A Profound Cultural Illness

Representatives of the government torture innocent citizens into unconsciousness, on camera, in United States courtrooms with tasers. They use them on prisoners and on motorists and on political protesters and bicycle riders, on mentally ill and handicapped people and on children. And it’s happening with nary a peep of protest.

America’s torture problem is much bigger than Gitmo or the CIA or the waterboarding of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. The government is torturing people every day and killing some of them. Then videos of the torture wind up on Youtube where sadists laugh and jeer at the victims. It’s the sign of profound cultural illness.

-Digby, guest blogging for Glenn Greenwald at Salon.com

I read everything Digby posts on Hullabaloo, but her philippics on the rising abuse and misuse of tasers always hit me especially hard. Go read this entire piece at Salon. I can’t guarantee it won’t turn your stomach—in fact, I hope it does—but it’s essential reading for anyone who has even the slightest concern about the creeping authoritarian state.

posted 8/11/09 at 10:13am to Our Doomed Planet, Politics, The stupid, it burns · 0 replies · permalink

In groups

The predominant mentality in right-wing political rhetoric finds expression in this form:  “I am part of/was born into Group X, and Group X — my group — is both better and treated so very unfairly.”  This claim persists — indeed, is often intensified — even when Group X is clearly the strongest, most privileged and most favored group.  So intense is their need for self-victimiziation — so inebriating is their self-absorption and so lacking are they in any capacity for empathy — that, for all the noise and rhetoric, the argumets they make virtually always have this tribalistic self-absorption at its core.

Via the awesome Glenn Greenwald @ Salon.com (click through ad for full article)

Also, if you’re not reading Glenn Greenwald every day, you should be.

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