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These armies of bureaucrats serve a corporate system that will quite literally kill us. They are as cold and disconnected as Mengele. They carry out minute tasks. They are docile. Compliant. They obey. They find their self-worth in the prestige and power of the corporation, in the status of their positions and in their career promotions. They assure themselves of their own goodness through their private acts as husbands, wives, mothers and fathers. They sit on school boards. They go to Rotary. They attend church. It is moral schizophrenia. They erect walls to create an isolated consciousness. They make the lethal goals of ExxonMobil or Goldman Sachs or Raytheon or insurance companies possible. They destroy the ecosystem, the economy and the body politic and turn workingmen and -women into impoverished serfs. They feel nothing. Metaphysical naiveté always ends in murder. It fragments the world. Little acts of kindness and charity mask the monstrous evil they abet. And the system rolls forward. The polar ice caps melt. The droughts rage over cropland. The drones deliver death from the sky. The state moves inexorably forward to place us in chains. The sick die. The poor starve. The prisons fill. And the careerist, plodding forward, does his or her job.
Originally posted by halfoldman
Not that I know much about Hedges, but I'm a bit confused.
He got his MA in divinity studies, but now he claims he's a socialist.
Yet he randomly seems to include Stalin's mass murders as part of a "capitalist campaign" of private profiteering?
He's taken some obvious truths, but he's also twisted them a hell of a lot.
From what I see free trade between people is what will increase productivity, happiness and a true concern for the environment.
Socialist countries are the biggest regional polluters, the least concerned with human rights, and the least concerned with their poor.
I'm not sure if he remembers the pre-1991 Soviet Union?
They didn't give a stuff about the environment or human rights?
Now that was socialism.
At least in free-market countries people can choose global brands and companies for their environmental and cultural policies, but where is socialism democratic?
Global trade and consumer choice is the best thing to ever happen to global prosperity and the environment.
What gives him the right to speak for the planet - is he speaking for people in North Korea where there is no global competition because it's a socialist dictatorship?
What country wants no free market trade?