Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Chris Hedges' Columns: Resist or Become Serfs


America is devolving into a third-world nation. And if we do not immediately halt our elite’s rapacious looting of the public treasury we will be left with trillions in debts, which can never be repaid, and widespread human misery which we will be helpless to ameliorate. Our anemic democracy will be replaced with a robust national police state. The elite will withdraw into heavily guarded gated communities where they will have access to security, goods and services that cannot be afforded by the rest of us. Tens of millions of people, brutally controlled, will live in perpetual poverty. This is the inevitable result of unchecked corporate capitalism. The stimulus and bailout plans are not about saving us. They are about saving them. We can resist, which means street protests, disruptions of the system and demonstrations, or become serfs.


Well worth a read. I don't disagree with Hedges' analysis, just the outcome. What is happening is exactly as he tells it. The outcome is much more violent. I can forgive Hedges his ignorant conclusions because he is probably a peace-loving person like myself. Normally guys like us pretend that there aren't icky solutions to political problems. But damn, if history teaches anything it is that people often fight back - and not just tit for tat, they go for broke.

Real protest is revolutionary.