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Chris Hedges: Harvard Feeds the Plutocracy

Posted on Nov 29, 2011

The Truthdig columnist speaks at Occupy Harvard about the school’s role in the economic collapse. Long before he was a steadfast critic of the 1 percent, Hedges attended Harvard Divinity School.

 

 

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By Alonzo, January 3, 2012 at 6:20 pm Link to this comment
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Mr. Hedges,

You have an uncanny ability to not only look at
current conditions but also provide quite
historically the foundations for a lot of what has
led up to this possibly finished system of current
government in America. You certainly have the true
credentials and background. I also talk a lot of
something that may shock you, but I say we need
people exactly like you in politics.

You do it with not only your deep understanding but
also with your heart with a clear love for America
and fighting for it.

I feel a great humbling coming (or already basically
here) to America. We are not going to be lowering our
living standards but modifying or changing them to be
more like other countries. We are moving towards
other countries because having them move to our past
or even current living conditions is impossible. Our
way of living is over because its based on going up
and never stopping at any cost. Is that good or bad?
Well, that’s based on what the individual thinks is
important in life.


For example the Asian way of different core family
values and families living and supporting each other
from birth until death as one unit working together
to support the family from within. This is not only
economical but actually has the byproduct of a
stronger family bond and better survival chances in
my opinion.

Your views on support from a tax perspective like not
supporting anything to do with a conflict with Iran
is a strong solution rarely discussed, but I assume
will become much more popular very soon.

We hold the control of America with our spending and
our decisions and more and more Americans need to
realize this. The very simple power of what or who we
put our money behind, including purchases and taxes
if necessary.

As for race issues, they exist but we have a great change happening with issues with
economics now being the core. This is clearly now class warfare
quickly putting the clear majority of us in one category only which actually makes us stronger once
we unite on common ground, which will happen. 

You can go back and watch a lot of the older civil
rights movements leaders including the Black Panthers
and simply remove the race issue from the speeches
and put it into today’s situation with ALL of us and
its all of us now, together. Scary that most of this
was 40 something years ago and is the same today
modified from being Black in America to being in the
99% victim category now. Also quite scary is how the
US Government handled the uprisings in that time
period which in my opinion was beyond disturbing.

You are nothing short of inspiring so you keep doing
what you do. What you do is what I consider the most
important thing we can do first and that is to
educate as many as we can while we still can.

That’s the foundation we need before anything else
can change.

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By diamond, December 4, 2011 at 11:14 pm Link to this comment

“poor deluded zirconium, not only don’t I think it, I wouldn’t really be comfortable
if it happened.”

Tell someone who cares if you’re ‘comfortable’. I don’t.

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By heterochromatic, December 4, 2011 at 9:31 pm Link to this comment

poor deluded zirconium, not only don’t I think it, I wouldn’t really be comfortable
if it happened.

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By diamond, December 4, 2011 at 8:51 pm Link to this comment

“nicest thing you’ve ever said about me.  thanks.”

Don’t mention it, but I’ve never said anything nice about you. Your ego just thinks I have.

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By OzarkMichael, December 2, 2011 at 6:13 pm Link to this comment

Feeding a plutocracy might be a bad thing, but we shouldnt keep feeding Mr Moose either.

What would Elizabeth Warren do? She who laid the intellectual foundation of Occupy Wall Street must have an opinion about the Moose at Occupy Harvard:

http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view.bg?articleid=1381558

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By RayLan, December 2, 2011 at 2:35 pm Link to this comment

@hetero
” decline in demand is going to cause the marginal supplier to be
pushed out, it isn’t necessarily going to reduce the quality of the product. “

I said nothing about decline of demand - I am talking about quality - not quantity.

The consumer culture depends on bypassing critical thought - since our ‘educational’ centers have been absorbed by the corporatocracy , education is purchased like fast food and sportswear - for fun and easy access, the image and semblance of knowledge, rather than the reality. And reality is the prime subject of philosophy.

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By heterochromatic, December 2, 2011 at 2:10 pm Link to this comment

diamond~~~~ You are the anti-ChrisHedges in terms of clarity, content and moral
purpose.~~~~

nicest thing you’ve ever said about me.  thanks.

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By diamond, December 2, 2011 at 1:43 pm Link to this comment

“does it to you sound like “dead ideas” is something that Hegdes in way of
commendation?


or is he simply being a troll about Harvard?”

Incoherence at work. You are the anti-ChrisHedges in terms of clarity, content and moral purpose.

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By heterochromatic, December 2, 2011 at 1:31 pm Link to this comment

” it is an institution that epitomizes the dead ideas of the 1%”

does it to you sound like “dead ideas” is something that Hegdes in way of
commendation?


or is he simply being a troll about Harvard?

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By cpb, December 2, 2011 at 1:13 pm Link to this comment

” do believe that Hedges’ pal Brother Cornell was teaching
there at the time….Funny how Hedges finds West’s stuff
worthy and yet thinks Harvard offers nothing of value.”

Hedges never claimed that Harvard offered nothing of value. 
He simply points to the role that Harvard and other elite
schools play in the maintenance of economic and cultural
dogmas, and the training of those who will serve within the
institutions of what he correctly calls out as plutocracy.

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By Glendon Wayne Toews, December 2, 2011 at 1:09 pm Link to this comment
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The Hoodlums of Our Common Hood   ePie     Dec 2, 2011

the obscenely ‘rich you will always have with you’
But they don’t take no stock in prophets
no loose change jingles in their pockets

milton light free men
miltonite light
freedman markets

the rulers of darkness
the blood diamonds of sparkle night
are waiting but what will it take?
will it take: “this sucker could go down”
for them to feel some fright?
_______

Are we all agents for the man?
Is the change truly in the can?

can we pay the Made offs
not to make off with; and not to change?

can we parcel up the air?
portray the matrix debonaire?


_____________

The issues of peace and war oughta be through
the seeds in the chalice are waiting for a new brew

When will there be a revolution?;
where “I am death” will not appear?

When will there be a revolution: ....
and merchants of death decline to come?

When will there be a revolution: ....
where the sands of time aren’t scarce?

When will there be a revolution: ....
where peace pays a dividend?

When will there be a revolution: ....
and stone me first don’t need no schtick

When will there be a revolution?

When sharing is the bottom line.

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By David Reese, December 2, 2011 at 12:26 pm Link to this comment
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I was present when Mr. Hedges addressed Occupy Harvard. 

Credit should be given to Lia Grainger, who shot the video footage used by Truthdig in this post.  Ms. Grainger, a Canadian journalist, is taking four months off at her own expense to document activism in the United States.  She is an ardent fan of Chris Hedges. 

Readers of this blog can see other examples of Ms. Grainger’s fine work at
http://liagrainger.wordpress.com.

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By heterochromatic, December 2, 2011 at 11:50 am Link to this comment

Ray~~~~~ decline in demand is going to cause the marginal supplier to be
pushed out, it isn’t necessarily going to reduce the quality of the product.

Initially it might cause improved instruction as the less qualified instructors
leave the field.

I credit your report of your experiences at UCLA , but suggest that it may not
represent the entirety of the field.

My undergrad major was PHi and my son’s also ...the instruction he received I
thought to be pretty good and his friend Matt, a contemporary of his, I believe
to have received better instruction as a philosophy major at that school in
Boston that Hedges is decrying.


I do believe that Hedges’ pal Brother Cornell was teaching there at the
time….Funny how Hedges finds West’s stuff worthy and yet thinks Harvard
offers nothing of value.

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By RayLan, December 2, 2011 at 11:36 am Link to this comment

@heterochromatic
You perhaps are not understanding that universities are primarily businesses and educational centers secondarily -
Therefore they are subject to supply and demand - the quality of the product (philosophy and philosophy teachers) being a function of what the consumers (students) are willing to pay for.
Indeed philosophy teaching has declined - I’ve experienced it first hand at UCLA.

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By heterochromatic, December 2, 2011 at 9:21 am Link to this comment

RayLan~~~~”  the arts and humanities have steadily declined - especially
philosophy - my favorite study…”

it ain’t philosophy that’s declined….it’s the students who decline to accept the
harder truths of it…easier to buy into all soft soap and popular pap preached by
the social scientists…...

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By Marietjie Luyt, December 2, 2011 at 8:52 am Link to this comment
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I should have known Chris Hedges is a Latinist. No wonder he writes so clearly! Tibi ago gratias, amice!

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By RayLan, December 2, 2011 at 7:36 am Link to this comment

Posted this to the wrong article.
I haven’t been to ivy league, but in all the other colleges I’ve been to, the arts and humanities have steadily declined - especially philosophy - my favorite study - This is only to be expected in the endoctrination mills that are demurely called places of higher learning - because philosophy teaches you how to think - and that is what the war is about - because thought is the engine of freedom - and consequently slavery.
God Bless anti-intellectual America

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By CitizenJimserac, December 1, 2011 at 8:26 am Link to this comment

As always, inspiring and brilliantly incisive.  The
obfuscations, misrepresentations, denialisms and
diversions of the news media, in a concerted effort
to NOT ascribe any particular importance to the OWS
movement, are torn to shreds by people like Chris
Hedges, who has done his homework, knows the issues,
knows the protagonists and understands the full
implications of this rebellion that will NOT go away.

MANY MANY thanks to Chris for his most needed and
useful commentary.  KEEP IT COMING !!!  We need it
and more, a kind of intellectual ammunition for the
battles to come.  The easy dismissal, the pathetic
attempt to pretend that it will just blow over and
that we will all become obedient little consumerists,
borrowers and dedicated slave labor pensionless and
benefitless zombies is a fairy tale which the 1%
cling onto as their reality and security blanket. 
But there is no security, and…eventually, the
guilty parties WILL be held responsible.

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By ALBert, December 1, 2011 at 7:55 am Link to this comment
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I ALMOST sat through the initial and very unnecessary mic check…. I appreciate the sentiment of the movement, i’m right there, but the hand signals and mic checks are fucking retarded. I’m sorry they just are… go get a bull horn, it’s has a much greater effect!

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By cpb, November 30, 2011 at 11:34 pm Link to this comment

@ hetero

Hey Krazo - you can’t troll the truth out of what Hedges
has to say.  Best of luck to your efforts troll.

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By heterochromatic, November 30, 2011 at 8:04 pm Link to this comment

and Marty Peretz who actually is worse than
Dershowitz….

but your Palestinian leaders are still even worse
than are the Zionists.

Disgusting religious zealot terrorists running Gaza
and a kleptocracy in the West.

Between them ant the ugly racists in Netanyahu’s
cabinet it’s hard to maintain hope for better times
for the Palestinian people being ground down by all
three sets of swine.

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By Arabian Sinbad, November 30, 2011 at 7:41 pm Link to this comment

It’s enough indictment against Harvard’s evil that it counts among its ranks the very evil radical Zionist, Alan Dershowitz, who is known to lead an organization that gives scholarships to selective students in major universities who are willing to work as spices against professors and faculty who are deemed politically incorrect. Many excellent professors have been the victims of his spy web, including some conscientious Jews who dared to speak against the evils of Israel!

I came very close to loosing my job at a major university due to the work of Dershowitz’s spies. But I know that they will continue to build a case against me till they see me out! But, I am not going to give them that pleasure since I am already planning to resign in retirement!

In brief, I agree with Chris Hedges that Harvard feeds plutocracy and evil, and it’s an overrated institution; a situation that explains the perpetuation of wrongs and decline in the moral fabric of America.

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By heterochromatic, November 30, 2011 at 4:32 pm Link to this comment

Hedges doesn’t turn my stomach, diamond, he’s just a good man who has
wandered anyway from earthly truth and thinks he’s gone Higher and mundane
factuality is no longer his concern.

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By diamond, November 30, 2011 at 4:16 pm Link to this comment

“poor Hedges…. a good man consumed” with the hunger for truth and justice that characterizes all good men. I know it turns your stomach but that’s your problem.

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By heterochromatic, November 30, 2011 at 2:49 pm Link to this comment

only a semi-sane person would call Harvard corrupt and having only dead ideas
and then, within 5 minutes, start quoting with great approval the work of one of
the many great scholars who have taught at Harvard.


poor Hedges…. a good man consumed

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By berniem, November 30, 2011 at 2:27 pm Link to this comment

As recent history informs,most graduates of the “Ivy League” are enemies of the people!

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By bogi666, November 30, 2011 at 11:31 am Link to this comment
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Never hire a Harvard grad. unquote

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By caped amigo, November 30, 2011 at 10:00 am Link to this comment

Chris is simply my hero.

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By Litl Bludot, November 30, 2011 at 1:02 am Link to this comment

Eminent crackdown by LAPD, known for their Rodney King typw brutality.  There
are unidentified military type with weapons, there are also cops on the beat with
tear gas guns, rubber bullet guns. People needed to witness at:
http://occupy.tv/Occupy-Los_Angeles-Live-Stream/

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By George H., November 29, 2011 at 9:31 pm Link to this comment
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Mr. Hedges, You are one of the most intelligent, most knowledgeable, most courageous human beings on this planet. It is hard to find words that adequately express how much respect I feel for you, and how much gratitude I feel toward you, for your unstinting, unflinching, wise, educated, and courageous leadership in this “leaderless” movement.

I admire, respect and revere you, and I honor and esteem you more highly than any other man I know of, and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping the rest of us to comprehend what is truly going on, and what we must do about it all, and how we had best go about it, if we are to preserve our lives and our planet, and restore our democracy and our freedoms.

You are a blessing, and a gift, to this sad planet, and to the legions of mistreated, sorrowful people who inhabit it.

Thank you, Dear Sir, for everything you do!

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By Robespierre115, November 29, 2011 at 8:04 pm Link to this comment

Will be interesting to see what OWS has planned for Friday as Chris mentions in the video. I’m getting the feeling it’s losing some gas since you can only go so far with protesting for protesting’s sake.

But overall great talk by Hedges, good to see people protestig outside of a nest of capitalist toxins like Harvard.

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By gerard, November 29, 2011 at 7:02 pm Link to this comment

Thank you, Chris! You are consistently showing the way. My hope and prayer is that many more people of your privileged background will stand with this Occupy Movement as time goes by, because, being privileged, you can reach at least some of the other provileged people who do not want to be reached.  Yet they are the very ones who must be reached. Again, I wish you courage, health, persistence and
the deep happiness I know you are feeling this moment.

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By Fearless, November 29, 2011 at 6:42 pm Link to this comment
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I’m starting an alternative economy where a Harvard degree is the economic equivalent to a felony conviction.

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By Mark, November 29, 2011 at 5:08 pm Link to this comment
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View on youtube for links to part 2 and part 3!

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