American Style Fascism?

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American Style Fascism?

American journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges raises some timely questions.

 


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And... almost exactly 3

And... almost exactly 3 years ago, he addressed the religious right and creationism...

 


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Marquis wrote:And... almost

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And... almost exactly 3 years ago, he addressed the religious right and creationism...

NOTICE: The man is a son of a presbyterian minister, graduated from Harward Divinity School and considers himself religious. If you are not convinced by this type of people that it's time to turn our anger and focus to our real enemies, I don't know what more can be done to demonstrate our own stupidity and short-sightedness.

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Those were interesting

Those were interesting interviews. I read Hedges book "American Fascists" a few years ago.

The religious right has infiltrated not only the republican party, but the tea party movement as well. Today during the CPAC convention, one of the speeches was by a woman who warned that families not part of the traditional family (god fearing, heterosexual) would end up following movements in the mold of Hitler and Mao. What we view as fascism, they view as freedom, and vise versa.

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Wow... It's interesting to

Wow... It's interesting to hear my views spoken so eloquently... When I say these things it comes across as the rantings of a maniac...


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This is all very

This is all very frightening. The longer I live in this country, the more I feel like I should move to Montreal.

I just put this guy's book on my amazon wish list. Thanks for sharing the vid.


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Marquis wrote: American

Marquis wrote:

American journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges raises some timely questions.

 

He suggests crippling the money flow and "opt out of the mainstream, breaking the back of the consumer economy [...] 70% of our economy, and building a popular movement to counter the corporate rape of America." (or words to that effect)

While his ultimate aims are admirable... they are nothing short of wanton hubris. It's basically starvation on a scale never before seen in developed nations waiting to happen. A quick look at an Economics 101 book reveals why, as does many great works on the subject of historical economic behavior.

The simpler and more effective solution, imo, is simply "Stop spending money you don't actually have (that in fact actually belongs to the banks and financiers)"

On the other hand, he does make quite a few salient points about neither parties being somewhat reliable in these unusually difficult times (if ever); neither Sarah Palin nor Obama have proven themselves trustworthy to their constituency, and now many Alaskans are complaining that 'She (Palin) has changed'... for the worst, I believe. I don't care to contemplate what Illinois residents think of Obama.

And finally... yes, America does behave like an unwieldy, crumbling empire about to fall on it's own sword... not unlike many great empires before it. The problem is, again IMO, that if America falls, many other developed countries will fall with it. The markets and flow of commercial activity with regards to residents of the USA is intensely linked to economic activity of other countries. Economic failure within America is a domino effect that essentially means economic failure for everyone else.

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