A Recipe for Fascism

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This article about sums it up:

A Recipe for Fascism

Chris Hedges wrote:

American politics, as the midterm elections demonstrated, have descended into the irrational. On one side stands a corrupt liberal class, bereft of ideas and unable to respond coherently to the collapse of the global economy, the dismantling of our manufacturing sector and the deadly assault on the ecosystem. On the other side stands a mass of increasingly bitter people whose alienation, desperation and rage fuel emotionally driven and incoherent political agendas. It is a recipe for fascism.

More than half of those identified in a poll by the Republican-leaning Rasmussen Reports as “mainstream Americans” now view the tea party favorably. The other half, still grounded in a reality-based world, is passive and apathetic. The liberal class wastes its energy imploring Barack Obama and the Democrats to promote sane measures including job creation programs, regulation as well as criminal proceedings against the financial industry, and an end to our permanent war economy. Those who view the tea party favorably want to tear the governmental edifice down, with the odd exception of the military and the security state, accelerating our plunge into a nation of masters and serfs. The corporate state, unchallenged, continues to turn everything, including human beings and the natural world, into commodities to exploit until exhaustion or collapse.


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Hedges' articulates the

Hedges' articulates the situation very well. I heard a little bit of him on AM 1090 (Seattle) on Saturday and Thom just announced that he will be a guest on Tomorrow's (Tuesday's) show.

Truth will win out, have confidence in God's plan for human spiritual evolvement, not man's blind and destructive ambitions based on fear. We've exposed and largely dispatched the so-called Moral Majority and the Christian Right from past campaigns, and it will not be much harder to expose the psuedo-patriotic tea baggers and their corporate generated dogma and put them in our wake as well.

The radical right is running out of contrived rhetoric. When the idiots of this country figure out you can't reduce the deficit and keep up our insane military and inteligence spending and continue tax cuts for the rich, then perhaps they will wake up. Maybe they will have to drive off a bridge that used to be there but fell into the river overnight because of lack of infrastructure repair. Who knows what it will take?

This is good and bad. Good in that reason is slowly winning over, bad in that desperate people do desperate things, especially desperate people in control of America's arsenal. Are we going to experience another false flag?



If Hedges lived 2,000 years

If Hedges lived 2,000 years ago, he'd be called a prophet.

What is a prophet other than putting facts together and coming up with the probable outcome?

Prophesy is sort of like this:. Train tracks are going steeply downhill. There is a sharp curve at the bottom. The train has no brakes. It will derail. Prophesy.

Not so difficult when you put things together. Hedges has an uncanny ability, combined with his own unique life experiences  to do that.

Probably the people on the train wouldn't like to know they are heading for an unvoidable crash. They'd rather retreat to the diversions of the Lounge Car rather than go through the discomfort of leaping from the familiar train.

Retired Monk - "Ideology is a disease"


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Choco wrote: Hedges'

Choco wrote:
Hedges' articulates the situation very well. I heard a little bit of him on AM 1090 (Seattle) on Saturday and Thom just announced that he will be a guest on Tomorrow's (Tuesday's) show.

Thanks for calling that to our attention, Choco.

I believe there is a growing network of humane reasoning out there.  A kind of narrative weaving through things, even those who don't want it to be make little insightful comments, though they still refuse to connect the dots. 

And I'll hold back my usual dubious thoughts about its prospects!  I don't think it hurts to be hopeful.

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Hedges also has tremendous

Hedges also has tremendous courage to speak out as he does, poly.  That kind of truth is very threatening to powerful people.

.ren wrote: Hedges also has

.ren wrote:

Hedges also has tremendous courage to speak out as he does, poly.  That kind of truth is very threatening to powerful people.

Yep. He makes a 5-star General look like a pip squeak by comparison. His courage rivals that of Martin Luther King, Jr., doesn't it?

 King was assasinated. He was becoming effectual when the media could no longer ignore him. When King started focusing on changing the system rather than just civil rights issues, he disappeared.

Hedges has a tremendous amount of courage. I'm certain he knows the possible consequences of speaking truth to power.. It goes with the territory..

If the "Medal of Freedom" went to those truly deserving it, he'd have a pocket full of them.

Retired Monk - "Ideology is a disease"..


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Poly, you should know that

Poly, you should know that prophets were not fortune tellers.  They were talking about the future breaking in upon the past as the present.  They were reading the signs of the times in the sociology and psychology of their times.

The pattern set down for peace through justice instead of peace through war was not invented by Jesus or Paul.  See THE FIRST PAUL by Marcus  Borg and John Dominic Crossan for a revolutionary and historically informed portrayal of the Jewish Mystic Christian Apostle of Human Equality.  

What is really interesting in this book is the haunting familiarity of the world of the Roman Empire and how it worked with our own tragic course.  All the language about Jesus as "Lord" and the place of the Cross is political, not the atonement sentimentality of Mel Gibson.  Paul is contrasting the peace of Christ through nonviolence and a world where love is honored with the peace of Caesar through war and conquest.

Speaking truth to power is always dangerous.  It is why the Fool was established to do so in an entertaining manner, like Jon Stewart has to pretend to do.  Or bend over too far to do.  So was the Prophet a protected class.  Killing the prophets was against the rules of God, but it happened a lot anyway.  If they lived, it was often in jail.  I agree that Chris Hedges is a man of rare conscience and that his heritage and life experience makes him a Human Treasure.  

Chris shows the burden of his vocation, and as he is always careful to parse his negativity with an ultimately positive affirmation of humanity and condemnation of the cynics, he finds it hard to project any positive message that does not come coated in dire warnings.  I want him to have great joy in his personal life to help him bear this burden and vocation.

But, he is an example of participation in the Crucifixion in its correct metaphorical sense.  He is bearing the sins of the world for us.