PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “The Dance of Death” / truthdig / Chris Hedges / 03.12.2017 ☮

The ruling corporate elites no longer seek to build. They seek to destroy. They are agents of death. They crave the unimpeded power to cannibalize the country and pollute and degrade the ecosystem to feed an insatiable lust for wealth, power and hedonism. Wars and military “virtues” are celebrated. Intelligence, empathy and the common good are banished. Culture is degraded to patriotic kitsch. Education is designed only to instill technical proficiency to serve the poisonous engine of corporate capitalism. Historical amnesia shuts us off from the past, the present and the future. Those branded as unproductive or redundant are discarded and left to struggle in poverty or locked away in cages. State repression is indiscriminate and brutal. And, presiding over the tawdry Grand Guignol is a deranged ringmaster tweeting absurdities from the White House.

The graveyard of world empires—Sumerian, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Mayan, Khmer, Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian—followed the same trajectory of moral and physical collapse. Those who rule at the end of empire are psychopaths, imbeciles, narcissists and deviants, the equivalents of the depraved Roman emperors Caligula, Nero, Tiberius and Commodus. The ecosystem that sustains the empire is degraded and exhausted. Economic growth, concentrated in the hands of corrupt elites, is dependent on a crippling debt peonage imposed on the population. The bloated ruling class of oligarchs, priests, courtiers, mandarins, eunuchs, professional warriors, financial speculators and corporate managers sucks the marrow out of society.

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PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “New Study: Clinton’s Attacks on Trump, [NOT THE GREEN PARTY], Lost Her the Election” / The Jimmy Dore Show Live / Jimmy Dore ☮

A Wesleyan University study suggests that Hillary Clinton’s campaign was full of ads attacking her opponent rather than explaining policy.

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Losing Democratic Presidential Candidate, Hillary Clinton’s Comically Bad Vision for Democrats in 2017” / The Jimmy Dore Show Live / Jimmy Dore ☮

Hillary Clinton gives an address to democratic party supporters on the future of the DNC.