Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Totalitarianism, American Style From Alternet




From AlterNet

From remarks made by Chris Hedges on Saturday at a panel discussion in New York City titled “The Climate Crisis: Which Way Out?” The event occurred on the eve of the massive People’s Climate March in New York City. For a video of some of what the panelists said, click here.

"The old liberal class, the safety valve that addressed grievances and injustices in times of economic or political distress, has been neutered. There are self-identified liberals, including Barack Obama, who continue to speak in the old language of liberalism but serve corporate power. This has been true since the Clinton administration. Bill Clinton found that by doing corporate bidding he could get corporate money—thus NAFTA, the destruction of our welfare system, the explosion of mass incarceration under the [1994] omnibus bill, the deregulation of the FCC, turning the airwaves over to a half dozen corporations, and the revoking of FDR’s 1933Glass-Steagall reform that had protected our banking system from speculators. Clinton, in exchange for corporate money, transformed the Democratic Party into the Republican Party. This was diabolically brilliant. It forced the Republican Party to shift so far to the right it became insane."  

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