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.”

Advertisements

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

Abracadabra! Britain’s political elite has fooled us all again

Abracadabra! Britain’s political elite has fooled us all again

new Wednesday 20th May 2015 at 10:46 By David Icke

‘Magicians call it misdirection: directing the attention of a crowd elsewhere so as to distract from the trick happening right in front of it. A bump on the shoulder, a blur of handwaving and – wham! – your wallet’s taken leave of your hip pocket.

Since the crash, British politics has been one epic act of misdirection. Lay off those bankers who shoved the country into penury! Just focus on stripping disabled people of their benefits. Never mind the millionaire bosses squeezing your pay! Spit instead at the minimum-wage migrant cleaners apparently making us poorer. So ingrained is the ritual that when a minister strides into view urging the need for “a grown-up debate”, we brace ourselves for another round of Blame the Victim. The only question is who gets sacrificed next: some ethnic minority, this family on low pay, that middle-aged dad who can’t get a job.

Here is how political misdirection works in real time.’

Read more: Abracadabra! Britain’s political elite has fooled us all again

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.

db6fc-cfg2vuvweaaudch

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.

db46c-laws

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.

375908_3359846969940_251314789_n

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.

CERN and the Nepal Earthquake…

CERN and the Nepal Earthquake…

Street Democracy writes:

In a catastrophic collapse of moral decency oligarchs for their own gain and interest in power, control and profits are ignoring any conscience conflicting codes of ethics with weather interfering.

Manipulating our weather these oligarchs completely ignore any moral guidance when it comes to weather manipulation with the highest form of calamitous arrogance.

To control our planet, control all life upon her and own it all is a ferocious subjugation. 

In a Mafia style rogue and very corrupt form of capitalism, oligarchs own the most powerful corporations in the world and can control the very life of them to suit their agendas.

The engineering nightmare of our skies, our bio atmosphere causing extreme weather anomalies effecting our volcanoes, causing earth quakes.

Please read:

March 2014 Breaking News New Climate Geo-Engineering Chem Trails HAARP Mind control Military weather manipulation

Air Force Admits Weather Control via HAARP and New Tech

Rothschild Talks About Chemtrails Geo Engineering Weather Modification

Rothschilds, And The Geoengineering Empire

Why would the Rothschilds be so interested in owning the largest and most recognised weather modelling organisation out there? 

Why would E.L. Rothschild LLC wish to have the controlling interest in the world’s leading provider of interactive weather graphics and data services for television, web, and mobil? 

Because when you are involved in climate decimating geoengineering programs, you must also control the “forecast” models to cover your tracks.

  For more click here or scroll down by Debbie Simmons

CERN and the Nepal Earthquake…

newThursday 30th April 2015 at 09:12 By David Icke


‘Here’s a conspiracy theory up for your consideration…
This video is titled “7.8 Quake Strikes as CERN Powers Up Beams.” By “as,” the narrator means at the exact moments a huge beam spike happened in CERN which caused a multiple system protection beam dump at the facility, Nepal’s deadly earthquake and aftershocks hit.
Not around the same time; at the same time.’

How Much Cash Are Corporations Really Hoarding?

 How Much Cash Are Corporations Really Hoarding?

 Street Democracy writes: 

Our world is one enormous economic plantation system run by venal oligarchs and puppet politicians endorsing evil in print to ensure their wealth is protected and the trickle down effect is non-effective.

Evil in print in digital numbers that hold no empathy, are sterile, cold and heartless figures. Our economics holds no compassion, void totally of love, they are lifeless and dead causing an explosion of misery of a financial massacre, a slow kill, wounding many, like a plague of oppression.

A ferocious enslavement of a debt monetary infrastructure, of legalised theft from the top in vast quantities and minimal money is dripped fed back to the people living in a sophisticated squalor of desperation.

The financial debt enslavement is run by figures of fiends who have turned the human race into commodities and herded into punishment’s if they fail. Disabled people, those unemployed, those unable to contribute to a working week face a punishing regime, a system and dialogue of force and benefit sanctioning.

These imposing fierce host’s are the concentrated wealth placing profits before people with no regards to the health of our planet for tomorrow. Volatile models enshrined into law is the slow kill of our planet, the shattering of our social democracy, and the destruction of our freedoms.

The elite believe they own us, they own the poor, our housing, as they own the banks and own all corporations who operate a form of ownership over us also. 

Click to watch David Icke explain what our money is, and you’ll be amazed how you didn’t see the scam that is right here in plain sight. ‘Eyes wide shut’ springs to mind.

Click here or scroll down for more on this:How Much Cash Are Corporations Really Hoarding?


‘Corporate America is the standard punching bag for criticism exercises across the nation. No matter the topic, major corporations are often seen as financial heavyweights that constantly hit below the belt, at the expense of everyone else. In recent years, corporations have been called cash hoarders not willing to spend money on the country’s future. While this may be true to some extent, the full scorecard provides a less unanimous decision.’
Read more: How Much Cash Are Corporations Really Hoarding?

Wonga chief admits brand might now be so toxic it has to change its name after company crashes to £37million loss

Wonga chief admits brand might now be so toxic it has to change its name after company crashes to £37million loss

Street Democracy writes:

In my mind Wonga is the dark foundations of a legalised enslavement system that holds humanity to ransom via money and debt ownership.

Like a ‘debt deadly virus’ Wonga are guilty of gorging money from the poor. Debt forces the sale of the individual, families and the entire human race.

It commodifies us, out weighs earth protection and abuses earth turning her into a privatised global plantation system.

Our lives are in perpetual debt as banks use debt to socially control us and how we live and for millions means the total paralysis of life with substandard living to starvation.

It forces a mass prostitution racket of an entire race of people to sell themselves, their creativity, their skills to be belittled for a squander amount of cash is an insult to the human race.

We witness the tyranny on a global scale of the financial industry who effectively make money out of thin air. We witness mass financial rituals that impoverish entire countries as the banking Cartel seize all wealth on the planet with a ceaseless expansion of exploitation.

Wonga are a legalised loan shark company deadly towards vulnerable people forcing repayments of exorbitant interest rates to those that didn’t have the  money in the first place.

Let us hope unregulated legal loan sharks are pulled from high streets and discouraged as immoral monetary lending vultures.

I hope you watch David Icke and his take on the banking cartel. I haven’t heard anyone else explain in such clear and simple terms of how we are all being fooled. A case of ‘eyes wide shut’.

Click here to read more:

Wonga chief admits brand might now be so toxic it has to change its name after company crashes to £37million loss


‘Controversial payday lender Wonga could change its name in a desperate attempt to regain credibility after a string of scandals caused the firm to lose £37.3million.
The firm has been hit by new rules on payday lending, as well as being forced to pay compensation to customers who were sent fake legal letters.
Wonga’s revenues fell by nearly £100million last year to a total of £217.2million, it was announced today – months after the company wrote off the debts of 300,000 customers.’
Read more: Wonga chief admits brand might now be so toxic it has to change its name after company crashes to £37million loss

 

Newly Leaked TTIP Draft Reveals Far-Reaching Assault on US/EU Democracy

Newly Leaked TTIP Draft Reveals Far-Reaching Assault on US/EU Democracy

‘A freshly-leaked chapter from the highly secretive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement, currently under negotiation between the United States and European Union, reveals that the so-called “free trade” deal poses an even greater threat to environmental and human rights protections—and democracy itself—than previously known, civil society organizations warn.


The revelation comes on the heels of global protests against the mammoth deal over the weekend and coincides with the reconvening of negotiations between the parties on Monday in New York.
The European Commission’s latest proposed chapter (pdf) on “regulatory cooperation” was first leaked to Friends of the Earth and dates to the month of March. It follows previous leaks of the chapter, and experts say the most recent iteration is even worse.’
Read more: Newly Leaked TTIP Draft Reveals Far-Reaching Assault on US/EU Democracy

Is this the end of payday lenders? Experts predict downfall after Wonga plunges £35million into the red over past year after writing off thousands of loans

Is this the end of payday lenders? Experts predict downfall after Wonga plunges £35million into the red over past year after writing off thousands of loans


‘Payday loan companies which charge interest rates of thousands of per cent a year could be about to go out of business, according to industry experts.
The announcement came after it was revealed Wonga, the largest payday lender, saw its finances drop £35million into the red after being forced to write off hundreds of thousands of loans.
Tougher regulations, and a cap on the amount of interest the firms can charge per day, means that Wonga’s disastrous result is likely to be mirrored across the industry later this year.’
Read more: Is this the end of payday lenders? Experts predict downfall after Wonga plunges £35million into the red over past year after writing off thousands of loans

World Bank breaks its own rules as millions lose land and livelihoods

World Bank breaks its own rules as millions lose land and livelihoods


‘The World Bank has repeatedly violated its own policies on protecting the rights of indigenous people by funding projects that resulted in nearly 3.4 million slum-dwellers, farmers and villagers losing their land or having their livelihoods damaged over the past decade, according to documents seen by the Guardian.
The projects, into which the bank channelled more than $60bn (£40bn), aimed to boost electricity and water supplies and expand transport networks in some of the world’s poorest countries. But they have resulted in more than 1.2 million people in Vietnam being displaced over the past decade, as they made way for dams and power plants funded by the organisation. In addition, more than 1 million people in China were displaced by about $12bn of bank investment.’
Read more: World Bank breaks its own rules as millions lose land and livelihoods