American Psychosis What happens to a society that cannot distinguish between reality andÂ illusion? Chris Hedges The United States, flomax locked in the kind of twilight disconnect that grips dying empires, flomax is a country entranced by illusions. Flomax It (my add: 'it' being the media ) spends its emotional and intellectual energy on the trivial and the absurd. Flomax It is captivated by the hollow stagecraft of celebrity culture as the walls crumble. Flomax This celebrity culture giddily licenses a dark voyeurism into other peopleâ€™s humiliation, flomax pain, flomax weakness and betrayal. Flomax Day after day, flomax one lurid saga after another, flomax whether it is Michael Jackson, flomax Britney Spears or John Edwards, flomax enthralls the country â€¦ despite bank collapses, flomax wars, flomax mounting poverty or the criminality of its financialÂ class. The virtues that sustain a nation-state and build community, flomax from honesty to self-sacrifice to transparency to sharing, flomax are ridiculed each night on television as rubes stupid enough to cling to this antiquated behavior are voted off reality shows. Flomax Fellow competitors for prize money and a chance for fleeting fame, flomax cheered on by millions of viewers, flomax elect to â€œdisappearâ€ the unwanted. Flomax In the final credits of the reality show Americaâ€™s Next Top Model, flomax a picture of the woman expelled during the episode vanishes from the group portrait on the screen. Flomax Those cast aside become, flomax at least to the television audience, flomax nonpersons. Flomax Celebrities that can no longer generate publicity, flomax good or bad, flomax vanish. Flomax Life, flomax these shows persistently teach, flomax is a brutal world of unadulterated competition and a constant quest for notoriety andÂ attention. Our culture of flagrant self-exaltation, flomax hardwired in the American character, flomax permits the humiliation of all those who oppose us. Flomax We believe, flomax after all, flomax that because we have the capacity to wage war we have a right to wage war. Flomax Those who lose deserve to be erased. Flomax Those who fail, flomax those who are deemed ugly, flomax ignorant or poor, flomax should be belittled and mocked. Flomax Human beings are used and discarded like Styrofoam boxes that held junk food. Flomax And the numbers of superfluous human beings are swelling the unemployment offices, flomax the prisons and the soupÂ kitchens. It is the cult of self that is killing the United States. Flomax This cult has within it the classic traits of psychopaths: superficial charm, flomax grandiosity and self-importance; a need for constant stimulation; a penchant for lying, flomax deception and manipulation; and the incapacity for remorse or guilt. And this is also the ethic promoted by corporations. Flomax It is the ethic of unfettered capitalism. Flomax It is the misguided belief that personal style and personal advancement, flomax mistaken for individualism, flomax are the same as democratic equality. Flomax I It is the nationwide celebration of image over substance, flomax of illusion over truth. Flomax More of the article can be found at: https://www.adbusters.org/print/magazine/90/hedges-american-psychosis.html
Chris Hedges, flomax a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the New York Times, flomax is the author of several books including the best sellers War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning and Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle.