Chris Hedges: Do Not Pity the Democrats


There are no longer any major institutions in American society, including the press, the educational system, the financial sector, labor unions, the arts, religious institutions and our dysfunctional political parties, which can be considered democratic. The intent, design and function of these institutions, controlled by corporate money, are to bolster the hierarchical and anti-democratic power of the corporate state. These institutions, often mouthing liberal values, abet and perpetuate mounting inequality. They operate increasingly in secrecy. They ignore suffering or sacrifice human lives for profit. They control and manipulate all levers of power and mass communication. They have muzzled the voices and concerns of citizens. They use entertainment, celebrity gossip and emotionally laden public-relations lies to seduce us into believing in a Disneyworld fantasy of democracy.

The menace we face does not come from the insane wing of the Republican Party…

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This is a must read. The one conclusion that he is unable to say, however, is that they have already won. No outright revolution is possible. We have only one out and that is simply not to play, to live in the cracks, learn to feed and cloth ourselves and escape the money economy every way we can – even a little helps. Forget about thinking government, as it now is, is the answer for anything.

Trying to play by the rules in a rigged game is a waste of time and life energy. Fortunately, there’s more wiggle-room and kindred souls out here on the fringe. It’s a personal choice: The Golden Rule or the Gilded Regulation. We’ll all be dead soon enough.

While I too often share the pleasures of gone-to-hell-in-a-handbasket with Chris Hedges & neighbor Don (& with the prophet Jeremiah), I don’t shortsell personal liberty, our various freedoms Nader lists, possibly somewhat contemptuously.–Sufficient income, travel, association, acreage, thought-inviting readings, books weighty & trivial, a grandchild on the way, new and old friendship, a 70th birthday quite likely to occur–these & many other delights are not trivial.

Nor is the local politics we (and every other community I’ve lived in) work out, trivial. City Council (Yes! Mary Anne Landis), District 5 Supervisor (ok, Dan Hamberg–Wendy Roberts seems to have a principled belief in environmentally destructive policies)–such local engagement leaves me time to sort out how to assemble a national political perspective: Obama’s a good president, but we needed a great one, after the Bush years.

Still, the next Democratic president has shown up: Elizabeth Warren will deliver their convention’s keynote speech in 2012. She’ll win in 2016, perhaps with Hillary Clinton as running mate.

Matters can be much, much worse if we realists swallow the toxic stew of radical left & radical right despair of government. (I think OSHA and some other government agencies are good, improvable ideas.) Despair of national government is a coin we middling folk don’t have to flip.