New York City Police officers guard the front of Trump Tower, in New York, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. The Secret Service and New York City police are going to extremes to protect Donald Trump when he’s at his Manhattan home. The president-elect’s neighbors near Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue are now having to navigate swarms of police officers, cement barricades, street closures and checkpoints. Swarms of journalists and the occasional street protest are also making the blocks around the tower tough to navigate. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Chris Hedges – It’s Worse Than You Think

Widespread social unrest will ignite when Donald Trump’s base realizes it has been betrayed. I do not know when this will happen. But that it will happen is certain. Investments in the stocks of the war industry, internal security and the prison-industrial complex have skyrocketed since Trump won the presidency. There is a lot of money to be made from a militarized police state.

Our capitalist democracy ceased to function more than two decades ago. We underwent a corporate coup carried out by the Democratic and Republican parties. There are no institutions left that can authentically be called democratic. Trump and Hillary Clinton in a functioning democracy would have never been presidential nominees. The long and ruthless corporate assault on the working class, the legal system, electoral politics, the mass media, social services, the ecosystem, education and civil liberties in the name of neoliberalism has disemboweled the country. It has left the nation a decayed wreck. We celebrate ignorance. We have replaced political discourse, news, culture and intellectual inquiry with celebrity worship and spectacle.

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