Monday, May 17, 2010

BP and the ‘Little Eichmanns’: From Chris Hedges

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.

100,000 barrels a day, one more blow delivered by the corporate state, the trade of life for gold.

They serve Thanatos, the forces of death, the dark instinct Sigmund Freud identified within human beings that propels us to annihilate all living things, including ourselves

The death they dispense have made cancer an epidemic, dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico, melting polar ice caps, 45,000 Americans who could not afford proper medical care

corporations consume, pollute, oppress and kill. They will drain the last drop of profit from us until there is nothing left. elite universities churn out tens of thousands of these deaf, dumb and blind systems managers who are endowed with sophisticated skills of management and the incapacity for common sense, compassion or remorse. These technocrats mistake the art of manipulation with knowledge.

“The longer one listened to him, the more obvious it became that his inability to speak was closely connected with an inability to think, namely, to think from the standpoint of somebody else,” Hannah Arendt wrote of “Eichmann in Jerusalem.” “No communication was possible with him, not because he lied but because he was surrounded by the most reliable of all safeguards against words and the presence of others, and hence against reality as such.”

BP, which made $6.1 billion in profits in the first quarter of this year, never obtained permits from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The protection of the ecosystem did not matter
Our corporate state has gutted environmental regulation as tenaciously as it has gutted financial regulation and habeas corpus

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