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Posted on Feb 8, 2011
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By MK Ultra, February 9, 2011 at 10:58 am Link to this comment
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I second Mr. Engle’s nomination above.  Chris Hedges not only speaks ‘truth to power’ but, unlike the Noam Chomskys of the world who are much ado about nothing, Mr. Hedges puts his mouth where his money is.  He is the only one of today’s intellectuals who will take to the streets with the protesters, chain himself to the White House fence and live what he preaches.

His writings are inspirational, revelatory and enlightening.  Indeed a man of great vision, perception and courage.

Here’s to Chris Hedges!

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By Bruce Engle, February 8, 2011 at 7:06 pm Link to this comment
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Recognizing the Language of Tyranny - Chris Hedges.
I’ve always had a kind of intuition about how future events will play out.I now think that the policy of “Quantitative Easing” by our Fed is akin to natural gas fracking… it is implemented for the purpose of shaking any further wealth out of lower financial strata of our society. The big crime has already been committed. Now to shake loose the crumbs and although my savings is important to me, it is merely crumbs to the financial elite.
  So many close and not so close to me insist that my failure in life was my own bad decisions, my decision not to join in the criminal and morally degenerative activities of the swindlers. In sales I watched family oriented co-workers take advantage of people just like themselves in order to add a $2 incentive payment to an end of month bonus. I would argue how this could make us any different then the bankers or the political corporate servants who sell us down the river for so little.
  When I was young in a small Pa town a Dr. Levin held meetings in my third floor apartment teaching the benefits of a proletariat dictatorship. He is a fine man who later was to help victims that responded to 9/11. I was working at a large pie factory at the time, a job that I lied about my age to secure; a baby on the way.
  I asked the good doctor, and I say that with the greatest of respect, had he ever worked with these proletariat types I called my co-workers. He admitted he had never had that sort of relationship with these folks he so often helped. “Then let me characterize them as probably the most morally bankrupt group of individuals I had ever encountered. I would no more wish them dictating my life then I would the bourgeois.”
  I stopped the meetings and have regretted that decision ever since. I still believe the blame for our situation, the imminent social and financial collapse is our collective fault.There are no innocents here. But I don’t think socialism and communism ever had a fair hearing in this country and certainly capitalism has never been taught and now we shall enter the school of hard knocks to receive the education we should have pursued so many years now.
  Chris Hedges most clarifies the predicament we find ourselves in at present to my understanding. He teaches me. I appreciate that immensely. Adult men and women only require the truth in order to make decisions concerning their lives, whether it be drug use or energy use or rules implemented to facilitate the social needs of a society.
  I applaud his insight, his energy, but must admit to feeling a little apprehension that he may be so revealing truth that it could endanger him. Truth is a dangerous commodity these days and there is little to go around. The capitalists will say “supply and demand” Chris must be worth much more than his weight in gold…

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