Chris Hedges Speech – April 15, 2011 – BOA Protest

“Liberal or Conservative, it makes no difference now. Barack Obama serves corporate interests as assiduously as George W. Bush. And to place our faith in any party or established institution as a mechanism of reform is to be entranced by the celluloid shadows on the wall of Plato’s cave.”

~ Chris Hedges

As I mentioned here, New York City’s Union Square was my destination yesterday for a Bank of America/plutocracy protest. In all honesty, I expected a much bigger turnout than the 250ish people who showed up, especially since Chris Hedges was slated to make an appearance, but those of us who made it were fierce and on point.

And since Hedges can say it better than I could on my best day, I’ll just pass him the mic…

Oh, and you really need to see this guy dance to the jazzy rage of Junkyard Empire’s version of Get Up, Stand Up.

Dancing goodness begins at 0:41.


Slowly I turn … or … I’m fucking fed up

After about 5 years of looking the corporate war machine we call society straight in the eye on a daily basis, I believe that I may have reached my saturation point.

Between the corporate commoditization of every-fucking-thing imaginable, BP’s government assisted apocalypse, the continued deterioration of civil liberties, the multiple wars and rumors of wars, the global financial collapse, the Zionist’s and Christian Zionist’s (neocons) apparent determination to bring about Armageddon, and a host of other completely mind-numbing, environment-destroying, soul-crushing, and baby-maiming hijinks, I’m really having trouble just making it through the day without stapling my own eyes shut, let alone absorbing more evidence of our ongoing self-destruction and bringing it to your attention.

Especially since it seems as if the only people who care enough to be enlightened are the ones who are already enlightened to begin with, and unfortunately, that group of people is only large enough, world-wide, to fill Rhode Island, which, in case you’re not up on your U.S. demographics, means that there aren’t very many of us.

I know that I don’t win many new followers by denigrating the intellect of the masses, but at this point, I’m so fucking flabbergasted by people’s brazen unwillingness to understand our situation that I don’t know what to do any more.  It’s impossible to communicate with people who still believe that either side of our two-party coprporotocracy has their best interests at heart, and that our marauding military has been in a state of constant war for the past 100 or so years because we’re protecting democracy,™ and that the corporate media is anything other than a state propaganda ministry, and that our intelligence apparatus is there to keep us safe, and that Wal-Mart is a good thing because their prices are low, and that fluoride in drinking water is for healthy teeth, and that Zbigniew Brzezinski‘s daughter is a perfectly acceptable news anchor for MSNBC, while a former AIPAC attack dog performs the same function for CNN, while reporting on the vile terrorists who so viciously attacked the poor Israeli do-gooding soldiers as they attempted to throw a surprise welcome party on the Mavi Marmara (sarcasm), and that mercury in vaccines is safe, and that swapping freedom for security is just an unfortunate sign of the times, and on, and on, and on.

The American way of life, at the most fundamental level, is based on a mountain of lies so goddamned high that any hope of having an honest, intelligent  discussion about anything, in any real way, is absolutely hopeless, unless you happen to be talking to one of the few Rhode Islanders I mentioned above, in which case, you’ll simply be preaching to the choir.

Yesterday, I said this on a Facebook thread that I started about the Obama administration’s latest corporate love letter:

“I spend almost all day, every day, so angry I could fucking spit, but most people can’t be bothered to care even a little.  Give them a big mac, a pair of Nikes, and a savings account with an interest rate well below the rate of inflation and they’re happier than pigs in fucking shit.”

Which, reading it now, reminds me that inflation is a hidden fucking tax, people!  It’s the product of a completely unnecessary and totally unethical financial system that was foisted upon the American people in 1913, in the dead of the night, by the under-handed machinations of the Rockefellers and the Rothschild’s, who had been trying to get their filthy hands around the throat of the American economy for around 100 years, because they knew that if they could get the government to borrow all of its money, at interest, from their privately owned cartel of banks (the Federal Reserve), that they would essentially control the government.

Learn all about it here and here but whatever you do, don’t just continue walking around in an iPhone induced fever haze, believing the state-sanctioned nonsense that keeps insisting that markets are mysterious things that can’t be directed or predicted, because, as Amschel Mayer Rothschild once said, if one controls a nation’s currency, then that person need not care who makes the laws.

It really is THAT simple.

Our economy has been directed and controlled by a small group of assholes, sometimes referred to as the corporate banking elite, since 1913.

The great depression was engineered by these people.  So was the dot-com bubble, and the housing bubble, and the derivatives bubble, and every other fucking bubble that’s ever bubbled.  These events, or cycles, actually, are simply vehicles by which the already rich and powerful become even more rich and powerful, at the expense of the rubes (that’s you and me).  The bubbles are one of the main tenets of the never-talked-about-above-a-whisper economic policy called trickle-UP economics.  It’s a system that more and more has been socializing the risk while privatizing the profits for rich, powerful fuckers, making them more rich and more powerful, even as you use your college degree to run a fucking cash register at Starbucks.  All while you scream and wave your arms about “socialist” policies that would use your tax dollars for a reasonable fucking health care system as opposed to blowing the limbs off of Muslims who had the unfortunate luck of being born on land that has stuff that the corporate banking mother fuckers want.

I’m sorry, I realize that this has turned into a bit of a slowly I turn moment.  I really didn’t mean to write anything more than a short explanation for why I haven’t been writing much lately, but well, here we are 800 words later, and I’m really not sure if I should even post this, but I suppose that a bit of unadulterated anger is ok every once in a while, and if you’re here, reading this, then chances are you’re as angry as I am.