Comments to any Glenn Greenwald columns are always worth the time to read. I often learn something new. One thing many of us agree on is that the USA is not a democracy. Many side line observers of the politics and the social structure know that a major upheaval in America is underway. Now I know what to call what is happening in America.
In inverted totalitarianism, every natural resource and every living being is commodified and exploited to collapse and the citizenry are lulled and manipulated into surrendering their liberties and their participation in their government by excess consumerism and sensationalism.
One element of Inverted Totalitarianism is propaganda. That would be the corporate owned media – and the response of the U.S. Government assets (stenographers who copy down and report exactly what those in power tell them to report) in the media who are panting for the jailing of journalist and whistleblowers who expose the truth. The truth is under attach because the truth exposes the lies told by those who worship money. In the end it is all about money and power derived from money.
Sheldon Wolin writes: “Inverted Totalitarianism reverses things.” Sort of like the “Freedom” Bill which Marcy Wheeler calls the “Freedumb” Bill which was supposed to put some controls on NSA SPYING. The truth is the the “Freedumb” Bill will be much much worse. Glenn Greenwald titled his book “Nowhere to Hide”. But under the “Freedumb” Bill the government spying will be much worse. See http://Emptywheel.com for all the dirty political lies and how much Obama’s White House now loves the “Freedumb” Bill. The Freedumb Bill will not free us from intrusive 4th Amendment violations by the NSA and other spy agencies.
“Inverted Totalitarianism aims for the mass of the population to be in a persistent state of political apathy. The only type of political activity expected or desired from the citizenry is voting.” From the Wikipedia link.
Sheldon Wolin’s book is “Democracy Incorporated : Managed Democracy and the Spector of Inverted Totalitarianism”.
Obama was bought and paid for to continue the status quo. Which is exactly what he is doing. Gerrymandering helps keep politicians in office. Some of us do care what happens to the next generation. The 1% for the vast majority don’t seem to care. They believe that stuffing billions in off shore account will keep them safe. Oh the other billionaires believe that it doesn’t matter what the do – they are saved – the bought their way into heaven.
Inverted Totalitarianism reverses things. Wrong is right. Greed is good. Poor people like being poor. Minimum wage is harmful. Going hungry is good for children. Up is down. Clean air is dirty because you can’t see the air. (O.K. I confess I made that last one up.)
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