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Tue May 1, 2012, 04:52 PM

A powerful paragraph from Chris Hedges.....


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[font size="4"]Walter Benjamin argued that capitalism is not only a formation “conditioned by religion,” but is an “essentially religious phenomenon,” albeit one that no longer seeks to connect humans with the mysterious forces of life. Capitalism, as Benjamin observed, called on human societies to embark on a ceaseless and futile quest for money and goods. This quest, he warned, perpetuates a culture dominated by guilt, a sense of inadequacy and self-loathing. It enslaves nearly all its adherents through wages, subservience to the commodity culture and debt peonage. The suffering visited on Native Americans, once Western expansion was complete, was soon endured by others, in Cuba, the Philippines, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. The final chapter of this sad experiment in human history will see us sacrificed as those on the outer reaches of empire were sacrificed. There is a kind of justice to this. We profited as a nation from this demented vision, we remained passive and silent when we should have denounced the crimes committed in our name, and now that the game is up we all go down together.[/font]


The entire article is at: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/welcome_to_the_asylum_20120430/




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Response to marmar (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 05:27 PM

1. very good read

He hit the nail right on the head,we arrived at this place in time because of our past actions few seem interested in looking at it or discussing it.

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Response to joelz (Reply #1)

Tue May 1, 2012, 07:06 PM

3. It was obvious for years that one day WE would be fed into the maw of the relentless machine..

Had to happen, in fact.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 05:53 PM

2. This is an essay in which I find myself;

fundamentally agreeing and disagreeing with at the same time.

Thanks for the thread, marmar.

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