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Chris Hedges Shares His Thoughts on Occupy Wall Street

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Posted on Oct 7, 2011
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Chris Hedges took time on Thursday to speak with Alyona Minkovski from the Washington, D.C., bureau of Russian news network RT about his thoughts on the growing Occupy Wall Street movement.

Standing among protesters from the Occupy D.C. protest, Hedges spoke out about what is fueling the Occupy Wall Street movement and where he thinks it is going; about President Obama’s culpability as a politician facing the mess Wall Street has made; and about how, even though the media have taken to comparing Occupy Wall Street to other American political movements past and present, it is unique and of the times.

Watch Chris Hedges’ full interview on “The Alyona Show” below:

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By Annie Cook, October 17, 2011 at 10:56 am Link to this comment
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Thank you Chris.Excellent info.Now it’s time for more.Explain to us who the Rothschild family are.Eplain to us why we must serve them as their slaves.Explain to us that we the 99%need to beat them at their game(Monopoly).Explain that we need to stop using money as currency and start using the priveledge of being a soul in a human form.It’s something to think about.

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By Greg McLeod, October 12, 2011 at 6:30 am Link to this comment
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Sadly, the self serving trait of greed has been allowed to obliterate almost all that is good. Today’s Managers and Politicians no longer manage for the life of the company or country, but choreograph plans to line their own pockets with absurd and sickening personal paydays. We need laws to eliminate payments and bonuses to individuals and groups upon the sale of their companies, for a start. Government Lobbying should be made illegal immediately. Real and strict rules governing Banking activities need to be developed with Prison time penalties for future law breakers.
We need to pay some serious attention not lip service, to the speed in which we are consuming the resources of the good earth, our pollutive ways, societal imbalance, and generally the way we are living. Our continuence of current activities without regard for the world we borrow from will leave those who follow us, namely our children destitute and will soon prove to be our downfall as we choke, drown, starve, and murder ourselves.
The evolvement of our society’s pre-occupance to Lionize the activities of richness and ownership has become truly unfortunate, and is now a Cancer, undectected by the eyes of greedy surgeons.
...and finally the things we own to prove our superior qualities have become truly laughable and criminal at the same time. We wander the streets with electronic passifiers always at the ready with whitened teeth acknowledging compliments on our collection of trinkets that make us better than our neighbour, while over half the world’s peoples writhe in daily pain and disease while enduring the extreme challenge to feed themselves…they have no trinkets, we have stolen those long ago. How sad we have become, how dearly we will pay.

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By Jesco, October 9, 2011 at 6:12 pm Link to this comment
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Chris Hedges for President!!!

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By D.R. Zing, October 9, 2011 at 12:59 pm Link to this comment

To cmarcusparr:

Thank you for taking the time to post your comment. 
It is excellent. 

I have a friend who is a scientist and states
repeatedly that, if we do not change our course, the
year 2050 will be critical and lethal. 

He contends it will be the year when our resources
will not be able to support our population.  He does
not predict extinction, but he does think billions
could die of starvation, thirst, and disease.

If he were just some guy I was hanging out with in a
bar, I would not give him a second thought. But the fact
is he has a doctorate in hard science, and he
received full scholarships from the best universities
in the world to attain his education.


It is frightening that our scientists—literally
the smartest people on the planet whether you agree
with them or not—are saying we are heading for
catastrophic times. It is more frightening that our
politicians are ignoring them.

Again, thank you for speaking up so eloquently and precisely.

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By D.R. Zing, October 9, 2011 at 12:28 pm Link to this comment

Chris,

I’m not really gay but will you marry me? 

Man! What an awesome interview. Just superb.  Whether
he wants to be or not Chris Hedges is the leader of
this movement. He is the spokesperson for this
movement. 

And TruthDig is the quietly ignored force in the background that is keeping this movement going. 

I love the way Chris Hedges thinks on his feet.  Please
everyone, if you read an article in the mainstream
media saying this movement lacks focus, send them a
link to this interview. 

Whoa! Superb. I’m just totally blown away.  Wow.

Congratulations to everyone at TruthDig: editors, owners, admin, writers, and posters of comments. Keep up the good work.

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By cmarcusparr, October 9, 2011 at 12:21 pm Link to this comment

If we are to survive as a species, we have to come up with a new way of thinking. I don’t believe this will happen because we are all caught up in our own paradigm. We are tied to paradigms of tribalism, religion, and nationalism that will lead us to annihilation.

We are fast at work destroying the planet by using up its resources in support of our own pleasure or way of life, not unlike a culture of termites that continue to consume a life-giving tree until the structure fails and life itself becomes unsustainable. While evidence mounts of our imminent fate, there is a minority, the power elite and commercial interests, that does all it can to see that our collective destructive behavior continues unabated. While millions die of starvation and wars over resources in places far removed from their echelons, we in the West deny evidence of global climate change, deny evidence that the practice of war is a bankrupt policy which leads to nothing but suffering and the ultimate destruction as Homo sapiens. And while ice disappears from the face of the earth, those who enrich themselves by the extraction and burning of fossil fuels deny scientific evidence of the anthropogenic cause while spreading deceptions as to the basis of fact.

We are trapped in a descending spiral from which we are unable or unwilling to extract ourselves. None of us wants to give up our lifestyles, our conveniences, our power and money. But when civilization itself collapses under the weight of the onrushing crisis, how will your lifestyle, conveniences, power and money save you?

The inconvenient truth is, we have only a few short years to decide the fate of the human race. If we continue down the path we’re on, it will lead to overwhelming negative forces of nature that will put an end to our species along with millions of other species on earth. A mass extinction event will occur and any and all remnants of human civilization will become lost to geological time. In a few hundred million years from now all evidence that human beings ever existed will vanish forever.

We have a choice, and the choice is clear. What we do not have is plenty of time to decide. If we continue down this road, the next century will see a rise in global temperature of at least nine degrees Fahrenheit. By then, our climate will resemble the Eocene when temperatures rose by an equal measure and caused a mass extinction event that lasted for 150,000 years. We are already no longer benefiting from the Holocene, the nurturing climate of the past ten thousand years or so that allowed the rise of Homo sapiens to become what we are today, and we have entered a new climatic age called the Anthrocene with a global climate adversely affected by human activity.

As of 2008, 55.48% of all carbon dioxide emissions came from China, the United States, and the European Union. These are the three economic zones that are contributing the most to the crisis, and these figures exclude methane and other far more potent greenhouse gasses. The top ten countries emit 67.07% of the total. The vast majority of countries at the bottom of the list are, of course, the poorest countries on the planet.

The Occupy Wall Street Movement is as much about failed policies of the power elite as it is about the consequences of the past two hundred years of so-called economic “progress.”

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By tony_opmoc, October 9, 2011 at 12:04 pm Link to this comment

Deek Jackson Shares His Thoughts on Occupy Wall Street and Mad Face Disease.

Deek is an astronomer. He doesn’t tell lies about 9/11 and other matters and can spot a lying sh*t bag whilst on the same stage as him in an election he didn’t win, but which he turned up at.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMSBat0wLNg

Tony

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By tony_opmoc, October 9, 2011 at 11:31 am Link to this comment

Excellent, professional production with damn near perfect lighting and sound. She looks amazing, and intelligent. He says all the right words.

I just ask one question.

Who are these people working for and what exactly is their agenda?

Tony

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By California Ray, October 9, 2011 at 9:23 am Link to this comment

Brilliant! Way to go, CH.

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By culheath, October 9, 2011 at 5:49 am Link to this comment

Succinct and lucid as always.

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By jeffrey woodhouse, October 9, 2011 at 4:02 am Link to this comment
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Chris Hedges was first to ever speak, what I felt all
my life! You wont get the truth at church, and
certainly not from the brain washed public. The truth
is something people can’t accept! Thank GOD I found
someone who can speak for me!  GO OCCUPY WALL STREET!

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By Silvie, October 8, 2011 at 7:46 pm Link to this comment
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Every answer he gives is dead on and well articulated.  I hope these videos inspire
people to join the Occupy movement. It’s important that people know that they
are not alone in their struggles, that they have nothing to be ashamed of, and that
change is possible.  These are tough things to communicate to people.  I find hope
in what he says about popular movements.  In the face of a grim but accurate
portrait of the state of our nation and its sham democracy, the Occupy movement
is the only promising thing on the horizon for us.  All I need is that little
possibility of change, and I’m energized and ready to get involved as much as I can
in trying to be a part of that change.  Thank you Chris!

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By FireCloud, October 8, 2011 at 5:05 pm Link to this comment
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Any semblance of fair-mindedness Chris Hedges had was
shot to hell when he unjustly characterized the “tea
party” in such outrageously extreme terms.

If you want a rational, fair-minded conversation about
current events don’t look to Chris Hedges.

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By gerard, October 8, 2011 at 4:44 pm Link to this comment

Chris is really honing his skills now, and becoming an excellent interpreter of the “Spirit of 99%.”
Thanks again and again, Chris.

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By tbone4321, October 8, 2011 at 4:11 pm Link to this comment

Chris Hedges is a great journalist and one of those burdened with a conscience and sense of fairness and decency . I class him with other giants of social political commentary like Noam Chomsky and Norman Frankenstein.I hope to see in my life time a dismantling of the Fascist system which has infected the Western World and a return to a more value based system.

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By tbone4321, October 8, 2011 at 4:09 pm Link to this comment

Chris Hedges is a great journalist and one of those burdened with a conscience and sense of and decency fairness. I class him with other giants of social political commentary like Noam Chomsky and Norman Frankenstein.I hope to see in my life time a dismantling of the Fascist system which has infected the Western World and a return to a more value based system.

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By Eric L. Prentis, October 8, 2011 at 11:22 am Link to this comment

Chris Hedges, your the man, love what you say.

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By Textynn, October 8, 2011 at 11:11 am Link to this comment
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Obama sides with the financial sector concerning OWS and gives the people of America lip service.
http://www.democracynow.org/2011/10/7/headlines#3

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By Stan, October 8, 2011 at 9:38 am Link to this comment
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Thank you, Mr. Hedges.

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By joey19840, October 8, 2011 at 7:34 am Link to this comment
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Hedges hits the issues dead on.  Keep getting the word out. The movement and observations/analysis of those like Mr. Hedges give me a glimmer of hope that our great Republic and the liberties - inalienable rights - bestowed upon us via the Constitution can be saved.

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By John W. Redican, October 7, 2011 at 11:29 pm Link to this comment
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Mr. Hedges is very good at articulating my own views about our current situation. Would that more people could see the forest for the trees. He may sound pessimistic, but I think he’s 100% right.

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By glider, October 7, 2011 at 7:15 pm Link to this comment

Fantastic interview Chris!

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By vincenyt, October 7, 2011 at 4:00 pm Link to this comment
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There has been a gaping void on PBS since the retirement of the great Bill Moyers. Mr. Hedges would be an outstanding choice to fill this empty spot in the media. I wonder if PBS has considered this or if Mr. Hedges would even agree to such a position ??

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By seeman, October 7, 2011 at 3:54 pm Link to this comment
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A memorable combination of very smart girl and great and good man.

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By EmileZ, October 7, 2011 at 3:51 pm Link to this comment

Gracias Mr. Hedges…

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