totalitarian capitalism & rebellion

March 14, 2010 § Leave a comment

Chris Hedges, over at Truthdig, argues the usual “lefty” lines, but throws Camus in for additional punch. And indeed, with the help of Camus, the article goes beyond what typically gets airtime, props, and kudos in the leftysphere.

Hedges starts off with this:

There are no constraints left to halt America’s slide into a totalitarian capitalism. Electoral politics are a sham. The media have been debased and defanged by corporate owners. The working class has been impoverished and is now being plunged into profound despair. The legal system has been corrupted to serve corporate interests. Popular institutions, from labor unions to political parties, have been destroyed or emasculated by corporate power. And any form of protest, no matter how tepid, is blocked by an internal security apparatus that is starting to rival that of the East German secret police. The mounting anger and hatred, coursing through the bloodstream of the body politic, make violence and counter-violence inevitable. Brace yourself. The American empire is over. And the descent is going to be horrifying.

and ends with this:

We must become, as Camus said, so absolutely free that “existence is an act of rebellion.” Those who do not rebel in our age of totalitarian capitalism and who convince themselves that there is no alternative to collaboration are complicit in their own enslavement. They commit spiritual and moral suicide.

The meat in the middle is what counts, of course, and you will be benefited to marinate in the attitude of the article.

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