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Posted on Oct 17, 2011

Occupy TVNY has this interview with Chris Hedges, who, during the major global protests on Saturday, compared Occupy Wall Street to the other movements he’s covered around the world, from Eastern Europe to the Middle East.

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By vtwin, October 28, 2011 at 4:09 pm Link to this comment
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The road ahead will not be free of personal physical sacrifice; Scott Olsen is but the first serious casualty of the second American Revolution.

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By Jeff Knievel, October 22, 2011 at 9:54 am Link to this comment
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I just wanted to thank Chris Hedges for returning to
the CBC in Canada to do another interview after he was
treated so disgracefully by Kevin O’Leary in regards to
the Occupy Wallstreet movement a few weeks ago. We
truly do appreciate your wisdom and non-confrontational
approach to controversial topics.

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By EUA Baker, October 20, 2011 at 8:06 am Link to this comment

What is terrorism, who is a terrorist, and who defines these words?

History did not begin in 1920 or 2011. King George of England labeled the American patriots terrorists and rebels because the patriots wanted a more representative government in which the consent of the governed was taken into account by the British Empire.

Here is a passage from “The American Promise: A History of the United States” 4th edition, 2009, published by Bedford/St. Martin (Loyalists supported the British Empire; Patriots/revolutionaries supported American independence from Britain):

The rough treatment that loyalists experienced at the hands of the revolutionaries seemed to substantiate their worst fears. In June 1775, the First Continental Congress declared all loyalists to be traitors. Over the next year, state laws defined as treason acts such as joining or provisioning the British army, saying or printing anything that undermined patriot morale, or discouraging men from enlisting in the Continental army. Punishments ranged from house arrest and suspension of voting privileges to confiscation of property and deportation. And sometimes self- appointed committees of Tory-hunters bypassed the judicial niceties and terrorized loyalists, raiding their houses or tarring and feathering them.

When loyalist families fled the country, their property was typically confiscated. In the rare case that a wife stayed behind, courts usually allowed her to keep one-third of the property, the amount due her if widowed, and confiscated the rest, so long as she was known to be “a steady and true and faithful friend to the American states,” in the case of one Connecticut woman. But even when a wife fled with her husband, was she necessarily a loyalist, too? If the husband insisted, was she not obligated to leave with him? Such questions were adjudicated in lawsuits after the Revolution, when descendants of refugee loyalists tried to regain property that had entered the family through the mother’s inheritance or marriage dowry. In one well-publicized Massachusetts case in 1805, the outcome confirmed the traditional view of women as political blank slates. The American son of loyalist refugee Anna Martin recovered her dowry property on the grounds that she had no independent will to be a loyalist.

Tarring and feathering, property confiscation, deportation, terrorism—to the loyalists, such denials of liberty of conscience and of freedom to own private property proved that democratic tyranny was more to be feared than the monarchical variety.

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By RayLan, October 20, 2011 at 6:10 am Link to this comment

@Gabriel
” as he was part of the Hippy movement.”
Right - that’s how he got to be a war correspondent LOL.

“Latest to adapt the word were CIA, British SAS and Jewish fundamentalists called IS-RA-EL. Then they publicly called others terrorists to take the blame away from themselves.”
Terrorism has already been defined for years

In the late 1930s, the International community made a first attempt at defining terrorism. Article 1.1 of the League of Nations’ 1937 Convention for the prevention and punishment of Terrorism,...

The suicide terrorists are recruited by fanatical Islamists ( al-Qaeda) - your alterntaive conspiracies theories being well—theories.
example Underwear Bomber 24 yrs old.
Khalid al-Mihdhar 9/11 suicide hijacker - 26 yrs old
There are enough examples to establish this as a general tactic.
This isn’t mass media - its provable fact.

You are coming from a very strange place.

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By john, October 19, 2011 at 9:21 pm Link to this comment
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Wow! Hedges seems optimistic. He actually smiled. Something good is surely going on here.

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By EUA Baker, October 19, 2011 at 9:03 pm Link to this comment

Question: Was Karl Marx Right?

Nouriel Roubini: YES

Karl Marx had it right. At some point capitalism can self-destroy itself because you cannot keep on shifting income from labour to capital without not having excess capacity and a lack of aggregate demand, and that’s what’s happening.

http://online.wsj.com/video/roubini-warns-of-global-recession-risk/C036B113-6D5F-4524-A5AF-DF2F3E2F8735.html


Umair Haque: YES

Marx’s critiques seem, today, more resonant than we might have guessed.

Immiseration. Marx claimed that capitalism would immiserate workers: he meant that labor would be “exploited” — not just in a purely ethical sense, but in a narrower economic one: that real wages would fall, and working conditions would deteriorate. How was Marx doing on this score? I’d say middlingly: wages in many advanced economies — notably, the most purely capitalist in a financialized sense — have failed to keep pace with productivity.

Crisis. As workers were paid less and less, capitalism would be prone to chronic, perpetual crises of overproduction — for they wouldn’t have the means to purchase or invest in enough goods to keep the economy humming. As Marx put it, there was likely to be “poverty in the midst of plenty.” How’s Marx doing on this score? Not bad, I’d say: the last three decades have in fact been characterized by global crises of what you might crudely call overproduction

Stagnation. Here’s Marx’s most controversial — and most curious — prediction. That as economies stagnated, real rates of profit would fall. How does this one hold up? On first glance, it seems to have been totally discredited: corporate profits have broken through the roof and into the stratosphere. But think about it again, in economic terms: Marx’s prediction concerned “real profit,” not just the mystery-meat numbers served up by beancounters, and chewed over with gusto by “analysts.” When seen in those terms, Marx might be said to have been onto something: though corporations book nominal profits, I’d suggest a significant component of that “profit” is artificial, earned by transferring value, rather than creating it

Alienation. As workers were divorced from the output of their labor, Marx claimed, their sense of self-determination dwindled, alienating them from a sense of meaning, purpose, and fulfillment. How’s Marx doing on this score? I’d say quite well: even the most self-proclaimed humane modern workplaces, for all their creature comforts, are bastions of bone-crushing tedium and soul-sucking mediocrity, filled with dreary meetings, dismal tasks, and pointless objectives that are well, just a little bit alienating.

False consciousness. According to Marx, one of the most pernicious aspects of industrial age capitalism was that the proles wouldn’t even know they were being exploited — and might even celebrate the very factors behind their exploitation, in a kind of ideological Stockholm Syndrome that concealed and misrepresented the relations of power between classes. How’s Marx doing on this score? You tell me. I’ll merely point out: America’s largest private employer is Walmart. America’s second largest employer is McDonald’s.

http://blogs.hbr.org/haque/2011/09/was_marx_right.html

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By EUA Baker, October 19, 2011 at 8:51 pm Link to this comment

Healthcare in USA
A couple of months ago Verone started weighing his options. He considered turning to a homeless shelter and seeking medical help through charitable organizations. Then he had another idea: commit a crime and get set up with a place to stay, food and doctors. He started planning. As his bank account depleted and the day of execution got closer, Verone sold and donated his furniture. He paid his last month’s rent and gave his notice.

http://www.gastongazette.com/news/bank-58397-richard-hailed.html


Home ownership in USA
The new nation-wide investigation into foreclosure frauds comes as no surprise to people who follow the mortgage service business. Shoddy, deceptive paperwork has plagued homeowners for years. In the industry’s slimy underside, firms push borrowers into default and foreclosure, even when they’ve been making payments on time.

http://moneywatch.bnet.com/economic-news/blog/make-money/foreclosure-fraud-how-you-can-be-driven-to-default-even-if-you-pay-on-time/544/?tag=content;col1

Legalized Stealing from taxpayers:
Bank of America is shifting derivatives in its Merrill investment banking unit to its depository arm, which has access to the Fed discount window and is protected by the FDIC. This means that the investment bank’s European derivatives exposure is now backstopped by U.S. taxpayers.  Bank of America didn’t get regulatory approval to do this, they just did it at the request of frightened counterparties. 

http://dailybail.com/home/holy-bailout-federal-reserve-now-backstopping-75-trillion-of.html

Fraud in student loans?
65 percent of recent college graduates in USA have no jobs and mountain student loans to pay.

Banks, not We the People, own the US Governments - all of it.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/29/dick-durbin-banks-frankly_n_193010.html

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By IMax, October 19, 2011 at 6:05 pm Link to this comment

EUA Baker, - “Posters like IMax are simply the reason this country is in a mess. These people desire neither progress nor peace, so they want to drag everyone down with them.”

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What an extraordinarily odd thing to come up with. On the other hand I’ll have to allow that I may deserve the insult. I did write that I thought some people to be ignorant or arrogant. My bad. I’ll see if I can’t rephrase the sentiment next time.

I fail to see how the average protesting Egyptian, making $3000 annually and living under Mubarak for a couple of decades, has in mind the same basic issues as the average mostly white, mostly affluent, comparatively ultra-wealthy, almost never hungry, OWS protester who will likely rarely travel more than 20 minutes away from potable water.

I can support a good many issues in today’s OWS protests. Just not the one which equates today’s American protests with Egyptian youths and their issues. I’ll have to be convinced that I am the person being naive, self-serving, or uncaring.

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By EUA Baker, October 19, 2011 at 4:35 pm Link to this comment

I am new to this blog, but I have been following Chris Hedges for years. Posters like IMax are simply the reason this country is in a mess. These people desire neither progress nor peace, so they want to drag everyone down with them.

That “the twenty wealthiest congressional districts in the U.S. are democratic party strongholds” does not invalidate the message of Chris Hedges or the message of OWL.

IMax should mention the specific districts he has in mind, but even if he comes with specific names that would not mean that America is not in a serious trouble.
To claim that “the Greeks, the French, the Spaniards, the Egyptians, the Syrians and the Kurds turn out in protest solely due to their own concerns and issues.  Issues having nothing to do with local U.S. issues” is another indication that IMax is an immature and irrational child. There is something missing in Greece, Egypt, and Syria that is missing in the US, and if IMax cannot figure it out no person should waste his/her time responding to his immature rants.

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By Gabriel, October 19, 2011 at 12:15 pm Link to this comment

RayLan:

I’ll double check, but as far as I remember It was George Galloway and others that forced Chris to accept such by publicly humiliating him during public discussions.

Your only savior is “also he began to protest befor the Occupy Wall Street movement - and they give him credit for that” .. as he was part of the Hippy movement.

As for “Terrorists have typically recruited the young - if you don’t know that - look it up.”
Outright Bull. The real terrorists used terror [look the word up] in most wars as Rape, Pillage and Torture.
Latest to adapt the word were CIA, British SAS and Jewish fundamentalists called IS-RA-EL. Then they publicly called others terrorists to take the blame away from themselves.

It is CIA and like that promoted child soldiers and suicide bombers in 3rd world countries to further their agendas. This goes back way before Khmer Rouge of Cambodia.
Where do you think all those countries learned the practice?

Think you been consuming too much Mass Media and need to look behind the headlines.

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By IMax, October 19, 2011 at 10:00 am Link to this comment

Amon Drool,

I likely didn’t make myself clear. I wasn’t referring to this clip. I was referring to Hedges when interviewed by Amy Goodman on Monday.

I’ve also seen dozens of commentators in the media, on this and other blogs, even some OWS protesters attempt to co-opt French, Spanish and Kurdish protests as if they are all one-in-the-same. They are not.

I support much, not all, of the OWS agenda. At the same time I can’t support the wishful thinking of some who desire to expand OWS at the cost of drowning out the voices of, for example, the Kurds.

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By Amon Drool, October 19, 2011 at 8:54 am Link to this comment

IMax: “Let me say this once again. It’s grossly
arrogant, I’m sorry but terribly ignorant, to believe
global protests, that preceded today’s U.S. protests,
has anything to do with “Occupy”.

huh??  i just re-watched the clip.  where did Hedges
say anything of the sort?  and sure, the global
protests all have their own particular flavors and
causes.  but a lot of the energy that fuels these
global protests comes from global youth who just
don’t see much of a future for themselves if things
stay on the same track.  i like their experimentation
with democratic processes.  i just hope they carry
their ideas about participatory democracy into the
economic/monetary realm.  for the last 400 years,
we’ve allowed a class of private individuals—
bankers—to create our money supply.  they do this
with only 10% of their own wealth and then create the
rest of the world’s money through the leverage
provided by fractional reserve banking.  thus 90% of
our money supply is just made up and allows the
bankers to collect interest on their legal
counterfeiting cartel.  why allow a parasitical,
extractive group of people to control our money
supply in a democracy?  political change and reform
are necessary, but until we break out of our banker-
induced money matrix, we’re going nowhere.

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By D.R. Zing, October 19, 2011 at 7:37 am Link to this comment

It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)

Darkness at the break of noon
Shadows even the silver spoon
The handmade blade, the child’s balloon
Eclipses both the sun and moon
To understand you know too soon
There is no sense in trying

Pointed threats, they bluff with scorn
Suicide remarks are torn
From the fool’s gold mouthpiece the hollow horn
Plays wasted words, proves to warn
That he not busy being born is busy dying

Temptation’s page flies out the door
You follow, find yourself at war
Watch waterfalls of pity roar
You feel to moan but unlike before
You discover that you’d just be one more
Person crying

So don’t fear if you hear
A foreign sound to your ear
It’s alright, Ma, I’m only sighing

As some warn victory, some downfall
Private reasons great or small
Can be seen in the eyes of those that call
To make all that should be killed to crawl
While others say don’t hate nothing at all
Except hatred

Disillusioned words like bullets bark
As human gods aim for their mark
Make everything from toy guns that spark
To flesh-colored Christs that glow in the dark
It’s easy to see without looking too far
That not much is really sacred

While preachers preach of evil fates
Teachers teach that knowledge waits
Can lead to hundred-dollar plates
Goodness hides behind its gates
But even the president of the United States
Sometimes must have to stand naked

An’ though the rules of the road have been lodged
It’s only people’s games that you got to dodge
And it’s alright, Ma, I can make it

Advertising signs they con
You into thinking you’re the one
That can do what’s never been done
That can win what’s never been won
Meantime life outside goes on
All around you

You lose yourself, you reappear
You suddenly find you got nothing to fear
Alone you stand with nobody near
When a trembling distant voice, unclear
Startles your sleeping ears to hear
That somebody thinks they really found you

A question in your nerves is lit
Yet you know there is no answer fit
To satisfy, insure you not to quit
To keep it in your mind and not forget
That it is not he or she or them or it
That you belong to

Although the masters make the rules
For the wise men and the fools
I got nothing, Ma, to live up to

For them that must obey authority
That they do not respect in any degree
Who despise their jobs, their destinies
Speak jealously of them that are free
Cultivate their flowers to be
Nothing more than something they invest in

While some on principles baptized
To strict party platform ties
Social clubs in drag disguise
Outsiders they can freely criticize
Tell nothing except who to idolize
And then say God bless him

While one who sings with his tongue on fire
Gargles in the rat race choir
Bent out of shape from society’s pliers
Cares not to come up any higher
But rather get you down in the hole
That he’s in

But I mean no harm nor put fault
On anyone that lives in a vault
But it’s alright, Ma, if I can’t please him

Old lady judges watch people in pairs
Limited in sex, they dare
To push fake morals, insult and stare
While money doesn’t talk, it swears
Obscenity, who really cares
Propaganda, all is phony

While them that defend what they cannot see
With a killer’s pride, security
It blows the minds most bitterly
For them that think death’s honesty
Won’t fall upon them naturally
Life sometimes must get lonely

My eyes collide head-on with stuffed
Graveyards, false gods, I scuff
At pettiness which plays so rough
Walk upside-down inside handcuffs
Kick my legs to crash it off
Say okay, I have had enough, what else can you show
me?

And if my thought-dreams could be seen
They’d probably put my head in a guillotine
But it’s alright, Ma, it’s life, and life only

—Bob Dylan

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By IMax, October 19, 2011 at 7:19 am Link to this comment

It’s always refreshing to see a notable Progressive make the case that the huge, “To Big To Fail”, national labor machination is one in the same with democratic party establishment. The wide-spread corruption and power-plays, while there for all to see, goes largely ignored in the media.

All of this makes it easy to understand why the twenty wealthiest congressional districts in the U.S. are democratic party strongholds.

Let’s not now fool ourselves into believing that the global protests we’ve all been seeing this entire year are now turning out because they know so much, let alone understand, OWS protests. The hubris in that notion, the notion that these year-long global protests are still taking place because OWS is now catching on, is sickening to witness. - Sorry Mr. Hedges, but even you are guilty of this arrogant display.

The Greeks, the French, the Spaniards, the Egyptians, the Syrians and the Kurds turn out in protest solely due to their own concerns and issues.  Issues having nothing to do with local U.S. issues.

Let me say this once again. It’s grossly arrogant, I’m sorry but also terribly ignorant, to believe global protests, that preceded today’s U.S. protests, has anything to do with “Occupy”.

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By OzarkMichael, October 19, 2011 at 5:26 am Link to this comment

When ‘voting doesnt work’ and you want a great deal of ‘change’ to ‘fix’ the system, there are really only so many methods remaining.

I figured that at some point the Left would need to co-opt the police and maybe even take the next step of co-opting the military. Both actions are, in my view, very bad precedent.

The police co-opt was headlined at Truthdig already, with the article “How(and Why) to Co-opt the Cops”

Last night I was sad but not surprised to see this(from this very thread last night):


http://www.truthdig.com/avbooth/item/chris_hedges_in_times_square_20111017/#432937

http://www.truthdig.com/avbooth/item/chris_hedges_in_times_square_20111017/#432965

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By RayLan, October 19, 2011 at 4:40 am Link to this comment

@Gabriel
“Chris didn’t prophecy anything. In his own words he states he came back from reporting in other parts of the world and was totally surprised by what’s going on.”
You need to inform yourself of Chris’s writings - he prophesied how the corporatocracy has taken over the political process - also he began to protest befor the Occupy Wall Street movement - and they give him credit for that.

Terrorists have typically recruited the young - if you don’t know that - look it up.

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By Gabriel, October 19, 2011 at 3:19 am Link to this comment

RayLan: Chris didn’t prophecy anything. In his own words he states he came back from reporting in other parts of the world and was totally surprised by what’s going on.

BTW: the only terrorists are ones on Wall St and rest of their Oligarchy, including paid-off cops who attack peaceful and rightful assemblies.

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By RayLan, October 19, 2011 at 1:58 am Link to this comment

All those who whined about no proposed solution - and decried Chris for being overly negative can now witness the reality of an essentially young revolution that acknowledges the truth that Chris prophesied.
Hope and change are no longer catch words for O-Blah-ma’s political campaign that at this point betrayed the youthful contingent that brought him into presidency. This wonderfully intelligent and pure fire of these young revolutionaries has caught on and is spreading all over the world. The perfect antidote to the terrorist recruitement of our burgeoning youth.

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By tovangar2, October 19, 2011 at 12:24 am Link to this comment

Thank you @rumblingspire

Please, any of you, if you know someone in the military urge them to call the GI
Rights Hotline 1-877-447-4487 for free, reliable, confidential info on how to get
out. Web site: girightshotline.org

It’s time to come back. The fight’s at home.

thx

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By Josh, October 18, 2011 at 9:55 pm Link to this comment
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Chris Hedges in a sense through his weekly column over the last 2 years has taught me something very important. That Love isn’t simplistic, Love isn’t weak, Love does in fact have a masculine quality of defiance and rebellion. It’s on Wall st. No one told you to poke the bear….

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By rumblingspire, October 18, 2011 at 8:54 pm Link to this comment
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soldier.  lay down your gun.  occupyamerica.  be a real hero.

make ready for july 4th 2012.

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By OzarkMichael, October 18, 2011 at 6:15 pm Link to this comment

The Moose is everywhere.

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By Paul, October 18, 2011 at 2:33 pm Link to this comment
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Thank YOU mr. Hedges!
You helped start it all.  Without you we wouldn’t know what we’re marching for.

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By Gabriel, October 18, 2011 at 2:00 pm Link to this comment

And part of a Canadian perspective:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eaatBXkGRI

A Veteran that stands up for the People [full video]:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dY9-ARvX1VM

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By Gabriel, October 18, 2011 at 1:43 pm Link to this comment

Hmmm .. very interesting. Maybe Chris is actually learning, because his articles on TD just don’t cut it by choosing sides like “Left” or “Right”.
Example: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/a_movement_too_big_to_fail_20111017/

Core of what’s actually being talked about at OWS and Occupy the Planet is in my comments here:
http://www.truthdig.com/avbooth/item/what_do_you_want_for_your_country_20111014/

Enjoy smile

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By gerard, October 18, 2011 at 10:19 am Link to this comment

Thank Chris Hedges for the many months he has spent showing us what realistic righteousness feels like—words, actions, smiles, tears—all of it! And thank Occupy Wall Street for summing it all up into

          *********  99%  **********

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By Amon Drool, October 18, 2011 at 9:51 am Link to this comment

good to see Hedges caught at his humane best here.  the
scold in him too often gets the upper hand.  i do wish
he would display more nuanced views when it comes to
corporations, capitalism and liberalism.  these
things/forces surely need to be criticized, but Hedges’
near blanket condemnation of them turns off quite a few
of us.  OWS has given a us some hope and it’s
good to see that it has brought out the best in Hedges.

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By caped amigo, October 18, 2011 at 9:35 am Link to this comment

I am moved by the intelligence, compassion, and soul of Chris Hedges. A man like him should live a thousand years.

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By balkas, October 18, 2011 at 8:39 am Link to this comment

occupy w.h, congress, wall street, supreme/tenis court; a warship, jet, dozens of
streets, thousands of buildings, but not all of the u.s, and u have failed.

occupy every warship, cia/fbi/army echelons buildings, army base, and u just might
get one from zero level to an inch higher than that.

or forget the whole thing and just get the generals on ur side. impossible mission,
right?
i took some heat for ‘predicting’ that protest in egypt wld fail unless it is backed and
led by a political party and backed by verrri strongly and united egypt’n army.

as far as i know, the protest in egypt had brought egyptians the usual ‘promises’
[read, please: every ‘promise is a lie] and some cosmetic changes.

the armed protest in libya appears to have succeeded [i did not ‘predict’ that
outcome] mostly because supremacist govts of france, u.s, u.k have econo-military-
diplomaticly supported theocrats [‘moderate’, huh?] and i did ‘predict’ that!! 

[btw, moderate islam {or mosheism, for that matter} stiil leaves their respective ‘gods’
quite the same; i.e., viciously loving/disrespectful/{anti}human/pro-obomba, king
hussein, blair, netanyahu] tnx

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By xxxxxxxx, October 18, 2011 at 8:11 am Link to this comment
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I’ll throw you a criticism just to prick your ears -

first of all, you’re not being objective - happens in a revolution


there is no foresight - has nothing to do with meaning


if we are going to build a world on this across - come up with something or die - (or lie as everyone else does…)

and I’m not talking about the war-makers and corporations which profit from war -

gotta get personal - you are aloof - sorry

I remember back in the sixties when Rubin was considered aloof -


killed the movement -


I would say ‘step back’ - only for the reason you are too articulate - I know it sounds absurd - but things happen much quicker now


in that stepping back maybe create a persona who genuinely cares for the human race - I’m misanthropic myself - I’m just alerting you to the power of your station - I’m a lowly poet

best,

william

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By Haudenosaun, October 18, 2011 at 7:31 am Link to this comment

What a great video, made me teary-eyed at the end.

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By RickRevived, October 18, 2011 at 7:28 am Link to this comment
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I want to publicly express my gratitude to Chris Hedges. During the 60s, I was too young to get heavily involved with the anti-war movement, although I did attend rallies and participated in seminars. But the past two decades have discouraged me. I grew cynical and lost hope. But then I started to revisit the works of Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky, the elder statesmen of the progressive movement, and I voraciously read books by Mr. Hedges, Amy Goodman and Naomi Klein, among others.

I realized that we still had patriots in this country, who were willing to stand up for liberty and fairness. And so I started to speak out, in my own way, once more. Sharing information at meetings, writing emails that pointed friends and acquaintances to news that can’t find in the mainstream media.

Then OWS started and I read Mr. Hedges’s passionate admonition to all of us who had spent too much time sitting, and not enough time acting. That day I got off my ass, and I’ve been at the Park several times a week since, bringing money, bringing food, bringing ideas, exchanging thoughts, supporting the cause.

On Sunday, I stood in a crowd of many colors and backgrounds and sang “If I Had a Hammer,” “We Shall Overcome,” and “We Shall Not Be Moved.”

And then we sang “America the Beautiful,” and I remembered that this was the song Howard Zinn sang when he sat with Tom Hayden and Daniel Berrigan in a cave with Vietnamese who were fighting for their freedom and dignity. I could not stop the tears and my voice kept breaking, and I said a prayer of thanks to Mr. Hedges and all those others who woke me up, who persuaded me to move, who compelled me to act.

And I can say with certitude that I will never sit again. I will never forsake hope and never forget that can make a difference.

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By katiec, October 18, 2011 at 5:22 am Link to this comment

Thank you Chris Hedges for all you’ve done over the years.  Glad to see that such things evoke deep emotions.  With you on that one.

And thanks to all the Occupiers everywhere!  Stand strong.

K.

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By glider, October 18, 2011 at 4:33 am Link to this comment

I agree that it is awesome to see Chris Hedges smile.  I was thinking the other day how the movement seems to be consuming him a bit, in spite of his best ever interview with Alonya.  But it looks like he is relaxing enough to enjoy himself which is important.  Go Chris, I am grateful, but do chill out occasionally.

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By iska, October 18, 2011 at 3:00 am Link to this comment

nice to see Chris smiling, he looked very tired last week.

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By tovangar2, October 18, 2011 at 2:42 am Link to this comment

Thank you so much Chris for this interview and for your
extraordinary kindness.

You may never know just how much your love and
faithfulness mean to so many of us. All I can say is
thank you again and again for your clear thinking and
for seeing the best in us.

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By Art Alvarez, October 18, 2011 at 2:30 am Link to this comment
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Thank you Mr. Hedges, as usual your authenticity and your eloquent analysis shines through. I was more enlightened by your commentary about the mystery of a movement that is real. I am so glad to hear that the young people there are as you said astute and aware of the times we are living in. I will do what I can to support their efforts in the trenches. They are making the kind of history that I hope with all my heart will begin to change this country and the world. I choked up when you mentioned your three old because I sensed that in your mind’s eye you saw your child and as you so well stated it is no longer about you or a 79 year old coot like me, but it is all for and about the little ones. Walk in peace friend.

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By skimohawk, October 18, 2011 at 1:39 am Link to this comment

Thanks. Pretty clear and straightforward take on things. Too bad the MSM continues to scratch their heads pretending as though they haven’t caught on to what’s happening.

The sign the guy carries past the camera at about 3:33 pretty much sums up the current situation.

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By EmileZ, October 17, 2011 at 11:59 pm Link to this comment

Thank you Mr. Hedges. I again feel bright-eyed, bushy tailed, and ready to put my special OWS pojamas on.

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