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“Rise up…or Die!”

There is definitely a measure of satisfaction in witnessing main-street journalists writing and advocating what revolutionists have been preaching all along.LesMiz

Given the overt success of class war by the corporatist elite, only the willfully ignorant and conservative cadre ignore and/or gleefully support the looting of the economy, the impoverishment and de-democratization of the masses, and the destruction of public gov’t.

If you’re the studious type, you can read an inside analysis by a former player and predictor of the current condition (Chase, Wall St., gov’t+) in Michael Hudson’s The Fictitious Economy (replacing former industrial capitalism with debt-financed, asset-price inflation) or watch a video on the subject. Professor Hudson’s explanation is surprisingly understandable.

If you want a master’s level foundation in clear economics in about an hour and 21 minutes, watch David Graeber’s video, Debt: The first 5,000 yrs…or better yet, read the book.

Of course, what’s new about class war is that their order-of-battle is more advanced than ever before in history. They’ve pretty much won the economic war…accumulating over 90% of the world’s wealth and the forces to keep it.

As for the political side of that war, the destruction of organized labor, the impoverishment of gov’t and the private profiteering of public services is serving the elimination of what remains of capital democracy itself.  I see no pause in their quest short of corporatist fascism.fall-of-liberty-reverse

Today, these forces directly control the governorships and/or legislatures of 30 US states, the US House of Representatives and the US Supreme Court.

They take no prisoners and they never compromise. They have no intention of surrendering one inch on the political field of battle to what they perceive as “mob rule” (democracy).

In fact, they’re well on their way to assuming direct dictatorial control of the remaining bastions of such “mob rule,” the urban cities.

One of the foremost journalists in America today is Christopher Lynn Hedges (56).  Hedges is the son of a Presbyterian minister and graduated from Harvard with a Master of Divinity…not your usual radical background.

As synchronicity would have it, Hedges chose to build a career in journalism. He worked as a foreign correspondent for some 20 years in 50 nations throughout Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He reported for a variety of mass media, including 15 years on the New York Times.

Coming by his critical analyses thru direct experience, Hedges understands war and conflict intimately. Unlike many main-street journalists, he’s not shy about revealing that knowledge publicly, nor, like many of his professional brethren, does he engage in conservative cowardice or self-serving career-seeking by towing the corporate-media line.

It was inevitable that the NY Times would censure him for his political and antiwar views, especially those related to Israel/Palestine. Today Chris is a celebrated author of 10 books, a senior fellow at The Nation Institute, and a prolific writer for TruthDig.com.

Hedges’ most recent article is entitled, “We, the Vast Underclass, Must Rise Up Against Global Mafia—or Die.”  No shrinking violet; Hedges doesn’t mince his words.

This also speaks to my own analysis. International corporatism (monopolistic capitalism) is not simply a conservative ideology; it’s a thoroughly evil, criminal enterprise. Given my academic discipline [PsyD], I would add: A sociopathic pathology.

Hedges’ latest book written with Joe Sacco is Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt. It speaks to the reality of the class war in that “formal liberal and governmental institutions that once made reform possible are no longer equipped with enough authority to check the assault of corporate power.”

Thru ALEC and lobbying combines, “corporations write our legislation.” They own and operate over 90% of the information systems and media. They’ve now privatized most of the educational system, which perpetuates their rule, profit and propaganda.

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The police and judiciary are corporate subsidiaries. The Supreme Court has ruled that corporations are people for the purpose of political power (558 US 310 [2010]), the freedom for corporations to purchase all electoral systems and candidates, and that there is no duty for the police to serve or protect the public (545 US 794 [2005]).

Conservative flunkies are (s)elected to office to act as corporate cadre for the destruction of democracy, and neo-liberals in gov’t carry out the impoverishment of the public treasury to further enrich banks and financial institutions.

All labor unions and independent mass organizations have been decimated. All protest, whistle-blowing news sources, resistance and the regulation of gov’t or corporations has been criminalized. “The greater the destruction, the greater the apparatus crushes dissent.”

Hedges continues, “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 for a power elite that functions as a global mafia.”

Hedges recognizes that cynicism is only self-serving nihilism that excuses the believer from resisting. “Even if you fail, even if we all fail, we will have asserted against the corporate forces of exploitation and death our ultimate dignity as human beings.

“We will have defended what is sacred. Rebellion means steadfast defiance. It means refusing to succumb to fear. It means refusing to surrender, even if you find yourself caged like an animal. It means saying no.BestSign

“To remain safe, to remain ‘innocent’ in the eyes of the law in this moment in history is to be complicit in a monstrous evil.

“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.

“The law historically has been a very imperfect tool for justice, but now it is exclusively the handmaiden of our corporate oppressors; now it is a mechanism of injustice.

“It is our corporate overlords who launched this war. Not us. Revolt will see us branded as criminals. Revolt will push us into the shadows. And yet, if we do not revolt we can no longer use the word ‘hope.’”

Ahh…what more can one say?

Dr. Publico

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