Chris Hedges Print this item Our Mania for Hope Is a Curse

Our Mania for Hope Is a Curse

  Demonstrators protesting the influence of big corporations march on Wall Street amid heavy police presence in 2011. (AP / John Minchillo)

The naive belief that history is linear, that moral progress accompanies technical progress, is a form of collective self-delusion. It cripples our capacity for radical action and lulls us into a false sense of security. Those who cling to the myth of human progress, who believe that the world inevitably moves toward a higher material and moral state, are held captive by power. Only those who accept the very real possibility of dystopia, of the rise of a ruthless corporate totalitarianism, buttressed by the most terrifying security and surveillance apparatus in human history, are likely to carry out the self-sacrifice necessary for revolt.

The yearning for positivism that pervades our corporate culture ignores human nature and human history. But to challenge it, to state the obvious fact that things are getting worse, and may soon get much worse, is to be tossed out of the circle of magical thinking that defines American and much of Western culture. The left is as infected with this mania for hope as the right. It is a mania that obscures reality even as global capitalism disintegrates and the ecosystem unravels, potentially dooming us all.

The 19th century theorist Louis-Auguste Blanqui, unlike nearly all of his contemporaries, dismissed the belief, central to Karl Marx, that human history is a linear progression toward equality and greater morality. He warned that this absurd positivism is the lie perpetrated by oppressors: “All atrocities of the victor, the long series of his attacks are coldly transformed into constant, inevitable evolution, like that of nature. … But the sequence of human things is not inevitable like that of the universe. It can be changed at any moment.” He foresaw that scientific and technological advancement, rather than being a harbinger of progress, could be “a terrible weapon in the hands of Capital against Work and Thought.” And in a day when few others did so, he decried the despoiling of the natural world. “The axe fells, nobody replants. There is no concern for the future’s ill health.”

It’s the Great British sell off: Osborne reveals plan to sell off more government assets than ever before in bid to raise more than £23BILLION this year

It’s the Great British sell off: Osborne reveals plan to sell off more government assets than ever before in bid to raise more than £23BILLION this year

Thursday 21st May 2015 at 09:23 By David Icke

‘George Osborne signalled the start of the biggest ever sell-off of public assets in a speech to the CBI business conference last night.

The Chancellor said the government would raise more than £23billion this year – a new record – by privatising stakes in Eurostar, Lloyds and the student loan book.

He also revealed that Government departments have already been ordered to start finding extra savings ahead of the emergency budget in July, as he bids to wipe out the government deficit within just two years.’

Read more: It’s the Great British sell off: Osborne reveals plan to sell off more government assets than ever before in bid to raise more than £23BILLION this year

Tories could cut a fifth of staff at department that chases tax dodgers, union warns

Tories could cut a fifth of staff at department that chases tax dodgers, union warns

17:09, 18 May 2015
By Dan Bloom

The FDA union claims HMRC will lose up to 15,000 of its 64,000 staff – despite having to find an extra £5bn by cracking down on tax avoidance

Axe: HMRC could face huge job cuts – but George Osborne wants staff to tackle tax avoidance

Tory cuts could axe more than a fifth of staff at the department in charge of chasing tax dodgers, a union has warned.

It’s claimed HM Revenue and Customs will lose out as new waves of cuts spread across Whitehall, ditching up to 100,000 jobs.

That’s despite HMRC being in charge of a new tax avoidance crackdown that George Osborne claims will net Britain £5bn.

Dave Penman, general secretary of the FDA civil service union, says HMRC will suffer because other departments like education, health and foreign aid are better-protected.

And it won’t be able to track down tax dodgers without investing in expensive experts, he warned.

He told Mirror Online: “Tax avoidance is just one part of HMRC but it’s a critical one.

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Street Democracy writes:

Our Tory ‘principles of the age’ are depraved, filled with unclean wisdom, a biased favouritism and a total cataclysm of our social and political democracy.

The lobbyist’s who paid millions into the Tory ‘general election’ piggy bank, want they’re financial payback.

Their reward is to be able to continue dodging tax payments by the millions and with less staff hounding their complicated private economic system, fraudulent tax dodging can commence unchallenged.

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Corporate wealth has replaced our voting system for money as these millionaires run our centralised power.

Favouring themselves, legalizing money trafficking and biased principles favouring corporatisation hierarchy enshrined into biased rich favouring law is now so obvious they may as well just admit it.

With a fanatical commitment, venal economic elite, with their banded powers of corporate principles have rigged Tory policies to favour themselves.get-attachment-405-587x402

Our government is enmeshed with a culture of privilege, power, wealth and entitlements and with blind obedience the Tory puppet MP’s are too willingly obliging.

It is so obvious.

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They’re not cutting staff surrounding the ‘Bedroom Tax’, to chase rent arrears from the poorest.

Another grotesque pantheon completely devoid of moral fibre corporate elites financial manoeuvres work our governmental system like a playing a fiddle.

Our democracy serves the corporate oligarchs.

Our democracy favours concentrated wealth and our system is most radically anti-democratic.

By Debbie Simmons-Street Democracy.

Social landlords expect cuts to trigger new wave of homelessness

Social landlords expect cuts to trigger new wave of homelessness 

Report based on survey of English housing associations and councils suggests government moves to restrict benefits will result in a surge in tenant evictions

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High numbers of evictions are leaving housing associations in some areas without tenants. Photograph: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images

Social landlords are expecting a surge in rent arrears, tenant evictions and homelessness as the government pushes ahead with more welfare cuts and changes, according to new research.

The continuing impact of the bedroom tax, together with moves to extend the benefit cap and impose further limits on housing benefit, will put further financial pressure on tenants, predicts a report by consultants Grant Thornton.

It concludes that the ability of councils and housing associations to mitigate growing arrears has been severely eroded, and increasing numbers are issuing possession orders to tenants who have fallen behind with the rent.

Grant Thornton’s survey of English housing associations and local authorities revealed that a majority had seen a rise in average rent arrears over the past two years, with over a fifth reporting a “sharp increase” in eviction notices being served.

Last week, official statistics showed that tenant evictions reached a six-year high in the first three months of 2015. Over the same period, social landlords made 27,000 possession claims – the first stage in the legal process leading to an eviction.

Councils are also feeling the strain of increased evictions in the private rented sector, with 59% reporting an increase in applications for social housing from tenants who had been ejected by private landlords.

The threat of further evictions will rise after a cut in the budget for discretionary housing payments (DHP) from £165m to £125m this year, the report says. DHP grants, which help tenants with rent shortfalls caused by welfare reform, were originally intended as a temporary measure to enable tenants to stay in their home while they got a job or arranged a move to a smaller property.

Social landlords expect cuts to trigger new wave of homelessness  

Street Democracy writes: 

‘We hold our doors so they attack in vain, 

but the dissposses can never reign, 

The Tories darkness to desolate our inner peace

Our societal tolerance of this must now cease!

Tory bullies set a furious expedition of fierce hosting with frowning scorn as they devise with fanatical commitment social housing benefit cuts that do not match the ‘real’ agenda of living.

Like a book of hideous horrors, ravenous eyes of blue will rip apart the welfare state budget and the knock on affect will be catastrophic, a real cataclysm of hardship and homelessness.

Feeling powerless is exalted to highest when you have no base, no home and are at the mercy of the state. 

Its cold, void of empathy. 

It’s frighteningly undignified and humilation upon the face of the mother who has no front door key, who holds her child without cover and stands in front of housing officers who follow the tail of the one in front.

An unwelcome forced intimacy of front line reception housing, is filled with love abandon policies, evil in print and administrators unwilling to disobey and put humanity first before unclean wisdom and policy.

You face a plethora of hostile dialogues of conditions and financial sanctions before you are shunted off to unsuitable temporary accommadation and for what.

How many empty properties are there, and how many unscrupulous rich landlords are there?

Always a corrupt capitalist society will put profit before people and this is no exception and it helps only the wealthy.

By Debbie Simmons-Street Democracy.

We’re ruled by a cosy elite who all go to the same dinner parties, says former No10 policy guru chief Steve Hilton

We’re ruled by a cosy elite who all go to the same dinner parties, says former No10 policy guru chief Steve Hilton

new Monday 18th May 2015 at 10:07 By David Icke

‘David Cameron’s former chief strategist has launched a stinging attack on the ‘insular ruling class’ threatening Britain’s democracy.

Steve Hilton said too many of those at the heart of government go to the same dinner parties and send their children to the same schools.

He said the UK’s political system is now in ‘crisis’ because the same type of people stay in charge whatever the outcome of the elections.

In what will be seen as a criticism of the ‘chumocracy’ of his former boss, Mr Hilton warned: ‘Our democracies are increasingly captured by a ruling class that seeks to perpetuate its privileges.
‘Regardless of who’s in office, the same people are in power.’

Read more: We’re ruled by a cosy elite who all go to the same dinner parties, says former No10 policy guru chief Steve Hilton

Why Choose Anarchy?

new Monday 18th May 2015 at 09:37 By David Icke

‘Anarchris explains why he chooses Anarchy (no rulers) over the force of Government. Hint: Because he doesn’t agree with mass murder.’

Police warn big budget cuts will lead to ‘paramilitary’ force

Police warn big budget cuts will lead to ‘paramilitary’ force

new Monday 18th May 2015 at 10:45 By David Icke

‘Police will be forced to adopt a “paramilitary” style of enforcement if the government inflicts big budget cuts on them, the head of the police officers’ organisation has warned.

Steve White, chair of the Police Federation, said his 123,000 members, from police constables to inspectors, fear a move towards a more violent style of policing as they try to keep law and order with even fewer officers than now.

White told the Guardian that more cuts would be devastating: “You get a style of policing where the first options are teargas, rubber bullets and water cannon, which are the last options in the UK.”’

Read more: Police warn big budget cuts will lead to ‘paramilitary’ force

Police called after boy uses a RULER as pretend sword in playground game of ‘knights and dragons’

new Monday 18th May 2015 at 10:21 By David Icke

‘Police were called to a primary school after a nine-year-old boy was caught using a ruler as a pretend sword in a playground game of ‘knights and dragons’.

Teachers have been accused of overreacting after asking officers to speak to Kyron Bradley, who waved the ruler around as he played with two friends at St George’s Bickley CE Primary School, in Bromley, south London.

The youngster’s mother Natasha Bradley said she burst into tears after hearing police were being called over a ‘stupid game’.’

Read more: Police called after boy uses a RULER as pretend sword in playground game of ‘knights and dragons’

Street Democracy writes:

With a crushing force of militarised policing, peaceful innately decent people joining together to protest against sour governmental principles, have to be prepared for instantaneous dark durance of violent clashes with police and spontaneous arrests.

With blind obedience demanded everywhere, with dignity no longer sacred, we witness ruling elites oppress us in every step building up tensions that will bring a summer of civil disruption for sure.

The dispossess cannot reign and the Tory government like banded thieves are stealing freedoms away from the poor in the name of economic sanctions.

Our Tory ‘iron fist’s of blue’ are a lot of things, but ‘stupid’ isn’t one of them. They know protesting is coming and they want to criminalise all protesters and reign in police domination.

An absolute catastrophic shattering of street life democracy.

The weaponisation of the State, the criminalisation of the poor, the protester, anyone critical of government is legalised tyranny and we must not stand the stance of toleration.

By Debbie Simmons-Street Democracy.

City shuts off water to delinquent residents; hits Baltimore Co. homes hardest

City shuts off water to delinquent residents; hits Baltimore Co. homes hardest

Sunday 17th May 2015 at 07:20 By David Icke

‘Baltimore officials, trying to collect some $40 million in long-unpaid water bills, have shut off service to more than 1,600 customers in the past six weeks.

But records reviewed by The Baltimore Sun show the city’s enforcement has been starkly uneven.

While large commercial properties owe the biggest amounts, not one has been shut off. All of the service cuts so far have been to homes.

And while the majority of homes with unpaid bills are in the city, nearly 90 percent of shut-offs have been in Baltimore County. Dundalk and Gwynn Oak have each had more service cuts than all of Baltimore.’

Read more: City shuts off water to delinquent residents; hits Baltimore Co. homes hardest

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Street Democracy writes:

Baltimore’s poor are being punished.

Administration of hate speared through their air to pierce ‘death dealing policies’ at the poor for owing money to the water companies, has shut them off.

Inhumane, siege mentality, administrators with deep bitter malice towards the poor can’t hide their demented words of resentment, as their actions speak loudly.

Following the tail of the one in front, administrators, dictate, obey and follow ‘evil in print’ to produce a true ‘hunger game’ society, a miserable onslaught for the poor, for the basic necessity of life, water.98e9a-bhzhxtwcqaeawiq1

It is a ‘silent weapon’ for a ‘silent carnage’ upon those suffering from poverty a true gritty doleful shade of sorrow, anguish and a fixed sadness.

They suffer an expulsion from mainstream society, and residents only face fierce dialogues frowning with scorn at them who shut their water off.

The poor are being held to ransom.

A horrendous interval in family home life with children in need of clean water and yet the corporate parks, display in arrogant splendour their water  features, their absolute control of privilege and all things they want.

It is further proof democracy is being shattered across the political spectrum, dignity is not sacred and to wreck and devastate citizens is a daily sinister principle of our age, ‘the oligarchs spirit of the age’ that is.

By Debbie Simmons-Street Democracy

George Osborne to hold SECOND Budget of year – and expect the axe to fall on welfare

George Osborne to hold SECOND Budget of year – and expect the axe to fall on welfare 00:00, 16 May 2015 ,Dan Bloom

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Second Budget: George Osborne will make spending cuts harsher than we all thought

George Osborne will announce huge cuts to public services and welfare in his first all-Tory Budget.

The Chancellor has revealed he is planning to declare a second Budget of the year on July 8.

The Tory axeman already formed a budget in March, but will now slash spending and support for struggling families even more because his actions are not limited by Lib Dem coalition partners.

Mr Osborne said: “On the 8th of July I am going to take the unusual step of having a second Budget of the year.

“I don’t want to wait to turn the promises we made in the election into a reality.”

For more click here: The Tory axeman will slash spending and support for struggling families even more now his actions are not limited by Lib Dem coalition partners

Street Democracy writes:

Like banded thieves in the night this Tory budget will steal freedoms from the disempowered, expel them further from mainstream society, economically bludgeoned them to death and assassinate the characters of any in need of welfare.

Dismembering society further a Tory darkness addiction to hurt the poor, war upon the poor and socially disgrace them further by taking money from them is to endure another 5 years of lethal welfare cuts.

They have mastered a sinister art of manufacturing dehumanisation techniques disguised as saintly projects that echo draconian strategies of a brutal oppressive Tory machine of brilliant blue.

The punishing state as already begun, but worse is to come.

Like a ‘Red Briefcase of Doom’ carrying hideous horrors, the budget George Osbourne, a love abandoned soulless suit of blue, will direct a atmosphere to assassinate the welfare state.

We can only wait as the malevolent murmurs whisper suggestive financial slaughter, and prey for our communities and families sake that the destruction is not devastating.

By Debbie Simmons-Street Democracy

Iain Duncan Smith hails success of benefit cap as evictions hit record levels

Iain Duncan Smith hails success of benefit cap as evictions hit record levels 

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Iain Duncan Smith hails success of benefit cap as evictions hit record levels 

Iain Duncan Smith hails success of benefit cap as evictions hit record levels

Iain Duncan Smith has hailed the success of the benefit cap – on the same day that the Ministry of Justice reported a record number evictions among renting households.

The Work and Pensions Secretary said the cap provided “a clear incentive to people to get into work”, as figures showed thousands of capped households were now claiming working tax credits instead.

But Shelter chief executive Campbell Robb said the government’s welfare cuts combined with “sky-high housing costs” had forced thousands of people out of their homes.

According to the latest figures from the Department of Work and Pensions, 23,100 households had their housing benefit capped during February with over 60% being single parent families.

Of the overall total, 83% were capped by £100 or less a week; 59% had between one and four children, and 63% were a single parent with child dependants.

 

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Street Democracy writes:

 

The Tory’s dynamic force of bullying expeditions shunting the poor from place to place is a monumental mechanism to disempower, humiliate and trash further the poorest from society.

 

Home’s for the poverty stricken are temporary short term glorified B & B’s, in fact you needn’t bother unpacking.

Volleying evil and smashing it down upon the poorest is social and political disempowerment as the ‘dissposses cannot reign’, minds full of survival techniques there isn’t room for much else.

 

The elegant rape of the minds of the poorest, with stress and evictions, with homelessness, with no money for a place to live, assassinates the character of those financially struggling to survive.

 

A bombardment of red ‘you owe money’ letters, hostile dialogues with no empathy is nothing more than ‘evil in print’ land in your home as a warrantless invasion, a forced intimacy of unwelcoming into your home.

 

Homes become dark eerie frightening places with evictions hanging over your head. You cannot relax, you feel unwelcome and your dignity is not sacred. Life is boxed and placed in black bin liners.

 

The uncertainty is agony. A true cataclysmic shattering of the self, who you are, with no stability and social expulsion from society as a temporary homeless person or family of the under class.

Iain Duncan ‘soulless suit’ Smith, will devour the low income earners, the unemployed and disabled people as a form of ethnic cleansing to price the poor out of areas and richer tenants in.

 

He has no conscience and is morally bankrupt for certain.

By Debbie Simmons-Street Democracy

New Tory disabilities minister opposed protecting benefits for disabled children and cancer patients

 

Street Democracy writes: 

 

Our government is a ferocious machine shelling out a hideous vigour of rage towards those unable to support themselves financially.

A government intent on vollying sour principles promoting ‘evil in ink’ with a horrendous array of fierce Tory hosting. 

These are love abandoned soul’s, MP’s who will socially destroy those unable to contribute towards a full working week or pay their taxes.

Our disabled communities across our country will be marginalised and expelled from mainstream society with severe brutish expeditions socially discrediting them as ‘scroungers’. 

Not all disabled people can run marathons and climb mountains! Many find it hard just to survive each day with pain and misery for comfort.

With soulless suits of blue we’ll witness a dreadful and painful interval upon our society degrading those unable to work, expelling further disabled people by a legalised power centre of prejudice.

The Tories wish to gain a pay rise of £7,000 but cut disabled people’s benefits to below subsistence levels at the same time proves they are morally bankrupt, and incapable of empathy.

Justin Tomlinson is to bring on the Tory toxic onslaught creating more disabilities as lack of medical treatments, equipment, even counselling, will lead to a cruel world mind set, and not ideal for any recovery.

 

It is clear his principles are a fallen from grace faded splendour and like thieves huddled in the night will steal freedom away and imprison innately decent people across the UK without conscience. 

 

Basically placing disabled people under house arrest, a barrless prison.

 

By Debbie Simmons-Street Democracy

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New Tory disabilities minister opposed protecting benefits for disabled children and cancer patients

Wednesday 13th May 2015 at 09:56 By David Icke

‘The Tories’ new disabilities minister voted against protecting extra benefits for disabled children and cancer patients.

Justin Tomlinson opposed giving the safeguards in the controversial Welfare Reform Bill – despite pleas from the House of Lords.

Today David Cameron named the 38-year-old North Swindon MP as disabilities minister in the Department for Work and Pensions as part of his Cabinet shake-up.

He’ll be tasked with helping Iain Duncan Smith cut £12billion from the welfare bill.’

Read more: New Tory disabilities minister opposed protecting benefits for disabled children and cancer patients