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.”

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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

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 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.

 

A shattering life change as you grow up.7e06c-bpxbsdgiqaa4xfo

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.

 

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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.

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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.

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.’

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

US Intelligence Officer: ‘Every Single Terrorist Attack In US Was A False Flag Attack’

US Intelligence Officer: ‘Every Single Terrorist Attack In US Was A False Flag Attack’

Sunday 17th May 2015 at 11:28 By David Icke

‘Apart from documents that have outlined supposed terrorist threats, like Al-Qaeda, and their connection to US intelligence agencies, like the CIA, there are a number of whistleblowers that have come out adding more fuel to the fire. Because not many are even aware of these documents, letting people know about a truth that can be hard for people to accept, let alone ponder the possibility is very important. It’s just one aspect of the veil that’s been blinding the masses for quite some time now.

The latest whistleblower is David Steele, a 20-year Marine Corps intelligence officer, and the second-highest-ranking civilian in the U.S. Marine Corps Intelligence. He is a former CIA clandestine services case officer, and this is what he had to say:

“Most terrorists are false flag terrorists, or are created by our own security services. In the United States, every single terrorist incident we have had has been a false flag, or has been an informant pushed on by the FBI. In fact, we now have citizens taking out restraining orders against FBI informants that are trying to incite terrorism. We’ve become a lunatic asylum.”’

Read more: US Intelligence Officer: ‘Every Single Terrorist Attack In US Was A False Flag Attack’

North Carolina Woman Being Evicted From Her Own Land For Living in Tent

North Carolina Woman Being Evicted From Her Own Land For Living in Tent

new Saturday 16th May 2015 at 07:47 By David Icke

‘Ingred Larson received an eviction notice from the county today. Why? For living in a tent on her own property. Yes. Really. She is being evicted for living in a tent on her own land.

10 years ago the city sewer line flooded her home with 10,000 gallons of raw sewage. There was a settlement, however the city/county wants her to hook back up to the county sewer system, but Larson does not want to, and would rather hook up to the septic tank system on her property. The county doesn’t want that, and is forcing her to hook-up to the city sewer.’

Read more: North Carolina Woman Being Evicted From Her Own Land For Living in Tent

‘This is a matter of public safety’: California Senate approves controversial bill prohibiting vaccine exemptions

‘This is a matter of public safety’: California Senate approves controversial bill prohibiting vaccine exemptions

new Saturday 16th May 2015 at 08:13 By David Icke

No, it’s a matter of maximising Big Pharma profits and undermining the human genetic and immune systems.

‘State senators passed a bill Thursday aimed at increasing California’s school immunization rates after a measles outbreak at Disneyland last year.

The bill was approved on a 25-10 vote after a series of emotional hearings this year at which opponents called for preserving parental rights on the matter.

The measure would prohibit parents from seeking vaccine exemptions for their children because of religious or personal beliefs.

The bill, which now goes to the Assembly, would make medical waivers available only for children who have health problems. Other unvaccinated children would have to be homeschooled.

“This is a matter of public safety. This is a matter of protecting our communities,” said Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento.’

Read more: ‘This is a matter of public safety’: California Senate approves controversial bill prohibiting vaccine exemptions

Michigan Baby Dies, Pathologists Confirm Vaccines Responsible

new Saturday 16th May 2015 at 07:50 By David Icke

‘Rachel French did what most parents do: she took her baby to the doctor to get vaccinated. She was unaware of the associated risks that come along with these drugs and learned the hard way. She lost her adorable son less than three days after he was given eight routine vaccines.

Her son’s autopsy report stated he died from asphyxiation from an undetermined cause. There was nothing obstructing his airways, nor did he have any physical signs of trauma at the time of his death.

The medical examiner and detective handling the case did not provide a good enough explanation for Rachel to understand what had happened to her baby. This led Rachel on her own journey to find out the truth. Rachel was told by the doctors that the vaccines had nothing to do with what had happened.’

Read more: Michigan Baby Dies, Pathologists Confirm Vaccines Responsible