Watch Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges compare the downfall of ancient Rome to our current state of politics and destitution. We are living in a now-dying democracy sustained barely by the moral bankruptcy of the corporate-controlled state. "These idiots only know one word - more; they are unencumbered by no common sense", Hedges states. He compares our current president to "the blood-thirsty megalomaniac emperor Commodus who used his position as in ancient Rome to stage his own narcissistic lie while his nation became bankrupt." All are to blame: the Democrats, the Republicans, the media, and even entertainers.
But he also points out that the current condition of our politics is not a cause but a symptom of a deeper rot that benefits the few at the expense of the many. And, he makes clear that none of this is inevitable -- that we have it in our power to turn away from the dehumanizing values that pervade our society and embrace a better vision through our personal and political choices.