CHRIS HEDGES ~ EMPIRE OF ILLUSION ~ 2009

~ TEO-TCS-AMTEO-TSS ~ The Emergence Of – The Corporate State – Always Means The Emergence Of – The Security State

~ O-FS-W-THAL-B-B-B-A-S-WTUTTOMOMCB-PAM-WO-TAUMCBMOOM ~ Our – Financial System – Was – Taken Hostage And Looted – By – Bankers – Brokers – And – Speculators – Who Told Us That The Old Means Of Making Capital By – Producing And Manufacturing – Were Outdated – They Assured Us Money Could Be Made Out Of Money

~ TIT-FM-CB-S-R-LAFMTHTH-TO-OAR-OC ~ They Insisted That – Financial Markets – Could Be – Self-Regulating – Like All Financial Markets Throughout History That Have – Thrown Off – Oversight And Regulation – Ours – Collapsed

~ SITSCWH-TTRBITDAHB ~ Speculators In The Seventeenth Century Were Hanged – Today They Receive Billions In Taxpayer Dollars And Huge Bonuses

~ O-PE-CSO-P-IHBTOT-F-S-SA-POTODOTMTBOBAFF-T-SADS ~ Our – Power Elite – Cannot Solve Our – Problems – It Has Been Trained Only To – Find – Solutions – Such As – Paying Out Trillions Of Dollars Of Taxpayer Money To Bail Out Banks And Financial Firms – To – Sustain A Dead System

~ TE-A-TWWFT-WNTHT-QTAOTA-TSIKACI-EIH/L/P/R-WAATC-SATTA-HB-BFPD ~ The Elite – And – Those Who Work For Them – Were Never Taught How To – Question The Assumptions Of Their Age – The Socially Important Knowledge And Cultural Ideas – Embodied In – History / Literature / Philosophy / Religion – Which Are At Their Core – Subversive And Threatening To Authority – Have Been – Banished From Public Discourse

~ O-PS-TW-STCS ~ Only – Piecemeal Solutions – That Will – Satisfy The Corporate Structure

~ T-HC-NFIT-BS ~ The – Human Consequences – Never Figure Into Their – Balance Sheets

~ T-CTI-CBBOHCMTF-TVF-AS-AS-PS-A-A-AWT-CCPNOTC ~ Those – Captive To Images – Cast Ballots Based On How Candidates Make Them Feel – They Vote For – A Slogan – A Smile – Perceived Sincerity – And – Attractiveness – Along With The – Carefully Crafted Personal Narrative Of The Candidate

~ II-SAS-N-CAF-TI-MP ~ It Is – Style And Story – Not – Content And Fact – That Inform – Mass Politics

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