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Go to Pittsburgh, Young Man, and Defy Your Empire

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Posted on Aug 31, 2009
AP / Jack Dempsey

Shock troops and “free speech zones” have become the norm at mass gatherings in modern America.

By Chris Hedges

Globalization and unfettered capitalism have been swept into the history books along with the open-market theory of the 1920s, the experiments of fascism, communism and the New Deal. It is time for a new economic and political paradigm. It is time for a new language to address our reality. The voices of change, those who speak in powerful and yet unfamiliar words, will cry out Sept. 25 and 26 in Pittsburgh when protesters from around the country gather to defy the heads of state, bankers and finance ministers from the world’s 22 largest economies who are convening for a meeting of the G-20. If we heed these dissident voices we have a future. If we do not we will commit collective suicide.

The international power elites will go to Pittsburgh to preach the mantra that globalization is inevitable and eternal. They will discuss a corpse as if it was living. They will urge us to remain in suspended animation and place our trust in the inept bankers and politicians who orchestrated the crisis. This is the usual tactic of bankrupt elites clinging to power. They denigrate and push to the margins the realists—none of whom will be inside their security perimeters—who give words to our disintegration and demand a new, unfamiliar course. The powerful discredit dissent and protest. But human history, as Erich Fromm wrote, always begins anew with disobedience. This disobedience is the first step toward freedom. It makes possible the recovery of reason.

The longer we speak in the language of global capitalism, the longer we utter platitudes about the free market—even as we funnel hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars into the accounts of large corporations—the longer we live in a state of collective self-delusion. Our power elite, who profess to hate government and government involvement in the free market, who claim they are the defenders of competition and individualism, have been stealing hundreds of billions of dollars of our money to nationalize mismanaged corporations and save them from bankruptcy. We hear angry and confused citizens, their minds warped by hate talk radio and television, condemn socialized medicine although we have become, at least for corporations, the most socialized nation on Earth. The schizophrenia between what we profess and what we actually embrace has rendered us incapable of confronting reality. The longer we speak in the old language of markets, capitalism, free trade and globalization the longer the entities that created this collapse will cannibalize the nation.   

What are we now? What do we believe? What economic model explains the irrationality of looting the U.S. Treasury to permit speculators at Goldman Sachs to make obscene profits? How can Barack Obama’s chief economic adviser, Lawrence Summers, tout a “jobless recovery”? How much longer can we believe the fantasy that global markets will replace nation states and that economics will permit us to create a utopian world where we will all share the same happy goals? When will we denounce the lie that globalization fosters democracy, enlightenment, worldwide prosperity and stability? When we will we realize that unfettered global trade and corporate profit are the bitter enemies of freedom and the common good?

Corporations are pushing through legislation in the United States that will force us to buy defective, for-profit health insurance, a plan that will expand corporate monopolies and profits at our expense and leave tens of millions without adequate care. Corporations are blocking all attempts to move to renewable and sustainable energy to protect the staggering profits of the oil, natural gas and coal industries. Corporations are plunging us deeper and deeper as a nation into debt to feed the permanent war economy and swell the military budget, which consumes half of all discretionary spending. Corporations use lobbyists and campaign contributions to maintain arcane tax codes that offer them tax havens and tax evasions. Corporations are draining the treasury while the working class sheds jobs, sees homes foreclosed and struggles to survive in a new and terrifying global serfdom. This has been the awful price of complacency.

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Protests will begin several days before the summit. Many of the activities are being coordinated by Pittsburgh’s Thomas Merton Center. There will be a march Sept. 25 for anyone who, as Jessica Benner of the center’s Antiwar Committee stated, “has lost a job, a home, a loved one to war, lost value to a retirement plan, gotten sick from environmental pollution, or lived without adequate healthcare, water, or food. … ” There will be at least three tent cities, in addition to a Music Camp beginning Sept. 18 that will be situated at the South Side Riverfront Park near 18th Street. Unemployed workers will set up one tent city at the Monumental Baptist Church on Sept. 20 and five days later will march on the Convention Center. The encampment and the march are being organized by the Bail Out the People Movement. The Institute for Policy Studies, The Nation magazine, the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America, Pittsburgh United and other organizations will host events including a panel on corporate globalization featuring former World Bank President Joseph Stiglitz, along with a “People’s Tribunal.” There will be a religious procession calling for social justice and a concert organized by Students for a Democratic Society.


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By truedigger3, August 31, 2009 at 2:29 pm Link to this comment

diamond wrote:
“Having said that, its also inaccurate to say that bailing out the banks etc. was the wrong thing to do because it didn’t punish those who had done wrong. The bigger picture is that if they had not been bailed out everyone would have been punished”
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No diamond, you are wrong on this one. You are confusing saving the banks with saving the bankers.
The banks should have been taken over by FDIC and all their top management fired immediately before they pay themselves another obscene bonus.
The FDIC with more funds from the government, would have recapitalised, the not so sick, of these banks and put them on their feet again before putting them on the market for sale.
The terminally ill banks should have been closed and some of the banks who were in mortal danger might have been merged with healthier banks with FDIC helping and nudging in the background.
All the depositors in these banks wouldn’t have lost a single penny, however, the share and bond holders and speculators would have lost bigtime.
The economy would have fared much better with this scenario, but the so called “inept” bankers control the treasury and the economic policy as you said they are only interested in making more money and the economy be damned.

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By christian96, August 31, 2009 at 1:53 pm Link to this comment

The Bible predicts the time will come when a world
leader referred to as the ANTICHRIST will force
everyone to take a mark in their right hand or
forehead before they can buy and sell.  If you refuse
to take the mark you will be killed.  For this to
happen requires a one world govenment and economy.
This meeting in Pittsburgh is just another move in
that direction.  Things are happening rapidly and
OUT IN THE OPEN.  The designers of the one world
government use to meet secretly.  Now they are
meeting out in the open.  They are spitting in our
face and there is nothing we can do about it. DON’T
TAKE THE MARK!

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By diamond, August 31, 2009 at 1:37 pm Link to this comment

This is a timely and interesting article but Hedges is wrong on two points. To call the bankers and politicians who created the collapse of the global economy ‘inept’ is inaccurate.They were not inept:they were incredibly efficient at making money for themselves and their institutions.The problem wast that they were creating money out of spin, otherwise known as ‘financialization’. They were doing what Ayn Rand told them to do, behaving like parasites on everyone else,because as Margaret Thatcher pronounced in the eighties,‘There’s no such thing as society’. The fact is, if you don’t create a product and sell it, you’re not creating real wealth. Moving cyber money around in cyberspace is not creating a product and it’s not creating wealth either. Someone pointed out that the people at General Motors only put one part on a car and they have good pay and conditions and health benefits. Why shouldn’t they? They are actually working and they actually produce a product, namely a car, that can be sold to contribute to productivity and to create wealth. The people who wrecked banking and sent the stock market down the tubes created only one thing: wealth for themselves and their clique-but no product that contributes to GDP or creates wealth for the nation as a whole. It was Margaret Thatcher who pushed to get out of manufacturing because it was a way of destroying the unions and, like all Fascists, she hated unions. Brtiain is now paying the price of its switch to so-called ‘finance products’.

Having said that, its also inaccurate to say that bailing out the banks etc. was the wrong thing to do because it didn’t punish those who had done wrong. The bigger picture is that if they had not been bailed out everyone would have been punished including those who had done nothing but work all the hours God sends to feed,clothe and house their families. Sometimes you have to choose the lesser of two evils and Americans with their ‘black and white’ view of economics and social policy find this hard to accept. Elements of the debate on health care reform in America currently taking place could only possibly occur in a country that was founded by puritans and Bible bashers.

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By bane-richter, August 31, 2009 at 1:19 pm Link to this comment

These are fighting words:

“Corporations are draining the treasury while the working class sheds jobs, sees homes foreclosed and struggles to survive in a new and terrifying global serfdom. This has been the awful price of complacency.”

We don’t have a Democracy, it takes 1000s of agitated victims bum-rushing power before the SOBs will yield.
“A riot is an ugly thing” - Inspector Kemp.

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By TAO Walker, August 31, 2009 at 11:26 am Link to this comment

A “news” item the other day reported that Amtrak trains won’t even be stopping in Pittsburg during the “summit.”  How’s that for “clout”?

Seems to this old Indian the essential part of Chris Hedges’ message here is not really his call to go to Pittsburg to challenge the command-and-CONtrol apparatus of “power.”  It is, rather, that the thing is even now falling to pieces from its own internal rot, and that those most enmeshed in the delusion of “power,” the self-selected “elite,” have effectively CONdemned their own selfs to going down with it as their make-believe “structure” collapses into a CONdition not unlike that of the “twin Towers” immediately after their CONtrolled demolition.

Maybe the better response to all the posing and posturing that will emerge from those security-perimetered hangers-on (to the dying “dominance” paradigm), by ordinary people everywhere, is to simply ignore the entire charade as the completely irrelevant cluster-fuck it is.  Maybe people should devote whatever time and resources would otherwise be wasted in “venting” about their predicament to getting together where they actually live-and-breathe, and considering together how they can help each other through the inevitable turmoil and disruption already attending the self-destruction of the oppressive “order” about to disintegrate despite such carefully stage-managed appearances as “G-20 Summits.”

The “message” that they don’t matter at all to those they would hold in perpetual thrall would have a far greater impact on the “global” gangsters than anything else….one, moreover, they haven’t a clue how to react-to, either.  People who refuse to be ruled by fear are free of the designs of those who know nothing else.

Never forget, tame Sisters and Brothers, it is always a Good Day…...

HokaHey!

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By ender, August 31, 2009 at 10:49 am Link to this comment

Uncognito “ender desires to inspire others
here by describing his irresponsibly exposing his
daughter to grave and imminent injury.”

My daughter was a 23 yr. old adult and was going whether I went or not.  Marshall law and illegal acts by gov’t employed mercenaries endangered her, but if you want to pretend its the messanger, not the message, then stay home and watch in horror as America becomes a third world country whose sole reason to exist is to provide cannon fodder for the Corporate machines of empire.

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By jellyroll20, August 31, 2009 at 10:48 am Link to this comment

If you haven’t already seen this (classic) documentary, I urge you to make the time and then pass it on.  MUST SEE:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-515319560256183936

Here’s another good one about The Media and Propaganda vs We The People:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clL4ot_XR4Q&feature=related

Delete the Elite!
Delite the Elite!

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By felicity, August 31, 2009 at 10:37 am Link to this comment

cognitis1 - “diffident anarchists” (timid revolutionaries) some angry protesters may be but millions of them in your face can be and is very scary.  They don’t need a message - their numbers are a sufficient message. 

The G-20 attendees know perfectly well that their policies are screwing us.  What they need to know is that we know it too.

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By KDelphi, August 31, 2009 at 10:37 am Link to this comment

True, but there will come a point at which the military industrial complex cannot afford to pay the goons enough to kill their own. Then, change will happen.

People are dying everyday in this country from poverty.

It happened with Vietnam Vets Against the War, happens now with Vets for Peace and can happen again, if there were a general strike , refusing to pay taxes so that they can pay Blackwater to kill us.
Maybe it could start at a place like this.

If something doesnt happen, there will just be more pain and death.

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By bane-richter, August 31, 2009 at 10:11 am Link to this comment

The title of Hedge’s piece says it all. Unfortunately, this never goes well, and the powerful goons know it. They’ve surrounded themselves with ever larger groups of armed storm troopers, who will deal out serious intimidation with beatings from a riot baton. Then the slow motion torture of being bused to some hell hole, for days or more. It can’t be said enough, when a pig is on the wrong side of history, he’s lost his credibility. Like idiots they’ll do it all: false arrest, intimidation, racial profiling, political repression, surveillance abuse, sexual abuse, and happily get paid for it.

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By cognitis1, August 31, 2009 at 10:08 am Link to this comment

Posters here indicate themselves to be not defiant
contenders but rather diffident anarchists. Ender
exhorts others to donate money for bail, which funds
would contribute to the same courts which suppress
diffident anarchists; ender desires to inspire others
here by describing his irresponsibly exposing his
daughter to grave and imminent injury. Bldng
describes blue collar workers who unconsciously obey
the same CEOs who diminish their labor rights and
deprive them of jobs. US Rulers along with other
countries’ Rulers have defined their interests
accurately, and they all use at events such as G-20 a
disciplined and expert police force; anarchists and
other protesters haven’t defined any of their
interests and thus can’t share common interests, and
they are all at events a fractured mob of tyros.

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By Miguel, August 31, 2009 at 8:53 am Link to this comment
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Sorry I can make it.
BUT! I got some ideas:
Carry signs written for the attention of the Police. Tell them how shameful they are to support the ruling elite, who are destroying what is left of so-called freedom in America. Basically, calling their efforts in preventing you to protest as being a fascist act
Carry cameras, camcorders. Record everything.
If you know people that have laptops with satellite links, or can logon the Internet during the protest, broadcast live everything that is going on.
Voice recordings with photos would do as well.
Do it all in real time!

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By Bldng4Jstc, August 31, 2009 at 8:42 am Link to this comment

What about Unions?  The majority of ‘blue collar’
Americans are led to believe the unions are ruining
American business.  This belief comes from examples
like the following:

My dad works 6 -7 days a weeks as a Landscaper to do
enough business to live IMO a comfortable lifestyle.
(60k/yr)

My Ford Employee Uncle works 4 days a week, has lil
responsibility, and puts one part on a car.  He makes
90k/yr with healthcare.

So are unions driving up corporate costs leaving “No
Choice but to Leave”? Are CEOs just not willing to
share money and blame labor to protect their profits?
Is the economic landscape of America simply too weak
to keep business/jobs and their isn’t a large enough
economic pie?  Are CEOs always trying to grow bigger
and bigger without worrying about the consequences?

Unfortunately I believe is is all of the above which
makes it hard to make someone the scapegoat.

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By felicity, August 31, 2009 at 8:24 am Link to this comment

Fat Freddy - “I do believe in the free exchange of goods and services.”  Sounds good but how ‘free’ is the market when Bill Gates can lobby Congress to modify visa regulations which made it easier for foreign tech workers to enter and work in the US.  (It saved his corporation about $12,000/yr/tech worker in wages.  Nevermind that it also took domestic tech worker’s jobs.)

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By KDelphi, August 31, 2009 at 8:16 am Link to this comment

ender—thanks for link—you can also sign up for updates there.I am all for anarchy. But what makes you think that Obama has some kind of control over a meeting of the G-20? I never expected much out of him, but I sure dont expect him to do anything but cow-tow to the intl elites there…

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By ender, August 31, 2009 at 8:04 am Link to this comment

Pittsburg will be the opportunity to see whether Pres. Obama is nothing but a tool of the elite by how legal free speach and protest are handled at this meeting.  If it just more of the same dirty tricks, we will be able to definitively say that there promise of “Change” was empty.

I’m very strongly considering attending.

BTW God Bless the Anarchist kids.  They caused enough of a stir at the FTAA convention that the Brazilian attendees brought other attendees to the windows where they could see 20,000(another 20,000 were prevented from making it to the protest) American protesters march in front of the Convention Center.  At least for that day, the increased exploitation of another segment of South America was prevented, and FTAA was not passed. 

If you can’t attend, http://www.bailoutpeople.org/, help with donations for buses and jail bailout funds.

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By KDelphi, August 31, 2009 at 8:01 am Link to this comment

I’m going to this with the SEP. If youre young, healthy and have the money to go, you have no excuse.

count me 3—I will find out if SEP is sending buses or just van carpools

Fat Freddy—It is true that what you own comes to own you. Maybe you should ditch your business for a day and come to Pittsburgh with the human race. Own yourself for a couple days and see what you think?

thebeerdr—It would not be that way if enough people showed up. If enough people believe it doesnt make any difference anyway, then they count on that.

BTW, ender—dont count on Blackwater (Xe) to stay home now that Obama is president—he has re-hired them , with vigor.

Mercenaires and private police (along with “free speech” zones) were at the Dem Convention, as well as the GOP

I’m just a regular person with nothin’ to lose. Besides, there will be a concert, it says….

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By chuckwalla, August 31, 2009 at 7:52 am Link to this comment
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Will this be the rebirth of “the Resistance”?  Hedges’ piercing prose is a call to awaken, and slough off the old paradigms.  The Internation Ruling Elite (G-22) will only deepen its crisis of legitimacy by police repression.  It’s a win-win situation for da People in this regard.  Obama neo-liberalism domestically will be exposed for the fraud it is.  The “free-speech” pens, etc., remind me of the 2004 DNC in Boston, where Nazi-style cops with attack dogs intimidated any and all protests, while liberal Dem hacks filed in to anoint John Kerry in his flaccid, feckless attempt at winning POTUS.

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By herewegoagain, August 31, 2009 at 7:46 am Link to this comment
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Freddy, like you, I generally believe in the free exchange of goods and services (although I certainly see the need for checks and balances). I do tend to believe that a democratically-elected government can organize and administer beneficial services, and in fact, feel the proof is there that our own government has done so. Not sure what your opinions are on that matter.
 
At any rate, I think you might enjoy some of David Korten’s books, particularly “When Corporations Rule the World,” “The Post Corporate World,” and “The Great Turning.” He talks a great deal about the problems with centralized planning and with giving too much power to any one mega-institution, be it corporations or national and global government. He’s a very strong proponent of more localized markets and economies.

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By thebeerdoctor, August 31, 2009 at 7:03 am Link to this comment

As ender has revealed, the iron fist beneath the velvet glove will be exposed, but what difference will it make? Television will frame the news story as yet another case of disruptive and destructive malcontents standing in the way of that greater corporate global vision. And why wouldn’t they frame it that way? Take a look at who owns the television networks. That ownership, along with assistance from the political sycophants, prove that authoritarian control is maintained and increased with a subtle sophistication that keeps most of the population from ever being conscious of what kind of jack-booted society they actually exist in.

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By ender, August 31, 2009 at 6:26 am Link to this comment

My daughter and I rode to Miami with a group from the Green party to join in the FTAA protest in 2003.  The Bush Administration spent an estimated $15 million to stifle the permitted and lawful protest. 5000 Wackenhut rentapigs and every police officer for five counties around Dade trained for six months on how to disrupt a lawful protest.  Police and Blackwater mercenaries blocked streets, misguided protesters away from the gate and finally staged a fight to block entrance placing phalanxes of cops at the front and back of the crowd on the only entrance they allowed to be opened.  I was on the ground with an f’n Glock pointed at my head while I curled over my daughter.

I really didn’t think they would allow a peaceful transition of power to the next adminstration, but realized at the end it hadn’t worked, and Americans wanted to try them as war criminals so they best shut up and move on. 

The reason Dick Bush promoted torture had nothing to do with the war on terror but rather a means of stifling internal protest in this nation.  Well that and giving Darth Cheney material for his sexual fantasies.

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By ardee, August 31, 2009 at 5:40 am Link to this comment

No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.

So, owning oneself is a privilege and not a right? Personally, my business owns me (I have no partners, investors or large outstanding debts).

Your argument lies with Nietzche I think. I cited that quote only to note the varying opinions that author held as you yourself used him to make a point.

I,too, was a small business owner, a trucking company specialising in the delivery of building materials and equipment. I sold that business in the face of spiraling health care costs, rising fuel prices, insurance , maintenance etc.,etc.

Those who will demonstrate in Pittsburgh will do this nation and this world a much needed service I think. Any publicity of the false nature of free market capitalism for the exploitative beast that it truly is is welcome.

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By thebeerdoctor, August 31, 2009 at 5:34 am Link to this comment

“They will urge us to remain is suspended animation”... as long as there is shopping, everything will be fine.

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By Ms_Anne_Thropy, August 31, 2009 at 5:24 am Link to this comment

we are here as on a darkling plain
Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight
Where ignorant armies clash by night.

Matthew Arnold

We stand at the cross roads of history. Either we take back our lives, our economies and our governments or we submit to the ruling class. The wealthy few who have caused so much pain for the the poor and working class. We built the infrastructure that powers the modern world. They provided nothing but capital. We toiled in their factories and dark satanic mills. They grew rich from our labour. Capital has always profited at the expense labour. Now capital has found a way to eliminate labour altogether, and we have become obsolete in their eyes. Why spend money on factories or wages when you create money out of thin air. Why pay a living wage when there are starving people in the third world who will work for literally pennies a day. Nor are we without fault. We buy cheap TVs, appliances, and other goods from corporations that profit from the human misery they cause. In the immortal words of the great philosopher Pogo, “We have met the enemy and he is us”.

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By christian96, August 31, 2009 at 4:55 am Link to this comment

This meeting will take place during the “days of
awe” which is the 10 days between Rosh Hashana and
Yom Kippur.  Pittsburgh could not be a more
appropriate site for the meeting.  In the book of
Revelation a BEAST ascends out of the PIT.  Years
ago I use to love an old union song which ask the
question “Which side are you on?”  By the way,
which side are you on?

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By Fat Freddy, August 31, 2009 at 4:11 am Link to this comment

Perhaps Freddy is an ally of those who will attend that G-2 meeting, whether spiritually or more concretely.

Is that a challenge? C’mon. You should know how I despise Centralized Planning of the economy. This includes, but is not limited to, the Federal Reserve, the IMF, and the World Bank. But coming from a family of small business owners, living in a community of small and medium sized businesses, and owning a small business, I do believe in the free exchange of goods and services.

No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.

So, owning oneself is a privilege and not a right? Personally, my business owns me (I have no partners, investors or large outstanding debts).

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By C.Curtis.Dillon, August 31, 2009 at 3:47 am Link to this comment

Count me in 2.

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By Steve E, August 31, 2009 at 3:44 am Link to this comment
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Knock yourselves out. I for one am a great believer in Mr. Hedges articles and
observations and have sadly concluded, its all over but the crying.

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By TheRealFish, August 31, 2009 at 3:24 am Link to this comment

I haven’t actually, physically participated in a mass demonstration since 1970 (in reaction to the National Guard firing on peaceful anti-war demonstrators at Kent State U. and killing four).

Perhaps “hoping” that this will be the turning point in these “choose the red pill or the blue pill” times in which we live is part of the problem. Perhaps we need to MAKE this be the turning point.

There are always activists protesting the “G” summits, but have there ever been hundreds of thousands—or a million—protesters? So long as we the “people peaceably…assemble, and…petition the Government for a redress of grievances,” the message could be powerful and even the corporate media would find it difficult to ignore.

I quote the 1st Amendment, emphasizing peaceable assembly, since some of these “G” protests have been a trifle violent and believe avoiding violent displays is very necessary. Sheer numbers would speak loudly enough, even if all the extra police try to prevent the “petitions” from reaching “the government.”

This seems like a good time for that grassroots organization seen last fall to wake up once more and maybe rent some buses.

Who’s up for it? Count me in.

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By ardee, August 31, 2009 at 3:24 am Link to this comment

No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
 
  Friedrich Nietzsche

Despite the cautions of Freddy one must stand up to injustice if one hopes to end it. Perhaps Freddy is an ally of those who will attend that G-2 meeting, whether spiritually or more concretely.

I find it odd that they would choose such a blue collar city as Pittsburgh to meet when all they decide harms that class of people the most. I find it telling that we will see “free speech zones” yet again, as we did under Bush 43. I understand the requirements of protecting these folks, regardless of ones opinion about them, but what is gained by keeping protests under wraps? Much is lost however.

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By marcus medler, August 31, 2009 at 3:13 am Link to this comment
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As people awake they become aware of their
real situation. This leads to understanding their
position in political- social class- terms. This
political/social awareness will lead to action.
The power/social elite will fight the awakening.
The U.S. still lacks a political(party) form that
unites the awareness to action. However, a new
party that will survive can emerge very quickly
and in a short time gain power(latest election in
Japan). So for action to create real change, a
new party must also arise. I sense the
Clinton/Obama centralists will force the
creation of a new left of center national party.
The republican party will become marginal and
a new party will soon gain power. This is much
like the decade of the 1850’s when the whigs
ended and the republicans arose with the
central support of reformists(slavery). The issue
that is soon to be central is health vs military
bloat.

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By Fat Freddy, August 31, 2009 at 2:46 am Link to this comment

“Be careful when you fight the monsters, lest you become one.”— Friedrich Nietzsche, (1844 - 1900)

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By knobcreekfarmer, August 31, 2009 at 2:15 am Link to this comment

two thumbs up! lets get going

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By C.Curtis.Dillon, August 31, 2009 at 1:30 am Link to this comment

Chris ...

I’m sure this article will illicit the usual firestorm of comments on both sides of the argument.  But it might just be that Pittsburgh is the turning point in the struggle to overthrow the current system.  Globalization has been a failure for all ... except the corporations.  I don’t honestly feel that China has fared all that well and they are the big winner in this race.  Although they now have a growing middle class, the vast majority of wealth accrues to a very small group of people and to the Communist party and its leaders.  This is not an imbalance that can persist forever.  On the other end, we all know how the USA has “benefited”.

I’m glad to see Steglitz is in the opposition.  Too many economists have sold out to the corporate view of the world and are of little use.  We need him and others to step up and help find new solutions to our problems.

Let’s hope Pittsburgh is the beginning of the end for the current system.

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