H/t reader M.G.:
“Although speaking on a climate change panel, Chris Hedges does a great job in just a few paragraphs to describe how corporations have taken over the world governments, making the citizen impotent to act. Started with that SOB Clinton (whom I despise completely), Obama has finished it. Speaking liberally while cynically destroying every right the people ever had.
This is the best summary of what has happened in a few paragraphs I have ever read on the takeover of the US and other nations.”
- The Coming Climate Revolt (Common Dreams, Sep 23, 2014):
By Chris Hedges
Chris Hedges made these remarks Saturday at a panel discussion in New York City titled “The Climate Crisis: Which Way Out?” The other panelists were Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein, Kshama Sawant and Sen. Bernie Sanders. The event, moderated by Brian Lehrer, occurred on the eve of the People’s Climate March in New York City. For a video of some of what the panelists said, click here.
We have undergone a transformation during the last few decades—what John Ralston Saul calls a corporate coup d’état in slow motion. We are no longer a capitalist democracy endowed with a functioning liberal class that once made piecemeal and incremental reform possible. Liberals in the old Democratic Party such as the senators Gaylord Nelson, Birch Bayh and George McGovern—who worked with Ralph Nader to make the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Mine Safety and Health Act, the Freedom of Information Act and the OSHA law, who made common cause with labor unions to protect workers, who stood up to the arms industry and a bloated military—no longer exist within the Democratic Party, as Nader has been lamenting for several years. They were pushed out as corporate donors began to transform the political landscape with the election of Ronald Reagan. And this is why the Democrats have not, as Bill Curry points out, enacted any major social or economic reforms since the historic environmental laws of the early ’70s. Continue reading »