Chris Hedges: "We've undergone a corporate coup d'état in slow motion"

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'A corporate coup d'état in slow motion'

Hedges said he attended the protest and planned to get arrested because he is against the corporate powers that have enveloped the nation. "We've undergone a corporate coup d'état in slow motion," he said. "Our public education system has been gutted. Our infrastructure is corroding and collapsing. Unless we begin to physically resist, they are going to solidify neo-feudalism in this country." "If we think that Obama is bad, watch the next two years because these corporate forces have turned their back on him," Hedges warned. Hedges, author of "Death of the Liberal Class," said that his vision of America is one with a functioning social democracy, which stands in stark contrast to the nihilism of the corporate state. "American workers, as they are repeatedly told, will have to become competitive with prison labor in China," he said. "That's where we're headed, and all the pillars of the liberal establishment are complicit in this." "At least if you get sick in the UK, you don't go bankrupt or die," he added. Hedges said that another pressure point is the US dollar, which he pointed out had been dropped by Russia and China in favor of modified ruble/renminbi exchanges. "A few more deals like that, and our currency becomes junk," he said. Hedges continued, "As long as we have relative stability, these lunatic fringe movements can be held at bay, but if we don't undertake serious structural reform, which we're not doing, then it is inevitable that we will come to a tremendous crisis - economic and political as well as environmental."
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Re: Chris Hedges: "We've undergone a corporate coup d'état in slow motion"
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2010, 05:27:11 AM »
yea, but they use the public education system to dumb down and brainwash the population, the wont let that fall.
Imagine if we could design a good one, the current one is designed from top down to result in maximum retardation
+ no guarantee of treatment in UK, could be waiting along time

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Re: Chris Hedges: "We've undergone a corporate coup d'état in slow motion"
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2010, 07:21:28 AM »
That describes the situation well, slow motion and deliberate, ………. the problem is most complicated by the dumb down population who upholds the lie, unless a opposing critical mass is created the consequential collapse is inevitable.     

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Re: Chris Hedges: "We've undergone a corporate coup d'état in slow motion"
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2010, 08:24:58 AM »
I agree that we have undergone a coup d'etat - I think it started in 1913; got solidified (got the real power into place) when they shot JFK in the head. From that point we've seen the steady rise of the extremists in power; those who seek to destroy the US Constitution and take complete control. They're doing it by destroying the economy.

I take issue with his assertion that "At least if you get sick in the UK, you don't go bankrupt or die"... he's not paying attention to the real situation with healthcare in the UK. He's asleep on that one - we're all in the same tightening grip of the control freak extremist traitors:

British Emergency Care: Patients Suffer to Maintain Statistical Targets

June 1, 2009 (LPAC)—One of the consequences of the Nazi health care policy implemented in Britain is that if you get picked up by an ambulance to be taken to an Accident and Emergency Unit (British name for emergency room), there's a good chance you'll have to wait in the ambulance for some period of time before being admitted, perhaps up to five hours, or will be diverted to a less crowded A&E.

An investigation by the London Sunday Telegraph has found documentation that hospitals in Britain deliberately leave patients in ambulances so that they can appear to be meeting the National Health Service's targets of treating people within four hours of admitting them. The Telegraph cites documents reporting delays of several hours unloading patients from ambulances and the investigation of at least one death of a patient who waited three hours to be seen by A&E staff. Dozens of A&E units routinely refused all patients for hours at a time on hundreds of occasions causing ambulances to divert on often lengthy journeys with desperately sick patients.

The Telegraph reports that delays at A&E units started increasing five years ago after family doctors stopped providing routine after-hours care. Since then, the number of hospital admissions has risen by 30 percent while the number of beds has fallen by more than 20,000, indicating a take-down of hospital infrastructure even faster than that of the U.S.

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US empire could collapse at any time, Pulitzer winner tells Raw Story
« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2010, 10:42:18 AM »
America's military and economic empire could collapse at any time, but predicting the precise day, week or month of its potential demise is unattainable, according to a former New York Times war correspondent who spoke with Raw Story.

"The when and how is very dangerous to predict because there's always some factor that blindsides you that you didn't expect," Pulitzer-winning journalist Chris Hedges said in an exclusive interview. "It doesn't look good. But exactly how it plays out and when it plays out, having covered disintegrating societies, it's impossible to tell."

He explained that he learned this lesson as events unfolded around him in the fall of 1989. Then, members of the opposition to the Soviet Empire told him that they predicted travel across the Berlin Wall separating East from West Germany would open within the year.

"Within a few hours, the wall didn't exist," he said.

Hedges was one of the 131 activists were arrested in an act of civil disobedience outside the White House yesterday, even as Obama was unveiling a new report citing progress in the Afghanistan war.
Speaking to Raw Story on Wednesday night, he said the signs of US collapse are plain to see and compared the country's course through Afghanistan to Soviet Russia's.

"We're losing [the war in Afghanistan] in the same way the Red Army lost it," he said. "It's exactly the same configuration where we sort of control the urban centers where 20 percent of the population lives. The rest of the country where 80 percent of the Afghans live is either in the hands of the Taliban or disputed."

"Foreigners will not walk the streets of Kabul because of kidnapping, and journalists regularly meet Taliban officials in Kabul because the whole apparatus is so porous and corrupt," he said.

One day after this interview was conducted, reports hit the global media noting the CIA's warning to President Obama, that the...

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Re: US empire could collapse at any time, Pulitzer winner tells Raw Story
« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2010, 11:00:25 AM »
O that it finally would.

We might at least then have a better chance of going in another direction -- like restoring our consitutional republic.

I guess we have no choice but to keep trying to do that anyways, no matter how long this "collpase" takes.

One can hope though.

So long as it ain't a blaze of glory.

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Re: US empire could collapse at any time, Pulitzer winner tells Raw Story
« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2010, 12:09:48 PM »
The Course of Empire
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Course of Empire is a five-part series of paintings created by Thomas Cole in the years 1833-36. It is notable in part for reflecting popular American sentiments of the times, when many saw pastoralism as the ideal phase of human civilization, fearing that empire would lead to gluttony and inevitable decay.

The paintings are now housed at the New-York Historical Society, and comprise the following works: The Course of Empire - The Savage State; The Course of Empire - The Arcadian or Pastoral State; The Course of Empire - The Consummation; The Course of Empire - Destruction; and The Course of Empire - Desolation.

The series of paintings depicts the growth and fall of an imaginary city, situated on the lower end of a river valley, near its meeting with a bay of the sea. The valley is distinctly identifiable in each of the paintings, in part because of an unusual landmark: a large boulder is precariously situated atop a crag overlooking the valley.

A direct source of literary inspiration for The Course of Empire is Byron's Childe Harold's Pilgrimage (1812–18). Cole quoted this verse, from Canto IV, in his newspaper advertisements for the series:

There is the moral of all human tales;
'Tis but the same rehearsal of the past.
First freedom and then Glory - when that fails,
Wealth, vice, corruption - barbarism at last.
And History, with all her volumes vast,
Hath but one page.

Collapse of the American Empire: Swift, Silent, Certain

by Paul B. Farrell
Tuesday, March 9, 2010

(Despite mention of the CFR, I thought the conclusions based on the above work by Thomas Cole was telling and vivid.)

Now, Harvard's Niall Ferguson, one of the world's leading financial historians, echoes Diamond's warning: "Imperial collapse may come much more suddenly than many historians imagine. A combination of fiscal deficits and military overstretch suggests that the United States may be the next empire on the precipice." Yes, America is on the edge...

Collapse of All Empires:' 5 Stages Repeating Through the Ages

Ferguson opens with a fascinating metaphor: "There is no better illustration of the life cycle of a great power than 'The Course of Empire,' a series of five paintings by Thomas Cole that hangs in the New York Historical Society. Cole was a founder of the Hudson River School and one of the pioneers of nineteenth-century American landscape painting; in 'The Course of Empire,' he beautifully captured a theory of imperial rise and fall to which most people remain in thrall to this day. Each of the five imagined scenes depicts the mouth of a great river beneath a rocky outcrop."...

As Ferguson continues the tour you sense you're actually inside the New York Historical Society, visually reminded of how history's great cycles do indeed repeat over and over. You are also reminded of one of history's great tragic ironies -- that all nations fail to learn the lessons of history, that all nations and their leaders fall prey to their own narcissistic hubris and that all eventually collapse from within...

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Re: US empire could collapse at any time, Pulitzer winner tells Raw Story
« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2010, 12:13:48 PM »
Partly, they're able to do so by distracting us with all these "goodies" - remember all the Bloody "Bread and Circus" Roman Gladiator Games back then, which distracted the masses. Now? Professional and Collegiate sports(most of which are rigged anyways), DVDs, Pop music CDs, Hollywood movies in big megaplexes, seeker-sensitive megachurches founded by CFR/UN members...all this to tickle the ears of the public and make them think everything is on cloud 9, while the establishment is behind the curtains doing all the dirty work.

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Re: Chris Hedges: "We've undergone a corporate coup d'état in slow motion"
« Reply #8 on: December 18, 2010, 07:04:35 PM »
Sure things don't look good right now and haven't in awhile.. but I really think more and more people are starting to wakeup.. Most people I talk to, are starting to get aware of this type of stuff..  These are people that SURPRISED me when they brought it up, because I never thought they would..

Like America2 said, those things are distractions.. sports,movies,music,etc..  but IMO those things only distract you, if you LET THEM distract you... I can watch a movie for an hr and then get right back to researching and other things like that.... 

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Re: Chris Hedges: "We've undergone a corporate coup d'état in slow motion"
« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2015, 04:39:33 AM »
Thanks for the info. This is exactly their point, because we can't control the companies. We think we can control politics, and even if that were true many corporations have grown way out of proportion, all over the world and have now a dominant position. This is the main reason why capatalism was introduced IMO, to conquer the world via corporations. Afterwards, it became like a disease and Marx's socialism was introduced by those of the NWO as well, to control the phenomena. Nowadays western companies have conquered the entire world and are also influencing the culture their. Just look at Dubai, where adverstisement is full with western stereotypes, however everytime people need to pray one hears the bells rinkle. Same goes on in India, you see a very substantial clash in cultures. In Bollywood (Indian movie industry), much more English words are used in movies, this is a form of something very important: cultural imperialism. Slowly everywhere the oversexualized and homosexual tendencies will be accepted. . . .

Also interesting to mention that nowadays, also private armies exist, mostly in the US. They will be very important in case of a coup detat.
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