civilization is incompatible with life. Technology can’t fix it, and shopping—no matter how green—won’t stop it. To save this planet, we need a serious resistance movement that can bring down the industrial economy. Deep Green Resistance evaluates strategic options for resistance, from nonviolence to guerrilla warfare, and the conditions required for those options to be successful.
Clicking on the book links to Deep Green Resistance website.
The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder
by Vincent Bugliosi
"I hope that at some time in the near future a courageous U.S. attorney general, U.S. attorney, state attorney general, or district attorney in America who is committed to the rule of law and who has dedicated his career to enforcing the law fairly against all who, big or small, violate it, will hear the cries for justice from the graves of the thousands upon thousands of men, women, and children who had their lives violently cut short because of the lies of a man who smiled through it all. And that, with a sense of uncompromising righteousness, he will take the ample case I have laid out in this book before an American jury to let them decide whether George W Bush is guilty or not guilty of murder, and if so, what his punishment should be.
Even if this doesn't happen and what I have said in this book receives all the attention of a new fly in the forest, I do know that someone had to say what is written on the pages of this book."
From The Prosecution of George W. Bush For Murder by Vincent Bugliosi, page 168.
Clicking on the book links to the book's website.
Vincent Bugliosi testifying before the House Judiciary Committee of the U.S. Congress.
Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It in the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America
by Russ Baker
How did Bush happen? How did George W. Bush, of all people, rise to the most powerful position in the world? This simple question sparked a five-year investigative odyssey by Russ Baker. What he found will force us to rethink virtually everything we thought we knew about the Bush family and its role in shaping recent American history.
In FAMILY OF SECRETS, Baker reveals that Bush, the people around him, and his policies are but an extreme, very public manifestation of what his family and its circle have always been about: an interlocking web of covert and overt machinations on behalf of a small cluster of elites-social, financial, industrial, military, intelligence-that enabled the Bush dynasty and propelled George W. Bush to the top.
Clicking on the book links to the Powell's Books online store.
Rules for Radicals
by Saul D Alinsky
"What follows is for those who want to change the world from what it is to what they believe it should be. The Prince was written by Machiavelli for the Haves on how to hold power. Rules for Radicals is written for the Have-Nots on how to take it away."
In 1971, Saul Alinsky wrote an entertaining classic on grassroots organizing titled Rules for Radicals.
For Alinsky, organizing is the process of highlighting what is wrong and convincing people they can actually do something about it.
Clicking on the book links to the author's website.
The End of America: Letter of Warning To A Young Patriot
by Naomi Wolf
In a stunning indictment of the Bush administration and Congress, best-selling author Naomi Wolf lays out her case for saving American democracy. In authoritative research and documentation Wolf explains how events of the last six years parallel steps taken in the early years of the 20th century’s worst dictatorships such as Germany, Russia, China, and Chile.
Clicking on the book links to the publisher's website.
As Basil Fawlty keenly observed: but ... this is no joke.
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
by Naomi Klein
Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine advances a truly unnerving argument: historically, while people were reeling from natural disasters, wars and economic upheavals, savvy politicians and industry leaders nefariously implemented policies that would never have passed during less muddled times. As Klein demonstrates, this reprehensible game of bait-and-switch isn't just some relic from the bad old days. It's alive and well in contemporary society, and coming soon to a disaster area near you.
Clicking on the book links to the author's website.
If you like Sean, Rush, Bill-O, Savage, and dutifully watch Fox ... You'll hate listening to Mike. I listen every day.
"Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections" As the 2008 presidential elections draw near and disillusioned voters are still reeling from the election fraud scandals of 2004 and 2006, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker David Earnhardt takes a logical and factual look at just how easy it is to alter election results and undermine the integrity of the entire democratic process. By speaking with a series of renowned computer programmers, journalists, statisticians, and even seasoned election officials, chilling proof that the people may not be guiding the direction of our country after all. Click here to go to the "Uncounted" website.
"Iraq For Sale" An eye-opening exposé of the war profiteering companies raking in billions of dollars from the war, click here to go to the "Iraq For Sale" website.
"War Made Easy" exposes a 50-year pattern of government deception and media spin that has dragged the United States into one war after another from Vietnam to Iraq. Click here to go to the "War Made Easy" website.