What’s yours is mine – America leads, we follow. The Psychosis that is America.

This is the last, and most important, section of a longer piece that succinctly delves into the ‘mental sickness’ that has America in its grip. It does not take much of a leap to realise this ‘sickness’ infects most Western Capitalist Societies. Some are incubating, others are developing the fever.

The breakdown of a fractured society allows primitive behaviours to seep through the cracks and coalesce. Whatever form the ‘revolution’ takes, there will be those who see it as an opportunity. An opportunity to push their own agenda. Factions will erupt.

Those who can will flee to ‘safer’ climes taking their ill gotten gains with them. Those who stay will fall into one of three groups. Those who side with the ‘status quo’ , those who side with the forces for change and those for whom survival of their physical and moral integrity becomes the driving force. The history of the last century has bleak warnings for us and our children. Uncontrollable forces are at our doorstep.

Uncomfortable as it is, these choices are already upon us (they have been around for some long time) and though this is a stark warning it does permit us to examine where we stand as individuals.

“Resistance movements will have to look now at the long night of slavery, the decades of oppression in the Soviet Union and the curse of fascism for models. The goal will no longer be the possibility of reforming the system but of protecting truth, civility and culture from mass contamination. It will require the kind of schizophrenic lifestyle that characterizes all totalitarian societies. Our private and public demeanors will often have to stand in stark contrast. Acts of defiance will often be subtle and nuanced. They will be carried out not for short term gain but the assertion of our integrity. Rebellion will have an ultimate if not easily definable purpose. The more we retreat from the culture at large the more room we will have to carve out lives of meaning, the more we will be able to wall off the flood of illusions disseminated by mass culture and the more we will retain sanity in an insane world. The goal will become the ability to endure.”

Chris Hedges, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the New York Times, is the author of several books including the best sellers War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning and Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle.




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