From the mind of Chris Hedges…
As I am nearly finished with Hedges’ book “Empire of Illusion” I wanted to share an excerpt from the book. The book basically breaks down this illusion that America is living in and clearly shows how we are governed by the corporate elite.
On the Illusion of America:
The country’s moral decay is manifested in its physical decay. It is no coincidence that our infrastructure – roads, bridges, sewers, airports, trains, mass transit – is overburdened, outdated, and in dismal repair. It is not so elsewhere. China opens a new subway system every year. Europeans travel from London to Paris on high-speed trains. Meanwhile, America’s antiquated and inefficient rail system cannot maintain its lumbering cars and aging tracks. Cities are plagued by broken pipes and sinkholes. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that collapsing and overwhelmed sewage systems release more than 40,000 discharges of raw sewage into our drinking water, streams, and homes each year. The Education Department found that one-third of our schools are in such a severe state of disrepair that it ‘interferes with the delivery of instruction.’ A report in the journal Health Affairs estimates that if the for-profit health-care system is left unchanged, one of every five dollars spent by Americans in 2017 will go to health coverage. Half of all bankruptcies in America occur because families are unable to pay their medical bills. And staggering unemployment, bankruptcies, declining real estate prices, and the shuttering of stores and factories, are sweeping across the nation.
Sadly, this is America. We are a nation where you can barely distinguish one city from another as they have all been big-boxed. Home Depot, Walmart, Sears, etc…they all look the same wherever you go and they all send the same message…consume. We need to break away from this culture of consumerism and start building things again, starting with our own infrastructure. We’ve done it before and it can be done again, but it will take courage and it will take a completely different mindset than our present “me-first” attitude.