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The Revenge of the Lower Classes and the Rise of American Fascism - Chris Hedges

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posted on Mar, 3 2016 @ 05:59 PM
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I never know what to think of Hedges, but he does manage to always challenge my own firmly held beliefs or opinions. In this article I think he has quite accurately and critically put his finger on the ground swell of support for Trump. Whether conscious or subconscious, this resentful back lash and embittered payback is at the core. I'm not saying it's right or wrong, only human.



College-educated elites, on behalf of corporations, carried out the savage neoliberal assault on the working poor. Now they are being made to pay. Their duplicity—embodied in politicians such as Bill and Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama—succeeded for decades. These elites, many from East Coast Ivy League schools, spoke the language of values—civility, inclusivity, a condemnation of overt racism and bigotry, a concern for the middle class—while thrusting a knife into the back of the underclass for their corporate masters. This game has ended.

There are tens of millions of Americans, especially lower-class whites, rightfully enraged at what has been done to them, their families and their communities. They have risen up to reject the neoliberal policies and political correctness imposed on them by college-educated elites from both political parties: Lower-class whites are embracing an American fascism.

These Americans want a kind of freedom—a freedom to hate. They want the freedom to use words like (fill in the blank, removed for T and C purposes) They want the freedom to idealize violence and the gun culture. They want the freedom to have enemies, to physically assault Muslims, undocumented workers, African-Americans, homosexuals and anyone who dares criticize their cryptofascism. They want the freedom to celebrate historical movements and figures that the college-educated elites condemn, including the Ku Klux Klan and the Confederacy. They want the freedom to ridicule and dismiss intellectuals, ideas, science and culture. They want the freedom to silence those who have been telling them how to behave. And they want the freedom to revel in hypermasculinity, racism, sexism and white patriarchy. These are the core sentiments of fascism. These sentiments are engendered by the collapse of the liberal state...

...Fascist movements build their base not from the politically active but the politically inactive, the “losers” who feel, often correctly, they have no voice or role to play in the political establishment. The sociologist Émile Durkheim warned that the disenfranchisement of a class of people from the structures of society produced a state of “anomie”—a “condition in which society provides little moral guidance to individuals.” Those trapped in this “anomie,” he wrote, are easy prey to propaganda and emotionally driven mass movements. Hannah Arendt, echoing Durkheim, noted that “the chief characteristic of the mass man is not brutality and backwardness, but his isolation and lack of normal social relationships.”


More at link

www.truthdig.com...

I'm not going to pretend that I don't understand the anger. Or maybe even I've had some of the same unflattering thoughts or behaviors. I hope not but it's definitely possible I may not recognize it in myself, as happens so often with dysfunctional thinking. One rarely does. But I do try to have a sense of self observation/editing so that I might at least try to align myself with my better angels and not my worst.

I put this in this forum since it's somewhat controversial and people could be at liberty to say what they really think. I think though that the people who support Trump may well reject any such characterizations. Or hell, they just might embrace it. Anything is possible this year. At the very least, it's food for thought before this election goes off the rails.



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posted on Mar, 3 2016 @ 06:06 PM
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When the rails lead over a cliff, 'going off the rails' might be the the only path left.


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posted on Mar, 3 2016 @ 06:10 PM
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These Americans want a kind of freedom—a freedom to hate. They want the freedom to use words like (fill in the blank, removed for T and C purposes) They want the freedom to idealize violence and the gun culture. They want the freedom to have enemies, to physically assault Muslims, undocumented workers, African-Americans, homosexuals and anyone who dares criticize their cryptofascism. They want the freedom to celebrate historical movements and figures that the college-educated elites condemn, including the Ku Klux Klan and the Confederacy. They want the freedom to ridicule and dismiss intellectuals, ideas, science and culture. They want the freedom to silence those who have been telling them how to behave. And they want the freedom to revel in hypermasculinity, racism, sexism and white patriarchy. These are the core sentiments of fascism. These sentiments are engendered by the collapse of the liberal state...




No, just tired of hearing that's all we are. Just a bunch of redneck hillbillies that don't know their ass from a hole in the ground, by snobbish, self proclaimed intellectuals, that really don't know what the real world is like. Getting to stay in school, with Mommy and Daddy paying the bills, to get an "education" that tells them Mommy and Daddy are sh**. They get to hide in their "safe places" where no one is allowed to speak against their idea because it may hurt their feelings and traumatize the little snow flakes.
They have finally pissed off the "lower class" to the point they are ready to elect anyone who will give them a voice.



posted on Mar, 3 2016 @ 06:14 PM
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Who are neoliberals? I thought a lot of people went to colleges and universities.


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posted on Mar, 3 2016 @ 06:19 PM
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The unwashed masses actually want freedom of speech, freedom of association, the right to own guns, the right to self defense and for laws to actually be enforced?

They are sick od the ruling class making laws that favor big international corporation, insurance companies and big Pharma?

They are upset that college tuition has quadrupled disproportionatly from other economic indicators just in the last two decades and health care costs are even worse despite the most hospitlals declaring themselves non-profit?

Thats racist and fascist!!!


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posted on Mar, 3 2016 @ 06:25 PM
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Society rubberbands. If it can be done constructively and in a healthy manner it is good for society.

Progs and blacks activist groups pushed their limits, something was bound to push back.

The oscars broke the camel's back for me. Call me whatever you like I could care less now. I see that progress has died, it's people trying to get special rights and it's people whining to whine. I still don't know if I will vote trump in the general, I am still vote Rand in the primary.
The only thing that does upset me is that people cannot understand the effect of culture on society and its health.



posted on Mar, 3 2016 @ 06:29 PM
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a reply to: HoldMyBeer

Ya..... NO!

That was pure unadulterated BS, mixed with some truth.



posted on Mar, 3 2016 @ 06:32 PM
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a reply to: Sargeras

"Mixed with some truth"?
Then it wasn't pure BS.



posted on Mar, 3 2016 @ 06:35 PM
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Sounds like cultural Marxism.




posted on Mar, 3 2016 @ 06:41 PM
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a reply to: xuenchen

You just went there.


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posted on Mar, 3 2016 @ 06:55 PM
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originally posted by: jellyrev
Society rubberbands.


exactly.

I am so tired, tired spiritually and emotionally of it all. I know I am not the only one. Bernie and Trump are manifestations of the people's discontent with the system. I am so sick of being labeled. We label everything. We sit back and critique and criticize while we do.... nothing. Our country is dying. I can't even let my children watch american cartoons anymore, it is THAT bad.

the whole world sees us for what we are. They see our government for what it does and what it destroys. I think it has come to the point that even with choices that maybe aren't that great, so long as they are anti establishment we flock to them en mass.

We are the ones keeping this system going, so many of us are disillusioned groups do rash things like taking over nature reserves. Things here have degraded so badly that the people, the collective consciousness of America is starting to wake up and lash back. We have to fix this and the only way we can is to DO SOMETHING. we have to change our government before it devours us all. I love the term "unwashed masses".

It makes me chuckle. we unwashed masses keep your computers running. We grow the crops that feed your family. We build the things you use to make your everyday life that much more enjoyable yet we are racist, sexist, ignorant fools who don't matter until we begin washing over the system with waves of change. Then we are relevant because we are "so backwards" we will "make it worse".

It's already worse. Our course is unsustainable. I walk down the halls of my work everyday and see people of every race color and creed and i do not judge them. they do not judge me. we speak kindly we say "hello" "how are you today" "hey how's it goin!" yet if you watch any of the divisive junk on tv you would think we walk the halls glaring waiting for a turned back so we can beat the person because of their skin color, shoot them because we are rednecks. This is not how it is. WE the UNWASHED MASSES are not just the cogs in the machine, we ARE the machine. we make it work, we maintenance it, if care for it and for our troubles we have had an establishment destroy us, rob us, degrade us everyday in pop culture news and tv. destroy our foreign relationships, give away our nation to unaccountable corporations whom then pay lobbyists to pay off and bribe those supposedly representing us.

I think we could bounce straight into fascism. But if we do it is because we were handed the ultimate betrayal by a system that is already cannibalizing us. Not because we are the problem, because THEY are the problem.



posted on Mar, 3 2016 @ 07:01 PM
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a reply to: HoldMyBeer

Because Hedges has no history of advocating a replacement for capitalism in America, including praising Marx himself?

Karl Marx Was Right by Chris Hedges
www.truthdig.com...
edit on 3-3-2016 by Deny Arrogance because: (no reason given)


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posted on Mar, 3 2016 @ 07:02 PM
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Sanders is the only logical answer.

Bern the establishment down.



posted on Mar, 3 2016 @ 07:03 PM
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a reply to: akira131

The text cited in the OP gave me a headache since it soon devolved into a dryly presented mishmash of cut and paste misinformation surrounded by some facts.

However your take on the situation was eloquent and said more than the work being cited could hope to..star for you.



posted on Mar, 3 2016 @ 07:18 PM
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He is controlled opposition. Guys, really? You hadn't learned from Obamas change you can believe in?

Simple. Stay one step ahead of the idiot masses.

Funny a local new radio guy quipped quite the profound offhandedly pointed comment about Mitt Romney's big anti-Trump speech. Something like, and I'm paraphrasing a bit: "why would you send a cookie cutter example of a careered DC politician to convince anti-establishment voters to vote against Trump?......it just makes no sense"

It does to me. Eat your # sandwiches guys. I'm sure it won't be too far worse than this one.



posted on Mar, 3 2016 @ 07:23 PM
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a reply to: WeDemBoyz

And Socialism fails without Capitalism.




posted on Mar, 3 2016 @ 07:26 PM
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originally posted by: WeDemBoyz


Sanders is the only logical answer.

Bern the establishment down.


Ergo: COMMUNISM = FASCISM



posted on Mar, 3 2016 @ 07:27 PM
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a reply to: waverlyhills

Thank you sir



posted on Mar, 3 2016 @ 07:30 PM
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a reply to: Rosinitiate

he may be controlled opposition. But the fear and paranoia can no longer prevent us from action. The point is that he is having success. By simply telling... the ... truth.

obviously i greatly disagree with him on many points. no one is perfect.

What I and many others are happy about (bernie supporters included) is that the great American beast is awaking, rolling over and groaning in despair at the pathetic state of current affairs purposely allowed to happen by those who were trusted with the country we all love. We, people of all faiths and colors.

This is the type of mass movement we need to turn the tide as the curtain on the great American experiment is slowly being lowered by bankers and those they have lined the pockets of.
edit on 3-3-2016 by akira131 because: (no reason given)

edit on 3-3-2016 by akira131 because: proof reading is my friend...



posted on Mar, 3 2016 @ 07:36 PM
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originally posted by: akira131
Our course is unsustainable.


That part I quoted could be its own thread.

I think a lot of people wake up everyday feeling invisible or frustrated and wondering what the # is going on in their lives and in this society. Since we don't really understand it, we rely on media/social media to make sense of it, which is exactly the wrong thing to do, I guess, since they just highlight the bad. So we form a bit of cognitive dissonance, knowing things need to change but being told all of the wrong things to change. We need to look to ourselves to fix what's broken. We don't necessarily need to change our our big systems, so much as we need to change our smaller ones, to make them less dependent on the big ones in the first place. Families, neighborhoods, schools, communities.

Anyways, fantastic post, thank you.




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