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.’

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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.’

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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.’

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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.

Cameron faces Tory backbench rebellion over plans to scrap the Human Rights Act

The Tories are behaving like fiends from a damned toxic ring, frantically mad on removing our human rights to unleash total police state domination in one spontaneous explosion of hideous horror.
 
To legalise oppression, a police state society of a crushing dynamic force of control will shatter home towns, our family lives and our dignity not spared.
 
Our lives under a ‘gulag’ mentality, miserable, laborious and hard under a ‘Tory Fourth Reich’ of gut wrenching death dealing policies that is no longer conspiracy and never was.
 
Bit by bit they have taken our rights away under the illusion of their saintly facade. This is a manufactured dehumanisation programme and the death of civic virtue.
 
We must be convulsed in immeasurable anger and indescribable frustration at the wilful arrogance of these elite rulers of concentrated wealth insistent upon out right supremacy over us.
 
They are imposing a mild form of dictatorship with a hidden agenda of a ceaseless expansion, a brutal interval into our standard of living will be changed forever.
 
By Debbie Simmons-Street Democracy

Cameron faces Tory backbench rebellion over plans to scrap the Human Rights Act

new Thursday 14th May 2015 at 08:58 By David Icke

‘David Cameron is facing diplomatic isolation and his first backbench rebellion over plans to scrap the Human Rights Act and exempt the Government from implementing unfavourable European Court of Human Rights rulings.

Mr Cameron has made the abolition of Labour’s 1998 legislation a key part of his 100-day policy offensive and the measure is expected to be included in the Queen’s Speech later this month.

But the Prime Minister is already facing a revolt from a growing number of his backbenchers over the proposals with a former aide to the new Justice Secretary Michael Gove warning that they have less than a 5 per cent chance of being implemented.’

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Protesters and police face off at Downing Street gates as hundreds rally against new Tory government

Protesters and police face off at Downing Street gates as hundreds rally against new Tory government

Sunday 10th May 2015 at 09:11 By David Icke

‘Hundreds of protesters took to the streets to express their anger about the new Tory government.

The anti-Conservative protesters, some holding placards reading “I pledge to resist” and “Stop the cuts”, took part in the rally organised just a day into the new Parlimament.

It is believed to have started outside Conservative headquarters, where just over 24 hours ago Mr Cameron gave a speech to party activists about their unexpected win.

Much of the protest was peaceful, with many attending calling for the introduction of proportional representation after the election results on Friday.’

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David Cameron enjoys celebratory post-election meal at exclusive Mayfair private members club

David Cameron enjoys celebratory post-election meal at exclusive Mayfair private members club

Sunday 10th May 2015 at 09:12 By David Icke

‘David and Samantha Cameron enjoyed a post-election celebratory meal last night at an exclusive private members club in Mayfair, London.

The Conservative leader and his wife arrived at Mark’s Club, Charles Street, yesterday evening after Mr Cameron’s party secured an unexpected – if incredibly slim – majority.

The club is highly rated by respected Zagat restaurant guide, which notes members reportedly claim “if you have to ask how much it costs, you can’t afford to eat here”.’

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Chris Hedges Interviews Noam Chomsky

Chris Hedges Interviews Noam Chomsky

 

Vladimir Putin signs historic $20bn oil deal with Iran to bypass Western sanctions

Vladimir Putin signs historic $20bn oil deal with Iran to bypass Western sanctions

‘Vladimir Putin has agreed a $20bn (£11.8bn) trade deal with Iran that will see Russia sidestep Western sanctions on its energy sector.

Under the terms of a five-year accord, Russia will help Iran organise oil sales as well as “cooperate in the oil-gas industry, construction of power plants, grids, supply of machinery, consumer goods and agriculture products”, according to a statement by the Energy Ministry in Moscow.

The Russian government issued a new statement on Wednesday after mysteriously withdrawing a similar release on Tuesday.’

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Baroness Warsi takes aim at George Osborne over Gaza stance: ‘He is a good friend of the Israeli Government’

Baroness Warsi takes aim at George Osborne over Gaza stance: ‘He is a good friend of the Israeli Government’

‘Baroness Warsi has taken aim at the Chancellor George Osborne for failing to address Israel on its bombardment of Gaza, claiming as he is “a very good friend of the Israeli government”.

Lady Warsi dramatically resigned on Tuesday over the Government’s refusal to take a tougher stance on the Israeli bombardment during which 1,800 Palestinians have died…

…”George is a very good friend of the Israeli government and therefore he more than anybody else should have been saying quite frankly to the Israeli government that what you are doing is not in your interests – this is probably the biggest single act of self-harm that the Israeli government have done over the last few years,” she said.’

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The crushing force of capitalism: Back to the dark ages of feudalism

The crushing force of capitalism: Back to the dark ages of feudalism

‘History never repeats itself, but from time to time, consciously or not, some influential men attempt to force us into the monstrosity of their imaginary time machines to try to reverse decades, and in the case of feudalism, almost a millennium of social progress.

The mid-20th century brought the years of collective psychosis of Adolf Hitler’s “thousand year Reich,” and more recently what can be viewed as the United States of America’s imperialist manifesto or so-called “Project for the New American Century”, concocted in 1997 but still in effect today under the current administration, with the self-proclaimed objective to “promote American global leadership” resolutely and by military force, if necessary.’

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