The Permanent Lie, Our Deadliest Threat

by Chris Hedges, Rise Up Times (H/T Stephen)

The most ominous danger we face does not come from the eradication of free speech through the obliteration of net neutrality or through Google algorithms that steer people away from dissident, left-wing, progressive or anti-war sites. It does not come from a tax bill that abandons all pretense of fiscal responsibility to enrich corporations and oligarchs and prepares the way to dismantle programs such as Social Security. It does not come from the opening of public land to the mining and fossil fuel industry, the acceleration of ecocide by demolishing environmental regulations, or the destruction of public education. It does not come from the squandering of federal dollars on a bloated military as the country collapses or the use of the systems of domestic security to criminalize dissent.

The most ominous danger we face comes from the marginalization and destruction of institutions, including the courts, academia, legislative bodies, cultural organizations and the press, that once ensured that civil discourse was rooted in reality and fact, helped us distinguish lies from truth and facilitated justice.

Donald Trump and today’s Republican Party represent the last stage in the emergence of corporate totalitarianism. Pillage and oppression are justified by the permanent lie.

The permanent lie is different from the falsehoods and half-truths uttered by politicians such as Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. The common political lie these politicians employed was not designed to cancel out reality. It was a form of manipulation. Clinton, when he signed into law the North American Free Trade Agreement, promised “NAFTA means jobs, American jobs and good-paying American jobs.” George W. Bush justified the invasion of Iraq because Saddam Hussein supposedly possessed weapons of mass destruction. But Clinton did not continue to pretend that NAFTA was beneficial to the working class when reality proved otherwise. Bush did not pretend that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction once none were found.

The permanent lie is not circumscribed by reality. It is perpetuated even in the face of overwhelming evidence that discredits it. It is irrational. Those who speak in the language of truth and fact are attacked as liars, traitors and purveyors of “fake news.” They are banished from the public sphere once totalitarian elites accrue sufficient power, a power now granted to them with the revoking of net neutrality. The iron refusal by those who engage in the permanent lie to acknowledge reality, no matter how transparent reality becomes, creates a collective psychosis.

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8 Responses

  1. Propoganda shit from an idiot lefty

  2. ” a tax bill that abandons all pretense of fiscal responsibility ”

    Fiscal responsibility? Good old neoliberal Chris Hedges.
    The faux left are worse enemies than the right sometimes.

    • I rather hoped he meant that in terms of the obvious hypocrisy of the republicans and libertarians backing the bill
      that would obviously raise the deficit tremendously and who’s only possible salvation is the “HOPE” that it will
      increase a tax revenue stream via increased jobs and higher wages, which never happens when these things are passed.

      • Tax cuts for the rich (net savers) don’t increase aggregate demand. It just makes them richer.
        The increased deficits, give the class warriors an excuse (fake though it is) to attack social spending in the name of ‘fixing the deficit’.
        It’s all economic nonsense. But people fall for the household budget analogy every time.
        No one ever asks where does money come from.

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