Thursday, January 5, 2012
Shorter version of Christopher Hedges I particularly like his comments on Oprah
On Oprah's role in the cultural and religious pursuit of personal wealth:
HEDGES: Negative. Oprah peddles this fantasy that we can have everything we want if we just focus on happiness and grasp that we are truly exceptional and dig deep enough within ourselves and this is just magical thinking. It's not just peddled by Oprah. I don't want to pick on Oprah. The Christian right does it, Hollywood does it, corporatism does it. Tony Robbins, self-help guru and it's just a myth, and frankly it's a myth that's used to beat up on the poor.
So, there are no jobs in Camden. They used to make Campbells Soup in Camden. Even that's gone. Everything's gone. The schools are dysfunctional, there's a gigantic drop out rate, the streets are unsafe and to somehow tell a poor black child who's not getting a good education, not being raised in an environment that provides safety and security and nurturing and upon that being tossed out into a city where there is no work that they have to dig deep enough within themselves is really a way for us to turn our backs on the vulnerable and the poor.
And to say you are responsible, this is what's called cultural messages, you are responsible for your fate. And that's just the way the corporate state wants it as it sheds job after job after job. As large or as larger segments of American society are reduced to subsistence levels, without any kind of job security, without any kind of adequate health insurance, that it's sort of their fault because they haven't managed to tap into their inner strength, this is not only delusional, but in the end I think callous to the weak and the poor and to the working class.
The full text of this segment is here: http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/heather/chris-hedges-libertarianism-struggle-betwe