The saddest thing

Nobody writes it quite like Joe Bageant, and his latest should be printed out and attached to the door of every bank, church, school desk, television screen in America…and anywhere else it will fit. Two choice paragraphs:

The saddest thing is that Americans are cultivated like mushrooms from birth to death, kept in the dark and fed horseshit. Consequently, they haven’t the slightest idea that there is an alternative to the system in which they labor at the pleasure of corporate and financial elites who own both their government and their every waking hour. That alternative is democratic Socialism. Self governance for the broadest common good. Which the Ministry of Truth has defined for them as fascism.

And:

Will Americans ever rise up in defense of their own common well being through such things as education, health and a productive peace caring society? Nope. Because it has been seen to that socialism — the administration of the nation solely for the common good and benefit of all the people without preference or privilege — doesn’t stand a chance in America. For over a century those who have attempted to further socialism have been shot, hanged, burned alive in their beds on Christmas Eve, imprisoned, falsely accused of crimes and falsely convicted, and demonized by the capitalist elites of the corporate state. The cause of socialism has effectively been wiped out in the US. Few Americans can even define the word. Most think it is a political system when it is a social philosophy. Hell, half the socialists these days think it is entirely a political system.

Go read the rest at Joe’s site

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~ by Lex on December 8, 2009.

One Response to “The saddest thing”

  1. Thanks for posting this one, brother. Joe’s piece is articulate and, well, pretty much right on. I posted it to the ol’ FB, too.

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