Saturday, February 13, 2010

Unhinged again

When last heard from (at least by me) ex-NYT reporter Chris Hedges was waxing apocalyptic about those goddamn Christianists:
The engine that drives the radical Christian Right in the United States, the most dangerous mass movement in American history, is not religiosity, but despair. It is a movement built on the growing personal and economic despair of tens of millions of Americans, who watched helplessly as their communities were plunged into poverty by the flight of manufacturing jobs, their families and neighborhoods torn apart by neglect and indifference, and who eventually lost hope that America was a place where they had a future.
Somehow though, in a new screed at the estimable journal Countercurrents, Hedges doesn't even mention the fascist God-botherers. This time it's capitalism and globalization and environmental degradation and corporations and--glavin! Like so:
We stand on the cusp of one of the bleakest periods in human history when the bright lights of a civilization blink out and we will descend for decades, if not centuries, into barbarity. The elites have successfully convinced us that we no longer have the capacity to understand the revealed truths presented before us or to fight back against the chaos caused by economic and environmental catastrophe. As long as the mass of bewildered and frightened people, fed images that permit them to perpetually hallucinate, exist in this state of barbarism, they may periodically strike out with a blind fury against increased state repression, widespread poverty and food shortages. But they will lack the ability and self-confidence to challenge in big and small ways the structures of control. The fantasy of widespread popular revolts and mass movements breaking the hegemony of the corporate state is just that – a fantasy.
He goes on and on, of course. Self-fisk, if you don't have anything better to do on a snowy (at least here) Sunday.

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