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Chris Hedges: "Our Liberty Has Been Sacrificed On The Altar Of National Security"

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Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

The relationship between those who are constantly watched and tracked, and those who watch and track them, is the relationship between masters and slaves.

- Chris Hedges

Below you will find an extremely powerful and inspiring speech by Chris Hedges. The award winning journalist has been ahead of the curve on many issues of national and global importance, including being one of the earliest critics of the Iraq war. Chris has an unshakable moral compass and a passion to match it. He has been a shining light in a sea of darkness and cowardice when it comes to public figures speaking truth to power, including having led the charge to sue the Obama administration on the right to imprison American citizens without trial.

Thank you for all you do, Chris.

 

Here is Chris Hedges' infamous comparison of two frightening visions of the future...

The two greatest visions of a future dystopia were George Orwell’s “1984” and Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World.” The debate, between those who watched our descent towards corporate totalitarianism, was who was right. Would we be, as Orwell wrote, dominated by a repressive surveillance and security state that used crude and violent forms of control? Or would we be, as Huxley envisioned, entranced by entertainment and spectacle, captivated by technology and seduced by profligate consumption to embrace our own oppression? It turns out Orwell and Huxley were both right. Huxley saw the first stage of our enslavement. Orwell saw the second.

 

We have been gradually disempowered by a corporate state that, as Huxley foresaw, seduced and manipulated us through sensual gratification, cheap mass-produced goods, boundless credit, political theater and amusement. While we were entertained, the regulations that once kept predatory corporate power in check were dismantled, the laws that once protected us were rewritten and we were impoverished. Now that credit is drying up, good jobs for the working class are gone forever and mass-produced goods are unaffordable, we find ourselves transported from “Brave New World” to “1984.” The state, crippled by massive deficits, endless war and corporate malfeasance, is sliding toward bankruptcy. It is time for Big Brother to take over from Huxley’s feelies, the orgy-porgy and the centrifugal bumble-puppy. We are moving from a society where we are skillfully manipulated by lies and illusions to one where we are overtly controlled. 

 

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The corporate state does not find its expression in a demagogue or charismatic leader. It is defined by the anonymity and facelessness of the corporation. Corporations, who hire attractive spokespeople like Barack Obama, control the uses of science, technology, education and mass communication. They control the messages in movies and television. And, as in “Brave New World,” they use these tools of communication to bolster tyranny. Our systems of mass communication, as Wolin writes, “block out, eliminate whatever might introduce qualification, ambiguity, or dialogue, anything that might weaken or complicate the holistic force of their creation, to its total impression.”

 

The result is a monochromatic system of information. Celebrity courtiers, masquerading as journalists, experts and specialists, identify our problems and patiently explain the parameters. All those who argue outside the imposed parameters are dismissed as irrelevant cranks, extremists or members of a radical left. Prescient social critics, from Ralph Nader to Noam Chomsky, are banished. Acceptable opinions have a range of A to B. The culture, under the tutelage of these corporate courtiers, becomes, as Huxley noted, a world of cheerful conformity, as well as an endless and finally fatal optimism. We busy ourselves buying products that promise to change our lives, make us more beautiful, confident or successful as we are steadily stripped of rights, money and influence. All messages we receive through these systems of communication, whether on the nightly news or talk shows like “Oprah,” promise a brighter, happier tomorrow. And this, as Wolin points out, is “the same ideology that invites corporate executives to exaggerate profits and conceal losses, but always with a sunny face.” We have been entranced, as Wolin writes, by “continuous technological advances” that “encourage elaborate fantasies of individual prowess, eternal youthfulness, beauty through surgery, actions measured in nanoseconds: a dream-laden culture of ever-expanding control and possibility, whose denizens are prone to fantasies because the vast majority have imagination but little scientific knowledge.”

 

Our manufacturing base has been dismantled. Speculators and swindlers have looted the U.S. Treasury and stolen billions from small shareholders who had set aside money for retirement or college. Civil liberties, including habeas corpus and protection from warrantless wiretapping, have been taken away. Basic services, including public education and health care, have been handed over to the corporations to exploit for profit. The few who raise voices of dissent, who refuse to engage in the corporate happy talk, are derided by the corporate establishment as freaks.

 

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The façade is crumbling. And as more and more people realize that they have been used and robbed, we will move swiftly from Huxley’s “Brave New World” to Orwell’s “1984.” The public, at some point, will have to face some very unpleasant truths. The good-paying jobs are not coming back. The largest deficits in human history mean that we are trapped in a debt peonage system that will be used by the corporate state to eradicate the last vestiges of social protection for citizens, including Social Security. The state has devolved from a capitalist democracy to neo-feudalism. And when these truths become apparent, anger will replace the corporate-imposed cheerful conformity. The bleakness of our post-industrial pockets, where some 40 million Americans live in a state of poverty and tens of millions in a category called “near poverty,” coupled with the lack of credit to save families from foreclosures, bank repossessions and bankruptcy from medical bills, means that inverted totalitarianism will no longer work.

 

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The noose is tightening. The era of amusement is being replaced by the era of repression. Tens of millions of citizens have had their e-mails and phone records turned over to the government. We are the most monitored and spied-on citizenry in human history. Many of us have our daily routine caught on dozens of security cameras. Our proclivities and habits are recorded on the Internet. Our profiles are electronically generated. Our bodies are patted down at airports and filmed by scanners. And public service announcements, car inspection stickers, and public transportation posters constantly urge us to report suspicious activity. The enemy is everywhere.

 

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“Do you begin to see, then, what kind of world we are creating?” Orwell wrote. “It is the exact opposite of the stupid hedonistic Utopias that the old reformers imagined. A world of fear and treachery and torment, a world of trampling and being trampled upon, a world which will grow not less but more merciless as it refines itself.”

And while Hedges nails it, we leave it to Emmet Scott to sum up the present in relation to Huxley and Orwell's prophecies:

The most striking parallel of course is that both men foresaw the future as totalitarian rather than democratic and free. Neither presumably believed their vision of the future to be inevitable, though it is equally clear that each saw aspects of mid-twentieth century life which clearly pointed in the totalitarian direction. Thus 1984 and Brave New World may be seen as warnings against what might be if the trends identified by the two authors persisted. What these trends were and why the authors saw them leading towards totalitarianism is an important question and one that will be addressed presently.

 

The totalitarian states described by Orwell and Huxley differed in most details, though there were also many correspondences. Both Big Brother’s world and the Brave New World are ruled by authoritarian elites of a basically socialist/communist nature, whose only real purpose is the maintenance of their own power and privileges.

 

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Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:02 | 5152285 kchrisc
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I was going to write something, but could not find the words better to convey the truth than what Hedges wrote:

The relationship between those who are constantly watched and tracked, and those who watch and track them, is the relationship between masters and slaves.

- Chris Hedges

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:07 | 5152306 Stackers
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Where's Ben Franklin when you need him ?

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:15 | 5152325 SilverIsMoney
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This quote has been mangled so many ways so many times I think it's important we all get on the same page with the best interpretation of it lol...

"Those who would give up essiential liberty for temporary security deserve neither and lose both"

is my prefered usage... :)

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:26 | 5152362 asdasmos
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They are increasing the cost to renounce US citizenship to $2,350 after record renunciations.

isaacbrocksociety.ca/2014/08/27/state-department-to-hike-renunciation-fees-to-us2350-says-no-public-benefit-in-respecting-human-right-to-change-nationality/

The amount of people renouncing are undercounted. Waiting times around the world do not add up as they can process many per day. In Toronto, Canada, the amount they can process in a year is just about the same as the official number of renunciants and relinquishments for the wolrd per year.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:40 | 5152397 CH1
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Tyranny, plain and simple.

The founding fathers are dead.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:57 | 5152443 So What
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Chris Hedges, be more courageous why don't you? Your liberty has been sacrificed for the Jews.

http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/08/27/israel-lobby-eliminates-anoth...

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 23:47 | 5152549 Four chan
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nobody creates more freedom.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 02:52 | 5152769 Drunk In Church
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Liberty is vastly overrated.  Plus it's always been a myth.  What America needs is a strong dictator.  I believe that Hillary Clinton is man enough for the job.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:10 | 5152819 Nobody For President
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Hey, Drunk in Church - people don't get you, even on zh. Wish I coule give you a 100 ups,,..

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 06:56 | 5152939 StandardDeviant
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That's because he/she/it is just here to pimp a blog.  Ignore the troll.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 07:48 | 5153043 Keyser
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Hedges is short-sighted at best if he believes that the NSA is spying on every man, woman and child on the planet for the sake of US security... If that were the case, our emperor in chief would not leave the fucking borders standing wide open, nor would he be granting amnesty to 5,000,000 illegals from 75 different countries... 

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 23:33 | 5152531 SuperRay
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AMERICAN HERO!!  THANK GOD FOR CHRIS HEDGES, MIKE RUPPERT (RIP), AND ALL TRUE PATRIOTS.

MAY OBAMA, THE CFR, PNAC, THE SUPREME COURT, AND ALL THOSE FUCKERS ROT IN HELL!!

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 23:43 | 5152541 Kirk2NCC1701
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Alternatively, do it like in the Old Testament and send them a Registered Letter that says: "I renounce and divorce thee!" 3 times. Done!

If they persist, claim "Religious Persecution" and report them to various Human Rights groups. Given that most nations allow for far easier and cheaper processes, you might make a good case for Religious Prosecution.

If you live abroad, make sure you don't travel to the US until you have a foreign passport -- thus showing that you are still beholden to someone, but to a different Someone, i.e. a Dictator/Sovereign/Prince/Monarch (and their group of Oligarchs).
/s

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 07:54 | 5153059 Grinder74
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Why would anyone be stupid enough to pay a fee to renunciate?  Just leave, and burn your passport.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 09:32 | 5153359 mtl4
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See that's probably where Al Capone went wrong........might work during the next major EMP event though.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 14:48 | 5153343 mtl4
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You can count on that price to continue going up and to increasingly have no bearing on any "true" costs for processing these CLN's.......same with lowering the bar on the exit (estate) tax.  When you set up a modern fuedal system you certainly don't want your would be serfs walking away without a good financial beating, right.  Best way to defend against it is to simply purchase hard assets outside the borders and then tell them to come and get it.  This is why countries are currently playing busy beavers installing capital controls to prevent this.  Most living in the US have no idea this is going on at all and ignorantly relate it to tax dodging while anyone living outside the border knows that all this dusted off Civil War law BS started right around 2008 (hmmmm, must just be a coincidence?!)

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:53 | 5152427 ACP
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"Those who would abolish our liberties deserve to be shot. Several times."

-ACP

My preferred usage.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:05 | 5152574 luckystars
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Hedges is late to the game.  This was said by the founders.

It just creeps me out how the left is now trying to run from the guy they put into power, and how they turned their backs on the destruction of Libya. They traded it for gay marriage and obamacare. Turned a blind eye to NDAA, NSA spying, drones.

Fuck them.

I have nothing for these creepy POTUS worshipers, nothing at all.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 01:30 | 5152683 James_Cole
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Chomsky in 2008:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zh7ps1KWl_M

2010:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiwAFIgGCkQ

Hedges & Chomsky in 2012 (NDAA)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedges_v._Obama

Turned a blind eye to NDAA, NSA spying, drones.

It's almost been SOLELY people on the left reporting / challenging on these issues from the start to the present.  

Current: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbOghSuS6H0

 

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 01:50 | 5152716 Syrin
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You are wrong.   Alex Jones, Michael Snyder, Breitbart, drudge have ALL been reporting on this stuff asy a MUCH greater rate than the left.   Not even fucking close.  How much has the left discussed EO 13603?

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 02:10 | 5152746 James_Cole
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Jones wasn't even born until the end of the vietnam war. This shit didn't start with obama contrary to popular belief among goofballs. 

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 08:13 | 5153111 MalteseFalcon
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That's why the "left's" abdication is so creepy.  They knew the score as early as the Viet Nam war era.  But with Clinton and Obama they sold out for a pittance. 

Right wingers turned libertarians have carried the ball since Waco.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 13:14 | 5154540 buyingsterling
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James, you seem like a nice fellow, and your persistence here shows patience. But try to at least pretend not to be politically retarded.

There's been zero party backlash against Obama, the press is still fluffing him, and a leftist blogosphere that went batshit over a few foreign intercecpts with the prior regime - is silent, or essentially so. I missed the legions of democraats who spoke along with Rand Paul when President Pimp refused to rule out drone executions of citizens on US soil. Ron Wyden might have been there, the rest are just gobbling Satan's privates as fast as they can. People like Hedges, Seymour Hirsch, James Corbett and others who hated Bush all concede that Obams is worse. Alex Jones had almost nothing good to say about Bush but says Bush and Obama aren't even in the same league. Obama is a big time dictator, wanna be fuhrer. If Bush essentially said 'Congreas wont pass what I want, so I will change the law myself" the left would have gone batshit.

If you're a good hearted liberal who sees that the system (not capitalism) is exploitive in nature, and that the weakest and dumbest will be exploited the most without protections, carry on. If you're going to carry water for President Pimp, and apologize for things he does that would make liberals want to kill Bush if he did them, then you're just a pimp for a pimp, and I won't bother any longer.

So lets test it: Has Obama strengthened or weakened the bill of rights?

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 13:46 | 5154744 James_Cole
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There's been zero party backlash against Obama, the press is still fluffing him, and a leftist blogosphere that went batshit over a few foreign intercecpts with the prior regime - is silent, or essentially so.

Party loyalty tends to be independent of political belief, i.e. people who are 'loyal' to dems or repubs tend to overlook (putting it charitably) when their party goes in direct opposition to their personal espoused beliefs. 

Criticizing the party often leads to marginalization so people on both sides of the political spectrum are less likely to do it. There are those who do it, and you can see how they are treated. i.e. tea party / ows.

If you open glenn greenwalds twitter you can see A LOT of criticism of the dems, he tends to point out that the most intense criticism he has received over the snowden leaks is almost entirely from the 'left' media. In fact, just looking now and his most recent tweets are very critical of the DNC's statements on rand paul. 

https://twitter.com/ggreenwald

However, if it were a republican president you would likely see it go the other way. Again, party loyalty superseding political ideology. 

Has Obama strengthened or weakened the bill of rights?

Obviously weakened.

On another point, one of the main pillars of liberalism is the idea of a free press. Quick scorecard of where I think Obama stands overall is summed by James Risen on that issue:

“It’s hypocritical,” Risen said. “A lot of people still think this is some kind of game or signal or spin. They don’t want to believe that Obama wants to crack down on the press and whistleblowers. But he does. He’s the greatest enemy to press freedom in a generation.”

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 05:08 | 5152859 hairInTheSoup
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alex jones is a shill

("to control dissent, lead it")

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 13:24 | 5154613 buyingsterling
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I gave you a down arrow because what you're really complaining about is Jones' effectiveness. Short of advocating revolution, Jones offers listerners a variety of ways to get involved, and doesn't profit from them. He makes a shitload on his supplements, but you can't sustain a braind with one time orders, so they must benefit people (or prodce a placebo effect). So Jones isn't really leading anyone anywhere in particular.

Jones problems are twofold, I listen to him daily. His personaility grates on many people; I think he's a real guy, but some people won't get past the yelling to see that. And he doesn't do enough, IMO, to actually funnel energy in a specific direction. If he got behind something like the convention of the states, it might be possible to judge his effeciveness and reach.

If this is a Jew thing, forget it. If Jews are producing problems, rail against the problems, if they are criminal in nature, the perps will pay after the reset, regardless of lineage.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 08:08 | 5153103 MalteseFalcon
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"They traded it for gay marriage and obamacare."

LOL.  So true.  Fuck them.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 11:58 | 5154032 Raging Debate
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Lucky Stars - I remember the 1990's well. There was a massive push on the concept of equality. I remembered thinking that America was trading liberty for equality. I wondered to what end. Now I know. Speaking out against a group of robbers insinuates that somehow you are racist or homophobic or what-not while the political insiders looted the place blind.

The only good news is that events run in cycles and this one will also end.
The CFR and BIS run the world. I am confident they will end the United States government as it is insolvent. That is when 100 M people living off the dole get forty cents on the dollar and realize they were swindled. All those enforcers get there wake up call as well in reduced pay and benefits and so will end the police state. Let's pray we get no world war but I do believe we'll see regional ones with some nukes involved which wakes up leadership the hard way. I hope I am wrong.

The reorganization period in America will be tough for awhile but I do not think it will be as challenging as the reorganization of the Soviet Union. Better infrastructure and the Internet helps.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 05:07 | 5152858 hairInTheSoup
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it's a quote from the elite for the elite to justify treating the mass as a senseless & idiotic herd

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:40 | 5152395 williambanzai7
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Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:42 | 5152405 TahoeBilly2012
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Zionism

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:52 | 5152424 SillySalesmanQu...
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+ 1000 Well done WB7! Your representation perfectly illustrates what Chris Hedges has told us what happened to Lady Liberty at the altar of the banksters and politicians... May they soon too, be swinging from lamp posts.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:54 | 5152432 WillyGroper
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Powerful images WB7. 

Thanks for fighting the good fight!

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 23:05 | 5152457 Abitdodgie
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Seeing the statue of liberty hanging there , I thnk thankyou, someone has killed that bitch Issis.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 08:30 | 5153171 Ghostbusters
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Banz,

Wasn't this statue presented as a gift from French Freemasons, aka the same globalists who run Wall Street and the District of Columbia, to American masons doing Lucifer's work?  

It is an interesting image if you believe that it is the Statue of Liberty rather than a statue of Isis/Ishtar/Queen Semiramis of esoteric fame.  If you prefer the latter then the image is nonsensical unless it is prophecy.  Will DC and their banker overlords hang the occult brotherhood to which they belong?  Doubtful at best.  

Is this misinformation from the Banzai Institute, an honest mistake, or am is something being lost on me?

Best, 

Ghost

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 02:03 | 5152739 Bloppy
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Obama-supporting journalist on gun range instructor death: ‘Is the 9yo going to the funeral of the guy she killed?’

http://tinyurl.com/orf88l3

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 08:00 | 5153073 snodgrass
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Hedges just likes to hear himself talk. The idea that govt. will reform itself is ridiculous. He says the intelligence agencies failed on 911. Hello! They are the ones who pulled 911 off. Until he gets that, the rest is just so much blather.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 10:12 | 5153503 pizzedoff
Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:03 | 5152288 90's Child
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Welcome to Amerika bitchez.

Now bend over and take it.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:02 | 5152289 darteaus
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Our liberty has been sacrificed by tryants using the guise of National Security.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 01:52 | 5152718 Syrin
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Any time they do something for our "safety", run.   They are now building FEMA domes all over TX, again, for our "safety".   No telling which ine they named "Auschwitz"

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:03 | 5152291 SeminoleBob For...
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Obama: False Hope False Messiah.  

https://www.youtube.com/embed/BNRT0P-oZfw

We have suffered these changes for years but the last six years have seen the worst, fastest moving and dramatic changes that I've ever seen. This YouTube video helps explain it. 

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:41 | 5152401 pocomotion
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I CALL Bull Sh__!  Go back to 1972-- when Nixon took us off the gold standard. 

 

Do not waste our time!

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:55 | 5152435 WillyGroper
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Add in China also.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 01:54 | 5152722 Syrin
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Everything has MASSIVELY accelerated since the American Fuhrer took office.   You gotta be smokin' crack mixed with meth to argue otherwise.   Almost any graph of a horrible economic indicator or loss of freedom has it's greatest slope in 2008 and beyond. 

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 01:17 | 5152642 Kirk2NCC1701
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Messiahs are a bogus and fraudulent concept, as History does not produce them, but myth makers conjure them up constantly.

Messiahs are about as useful to humans as fake rabbits are to Greyhounds at Greyhound races: both serve a purpose that's different than advertised.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:03 | 5152292 nmewn
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You can't be "democratic" AND free Chris.

All it takes is 51% to take your liberty away.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:13 | 5152323 SilverIsMoney
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This is why it's so important for people to remember we are a Republic and not a Democracy. You would think after having to recite the pledge our entire lives ("and to the republic for which it stands") people would remember but they do not because politicians so cleverly avoid using the word and instead garble up their democracy crap so they can justify their mob rule.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:20 | 5152337 nmewn
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Yes...a republic...but don't be fooled by the pledge, the pledge is nationalism which contorts the rule of law against individuals.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:46 | 5152415 Ralph Spoilsport
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When we started reciting the pledge, there were Commies with Migs, Bear bombers, ICBMs and a space dog named Laika. Wearing that nationalism these days is an uncomfortable fit.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 23:52 | 5152558 caustixoid
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What's with the present tense?  We WERE  a republic. 

The trick is to define what we have become - oligopoly?  Hedges "Inverted Totalitarianism"? Kleptocracy?  Corporatocracy?  Transnational serfdom?    It's hard to fight a beast you can't define.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:00 | 5152567 wisefool
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And then we sent them out. So strong into the coutryside. They found salt. They found greese. but they never gave up the goal.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 08:40 | 5153220 N2OJoe
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Not to mention that children don't recite pledge in school any more.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:25 | 5152356 sosoome
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We haven't been a republic since 1913. States lost representation in congress and dictatorial power was instituted in DC by direct taxation.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:45 | 5152413 Sizzurp
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No, It was Lincoln who ended the republic.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 23:12 | 5152474 sosoome
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Nothing changed the constitutional structure of the separation and diffusion of power like the 16th and 17th. The elimination of State representation is what "officially" concentrated power in Washington; not anything Lincoln did. If the Republic is ever to be restored, it has to start with the last thing which desrtoyed it. Repeal the 16th and 17th.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 23:28 | 5152517 The Wizard
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You forgot the 13th and 14th. The 14th is the real killer.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 23:49 | 5152554 sosoome
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The 14th didn't alter the fundamental structure of government the way the 16th and 17th did. Fix the structure first, then we can argue about the 14th, which is so complicated you can write volumes on it and still not come to terms. The 16th and 17th altered the structure of government in order to create a dictatorship. We are well on the road, and that is where to start in restoring the republic. 

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 07:08 | 5152953 Oldwood
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We don't need no stinkin freedom.

We just need people to blame for our own stupidity. Seldom is anyone forced to surrender their freedom, they do it voluntarily and then complain that they were tricked or it was done behind their back. Things will NEVER change as long as our principle activity is looking for someone to blame.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 23:11 | 5152471 Lordflin
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So far as a congress bought and paid for you could easily trace back as far as the 1830s and the vote of censure with regard to Jackson. Certainly 1913 was a landmark on the road to surrendering sovereignty... as was the 17th amendment.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 23:19 | 5152502 sosoome
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They may have been bought and paid for (I don't think there is anything which will ever change that part of human nature), but not by having their fingers in our pockets. And it was a much smaller scale compared to the trillions those rats are playing with today. It's a virtual money-go-round with no accountability because of the 16th and 17th, which kept the beast contained.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 01:31 | 5152691 luckystars
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It is why one party are called Democrats and the others Republicans.

It is Democracy vs Republic.

But that was the old days, now they are all bought by the same people.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 07:10 | 5152958 Oldwood
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The difference between fighting for power versus fighting for freedom.

The battle to rid ourselves of free shit. How is that going?

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 11:16 | 5153862 photonsoflight
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Soon the free shit will stop. Then the real battles will begin.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:45 | 5152414 Abitdodgie
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Who gives a fuck about all this , just as long as America keeps killing people it does not matter who it is just kill , Native Indian , Indian , gooks , ragheads, yellow , brown , whatever just kill this is the American way and be proud , go to church ,donate to a just  cause and go home and pay your fucking taxes or we will ruby ridge you , waco you , or just teach you whos boss , because this is America and be proud of who you are because remember the world loves you.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 01:24 | 5152679 Kirk2NCC1701
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"All it takes is 51% to take your liberty away."

Getting close, given that 47% are not paying Federal tax and are proud of it.

It's not so much that it's a binary event or that they "take" it. I'd say that it's more continuous and that they "rake" it away with their Entitlement Rake.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 05:56 | 5152901 nmewn
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Yeah, its that and a lot of things Kirk.

Politicians love to tell people they have "rights". But a right is not asking the state to extort something from someone and then give it to someone else. Thats still called extortion and the one asking the state to do it is engaging in a conspiracy with the extortionist and will forever be a criminal in my mind.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 07:57 | 5153067 Grinder74
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Lefty "journalists" always refer to us as a democracy, never using the correct term.  If they don't understand the difference, nothing else they have to say is important.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:08 | 5152310 AdvancingTime
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 For years Americans have been more concerned for their safety then necessary, could be because we are a coddled bunch. Looking across the world we live in one of the safer and more secure nations, yet many Americans claim that they live in fear of being attacked. In an opinion piece written by Ted Koppel and printed in the WSJ last year titled;  "America's Chronic Overreaction To Terrorism" Kopple delves  into terrorism over the last several decades. Some readers thought Koppel was acting as a mouth piece for Obama but in fact Obama is in no hurry to stop the NSA program. 

Kopple wrote; Terrorism, after all, is designed to produce overreaction. It is the means by which the weak induce the powerful to inflict damage upon themselves. At home, the U.S. has constructed an anti-terrorism enterprise so immense, so costly and so inexorably interwoven with the defense establishment, police and intelligence agencies, communications systems, and with social media, travel networks and their attendant security apparatus, that the idea of downsizing, let alone disbanding such a construct, is an exercise in futility. More on how Americans should show a little spine in the article the article below.

 http://brucewilds.blogspot.com/2013/08/americans-should-show-little-spin...

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:25 | 5152359 dracos_ghost
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Sorry but fuck Ted Koppel. His career was made being an apparatchik for the NWO by sensationalizing whatever the the central politburo told him. Social, political and terrorism hyperbole without question-he's a good partisan.

Must be close to dying like Rather since they all of a sudden are finding the need for some sort of self-absolution as they reflect on the evil mind fuck they perpetrated for the last half century. His protestations are way too late and reek of a guilty conscience.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:30 | 5152371 pFXTim
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> For years Americans have been more concerned for their safety...

speak for yourself.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:11 | 5152318 SilverIsMoney
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Move to New Hampshire. Participate in the Free State Project and fight the machine that way. If we're lucky, enough people there would gather the balls to leave the union and other states would follow suit until the fed's authority was no longer recognized and the military broke apart. 

Yes that sounds extreme but I don't see any other way out besides full scale revolt which is NEVER going to happen...

 

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:50 | 5152422 JustPrintMoreDuh
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and this just in .... terrists have detonated a nuke in New Hampshire ... now back to the VMA's. 

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:51 | 5152847 Nobody For President
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I honor what you are saying.

But we have to fight  on our ground.

HERE, on my homestead in California, I make MY stand.

Lead, Silver a year's worth of food - what the fuck else can you do?-

 

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 08:05 | 5153093 sleigher
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Nationallibertyalliance.org   Bring them to justice with our grand juries?  Get your sheriff on board...

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:12 | 5152321 alfred b.
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     Inside this so-called democracy, the population answers to the gov't while the gov't answers to the bankster cartel.....liberty just died along the way!!

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:27 | 5152328 Salsipuedes
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What's been "Sacrificed on the Alter" Chris is your integrity, credibility and moral compass.

EXPLAIN THIS! (He almost pokes his eye out with his glasses!):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtBazX6xpaM

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:41 | 5152402 TNTARG
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Yeah, being 9/11 at the heart of everything he talks about. As a comment says on that link.

The F.System "works in misterious ways", controlling every corner, opposition, etc.

We must understand the complexity of the domination exercised upon us.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:44 | 5152408 john39
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Ouch. So many layers of lies... Trust no one.

Also, note that neither party to that video mentioned the true 911 mastermind, Israel.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:58 | 5152449 WillyGroper
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It's easy to criticize. Think maybe his wife & kids have been threatened? Perhaps that's as far as he's prepared to go jeopardizing his family. 

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 23:50 | 5152553 Salsipuedes
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Thanks for the rather large concession WillyGroper. Now get back to whatever you were doing and fret not: Gatekeepers are ALWAYS safe.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:17 | 5152329 himaroid
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All true, but at least we get to laugh when Putin polonumizes hunter biden.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:17 | 5152333 Atomizer
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As seen on Drudge. The FBI enforces laws, yet they cannot understand source code. I want you to publish this hacking source code FBI. No excuses, just do it. We will help you solve this mystery. Reminder, the FBI is a trained chimpanzee working for the United States of American taxpayer.  Release the source code!

 

FBI Examining Whether Russia Is Tied to JPMorgan Hacking

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 23:13 | 5152478 disabledvet
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See below and "neither Huxley nor Orwell had a clue about the Information Age." The closest anyone has come in my view is Arnold Schwarzanegger and the Terminator movies.

The "machine" is literally being run by machines. The irony that the whole thing was built and designed around "improving your shopping experience" (fulfillment) should be lost on no one.

"There I was buying that special pair of shoes for that special someone...AND THEN!!!..."

There is nothing that pisses off the planet more than American Consumption. We have entire landfills that entire nations would die for!

Forget "taking out the trash"...it's time to say "sure! You can have some!"

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:31 | 5152370 Dr. Engali
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There was a brief moment when I thought people would wake from their slumber and say "no more!", but once I saw how eagerly the sheep lined up for their anal probe and their full frontal nudity body screening in order to fly, I knew we were forever fucked.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:41 | 5152391 Ralph Spoilsport
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That, and more recently, the Boston Marathon bomb event. The media showed us shelter in place and clueless cops gussied up in their TactiCool SWAT gear and said "this is how it's gonna be folks". We laughed at the cops and got all pissed off about shelter in place here on ZH but the sheep said "Oh, okay".

Edit: Boston was offset by Bundy Ranch to some extent but I'm not sure I really understand what happened there or how history will view it.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:41 | 5152398 Oldwood
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Most people are sheep, happy contently grazing sheep on government "land". The thought of true freedom is more frightening than terrorism. Their keeper makes sure the sheep know of fear and do what they can to reinforce it.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:54 | 5152436 himaroid
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Nothing more we can do. But they can't hold it together. Hope to see some good people on the other side of the hell that's coming. Rebuild paradise?

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 01:36 | 5152695 Kirk2NCC1701
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You can call yourself "Free, Brave" or anything else that sounds cool, and do it till the cows come home, but if you pay property taxes, you are a Tenant or Serf on your Master's estate.

Same as it ever was.

Feudalism 2.0, it's what you're living, while pretending that it's something else.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 08:18 | 5153124 sleigher
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When was it that allodial title was no longer available in the US?  

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:33 | 5152383 LongMarch
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Looks like the Statue Of Liberty has turned into a Weeping Angel. Better call Dr Who.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:40 | 5152396 ramacers
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the inclination to dominate, unacknowleged by most, trumps every other instinct.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:49 | 5152418 talisman
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Freedom and Security are polar opposites;
the more you have of one,
the less you have of the other.

OR
as Kris Kristofferson/Janice Joplin
so succinctly and beautifully put it:

"Freedom's just another word
for nothing left to lose,
Nothing don't mean nothing honey
if it ain't free..."

and

"I' trade all of my tomorrows
for just one yesterday..."

 

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:33 | 5152616 Kirk2NCC1701
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I'll bite. In that case, please reconcile with the concept of Heaven, where both are allegedly present.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 01:01 | 5152646 talisman
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consult your priest, rabbi, imam
or ouija board for an answer---
I don't deal with "Heaven"

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 01:56 | 5152706 Kirk2NCC1701
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Fair enough, but still a copout. Note that I said "allegedly present".

Point is, either the religious assertions are false or yours is (that the two are mutually exclusive). Logic 101.

My own view is that these are not binary situations, but are on a continuum. I do think that both are possible, but take Effort, Wisdom, Vigilance, Resolve and varying levels of Sacrifice. IOW... Freedom + Security is not a "Free Lunch". You don't get Something for Nothing when it comes to these two.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 01:58 | 5152729 basho
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how can one be 'allegedly present' in a concept.

please explain.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 03:38 | 5152800 talisman
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sorry, but I lost you at "Logic 101";
kindly either base your comments on
clear and simple pragmatic reality--
or, if you insist on spouting sophomoric
academic sophistry, please at least
 reference Whitehead and Russell,
or equivalent.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:52 | 5152429 talisman
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There is a lot more
money to be made
in providing security
than in providing freedom

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 23:03 | 5152455 Westcoastliberal
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Hedges is a true patriot.  I hope he employs bodyguards and is aware of the danger. 

Sad thing is, even with eyes wide open, we cannot reverse course by working within the system.  Wasn't it Princeton that recently reported the average person in the U.S. has zero impact on government policies?  We're eating what they (whoever "they" really are) feed us, voting for candidates who ultimately report to the same masters.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 23:06 | 5152458 Fuku Ben
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I saw this guy speaking about Gaza recently with the same razor sharp words

He has balls of steel. He's taking on everyone and the kitchen sink.

Even though he doesn't appear to be a major threat to the global terrorist they don't like this type of thing. You guys may want to your militias start providing security for him or he may not be around very long.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 23:57 | 5152561 Salsipuedes
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Gatekeepers are NEVER in danger: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtBazX6xpaM

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:53 | 5152638 DavidPierre
Wed, 08/27/2014 - 23:06 | 5152460 rejected
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When Mr. Hedges explains what exactly caused WTC Building 7 to implode then I'll listen to what he has to say. Otherwise IMO he is a govt shill albeit from a different angle. WTC 7 is the litmus test.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 23:18 | 5152497 john39
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“The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.”

? Vladimir Lenin

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:15 | 5152590 Kirk2NCC1701
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Machiavellian. That sounds like he heard it from an Aristocrat.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:39 | 5152623 caustixoid
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I don't think we should be too hard on Chris Hedges.  He started out as a progressive who criticized the system, but has morphed into someone who says the whole system is rotten.   Perhaps he got here by a different route than 911 truth, but he's as shrill as most people are ever going to hear and in doing so has become progressively marginalized.     Let's not throw people overboard before we leave the beach.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 23:30 | 5152485 Felix da Kat
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Okay. So our country is about to pass away as outlined above. Is this the way the epic story of america ends?  Nope; no way. There is some "X-factor" looming overhead... there always is. I have no idea what that might be, but this is where faith steps in (no, not in God though that too, is important). It is a faith that the underlying principles of america's founding is right... the rightness of this nation cannot be subdued indefinitely despite the wishes of the elites. Reversions to the mean (homeostasis) are an irrefutable natural law that supercedes any liberal agenda to the contrary. Such pendulums cannot be stopped. The transient pangs of techno-invasiveness will be over soon.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 02:26 | 5152757 gatorboat
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"Is this the way the epic story of america ends?"

Yes it is. 

America was founded by a handful of visionary men who died nearly 200 years ago, and their vision died with them, nobody has preserved it, lots of powerful people have been working since then to completely erase it, and they have pretty much succeeded now.

There is nothing great about America beyond the vision of that handful of men 240 years ago. Americans have merely enjoyed the legacy they left while doing nothing to preserve it.  They warned us a revolution would be needed every so often to preserve what they started, but no revolution has occured since the civil war, which was a revolution by the southern states, and it failed.

So nope, there is no X factor that makes America special anymore, and the underlying principles you speak of aren't being defended by anyone.  Remembered yes, defended no.  Rembering without defending is pointless, just like talk without action is pointless.

So when America goes down that will be it. Just as those visionary men said would happen if their vision wasn't defended, which it hasn't been.

 

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 07:38 | 5152999 daemon
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" America was founded by a handful of visionary men who died nearly 200 years ago, and their vision died with them, nobody has preserved it, lots of powerful people have been working since then to completely erase it, ...."

" There is nothing great about America beyond the vision of that handful of men 240 years ago. "

 

Yes.

Now, after writing this, don't expect to be rewarded by all those who cling to the mythical version of US history.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 23:18 | 5152494 BuddyEffed
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My list of America's true patriots :

 

Matt Groenig

Ted Rall

Tom Tomorrow

John Stewart

Steven Colbert

Frank Zappa

Rodney Dangerfield

George Carlin

Sam Witwicky

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:43 | 5152629 caustixoid
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Buddy, that's a mixed serving - Jon Stewart doesn't deserve to be on the same list as Carlin. 

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 01:15 | 5152668 Ralph Spoilsport
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Ditto for Colbert.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 06:39 | 5152924 Chupacabra-322
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Bill Hicks.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 01:25 | 5152676 Omen IV
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Should two categories - George Carlin and Other

He was incredible at the Beacon - could have been a major politician

The American Dream is perfect

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 03:47 | 5152807 talisman
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How about Carlin, Zappa,
and none other.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:04 | 5152816 talisman
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“The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater.”
? Frank Zappa

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 23:18 | 5152498 q99x2
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Yep the totalitarian state is what they told us the terrorists were attempting to achieve. The ones in Washington D.C. that worked with the Saudis to bring down the WTCs are now preparing to bring us to that kind of society.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 23:23 | 5152512 MachoMan
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The two greatest visions of a future dystopia were George Orwell’s “1984” and Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World.” The debate, between those who watched our descent towards corporate totalitarianism, was who was right. Would we be, as Orwell wrote, dominated by a repressive surveillance and security state that used crude and violent forms of control? Or would we be, as Huxley envisioned, entranced by entertainment and spectacle, captivated by technology and seduced by profligate consumption to embrace our own oppression? It turns out Orwell and Huxley were both right. Huxley saw the first stage of our enslavement. Orwell saw the second.

No.  First, there isn't just a single series of events.  Orwell's proposal may be preceded or followed by something other than Huxley's proposal, and vice versa.  Cycles upon cycles.

Second, if we are forced to declare a victor (albeit largely in the dark at this juncture), it is almost certainly Huxley.  The issue is simple, which proposal most efficiently uses the resources of the powers that be?  Orwell's proposal takes an incredible amount of resources to operate.  The oppression in his vision is nothing short of a third world, shithole dictatorship.  Inevitably, in this scenario, the people in stalingrad starve, while the potatoes in Moscow abound.  Marginal output never occurs because the equity theory rampant in our brains will never allow it.  In the end, the system fails for want of perfect management.  Further, the fact that it is imposed upon people never allows them to completely adopt it.

However, in Huxley's vision, the only police force is our own personal discipline...  our yearning for the truth.  To say that these are already in short supply is an understatement.  Most of our hedonistic tendencies need only be given the slightest hint of permission to be set free.  I believe this approach ultimately suffers the same fate as Orwell's, but it has the possibility of lasting much longer due to a more efficient control structure.  I think there is also the possibility that it is as close to being permanent as the human race has ever known.  If you meet peoples' most basic needs and a few rudimentary wants, while also convincing them that they're living the dream, then their denial will never suffer from a bound.  We are our own best jail keepers.

PS, brave new world revisited should have eliminated all reasonable dispute as to the victor...

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 23:29 | 5152515 Yes_Questions
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Dear, NSA:

 

I do not permit you to include me in your surveillance efforts.  Despite whatever rule or law you believe affords you permission beyond mine.

 

With all respect due, PISS OFF.

 

 

 

 

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 23:29 | 5152516 FreedomGuy
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In general, I agree with the security state thesis. He loses me on some of the other points.

It is easier in the short term to comply with government coercision than fight it. Because the press is so far left that simply fighting the government will get you labelled as some sort of evil. If you want to pay less than 100% taxes you are greedy an unpatriotic. If you complain about regulation then it is assumed you want to do evil. If you question the results and perhaps even the intentions of any government program then you are heartless. If you simply do not ascribe to the theological belief in the government's caring, genius or moral superiority then you are neanderthal and worse than that...you are not cool.

Much of what might be the opposition gets misdirected to lesser evils or even conspiracy snipes. It is not Walmart that raises your taxes, creates the NSA or blackmails Google into revealing all your emails and favorite porn or conspiracy sites. It is not Starbucks that pulls you over for a revenue ticket, makes you fill out 300 pages on what happened to all your income last year or requires fees, registration, certification, filing and a hundred other things just to participate in the economy.

All these things meet at the nexus of government. Do corporations or even farmers try to gain influence or access to your tax money? Sure. However, they must get the permission of the State. They were there when it was kings and queens and will be there tomorrow.

Where I think Mr. Hedges and I might see eye to eye is to disempower the State. That is the energy and power supply for all the crap you hate if you wish to live free. They even invent most of it. Eliminate the IRS, NSA, DEA, ICE, TSA, etc and the rest goes away, too.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 23:45 | 5152545 JamesBond
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Lady Liberty stood on a hill

beckoning the world with good will

But fascism rose

she's in her death throes

How she wishes she too the red pill

 

jb

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:00 | 5152569 limacon
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The US needs another George Washington.
See how he cleaned out the rotten mess.
http://andreswhy.blogspot.com/2012/03/george-washington.html

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:19 | 5152829 talisman
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Regardless of history book adulation,
Washington also had his dark side:

"and as to you, sir, treacherous in private friendship,
and a hypocrite in public life, the world
will be puzzled to decide, whether you are an apostate
or an impostor; whether you have abandoned good principles,
or whether you ever had any?".
.........Thomas Paine

 

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:43 | 5152570 Kirk2NCC1701
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As someone once said: "A people deserve their leaders".

To which I say once again; "Freedom and Democracy is not for the Lazy, Cowardly, Dumb, Disorganized or Comfortably Numb".

If each generation does not reaffirm their vision, strengths and virtues, they have diminished those of the previous one. If that trend continues with successive generations, a day arrives when another takes their place.

Darwinism rules. Plan accordingly.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 03:19 | 5152790 talisman
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To which I say once again;
"Freedom and Democracy is
for filthy rich Plutocrats

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:02 | 5152571 Karaio
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The world has tired of such intrusion. 

 

The world no longer take any more bombs and so much printed paper. 

The world knows that gold and genetically labor and agriculture are the mainstays of life. 

Here in Brazil, we want - my generation 1960 - that the US fuck. 

hehe.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 02:11 | 5152747 Leraconteur
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You may get your wish, just remember that for 200 years no one has bothered to come by the Western Hemisphere because of the USA.

When that changes, good luck - for luck is all you shall have.

You guys actually do think everyone is going to hold hands and sing around the campfire.

 

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:06 | 5152581 kareninca
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One tends to think of masters as a form of nobility, and slaves as ignoble.  However in this case the "masters" are ignoble peeping Toms, infantile, sociopathic, and the "slaves" are the morally superior victims.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:17 | 5152587 Salsipuedes
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I used to love Chris Hedges. Truly; as in respect and admire. Then this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtBazX6xpaM

The plot not only thickens, it begins to bubble like a witches' brew or the ocean in front of Fukushima Daichi.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:51 | 5152622 steelrules
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A man's still got to feed his family, I don't fault him, the time will come.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 02:10 | 5152743 Leraconteur
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Maybe that is the problem.

"Kids, we are not going to be living in that nice house, not for a while."'

Why, Dad?

"Because in order to earn money I would have to do things that are wrong, immoral, unethical, and bad. I want to teach you kids better values than that..."

Ok.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 06:17 | 5152909 Wahooo
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Kids: "Fuck that, dad. We want our Jordans and cute homecoming dresses. And you better not make me invite my friends to some piece of shit hovel."

Mom: "Yeah, double-fuck that, dad. I don't want to live in a leaky 40-year-old house some grandma used to live it. And I'm not buying another 10-year-old car. Take the fucking job or go pound yourself."

Dad: "On second thought, when mama and the kids ain't happy, ain't nobody happy. Why let TPTB have all the fun?"

 

 

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 01:03 | 5152648 luckystars
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They are all in on it.

Chris Hedges is a gatekeeper. They need this fraud to keep going.

I found the truth because I am very psychic and very distrustful .

I looked for the truth everywhere and I prayed for the truth.

Then it dropped out of the sky

Truth is God, is the end of the end of the end.

That which can not be changed.

the truth.

It's why my life has been so hard, I fell in love with Jesus...the truth.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 08:32 | 5153175 sleigher
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In french, "I am" is spelled , je suis.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 01:51 | 5152710 Salsipuedes
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In fact somebody ought to ask him what he thinks of Fukushima, the OTHER world-bender that the MSM considers small potatoes.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 17:18 | 5155862 talisman
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Integrity is a like a raincoat--

to be used only when it rains.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:39 | 5152610 reader2010
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Bah Bah Bah....Bullshit. Talk is cheap. Chris Hedge is one of those insiders and also a former government asset.  They put people like him out to let you feel there is still rooom for discourse.  As Lenin puts it, liberty is so precious that it has to be rationed. When that happens in America, people like him will be still able to receive more ration than the rest of hurd. 

EDIT: junk me if you're into groupthink. 

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 08:34 | 5153181 sleigher
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You're right.  The test for these sorts ought to be "is he still breathing?"  If so then you know it is controlled opposition.  Cynic

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:40 | 5152624 MASTER OF UNIVERSE
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The corporatist state empowered a world to destroy corporatism through leveraged debt and expectations. Corporatism has a shelf life

and no progeny except chaos and contagion which are the twins of corporatists that had too much to drink one night back in 1994 in Miami. Blyth Masters was one of the corporatists at the party.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 01:52 | 5152719 basho
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a nation of sheep will soon be shorn.

baa baa baa

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 02:01 | 5152735 GoldenDonuts
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Barry is the worst president that the U.S. has ever seen.  The only saving grace for him is that as sure as night follows day the next one will be worse.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 03:50 | 5152811 grekko
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You mean Hillary?

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 02:35 | 5152744 Global Observer
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The USA was built on the principle of liberty to murder, subjugate and plunder (along with other freedoms Americans so love to wax eloquent about) for the privileged and slavery and destruction for the rest. It still remains the operating principle. The only change is who the privileged are. Those who were part of the privileged and no longer are, crying foul about loss of liberty is a little disingenuous. Instead of weeping about the lost Garden of Eden that never was, if Americans accept the grotesque monstrosity the the US has always been, they might have a chance of building something that future generations can honestly be proud of.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 02:42 | 5152765 GreatUncle
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Nobody ever explains how this deteriorating social state for populations will remain whilst FIAT is used, buying anything you want if you can CTRL-P all you need.

FIAT and a free society are mutually exclusive.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 03:06 | 5152780 Ventnor
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"Our liberty has been sacrificed on the altar of national security."

I would put it differently: Our liberty has been sacrificed on the altar empire, which has nothing to do with national security.

 

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:37 | 5152838 smacker
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I agree with your view.

Expansion of the empire is the prime objective with national security being the potential consequence due to targets of the American empire resisting it.

There is no other obvious way to explain the heightened risk of domestic terrorism.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 08:25 | 5153152 MalteseFalcon
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Everything for the empire.  It explains a lot.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:03 | 5152815 Jano
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Liberty to robb the world?

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:12 | 5152820 enoch_root
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Washington's third vision has almost been fulfilled it seems ...

http://www.propheticroundtable.org/vision_of_george_washington.htm

 

At this the dark, shadowy angel placed a trumpet to his mouth, and blew three distinct blasts; and taking water from the ocean, he sprinkled it upon Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Then my eyes beheld a fearful scene. From each of these continents arose thick black clouds that were soon joined into one. And throughout this mass there gleamed a dark red light by which I saw hordes of armed men. These men, moving with the cloud marched by land and sailed by sea to America, which country was enveloped in the volume of the cloud. And I dimly saw these vast armies devastate the whole country and burn the villages, towns and cities, which I had seen spring up.

     As my ears listened to the thundering of the cannon, clashing of swords, and the shouts and cries of millions in mortal combat, I again heard the mysterious voice saying,

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