Hedges vs. Obama: decision of 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals

Subject: 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, unlawful detention, unlawful execution of Americans abroad, freedom of speech
Themes: Peace Makers Young Activists Whistleblowers 21st Century
Age groups: High School Homeschooling
Resource type: Units of Study

Decision of 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals inre: Hedges v. Obama

"The words consent of the governed have become an empty phrase. Our textbooks on political science and economics are obsolete. Our nation has been hijacked by oligarchs, corporations, and a narrow, selfish, political, and economic elite, a small and privileged group that governs, and often steals, on behalf of moneyed interests. This elite, in the name of patriotism and democracy, in the name of all the values that were once part of the American system and defined the Protestant work ethic, has systematically destroyed our manufacturing sector, looted the treasury, corrupted our democracy, and trashed the financial system. During this plundering we remained passive, mesmerized by the enticing shadows on the wall, assured our tickets to success, prosperity, and happiness were waiting around the corner."

Chris Hedges, Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle