The threat of global catastrophe
By Chris Hedges
Worker unrest - it's becoming endemic throughout the world.
The following article by Chris Hedges details the
growing unrest of average people around the world against
the economic and political slavery that has been imposed
on them by the elites of the American New World Order
System. Hedges is an American journalist, author and
war correspondent; he is the son of a Presbyterian minister,
the Rev. Thomas Hedges. He attended Colgate University
where he received a B.A. in English Literature. He later
obtained a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School.
The somber view of the human condition that Hedges
paints here is a stark one, but one that is very accurate;
and while it is tinged with a modicum of hope —-
hope that eventually the people of the world, groaning
now under the whip of their elite masters, will be able
to throw off the chains that presently bind them -- as
Bible-believing Christians, we know that in the end all
such efforts will prove futile — until, that is,
Jesus comes again. [Please see our article, "The
American new World Order System Must Give Way to the Kingdom
It is our hope that as you read the following article,
you will be "disabused" of the propaganda that the leaders
of the American evangelical community have "bought into,"
and that you will see the United States for what she really
is — a ravenous beast bent on devouring the world;
and that this knowledge will elicit in you the realization
that you MUST do everything you can to distance yourself
from it and the crimes that it is perpetrating on the
The uprisings in the Middle East, the unrest that is tearing
apart nations such as the Ivory Coast, the bubbling discontent
in Greece, Ireland and Britain and the labor disputes in states
such as Wisconsin and Ohio warn of the growing unrest of people
all over the world where vital resources, including food and
water, jobs and security are becoming scarcer and harder to
obtain; where the growing misery for hundreds of millions of
people who find themselves trapped in failed states, suffering
escalating violence and crippling poverty is expanding exponentially;
and where draconian controls and force are being utilized
more and more to keep people under control —take a look
at what is being done to Pfc. Bradley Manning ...
... where draconian controls and force are being utilized more and more to keep people under control — take a look at what is being done to Pfc. Bradley Manning ...
Adequate food, clean water and basic security are already beyond
the reach of perhaps half the world's population. Food prices
have risen 61 percent globally since December 2008, according
to the International Monetary Fund. The price of wheat has exploded,
more than doubling in the last eight months to $8.56 a bushel.
When half of your income is spent on food, as it is in countries
such as Yemen, Egypt, Tunisia and the Ivory Coast, price increases
of this magnitude bring with them malnutrition and starvation.
Food prices in the United States have risen over the past three
months at an annualized rate of 5 percent. There are some 40
million poor in the United States who devote 35 percent of their
after-tax incomes to pay for food. As the cost of fossil fuel
climbs, as climate change continues to disrupt agricultural
production and as populations and unemployment swell, we will
find ourselves convulsed in more global and domestic unrest.
Food riots and political protests will be inevitable.
But it will not necessarily mean more democracy.
The refusal by all of our liberal institutions, including the
press, universities, labor and the Democratic Party, to challenge
the utopian assumptions that the marketplace should determine
human behavior permits corporations and investment firms to
continue their assault, including speculating on commodities
to drive up food prices ... It permits agribusinesses to divert
corn and soybeans to ethanol production and crush systems of
local, sustainable agriculture. It permits the war industry
to drain half of all state expenditures, generate trillions
in deficits, and profit from conflicts in the Middle East ...
It permits corporations to evade the most basic controls and
regulations to cement into place a global neo-feudalism. The
last people who should be in charge of our food supply or our
social and political life, not to mention the welfare of sick
children, are corporate capitalists and Wall Street speculators
Friedrich von Hayek and Milton Friedman, two of the major architects
for unregulated capitalism, should never have been taken seriously.
Friedrich von Hayek (left) and Milton
Friedman (right) - celebrated profits
of greed. [Please see our article, "The
But the wonders of corporate propaganda and corporate funding
turned these fringe figures into revered prophets in our universities,
think tanks, the press, legislative bodies, courts and corporate
boardrooms. We still endure the cant of their discredited economic
theories even as Wall Street sucks the U.S. Treasury dry and
engages once again in the speculation that has to date evaporated
some $40 trillion in global wealth. We are taught by all systems
of information to chant the mantra that the market knows best.
[Please see our article, "The
Mainline Media: One Enormous Propaganda Machine."]
It does not matter, as writers such as John Ralston Saul have
pointed out, that every one of globalism's promises has turned
out to be a lie. It does not matter that economic inequality
has gotten worse and that most of the world's wealth has became
concentrated in a few hands. It does not matter that the middle
class—the beating heart of any democracy—is disappearing and
that the rights and wages of the working class have fallen into
precipitous decline as labor regulations, protection of our
manufacturing base and labor unions have been demolished. It
does not matter that corporations have used the destruction
of trade barriers as a mechanism for massive tax evasion, a
technique that allows conglomerates such as General Electric
to avoid paying any taxes. It does not matter that corporations
are exploiting and killing the ecosystem on which the human
species depends for life. The steady barrage of illusions disseminated
by corporate systems of propaganda, in which words are often
replaced with music and images, are impervious to truth. Faith
in the marketplace replaces for many faith in an omnipresent
God. And those who dissent—from Ralph Nader to Noam Chomsky—are
banished as heretics.
Ralph Nader (left)
and Noam Chomsky (right) - banished
The aim of the corporate state is not to feed, clothe or
house the masses, but to shift all economic, social and political
power and wealth into the hands of the tiny corporate elite.
It is to create a world where the heads of corporations make
$900,000 an hour and four-job families struggle to survive.
The corporate elite achieves its aims of greater and greater
profit by weakening and dismantling government agencies and
taking over or destroying public institutions. Charter schools,
mercenary armies, a for-profit health insurance industry and
outsourcing every facet of government work, from clerical tasks
to intelligence, feed the corporate beast at our expense. The
decimation of labor unions, the twisting of education into mindless
vocational training and the slashing of social services leave
us ever more enslaved to the whims of corporations. The intrusion
of corporations into the public sphere destroys the concept
of the common good. It erases the lines between public and private
interests. It creates a world that is defined exclusively
by naked self-interest. [Please see our articles, "The
Elite, Money and the End of Days" and "The
Merchants of Tarshish."]
enough, the leaders of the American evangelical church
— steeped as they are in the hideous concept of
the "GREEN GOSPEL" —
are the perfect match for America's selfish, mean-spirited,
self-absorbed corporate elite.
The ideological proponents of globalism—Thomas Friedman, Daniel
Yergin, Ben Bernanke and Anthony Giddens—are stunted products
of the self-satisfied, materialistic power elite. They use the
utopian ideology of globalism as a moral justification for their
own comfort, self-absorption and privilege. They do not question
the imperial projects of the nation, the widening disparities
in wealth and security between themselves as members of the
world's industrialized elite and the rest of the planet. They
embrace globalism because it, like most philosophical and theological
ideologies, justifies their privilege and power. They believe
that globalism is not an ideology but an expression of an incontrovertible
truth. And because the truth has been uncovered, all competing
economic and political visions are dismissed from public debate
before they are even heard.
The defense of globalism marks a disturbing rupture in American
intellectual life. The collapse of the global economy in 1929
discredited the proponents of deregulated markets. It permitted
alternative visions, many of them products of the socialist,
anarchist and communist movements that once existed in the United
States, to be heard. We adjusted to economic and political reality.
The capacity to be critical of political and economic assumptions
resulted in the New Deal, the dismantling of corporate monopolies
and heavy government regulation of banks and corporations. But
this time around, because corporations control the organs of
mass communication, and because thousands of economists, business
school professors, financial analysts, journalists and corporate
managers have staked their credibility on the utopianism of
globalism, we speak to each other in gibberish.
We continue to heed the advice of Alan Greenspan, who believed
the third-rate novelist Ayn Rand was an economic prophet, or
Larry Summers, whose deregulation of our banks as treasury secretary
under President Bill Clinton helped snuff out some $17 trillion
in wages, retirement benefits and personal savings. We are
assured by presidential candidates like Mitt Romney that more
tax breaks for corporations would entice them to move their
overseas profits back to the United States to create new jobs.
This idea comes from a former hedge fund
manager whose personal fortune was amassed largely by firing
workers, and only illustrates how rational political
discourse has descended into mindless sound bites.
We are seduced by this childish happy talk. Who wants to hear
that we are advancing not toward a paradise of happy consumption
and personal prosperity but a disaster? Who wants to confront
a future in which the rapacious and greedy appetites of our
global elite, who ... threaten to produce widespread anarchy,
famine, environmental catastrophe, nuclear terrorism and wars
for diminishing resources? Who wants to shatter the myth that
the human race is evolving morally, that it can continue its
giddy plundering of non-renewable resources and its profligate
levels of consumption, that capitalist expansion is eternal
and will never cease?
Dying civilizations often prefer hope, even absurd hope, to
truth. It makes life easier to bear. It lets them turn away
from the hard choices ahead to bask in a comforting certitude
that God or science or the market will be their salvation. This
is why these apologists for globalism continue to find a following.
And their systems of propaganda have built a vast, global Potemkin
village to entertain us. The tens of millions of impoverished
Americans, whose lives and struggles rarely make it onto television,
are invisible. So are most of the world's billions of poor,
crowded into fetid slums. We do not see those who die from drinking
contaminated water or being unable to afford medical care. We
do not see those being foreclosed from their homes. We do not
see the children who go to bed hungry. We busy ourselves with
the absurd. We invest our emotional life in reality shows that
celebrate excess, hedonism and wealth. We are tempted by the
opulent life enjoyed by the American oligarchy, 1 percent of
whom control more wealth than the bottom 90 percent combined.
The Potemkin villages were fake settlements purportedly erected at the direction of Russian minister Grigory Potyomkin to fool Empress Catherine II during her visit to Crimea in 1787. According to this story, Potyomkin, who led the Crimean military campaign, had hollow facades of villages constructed along the desolate banks of the Dnieper River in order to impress the monarch and her travel party with the value of her new conquests, thus enhancing his standing in the empress' eyes.
The celebrities and reality television stars whose foibles
we know intimately live indolent, self-centered lives in sprawling
mansions or exclusive Manhattan apartments. They parade their
sculpted and surgically enhanced bodies before us in designer
clothes. They devote their lives to self-promotion and personal
advancement, consumption, parties and the making of money. They
celebrate the cult of the self. And when they have meltdowns
we watch with gruesome fascination. This empty existence is
the one we are taught to admire and emulate. This is the life,
we are told, we can all have. The perversion of values has created
a landscape where corporate management by sleazy figures like
Donald Trump is confused with leadership and where the ability
to accumulate vast sums of money is confused with intelligence.
And when we do glimpse the poor or working class on our screens,
they are ridiculed and taunted. They are
objects of contempt, whether on "The Jerry Springer Show" or
The incessant chasing after status, personal advancement and
wealth has plunged most of the country into unmanageable debt.
Families, whose real wages have dropped over the past three
decades, live in oversized houses financed by mortgages they
often cannot repay. They seek identity through products.
They occupy their leisure time in malls buying things they do
not need. Those of working age spend their weekdays in little
cubicles, if they still have steady jobs, under the heels of
corporations that have disempowered American workers and taken
control of the state and can lay them off on a whim. It is a
desperate scramble. No one wants to be left behind.
The propagandists for globalism are the natural outgrowth of
this image-based ... world. They speak about economic and political
theory in empty clichés. They cater to our subliminal and irrational
desires. They select a few facts and isolated data and use them
to dismiss historical, economic, political and cultural realities.
They tell us what we want to believe about ourselves.
are precisely the People the Apostle Paul said would come
to dominate the church in the "end of days:"
"For the time will come when they will not endure
sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they
heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
"And they shall turn away their ears from
the truth, and shall be turned unto fables." (2 timothy
They assure us that we are exceptional as individuals and as
a nation. They champion our ignorance as knowledge. They tell
us that there is no reason to investigate other ways of organizing
and governing our society. Our way of life is the best. Capitalism
has made us great. They peddle the self-delusional dream of
inevitable human progress. They assure us we will be saved by
science, technology and rationality and that humanity is moving
None of this is true. It is a message that defies human nature
and human history. But it is what many desperately want to believe.
And until we awake from our collective self-delusion, until
we carry out sustained acts of civil disobedience against the
corporate state and sever ourselves from the liberal institutions
that serve the corporate juggernaut—especially the Democratic
Party—we will continue to be rocketed toward a global catastrophe.
- Chris Hedges' column appears every
Monday at Truthdig. Hedges, a fellow at The Nation Institute
and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, is the author of
"Death of the Liberal Class."
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