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Has America Gone Insane, by Amanda Zackem

If this less than 15-minute video, wherein Chris Hedges lays out the real situation, is not enough to scare you straight, nothing will.

Introspection: “To look within ourselves, to see who we are and where we are going, and that’s what any totalitarian state seeks to crush.'

“You can’t talk about hope, if you can’t see reality, but that’s the starting point.” 

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Is the human trait of humility really that inaccessible and un-American as history reflects?

Is it even possible, at this belated period in time, for America to change to the degree necessary to avoid utter global catastrophe?

Chris Hedges: "If hope becomes something that you express through illusion, then it's not, hope, it's fantasy.

The cult of the self is a form of idolatry, whether it's the worship of money, or power, it all goes back to the self; it all goes back to creating little monuments to yourself, all particular investment into a goal of self-aggrandizement ... "

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Hedges has the experience and vision to know where we are headed. As I watch America wallow in propaganda and scripted fantasy politics, I see no hope for a turnaround to save humanity.

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It's pretty clear that change only happens through collapses and evolution. Societies will always continue down the path of self-destruction in the interim.

It's illogical, but nevertheless true.

Good clip, Em! Possibly the best short video of Hedges talking. He says more in those 15 minutes than most say in a day.

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So true. All systems, particularly human devised systems, are all about self-preservation. Only collapse can change the trajectory. The hope is we have system replacements which are bulit on compassion ans empathy.


Anyone hoping that enough elected "progressives" will tilt conditions are sadly delusional.


This is why we will not see an end to war and its corollary, single payer health care: both are antithetical to the system.

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Obviously I think so too! And I agree with your assessment of Hedges' video conversation.

He's one of the all too rare erudite lights in this dark totalitarian tunnel.

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A lot of people seem to think Hedges is a "doomsayer", simply because he doesn't counter his observations with how to "correct" what's wrong with the world, other than to say revolution is required.

I say he's bang-on with everything he says, and constructs a completely accurate account of where the human animal stands today, and how it got there. Nobody seems to say it quite as well as Chris.

What people do (or don't do) when confronted with the information he imparts is where the "answers" in all of it lie.

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As I comprehend what you are saying, this video is a concise, clear enough, and near comprehensive key, to understanding the essential points in Hedges' analyses of the actively required changes that are crucial for moving us forward, to where we need to be, for a more genuinely compassionate and humane existence.

I think his analyses, if not yet at this moment quite perceptible to all and sundry, does define the objectives; although perhaps not simultaneously actually listing them, point-by-point, for ease of reference as to the how to carry out this revolution - defined as: a fundamental bottom-up change in all aspects of socio-economic and political organization -- what we each, personally must do, to actively go about attaining these critical and long overdue goals.

The steps Hedges broadly, yet consistently outlines, are the radically necessary changes required for this systemic renewal and recovery.

Hence, the way forward -- the modus operandi, reading between the lines, is quite apparent.

However, as stated, it is the actual application and carrying through of said necessities, that are the crux of the problem.

Both the actors themselves (the people) and the spectators (the audience) are the 'acting-out' participant replication of the living tragicomedy, in this no longer Shakespearean play.

They are not yet convinced of the final curtain, for their illusions inexplicably still hold sway and continue to carry the day, even at this extremely late stage in the drama of human 'progress'.

This is the quintessence of the causative pathology -- the incomprehensible insanity.

So long as the powers-that-be are able to maintain the divisions in society, we all, without exceptions lose.

No matter that perhaps to some minority of us, the writing is on the wall; if the majority of the populace cannot be mobilized as a cohesive body, then we are no longer doubt about it, heading towards the "doomsday" scenario.

Although those who own and control the system may be aware of this, their pernicious addiction to greed -- they can never get enough (an innate human flaw; frailty??) money, power does not bode well for a positive change in course.

As things stand, there are no real-world rehabilitation clinics for these addictions!

Anyhow, by now, as we are daily made aware, the prognoses for terminal conditions in a host, no matter its nature, usually end poorly.

Yet another interminable, monotonous (doomsayer) comment! This is the comedy in the tragedy.

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On a different note, I was just reading a study showing that if only 10% of a population "wakes up", social change is possible.

Had a power failure 3 minutes later. Now, I can't recall or retrace where I found the study. (Conspiracy? LOL!)


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Yuk! Yuk! That is funny.

The other type of power failure is when one thinks of something one wants to say... and then in the next nano-second... poof; I can't remember what it was I just had in mind.

Both types are kind of electrical outages of stimuli, neither of which do we have any control over.

With a computer failure one can get irritated, even a little paranoid, but with the other type, who can one get angry at?

The aforementioned directly affects only the individual, while the latter can affect an entire populace and hence becomes political.

What's even funnier/more serious, depending on ones frame of mind, is how this individual manages to turn even the lighthearted into its opposite.

Hope I haven't caught the bug from Chris Hedges!

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"...when one thinks of something one wants to say... and then in the next nano-second... poof."

Happens to me all the time now, and it DRIVES ME... uh... hmm... Forgot what I was going to say, dammit!

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I watched this video yesterday and can't recommend it highly enough.

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