Hedges: It really is "now or never" NOW … for reals this time.
Chris Hedges is sounding the alarm bells — now about Trump’s tyrannical power-grabs in our courts, the press, institutions of diplomacy, the arts. and against Universities — without ever spelling-out exactly WHAT it is he thinks we need to be doing, except “resist”. Hedges is sounding a lot like the proverbial little boy who cries “wolf”, again and again and again. He’s been sounding the alarm at least since the NDAA during the Obama years, and of course, he’s absolutely correct in his dire assessments, and has been right all along. But the question hangs comspicuosly in the air: Is anyone listening? The silence is getting deafening. Concerningly so.
A Last Chance for Resistance
By Chris Hedges ** Mar 19, 2017 ** truthdig.org
The crawl toward despotism within a failed democracy is always incremental. No regime planning to utterly extinguish civil liberties advertises its intentions in advance. It pays lip service to liberty and justice while obliterating the institutions and laws that make them possible. Its opponents, including those within the establishment, make sporadic attempts to resist, but week by week, month by month, the despot and his reactionary allies methodically consolidate power. Those inside the machinery of government and the courts who assert the rule of law are purged. Critics, including the press, are attacked, ridiculed and silenced. The state is reconfigured until the edifice of tyranny is unassailable. (snip)
The current administration’s budget proposes to give the war industry, the domestic policing agencies, the fossil fuel industry, Wall Street, billionaires and the national security and surveillance agencies more than they could have imagined possible before the election. These forces, as in all fascist states, will be the pillars of the Trump regime. They will tolerate Donald Trump’s idiocy, ineptitude and unbridled narcissism in exchange for increased profits and power. Despots are often buffoons. Appealing to their vanity and ego is an effective form of manipulation. Skilled sycophants can play despots like musical instruments for personal advancement.
Trump, like all despots, has no real ideology. His crusade against Wall Street, including Goldman Sachs, and the billionaire class during the presidential election campaign vanished the moment he took office. He has appointed five former Goldman Sachs employees to high posts in his administration. His budget will bleed the poor, the working class and the middle class and swell the bank accounts of the oligarchs. He is calling for abolishing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts and the cutting of programs that provide legal service to low-income people and grants to libraries and museums. If Trump’s budget is approved by Congress, there will not even be a pretense of civil society. Trump and his family will profit from his presidency. Corporations will profit from his presidency. Wall Street will profit from his presidency. And the people will be made to pay.
Despots demand absolute loyalty. This is why they place family members in the inner circles. The Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, whose vanity rivaled that of Trump, and Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein filled their governments with their children, siblings, nephews, nieces and in-laws and rounded out their inner courts with racists, opportunists and thugs of the kind that now populate the White House.snot, Ohio Barbarian, jeff47 and 13 others7wo7rees, Punxsutawney, Two way street, MrMickeysMom, xynthee, Grateful Curd, Enthusiast, Ferd Berfel, PADemD, ThouArtThat, aspirant, h-32, bbgrunt like this
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