Inverted Totalitarianism, & Why The 2010 Midterm Elections Are A Cruel Joke

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In case you missed it, following on the heels of the January 2010 ‘landmark’ decision in the Citizens United v Federal Election Commission case by the US Supreme Court holding that corporate funding of independent political broadcasts in candidate elections cannot be limited under the First Amendment, in which the court struck down a provision of the McCain-Feingold Act that prohibited all corporations, both for-profit and not-for-profit, and unions from broadcasting ‘electioneering communications’, Pulitzer prize winning author, veteran war correspondent, and activist Chris Hedges spoke with RT America about the meaning and ramifications of an unregulated and uncontrolled flow of corporate funding into US electioneering on top of the already thirty five thousand or more paid corporate lobbyists already heavily influencing the US Congress and Administration.

RT America – February 13, 2010

Much of what Hedges has to say in this interview bears directly on why he said in his September 13 article Do Not Pity the Democrats that:

The menace we face does not come from the insane wing of the Republican Party, which may make huge inroads in the coming elections, but the institutions tasked with protecting democratic participation. Do not fear Glenn Beck or Sarah Palin. Do not fear the tea party movement, the birthers, the legions of conspiracy theorists or the militias. Fear the underlying corporate power structure, which no one, from Barack Obama to the right-wing nut cases who pollute the airwaves, can alter. If the hegemony of the corporate state is not soon broken we will descend into a technologically enhanced age of barbarism.

Investing emotional and intellectual energy in electoral politics is a waste of time. Resistance means a radical break with the formal structures of American society. We must cut as many ties with consumer society and corporations as possible. We must build a new political and economic consciousness centered on the tangible issues of sustainable agriculture, self-sufficiency and radical environmental reform. The democratic system, and the liberal institutions that once made piecemeal reform possible, is dead. It exists only in name. It is no longer a viable mechanism for change. And the longer we play our scripted and absurd role in this charade the worse it will get. Do not pity Barack Obama and the Democratic Party. They will get what they deserve. They sold the citizens out for cash and power. They lied. They manipulated and deceived the public, from the bailouts to the abandonment of universal health care, to serve corporate interests. They refused to halt the wanton corporate destruction of the ecosystem on which all life depends. They betrayed the most basic ideals of democracy.  And they, as much as the Republicans, are the problem.


The failure by the Obama administration to use the bailout and stimulus money to build public works such as schools, libraries, roads, clinics, highways, public transit and reclaiming dams, as well as create green jobs, has snuffed out any hope of serious economic, political or environmental reform coming from the centralized bureaucracy of the corporate state.


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    • Edger on October 21, 2010 at 04:24




  1. He’s the best.

  2. Thanks. Yes, I had missed it. Seeing some good stuff from RT of late.

  3. on her blog til 1PM today.

    Theres some funny ones there. My favorite (so far):

    We never heard the end of My Pet Goat. What happens?

  4. Hedges is right in stating that the consumer based economy is pernicious for the average citizen. Americans are propagandized into believing that being “stuff collectors” (Terrence McKenna’s term) will lead to happiness.

    Americans have to realize that the consumer economy targets them as a parasite targets a host. It ( consumer economy) needs us to survive, but we do not need it to survive, in fact our existence will be unburdened by removal of the parasite.

    • Edger on October 21, 2010 at 20:28

    this in orange, but decided it would be a waste of time reading their comments…

  5. instead of the influence of King in Parliament, we have the Corporation in Congress. The elite, landed, neocorporate gentrification  just needed the time (230 years) to fully mature into a hegemonic, corporate, Republican Aristocracy. The deep currents of the ideology of privilege are now reclaiming their supremacy in the Anglo-American adventure. Humanist, Progressive Democracy has been really squeezed into a corner now. As finance and manufacturing go global, the old nation state is left only with guns and social policy concerns.

    The effective, functioning, engaged (aka middle class) economy of the U.S. is now shrinking fast. The economic architecture is being remodeled. Class lines are being redrawn. The Corporation in Congress has won. The question now is how temporary is it before the pendulum swings back the other way? Will the billion, global bodies of cheap available labor change the historical dynamic? Will the U.S. ultimately fall upon its own sword? Or are there too many “land mines” all over the world for it to matter?

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