Chris Hedges on Civil Liberties, Obama’s Empire, and Serious Revolt (Until in comes to the 2nd amendment and then he says we are all racists)

by Scott Creighton

Chris Hedges is all about defending our civil liberties… until someone brings up the 2nd amendment, at which time he claims we want to preserve the right to own firearms because we are scared of black and brown people.

According to Hedges, we aren’t concerned about a totalitarian out of control government which he just said is going to start locking people up due to the NDAA 2012… oh no… that isn’t why people are fighting for the preservation of the 2nd amendment in that long list called the Bill of Rights, the right and the duty to defend against a corrupt government… oh no… it’s because we are afraid of black and brown people.

Hedges’ hypocrisy on this matter is stunning to say the least and assuming it’s “hypocrisy” is being generous on my part.

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Chris Hedges’ Absurd Disinformation Regarding the New Color Revolution in Egypt

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: A reader, Nancy, sent me an email showing me that Hedges’ publisher is linked to a billionaire named Patrick Lannan. It was this same billionaire who suddenly cancelled the showing of John Pilger’s documentary “The War You Didn’t See” which was rather critical of Obama’s foreign policy. Pilger wrote about that in this article:

The strange silencing of liberal America July 2011

I guess Mr. Hedges understands how far he can go with the Lannan Foundation of Santa Fe. Thanks Nancy.

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definition of disgusting: Chris Hedges writing regime change propaganda on Egypt.

A reader, DB Schell, forwarded a link to a Common Dreams article written by a stalwart critic of our imperialist campaign, Chris Hedges, “Morsi: Egypt’s New Pharaoh

As I read the article I could not believe it. Hedges lies in almost every single paragraph in support of Hillary Clinton’s new color revolution in Egypt. It could have been penned by any of the neocon warmongers who are currently writing similar screeds about the “Islamist” constitution and Morsi himself.

To see Chris Hedges siding with the likes of other globalist turncoats like Amy Goodman is just too depressing, but I thought I would shed a little light on Chris’ disinfo effort.

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Chris Hedges Demonizes the International Leftists Prior to the Coming Collapse

by Scott Creighton

Fuck Chris Hedges, sell out piece of shit.

WTF is the world coming to? Webster Tarpley trying to push his listeners to rush out and support Barack Obama’s campaign and Chris Hedges cross promoting the dangers of the international leftists with the likes of Duane Clarridge. God help us.

In an article written for TruthDig, Chris Hedges, the formerly stalwart journalist and left wing dissident, accepts the word of some operative who admittedly assisted in a terrorist bombing in Costa Rica as unquestioned fact when he recently tried to blame the left wing Sandinista government for a bombing obviously carried out by the CIA.  The La Penca bombing.

The operative claimed that he didn’t know it, but it was the left wing Sandinista government which planned and carried out the bombing to take out a former member of their government. Course, it took him nearly 30 years to come to that conclusion. But even in Hedges’ article he admits that the target of the assassination attempt had in fact stopped working with them and eventually returned to the Sandinistas. Which of course would make any reasonable journalist wonder if the CIA didn’t in fact have motive to kill him since they were conducting all kinds of terrorism on the country to destabilize it at the time and especially if the target knew details of those attacks and would inform the Sandinistas. Clearly, the CIA had ample reason to kill him.

And of course, the operative who arraigned the bombing has ample reason to lie about who set it up if indeed he had been working for the CIA at the time. All of that seems lost on Mr. Hedges though. He seems quite comfortable helping the former terrorist and the BBC (they are the ones who published the interview with the terrorist demonizing the Sandinistas) demonize the leftist Sandinista government. Thanks Chris. Now go fuck yourself. (What happened? You get a little nervous after your lawsuit and decide to sign on to the winning team?)

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Court Finds Homeland Battlefield Act of NDAA to be Unconstitutional

by Scott Creighton

In a developing story, a U.S. District Judge, Katherine Forrest, has declared unconstitutional an extremely controversial part of the 2012 NDAA which declared that the entire world was part of the global battlefield in the still ongoing “Global War on Terror” which Barack Obama signed into law on Dec. 31st, 2011.

This is part of an ongoing lawsuit brought by Chris Hedges and other journalists and scholars who worried that the language of the Homeland Battlefield Act was purposefully vague and could ensnare journalists and activists in a military crackdown on terrorist organizations or those who support them (MeK anyone?) without them even knowing it was happening of that they were considered to be aiding the organizations simply by writing about them.

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Chris Hedges “Brace Yourself! The American Empire Is Over & The Descent Is Going To Be Horrifying!”

(Yes, he says at one point “the climate science is in…” regurgitating the globalist Gore mantra… but aside from that, a pretty good interview)

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Why Liberal Sellouts Attack Prophets Like Cornel West

(commentary by Scott Creighton – Some of us understood this a year prior to the selection of Barack Obama (I can hardly call what happens in this country these days an “election”), that his primary function was to put a new, friendlier face on the neoliberal counter revolution taking place in America and to provide that transition with the all important “left cover” that would silence critics of the previous administration as it’s policies continued and even accelerated under the new one. Hedges is writing about what we call the “fake left” and how they are desperately trying to maintain the efficiency of that left cover model because without it, honestly, there isn’t much left for the neoliberals to hang their hat on. The Tea Party is over, their contingency has gotten wise to the game. What started out a long time ago as a movement away from this counter revolution, was hijacked, first by Ron Paul and then by a gaggle of pro-corporate rain-makers. The people caught on and now that little pysop is over. The libertarians have also come to understand that their Libertarian Party (Big “L”) is bought and paid for as well. That leaves the Dems. Most liberals understand what Hedges is talking about here, understand it and agree with it. But the mass media needs to continue the illusion because ultimately it’s the illusion that will be the justification or the narrative for the next election cycle. They can’t have it appear like everyone has given up on the fraud that is Barack Obama, because then it will look strange when he “wins” another term in office. They have to maintain the narrative even if they can’t maintain liberal’s faith in the man. And that’s why they will continue to attack those liberals who dare to speak truthfully about what Obama is actually doing.

Though I posted Hedges’ article from last week about his interview with Cornell West and though I certainly agree with everything West said about Obama in that interview, I have to say that to me it seems that Cornell’s main gripe with the man seemed to be more about his personal rejection by Obama after he won the election.  It was his spurned loyalty that appears to have motivated Cornell’s anger at least as much as Obama’s betrayal of his so-called “liberal” roots. I wonder what side of the fence West would be on today were that betrayal of his affections never to have happened. Had Cornell West been sitting up on the stage during the inauguration, would he speak out like he does now?

Tucked in near the end of Hedges’ article I found this little gem. The implication for Hedges’ own personal re-education about a few things that have happened over the last 12 years speak for themselves.

Prophets put forward during their day ideas that the mass of people, including the elite, denounce as impractical and yet at the same time sense to be true. This is what invokes the rage against the prophet. He or she states the obvious in a society where the obvious is seditious. Prophecy is feared because of the consequences of the truth.” Hedges

It’s hard to call Cornell West a “prophet” when I myself have been writing about the mechanisms of the selection of Barack Obama since before the election when West was still shilling for the man like he was the second coming of Christ. And I was simply one of many. To me that hardly qualifies the man for sage status.

But what is interesting about what Hedges wrote is that I certainly hope that he himself becomes capable of taking a step back and evaluating his own rage against a few lesser known prophets; ones who’s truths are still considered seditious, even by him.)

by Chris Hedges, Truthdig

The liberal class, which attempted last week to discredit the words my friend Cornel West spoke about Barack Obama and the Democratic Party, prefers comfort and privilege to justice, truth and confrontation. Its guiding ideological stance is determined by what is most expedient to the careers of its members. It refuses to challenge, in a meaningful way, the decaying structures of democracy or the ascendancy of the corporate state. It glosses over the relentless assault on working men and women and the imperial wars that are bankrupting the nation. It proclaims its adherence to traditional liberal values while defending and promoting systems of power that mock these values. The pillars of the liberal establishment—the press, the church, culture, the university, labor and the Democratic Party—all honor an unwritten quid pro quo with corporations and the power elite, as well as our masters of war, on whom they depend for money, access and positions of influence. Those who expose this moral cowardice and collaboration with corporate power are always ruthlessly thrust aside.

The capitulation of the liberal class to corporate capitalism, as Irving Howe once noted, has “bleached out all political tendencies.” The liberal class has become, Howe wrote, “a loose shelter, a poncho rather than a program; to call oneself a liberal one doesn’t really have to believe in anything.” The decision to subordinate ethics to political expediency has led liberals to steadily surrender their moral autonomy, voice and beliefs to the dictates of the corporate state. As Dwight Macdonald wrote in “The Root Is Man,” those who do not make human beings the center of their concern soon lose the capacity to make any ethical choices, for they willingly sacrifice others in the name of the politically expedient and practical.

By extolling the power of the state as an agent of change, as well as measuring human progress through the advances of science, technology and consumption, liberals abetted the cult of the self and the ascendancy of the corporate state. The liberal class placed its faith in the inevitability of human progress and abandoned the human values that should have remained at the core of its activism. The state, now the repository of the hopes and dreams of the liberal class, should always have been seen as the enemy. The destruction of the old radical and militant movements—the communists, socialists and anarchists—has left liberals without a source of new ideas. The link between an effective liberal class and a more radical left was always essential to the health of the former. The liberal class, by allowing radical movements to be dismembered through Red baiting and by banishing those within its ranks who had moral autonomy, gradually deformed basic liberal tenets to support unfettered capitalism, the national security state, globalization and permanent war. Liberalism, cut off from the radical roots of creative and bold thought, merged completely with the corporate power elite. The liberal class at once was betrayed and betrayed itself. And it now functions like a commercial brand, giving a different flavor, face or spin to the ruthless mechanisms of corporate power. This, indeed, is the primary function of Barack Obama.

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The Obama Deception: Why Cornel West Went Ballistic

from Chris Hedges, Truthdig

Cornel West

… He bitterly describes Obama as “a black mascot of Wall Street oligarchs and a black puppet of corporate plutocrats. And now he has become head of the American killing machine and is proud of it.”

“When you look at a society you look at it through the lens of the least of these, the weak and the vulnerable; you are committed to loving them first, not exclusively, but first, and therefore giving them priority,” says West, the Class of 1943 University Professor of African American Studies and Religion at Princeton University. “And even at this moment, when the empire is in deep decline, the culture is in deep decay, the political system is broken, where nearly everyone is up for sale, you say all I have is the subversive memory of those who came before, personal integrity, trying to live a decent life, and a willingness to live and die for the love of folk who are catching hell. This means civil disobedience, going to jail, supporting progressive forums of social unrest if they in fact awaken the conscience, whatever conscience is left, of the nation. And that’s where I find myself now.

… “We have got to attempt to tell the truth, and that truth is painful,” he says. “It is a truth that is against the thick lies of the mainstream. In telling that truth we become so maladjusted to the prevailing injustice that the Democratic Party, more and more, is not just milquetoast and spineless, as it was before, but thoroughly complicitous with some of the worst things in the American empire. I don’t think in good conscience I could tell anybody to vote for Obama. If it turns out in the end that we have a crypto-fascist movement and the only thing standing between us and fascism is Barack Obama, then we have to put our foot on the brake. But we’ve got to think seriously of third-party candidates, third formations, third parties.

Our last hope is to generate a democratic awakening among our fellow citizens. This means raising our voices, very loud and strong, bearing witness, individually and collectively. Tavis [Smiley] and I have talked about ways of civil disobedience, beginning with ways for both of us to get arrested, to galvanize attention to the plight of those in prisons, in the hoods, in poor white communities. We must never give up. We must never allow hope to be eliminated or suffocated.”

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Chris Hedges speech Union Square NYC – April 15th 2011

The Collapse of Globalization

(I have to take today to finish a project I have been working on for someone. If I could, I would like to recomend this article from Chris Hedges published on TruthDig this week. Though it is my well publicized opinion that he is incorrect about Global Warming (now rebranded for obvious reasons as “climate change”), he is absolutely correct about the serious  problems we face and in my opinion, he is correct about the nature of those problems. If anything sums up why I continue to run this site, this passage from Hedges’ work is about as good an observation as any… “Dying civilizations often prefer hope, even absurd hope, to truth. It makes life easier to bear. It lets them turn away from the hard choices ahead to bask in a comforting certitude that God or science or the market will be their salvation. This is why these apologists for globalism continue to find a following.”.  God, Science, the market or even political parties, grass-roots movements, or heroic icons whose images are designed to give the appearence of change.)

by Chris Hedges, TruthDig

The uprisings in the Middle East, the unrest that is tearing apart nations such as the Ivory Coast, the bubbling discontent in Greece, Ireland and Britain and the labor disputes in states such as Wisconsin and Ohio presage the collapse of globalization. They presage a world where vital resources, including food and water, jobs and security, are becoming scarcer and harder to obtain. They presage growing misery for hundreds of millions of people who find themselves trapped in failed states, suffering escalating violence and crippling poverty. They presage increasingly draconian controls and force—take a look at what is being done to Pfc. Bradley Manning—used to protect the corporate elite who are orchestrating our demise.

We must embrace, and embrace rapidly, a radical new ethic of simplicity and rigorous protection of our ecosystem—especially the climate—or we will all be holding on to life by our fingertips. We must rebuild radical socialist movements that demand that the resources of the state and the nation provide for the welfare of all citizens and the heavy hand of state power be employed to prohibit the plunder by the corporate power elite. We must view the corporate capitalists who have seized control of our money, our food, our energy, our education, our press, our health care system and our governance as mortal enemies to be vanquished.

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Chris Hedges and Noam Chomsky

Chris Hedges on the rise of the corporate class

Conversation with Chris Hedges

Noam Chomsky: The Conscience of America

Noam Chomsky on Newsnight BBC

Fake Democracy – Noam Chomsky

Power Concedes Nothing Without a Demand

by Chris Hedges, Truthdig

The liberal class is discovering what happens when you tolerate the intolerant. Let hate speech pollute the airways. Let corporations buy up your courts and state and federal legislative bodies. Let the Christian religion be manipulated by charlatans to demonize Muslims, gays and intellectuals, discredit science and become a source of personal enrichment. Let unions wither under corporate assault. Let social services and public education be stripped of funding. Let Wall Street loot the national treasury with impunity. Let sleazy con artists use lies and deception to carry out unethical sting operations on tottering liberal institutions, and you roll out the welcome mat for fascism.

The liberal class has busied itself with the toothless pursuits of inclusiveness, multiculturalism, identity politics and tolerance—a word Martin Luther King never used—and forgotten about justice. It naively sought to placate ideological and corporate forces bent on the destruction of the democratic state. The liberal class, like the misguided democrats in the former Yugoslavia or the hapless aristocrats in the Weimar Republic, invited the wolf into the henhouse. The liberal class forgot that, as Karl Popper wrote in “The Open Society and Its Enemies,” “If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them.”

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Where Liberals Go to Feel Good

by Chris Hedges, Truthdig

… Either we begin to militantly stand against the coal, oil and natural gas industry or we do not. Either we defy pre-emptive war and occupation or we do not. Either we demand that the criminal class on Wall Street be held accountable for the theft of billions of dollars from small shareholders whose savings for retirement or college were wiped out or we do not. Either we defend basic civil liberties, including habeas corpus and the prosecution of torturers or we do not. Either we turn on liberal institutions, including the Democratic Party, which collaborate with these corporations or we do not. Either we accept that the age of political compromise is dead, that the corporate systems of power are instruments of death that can be fought only by physical acts of resistance or we do not. If the liberal class remains gullible and weak, if it continues to speak to itself and others in meaningless platitudes, it will remain as responsible for our enslavement as those it pompously denounces.

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Even Lost Wars Make Corporations Rich

by Chris Hedges, Truthdig

… The moratorium on anti-war protests in 2004 was designed to help elect the Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. John Kerry. It was a foolish and humiliating concession. Kerry snapped to salute like a windup doll when he was nominated. He talked endlessly about victory in Iraq. He assured the country that he would not have withdrawn from Fallujah. And by the time George W. Bush was elected for another term the anti-war movement had lost its momentum. The effort to return Congress to Democratic control in 2006 and end the war in Iraq became another sad lesson in incredulity. The Democratic Party, once in the majority, funded and expanded the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And Barack Obama in 2008 proved to be yet another advertising gimmick for the corporate and military elite. All our efforts to work within the political process to stop these wars have been abject and miserable failures. And while we wasted our time, tens of thousands of Iraqi, Afghan and Pakistani civilians, as well as U.S. soldiers and Marines, were traumatized, maimed and killed. 

Either you are against war or you are not. Either you use your bodies to defy the war makers and weapons manufacturers until the wars end or you do not. Either you have the dignity and strength of character to denounce those who ridicule or ignore your core moral beliefs—including Obama—or you do not. Either you stand for something or you do not. And because so many in the anti-war movement proved to be weak and naive in 2004, 2006 and 2008 we will have to start over. This time we must build an anti-war movement that will hold fast. We must defy the entire system. We must acknowledge that it is not our job to help Democrats win elections. The Democratic Party has amply proved, by its failure to stand up for working men and women, its slavishness to Wall Street and its refusal to end these wars, that it cannot be trusted. We must trust only ourselves. And we must disrupt the system. The next chance, in case you missed the last one, to protest these wars will come Saturday, March 19, the eighth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. Street demonstrations are scheduled in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. You can find details on www.answercoalition.org/national/index.html.

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Empire – Hollywood and the war machine

“its all we have left. If we don’t do this, we die”

(try to ignore Ellsberg and his “al Qaeda” as boogieman statement. the rest is very good)

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