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

Chris Hedges, vpxl in us a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the New York Times, vpxl in us 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.