Wednesday Wisdom


The naive belief that history is linear, that moral progress accompanies technical progress, is a form of collective self-delusion. It cripples our capacity for radical action and lulls us into a false sense of security. Those who cling to the myth of human progress, who believe that the world inevitably moves toward a higher material and moral state, are held captive by power. Only those who accept the very real possibility of dystopia, of the rise of a ruthless corporate totalitarianism, buttressed by the most terrifying security and surveillance apparatus in human history, are likely to carry out the self-sacrifice necessary for revolt.

The yearning for positivism that pervades our corporate culture ignores human nature and human history. But to challenge it, to state the obvious fact that things are getting worse, and may soon get much worse, is to be tossed out of the circle of magical thinking that defines American and much of Western culture. The left is as infected with this mania for hope as the right. It is a mania that obscures reality even as global capitalism disintegrates and the ecosystem unravels, potentially dooming us all.

Chris Hedges @ TRUTHDIG


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14 Responses to Wednesday Wisdom

  1. Den says:

    Magical thinking like parading a bunch of Republican louts pretending they are actual Presidential material, and to make it worse have millions support these clowns.
    If that isn’t magical, I don’t know what is.

    Maybe someone could magically make them all disappear.


  2. º¿carol says:

    Jim, I didn’t get your birthday from Facebook. I keep records. I looked in my Arianna Blog folder where I first met you, and there it was. Your birth date. You must have mentioned it somewhere back in time and that’s how I got it.

    Same with Den. Corn blog in his case.


  3. º¿carol says:

    Pete came over this morning, solved the sound problem on my XP computer. Took the jack and plugged it in the headphone slot on the front of the CPU. That’s it, couldn’t figure out why the speakers wouldn’t play no matter which audio hole in the back we put the jack in.

    He also helped me straighten out the pool filter. Something wasn’t seated right and together we got it adjusted. Filter running smartly now.


  4. David B. Benson says:

    Went to Zoe’s Coffeehouse for late breakfast. Almost same menu as when it was Tam’s Place. Almost same quality.

    My neighbor A. works there and we chatted for awhile.

    Then I finally arranged for this desktop to work.


  5. David B. Benson says:

    Off to a wine and cheese tasting downstairs at the planetarium.


  6. º¿carol says:


  7. David B. Benson says:

    Party over.


  8. Den says:

    Peer @ the stars? or just drink wine and eat cheese?


  9. Den says:

    Tell ya what,
    Personal fuel near expired, time to crash and count….


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