On July 1st, 2015, Bernie Sanders, told a crown in Madison, Wisconsin that "The top one-tenth of 1 percent" of Americans "own almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent." PolitiFact rated his statement as "Mostly True."
It doesn't take a rocket scientists to see that this trajectory can't be sustained.
Here's the bottom line for almost everything we do here. Whenever society pass laws to pick on or target the weak or the vulnerable, it is targeting the wrong people. They aren't the ones destroying this country. Not even close. They're just easy targets. They have no voice. Sure, certain organizations do a great job of trying to advocate for them but it doesn't even put a dent in the overall problem. They are still scapegoated and blamed for most of societies problems. After all, "They're just lazy freeloaders who refuse to work!"
It's easy for conservatives and right-wing "Christians" to sideline, marginalize, scapegoat and demonize the vulnerable (poor, gay, sick, immigrant, etc.) because the vulnerable don't have paid lobbies, legal representation, political representation, or spokespeople. They can't defend and position themselves like the super rich.
Nothing like picking on the little guys, or as Jesus would put it, the least of these. Meanwhile it's the super rich who drain the economy dry, move their money offshore tax havens and laugh all the way to the country club. Conservatives have Americans angry at the wrong people and it's a travesty of justice purchased with lies and brainwashing via media. Follow the money folks, you'll figure out who's causing all the problems for Americans and it isn't the people you've been led to believe who have no voice.
Why do you think we never hear about any of this in the media? That's because there are only a handful of media companies left in the world. They've all been bought up and consolidated by bigger media companies.
Contrary to the propaganda conservatives repeat hundreds of times daily, the national media isn't "The Liberal Media." It's Corporate Media. Think about it. Are these massive media corporations who spend billions going to put out a liberal message? They report exactly they want you to hear, a positive spin on the corporate agenda.
So what is the ordinary person to do? Corporate media isn't going to tell the truth. We have to take it upon ourselves to discern truth from lies and fluff. There are plenty of good sources out there, Chris Hedges is one of them. He writes for Truthdig.com. Google him.
Chris Hedges, whose column is published weekly on Truthdig, has written twelve books, including the New York Times best seller “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt” (2012), which he co-authored with the cartoonist Joe Sacco. Some of his other books include “Death of the Liberal Class” (2010), “Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle” (2009), “I Don’t Believe in Atheists” (2008) and the best selling “American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America” (2008). His book “War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning” (2003) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction.
Hedges previously spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He has reported from more than 50 countries and has worked for The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, The Dallas Morning News and The New York Times, for which he was a foreign correspondent for 15 years.
Hedges was part of the team of reporters at The New York Times awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for the paper’s coverage of global terrorism. He also received the Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism in 2002. The Los Angeles Press Club honored Hedges’ original columns in Truthdig by naming the author the Online Journalist of the Year in 2009 and again in 2011. The LAPC also granted him the Best Online Column award in 2010 for his Truthdig essay “One Day We’ll All Be Terrorists”. In 2012 Hedges won the Southern California Journalism Award for the Online Journalist of the Year.
Hedges is a senior fellow at The Nation Institute in New York City. He has taught at Columbia University, New York University, Princeton University and The University of Toronto. He currently teaches prisoners at a maximum-security prison in New Jersey.
Hedges began his career reporting on the Falkland War from Argentina for National Public Radio. He went on to cover the war in El Salvador and Nicaragua for five years, first for The Christian Science Monitor and National Public Radio and later The Dallas Morning News. Following six years in Latin America, he took time off to study Arabic and then went to Jerusalem and later Cairo. He spent seven years in the Middle East, most of them as the bureau chief there for The New York Times. He left the Middle East in 1995 for Sarajevo to cover the war in Bosnia and later reported the war in Kosovo. Afterward, he joined the Times’ investigative team and was based in Paris to cover al-Qaida. He left the Times after being issued a formal reprimand for denouncing the Bush administration’s invasion of Iraq.
Hedges holds a B.A. in English literature from Colgate University and a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard University. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, Calif. Hedges speaks Arabic, French and Spanish and studied classics, including ancient Greek and Latin, at Harvard. In addition to writing a weekly original column for Truthdig, he has written for Harper’s Magazine, Le Monde, The New Statesman, The New York Review of Books, Adbusters, Granta, Foreign Affairs and other publications. In 2014, Chris Hedges was ordained as a minister at the Second Presbyterian Church. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey and is married to the Canadian actress Eunice Wong with whom he has two children. He also has two children from a previous marriage.
This article is a work is progress. More information will be added shortly, including the alarming statistics on world deforestation.