POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY: “Democracy in America is a Useful Fiction” / truthdig / Chris Hedges / 01.24.2010 ☮

SCOTUS Corporatocracy

Corporate forces, long before the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, carried out a coup d’état in slow motion. The coup is over. We lost. The ruling is one more judicial effort to streamline mechanisms for corporate control. It exposes the myth of a functioning democracy and the triumph of corporate power. But it does not significantly alter the political landscape. The corporate state is firmly cemented in place.

The fiction of democracy remains useful, not only for corporations, but for our bankrupt liberal class. If the fiction is seriously challenged, liberals will be forced to consider actual resistance, which will be neither pleasant nor easy. As long as a democratic facade exists, liberals can engage in an empty moral posturing that requires little sacrifice or commitment. They can be the self-appointed scolds of the Democratic Party, acting as ifthey are part of the debate and feel vindicated by their cries of protest.

Much of the outrage expressed about the court’s ruling is the outrage of those who prefer this choreographed charade. As long as the charade is played, they do not have to consider how to combat what the political philosopher Sheldon Wolin calls our system of “inverted totalitarianism.”

Inverted totalitarianism represents “the political coming of age of corporate power and the political demobilization of the citizenry,” Wolin writes in “Democracy Incorporated.” Inverted totalitarianism differs from classical forms of totalitarianism, which revolve around a demagogue or charismatic leader, and finds its expression in the anonymity of the corporate state. The corporate forces behind inverted totalitarianism do not, as classical totalitarian movements do, boast of replacing decaying structures with a new, revolutionary structure. They purport to honor electoral politics, freedom and the Constitution. But they so corrupt and manipulate the levers of power as to make democracy impossible.

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POLITICAL COMMENTARY: “Rob Urie: Inside the Capitalist Labyrinth” / RT America / On Contact with Chris Hedges ☮

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges enters the capitalist labyrinth with Rob Urie, author of Zen Economics. Urie says the destructive way capitalism has harnessed natural resources and the political system makes it time to reimagine the way we understand and relate to the world around us, while RT correspondent Anya Parampil explores wealth disparities across the United States.

POLITICAL COMMENTARY: “Professor Eddie Glaude: Black America” / RT America / On Contact with Chris Hedges ☮

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges explores the harsh economic, social and political reality for African Americans with Princeton Professor Eddie Glaude. They discuss institutionalized racism that is holding down black America, as addressed in Glaude’s book, “Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul”. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil brings us the numbers that depict the racial divide.

“Character is the interpenetration of habits.”
 ~ Aristotle

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Green Party candidate Jill Stein has a shot at winning the Presidency but she needs to reach the 15% threshold in polling to qualify for the debates. Similarly, nobody believed Bernie Sanders had a chance when he began his campaign in the Spring of 2015.

POLITICAL COMMENTARY: “Richard Wolff: Capitalism in Crisis” / RT America / On Contact with Chris Hedges ☮

In this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges explores capitalism in crisis with Richard Wolff, professor of economics emeritus at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. From Brexit, to labor protests in France, to Italy’s financial woes, they discuss the effects of austerity on the working class. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the fallout of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.

GREEN PARTY: “Why Many Liberals are Voting for Dr. Jill Stein Instead of Hillary Clinton” / The Humanist Report / Mike Figueredo ☮

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POLITICAL COMMENTARY: “Cheri Honkala and Galen Tyler: Protesting the DNC” / RT America / On Contact with Chris Hedges ☮

In this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses the protests planned at the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia with two local organizers. Cheri Honkala, director of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, and Galen Tyler, leader of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union, are leading the March for Lives, raising awareness of poverty and homelessness. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the cost of security at the upcoming national conventions.

GREEN PARTY: “Jill Stein Appeared on Fox News, Made Their Heads Explode” / The Humanist Report / Mike Figueredo ☮

Green Party presidential candidate appeared on Fox News, and the liberal policies she discussed nearly made their heads explode. We break down the exchange in this segment.

GREEN PARTY: “Bernie Sanders Supporters ‘Burned’ by Democratic Party” / Green Party Presidential Candidate, Dr. Jill Stein ☮

Presumptive Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein says that she would stand aside to offer Bernie Sanders the Green Party nomination, but thinks he is unlikely to accept her offer. Stein’s statement comes after Sanders’ endorsement of his Democratic primary opponent, Hilary Clinton, which has Stein called the final nail in the coffin of his Democratic Party presidential campaign. To discuss if Bernie Sanders will see “the green light,” and the way the Democratic Party treated Sanders and his supporters during the campaign, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein talks to RT.