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The pestilence of corporate totalitarianism is spreading over the earth. The criminals have seized power… The persecution of these rebels is the harbinger of what is to come: the rise of a bitter world where criminals in tailored suits and gangsters in beribboned military uniforms—propped up by a vast internal and external security apparatus, a compliant press, and a morally bankrupt political elite—hunt down and cage all who resist.

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We desperately need more courageous truth-telling from individuals of strong character and moral compass like Hedges. Hedges speaks truth to power with eloquence and conviction. He's one of the greatest of progressive voices today. Chris Hedges is surely our best investigative reporter—in a class by himself. According to the author, "The relentless drive by the fossil fuel industry for profits is destroying the ecosystem, threatening the viability of the human species.


And no mechanisms to institute genuine reform or halt the corporate assault are left within the structures of power, which have surrendered to corporate control. History has demonstrated that the seizure of power by a tiny cabal, whether a political party or a clique of oligarchs, leads to despotism. Governments that cater exclusively to a narrow interest group and redirect the machinery of state to furthering the interests of that interest group are no longer capable of responding rationally in times of crisis.

Hedges says there is a crisis of disappointed expectations within the American middle class which has occurred because the elite oligarchs have found clever ways to rob this class of its wealth, because they are sick with greed. We are being screwed by liars, posers, fakers and hypocrites that are selling out to the corporatocracy in order to get a bigger share at the hog trough.

Two good examples are the Obama and Trump presidencies. Both perpetrated massive political fraud. Predictably, the Obama years saw a dramatic escalation of the U. He was Dubya Bush 2. Instead there have been a series of key reversals, and then when his popularity kept slipping he used the often used trick of military action to rally the U. On April 6 he launched 59 cruise missiles against the Syrian government, which "may" have used chemical weapons against its people.

But his sudden, dangerous, impulsive military intervention, reversing his plans to focus on defeating ISIS, was not alone. Hedges is rightfully angry about the condition of our capitalist totalitarian state.

Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt with Chris Hedges

His book makes a great case. He has seen a lot of abuse of people by the police state and predicts it will all self-destruct. If the country doesn't take care of its citizens then people will recognize that and stop participating. Boycott elections and, above all, RESIST the oppression, fake news, lying leaders and elite corporatocracy lackeys masquerading as good people who have our interests at heart. THEY only have a few yachts, diamonds or gold bars to lose.

WE have a country to lose.

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Here we have an important thinker and activist taking a position on the age-old question in radical politics: reform or revolution? Hedges is trying to lay out the moral justification for revolution, which he sees as forthcoming, desirable, and necessary. In this sense the book will disappoint those who were looking for Hedges to utilize his stature and intellect to lead in a substantive way in the revolution that he imagines. This book needed to do more and go farther, but his knowledge of where to go from here was lacking, even though the set-up was fine and the intent was solid gold.

So we continue below where he left off:.

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Our own take on revolution is a bit more clear and coherent. We agree with his nonviolent revolution concept which is shared by nearly everyone who intuits the growing need for revolution. Guns and violence merely push us toward a police state, which is a huge step down from where we are now. So, we need to do what he and we already said: Boycott elections and, above all, RESIST the oppression, fake news, lying leaders and elite corporatocracy lackeys masquerading as good people who have our interests at heart. Resist neocon warmongers using us as cannon fodder to promote wars that line their pockets with blood money.

Refuse to participate. Resist environment wrecking policies as well as tax reform that takes more from us only to give more to wealthy, elite oligarchs and their lackeys. But that's just the start. The U. They are raised to be win-lose, so they make good warriors. When our so-called leaders Ronnie, Billie, Dubya, OBomb'em lead us into policies and actions that result in the deaths of millions—mostly innocents—we barely bat an eye.

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Where is our moral indignation and where is our calling of the "war on terror" a vicious fraud used as a cover story for the real action: robbing the middle class of its wealth and transferring immense wealth into the coffers of the corporatocracy's military industrial complex, the defense industry co-conspirators in the fraud?

Where are our impeachments of corrupt leaders? We're supposed to have minds of our own capable of thinking and seeing what's going on so we can act and drain our government's swamp. And yet our inaction and apathy speak volumes.


We have a clueless citizenry of nonthinking sheep who are glued to TV screens, and they're not just drinking the Kool-Aid, they're guzzling the stuff. Those of us whose heads are not up our asses like those who buy the fraudulent line Cheney, Rumsfeld, Dubya, OBomb'em, and the other neocon fanatics are profering clearly see that the "terror" was purposely generated as an excuse to fulfill neocon wet dreams of empire building, power, and riches. The more the U. Our fanatic, ignorant "leaders" are setting up the conditions for ISIS or similar groups sending terrorists to the U.

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They've never forgiven us for our shameful Shah of Iran debacle, as we learned from the hostage crisis. Unfortunately, the Obama Administration appealed, and the decision was overturned.

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In the the Supreme Court denied to review Hedges v. The act still allows for presidential authority for indefinite detention without habeas corpus. Hedges holds a B. He also has two children from a previous marriage. Popular Resistance provides a daily stream of resistance news from across the United States and around the world. We also organize campaigns and participate in coalitions on a broad range of issues. We do not use advertising or underwriting to support our work. Instead, we rely on you.