Chris Hedges: Make the Rich Panic

Many will call me an adventurer – and that I am, only one of a different sort – one of those who risks his skin to prove his truths… I have loved you very much, only I haven’t known how to express my affection. I am extremely rigid in my actions, and I think that sometimes you didn’t understand me. It hasn’t been easy to understand me. Nevertheless, please take me at my word today… An abrazo (hug) from your obstinate and prodigal son. — Che Guevara, March 31,1965

It does not matter to the corporate rich who wins the presidential election. It does not matter who is elected to Congress. The rich have the power. They throw money at their favorites the way a gambler puts cash on his favorite horse. Money has replaced the vote. The wealthy can crush anyone who does not play by their rules. And the political elites—slobbering over the spoils provided by their corporate masters for selling us out—understand the game. Barack and Michelle Obama, as did the Clintons, will acquire many millions of dollars once they leave the White House. And your elected representative in the House or Senate, if not a multimillionaire already, will be one as soon as he or she retires from government and is handed seats on corporate boards or positions in lobbying firms. We do not live in a democracy. We live in a political system that has legalized bribery, exclusively serves corporate power and is awash in propaganda and lies.

If you want change you can believe in, destroy the system. And changing the system does not mean collaborating with it as Bernie Sanders is doing by playing by the cooked rules of the Democratic Party. Profound social and political transformation is acknowledged in legislatures and courts but never initiated there. Radical change always comes from below. As long as our gaze is turned upward to the powerful, as long as we invest hope in reforming the system of corporate power, we will remain enslaved. There may be good people within the system—Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are examples—but that is not the point. It is the system that is rotten. It must be replaced.

We must build mass movements that are allied with independent political parties—a tactic used in Greece by Syriza and in Spain by Podemos. Political action without the support of radical mass movements inevitably becomes hollow, and that, I think, will be the fate of the Sanders presidential campaign. Only by building militant mass movements that are unrelentingly hostile to the system of corporate capitalism, imperialism, militarism and globalization can we wrest back our democracy.

Full article at Truthdig

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One Response to Chris Hedges: Make the Rich Panic

  1. Norman Pilon says:

    Interesting to see Hedges’s radicalization, from an advocate of ‘peaceful’ mass demonstrations to someone beginning to realize that the push-back may have to be escalated to something akin to gritty intimidation, from someone in whose mind Marx was the devil incarnate, to someone for who ‘the old-man’ and his ilk are now progressive luminaries. I’m slowly warming to Hedges (though I’ve always admired his impassioned eloquence). He’s beginning to find and see his way forward. By far, one of his better pieces. I hope he’s right and that upheaval is coming. It’s been a long, long time coming.

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