I work in IT, which, as most modern Americans are aware, stands for Information Technology. But my particular focus is a different IT, Instructional Technology. I work at a small university, helping instructors build online courses.
In post-secondary education, one of the hot terms is flipped classroom. The first time I heard someone use it, I had a pretty good idea of what it meant: student-centered or student-directed learning. I've known since my earliest teaching days that one of the most effective ways to learn facts and concepts involves teaching them to others.
In political wonkery, one of my hobbies, I have only recently become acquainted with yet another IT: Inverted Totalitarianism. The true meaning of that term, I thought I could guess. But I could also guess incorrectly, and I did. Until today, I didn't even bother to look up inverted totalitarianism, because the implications of putting those two words scared me. It's actually way more complex and way scarier than I originally thought.
Bob Marley got it right: It's war. Everywhere is war. It has been war for a long time. But now that war is more overt than at any time since the Gilded Age, the time back to which our plutocrats and their elected lackeys are busily bulldozing our society and our politics.
Yesterday's US House vote on the American Health Care Act and the recent introduction of the risibly named Financial Choice Act have delivered a spiteful jolt to my third eye. Even if We the People are not on a war footing, the plutocratic establishment types are, along with their minions in Washington and various state capitals.
The top 1% (more or less), through their political puppets and their police, are waging war against poor people, against working people, against people of color, against LGBT+ people, against the natural environment, against anyone or anything standing between the 1% and increased profits.
This is a follow-up to my entry from earlier today. In a revision of that entry, I added a link to this hour-plus video of Chris Hedges speaking in Vancouver BC just over a week ago. About 20 minutes into the speech, Hedges connects our alleged president's puppeteer Steve Bannon with the generational theory of William Strauss and Neil Howe, co-authors of The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy.
Hedges paints Strauss and Howe as guilty by association with Bannon's alt-right ideology. He refers to them as "pseudo-intellectuals" playing the same role as propagandists and apologists for the Third Reich. Having read The Fourth Turning twice, I must say that I find this depiction terribly unfair. And, I am happy to report, I am not alone in thinking so.
I have been reading the columns of Rev. Christopher Hedges for more than a decade. The photo at right has been in use on Common Dreams for at least that long, so he has aged some since it was taken.
In November 2015, I had the good fortunate of attending the Peacemaker Awards banquet at which he was honored. Before the banquet began, I had the honor of standing in the same men's room with him.
Here are some recent columns that Hedges published on Truthdig, which were then reposted on Common Dreams: "A Last Chance for Resistance" and "The Dance of Death." According to our man Chris, we are watching the death spiral of Late Capitalism, of which the election of the Tangerine Nightmare is but the most obvious symptom.
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