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Revolution may mean different things to different people.  Some speak of "peaceful" revolutions; others speak of "violent" revolutions; others think of them as something in between.

Regardless, in light of the fast-spreading realization that our entire system of government, as well as our economic system, have been taken over by ruthless corporatist cartels, those who acquiesce to this takeover are voluntarily choosing to live on their knees, subjugated, brutalized, manipulated, and exploited.

As always (in history), there are those who look at their own situation and seeing no immediate threat to their livelihoods, don't understand what all the fuss is all about.  But even for them, as they choose to look the other way, to focus on their jobs, their businesses, their favorite TV shows, their entertainment, their favorite sports, their families and friends, the time is fast-approaching when they will no longer be able to ignore the fast-spreading horror of massive poverty, destruction of the environment, and social upheaval.

In one of the most succinctly powerful indictments of our corrupt system of government, award-winning journalist, intellectual, and social justice activist Chris Hedges pulls no punches in his call for rebellion, "Rise Up or Die," published by truthdig.

Corporations write our legislation. They control our systems of information. They manage the political theater of electoral politics and impose our educational curriculum. They have turned the judiciary into one of their wholly owned subsidiaries. They have decimated labor unions and other independent mass organizations, as well as having bought off the Democratic Party, which once defended the rights of workers. With the evisceration of piecemeal and incremental reform—the primary role of liberal, democratic institutions—we are left defenseless against corporate power.
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There is something truly liberating in being able to speak truth to power with such clarity.  Corporations write our legislation; they manipulate us through the corporate-owned media.  They have bought off both, the Republican and Democratic party establishments.  Those who don't come to this basic and clear realization at this point may be choosing willful ignorance instead of facing reality, IMHO.

A handful of corporate oligarchs around the globe have everything—wealth, power and privilege—and the rest of us struggle as part of a vast underclass, increasingly impoverished and ruthlessly repressed. There is one set of laws and regulations for us; there is another set of laws and regulations for a power elite that functions as a global mafia.
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This is reality; this is what we face.  Once we run out of excuses in trying to deny this reality, what options do we have?  This has been the question people have been forced to answer throughout history, in the face of the suffering caused by ruthless tyrants.

We have to say enough!  We have to realize that the government has been hijacked by this global corporate mafia.  We have to revolt, to rise up in opposition, to push back--hard.

Now, in my case, I'm on the "peaceful" revolution side, as I think we're still in a type of "historical space," where it is still possible for people to garner enough revolutionary strength and power to be able to overturn this corporate mafia that has taken over the country.

Unfortunately that window may be closing fast, as the depravity and predation of the corporatocracy continues unabatted.
We stand helpless before the corporate onslaught. There is no way to vote against corporate power. Citizens have no way to bring about the prosecution of Wall Street bankers and financiers for fraud, military and intelligence officials for torture and war crimes, or security and surveillance officers for human rights abuses. The Federal Reserve is reduced to printing money for banks and financiers and lending it to them at almost zero percent interest; corporate officers then lend it to us at usurious rates as high as 30 percent. I do not know what to call this system. It is certainly not capitalism. Extortion might be a better word. The fossil fuel industry, meanwhile, relentlessly trashes the ecosystem for profit. The melting of 40 percent of the summer Arctic sea ice is, to corporations, a business opportunity.
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Here's what I mean by peaceful revolution: Recognizing that the entire government system has been taken over by corporatist cartels is a revolutionary step (it focuses your mind as to the actual state of affairs).  Coming to the realization that in the face of this reality we the people have no other option than to unite in opposition of this criminal oligarchy is a revolutionary step.  Through clear goals, unity of purpose, and relentless commitment to the rule of law and to justice and equality for all, we must garner the power necessary to take down the oligarchy--peacefully.

Either way, in the face of such brutality, of such predation, of such greed, of such suffering, it is inevitable that a revolution will happen.

Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what a people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both.

The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress. Men may not get all they pay for in this world; but they must pay for all they get. If we ever get free from all the oppressions and wrongs heaped upon us, we must pay for their removal...  

- Frederick Douglass

We cannot longer ignore the moral imperative of standing up against this dystopian world the corporate oligarchy is imposing on the citizenry.
It is time to build radical mass movements that defy all formal centers of power and make concessions to none. It is time to employ the harsh language of open rebellion and class warfare. It is time to march to the beat of our own drum.

- Chris Heges

Let's stand up, fully on our feet, unite, stop making concession to this brutal and criminal system, and march forward to the beat of our own drum!

There is still time to do this peacefully, but with determination.

Each blue dot on the map below represents a member of a growing nation-wide network of social justice and anti-corruption activists committed to finding the best way forward.  Join us in the effort!

Ray Pensador | Email List | Twitter | Facebook

Originally posted to Ray Pensador on Mon May 20, 2013 at 11:09 AM PDT.

Also republished by ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement and TrueMarket.

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  •  Couldn't agree more (20+ / 0-)

    But I think we'll get more done if we get out and talk to our neighbors, our families, and our co-workers than we will by forming committees and having demonstrations.  

    The resistance to corporatism has to be an open club that welcomes everybody.  We (the exploited and oppressed) are everywhere and that's where we need to spread our message.  Sometimes a seemingly offhand remark in a checkout line is worth a thousand manifestos.  Sometimes if I'm in a public place I pretend I'm on the phone and say something like "I usually vote for the person with the least commercials", or "I'd never vote for a conservative cuz they always get it wrong, y'know, like on slavery, or women voting, or keeping little kids out of mines and factories, or clean air and water . . . hell, if you back far enough they were the ones who didn't want to have an america in the first place."  Stuff like that.

    Public theater.  Evesdroppers always think about what they overhear a lot more than they do about some pamphlet they were handed.

    Our adversary is huge.  We need to be sneaky.  

    Not that we shouldn't have rallies, just that we need to broaden the field of engagement to places where the other sort of folks hang around.


    •  I agree. I'm trying to encourage for people (7+ / 0-)

      to get together.  Many will find their own ways of doing it.  My contribution is to encourage people from all over the country to set up groups and try to meet on a regular basis, and then develop ways of sharing information, and coming up with strategies to eventually be able to act in concert against the oligarchy--together.

      That's what the "Nationwide Network of Activists" I'm recruiting is all about.

      That's my little grain of salt in this effort... I'd love to see more established progressive organization do the same.

      •  And good on you (4+ / 0-)

        The more we do the better things will get.  

        I hope I didn't come off like I was trying to negate anything, just throwing the bees that hang around my bonnet into the mix.

        I always likes the meme from the Amnesty International concerts:  Conspiracy of Hope.

      •  I have a question about that... (4+ / 0-)

        there is a link to one here in Bellingham Wa. but I can't see what it is on the google map and it is less than a half a mile from me so I'm interested.
        I even went to street level view but I don't know what I'm to look for, it's not like there is a sign or anything and the google map just shows coordinates not an address.

        Update, it does give a street name (Dupont) but at street level view I'm just at an intersection, so I need more information if that's possible right now.

        Btw thanks, good diary, I'd already posted the Hedges article to my facebook wall earlier and because of that map (it might mean more to someone else) I'll also link this diary to it.

        without the ants the rainforest dies

        by aliasalias on Mon May 20, 2013 at 12:05:56 PM PDT

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        •  That means that someone in that zip code (1+ / 0-)
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          has joined the network.  I will be doing some work on that page (the map) so people understand what it means, and also to encourage people to join in and to connect with others in their neighborhoods.

        •  I live in Bellingham too... (2+ / 0-)
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          Please let me know if you find out anything.

          •  So the reason I'm setting up the map is to (1+ / 0-)
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            eventually encourage people from the same areas to get in contact with each other and set up groups that meet on a regular basis.

            I explain "the plan" in this diary:

            Herding Cats: Marshalling The Power of Social Justice Activists
          •  hey come to 'Drinking Liberally' wednesday night (1+ / 0-)
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            at the Horseshoe (Ranch Room) on Holly st., it starts around 7:30 and it is a political gathering with good activists like those against the coal terminals (I spoke at one of the public hearings & submitted a number of 'scoping comments'), including some of the Bellingham 12 (those arrested last year for blocking the tracks to stop a coal train).

            Do show up, you don't have to drink, it doesn't matter, a few people don't but it is a good group and this wednesday 3 people running for office will be there (port commission and 2 for City Council-one of which is part of the B'ham12).

            I hope you can come, just show up and look for a group of at least 10 people, or just ask the waitress she can point us out if it isn't obvious. I'll be the guy with the old gray hat and my name is Ronnie, so just walk up and introduce yourself, I'll be there.

            I'll check comments again to see if you replied to this.

            without the ants the rainforest dies

            by aliasalias on Mon May 20, 2013 at 10:37:37 PM PDT

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    •  We need to organize our neighborhoods (6+ / 0-)

      our families, and form committees. The two are not mutually exclusive. We organize the committees so we can work together on a broader scale and have communication between the various neighborhoods and families.

      The other thing we need is for people to actually start doing these things and writing about it. We have a million strategists talking to each other and too few of them are listening to the people already out there organizing. We have enough idea people, shit, we're all idea people. We need people who are taking concrete steps to make those ideas happen.

      If debt were a moral issue then, lacking morals, corporations could never be in debt.

      by AoT on Mon May 20, 2013 at 12:43:18 PM PDT

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      •  Personally, I haven't had great experiences (7+ / 0-)

        with formalized committees.  Too often they bog down into either social clubs that never reach beyond their comfort zones (a problem I have with the Dkos), or they provide opportunities for people who don't have much to say but just l-o-v-e hearing themselves talk (which is what blogs are for).

        But that's just me.  My comment was aimed at people like me who get frustrated in those situations.  I think some of us need to be graffiti (visual or not) artists and street performers (even when nobody knows it's a performance) and things like that.  Every human interaction is an opportunity to propagandize and the soft underbelly of the corporate media is in the small exchanges that take place in public, that no one even recognizes as political exchange.

        It's good for us to compare notes and talk amongst ourselves, but it's even better when we seed our ideas into the collective consciousness of those whom we live amongst.

        •  I'm on that wavelength. When I drive on the (2+ / 0-)
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          busy highways of the San Francisco Bay Area, I see all the traffic around me, and I look ahead, and look in the rear-view mirror, I'm thinking how can I reach everyone of those people?

          When I'm at an intersection, and I look to my left and see a Starbucks full of people, or look to the other side and see  a Walmart parking lot, full to capacity, I'm thinking how can I reach them all?  How can I let them know what's happening?  How can I motivate them to take action, to join the movement?

          And how can I reach every single Walmart employee, and every single Target employee, and identify the labor union agitators and push hard to unionize all the big-box (predatory) retailers?

          I have the mindset of a propagandist; a propagandist for the truth, for justice and equality.

        •  Formalized committees aren't essential (2+ / 0-)
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          but organization beyond just organizing with your friends is. Organizing with other people is the best way to reach out of your comfort zone. The key is to be focused on organizing and make that happen. You can't go into it thinking that other people are going to be doing what you want done, the goal is to have a plan and then talk to people and change your plan based on what other people are doing and what they've found effective.

          On top of that, the sort of organizing you're talking about begins to fail when broader action is necessary. We need ways to coordinate among a lot of different people and for that we need groups upstream. Not to make the decisions but to make sure we're all on the same page.

          If debt were a moral issue then, lacking morals, corporations could never be in debt.

          by AoT on Mon May 20, 2013 at 02:16:35 PM PDT

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        •  Absolutely. (4+ / 0-)
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          Been doing that for the last forty years, serious.

          Right now I'm trying to get a job back at the university where I worked in the nineties.  When I was there before, I used my presence to encourage scientists to think about the rights of research subjects and the ethics of making other people or animals pay the for costs of their curiousity and ambition.  This time, I really want to get situated where I have access to undergraduates.  There are many, many things they need to learn that the official system isn't going to teach them, but I can see that they are exposed to.

      •  Due to our anti-worker economy, (3+ / 0-)
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        I've been pushed out of my native city of Oakland and am now stuck in a small Central Valley town. There's a tiny handful of us dedicated Peace and Justice activists who have started coming together since September. A lot of what we are doing here (and will continue to have to do) is just bare-bones baseline education on the issues because folks have been so willfully misinformed by the corporate media, and there's been no history here of political social action (such as in Oakland, Berkeley, SF) to counteract any of those messages. It's also about simply informing people that we can and must fight back, that we don't just have to sit back as passive victims of the 1%'s agenda hoping for the best.

        I don't see any reason why we can't be one of the points on Ray's map. Contact me Ray, at your convenience.

        “Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.”

        by Oaktown Girl on Mon May 20, 2013 at 02:21:30 PM PDT

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        •  I've been meaning to contact you to see if (2+ / 0-)
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          we can form a group in your area.  Here are some easy steps:

          1. Join the online community of activists.
          2. Once you register, create a "Group"
          3. The "Groups" component has many features, including the creation of events, and discussions.  You can also share documents, flyers, and photos.

          Here's the group created by one of the members, John Tehan: "Massachusetts"

          I've been communicating with John via email and we've talked on the phone a few times... He's an incredibly experienced political activist.

        •  This is one of the reasons (4+ / 0-)

          I'm trying to focus on debt as a organizing principle, it's something virtually everyone has in common.

          If debt were a moral issue then, lacking morals, corporations could never be in debt.

          by AoT on Mon May 20, 2013 at 02:35:20 PM PDT

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          •  Common issues are the key to breaking (4+ / 0-)
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            down the walls that the corporatists have built between us, the people.  I really wish dkos would spend more focus on the common policy issues and less on partisan politics.  We can elect all the Dems we want and it still will not solve the problem.  Occupy understood that by remaining outside the political spectrum.  And that is why the govt. came down so hard on them and classified them as a terrorist organization.  We need to get as many citizens as we can to understand our common interests and the need to band together to break the chains of the corporatists.

            "Growing up is for those who don't have the guts not to. Grow wise, grow loving, grow compassionate, but why grow up?" - Fiddlegirl

            by gulfgal98 on Mon May 20, 2013 at 03:03:42 PM PDT

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            •  I argue that the reason you so much emphasis (3+ / 0-)
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              on politics and the latest scandal de jour is because people are watching the corporatist MSNBC, or visiting Huffington Post, etc.

              The corporate media messaging, the narrative, is all around us, bombarding us 24/7.

              We need to break free from that type of manipulation.

              But the only way to even attempt to do that is to engage in counter-propaganda efforts; it has to be deliberate; strategic; far-reaching, and constant.

              •  I agree, but it also needs to be outside (3+ / 0-)
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                the media. We can't run ads, we simply can't compete on that level. I know that there are tons of people out there on social media spreading political memes that have an effect on people, or at least can if there are enough of them. Remember, propaganda relies primarily on repetition, not on truth.

                If debt were a moral issue then, lacking morals, corporations could never be in debt.

                by AoT on Mon May 20, 2013 at 03:23:37 PM PDT

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                •  Actually, that's an idea (3+ / 0-)
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                  and not a bad one.  Ray, you're the professional marketer.  But I'd think you might have enough of a list gathered by now to make the core of a Facebook distribution network.

                  Consider starting a system where everyone on the network distributes a "Meme of the Day" (no, DON'T use that word, of course) -- something pithy, maybe a quote from another revolutionary or group, but a new watchword that people can just automatically post to their Facebook or Google Circles.  A slogan of fifteen words or less, but constantly hitting on the themes we need to push.

                  I'd suggest finding an individual who is really, really good at one-liners, and delegating this to them as their Job.  The rest of us just set up our streams to propagate.  Make it good enough, and we'll all get a warm fuzzy each morning as we smile and copy our Revelation Of The Day out into the world.

                  •  Make sure that the various people (2+ / 0-)
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                    upload it themselves and don't share it from some central group.

                    A lot of people are doing this sort of thing already, so there's a lot to choose from out there. This might be one of those things that will just happen on it's own. Maybe just steering it toward a more hopeful message beyond just that some specific group of people are bad.

                    If debt were a moral issue then, lacking morals, corporations could never be in debt.

                    by AoT on Mon May 20, 2013 at 05:38:06 PM PDT

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      •  The number of people (0+ / 0-)

        who talk about organizing is many, the number who dot it far fewer.

        The basic truth is the largest single grass roots organization in the country is OFA.  Chris Hedges won't like that - but they have people who actually work.

        Revolutions happen in this country through elections.  Pretending like there is another path to power is sheer denial.

        •  Sure thing there (2+ / 0-)
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          OFA is a captured organization. And there are plenty, myself included, who are in fact out doing it. What successes has OFA had? They haven't been able to pass a single piece of progressive legislation and their biggest victory is electing the president. They are a big support network for the status quo.

          Unless you're thinking of an organization that didn't help elect a neoliberal president.

          Revolutions happen in this country through elections.  Pretending like there is another path to power is sheer denial.
          Pretending like nothing but elections matter is sheer denial. Go read some history, start with the labor movement. Come back when you have an understanding of social movements.

          If debt were a moral issue then, lacking morals, corporations could never be in debt.

          by AoT on Mon May 20, 2013 at 05:55:46 PM PDT

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          •  OFA elected a President (0+ / 0-)

            against a right wing reactionary movement that spend billions.

            What has Chris Hedges done  beside talk?

            Want to pretend there is no difference between Obama and the GOP - go ahead.  No one else wants to go where you are going.

            I have enourmous problems with Obama - I argued here against trying to run someone against him in the primaries.

            You cite movements from 100 years ago.  You think the old AFL or CIO would EVER think of sitting out an election?

            There is no answer to fighting and winning primary fights.  

            •  Like i thought, you've never read you history (1+ / 0-)
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              OFA is a candidate driven organization and calling it grassroots is flat out wrong. You're grasping at straws now. I never said that we should sit out an election, I argued eighths much spread bullshit talking point that only elections matter. You showed up to shit on people who are trying to organize.

              And I note that you still can't cite a single piece of legislation that ofa pushed through. Not one. They get out the vote for Obama and whoever may be riding on his coat tails and then they are abandoned. You don't need to approve of what we're doing here, but it would be great if you could see past your outrage at us to not come back solely to attack people. All you've done is show up tobtell people they're wrong. That's the opposite of useful. Thanks.

              If debt were a moral issue then, lacking morals, corporations could never be in debt.

              by AoT on Mon May 20, 2013 at 07:14:03 PM PDT

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        •  The fact that you call OFA grass roots (1+ / 0-)
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          would be laughable if it weren't so idiotic and misguided.

          Seriously? This is an organization built and controlled from the top. It doesn't decide what it is going to do.

          If debt were a moral issue then, lacking morals, corporations could never be in debt.

          by AoT on Mon May 20, 2013 at 05:57:22 PM PDT

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    •  Yes, (2+ / 0-)
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      I have a friend I do this with in public places all over Richmond.  We speak loudly in restaurants and lines at the theater.   We make bad jokes about bankers whenever we find ourselves in a crowd.  And we make sure to drop hints as to where more information can be found by the enterprising.  Oh, and we wear conspicuous but stylish clothes and make sure to demonstrate that we are happy and having fun.

      •  Fun is critical (0+ / 0-)

        Like Emma said: "If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution".

        My brother likes to say that the environmental movement has always failed because no one involved in it seems to have a sense of humor.

  •  thanks Ray (7+ / 0-)

    read the whole article on truthdig this am

    Hedges words ring truer each day

    ''A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned to walk forward.'' FDR

    by lostinamerica on Mon May 20, 2013 at 11:40:58 AM PDT

  •  A bit of historical perspective. (10+ / 0-)

    I am older than many people reading this, and likely older than the diarist.

    I first heard "corporations" rhetorically linked to "government" in the early 1980s, when I was in high school. At that time, I heard a presentation by a Vietnam-vet-turned-peace-activist, who was then a young man. He clearly said "corporations" were behind U.S. involvement in Vietnam, and that anti-communist fervor was only way to win public approval for our invasion of that country.

    It was likely that corporations were, in fact, controlling government behind-the-scenes in much earlier cultural epochs. But I'm familiar enough with the politically-progressive-citizen rhetoric coming out of the 60s, at least, to say that corporate dominance of politics, wasn't yet so much a concern there.

    Maybe progressive political rhetoric is evolving, is my point.  We're honing in, ever more closely, on the real culprit behind planetary forces that cheapen human life.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Mon May 20, 2013 at 11:50:29 AM PDT

    •  I'm in my late 40's. I've been observing this (9+ / 0-)

      phenomena since the 80's as well.  When I took Econ 101 in college I wrote a paper basically saying that Wall Street was basically a scam; even though the professor disagree with my conclusion, he still gave me an "A" for the work.


    •  I'm 62 and at a protest against the Vietnam war (15+ / 0-)

      on the CU campus in Boulder Colo. in the late 60's I remember a big poster in the crowd with an enlarged picture out of a recent Time magazine that showed the Vietnamese being pushed out of the roadway (most into ditches) by US soldiers to make way for an American truck to pass and thru the dust on it you could still read the ad..."Come Alive You're in the Pepsi Generation". Hard to forget that.

      A vet friend of mine at the time said corporations were making "a bundle" on all sorts of things over there and he also questioned being called a Vietnam vet because he said he'd spent almost his entire time in Cambodia. That is why he didn't understand the uproar over the 'revelation' we'd just 'invaded Cambodia'. A place where he said that on patrols they were always coming across the remains of planes that were almost rusted away and that a lot more assorted evidence was all around showing that "we'd been there a while".

      without the ants the rainforest dies

      by aliasalias on Mon May 20, 2013 at 12:26:23 PM PDT

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    •  There's a quote attributed to Jefferson. (9+ / 0-)

      "If the American People allow private banks to control the issuance of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the People of all their Property until their Children will wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered. ”

      The real power lies with the money makers.  

      "I'm an antiwar propagandist as accused by democrats. Not even republicans have called me that."

      by BigAlinWashSt on Mon May 20, 2013 at 12:53:27 PM PDT

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    •  Trade Wars (7+ / 0-)

      That was one of the biggest factors, I believe, of corporate support for the cold war. And it wasn't just the defense industry. Coca-Cola wanted to sell their fizz to the Communist block, and they couldn't. Not only was the communist block full of nasty people, they were also closed off to American big business.

      But I think things started getting a lot worse in the 1980s because of the invention of what they called privatization of government services. This opened up the door to more and more corruption between the political sphere and the corporate sector.

      So-called free trade is getting even worse. You've all heard about the trade agreement being negotiated with the Europeans? It will put a lid on European unionism and put our GMOs on their dinner tables, among many other bad things.

      "Societies strain harder and harder to sustain the decadent opulence of the ruling class, even as it destroys the foundations of productivity and wealth." — Chris Hedges

      by Crider on Mon May 20, 2013 at 12:57:19 PM PDT

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      •  Right. (3+ / 0-)
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        AoT, Ray Pensador, aliasalias

        And part of The Horror of Bradley Manning's datadump to Wikileaks was that it spelled out in black and white (for anyone who actually read it, which if it included mainstream journalists they didn't let on) that American diplomats pressuring the Europeans to let GMOs into their agriculture business WERE ON THE PAYROLL OF MONSANTO while collecting their government salaries.

        It's one thing for American diplomats, however misguidedly, to promote US interests abroad.  It's quite another when they're being paid more by their corporate sponsors than they are by the public which provides their diplomatic titles.

  •  Lies (14+ / 0-)

    “In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
    ― George Orwell

    “Wall Street had been doing business with pieces of paper; and now someone asked for a dollar, and it was discovered that the dollar had been mislaid.” ― Upton Sinclair

    by gjohnsit on Mon May 20, 2013 at 11:52:02 AM PDT

  •  And Hedges was involved in Adbusters (6+ / 0-)

    "call to arms" for Occupy. He's been on this beat. He knows he's only getting worse.

    Re: "...will the American people notice, or are they dumb as sticks to quote the social historian Morris Berman who blames the culture for our problems." - don midwest. don, I'd like you to meet Woody and Twiggy. ☮ ♥ ☺

    by Words In Action on Mon May 20, 2013 at 12:01:24 PM PDT

  •  More hope and change (7+ / 0-)

    Not content with merely doubling the h1b visa allotment, Gates and Zuckerberg think it's unfair to have any figleaf of labor fairness.  So they're lobbying against even the pitiful worker protection in the immigration bill.  It should be called the indentured servitude bill.

    Now you know by it's bipartisan.  It enriches the owner class while making us poorer.  

    There is No shortage of American tech workers.  Everything about expanding h1b is about importing more slaves so no one can complain without fear of being replaced.  Downward ho!

    Bad things aren't bad! And anyway, there's mitigation!

    by Nada Lemming on Mon May 20, 2013 at 12:11:59 PM PDT

  •  I've been awaiting a manifesto. Thanks for (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Ray Pensador, blueoasis

    calling this to my attention! I'm going to read more of your diary and comment again. It's exciting.

    "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

    by Gorette on Mon May 20, 2013 at 12:21:40 PM PDT

  •  You can't do that and still think voting in the (2+ / 0-)
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    BeerNotWar, cynndara

    2016 election for Clinton or even Warren will make a difference.  That's called cognitive dissonance.   Or that it's all the republicans fault or even most of their fault.  Have you reached that step Ray.  
    We can't play by their rules, they always win.  

    "I'm an antiwar propagandist as accused by democrats. Not even republicans have called me that."

    by BigAlinWashSt on Mon May 20, 2013 at 12:50:15 PM PDT

    •  You play by their rules until you get IN. (2+ / 0-)
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      chmood, blueoasis

      You can't work it from the outside.  Notice the fairly successful efforts of the "Tea Party"--infiltrating government at every level--from school board to Congress...

      Imagine our strategy as scrambling up their backs and standing on their heads and then springboarding over the wall....

      If the plutocrats begin the program, we will end it. -- Eugene Debs.

      by livjack on Mon May 20, 2013 at 01:35:30 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  I've never missed an election in over 25 years. (1+ / 0-)
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      Not even local and mid-term elections with very low turnout.  About making a difference, I think that by and large elections are a sham, but I still participate in it to, number one, retain the symbolic value of voting, and number two, because there are some marginal consequences to elections.

      There is no disconnect there; no cognitive dissonance.

      The key is that we need to understand that in order to take on the corruption, the electoral system, politics as usual is not enough.

      We have to push for change from outside the system as well.  We have to be firing the engine of democracy on all cylinders.

      •  There are other ways to work within the system (2+ / 0-)
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        Ray Pensador, cynndara

        than voting for one of the two Presidential candidates presented by the completely corrupted major parties.  So I agree that we need to work within and outside the political system.  But I think voting for Clinton or Bush again, and listening and watching the long drawn out election campaigns that will come before we know it, is just playing into their hands.  It's all a sham and voting for the two major party candidates just continues to give it legitimacy.  It's time in my opinion to make a mockery of what democracy has become at the upper levels.   All options should be on the table.

        "I'm an antiwar propagandist as accused by democrats. Not even republicans have called me that."

        by BigAlinWashSt on Mon May 20, 2013 at 02:04:13 PM PDT

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  •  Power concedes nothing without a demand. (3+ / 0-)
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    Ray Pensador, jds1978, cynndara

    What is your demand? Mine is a law abolishing private campaign financing and media revenues, among other election-related omnibus provisions. Then could follow antitrust, nationalization, global disarmament, pollution control, energy transition, full employment, confiscatory taxation of the 1%, the rising tribe/class of the 99% expropriating the antidemocratic remnant.    

  •  Did you see the protest at the DOJ (3+ / 0-)
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    Ray Pensador, KenBee, blueoasis

    "To recognize error, to cut losses, to alter course, is the most repugnant option in government." Historian Barbara Tuchman

    by Publius2008 on Mon May 20, 2013 at 01:35:41 PM PDT

  •  just hoping the teahadists won't take the (0+ / 0-)

    message and distort it for their own purposes...

    "A dollah makes me hollah"-- Stephen Colbert, pretending to be S. Palin

    by stagemom on Mon May 20, 2013 at 01:55:05 PM PDT

  •  The challenge (1+ / 0-)
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    Your use of the word "mafia" is quite appropriate.

    And organized crime is called "crime" for a reason.  It's illegal, for example, for companies to cook their balance sheets.  But the laws are hard to enforce and the enforcers are not well paid.

    You don't have a Clint Eastwood.  You get an Eliot Ness, or perhaps a Dirty Harry Callahan.  (Not the guy who spoke to the chair in 2012, the guy with the .44 magnum.)  

    First, a (somewhat) less violent adaption of Dirty Harry frontier justice to the financial services industry:

    I know what you're thinking. "Did he audit six trade strategies or five?" Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is a top end trading log data mining system, the most powerful forensic accounting tool in the world, and would blow your company's head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?
    And then the classic, something I wish Obama would remember.
    You wanna know how to get Capone? They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. That's the Chicago way! And that's how you get Capone. Now do you want to do that? Are you ready to do that? I'm offering you a deal. Do you want this deal?
    Taking these fucks down is no different than taking Al Capone down, except they operate globally.
  •  Great diary. Hedges is a personal hero (4+ / 0-)

    of mine...  He realizes that the system CANNOT be changed from within.

    America, Inc. is so firmly entrenched in the MINDS of most Americans it can not be up-rooted by legislation.

    And any revolution must start with the THINKING of Americans that capitalism works for everyone.

    Occupy Wall Street scared the shit out of corporate America.  But as soon as the coporatists realized that the normal mis-information campaign would not work, they had no problem implementing Plan B: infiltrate and take down by any means necessary...  which was what happened to OWS...  The corporate state will not react so slowly next time.

    The ONLY thing they're afraid of is unification of the people.

    Americans who vote against their own interests are driven by "the human need to find a strand of significance that will hold everything together that isn't on TV..." (quote is from P. Roth in "Sabbath's Theater")

    by ceebee7 on Mon May 20, 2013 at 02:37:35 PM PDT

    •  For every action, there is an equal and opposite (0+ / 0-)

      reaction... The push-back from the people will be as forceful as necessary, depending on how much these corporate criminals decide to push their lucks.

      You are totally correct.  Their biggest fear is for people to one, realize that they have been duped, and number two, unite and organize against this very tiny group of sociopathich parasites.

      It will happen; we will organize against them; and we will do it following their own script:

      Strength lies in organization, in careful long-range planning and implementation, in consistency of action over an indefinite period of years, in the scale of financing available only through joint effort, and in the political power available only through united action and national organizations.

      - Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell

  •  I'm in! nt (0+ / 0-)

    "There must be more to life than having everything" -Maurice Sendak

    by lilypew on Mon May 20, 2013 at 03:44:21 PM PDT

  •  see how to start a revolution (1+ / 0-)
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    Ray Pensador

    its a documentary about gene sharp.  enough said ....

    "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Rianne Eisler

    by noofsh on Mon May 20, 2013 at 03:53:07 PM PDT

  •  Might I suggest (2+ / 0-)
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    AoT, Ray Pensador

    that while armed resistance at this point would be counterproductive and futile, there is another way?  Across America and throughout the world even, people are devising ALTERNATIVE CURRENCIES which sidestep the monopoly control that corporations and corporate banks have given themselves over the money supply and thus the essential means of cooperation between strangers and mere acquaintances -- the fundamental glue of world-spanning exchange systems that feed, clothe, and shelter us.  Money, and the rent we pay to corporations and banks for its use, as well as the taxes which we pay to the governments that are operated as wholly-owned subsidiaries of those interests, is the instrument of our captivity.  By working outside the monetary system, we build networks of community and relationship with other "natural persons" and strengthen the foundations of a long-term resistance movement.

    I recommend reading Northsylvania's diary Money and Magic Beans for more ideas.

  •  We need to strip corporations of this court (0+ / 0-)

    created concept of corporate personhood.  Corporations should only have the rights that are available to them through the state chartering process.

    To start this we must pick a fight.

    In one of our more socially advanced states we need a movement to make that explicit change in the state corporation act.  It should clearly state that any corporation either created in the state or registered as a foreign corporation in the state only has the rights authorized to it by state law and is not a "person."

    Note that in corporation law, a foreign corporation is a corporation created in another state.

  •  Thanks Ray (1+ / 0-)
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    Ray Pensador

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Wed May 22, 2013 at 05:17:11 AM PDT

  •  The light is finding the darkness and all shall be (0+ / 0-)

    revealed soon, I think.  Action will swiftly follow once word has spread that the change is on.  Hedges has the voice among a few others to define the times we are in and be 100% credible if not a bit scary because truth is like that when it is first heard.  I burns thinly under the skin until you move forward with anticipation of that new day in the city.

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