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Hedges writes: "Human beings matter little in the corporate state. We myopically serve the rapacious appetites of those dedicated to exploitation and maximizing profit."

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges. (photo: Truthdig)
Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges. (photo: Truthdig)

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+12 # fredboy 2013-02-18 17:23
"Profiting from human misery." I think you just described war.
+17 # Lowflyin Lolana 2013-02-18 17:25
No one understands "the common good" anymore. It's a phrase with no meaning in today's society.

We are all on the move from one place to the next and there is no rest and no time to think of things beyond the next physical/organi zational challenge.

And I really think the machines we interact with all day long, around which our lives are arranged, are doing something to our minds and hearts.
+9 # wantrealdemocracy 2013-02-18 17:44
Chris says, "There are no politicians or institutions, no political parties or courts that are independent enough or strong enough to resist the corporate onslaught." Couple that with a President who has taken the position that he may have ANYONE killed on the suspicion that that person may be a 'terrorist'. That is the power of a DICTATOR. Face it. We are living under corporate control. They own the government and 'We the people' are powerless against them. Read the Declaration of Independence. It clearly states there that if we have a government which does not allow us the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, it is our right, our DUTY, to alter or abolish that government.
+1 # Walter J Smith 2013-02-18 20:17
Good point, and a solid one, but who cares about their duty? To themselves or to their children?
+22 # Vardoz 2013-02-18 18:00
People are being abused by those in power from all sides. You name it, they are doing it- This nation has become a horror show for tens of millions. A society that has lost all compassion for humanity will not succeed,
0 # Rita Walpole Ague 2013-02-19 09:30
"...those in power...." and, tragic but true too, those addicted to greed also, abuse us the evil ones do.

And, by 'us' I mean we the 99%, and all our brothers and sisters who are so terrorized, incarcerated, split away from their beloved families who they fight so hard to allow to survive.

I so long for an AC (American Community) like the EC (European Community) where my other country - Ireland - belongs. Folks in the EC cross borders with ease, and, almost without exception, speak more than one language, which I also so long to see here in the U.S. of (greed and power) A.(ddiction).

Lots more love, lots more caring, lots more giving, lots more sharing. Please God, may we get out of greed and power mode, and evolve into this m.o. sooner vs. later.
+12 # angelfish 2013-02-18 18:07
I hope they take down the Plaque with Emma Lazarus's poem carved on it that's at the Statue of Liberty. We don't want "your tired or poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free" or ANYBODY that doesn't have a Fat Wallet and/or a friend in high places knocking on our door anymore. We're too busy trying to take Rights Away from our own citizens (see: Women's Reproductive Rights, LGBT Rights, etc). So sad. It makes me ashamed to be an American. As long as the "I'm up, pull up the rope-rs" continue to hold this country hostage, I don't see it getting better any time soon. Perhaps after the Mid-term Elections...?
+1 # glyde 2013-02-18 20:12
There is nothing after 7 lines about Woodrow Wilson. I would like to read the rest of the article.
+5 # Walter J Smith 2013-02-18 20:26
Yes, Mr. Hedges. The kleptocrats rule, and they rule with the approval, tacit if not outright, of those who vote for either a Democrat or a Republican.

The numbers speak for themselves on this.

If they are re-elected having been puppets working on behalf of the Wall Street's kleptocratic muppets, they are thereby rewarded for their behavior, no matter how criminal. And they go on to continue, with broad bipartisan majorities, approving corporate welfare, tax exclusions, free passes or token 'fines' for the very most blatant criminal behavior, refunds on taxes the corporations did not pay, military and security no bid boondoggles, sweetheart contracts to do little or nothing, and so on, ad nauseum.
+5 # Citizen Mike 2013-02-18 20:42
No surprise here. Money is made out of blood. The more harm you do, the richer you get. That is the mystic dimension of wealth,the injury you do to others empowers you to make money. Our pain is your gain.
+3 # cordleycoit 2013-02-18 20:55
How do we allow such injustice to take place are we being watched over by the machines that enslave us? Where does humanity figure in this version of hell on earth?
+4 # Kootenay Coyote 2013-02-18 21:23
Injustice is not only done, it is seen to be done, & Justice lies bleeding. The prognosis for America is bad.
-10 # MidwestTom 2013-02-18 21:25
Is it a surprise to the illegals that they are subject to being deported? There are 10's of thousands of people who have applied to come to this country legally, many of them educated. Meanwhile we have 10's of thousands of unskilled Americans on welfare looking for work Why should we feel sorry for the illegals? There are literally billions of hard working people living in poverty around the world, shouldn't we be in control of who gets to come here.
+2 # noitall 2013-02-19 01:42
MidwestTom, donated to RSN yet? On the subj., U.S. corporations have done a pretty good job of screwing up job opportunities in Mexico too.
+5 # Anarchist 23 2013-02-19 10:40
Midwest tom: a children's chant to remember our doom on this subject: NAFTA,CAFTA,SPP : They'll wipe their ass with us with TTP!

those are the treaties that destroyed the local economies of Mexico and Central America, that removed many 'borders' between US and Canada & Mexico and finally, the TPP will bring Asia into it. Just sayin ;-)
+1 # cafetomo 2013-02-20 13:32
Midwest Tom makes an excellent point.

Aristotle called it the mark of an educated man that entertains an idea without accepting it.

Call me entertained.

The basis for carving out others from society for exclusion and exploitation is that division of one kind of person or society from another serves those who divide. Neither country nor corporation cares institutionally , so those running them feel entitled to do the same. Especially given additional incentives in personal profit for those in control. We become enfolded in complicity by accepting argument as to why foreigners are to blame. That others deserve misfortune. Who has done what, on their word, or that centuries of murderous exploitation in other places, other peoples, have nothing to do with how we got here. So long as we believe ourselves to be the fortunate son. So long as we are certain "Us" will not become "Them", when it becomes profitable.

The housing crisis is a recent example that corporations could care less where profit is extracted. That Capitalism as it stands today in this country, will eat its' own. Who bails out banks, pays themselves as homeowners are kicked to the curb? Whose life savings were those? Do we blame the poor for rising prices & lowered wages as banks recoup losses by paying themselves for the virtue of having such immense balls? Really?

They offer us the carrot of inclusion so long as we cling to it. Beyond that, we will find only the stick.
0 # Al21 2013-03-10 13:53
It isn't about feeling sorry for people who enter the country illegally, but recognizing who has and is causing it to happen here. The issue is not just about dealing with immigration laws when corporations and the chamber of commerce are doing all they can to advertise, promote these job opportunities in their own countries and then often to help these people come here illegally. NAFTA and the like has served in many cases for these same "illegals" to be forced to leave home and come here as those from even poorer counties come to their home and take away what pitiful opportunities these people e left.
So the point is to get beyond sentiment or even no sentiment and to hold corporations and the chamber to task and those in the gov't. that are doing their bidding, otherwise their cleverness about getting us as the citizens who most often follow the one of the two party lines on this issue just argue over how we should treat those who enter the country illegally it just becomes one more divide and conquer issue that those in power get us to fight over between one another while they continue to do the same and pick all of our pockets.
Get to those who are the cause of the problem, not just those who are the symptom.
+1 # JohnBoanerges 2013-02-18 21:26
As I see it, the so-called 1% is composed of every person (including, of course, corporations) that collect some benefit from the status quo. The largest portion of these, by number, is the bureaucrats, government workers, followed by those collecting other types of checks. At the top of this pecking order are the cops - especially in large cities - who murder and beat-down with impunity. Then comes prosecutors and then judges. Even these fear the thugscrum, right? I'll say it again, thugscrum. Sheeple who have the learned behavior of looking for handouts are the chief support but cowards who vote and pay taxes are the truly despicable enablers. See yourself here? Then BE the change, man up and begin loving your downtrodden "neighbors" - across the ocean, even. Start by stopping payment for the murder.
0 # James Marcus 2013-02-18 23:29
Like a Good Guard Dog (trained to attack), Corporations are 'Trained-For-Pr ofit'. Both do their job well. Both need regulation, though, lest they Bite/Act indiscriminatel y. Regulations are necessary and this has always been recognized.
But those charged with Regulating have been compromised. It is our Government that us failing us , not our Corporations
0 # egbegb 2013-02-18 23:39
I am a Ph.D. Physics (Retired) and a life long
Unix kernel developer. My
comment on why many people won't contribute to your site
was rejected because it was too long?

I subscribe but will not contribute. Others I know have very same issue.

I tried to respond but my comment was "too long" and it failed

Ask me directly. I will not shrink my thoughts.

Ed Bradord
Pflugerville, TX
+1 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-02-18 23:40
I'm very sad about what happened to this lady and her family. Those who do come to the U.S. and are illegal entrants simply must know they very often take a chance with their lives. Very sad for those who get caught in the "net." The Statue of Liberty welcomed those who came her legally. Still, very sad about the whole matter.
+4 # lark3650 2013-02-19 07:32
Gone are the days when the people of the United States of America could take pride in the fact that our country put a higher value on human beings than money.
+2 # gd_radical 2013-02-19 08:04
For those of you couldn't get to the important part where Mr. Hedges always seems to really be most eloquent...

"We have abandoned the common good. We have been stripped of our rights and voice. Corporations write our laws and determine how we structure our society. We have all become victims. There are no politicians or institutions, no political parties or courts, that are independent enough or strong enough to resist the corporate onslaught. Greater and greater numbers of human beings will be consumed. The poor, the vulnerable, the undocumented, the weak, the elderly, the sick, the children will go first. And those of us watching helplessly outside the gates will go next."
+2 # tbcrawford 2013-02-19 12:21
And I fear the next huge category will be education...Alr eady well under way, public schools are being defunded and hollowed out, teachers demeaned, supplies reduced to computer screens, testing judging us all, and rigid STEM (all else eliminated), whether we might have been a Mozart or Monet. Curious our most creative entrepreneurs from Gates and Jobs left school to pursue their dreams. Michelle Rhea is already manipulating Californians with her "Students First" deceptions. It's investors first, folks and don't be naive! You have a brilliant child? Well, if you're lucky he or she might win a voucher to go to the new charter school (your own local campus has been closed).
+2 # 6thextinction 2013-02-19 09:23
Grassroots movements are the only thing that has ever worked against the situations in America that Hedges so perfectly describes. It worked for women (suffragettes); workers who fought for 8 hr days and 5 day work weeks; civil rights advocates in the '60s; feminists in the 70's, and it is starting to work for LGBTs. Find like-minded people in your community and work with them. Don't join large national or regional groups pertaining to your goals, but get to know all of them, and cooperate with them when you agree with their efforts. It's wise to prioritize--foc us on 1 or 2 goals. Don't let your despair thwart your will to create change.
+1 # reiverpacific 2013-02-19 10:52
Look, the "common good" in the US means less than nothing to those who promote the GLOBAL corporate state.
Demonization of some group or another is one of the lubricants which greases the wheel of public opinion blunted and numbed by the owner-media into "Them" and "Us", as inconvenient nuisances.
Drugs, Immigrants, Gays, Blacks, Muslims, Labor, Castro, Guavera, Chavez, Correa, Hamas, Ahmejinidad and Iran, chose your already-chosen- for-you-enemy and pour vitriol on them as instructed by your corporate masters or get off the boat of the status-quo propaganda machine. Conform or be damned.
The new Border-Industri al complex is alive and flourishing in Arizona and Texas! -And yet being ignored and penetrated by the XL pipeline to the north by the same ultimate corporate profiteers. -Of course I forgot: they are people too!
So they build walls and fences to the southern "Brown People" international border (and ruin the neighboring Gulf ecosystem) but make it an easily perforated line for the passage of highly toxic and potentially disastrous sludge from the north.
And our opinions, the environmental victims, human, animal and planetary be damned! You'll have to fight it with critical mass in the face of an uncertain leadership.
+1 # MindDoc 2013-02-19 14:28
Seems like the perfect context in which to share something now making the rounds, from an unexpected source: Ed Asner (via No mention of guns, abortion, water bottles, or waterboard... just a very simple, superbly clear short animated review of how our country's economic greatness has been usurped by "the 1%", greed, and political norms (i.e., quid pro quo).

This is just so lucid, pointed, and educational, I hope it gets super-wide exposure to the point it "sticks" in our hypnotized, short-attention , propaganda-batt ered consciousness of how our country actually "works" (or not) on behalf of "We the People".

Please check it out and if you think this is as "golden" as several friends, colleagues, and I do... share it!

And... if you're a die-hard Tea-Party/anti- 'liberal'/progr essive - please save your flames for the source, but take a look to see how a large majority of Americans have seen and understood the direction of our country's drift into plutocracy/olig archy. Maybe it'll even make some sense to those not so comfy financially.

Unquestionably the most clear-eyed look at our societal dynamics in terms of "follow the money" to find where the American Dream has veered. (Sanders/Asner for office?!)
+1 # Majikman 2013-02-20 10:52
Great, minddoc...sent it on to all on my list.
+2 # Nominae 2013-02-20 02:53
@ MindDoc

Thanks for the link ! That was great ! :)

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