07 December 2013

Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt; by Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco

Joe Sacco illustrates and enhances this book with graphic storytelling.

Native Americans in Pine Ridge, SD. Prisoner of War camp. Alcoholism, deprivation, destruction of a civilization.

Camden, NJ: a sacrifice zone.

Florida: slavery persists.

We...have undergone a coup d'etat ... by our largely anonymous corporate overlords... We have now entered the era of naked force. The internal security and surveillance state, justified in the name of the war on terror, will be the instrument used against us. ...[W]e can all be denied habeas corpus. The warrantless wiretapping, eavesdropping, and monitoring of tens of millions of citizens, once illegal, is now legal. The state has given itself the power to unilaterally declare U. S. citizens as enemy combatants and torture or assassinate them, as Barack Obama did when he in September 2011 ordered the killing of the American-born Islamist cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen. [footnote] The state can deny U. S. citizens suspected of what it vaguely defines as 'terrorist' activities the right to a trial. It can turn these citizens over to the military, which can hold them without charges indefinitely. ...[The U. S.] will be no different from other totalitarian regimes throughout history. Police forces ... have been transformed into paramilitary units ...[I]f the pressure mounts...these...forces will become ubiquitous and people will be killed.  (Page 240)

Hedges & Sacco have written an effective and inspiring indictment of the current socioeconomic repression in the "First World." 

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