Chris Hedges: Rich White Families Are ‘The Most Dangerous And Destructive Force In America’

Chris Hedges published a piece in Truthdig hat is one of the most accurate and damning takedowns of America’s cancer: Rich white families. Hedges says:

The pathology of the rich white family is the most dangerous pathology in America. The rich white family is cursed with too much money and privilege. It is devoid of empathy, the result of lifetimes of entitlement. It has little sense of loyalty and lacks the capacity for self-sacrifice. Its definition of friendship is reduced to “What can you do for me?” It is possessed by an insatiable lust to increase its fortunes and power. It believes that wealth and privilege confer to it a superior intelligence and virtue. It is infused with an unchecked hedonism and narcissism. And because of all this, it interprets reality through a lens of self-adulation and greed that renders it delusional. The rich white family is a menace. The pathologies of the poor, when set against the pathologies of rich white people, are like a candle set beside the sun.

The mealy-mouthed defenders of the rich, which Hedges calls “propagandists” and “sycophants” will immediately squeal about racism and class warfare. But, of course, that’s their job: To convince the American public that the rich are not, in fact, sociopaths.

Spend anytime speaking to a right wing true believer and you will, invariably, hear them speak about how the black community could break free from poverty if only they tried hard enough. This is the groupthink of rich white familes. As Hedges explains, “They argue that poor black families disintegrate because of some inherent defect—here you can read between the lines that white people are better than black people—a defect that these poor families need to fix.”

This is the core motivating “fact” of the American right wing, a wholly owned subsidiary of rich white families. This “fact” ignores the reality that the true problem is poverty. We know this is the case because, as Hedges points out, poor white people in poor neighborhoods have the same exact problems of drug addiction, violence and criminal behavior.

“Take away opportunity, infuse lives with despair and hopelessness, and this is what you get. But that is something rich white families do not want people to know. If it were known, the rich would have to take the blame.”

But why blame rich white families for the plight of the poor? Because they are the ones that created the poverty. In their world, wealth is the only measure of worth and so they lie, cheat and steal to get more of it regardless of how many millions they crush in the process. After all, they “deserve” to be rich and powerful because they are “better” than the rest of us so it matters little if our lives are destroyed. We’re not real people anyway.

The rich, who can control their environments, do not need to bother with the concerns or emotions of others. They are in charge. What they want gets done. And the longer they live at the center of their own universe, the more callous, insensitive and cruel they become.

The sycophants will go squealing about how we’re just jealous of their masters. They’re wrong. It’s not envy. It’s fear. If rich white families were content to live in their own world and leave us to build a world for ourselves, that would be fine. But they aren’t. They use their money and power to make public policy based on their twisted beliefs of racial and moral superiority. They’ve built a world in which they can rape, steal and murder at will and rarely pay the consequences for it. “Affluenza” has already excused the murder of 4 people, pedophilia and the theft of trillions of dollars that led directly to the Great Recession.

Why wouldn’t we want rich white families to go away?

Take a few minutes and read the entire column by Hedges and you’ll have a better understanding of the forces that are driving our national debate. Until we stand up to the sociopathic billionaire class that is destroyting our country, things will only get worse.