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.”

Rainsbrook G4S youth prison slammed by Ofsted report as children suffer ‘racist’, ‘degrading’ abuse from guards high on drugs

Rainsbrook G4S youth prison slammed by Ofsted report as children suffer ‘racist’, ‘degrading’ abuse from guards high on drugs

Children held at a prison run by the outsourcing giant G4S were subjected to “degrading treatment” and “racist comments” at the hands of staff who were under the influence of illegal drugs, a damning report by the education watchdog has revealed.

Ofsted inspectors who visited Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre in Northamptonshire earlier this year said staff had behaved “extremely inappropriately” towards the young people in their care, causing them “distress and humiliation”.

Frances Crook, the chief executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, described the inspectors’ conclusions as “the worst report on a prison I have ever seen”. Six members of staff at the jail were sacked in the wake of the incidents.

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G4S Thugs – Soon To Be Our Private Police in the UK!

G4S guard fatally restrains 15 year old – gets promoted

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Street Democracy writes:

 

Dignity is not sacred with this sham of a private corporation.

 

A private security company hiring ‘aggressive attitudes’ is a corporation of unclean and violent wisdom and this is placed within our community of vulnerable people’s.

 

It isn’t just children filled with anguish, but the unemployed filled with humiliation at the hands of G4S staff.a817d-10325255_762251357148113_5318466948222745598_n

This story highlights the dreadful interval of fierce hosting we can expect from G4S with a seemingly fanatical commitment to continue its agenda of brute force administration upon those they’re responsible for.

 

Clearly the staff are not trained adequately or are trained to be ‘too institutionalised’ and expect children to follow suit. Children are free spirits, it’s why we love watching them play. It’s squashed out of them and some kids don’t like this and rebel.

 

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Children with added worries of life are troubled, the last ingredient is to be incarcerated with verbalised thugs, shunting uniform in your face, vaunting aloud their unjustly grievances and volleying ‘evil’ in print at them as a threat of punishment!

 

G4S is a corporation that cannot hide its morally depraved principles.

 

We’ve seen if before and we’ll see more foul ‘thug-ish’ expeditions from this private security firm.

 

By Debbie Simmons-Street Democracy62ec8-bmfjlrkciaahcuz

Snitch Society-1984 Orwellian State!-Postmen will now report suspicious incidents to the police under new scheme

Postmen will now report suspicious incidents to the police under new scheme

new Wednesday 20th May 2015 at 10:41 By David Icke

‘Postal workers will report low-level crime or suspicious incidents to the police under a new scheme being trialled.

Royal Mail said more than 130 postmen and women in Winchester, Hampshire, will take part in the Mail Watch initiative.

Tony Marsh, director of security at Royal Mail, said: “Royal Mail postmen and women collect and deliver mail six days a week and have almost-unrivalled knowledge of the communities they serve.’

Read more: Postmen will now report suspicious incidents to the police under new scheme

 

Street Democracy writes:

 

Warning! Never talk near your front door again or with the windows open.

 

Never open your door to the postman or woman unless you really have too!

 

Never argue or express your freedom of speech while the postman or woman is hovering around your home as they can listen through the front door!

 

In fact remain absolutely silent just in case the postman or woman mishears you, and deems you a potential domestic terrorist and threat to national security! So discussing current affairs is out, and do not mention any Hollywood films of explosive drama, or they’ll think your planning to bomb a building of two!

Then you can’t allow your children to be crying or you’ll be reported to social services as a ‘child neglect’ or ‘child abuse’ case.

 

Don’t let let your dog bark when they noisily crash post through the letter box or you’ll be reported for mistreatment of animals or dangerous animal on the premises. I mean the list is endless as to what a postman can report you for!

 

Are all uniform to become informers to be feared now?

 

Are we to stand the stance of toleration and allow the creation of a ‘community of enemies’ by a crashing force of more domination of a ‘police state uniform’ where all costumes are to be feared?

 

This is to divide communities further and to weaken them, disempower them and shatter community togetherness and deep social relations.

 

To amplify misery, maximise fear, lack of trust and build up on social defencive behaviour of paranoia, our communities will be concentrated with heavily based sorrow, filled with scepticalism, sadness, fear and worry.

 

This will create an unnatural prolonged reaction from potential danger, threat and accusation, whether true or false, it will raise social tension of postman and women spying through windows as they deliver your mail.

 

Drawing the curtains will raise suspicion, and not to protect your privacy, as postman and women will expect to see in!

 

Are you still in bed,  then maybe you’re not working! Then maybe you’re doing something illegal to financially support yourself! Then the postman may report this!

 

Or simply being delivered packages could cause alarm. This may now induce suspicion of drug trafficking or receiving or sending other illegal material of some kind until proven otherwise.

 

Will the Post Office scan all items like at airports and with hold all mail until opened and checked.

 

Are we now in a ‘Gulag’ open air prison to live with a forced intimacy with uniform?

 

Are we guilty of everything until prove otherwise?

The police will not be able to cope with this sudden demand of home checks and individual surveillance, so this is perfect opportunity for a private police force to enter our home towns, the notorious G4S.

 

To begin with they’ll just deal with minor situations but will increase their powers to incarceration us at anytime and destroy our human rights to live, and we’ll see a total erosion of our freedoms.

 

We will be powerless and unable to stand our ground if it means hostile dialogues of threatening behaviour, disturbing the peace and potentially being dangerous in a public place.

 

A catastrophic shattering of social democracy as we’ll be brutalised by aggressive and volatile language of force and control.

By Debbie Simmons-Street Democracy

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.

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

DPR says Ukraine’s Security Service preparing terrorist acts in run-up to EU summit

DPR says Ukraine’s Security Service preparing terrorist acts in run-up to EU summit

Sunday 17th May 2015 at 11:24 By David Icke

‘Military intelligence of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic has uncovered the efforts of the Ukrainian Security Service SBU to organize a chain of terrorist acts in Donetsk, Eduard Basurin, the official spokesman of the DPR Defence Ministry told a news briefing on Friday.

He said the terrorist acts would most likely be organized in the run-up to an EU summit in Riga.

“Our agents say the SBU on Thursday got down to implementing a plan for a series of terrorist acts that will be carried out within a week so as to accuse us of crimes against humanity,” Basurin said.’

Read more: DPR says Ukraine’s Security Service preparing terrorist acts in run-up to EU summit

53 Admitted False Flag Attacks

53 Admitted False Flag Attacks

Sunday 17th May 2015 at 11:27 By David Icke

Not Theory … Admitted Fact

‘There are many documented false flag attacks, where a government carries out a terror attack … and then falsely blames its enemy for political purposes.

In the following 42 instances, officials in the government which carried out the attack (or seriously proposed an attack) admits to it, either orally or in writing:’

Read more: 53 Admitted False Flag Attacks

State approves $30 million youth jail to house Baltimore teenagers charged as adults

State approves $30 million youth jail to house Baltimore teenagers charged as adults

Friday 15th May 2015 at 07:20 By David Icke

‘Sate officials approved plans Wednesday to build a $30 million, 60-bed jail to house Baltimore teenagers charged as adults, a step to address years of concern about the practice of housing young city defendants alongside adults.

The U.S. Justice Department has said the state-run Baltimore City Detention Center has been violating the law by keeping the youths in the same facility as grown-ups, where teens often are secluded and do not receive school or other services while incarcerated.

The contract to renovate an existing pretrial facility on North Forrest Street near the detention center represents a compromise to an earlier proposal to build a much bigger youth jail in the city.’

Read more: State approves $30 million youth jail to house Baltimore teenagers charged as adults

 

Street Democracy writes:

 

Modern schools are plagued by trespassing authors called ‘teachers’ regurgitating government indoctrination ‘toxic’ principles, with bought and paid for text books that are published by controlled publishers for one giant socialisation programme.

 

Our education system is a worrying or should I say ‘resocialisation centres?’

 

We as parents willingly hand over to the state to control and raise our children or program them to think a certain way, by strangers (teachers) who are themselves institutionalised.

We surrender our children to government controlled operating programs for intense behavioural training.

 

Our children are absolutely compelled to be removed from their parents where rules determine atmosphere and where children are forced to comply.

It is a mass group think, a hive mind syndrome, where self determination is replaced by a social collective action.

Our education system is like this animal school I heard someone say:

 

One monkey, one elephant and one rabbit sit down on the grass and the teacher says ‘today class, we will climb trees to see who can reach the top the fastest and those who fail will be punished!’ Guess which animals get punished because they just can’t do the subject (climb trees)?

So our children are different but expected to produce the same level of regurgitation of lessons and those who fail, those who get frustrated at such education, or are critical, those who dare vent their anger, get in to serious trouble.

 

So ask yourself, what is the difference between school and prison?

 

Our moderns schools in Crawley look like detention centres.

 

Compulsory to wear uniforms.

Corporations are inside each school influencing minds.

Bell sounding system dictating the start and end of projects.

Both have digital CCTV.

Both punish with detentions.

Solitary confinement.

No free thinking unless its set in a controlled parameter, like the subject involved.

Obey authority or your punished.

Food served up on trays like prison.

Regimented like prison.

Erosion of freedom of speech/critical thinking.

Queue for things as do prisoners.

Short recreational breaks as do prisons.

Children clock watch, prisoners scratch days on the walls.

Indoctrination and social programming as with prisons.

Banish free thinking, critical thinking and abstract thought to be told what to think and when.

They are criminalising our children and indoctrinating a punishing state educational program to normalise incarceration, normalise correctional facilities and normalise state punishments and this is shocking!

By Debbie Simmons-Street Democracy.

Tory officials threatened BBC during election, says Miliband’s strategist

Tory officials threatened BBC during election, says Miliband’s strategist

new Friday 15th May 2015 at 08:44 By David Icke

‘Conservative officials threatened the BBC with far-reaching reforms, such as changes to the licence fee funding system, if it did not alter the political balance of its coverage of the general election campaign, Tom Baldwin, one of Ed Miliband’s senior advisers, has claimed.

Baldwin claimed that senior BBC executives and journalists faced repeated threats during that campaign about what would happen if they didn’t change their coverage.

Baldwin makes the assertion in a Guardian article, one of the first comments on the much criticised campaign from Ed Miliband’s own team. His claim was roundly rejected by Conservative officials.’

Read more: Tory officials threatened BBC during election, says Miliband’s strategist

Street Democracy writes:

The general elections saw the public herded into a spectator political ‘blood sport’.

We watched soulless suits of various colours behave like banded thieves stealing our minds with propaganda drivel and dictating in code, how much freedoms they’re taking from society.

A constant drip feed of heavily disguised further legal enslavement dressed up as saintly policies was gargled for weeks on end.

The Tories are malicious enough without a mass sophisticated democracy destroying mainstream propaganda strategy behind them for they do enough democracy destroying for us.

This is mass academia failing, corporate misinformation, a lie built on lies, masking realities to become further entangled in bias corporate disinformation. If this is true then those involved should be sacked, a public enquiry forced and a true analyst of how the Tories actually won this election.

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‘Illegal’ 30ft mural of David Cameron strangling nurse must be removed – or owner could be prosecuted

Ministers want to make it more difficult to expose what they’re up to behind closed doors

Democracy anyone?

By Debbie Simmons-Street Democracy

Saudi Arabia wants to lead the UN Human Rights Council

Saudi Arabia wants to lead the UN Human Rights Council

new Friday 15th May 2015 at 10:09 By David Icke

‘Saudi Arabia wants to lead the UN Human Rights Council, which raises anger among activists who fear an erode of the Council’s credibility. An “abomination, and cynical by a nation that beheads people on public squares,” said a human rights organization in a statement on Wednesday evening.

There has been rumors for a while that Saudi Arabia wants to lead the UN’s highest body for defense of human rights. Now it appears the rumors have been confirmed by several diplomatic sources. It has had human rights organizations to react with pure rage outbursts.

Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s worst repressive regimes with massive violations of human rights, according to Amnesty, Human Rights Watch and the UN itself. One notable example is Saudi blogger Raif Badawi who was sentenced to ten years in prison and 1,000 lashes for having started a site for political debate. In addition, the country is sharply criticized for the ongoing attacks against Yemen, where the ruthless bombing of civilians is equated with war crimes.’

Read more: Saudi Arabia wants to lead the UN Human Rights Council

The Evil within: The truth we dare not see about Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen

new Friday 15th May 2015 at 09:59 By David Icke

‘On the 70th anniversary of the fall of Nazi Germany, fascism is far from dead. As Yemen bleeds under Saudi Arabia’s grand war, it is really the annihilation of one people we are seeing play out – the Zaidis of Yemen.

If Saudi Arabia, a regional super-power strong with its trillions of petrodollars, has ruled unchallenged over the Middle East and to an extent over the Islamic world, it has done so at the expense of people’s freedom and prosperity. Yemen, more than any other country in the region has suffered under its powerful and rich tyrant of a neighbor.

Coerced into assuming the role of a passive vassal, Yemen was prevented from rising to its true potential through a clever network of bribery, religious sponsoring and social engineering.’

Read more: The Evil within: The truth we dare not see about Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen

Street Democracy writes:

The wealthy elites own all corporate global media and suppress us without the use of force with deep indoctrination mechanisms of propaganda, a powerful explosion of corrupt and unclean wisdom on a daily basis.

Our hidden ruling elites cause political turbulence, create civic destabilisation, assassinate the family, disrupt and destroy democracy for us all, cause legitimate rages across the world and criminalise us for reacting.

Forcing an uniformed public to make irrational decisions, hoarding valuable and essential knowledge so we make inappropriate decisions, we are dispossessed of true knowledge and are disempowered because of it.2a123-bpr9de8iiaafdff

Now after manufacturing violence, terrorism, civic conflicts, enraged racism, they frown with scorn at us with wilful arrogance to offer their corrupt dark minds to impose their draconian rules of what human rights should be for us.

We must not stand in our stance of toleration and allow ravenous eyes of aggression dictate our human rights by those enmeshed with violent, Orwellian, tyrannical, disfigured mind sets.

The beheading of our civil liberties from ruling elites who hold no empathy, are psychopathic, sociopathic at least, who are themselves the weaponisation of dark powers.

By Debbie Simmons-Street Democracy.