Jonny, thanks for mentioning “Democracy Inc.”, Sheldon Wolin’s book which fairly accurately identical and defines the imagery of democracy in this hidden cancer of Empire.
Sheldon Wolin’s book Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism received a Lannan Literary Award for an Especially Notable Book in 2008.
While Wolin’s accurately diagnosed the structure that is employed to suborn and substitute something else for real democracy, he did not name this ersatz version of democracy by a name that could be broadly understood, rallied against by any majority of people, nor ignite a Second American Revolution against this false thing merely ‘posing’ as democracy when his book suggested calling it “Democracy Inc.” — so while Wolin’s logic and analysis was on-target his ability to start a Revolution against this thing failed to gain any broad traction with average American ‘subject’ to actually Revolt against this ‘thing’ that was oppressing them as much as the German people did not revolt against the Nasis.
Wolin’s lack of marketing, rallying, and enflaming Revolution because he did not use the only broad and commonly understood term that American’s have ever successfully rallied and actually Revolted against is the same deadly dead-end that afflicts almost all academics, public intellectuals, and revolutionary thinkers in this ‘thing’ called “our country”, or “America”, or “the U.S.” — and this lack of calling the ‘thing’ that enslaves us and turns us into powerless ‘subjects’ is also the common flaw and error that; Hedges, and all CD authors fail to do.
For example, in Hedges new and very good book, “Wages of Rebellion”, he notes:
“The New York Times, The Guardian, El País , Le Monde, and Der Spiegel printed redacted copies of some of the WikiLeaks files, but they have underreported the prosecution of Manning and entrapment of Assange. Do these news organizations believe that if the state shuts down organizations such as WikiLeaks and imprisons Manning and Assange, traditional news outlets will be left alone? Can’t they connect the dots between the prosecutions of government whistle- blowers under the Espionage Act, warrantless wiretapping, the monitoring of communications, and the persecution of Manning, Assange, and Snowden? Haven’t they realized that this is a war by a global corporate elite not against an organization or an individual but against liberty, the freedom of the press, and democracy itself?”
By calling the ‘thing’ that is controlling our former country, “the state”, or the “corporate elite”, Hedges and other attempted revolutionary leaders are making the same mistake as Wolin’s in failing to use the terminology that denies this ‘thing’ the hatred of the people.
The American people will never actually get up and revolt against anything that sounds like their country, their state, or even a vague sounding group like the “corporate elite” ---- the people will only and have only ever Revolted against an EMPIRE which treated them like powerless ‘subjects’ and oppressed them in multiple ways that the people could clearly understand and connected to the obvious fact that this ‘thing’ had a common name, and that was Empire.
Bernie is hopefully the first political leader and rebel who will, before the 2016 (s)election make it clear through his speeches (and even his ‘Revolutionary’ T shirts) that it is time to “Join the Political and Economic Revolution against EMPIRE” — and if he does that he will indeed become the first president after the non-violent Second American Revolution against EMPIRE!