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America’s Slave Empire


#1

America’s Slave Empire

Chris Hedges

Three prisoners—Melvin Ray, James Pleasant and Robert Earl Council—who led work stoppages in Alabama prisons in January 2014 as part of the Free Alabama Movement have spent the last 18 months in solitary confinement. Authorities, unnerved by the protests that engulfed three prisons in the state, as well as by videos and pictures of abusive conditions smuggled out by the movement, say the men will remain in solitary confinement indefinitely.


#2

Imagine how much better our society would be if
"corrections" meant correction...

Teach a soul how freedom can be won through trust and watch them learn and earn a path to the light. It is not easy, but it is possible. Redemption is a blessing, but, unfortunately exploitation is the path to riches for the exploiters. The profit motive MUST be removed from the prison industrial complex!


#3

Everyone is conditioned from birth by society. Most are never able to de-program themselves. The average person is a beaten dog from birth. They grow up abused and conditioned by authority to obey and those that do question usually never get beyond cognitive dissonance. Even if they work hard, only for themselves, it can result in disease and early death. Many work hard for monstrous bosses at jobs they detest. Even the few that manage to become wealthy have usually destroyed their physical and psychological health in the process. Most live in constant fear of bosses, co-workers and in a world of exaggerated enemies to distract them from reality. Identifying with their abusers they, in turn, abuse themselves often working and making choices against their own best interests. Self abuse has two thirds as fat ass fat heads.

In our materialist society based on competition most are stressed out as they are made to feel personally responsible for their lot. Self help is rampant in our society of individualism. Self help is also a very profitable industry but is it not also group placebo power? If one has not de-programed oneself and knows one's self than it's just more herd think.

It can take years to find oneself and self examination should be life long. But here's some free quick self help. The greater the authority the more it should be questioned. Obedience should be earned not given. Start ridiculing ads and organizations. If you get this far you may become one of the liberated few who know that all that really counts is to enjoy what's at hand. Most enjoyable is where no one loses and everyone shares equally. Only socialism can do that.

Otherwise most wage slaves will remain a few paychecks away from homelessness. Prison is the way our rotten capitalist system deals with not only poverty but with mental illness. It is a country of brainwashed and conditioned slaves and "politicians are the ones who orchestrated this system. They are either directly involved as businessmen—many are already millionaires or billionaires, or they are controlled by millionaires and billionaires…. The laws, such as mandatory minimum [sentences], were put in place by big business so they would have access to cheap labor. The anti-terrorism laws were enacted to close the doors on the access to justice so people would be in prison longer. Big business finances campaigns. Big business writes the laws and legislation.”

Brutality and force is inflicted on everyone from birth to varying degrees according to the social rank one is born into. All studies have shown that only a very few rise above the rank they are born into. Fear keeps all from questioning and prison awaits anyone who should become a real threat to the status quo or whose poverty makes them vulnerable to exploitation. "Prisons, the men said, have increasingly placed larger and larger financial burdens on families, with the poorest families suffering the most.”

In or out of prison most of us are slaves. "They use brutality to hold it together. And this brutality will not go away until the system goes away.” The capitalist system must be destroyed and it has reached a dead end and is destroying itself. Everyone can help it along by living simple lives and consuming as little as possible. Boycott the system by not voting and working as little as possible and even subvert it by working grudgingly and inefficiently. Treat employers as enemies and their corporations as prisons. Consume as little as possible and produce as much as you can for your own needs.

I have been boycotting the most abusive corporations such as McDonalds and Walmart for decades. I have been boycotting the whole rotten capitalist system for decades. i subvert the system in every way possible and even enjoy doing it. i spit in the face of this awful, hateful, country and its empire which is the bloodiest in history. I cheer its falling. Prison America is crumbling. Hooray!


#4

There is a good discussion between Hedges and Derrick Jensen on Resistance Radio. It is featured on Seemorerocks today, near the bottom of the first page.
Peace
Po


#5

Thank you for the heads up on that.
Its always good to listen to observers and participants who have long term visions of equality and equilibrium and value technology as well as truly appreciate the fact that technology is a tool that without the full human spectrum is inevitably a weapon.
Two observations I found interesting were the call to attention of the 'deplatforming' of those who bring truth to the (#2) 'electronic hallucination' being perpetrated since the inception of modern electronic media.
I tend to think that system IS destroying itself despite the good will of most people. The latter being usurped by just about every material means that can be usurped by the corporate non-person.
As an older person who has struggled with this all of my life I tend to see my role in the simple support by gleaning for the soup kitchen, thanks to farmers of conscience with real economic vision, and forms of community that we can strengthen. Simplify, love, respect, speak truth to power. These all seem very small, and they are, but they are important collectively. I hold the young people deep, deep in my heart.


#6

"Boycott the system by not voting "

The system rotted because non-voters let it.

“Elections belong to the people. It's their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.”
― Abraham Lincoln


#8

Some of what you say is true, but a lot of it focuses on generalizations that lump all persons together. You also make the problem into that of U.S. citizens when the problem of global hegemonic power affects persons in numerous nations. Of all the abusive corporations to boycott, you say nothing of Monsanto or the really egregious ones. (Hint: Big Energy and Big Weapons/war.) And your post also makes the blatantly racist system of America's prison-industrial complex invisible. I think you've penned a post that mostly pushes outrage at generalized targets to blur over the real Truth.


#9

I think we have to remember how Bernays outlined how State Propaganda was to work. In the books he wrote he illustrated how in order to sell a product to the masses a market had to be created for one. So as example people really did not want pianos in the 1920's. There was no demand for piano's so how could that demand be created.? Piano sellers wanted to sell those piano's.

It was simple really. What you did was collude with the home builders and have them build homes with that they called "piano rooms". The home builders would build all these copy andpaste homes and each would have a little room that they would call "the Piano room".Then it became a matter of saying "Hey look you got a piano room why the heck are you not using it for its intended purpose" ? People then started buying piano's.

This is how the prison system works.We got all these prisons built we have to use them!

This is how Police forces work. "We have all these cops we pay a salary why dont we use them to arrest people and give out tickets"? What is the USE of writing all of these laws if we are not arredsting people that break them? If no one is breaking them lets write laws they will break!

This is how mass surveillance works. We just spent 3 billion dollars on a new NSA building in Utah and its got all the latest gadgets. Why are we not USING it.?

This is how War works and to use the words of Ms Albright parphrased (at least I belive it was her) . What is the use of a powerful and expensive Military if we do not USE it.? No one wants to wage a war against us, let us create one!

In fact this thought process applies to those "Libertarians" that come here to preach the Gospel of the "freemarket" , that being that Nature itself is pointless unless we "use it for something so as to create value" (as that voiceofreason idiot insists), Just because something is used less does not mean it useless.What is most important is what are things used FOR or if they even have to be used at all and the Justice system in the USA is used for the purposes of the rich so as to create ever growing wealth and to ensure there a permanent underclass. It has nothing to do with what is just.

It is all marketing. It is all product cooked up in some backroom and sold to the public for profit. "Tough on Crime" was a sales jingo no different than "things go better with Coke"


#10

The USA has a justice system where thugs kidnap you, then you negotiate your ransom and then after it has been paid you may or may not be returned alive after torture. Just like any 3rd world cesspool.
The DOJ is a joke, let off the bankers that launder billions for the cartels and give the cartels guns and keep your job.


#11

Working Class Hero

"As soon as you're born they make you feel small
By giving you no time instead of it all
'Til the pain is so big you feel nothing at all

A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

They hurt you at home and they hit you at school
They hate you if you're clever and they despise a fool
'Til you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules

A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

When they've tortured and scared you for 20 odd years
Then they expect you to pick a career
When you can't really function, you're so full of fear

A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

Keep you doped with religion, and sex, and T.V.
And you think you're so clever and classless and free
But you're still fucking peasants as far as I can see

A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

There's room at the top they are telling you still
But first you must learn how to smile as you kill
If you want to be like the folks on the hill

A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

If you want to be a hero well just follow me
If you want to be a hero well just follow me"

John Lennon


#12

Hedges hits it out of the park again.

What's being done to prisoners in the U.S. is a crime.


#13

I sympathize with your longing for a perfect world natureboy, but "voting" in today's America (specifically in national elections) is highly overrated. But, if it makes you feel better, go ahead.


#14

That's what Republicans want us to think.


#16

Right or Left, it doesn't matter. Political parties (as well as nation states) are irrelevant at this point in time. I'm not sure if any thing/any person or group can honestly alter the course of events in front of us, but we will see. Certainly it won't be an election that does it. Been there, done that. Kennedy, RFK, MLK, etc, came close, and you've seen the results. (And just how long ago was that?) They've gotten so good, built such an incredibly powerful system to serve themselves and to keep you in check, that they don't need to assassinate anyone again. They just grind onward. Elections are a sideshow. They change nothing of consequence. But, they do serve up some lukewarm hope. Just sayin'. No emotions here, just more or less facts as I see 'em. But, I could be wrong.


#17

That's exactly what Republicans want you to think. We can do something we have never tried before: We can aim for a 100% voter turnout. Remember, Republicans all vote. Don't give in and don't give up.


#18

Vote Bernie or vote 3rd party.


#19

If only 3rd parties would vote for Bernie.