Chris Hedges: Fooled Again
 /Sept. 11, 2016: “Anyone who wants to rule men first tries to humiliate them, to trick them out of their rights and their capacity for resistance, until they are as powerless before him as animals…” Elias Canetti

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Chris Hedges: Fooled Again
 /Sept. 11, 2016

Great historical events happen twice … first as tragedy and then as farce. The multibillion-dollar extravaganza of our electoral Circus Maximus is part of the smokescreen that covers the ongoing devastation of globalization, deindustrialization, trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, endless war, climate change and the intrusion into every corner of our lives by the security and surveillance state. Our democracy is dead.

Clinton and Donald Trump … kneel before the war machine, which consumes trillions of dollars to wage futile wars and bankroll a bloated military.  … it is a cynical game … the victors will go to Washington to work with the lobbyists and financial elites to carry out the real business of ruling.

… Is the Goldman Sachs commodity trader, who hoards futures of rice, wheat, corn, sugar and livestock to jack up prices on the global market, leaving poor people in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America to starve, any less morally repugnant than the drug trafficker?  Are F-16 pilots who incinerate families in Raqqa morally distinct from jihadists who burn a captured Jordanian pilot in a cage?  Is torture in one of our black sites or offshore penal colonies any less barbaric than torture at the hands of Islamic State?  Are the decapitations of children by military drones any more defensible than decapitations of Egyptian laborers on a beach in Libya by self-described holy warriors? …

… There is a new world order. It is based on naked exploitation. It—not democracy—is what we have exported across the globe.  …

“Anyone who wants to rule men first tries to humiliate them, to trick them out of their rights and their capacity for resistance, until they are as powerless before him as animals,”  Elias Canetti wrote in “Crowds and Power.” 

“He uses them like animals … His ultimate aim is to incorporate them into himself and to suck the substance out of them. What remains of them afterwards does not matter to him. The worse he has treated them, the more he despises them.  When they are no more use at all, he disposes of them as he does of his excrement, simply seeing to it that they do not poison the air of his house.”

Failed states—czarist Russia, the Weimar Republic, the former Yugoslavia—vomit up political monstrosities. We will be no different.

A form of fascism has already taken hold in two nations on the edges of the European Union, Hungary and Poland. Far-right parties, reacting to the flood of more than a million migrants that descended on Europe last year, are gaining ground in France, Austria, Sweden, Germany and Greece. Nationalism, buttressed by a deification of the military, will be used to compensate for individual powerlessness and a loss of national identity.

Dissent in the U.S. will become “anti-American,” a form of treason. 
Enemies at home will be vilified along with enemies abroad. And this will lead to even more warfare in the Middle East. The far-right political parties in Eastern Europe flirt rhetorically with military conflict with Russia. And because of its membership in NATO, the United States would be obligated to enter any hostilities.

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/fooled_again_20160911

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