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Recognizing the Language of Tyranny

Posted on Feb 6, 2011
By Chris Hedges

Empires communicate in two languages. One language is expressed in imperatives. It is the language of command and force. This militarized language disdains human life and celebrates hypermasculinity.

It demands. It makes no attempt to justify the flagrant theft of natural resources and wealth or the use of indiscriminate violence. When families are gunned down at a checkpoint in Iraq they are referred to as having been “lit up.” So it goes. The other language of empire is softer.

It employs the vocabulary of ideals and lofty goals and insists that the power of empire is noble and benevolent. The language of beneficence is used to speak to those outside the centers of death and pillage, those who have not yet been totally broken, those who still must be seduced to hand over power to predators.

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Added: Feb-7-2011 Occurred On: Feb-6-2011
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  • A fancy way of saying they tell us one thing then tell each other something else. Carlin was right: "It's a big club. And you ain't in it". It becomes more obvious as time goes by that the rich and super-rich could not care less about the other 300 million of us. The USA has plenty of money for social programs ala' Norway and Denmark but no one will see any of it. It's all gone to buy a $2 billion B2 bomber, you see.

    They do not want to redirect our money back to us. Anyone y More..

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