Chris Hedges and the coming economic storm.

He’s not at all upbeat on the future, to say the least. But does say their are steps that can be taken to prepare for it.

Pulitzer-winning author and former New York Times reporter Chris Hedges has a revolutionary worldview. In the video below, his recent “Endgame Strategy” piece for AdBusters is read aloud by George Atherton. His conclusions are chilling, but not entirely hopeless. “We will have to take care of ourselves,” he wrote. “We will have to rapidly create small, monastic communities where we can sustain and feed ourselves. It will be up to us to keep alive the intellectual, moral and cultural values the corporate state has attempted to snuff out. It is either that or become drones and serfs in a global corporate dystopia. It is not much of a choice. But at least we still have one.” This video is from YouTube user wepollock, published June 22, 2011.

And here is the text that was done for Addbusters. http://www.adbusters.org/magazine/96/chris-hedges-revolution-in-america.html Hedges does suggest that one of the only ways to survive is to form our own communities outside the establishment.

The game is over. We lost. The corporate state will continue its inexorable advance until two-thirds of the nation and the planet is locked into a desperate, permanent underclass. Most of us will struggle to make a living while the Blankfeins and our political elites wallow in the decadence and greed of the Forbidden City and Versailles. These elites do not have a vision. They know only one word: more. They will continue to exploit the nation, the global economy and the ecosystem. And they will use their money to hide in gated compounds when it all implodes. Do not expect them to take care of us when it starts to unravel. We will have to take care of ourselves. We will have to rapidly create small, monastic communities where we can sustain and feed ourselves. It will be up to us to keep alive the intellectual, moral and cultural values the corporate state has attempted to snuff out. It is either that or become drones and serfs in a global corporate dystopia. It is not much of a choice. But at least we still have one.

Now there are those in the six figure salary range, like all the members of congress, who would of course scoff at this since for them everything is just fine thankyouverymuch. And for now it probably is. And the mere though of the country going down the drain and the possibility of dragging them along with it, scares the piss out of them. So they simply refuse to even accept the possibility and even see the reality of what is going on. And for the rich elites at the top 2% or so, they absolutely believe they are some how isolated from the inevitable consequences of the current economic and social policies.

Both groups of course will find they are totally wrong but you will have a very hard time convincing them of this since they live in their own little worlds.  It is those of us who have learned to make do and get along with out and help one another in the process who have the best chance of weathering the coming storm.

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2 thoughts on “Chris Hedges and the coming economic storm.

  1. I believe it stands without question that a certain portion of the product of our socio-economic unit has to be directed back into the unit in order for it to be self-sustaining.

    It has to be remaking itself constantly. In all of its pieces. Just like any living organism. This isn’t happening.

    Without this regeneration you have decay. Cities and other physical entities need to be maintained and rebuilt over time. There is no way around this. It’s a self evident aspect of life and living.

    One other very obvious aspect of organisms is a natural equality which serves to keep everything in balance. There are the occasional mutations but those are rare exceptions. It is just such a mutation we are experiencing. Our socio-political unit has altered over time. What we call a ‘social norm’ is really a ‘social dynamic’. It happens slowly so we don’t recognize it as a dynamic. In the longer term this implies flexibility and change. The direction of that change expresses things remaining in balance or mutating. The line separating the two is where regeneration of the existing organism and uncontrolled change meet.

    In theory we get to specify this regeneration and change and in theory possess an ability to keep it all in balance. Unfortunately, history challenges the theory and we have yet to recognize and make an accommodation for this reality. It’s laughable how we’ve come to state how history repeats itself but fail miserably in recognizing our contribution. I think George Carlin had this figured out and in so doing we find the source for much of his humor.

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