The Jaded Prole

A Progressive Worker's Perspective on the political and cultural events of our time.

Monday, March 07, 2011

Chris Hedges Gives us a Reality Check

I don't always agree with writer Chris Hedges but unfortunately I think he has it right about the big picture in his latest missive regarding the collapsing of this cycle of civilization. Bleak though it is, he offers the slim glimmer of hope when he writes,

The unrest in the Middle East, the implosion of national economies such as those of Ireland and Greece, the increasing anger of a beleaguered working class at home and abroad, the growing desperate human migrations and the refusal to halt our relentless destruction of the ecosystem on which life depends are the harbingers of our own collapse and the consequences of the idiocy of our elite and the folly of globalization. Protests that are not built around a complete reconfiguration of American society, including a rapid dismantling of empire and the corporate state, can only forestall the inevitable. We will be saved only with the birth of a new and militant radicalism which seeks to dethrone our corrupt elite from power, not negotiate for better terms.

My emphasis on the nitty gritty. Capitalism must go and must be replaced by a global system of socialisms that can work together to address peoples needs in the context of repairing the environment and adapting to changes already inevitable or the game is over.


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