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127,000.  Our form of democracy is bribery, on the highest scale.  (Biography & Democracy)  Gore Vidal, cited Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia, 2013

 

 

127,004.  We should stop going around babbling about how we’re the greatest democracy on earth, when we're not even a democracy.  We are a sort of militarised republic.  The founding fathers hated two things, one was monarchy and the other was democracy, they gave us a constitution that saw to it we will have neither.  I don’t know how wise they were.  Gore Vidal, interview Australian Broadcasting Corporation 2001

 

 

123,658.  The democratic charade that exists, the political theatre that has replaced our democratic process.  And is just one more step towards this corporate totalitarianism which no-one seems willing or able to stop within the ruling elite.  (Corporation & United States of America & Democracy)  Chris Hedges, lecture Seattle University 2018, Corporate Totalitarianism: The End Game *****

 

123,659.  The diseases of despair that have plagued American society, the patholgies that rise out of a decaying culture.  (Corporation & United States of America & Society & Democracy & Culture)  ibid. 

 

123,660.  At the end of empire as you begin decay they engage – historians call it micro-militarism – they carry out suicidal military fiascos.  (Corporation & United States of America & American Empire & Democracy)  ibid.  

 

123,661.  We’re going to tax them at 91% like we used to … [and] destroy the military machine in this country which is the greatest enemy of democracy.  (Corporation & United States of America & Rich & Tax & Military-Industrial Complex & Democracy)  ibid.

 

123,662.  We lost control of our government, we lost control of our economy, and this isn’t unique to the United States.  (Corporation & United States of America & Control & Democracy)  ibid.

 

123,663.  Everything becomes tribal, truth no longer matters, the rights of the citizenry no longer matter.  (Corporation & United States of America & Rights & Democracy)  ibid.

 

123,664.  The liberal class functions as a kind of safety valve in moment of distress … They never critique the system.  (Corporation & United States of America & Liberal & Democracy)  ibid.

 

123,665.  We have enough culmulative evidence to say that it was stolen from him [Bernie Saunders].  (Corporation & United States of America & Democrats & Democracy)  ibid.  

 

123,666.  We going to have to walk out into the wilderness or a long time.  (Corporation & United States of America & Advice & Democracy)  ibid.

 

123,667.  So we saw that period in the 70s when corporations organised.  (Corporation & United States of America & 1970s & Democracy)  ibid.

 

123,668.  The system only wants people who will perpetuate it.  (Corporation & United States of America & System & Democracy)  ibid.

 

123,669.  What they are doing is extracting from us.  (Corporation & United States of America & Democracy & Society)  ibid.

 

123,670.  It has the capacity to commodify everything.  (Corporation & United States of America & Commodity & Democracy & Society)  ibid.

 

123,671.  They are taking from us our constitutional rights by judicial fiat i.e reintrepreting the right of unlimited corporate power through a distorted interpretation of the constitution.  (Corporation & United States of America & Constitution & Democracy & Society)  ibid.

 

123,672.  Jesus didn’t come to make us rich.  (Corporation & United States of America & Jesus Christ & Democracy)  ibid.

 

123,673.  There used to be a liberal wing of the Demoratic Party but it’s long gone.  (Corporation & United States of America & Democrats & Democacy)  ibid.

 

123,674.  You can’t maintain a democracy in an oligarchy.  (Corporation & United States of America & Democracy)  ibid.

 

123,675.  They are playing a very dangerous game by refusing to address the fundamental issues that have distorted our society.  (Corporation & United States of America & Democracy)  ibid.

 

123,676.  You’re not going to rationally argue these people out of their world-view.  (Corporation & United States of America & Democracy)  ibid.

 

123,677.  He [Trump] is the classic con artist that rises up out of a decayed state.  (Corporation & United States of America & Democracy & Trump)  ibid.

 

123,678.  You’ve created fertile ground for the rise of American fascism.  And our only response now is sustained mass acts of civil disobedience.  (Corporation & United States of America & Democracy & Solidarity & Protest & Dissent & Revolution)  ibid.

 

123,679.  The state will be viscious … They will throw everything at us … We have no time left just from climate change, we have no time left, and in that sense resistance becomes a moral imperative.  We have to stop being constrained by the tyranny of the practical.  (Corporation & United States of America & Democracy & Solidarity & Protest & Dissent & Revolution)  ibid.

 

123,680.  Revolution is what I’m calling for … I’m calling for the overthrow of the corporate state.  (Corporation & United States of America & Democracy & Solidarity & Protest & Dissent & Revolution)  ibid.

 

123,681.  But if we don’t stand up, it can’t be seen and we can’t use the word hope.  I don’t know if we will win.  I don’t even know if we will survive as a species.  But these corporate forces have us by the throat and they have my children by the throat.  And in the end, I don’t fight fascists because I will win, I fight facists because they are fascists.  (Corporation & United States of America & Democracy & Solidary & Protest & Dissent & Revolution & Fascism)  ibid.

 

 

123,920.  The disintegration of these social bonds plunges individuals into deep psychological distress.  (Society & Poverty & Democracy & United States & Capitalism)  Chris Hedges, lecture Sanctuary for Independent Media, New York 2018, ‘American Anomie’, Youtube 2.01.07

 

123,921.  Our corporate coup d’etat and failed democracy has freed the oligarchic elite from all legal and moral constraints.  (Society & Poverty & Elite & Democracy & United States & Capitalism)  ibid.    

 

123,922.  Mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence ... The electoral process is a facade.  (Society & Poverty & Election & Democracy & United States & Capitalism)  ibid.

 

123,923.  A third of the American workforce earn less than $12 an hour and most of them do not have access to employer-sponsored health insurance.  (Society & Poverty & Democracy & Poor & United States & Capitalism)  ibid.

 

123,924.  Empires in decay, ravaged by widespread anomie, embrace an almost wilful suicide; blinded by their hubris and unable to face the reality of their diminishing power, they retreat into a fantasy world where hard and unpleasant facts no longer intrude.  (Society & Poverty & Democracy & Empire & United States & Capitalism)  ibid.  

 

123,925.  An aggressive criminalisation of the poor … The poor are thrown into prison and must forfeit all their property for being caught with small amounts of the same drugs.  123,923.  A third of the American workforce earn less than $12 an hour and most of them do not have access to employer-sponsored health insurance.  (Society & Poverty & Democracy & Poor & United States & Capitalism)  ibid.

 

123,926.  The self-destructive pathologies that plague the United States: opioid addiction, morbid obesity, gambling, suicide, sexual sadism … hates groups and mass shootings, rise out of this anomie.  (Society & Poverty & Democracy & Poor & United States & Capitalism)  ibid.

      

123,927.  Capitalism: you don’t want this greed to dominate society.  (Society & Poverty & Democracy & Poor & United States & Capitalism)  ibid.

 

 

123,916.  The most expensive election in history costing billions of dollars and bankrolled by a few billionaires.  When 400 individuals have more wealth than the bottom 150 million Americans, and the top 1% donate political money than the bottom 90%, as ask, What’s the price for democracy?  Empire: US Democracy: The Power of Money, Al Jazeera 2012   

 

 

125,380.  One heartbeat away from the presidency not a single vote cast in my name.  Democracy is so overrated.  (Politics & Vice-President & Democracy)  House of Cards US s2e2: Chapter 15, Frank’s swearing in ceremony

 

 

127,438.  Maybe the decision about what’s best for everyone should be left for everyone.  (Fantasy & Democracy)  Game of Thrones s8e6: The Iron Throne, Samwell

 

 

128,438.  If that crook Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva stays free, he’ll lead the country into a civil war!  (Brazil & Democracy)  The Edge of Democracy, Netflix 2019, protester

 

128,439.  A country were more slaves died than were born … Where every rebellion was brutally crushed.  (Brazil & Democracy)  ibid.  commentary

 

128,440.  When I was born you couldn’t vote for president.  The military dictatorship was completing its 20th year.  (Brazil & Democracy)  ibid. 

 

128,441.  We all know that around the world workers never got anything without struggle, without perseverance, and without fighting until the end.  (Brazil & Working Class & Struggle & Democracy)  ibid.  Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva    

 

128,442.  I voted for Lula with the hope that he would ethically reform the political system.  And here he was repeating practices that he had always criticised and forming alliances with Brazil’s old oligarchy.  But at the same time I was seeing twenty million people leaving poverty.  (Brazil & Democracy)  ibid.  

 

128,443.  October 31 2010: They just announced that Dilma was elected president!  (Brazil & Democracy)  ibid.  Lula  

 

128,444.  He was leaving office with an 87% approval rating.  (Brazil & Democracy)  ibid.  commentary

 

128,445.  The foundation of democracy itself will begin to crack.  (Brazil & Democracy)  ibid.

 

128,446.  The people who were ever more isolated from power: far from public pressure the political class perpetuated an age-old system of corruption.  (Brazil & Democracy)  ibid. 

 

128,447.  She challenged the bankers, reducing the interest rate.  But contrary to her expectation, the economy starts to slow down and the protests have a damaging effect on the government.  (Brazil & Democracy)  ibid.

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