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We live and must survive in a capitalist world not of our choosing. Marx, Lenin, Trotsky all had to earn a living in that (our) world. Our only option is to create something different, something better which one cannot do without confronting and overthrowing the status quo, which cannot be done by hermits attempting to exist outside the system. Hedges has covered our many wars since the 1980s as a paid correspondent for the New York Times, then quit when they would not print his "biased" reports. He went on to write several best selling books and continues to comment on our situation writ large. Most of his work may be found in TruthDig.com, including his masterful defense of Edward Snowden at the Oxford Debating Society. As I understand it, his message is that we absolutely cannot make change within the system, that we must find our own ways to rebel. But read him for yourself.
The Inlander was once a proud, prize-winning light of investigative and justice-advocacy journalism. Sadly, it has lost the courage to print anything the least bit controversial, joining the ranks of sell outs like NPR - Not Particularly Relevant. But it will always tell us where to eat . . .
Plenty for war and pillage but ever enough for social needs.
Actually, our funding of Israeli is now in excess of $4 billion per year, paying for a brutal, illegal occupation that has persisted for nearly 50 years. That's in addition to the unconditional support we have extended in vetoing every UN resolution remotely critical of Israel. Why? Our very powerful Jewish and Christian Zionist lobby led by AIPAC.
Never again . . . except to Palestine!
We are so in love with our military that we cannot question its role or purpose. We cannot ask whether it serves us or serves corporations. We cannot ask whether it defends or endangers us. "Ours is not to reason why . . ."
An American anti-Zionist Jew myself, I agree with and support Taylor's observations and conclusions. People have a right to exist. States do not. Should Nazi Germany or Apartheid South Africa have a right to exist? Apartheid Israel has no right to exist, and I personally resent the hundreds of billions of our dollars spent prolonging its malignant existence. Anti-semitism is the chosen pathology of a chosen people.
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