Tag Archives: Thomas Paine

Fourth of July Musings: The Curse of Exceptionalism and the Perils of Patriotism

“…empire-building has always been the path of this vocally republican nation. Like racism and slavery, empire evolved rather than ended.”

Chris Hedges | Unspeakable

Chris Hedges on the most taboo topics in America, with David Talbot.

▶ VIDEO: Chris Hedges: In Extreme Times, ‘Liberals Are a Dead Force’ (Part 1 of 3)

Hedges: And it comes down to something as visceral as being a father. I have four children. So I may fail. But I at least want my children to look back and say they tried. We are squandering the future of the succeeding generations, and we have a moral imperative of revolt.

▶ Scheer and Hedges: They Know Everything About You |Video Parts 1 to 7

How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy”

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Jim Hightower | US Populist Movement Is on the Rise

WHAT IT [POPULISM] IS: For some 238 years, it has been the chief political impulse in America’s body politick — determinedly democratic, vigilantly resistant to the oppressive power of corporations and Wall Street, committed to grassroots percolate-up economics, and firmly rooted in my old daddy’s concept of “Everybodyness,” recognizing that we’re all in this together. […]

Evergreene Digest: This Revolutionary Moment

As we’ve covered in previous newsletters, there are now academic studies that demonstrate the lack of democracy in the US and that the government functions as a plutocracy that represents the needs and wishes of the wealthy elite. At the same time that the government is dysfunctional, we are experiencing multiple crises that demand immediate […]

Chris Hedges: Thomas Paine, Our Contemporary

Paine knew that the British monarchy, which wielded the global imperial power that America wields today, was blinded by its hubris and military prowess. It had lost the ability to listen and as a result had lost the ability to make rational choices.  By Chris Hedges  truthdig.com  May 25, 2014   Portrait of Thomas Paine by Auguste Millière (1880). […]

John Pilger> You Are All Suspects Now. What Are You Going To Do About It?

You Are All Suspects Now. What Are You Going To Do About It? By John Pilger    April 26, 2012    opednews.com You are all potential terrorists. It matters not that you live in Britain, the United States, Australia or the Middle East. Citizenship is effectively abolished. Turn on your computer and the US Department of Homeland […]