The Permanent Lie, Our Deadliest Threat

by Chris Hedges, Rise Up Times (H/T Stephen)

The most ominous danger we face does not come from the eradication of free speech through the obliteration of net neutrality or through Google algorithms that steer people away from dissident, left-wing, progressive or anti-war sites. It does not come from a tax bill that abandons all pretense of fiscal responsibility to enrich corporations and oligarchs and prepares the way to dismantle programs such as Social Security. It does not come from the opening of public land to the mining and fossil fuel industry, the acceleration of ecocide by demolishing environmental regulations, or the destruction of public education. It does not come from the squandering of federal dollars on a bloated military as the country collapses or the use of the systems of domestic security to criminalize dissent.

The most ominous danger we face comes from the marginalization and destruction of institutions, including the courts, academia, legislative bodies, cultural organizations and the press, that once ensured that civil discourse was rooted in reality and fact, helped us distinguish lies from truth and facilitated justice.

Donald Trump and today’s Republican Party represent the last stage in the emergence of corporate totalitarianism. Pillage and oppression are justified by the permanent lie.

The permanent lie is different from the falsehoods and half-truths uttered by politicians such as Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. The common political lie these politicians employed was not designed to cancel out reality. It was a form of manipulation. Clinton, when he signed into law the North American Free Trade Agreement, promised “NAFTA means jobs, American jobs and good-paying American jobs.” George W. Bush justified the invasion of Iraq because Saddam Hussein supposedly possessed weapons of mass destruction. But Clinton did not continue to pretend that NAFTA was beneficial to the working class when reality proved otherwise. Bush did not pretend that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction once none were found.

The permanent lie is not circumscribed by reality. It is perpetuated even in the face of overwhelming evidence that discredits it. It is irrational. Those who speak in the language of truth and fact are attacked as liars, traitors and purveyors of “fake news.” They are banished from the public sphere once totalitarian elites accrue sufficient power, a power now granted to them with the revoking of net neutrality. The iron refusal by those who engage in the permanent lie to acknowledge reality, no matter how transparent reality becomes, creates a collective psychosis.

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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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