Year-end selects from our archives
Texas Congressman Joe Barton & his retinue. What would the “little Eichmanns” of BP and other corporations do without the enabling rendered by such revolting political prostitutes?
By Chris Hedges [Originally Posted on May 16, 2010]
Cultures that do not recognize that human life and the natural world have a sacred dimension, an intrinsic value beyond monetary value, cannibalize themselves until they die. They ruthlessly exploit the natural world and the members of their society in the name of progress until exhaustion or collapse, blind to the fury of their own self-destruction. The oil pouring into the Gulf of Mexico, estimated to be perhaps as much as 100,000 barrels a day, is part of our foolish death march. It is one more blow delivered by the corporate state, the trade of life for gold. But this time collapse, when it comes, will not be confined to the geography of a decayed civilization. It will be global.