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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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

Tory Cuts Could Push Tens Of Thousands Of Home Carers Onto the Dole, Warns Charity

Tory Cuts Could Push Tens Of Thousands Of Home Carers Onto the Dole, Warns Charity

Posted by Welfare Weekly -May 17, 2015

 

Tens of thousands of home carers who look after vulnerable elderly relatives could be pushed into unemployment, warns the Alzheimer’s Society.

Government cuts are leaving local authority social care budgets “at breaking point”, while struggling home carers are left juggling work and caring duties.

Within ten years, up to one million Alzheimers patients will be dependent upon the care they receive from relatives. This is estimated to save the economy around £11.6bn each year, which is greater than the £8.8bn spent on the NHS.

Head of policy at the Alzheimer’s Society, George McNamara, said: “Further government cuts to social care could lead to tens of thousands of working people forced to give up their jobs to look after elderly relatives over the next five years.”

“Workers can’t fit caring responsibilities into a lunch break”, said Mr McNamara.

“Looking after an elderly parent with dementia takes huge amounts of time, energy and emotional stress. Many carers will have no choice but to give up work unless they get better public services.”

For more click here: Tory Cuts Could Push Tens Of Thousands Of Home Carers Onto the Dole, Warns Charity 

By Welfare Weekly

Street Democracy writes:

Our political system is a massive psychological machine to devour moral decency within our societal system of care and welfare services.

Carers work dedicated hours of long back breaking heavy workloads, time utterly spent providing the attention we all appreciate when where in need.  This career model goes largely unnoticed, ignored and deeply underpaid for their efforts, unless it is to sabotage it further.

We know the Tory bullying agenda, their destruction of the welfare state expedition and a ferocious path of evil, to destroy the poor’s voice and power.

This punishing infrastructure is ripping to pieces at rapid speeds of vigour, to dismantle our welfare state, and all practises and commitments to it. A deliberate manufactured Tory dialogue of force to collapse our social caring community structures to fall and fail.

The agenda is for the private sector to infiltrate their corporate power and control, to eventually privatise the whole system by stepping in to ‘rescue’ the starved of funds avenues.

This punishing infrastructure is on a ceaseless expansion that is hijacked by ruthless corporate politicians who hold power to instigate and frame debates, basically control decision making to favour private interests and this sector is no different.

By Debbie Simmons-Street Democracy.

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

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

new Friday 15th May 2015 at 08:50 By David Icke

‘A lifelong Labour voter has been told a 30ft graffiti mural of David Cameron throttling a nurse on the side of his house will have to go.

Retired Tony Davis, 73, is so passionate about politics he commissioned a local street artist to create the giant work on his end-of-terrace property.

The mural, 30ft long and 10ft high, shows the Prime Minister with his hand around a nurse’s throat, with the backdrop of Westminster and Clifton Suspension Bridge.’

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

David Icke Globalization, Mind Control and the New World Order

David Icke Globalization, Mind Control and the New World Order

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Anti-Tory protesters are met with police violence

Street Democracy writes:

We’re being ‘forcibly severed’ from main stream opinion, all political avenues and society to stand in splendid isolation.

We watch a ‘ferocious silencing’ of voice and reason to satisfy ruling elites whose fanatic commitment towards making vindictive policies of oppression to disempower us.

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Protesters met with frownful scorn, by a militarised policing who seem, frantically enraged by the protesters presence to critique and peacefully demonstrate their civil rights.

Our political and corporate superiors however, fear this and is the reason why are police are militarised, in order to annihilate ordinary strength met within the streets of democracy.

We are convulsed by indescribable frustration as we listen to the Tory elites intellect of pure ‘sounds of insanity’ aswell as a sense of ravenous fear of the public. So they hide behind an ever impending police state.52c68-76936_325017874280597_1346133833_n

Displayed as evil in print, policies to deliberately herd and suppress, forces protesters into uniting as innately decent people should against tyrants.

Yet, this is deemed criminal, by over zealous police dressed for civil war, people have to be brave now to protest.

The criminalization of protesting, is the silencing of dissent, and the shutting down of democracy.  It is the fuelling of discontent and closure of all dialogues of reason.2182a-971022_267085910101343_1969177191_n2b1

We’re met by a commanding language of force by a fierce presentation, expedition and an evil confrontation, while our voices and point of being are taken over with self-protection of police brutality.

It is a forced intimacy of unapologetic methods to destroy critical thinking with fear. A warrantless invasion into the lives with a legal mass rampage to destroy people power in one hit.

By Debbie Simmons-Street Democracy

Now read Morning Star:


May
2015
Monday 11th
posted by Joana Ramiro in Britain

Mass arrests and violence reported as police respond to first demonstrations against the new government


POLICE violence and mass arrests marked the first weekend of the new Tory government as thousands of young people took to the streets to voice their anger over further austerity measures.

Despite having been called just days before Thursday’s elections, the Fuck the Tory Government protest saw over 2,000 people march on Downing Street.

But the peaceful protest turned sour when, after three hours of causing havoc with central London’s traffic, protesters and police clashed on Whitehall in scenes reminiscent of the 2010 student movement.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed that 15 people had been arrested, with several protesters reporting excessive use of violence by the police.

LSE student Daphne Wikken said: “I have never experienced such extreme force of police violence. “My legs are bruised everywhere and I cut my arm.

For more click here: Anti-Tory protesters are met with police violence

Farmer turns down £275MILLION to sell his land for housing: Father-of-two says he would be ‘doing a massive disfavour’ to community if he ‘took the money and ran’

Farmer turns down £275MILLION to sell his land for housing: Father-of-two says he would be ‘doing a massive disfavour’ to community if he ‘took the money and ran’

new Monday 11th May 2015 at 09:30 By David Icke

‘A farmer has rejected a £275million offer for his land from housing developers wanting to build a new town.

Robert Worsley said he would be ‘doing a massive disfavour’ to the community where he has lived all his life if he ‘took the money and ran’.

The 48-year-old father of two has run 550-acre farm for the last 15 years. He was approached by agents for housebuilder Mayfield more than two years ago.’

Read more: Farmer turns down £275MILLION to sell his land for housing: Father-of-two says he would be ‘doing a massive disfavour’ to community if he ‘took the money and ran’

Britain will be ‘forced’ by Brussels to accept Mediterranean migrants

Britain will be ‘forced’ by Brussels to accept Mediterranean migrants

new Monday 11th May 2015 at 10:14 By David Icke

‘Every country within the EU could be forced to accept a quota of refugees under highly controversial plans to be unveiled by Brussels this week.

Britain said it would refuse to accept the proposal by the European Commission to share the refugees and asylum seekers – who have arrived in their thousands in southern Italy in recent months – among the EU’s 28 member states.

The plan, driven by Jean-Claude Juncker, head of the European Commission, is “practically seen as a declaration of war”, one senior EU official said.’

Read more: Britain will be ‘forced’ by Brussels to accept Mediterranean migrants

Michael Gove to proceed with Tories’ plans to scrap human rights act

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Street Democracy writes:

Political leaders are ‘figures of fiends’ legally trespassing over our human rights with the wilful arrogance they hold over us, that they can, should and will scrap them.

The soulless suits of blue vicious jaws, vaunt allowed to manipulate the controlled manufactured terrorism the oligarchs game of chess has unleashed upon societies. To bully us into submission with emotional blackmail of ‘terrorists’, ‘death, murder’ and ‘lock them up but can’t as they’re saturated with ‘human rights’.

They want our human rights annihilated so they can control us with draconian rules with militarised police state mechanisms to protect their masters and save themselves from societal rebellion.

The awaken to this scam already know.

It’s the sleepy public who are more dangerous now.

Our oligarchical leaders are radically anti-democratic and see the working class as a serving class, all education based upon servitude rather than free thinking abstract minds.

The clues are a militarised society, Big Brother, Big Pharma and a medical police state, less freedom is everywhere you turn.

Draconian rules, with a ceaseless expansion of a ‘Hunger Game Society’ with community rules turning society into one ‘giant open air detention centre’.

Democracy is blocked at the top. Democracy isn’t allowed to trickle down. Democracy is controlled by the financial framework of oligarchy and they don’t want us to have any power.BlDwTkdIYAAvowF

To imprison ourselves further, eradicates our freedoms further. We cannot allow manufactured bullies whether elites or rogues upon our streets take our freedoms. By Debbie Simmons-Street Democracy

Michael Gove to proceed with Tories’ plans to scrap human rights act

Newly appointed justice secretary to follow through with pledge which would remove European court of human rights’ leverage over UK’s supreme court

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Michael Gove’s promotion, having been removed from his post as education secretary last year. is one of a number of changes already made in the wake of the Conservatives’ election win. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA

Michael Gove, the new justice secretary, is to press ahead with plans to scrap the Human Rights Act which could see Britain pull out of the European convention on human rights (ECHR) if the reforms are rejected by Strasbourg.

Conservative party sources said that Gove, who was promoted to the post even though he has previously voiced his support for capital punishment, will implement human rights reforms that had been blocked in the coalition by the Liberal Democrats.

The scrapping of the human rights act, a pledge included in the Tory manifesto, is one of the measures to be included in the prime minister’s plans for the first 100 days, when the Queen’s speech is delivered on 27 May.

The plans, which would see the human rights act replaced by a British bill of rights, would mean that the European court of human rights would no longer be binding over the UK’s supreme court. The ECHR would also no longer be able to order a change to UK law although British citizens would still be entitled to appeal to the Strasbourg-based court.

Gove is making clear that, free from the constraints of the coalition, he will implement in full the plans drawn up last year by his predecessor, Chris Grayling. Under those plans, Britain would withdraw from the ECHR if the Council of Europe, the human rights watchdog that upholds the convention, rejects the proposals. The Council of Europe is separate from the EU.