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Big Thumbs Up for Scheer’s ‘Stickup’

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Posted on Oct 20, 2010

We here at Truthdig know that our own Robert Scheer really wishes that he didn’t have to write his latest book “The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street,” but only because that would mean we all wouldn’t be mired in a calamitous economic mess that wasn’t of our own making.

However, those brazen bandits on Wall Street and their chums on Capitol Hill (paging Bill Clinton), and the economic chaos they unleashed together, left him with no choice. But hey, at least it makes for a great read, according to these five top reviewers. Get ‘em, Bob!  —KA

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By mdgr, October 22, 2010 at 2:00 pm Link to this comment

On another subject, and here I’m playing the role not just of a squeaky wheel but, hopefully, of an unapologetically corrosive acid:

I admire the courage and integrity of Chris Hedges, including his stating that violent confrontation is almost certainly going to backfire. But what Mr. Hedges’ is not saying out loud may be even more significant as what he is saying.

For more on that, you might find his Q&A answers of interest http://www.truthdig.com/avbooth/item/chris_hedges_on_the_death_of_the_liberal_class_20101018/.

I find it equally telling that Mr. Scheer took that article down from Truthdig’s Home Page just three days after it was posted.

I see it as one of the most incisive offerings on Truthdig—ever—and Mr. Scheer most recent article suggested that he just had an epiphany about the two party system (Vichy/Berlin).

But maybe not.

Maybe Mr. Scheer’s premature removal of this video/post actually suggests that he too is a collaborator—which is exactly what David Sirota also suggested when he said that many so-called progressive groups are really just shills for Vichy.

In both the short and long term, Mr. Hedges is talking about Resistance and, in the end, a violent collapsing of the State, though rather down the road.

He is emphatically not talking about peace marches from the 60’s where we sang “We shall overcome.”

He is also talking about how at some point—his words, with appropriate understatement—we may need to break the law.

Whether that involves mere civil disobedience or something out of Derrick Jensen’s “Endgame” is yet to be determined.

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By reverento., October 21, 2010 at 10:47 am Link to this comment

Good job Bob, and thank you.

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