CHRIS HEDGES ~ UNSPEAKABLE ~ 2016

~ TMYNAYF ~ The Moment You Need Adulation You’re Finished

~ T-V-I-SAS-M-INPA-FT-B-A-KUC ~ The – Vast – Internal – Security And Surveillance – Machine – Is Not Primarily About – Fighting Terrorism – But – About – Keeping Us Contained

~ M/P/S-WAAESBI ~ Money / Power / Status – We Are All Easily Seduced By Idols

~ IIA-E-ACTT-WABP-YWTGTSO-B-NOEI-OVF ~ It Is About – Empathy – A Commitment To Those – Who Are Being Persecuted – You Want To Get Their Story Out – Because – No One Else Is – Or – Very Few

~ VAGAW-SATS ~ Violence Against Girls And Women – Still A Taboo Subject

~ HB-ETWCAOEE-HANTSTAG-TEIEFOS-DTMTFP ~ Human Beings – Even Those Who Commit Acts Of Extraordinary Evil – Have A Need To See Themselves As Good – They Engage In Extraordinary Forms Of Self-Deception To Make This Fiction Possible

~ LA-CCTC-WHBHT-CS-A-EMIS-T-EDR-TRU-TAI-I-ES-SM-STS-C-CIOCI ~ Like All – Civilizations Careening Toward Collapse – We Have Become Hostage To – Complex Structures – And – Ever More Intricate Specialization – To – Exploit Diminishing Resources – Technocrats Rule Us – Trained And Indoctrinated – In – Elite Schools – Systems Managers – Serve The System – Cannot – Critique It Or Challenge It

~ WCS-JAT-O-PAP-TMW-MC-W-TWS-PAP-TMW-DOCF-JAT ~ We Can Serve – Justice And Truth – Or – Privilege And Power – The More We – Make Compromises – With – Those Who Serve – Privilege And Power – The More We – Diminish Our Capacity For – Justice And Truth

~ TH-WYRU-T-ST-N-ATTP-B-PKWID-B-A-TAP-YAAC-T-AFOH ~ Throughout History – When You Rise Up – To – Speak Truth – Not – A Truth To Power – Because – Power Knows What It Does – But – A – Truth About Power – You’re Almost Always Crushed – That’s – A Fact Of History

CHRIS HEDGES ~ WAGES OF REBELLION ~ 2015

~ T-D-E-E–TATQHBATDOTGM-HF-TPPTWTHRTLSOWT-T-DEHBEAAL ~ The – Disastrous – Economic – Experiment – That Attempted To Organize Human Behavior Around The Dictates Of The Global Marketplace – Has Failed – The Promised Prosperity That Was To Have Raised The Living Standards Of Workers Through Trickle-Down Economics Has Been Exposed As A Lie

~ A-T-GO-HAOW-A-P-C-G-TAT-CG-TS-CP ~ A Tiny – Global Oligarchy – Has Amassed Obscene Wealth – And – Pliable – Corrupt – Governments – That Abandon The – Common Good – To Serve – Corporate Profit

~ GTCETANIG-A-RTMOSTFTIOTIG-ANLCORRITOC ~ 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

~ LOST-T-BO-C-FHAB-WI-CU/U/SODW/CDP/CI/TMLDAOHBDMAF ~ Looting Of State Treasuries – To – Bail Out – Corrupt – Financial Houses And Banks – While Ignoring – Chronic Unemployment / Underemployment / Stagnant Or Declining Wages / Crippling Debt Peonage / Collapsing Infrastructure / The Millions Left Destitute And Often Homeless By Deceptive Mortgages And Foreclosures

~ RTT-TO-BBOGACBTN ~ Revolutions Take Time – They’re Often – Begun By One Generation And Completed By The Next

~ EAEC-WCTT-SBAC ~ Economic And Environmental Catastrophes – Will Converge To Trigger – Systems Breakdown And Collapse

~ O-O-W-MB-ULOCFTGNOTD ~ Obscenity – Of – Wealth – Matched By – Utter Lack Of Concern For The Growing Numbers Of The Destitute

~ GITHOS-APRFCAASGOO ~ Government In The Hands Of Speculators – A Protection Racket For Corporations And A Small Group Of Oligarchs

~ AAOHETCB-MOQ-B/T/L/G/TSFM/TSWOOM-A-IAR ~ All Aspects Of Human Existence That Cannot Be – Measured Or Quantified – Beauty / Truth / Love / Grief / The Search For Meaning / The Struggle With Our Own Mortality – Are – Ignored And Ridiculed

~ NO-LU-CS-STDAAAT-W-C/P/H-A-R/S/A-CBDA-F ~ No One Who – Lives Under – Constant Surveillance – Subject To Detention Anywhere At Any Time Whose – Conversations / Proclivities / Habits – Are – Recorded / Stored / Analyzed – Can Be Described As – Free

~ TS-ALAR-W-CTUADT ~ Totalitarian Systems – Abolishes Liberty And Rights – While – Claiming To Uphold And Defend Them

~ AT-NLAL-WCB-TOAOLUIBDDP-A-BSUWW ~ According To – New Laws And Legislation – We Can Be – Tortured Or Assassinated Or Locked Up Indefinitely – Be Denied Due Process – And – Be Spied Upon Without Warrants

~A -FSOD-A-ATC ~ A – Fictitious Shell Of Democracy – And – A Totalitarian Core

~ L-HB-AGFOP ~ Lies – Have Become – A Grotesque Form Of Patriotism

~ T-COR-ITHO-T-HBA-AI ~ The – Cult Of Rationality – In The Hands Of – Technocrats – Has Become An – Absolutist Ideology

~ TUPAAIC-TCABRFTROU ~ The Urban Poor Are Already In Chains – These Chains Are Being Readied For The Rest Of Us

~ EITMIA ~ Empathy Is The Most Important Asset

~ TWF-WAN ~ They Were First – We Are Next

~ NOBOIWTJFCT-2008FM-TDOJMTDIIATDIP ~ Not One Banker Or Investor Went To Jail For Causing The – 2008 Financial Meltdown – The Disparity Of Justice Mirrored The Disparity In Incomes And The Disparity In Power

~ TLOVAPV ~ The Language Of Violence Always Presages Violence

~ IWDNSR-TUATP-BITE-GT-JARFCD-T-T-RAV-WBA-FBC ~ If We Do Not Swiftly Reincorporate – The Unemployed And The Poor – Back Into The Economy – Giving Them – Jobs And Relief From Crippling Debt – Then – The – Racism And Violence – Will Become A – Full-Blown Conflagration

~ TD-WIASWALICE-FNIOOM ~ The Desperate – Whose Identities And Self-Worth Are Lost In Collapsing Economies – Fashion New Identities Out Of Myth

~ WHLCICWWIM-HLMBD ~ When Human Law Comes Into Conflict With What Is Moral – Human Law Must Be Defied

~ TDNIATOREITBC ~ To Do Nothing In A Time Of Radical Evil Is To Be Complicit