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Posted on Nov 7, 2011
AP / Bebeto Matthews

Police arrest Occupy Wall Street protesters as they staged a sit-down at Goldman Sachs headquarters on Thursday in New York.

By Chris Hedges

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges, an activist, an author and a member of a reporting team that won a 2002 Pulitzer Prize, wrote this article after he was released from custody following his arrest last Thursday. He and about 15 other participants in the Occupy Wall Street movement were detained as they protested outside the global headquarters of Goldman Sachs in lower Manhattan.

Faces appeared to me moments before the New York City police arrested us Thursday in front of Goldman Sachs. They were not the faces of the smug Goldman Sachs employees, who peered at us through the revolving glass doors and lobby windows, a pathetic collection of middle-aged fraternity and sorority members. They were not the faces of the blue-uniformed police with their dangling cords of white and black plastic handcuffs, or the thuggish Goldman Sachs security personnel, whose buzz cuts and dead eyes reminded me of the East German secret police, the Stasi. They were not the faces of the demonstrators around me, the ones with massive student debts and no jobs, the ones whose broken dreams weigh them down like a cross, the ones whose anger and betrayal triggered the street demonstrations and occupations for justice. They were not the faces of the onlookers—the construction workers, who seemed cheered by the march on Goldman Sachs, or the suited businessmen who did not. They were faraway faces. They were the faces of children dying. They were tiny, confused, bewildered faces I had seen in the southern Sudan, Gaza and the slums of Brazzaville, Nairobi, Cairo and Delhi and the wars I covered. They were faces with large, glassy eyes, above bloated bellies. They were the small faces of children convulsed by the ravages of starvation and disease.

I carry these faces. They do not leave me. I look at my own children and cannot forget them, these other children who never had a chance. War brings with it a host of horrors, including famine, but the worst is always the human detritus that war and famine leave behind, the small, frail bodies whose tangled limbs and vacant eyes condemn us all. The wealthy and the powerful, the ones behind the glass at Goldman Sachs, laughed and snapped pictures of us as if we were a brief and odd lunchtime diversion from commodities trading, from hoarding and profit, from this collective sickness of money worship, as if we were creatures in a cage, which in fact we soon were.

A glass tower filled with people carefully selected for the polish and self-assurance that come with having been formed in institutions of privilege, whose primary attributes are a lack of consciousness, a penchant for deception and an incapacity for empathy or remorse. The curious onlookers behind the windows and we, arms locked in a circle on the concrete outside, did not speak the same language. Profit. Globalization. War. National security. These are the words they use to justify the snuffing out of tiny lives, acts of radical evil. Goldman Sachs’ commodities index is the most heavily traded in the world. Those who trade it have, by buying up and hoarding commodities futures, doubled and tripled the costs of wheat, rice and corn. Hundreds of millions of poor across the globe are going hungry to feed this mania for profit. The technical jargon, learned in business schools and on trading floors, effectively masks the reality of what is happening—murder. These are words designed to make systems operate, even systems of death, with a cold neutrality. Peace, love and all sane affirmative speech in temples like Goldman Sachs are, as W.H. Auden understood, “soiled, profaned, debased to a horrid mechanical screech.”

We seemed to have lost, at least until the advent of the Occupy Wall Street movement, not only all personal responsibility but all capacity for personal judgment. Corporate culture absolves all of responsibility. This is part of its appeal. It relieves all from moral choice. There is an unequivocal acceptance of ruling principles such as unregulated capitalism and globalization as a kind of natural law. The steady march of corporate capitalism requires a passive acceptance of new laws and demolished regulations, of bailouts in the trillions of dollars and the systematic looting of public funds, of lies and deceit. The corporate culture, epitomized by Goldman Sachs, has seeped into our classrooms, our newsrooms, our entertainment systems and our consciousness. This corporate culture has stripped us of the right to express ourselves outside of the narrowly accepted confines of the established political order. It has turned us into compliant consumers. We are forced to surrender our voice. These corporate machines, like fraternities and sororities, also haze new recruits in company rituals, force them to adopt an unrelenting cheerfulness, a childish optimism and obsequiousness to authority. These corporate rituals, bolstered by retreats and training seminars, by grueling days that sometimes end with initiates curled up under their desks to sleep, ensure that only the most morally supine remain. The strong and independent are weeded out early so only the unquestioning advance upward. Corporate culture serves a faceless system. It is, as Hannah Arendt writes, “the rule of nobody and for this very reason perhaps the least human and most cruel form of rulership.”

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By Grady Lee Howard, November 8, 2011 at 3:05 pm Link to this comment
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Rational People agree: Our economy (whatever you
call it) does not work because too few powerful
people have most all the wealth and income, plus
the same Oligarchs now have control of the
government that could have earlier corrected the
problem. Oligarchs have overshot their reset
opportunity which could have continued what we call
corporate capitalism. There is absolutely no
“danger”  now of an Obama administration, or other
administration under current law implementing the 4 mythic
solutions of the liberal upper middle class:
Campaign finance reform
Educational opportunity and healthcare for all
Environmental regulation/Alternative energy
An end to wars of empire

Because the “owners of the United States” committed
a series of great crimes to implement a political
coup
(media brainwashing, 9/11, perpetual war,
eliminating civil and human rights, acceleration of
income stream upward, environmental massacre)
they have either doomed humanity and modern
civilization to collapse, or they have at least
doomed themselves to be toppled and punished. David
Cyr has outlined these alternatives clearly. Even a
troll has acknowledged that when a rational
thinking person considers this conundrum she/he
feels as if their hands are tied. Remedial actions
are legitimized (whatever means necessary) by
gathering of dissidents in spontaneous democratic
(consensus)movements.

Soon they will come to the non-middle class , non-
privileged liberal conclusion that great property
must be broken up, that both income and wealth must
be capped in order to undermine Oligarch’s
power.Then and only then will meaningful reforms
come, by consensus agreement. I was a progressive
Republican resembling former congressman
Christopher Shays in temperament and ideology ten
years ago, but I came to see that the 4 upper
middle class myths of solution were more and more
unlikely to be implemented over time and that the
environmental urgency was becoming overwhelming.In
this multi-faceted emergency our ancient
Constitution written by the Funding Fathers (owners
of the United States) is increasingly irrelevant as
far as the governance of private property. I do not
begrudge people homes or the tools and
accoutrements of their work, but the large things,
the infrastructure must be held in common and
managed by the people, and the people must manage
their own workplaces (except for small business).
Do not think I advocate taking personal
possessions. But corporate capitalism as we know it
must die and pass from admiration, to be recalled
only as suicidal in a dark time. Trials and
reconcilliations will come pretty soon, and in our
time. We have to hope that anyway because cascade
collapse is not an alternative. Distill what Hedges
has said and you will find no significant
disagreements.

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By Night-Gaunt, November 8, 2011 at 2:10 pm Link to this comment

Right now elements of the 10% especially the 1% of that has been working for many years to tear down this Republic and put a fascist corporate and Christian Dominionist state in its place. Read “Trading With the Enemy” (1983) by Charles Higham and it shows how they tried to take over in 1934 and failed by so little. But not punished. I blame President F.D. Roosevelt thinking it would devastate the country if some of the richest families and most powerful corporations were traitors and Nazi lovers were put on trial. So he let them go. No heavy prosecution of any of them even after some of them like Prescott Bush & Henry Ford, among others, were trading with the enemy during the war.

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By objective observer, November 8, 2011 at 1:40 pm Link to this comment
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Ted talks about “burning a kingdom down”, other talk of “revolution”, etc.  big talk with nothing to back it up.  when “the powers that be”, whomever that is, gets tired of this temper tantrum, they will squash it, hopefully not as China did in the square.  then what? 

there have been lots of ideas from “occupy”, some good, some silly, a lot of heat but no movement.  what has been gained?  the “powers that be” are simply waiting this out, holding the police, national guard, etc at bay until there is an excuse to end it.  then watch out, the excuse will have been manufactured, disbursed by the MSM, action taken with no occupy response, then what?

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By doublestandards/glasshouses, November 8, 2011 at 12:40 pm Link to this comment
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Danny Glover speaking at Occupy Oakland:
http://ow.ly/7mSFy

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By Marcus, November 8, 2011 at 12:23 pm Link to this comment

By smee18, November 7
OzarkMichael is a troll. Stop feeding the troll!!

Not only that he is a troll, he is one of them zealots in the hue of Abramoff:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHiicN0Kg10

As long as they are sucking the blood of the working people, everything is ok. As long as they are stealing from us and we remain silent, everything is good.

See how he labels people Leftist and such in every post he makes here as if such labels give him high.

All the current problems in the American politics and economy originated from greed.
Greed does to the society what cancer does to the human body.

Greed breeds and sustains incompetence:
Greed keeps incompetent thugs in public office. Incompetent politicians remain in office because greedy bankers and lobbyists fund their campaigns or destroy their competent opponents. The crop of thugs we get as public servants do not serve the public. Rather they serve themselves at the expense of the public. 

Greed breeds madness
Mad TV/radio talk-show thugs remain on the airwave to spew their meaningless crap because greedy corporations and bankers fund their stations as a means to an end. The talk-show thugs in turn dumb down the zealots among the American population, thereby pumping up the zealots to vote for more incompetent politicians. The zealots, thoroughly dumbed down, become useful idiots and tools that further enrich the talk-show thugs and their parasitic paymasters.

Think of Rush Limbaugh and his labeling of President Obama as a communist. I have heard from some of the useful idiots and zealots that President Obama is in fact a communist who wants to destroy America. Even though the useful zealots do not understand what ‘communism’ means or which country is a communist country, they run their mouths like automatons and thugs, terrorizing the American people. This is why Herman Cain does not know that China developed nuclear bombs in early 1960, but he is very high in the polls - the useful zealots and idiots keep him up in the polls.

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By OzarkMichael, November 8, 2011 at 11:59 am Link to this comment

Do you ever get your hands tangled in the covers at night and feel trapped?

I wrote a pornographic slander of Herman Cain on
here the other day and it survived several hours.

                          -GradyLeeHoward

That couplet expresses the Leftist frustration and Occupation in a nutshell.

First note the frustration expressed in the metaphor of having ‘hands tangled’.

Then, that frustration is used to justify an action, which is the second part of the couplet. The action(slander) is confrontational and illegal, but since it is presented as an attempt to break free of bonds, the Leftist reader nods in agreement.

That couplet not only expresses GradyLeeHoward, but the Occupy movement. In its essence, the Occupy movement begins with ‘hands tangled’ frustration, and uses that frustration to justify confrontation and even illegal actions. But since it is presented as a struggle to break free, the Leftists and the mainstream media nod their heads. Nancy Pelosi remarked “God bless them” as she nodded in agreement with OWS.

This couplet “My hands are tangled, therefore I am justified to break the law” creates two political classes.

An upper class(based on Progressive ideology) which claims for itself “total” freedom to act as it sees fit.

A lower class(those with a Conservative ideology) which must not act in “total” freedom. Furthermore, the lower class freedoms, such as voting, are overruled and superceded by the Leftist upper class use of direct action.

To ensure that the lower class stays in its place, the upper class has already contrived several tools and employs them readily. One such tool is the very popular Accusation of Fascism.

Notice that after GradyLeeHoward starts with the couplet that gives him carte blanche to act(My hands are tangled, therefore I am justified to break the law), he follows that with an “Accusation of Fascism” by bringing up ‘Little Eichmanns’.

It is very important as the Leftists ramp up their own total freedom that the lower class doesnt get any ideas that we can act the same way for a different cause. The Accusation of Fascism keeps the lower classes down with their hands tied.

Unlimited freedom for the Leftist(upper class)
Chains for everyone else(lower class).

How long have I explained this to you guys? And how true it is(more obvious now than when i first wrote it)! And yet you will whine and insult me for what i write. There will be accusations that i am getting paid by some covert agency as usual.

I have been on Truthdig for almost exactly 4 years now. Over that time i have seen intelligent participants radicalized to the point where they buzz the Leftist couplet and the Accusation of Fascism without a thought.

We cannot be friends on such terms, it was foolish of me to think otherwise. Need i say that I reject your shackles? Not only do I reject them, I hurl them back in your face.

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By David J. Cyr, November 8, 2011 at 10:37 am Link to this comment

QUOTE, of (D) corporate party operative hiding behind a painting in many shades of (D)evious blue:

“Only Democratic Politicians have expressed any support for Occupy Wall Street objectives. Republican Politicians and pundits have been adamantly and vehemently opposed to the objectives of Occupy Wall Street while disparaging the protestors and portraying them as ignorant malcontents and miscreants and a threat to our way of life.”
________________

The corporate party’s Democrats dependably express support for the movements they reliably (D) vote against.

It’s the job of the corporate party’s Republicans to co-opt the Tea Party people, and it’s the job of the corporate party’s Democrats to co-opt the Occupy people.

The young do not have another half-century of human habitable planet time to waste, like their parents did, foolishly expecting the corporate party’s Republicans and Democrats to provide solutions for the existential (eco-system and species exterminating) problems that their Greatest Generation created, and their My Generation perpetuated.

There’s no time left to be wasted politically upon the purposeful procrastination of limp liberal incrementalists. Seriously systemic change is necessary now, because the opportunity to provide sustainable species survival will not be available later, when all the “normal” people have eventually reluctantly reached a consensus accepting the objective realities… too late. Either systemic change will come soon, or human extinction will certainly come much sooner than expected.

We must begin to heal our sick society — now!

If the Occupy Movement votes, its votes will only serve a good purpose if they are protest votes… votes against all of the corporate (R) & (D) party’s candidates.

Voter Consent Wastes Dissent:

http://chenangogreens.org/home/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=498&Itemid=1

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By sallysense, November 8, 2011 at 9:52 am Link to this comment

for corporate greed to be so brutal…
it keeps its human eyes closed…
so they can’t see most people!...
using paper note blindfolds…
with holes to view profits…
when common good doesn’t exist…
it’s the common good who must stop this!...

http://occupywallst.org

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By GradyLeeHoward, November 8, 2011 at 9:47 am Link to this comment

JDMysticDJ: While Institutions and Corporations are
not People in the way Rick Perry insists, they do
consist of the decisions and actions of people.
Corporate limited liability and secrecy is a
vehicle the Oligarchy uses to evade civil and human
rights. Corporations are Invulnerable and possess
Impunity in a way no human can match. Hedges
emphasizes that a certain human product type is
required to operate the vehicle
(Institution/Corporation) in the ruthless manner
that leads to success (upward income stream).
Ultimately, it is the prosecution and bringing to
account People who are corporate operators and
beneficiaries that will stop the immoral and
unethical machines.

H. G. Wells was writing a 19th Century allegory in
“War of the Worlds” according to my former teacher
Jack Martin. The spidery machines they used to
conquer the Earth represented corporations. He made
the Martians ugly and alien to simulate the unhuman
behavior of Gilded Age Oligarchs. In the end they
died infected by the pathogens of the common
People. And they just may if neglect of collective
human health causes a pandemic.

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By oddsox, November 8, 2011 at 9:46 am Link to this comment

@GradyLeeHoward, you write:
“I also predict that by August 2012 neither
Barack Obama nor Herman Cain will remain in the
(Presidential)Race.”

You may be half right by this time tomorrow.
As for the other half….
http://open.salon.com/blog/oddsox/2011/10/23/hillary_in_2012_call_me_nuts_but

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By JDmysticDJ, November 8, 2011 at 9:26 am Link to this comment

Hedges concludes this article by writing, “…and I said to myself: ‘Free at last. Free at last. Thank God almighty I am free at last.’” I’m sure that the shallow will view this concluding comment as being melodramatic and/or offensive in its spiritual context. If Hedges had instead quoted from Martin Luther Kings “I Have a Dream Speech” it would have better represented his thinking. I believe his acts of civil disobedience are necessary but ineffectual unless such acts of civil disobedience are replicated by the many thousands. Taking his words at face value he appears to believe that his acts of civil disobedience are a kind of self absolution, (Clearly he has loftier goals in mind) but will his acts of civil disobedience, in and of themselves, feed starving children and correct the tragic injustices perpetrated by “… the respectable classes, the polished Ivy League graduates, the prep school boys and girls who grew up in Greenwich, Conn., or Short Hills, N.J., who are the most susceptible to evil,”? Shouldn’t “Attention be: directed through street protests, civil disobedience and occupations toward the institutions that are carrying out the assaults against the 99 percent, Banks, insurance companies, courts where families are being foreclosed from their homes, city offices that put these homes up for auction, schools, libraries and firehouses that are being closed, and corporations such as General Electric that funnel taxpayer dollars into useless weapons systems and do not pay taxes, as well as propaganda outlets such as the New York Post and its evil twin, Fox News …”? Politics is a nasty business and our politics, as well as politics historically, is, and has been, infected with corruption. Condemning politics is like condemning natural disaster; both politics and natural disasters are realities that can not be avoided. The perceived human evil that becomes evident after natural disaster has to do with the way in which human beings deal with natural disaster and the perceived human evil in politics has to do with the way politics is conducted. All politics, from the chaotic to the well ordered includes factions. If politics is a necessary or unavoidable evil, shouldn’t identifying factions in terms of their magnitude of evil be an imperative? Abandoning the lesser of evils because the lesser evil is also evil relegates politics to the most evil and guarantees that that the most evil will take control of our politics. The contention that choosing, and supporting, the lesser evil is the most beneficial, or least harmful, course of action is unacceptable to many; it is this well meaning many that will with their abandonment of the lesser evil give the balance of power to the greater evil.

The argument is made that our politics is corrupt beyond repair and that reform is not possible, if that is the case it begs the question, “What is it that Occupy Wall Street is attempting to do?” Occupy Wall Street’s grievances are clearly stated and understood but what is Occupy Wall Street’s strategy for having those grievances, not just addressed, but eliminated? Such can only be achieved by political reform, reform accomplished either by overthrowing the existing political status quo, or by reforming the existing political status quo. What is the potential for Occupy Wall Street overthrowing the existing political status quo? I’ll proffer that the potential of Occupy Wall Street overthrowing the existing political status quo is non-existent and that said overthrow, if it did have any potential, would be fraught with peril and that the potential for a negative outcome is greater than the potential for a positive outcome.

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By many truths, November 8, 2011 at 9:20 am Link to this comment
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you will not find peace or happiness, lamenting your
plight or placing blame on others, when deep inside you
wish you had no financial worries and were part of the
1%.  would anyone all honesty reject a gift of a few
million dollars either through inheritance or a winning lottery ticket?  When you point the finger at others,
four fingers are pointing back at you.

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By Lee Oates, November 8, 2011 at 9:20 am Link to this comment

One thing is clear, social unrest will continue and get more intense in the near future.  We are approaching a critical point in our wholesale destruction of our environment, ie, Climate change, death of our oceans, forests, and air, pushed by failing resources and rising population. The 1% will cling even tighter to their wealth, and it will lead to war and civil violence, a repeated cycle in the life of the naked ape. Unfortunately the vast majority will respond with denial right to the end, taking their fears and frustrations out on each other.

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By JDmysticDJ, November 8, 2011 at 9:13 am Link to this comment

The primary goal of rational grass roots populist movements is to achieve political power in order to shape or control public policy. In democracy that goal is further defined as gaining majority support in order to change or reform public policy. Under our current system of representative democracy it is necessary for grass roots populist movements to see representatives who support the objectives of grass roots populist movements elected. Reiterating, the purpose of rational grass roots populist movements is to gain majority support and to see the election of representatives who support the grass roots populist movement’s objectives. When the political status quo is in need of reform, according to the perspective of grass roots populist movements, reform might be achieved by an inside or outside strategy (Or a combination of the two.) An inside political strategy would involve becoming involved in Party Politics and shaping Party Politics to achieve majorities in support of objectives. Outside strategy would involve avoiding Party Politics and focusing on creating majority public opinion in favor of objectives. The realities of representative democracy dictate that outside strategy, in and of itself can not achieve objectives unless elected representatives are in agreement with or can be coerced into supporting objectives.  The value of inside strategy is two fold. First, successful inside strategy, would result in a co-opting of a Political Party, i.e. the democratic overthrow of that Party’s status quo and an initiation of desired reforms, secondly, inside strategy lacking the necessary majorities might serve to make that Political Party’s majority status quo aware of the dangers associated with not supporting populist grass roots objectives.

Occupy Wall Street has clearly indentified itself as being an outside populist grass roots movement with the intention of avoiding traditional Party Politics. Can Occupy Wall Street garner the necessary majority support to have a tangible affect on our politics? Latest Poll: 25% approval of Occupy Wall Street, 25% approval of the Tea Party. Only Democratic Politicians have expressed any support for Occupy Wall Street objectives. Republican Politicians and pundits have been adamantly and vehemently opposed to the objectives of Occupy Wall Street while disparaging the protestors and portraying them as ignorant malcontents and miscreants and a threat to our way of life. Will Occupy Wall Street evolve into a dynamic viable Political Power and become a Political Party with the potential for achieving political objectives? I think not, but I wish it could be so. Hedges states, “Our political class, and its courtiers on the airwaves, insists that if we refuse to comply, if we step outside of the Democratic Party, if we rebel, we will make things worse. This game of accepting the lesser evil enables the steady erosion of justice and corporate plundering.” One needs to ask who or what is served by dividing opposition to the greater evil? If “we” meaning the totality of “we” step outside the Democratic Party with a unity of purpose then all would be well and good is the apparent assertion of Hedges. Starving children would become a thing of the past; all the cruelties and injustices, and corporate plundering would be no more. There is another assertion, if insufficient numbers of people step outside the Democratic Party with a united purpose then the corporate plunderers will become more powerful and better enabled. If the former supporters of the Democratic Party fragment to here there and everywhere, then things will become worse. How much worse they will become is illustrated by the pronouncements of the greater evil who will be the beneficiaries of people stepping outside the Democratic Party, these beneficiaries have made their goals and plans evident regarding all aspects of governance domestic and foreign.
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By D.R. Zing, November 8, 2011 at 8:42 am Link to this comment

Beautiful prose poetry, Chris. One day it will be in
textbooks that MBA students read.

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“Noam Chomsky had a simple message for protesters at Occupy Boston last month: To change their country, they must first get the public on their side. Then they can make big demands.
‘The numerous bonds and associations forged within the nationwide Occupy movement over the past weeks mark a significant development in American social history,’ he said, and ‘efforts should be made to extend such relationships into the rest of the country. Only then will the movement have a genuine chance of reversing the nation’s ongoing crises.’”

Whether “… the nationwide Occupy movement over the past weeks mark[s] a significant development in American social history…” remains to be seen. If it should become such, Chomsky speaks of a reversal of nation’s ongoing crisis, not a miraculous immediate elimination of the ongoing crisis. Demands are always subject to negotiation and the possibility that those demands are met is dependent on the Party doing the negotiating. Anyone who believes that Republicans who are the sycophants of Wall Street will be likely to accede to the demands of Occupy Wall Street is devoid of all political acuity.


Hedges’ early portrayals of Occupy Wall Street have lost their idealistic luster. Hedges writes, “It is vital that the occupation movements direct attention away from their encampments and tent cities, beset with the usual problems of hastily formed open societies where no one is turned away.” Having some experience with the homeless it is not surprising that Occupy Wall Street encampments have a sizable contingent of the homeless seeking camaraderie, free food, a place to sleep free from rousting, and a respite from cramped squalid quarters having strict rules, regulations, and de facto confinement. The homeless run the gamut from being authentic victims of society to the psychologically damaged to drug addicts who spend their meager government subsistence checks on their drug of choice. All of the previous being legitimate recipients of government assistance in my view, but that is neither here nor there, the issue is Occupy Wall Street’s Legitimacy. Hedges apparently now believes that the encampments are having a negative impact on Occupy Wall Street’s legitimacy. Defining what is violent is subjective. Presumed members of Occupy Wall Street who perpetrate violence in any of its forms discredit Occupy Wall Street in the eyes of the public. The occupying of public property, but more specifically private property, in anything but a well ordered pre-planned, non-violent manor will discredit Occupy Wall Street in the eyes of the Public. Vehement insults, aggressive and menacing behavior, reports of throwing human waste, and the throwing of Molotov cocktails do great harm to Occupy Wall Street and to Occupy Wall Street’s objectives. Limited leadership, though leaders are disdained by Occupy Wall Street, might be a necessity. The civil rights movement did not suffer from having leaders, and the Indian independence movement did not suffer from Mahatma Gandhi’s leadership. Electing representatives from within the ranks of the dispersed groups of Occupy Wall Street might serve as the beginning of forming a viable Political Party, but more than likely such would lead to conflict, dissention, and factionalism, low and behold, the innate and inevitable corruption of politics would rear its ugly head.

Will it be “Long live Occupy Wall Street!” or will it be, “Do you remember Occupy Wall Street?” … ?

(Affective dissent requires consensus, goals can not be achieved without consensus in a democracy, democracy can not be achieved without a consensus for democracy, dissent on the other hand requires no consensus; all that dissent requires is the dissentious.)

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By GradyLeeHoward, November 8, 2011 at 7:20 am Link to this comment

Do you ever get your hands tangled in the covers at
night and feel trapped?
I wrote a pornographic slander of Herman Cain on
here the other day and it survived several hours.
When I returned the talk had turned to the Whore’s
Race (2012). We are so-o-o programmed we get pulled
back when the “game show” (Whore’s Race) pops up on
the screen. Now Hedges is giving us permission to
step out from under party umbrellas. Hannah Ahrendt
knew the Nazi Party firsthand and if she’d not
smoked tobacco so much (anxiety, guilt) she would
have lived to recognize it in our own Twin Peaks
(Demipubs). She would not wonder who is worse; the
openly greedy sadist, or the enabler of the open
greedy sadist. (hint: Cain is an open greedy
sadist)

Chris keeps mum about 9/11 because the public has
been programmed to think looking back is
crazy.Remember crusty old Ward Churchill and his
“Little Eichmanns”? Compare to Hedges assessment
that Goldman Sachs drones are “...people carefully
selected for the polish and self-assurance that
come with having been formed in institutions of
privilege, whose primary attributes are a lack of
consciousness, a penchant for deception and an
incapacity for empathy or remorse.” That’s exactly
Hannah Ahrendt’s description of Adolf Eichmann, on
trial for genocide in 1961 Israel. My prediction is
that Chris Hedges will openly advocate for 9/11
Truth in the coming year. How can he not? The wars
of occupation, the Meltdowns and Bailouts, the
starving of human rights and justice, our bogus
elections are all one thing. Global feudalism is
already swamping democracy globally, but Hedges is
trying to keep us moving against and past it. He
warns that those in the $250K to 1 million bracket
are the cannon fodder of Oligarchy.

Hedges’ Nov. 7 essay is psychological class
warfare. Our enemies ...norms mutate and change, as
the world is steadily transformed by corporate
forces into one of a small cabal of predators and a
vast herd of human prey, these elites seamlessly
replace one set of “values” with another. These
elites obey the rules. They make the system work.
And they are rewarded for this. In return, they do
not question.” Our allies do not originate from the
elite and “in their search they <are therefore able
to> come to the conclusion that, as Socrates said,
it is better to suffer wrong than to do wrong.”
Hedges is good because he incites the unthinkable,
and we love him because he is a dedicated agitator.

At night we struggle and awake with hands tied in
the covers. We understand the Oligarchy is our
enemy and persecutes us whether we resist or not.
When they attempt to co-opt us we will have the
strength to say “NO!” All this thanks to Chris’s
preparing us.

Note: I also predict that by August 2012 neither
Barack Obama nor Herman Cain will remain in the
Whore’s Race…. not that we Occupiers really care.
Whomever carries a party banner is our class enemy.

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By John Best asks, "What IS Progress"?, November 8, 2011 at 7:13 am Link to this comment

“Man is the wolf of man.”  How true.  We have met the enemy and he is us. 

The extremists on the right and left won’t acknowledge or make allowances for this in their planning.  Well, the right does, sort of.  By suppressing and controlling people through fear, the right keeps the wolf at bay.

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By Grumpy Old Man, November 8, 2011 at 7:01 am Link to this comment

The self-righteousness of the left is as odious as the greed and self-importance of
Wall Street, and as always, will end in blood if the left succeeds.

Man is the wolf of man. Always has been, and always will be.

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By Mark S, November 8, 2011 at 6:38 am Link to this comment

Love to you Chris!  The Tide is Changing, and the Earth is Rising. Your courage is contagious.

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By Rixar13, November 8, 2011 at 5:31 am Link to this comment

“I carry these faces. They do not leave me. I look at my own children and cannot forget them, these other children who never had a chance.”

Goldman Sachs was given a free pass by the SEC amd bailed out by the tax payers… Most massive fraud in history..

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By Migs, November 8, 2011 at 5:00 am Link to this comment

The majority of the richest 1% inherited their money from Mommy and Daddy and yet conservatives have the nerve to accuse progressives of acting entitled?

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By Dances With Fascists, November 8, 2011 at 1:40 am Link to this comment
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This could be the theme song for the Occupation

<iframe width=“480” height=“360” src=“http://www.youtube.com/embed/JTTC_fD598A” frameborder=“0” allowfullscreen></iframe>

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By Dances With Fascists, November 8, 2011 at 1:20 am Link to this comment
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“whose primary attributes are a lack of consciousness, a penchant for deception and an incapacity for empathy or remorse”

Chris you have defined a psychopath (synonymous with sociopath).  Unfortunately there are a lot of them among us.  They’re not all that hard to recognize, they’re invariably in favor of torture, war, and tax cuts for the rich.

Every time I read another of your articles Chris I am filled with new hope, please keep up the good work.  I am traveling soon to New York to join the Occupation.

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By C.Curtis.Dillon, November 8, 2011 at 12:45 am Link to this comment

Nice piece Chris and right on. The fact that the usual trolls are throwing crap your way means you’ve hit a nerve again. Keep up the good work.

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By YoungGringos, November 8, 2011 at 12:18 am Link to this comment

I look forward to hearing Chris Hedges on the 14th
at Occupy Oakland.
Remind us what we’re doing here, Chris.
Inspire us to take the next step in our liberation.

OCCUPY

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By D.R. Zing, November 7, 2011 at 11:31 pm Link to this comment

“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?”

—Robert Zimmerman

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By smee18, November 7, 2011 at 11:13 pm Link to this comment

OzarkMichael is a troll. Stop feeding the troll!!

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By glider, November 7, 2011 at 11:05 pm Link to this comment

Wow, perhaps my favorite Hedges piece.  So many dots connected in a way that well defines the deeply entrenched Corporate disease that has overcome America.  I am very happy that religion has been kept out of the analysis, as there is a common sense of decency and morality that has been violated so systematically by the forces Chris describes.  Thanks for your fight and inspiration CH!  Free at last! grin

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By Ted, November 7, 2011 at 9:44 pm Link to this comment
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a suggested sign to hold in front of Goldman Sachs (and OzarkMichael):

holy water cannot help you now. see, i’ve come to burn your kingdom down, and
no rivers and no lakes can put the fire out.

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By David J. Cyr, November 7, 2011 at 9:34 pm Link to this comment

QUOTE, Christopher Hedges:

“Our political class, and its courtiers on the airwaves, insists that if we refuse to comply, if we step outside of the Democratic Party, if we rebel, we will make things worse. This game of accepting the lesser evil enables the steady erosion of justice and corporate plundering.”
_______________________

It’s not necessary to be elected for a true advocate of change to win an election. But, to win without being elected, it is necessary for the true advocate of change to have the firm support of the people who claim they want that change.

Voter Consent Wastes Dissent:

http://chenangogreens.org/home/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=498&Itemid=1

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“Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To
deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our
literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness –
and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different from the ones
we’re being brainwashed to believe.

The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling –
their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of
inevitability.

Remember this: We be many and they be few. They need us more than we need
them.

Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear
her breathing.”
? Arundhati Roy

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By RayLan, November 7, 2011 at 8:10 pm Link to this comment

@OzrachMichael
“Furthermore, OWS is supported by the
Ayatollah of Iran and the Iranian revolutionary Guard.
OWS is supported by the North Korean government
and the Communist Party of China. OWS is supported
by David Duke and the American Nazi Party. The
average person is not too impressed by any of that.”


ROFLMAO

And of course the jihad, the Sharia of corporate hegemony wants everybody to believe this cartoon of paranoia - this laughable caricature of democratic principles - requiring of course the exact opposite of critical thought.

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By IMax, November 7, 2011 at 8:09 pm Link to this comment

General Strike - Anti-Capitalism March - Oakland (11-2-2011)

This is what has been created.

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“It is vital that the occupation movements direct attention away from their encampments and tent cities, beset with the usual problems of hastily formed open societies where no one is turned away. Attention must be directed through street protests, civil disobedience and occupations toward the institutions that are carrying out the assaults against the 99 percent.”

Agree 100%.  I’m going to go further than this—as an outside observer, I’m getting the impression that in an effort to be open and democratic, while being vigilant against being coopted by major political parties, PACs and corporations, they’ve left themselves open to being coopted from within by leftist or apolitical groups and individuals joining the movement whose political agendas are not necessarily in line with the original movement goals, but because of the openness of the movement, can set the agenda.

Quick perspective: analogies are often drawn between OWS and open source in tech.  I believe it’s almost universally true in technology that open source projects tend to be led by a small group of core individuals, while most people donate specific skills on specific subprojects.  The reason I bring this up is that it seems that many people in OWS are idealogically opposed to any heirarchy or structure. While I think there are definitely good reasons for as much decentralization as possible and rotating leadership, I think that if taken to far, this could be a detriment.

Two things I think would make sense to do:
1.  Focus the message.  In my opinion, the best targets are the comfortable relationship between moneyed institutions and government, and financial malfeasance.  To me at this point it looks like every single leftist or left-leaning group in the country is trying to attach itself to OWS and use it as a platform to push their message.  Some people would argue that this is a strength, and while there’s probably some validity to this argument, the result is that the message gets diffuse, the general public at large gets confused about what OWS is about, and it becomes easy for opponents to mischaracterize it.

2.  Set up more organization.  Occupy Oakland did a successful general strike a week or so ago and called for other occupy movements to do the same.  So far, to my knowledge, no one else has been able to follow suit.  My impression is that apparently outside of Oakland, the connections between Occupy and labor unions is too tenuous and/or not enough of the workforce is unionized to do this kind of thing.  If there’s some way to change that, that would probably be a good place to spend effort.  In my opinion, looking for revolutionary precendents in Marx and Bakunin is probably of limited value, because in those times, street-level armed insurrection was actually viable way of toppling a government, but in our world, this seems unlikely.  It seems more likely that if the government/financial system were to be toppled, it would be as a result of wave after wave of general strikes.  So my thinking is that any effort spent to bring this about would be a good investment.

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By EUA Baker, November 7, 2011 at 6:46 pm Link to this comment

@OzarkMichael,
“So that makes it all good?”

You are in the business of making value judgments about the Moon and the Sun, and assuming moral relationships and equivalence that do not exist between the Moon and the Sun.

@OzarkMichael,
“Uhhh, i was about to ask you the same question”

I asked the question first. Answer the question because I posed it for you.
What exactly are you trying to suggest by the following statements?

“Chinese Communists, Iran’s mullahs and their Revolutionary Guard, Hezbullah, David Duke and the American Nazi Party all heart their BFF forever Occupy Wall Street, and send their love every day to Occupy Wall Street. They cheer you on. “Go team!””

These should help you:

“The American government trained and supported the Talibans and Osama Bin Laden during Soviet occupation of Afghanistan”

Does it then follow that Talibans and Osama Bin Laden supported and support the American government?

The American government supports the communist government of China. Does it then follow that the American government is communist or supports communism?


You show be man enough to defend or tract your emotive ramblings and meaningless suggestions.

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By OzarkMichael, November 7, 2011 at 6:23 pm Link to this comment

I said: “Chinese Communists, Iran’s mullahs and their Revolutionary Guard, Hezbullah, David Duke and the American Nazi Party all heart their BFF forever Occupy Wall Street, and send their love every day to Occupy Wall Street. They cheer you on. “Go team!””

EUA Baker responded:

The American government supports the communist government of China and the Saudi and Bahrain’s tyrannical governments.

So that makes it all good?

More EUA BAKER

If nation X puts out a statement supporting group Y, does it then follows that group Y supports nation X? What exactly is your point?


Uhhh, i was about to ask you the same question.

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By wfalco, November 7, 2011 at 6:14 pm Link to this comment
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It took me awhile to jump on board. But I have and there is no turning back. Chris just cemented it as he typically does by always putting into his prophetic words what my lower middle class brain can only guess at.
“They” are laughing at us. I was always being laughed at-first as a 15 year old dishwasher working in a restaurant at an upper-upper blue blood Rhode Island coastal community. Me and my buddies mingled a bit with those “boys of summer”(they stayed in summer cottages-which were freaking mansions.) But I always knew those “boys” were sharing some inside joke. It didn’t really matter that we would destroy those rich kids out on the basketball courts or sandlot football fields. They still had that smirk on their face that was pasted on.

I now get it. Those are the same bastards on the other side of the glass still smirking at me…at us!
They will never have a heart-it is not in their DNA.

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By Night-Gaunt, November 7, 2011 at 6:12 pm Link to this comment

“They were not the faces of the blue-uniformed police with their dangling cords of white and black plastic handcuffs, or the thuggish Goldman Sachs security personnel, whose buzz cuts and dead eyes reminded me of the East German secret police, the Stasi.”

                  -Chris Hedges

“It is important to dehumanize everyone standing in your way, right Chris? Great agitprop.” -Ozark Michael

It’s not that he dehumanized the stern faced guardians of parasitical type of Capitalism plaguing our world in general and our country in particular, it’s that he spoke of them as Communist storm troopers that consider us as less than full citizens—-the enemy in fact. You like authority figures, even private ones, and he was dissing them. You don’t like that. You must identify with the Goldman Sachs strong arm boys and the 1% to whom they guard. I don’t.

Furthermore, OWS is supported by the Ayatollah of Iran and the Iranian revolutionary Guard. OWS is supported by the North Korean government and the Communist Party of China. OWS is supported by David Duke and the American Nazi Party. The average person is not too impressed by any of that. -Ozark Michael

Of course they are “for it” and it doesn’t matter that the majority of people involved in the OWS disagree with all of them. (But then the average person is the OWS despite what you think.) Not that you care because you are like the Klan and Islamic Fundamentalists of Iran in that you see a way to weaken the present gov’t. So that you and your own righteous Christians can take power and sweep all of us bothersome people away. So being with them should set poorly with you shouldn’t it? Since they aren’t with the ethos of the OWS (they would be against it in their own countries) but you are with the ethos of those who are against the OWS but like to do their work for them. Just remember Ozark Michael American Nazis and KKK and Neo-Confederate are in your party not the Democrats. Not since 1965.

Now, on some principle or other the average person would be happy to support the Occupy agenda, even i might do so. But not the Occupy method! Not the Occupy rhetoric which leads to chaos. Not the confrontations with police and the resulting injuries. -Ozark Michael


What method are they using that you wouldn’t? How does it differ from the Tea Party? (the Tea Party is on the Goldman Sachs side and police their agents which is why Tea Party rallies were exempt from police intimidation even when the TP brought guns! There are no guns at OWS rallies just the average person including some TP members.

Well Ozark Michael in most cases the ones who started the attacks are police not the protestors. Using intimidation, threatening moves, tear gas, spraying in the eyes, force, beatings etc. But being an authoritarian like yourself to say anything against the police must be well nigh impossible for you. You shouldn’t be so restricted.

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By gw2007, November 7, 2011 at 5:58 pm Link to this comment

As a Canadian I’ve never understood why Americans dont’t care about the welfare of your fellow citizens. Frances Piven’s essay about “the War against the Poor” says it all about “the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave”.

The picture of the fat Cop with his hand on his gun strikes me as your normal way of behaving toward your fellow citizens.

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By EUA Baker, November 7, 2011 at 5:48 pm Link to this comment

@OzarkMichael

The American government supports the communist government of China and the Saudi and Bahrain’s tyrannical governments.

GW Bush supported and supports Saudi fascist Royal Family. 

President Obama supports Syrian mullahs trying to overthrow the Syrian government. 

The UNESCO supports Palestine (currently ruled by Hezbullah).

The American government trained and supported the Talibans and Osama Bin Laden during Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.

If nation X puts out a statement supporting group Y, does it then follows that group Y supports nation X? What exactly is your point?

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By poodfreemon, November 7, 2011 at 5:48 pm Link to this comment
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With delight, I note that Chris Hedges is accelerating. His voice is one of many who are writing the Occupy Wall Street manifesto, a work in progress.

I do not trust the top 1% of the Earth’s population. Most of the top 1% are high-IQ sociopaths. How is it that we are beholden to these pigs?

Occupy the sidewalks outside the pricey restaurants. Carry signs that read, “Hey, Biff! Hey Muffy! Enjoy your three-hundred-dollar dinner.”

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By OzarkMichael, November 7, 2011 at 5:23 pm Link to this comment

I am fairly sure that Iran, China and NOrth Korea and the American Nazis are not going broke supporting the OWS movement.

                            -gerard

Who said anything about going broke? Chinese Communists, Iran’s mullahs and their Revolutionary Guard, Hezbullah, David Duke and the American Nazi Party all heart their BFF forever Occupy Wall Street, and send their love every day to Occupy Wall Street. They cheer you on. “Go team!”

I apologize for the misunderstanding, though, if you think by ‘support’ I meant ‘send money’, because that isnt what i meant.

But hmmm, maybe they are they sending money? i never thought of that.

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By ardee, November 7, 2011 at 3:58 pm Link to this comment

This is where I part ways with the mainstream left. They can only think in terms of taking money away from the 1% and giving it to the government to oh so wisely dole it out to the *deserving* grunts. Redistribution of wealth but NO redistribution of power or opportunity.

Oh dear, where to start.

The term “mainstream left” seems rather an oxymoron and refers exactly to whom? The idea that there would be no “redistribution of power” but there would seemingly be enough power to actually enact tax reform is another wonderfully cryptic position.

Can anyone out there interpret this “bunch of stuff”? A government seemingly wise enough to actually enact tax reform might also be trusted to enact wise spending policies one might think.

  Further, and key to the deception and partial distortions in this wondrously silly piece of editorial fluff, is that the left does not seek to “give” anything to the government but to take back the power now in the hands of the 1%.

“We see things, not as they are but as we are.”  Anais Nin

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By Textynn, November 7, 2011 at 3:43 pm Link to this comment
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DON’T LET ANYONE TELL YOU THIS MOVEMENT IS NOT STRONG!!
Don’t miss this video guys MUST SEE!!

RAW VIDEO: Chopper footage of 100,000+ Occupy Oakland Takes back Highway.
Nov 02, 2011

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4jYdCaHrjQ

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By Flickford, November 7, 2011 at 3:35 pm Link to this comment

Entropy2 - I agree completely - people power and opportunity. Cool links, thanks.

If we can create a community based economic system offering an alternative to
top-down economic models with an opportunity to direct where WE want to see
growth happen by being directly involved in some kind of investment platform it is
possible to level the playing field, one would think.

Ebay has given us somewhat of an opportunity to sell stuff to each other that was
impossible before. E-commerce hasn’t quite set the small business free by any
means. I just can’t help but think we’re missing something big here that could
revolutionize and reverse the exploitive direction that’s endemic to our current
economic system.

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By gerard, November 7, 2011 at 3:26 pm Link to this comment

Ozark Michael:  Judging from your outrageous response, I must have hit a home run somewhere. Thanks for your sympathy or whatever it is.  However ....What a load, Michael!  Really!  Various “rhetorics” and “horrible biases” aside, I am fairly sure that Iran, China and NOrth Korea and the American Nazis are not going broke supporting the OWS movement.
  Speaking of “disabilities,” I’m sorry that you “cannot afford to be nice”. That’s a fairly common “disability” these days, isn’t it? Especially among all these right-wingers who hate social security and universal health care and all these bankers and brokers getting rich by gambling with other people’s money and forclosing on their
mortages when they are broke.
  You’re on the wrong side, Michael.

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By 2shareisjoy, November 7, 2011 at 3:20 pm Link to this comment

God will always be on the side of freedom fighters, and Chris is a voice of hope, He is not alone, like him, we do not have to remain complacent and quiet anymore, it has become our duty to speak out loud;

“Each man is a lighthouse and sheds abroad his light for his brother. Make bright your lamp and let it shine forth and show the way. All are needed, every one. No one is too small or young to take part in this Great Plan for the rescue and the rehabilitation of our world. Resolve to do this and be assured that My help will not be withheld.
How to start? Begin by dedicating yourself and all that you are and have been to the service of the world, to the service of your brothers and sisters everywhere. Make sure that not one day passes without some act of true service and be assured that My help will be yours. This, the Path of Service, is the only path for true men, for it is the path which leads them to God.”
~ Maitreya, from message #13

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By oddsox, November 7, 2011 at 3:02 pm Link to this comment

@EUA Baker:
Referring to the Harvard Econ 10 student walkout, your DailyKos buddy, Tasini writes:

“Long-term, to win, we have to banish the foolish, bankrupt “free market” pablum (Adam Smith)from the public discourse.”

Recipe for a Pyrrhic victory.

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By Textynn, November 7, 2011 at 2:54 pm Link to this comment
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Chris Hedges speaks for those of us that say, “There will be no surrender.”  We are not going to take this sick greed and abuse any longer. No matter how long it takes we are going to change this.

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By tjmax116, November 7, 2011 at 2:41 pm Link to this comment

There must be a third party, With Ralph Nader or someone who will implement change. These two parties are so corrupt, they can’t be responsive.

Unwinnable Wars———Trillions
Big Banks——————Trillions
Forign Aid—————-Billions
Corporate Tax Breaks -Billions
Homeowners—————-0
Seniors/ Elderly——-0
Veterans——————-0
Students——————-0   What is it the 1% dosen’t get?

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Unwinnable Wars—- Trillions
Big Banks—————Trillions
Forign Aid————-Billions
Corporate Tax Breaks-Billions
Homeowners—————0
Seniors/ Elderly——0
Veterans——————0
Students——————0

What is it the 1% dosen’t get?

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By Alan MacDonald, November 7, 2011 at 2:27 pm Link to this comment

Christopher Hedges is confronting Empire with love, just as his namesake did 2000 years ago.

Best luck and love to Occupy

Liberty, democracy, equality, and justice
over
violent/Vichy
empire,

Alan MacDonald

“Occupy Empire”

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By EUA Baker, November 7, 2011 at 2:24 pm Link to this comment

If you want to know how America got into this economic mess, then visit your Ivy League colleges and the professors therein. Remember that Larry Summers, Allan Greenspan, and others are economists from Ivy League institutions and that their economic opinions and decisions are responsible for the current economic mess we see in America today.

They believe in trash, teach trash, and get away with huge income. Read the following confrontation between Mankiw and young people at Harvard. The young people are now refusing to be brainwashed with lies and useless opinions (note that Mankiw was an economic adviser to GW Bush): 

An Open Letter to Greg Mankiw
Wednesday November 2, 2011

Dear Professor Mankiw

Today, we are walking out of your class, Economics 10, in order to express our discontent with the bias inherent in this introductory economics course. We are deeply concerned about the way that this bias affects students, the University, and our greater society.

As Harvard undergraduates, we enrolled in Economics 10 hoping to gain a broad and introductory foundation of economic theory that would assist us in our various intellectual pursuits and diverse disciplines, which range from Economics, to Government, to Environmental Sciences and Public Policy, and beyond. Instead, we found a course that espouses a specific—and limited—view of economics that we believe perpetuates problematic and inefficient systems of economic inequality in our society today.

http://hpronline.org/campus/an-open-letter-to-greg-mankiw/

Outsourcing Redux
Sunday, May 07, 2006
Some people fear that Americans cannot compete with low-wage workers abroad, or that global competition will mean that wages will “race to the bottom.” The truth is that we can prosper in a global economy because our workers are among the best in the world. Our real wages are ultimately determined by our productivity, and American productivity growth has been spectacular over the past three years.

The President, like Smith, believes in the free enterprise system. The goal of policy should be to open up markets, not to retreat behind walls or throw rocks in our harbors. Economic growth is not zero-sum. Prosperity in one country is not a threat to prosperity in another. Free and open markets can mean better jobs both for Americans and for our trading partners around the world.

http://gregmankiw.blogspot.com/2006/05/outsourcing-redux.html


Read more here:
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/11/07/1034015/-Harvard-Revolt-Against-the-Free-Market?via=siderecent

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By Michael Shaw, November 7, 2011 at 2:18 pm Link to this comment

Thank you Mr. Hedges for your honesty and humanity! You are so correct when you say a whole lot of people, particularly those in the business hierarchy, have lost both of these qualities you hold so well and become nothing more than self serving, heartless and gutless hypocrites! I wanted to tell you that you were not alone that day. My own Great Nephew Jake, a 22 year old college grad was right there with you, yelling police brutality and reminding police there could be hundreds of thousands of us there. I would say that in spirit there were several million of us there with you. We are also out here in Santa Cruz and hundreds of other places across this great land, holding down the fort! God bless and keep you Chris! You are our hero!

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By objective observer, November 7, 2011 at 2:14 pm Link to this comment
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Ozark Michael - don’t be surprised when the commenters go immediately to name calling, most can’t hold a rational conversation when someone disagrees with them. 

as i have posted in the past, i agree with some of OWS, but why do they act surprised when police act like police?  these demonstrators and their supporters don’t want to accept the fact that a great deal of American society either doesn’t care or thinks negatively about the whole OWS situation.  until specifics are presented, explained and realistic solutions made, most Americans will tune in “x factor” or “American idol” and tune out what is going on.  bread and circuses…

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By Bobi6, November 7, 2011 at 2:12 pm Link to this comment
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Today AP is being paid to blame the troubles of the young on the excess
wealthy of the old. AP seems to have become the right wing propaganda
machine. Their article is of course all over the corporate news today. It is
a blatant attempt to turn the pubic especially young people against the
old. Article never mentions to the truth that more than half of the old are
dependent on their Social Security which on average are less than $1200
and these same people have to assets that the AP article writes about. It
is simply lumping the 1% elderly rich in with the whole group and then
saying the elderly have an average of hundreds of thousands worth of
assets. Lies, just plain lies. Wall Street impoverished the old just as much
as the rest of the country. AP has another story out today which also
aims to blame groups other than the Wall Street criminals, our owned
and rented politicians for the current mess we are in.

They take Chris Hedges words and turn them around so blame the old
folks. Watch out for more of the type of lying - more is coming. No
doubt the war is on against Social Security recipients and making the
young think old people are the enemy. They are not of course. WE know
who the real enemy is.

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By gerard, November 7, 2011 at 2:10 pm Link to this comment

Ozark Michael nov.7, 6:11
I’d like to point out (as gently as possible) that
you have your eyes open but you are apparently not seeing.  You spoke of “dehumanizing” when a commenter criticized the tendency of police to over-react toward protesters. Look at the many videos and
consider whether police “dehumanization” is clearly shown, or not,  in:
    1. Their “battle-ready” uniforms
    2. Their fighting gear and its frequent use
    3. Their use of sirens to create hysteria
    4. Their motorcycles, horses, dogs
    5. Their “ganging up” (at least 2 on 1)
I agree that some of them are “between a rock and a hard place” because they are themselves vets (with war “habits” of thought and reaction, and yet at the same time members of the 99% whose jobs are not entirely secure, economically speaking. They certainly don’tconsider themselves part of the “elite” 1%. What they need and don’t have is training on how to handle nonviolent resistance, and the sad thing is that training is available.  But the “powers that be” seem to prefer the use of force no matter what. That’s a problem.

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By miroslav, November 7, 2011 at 2:10 pm Link to this comment

Chris Hedges for President!

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By entropy2, November 7, 2011 at 1:59 pm Link to this comment

@Flickford

We need to free the market from the chains of the status quo and crony capitalism and create something sustainable, to create jobs and to save what’s left of our resources and use our own capital to do so. How? I have no idea.

This is where I part ways with the mainstream left. They can only think in terms of taking money away from the 1% and giving it to the government to oh so wisely dole it out to the *deserving* grunts. Redistribution of wealth but NO redistribution of power or opportunity.

The fact is, while it’s clear that the right-wing economic elite looks on us unwashed only as suckers and cannon-fodder, the left-wing technocratic elite look on us only as moronic victims, who can’t be trusted to run our own affairs.

There are other ways, but not if one can only think in terms of top-down control freakery.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Left-libertarianism

http://homebrewindustrialrevolution.wordpress.com/

http://c4ss.org/

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By Jerry, November 7, 2011 at 1:51 pm Link to this comment
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You are the man Chris!  Free at last!

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By RayLan, November 7, 2011 at 1:51 pm Link to this comment

It’s amazing how blatant evidence can be so misread - an innocent protestor who is putting himself in harm’s way for the general financial well-being (I hesitate to say welfare) of the nation is arrested and villified.
If anything is self-explanatory of the criminality of the corporatocracy (1%), this has to be it.
That it still gets distorted explains why these atrocities continue unpunished. Callousness blinds.

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By Flickford, November 7, 2011 at 1:29 pm Link to this comment

What I like about this piece is that Hedge’s points out the moral deficit the
status quo nurtures to keep plundering the planet. And it is infuriating that the
creativity and ingenuity that could transform the world and is largely in place as
well as the hunger and dire need for it, is being suppressed. Insurance
salesmen as little green reptiles - their clients whining Neanderthals, talking
Wall Street babies - sometimes Madison Avenue gets it right…

The power of social media and the internet coupled with the hunger for a
revolution in economics and investment in alternative energy and green tech, I
pray is an equation people much smarter than I are thinking about.

As social media and the internet has rendered the MSM a useless wasteland for
all except the power elite, a Green Street or GTrade (Green Trade) or GBond
(Green Bond) platform enabling everyday people to invest in moving
sustainability forward could sideswipe and render Wall Street and their
government enablers impotent.

The fastest growing sector in the American economy is alt/energy and green
tech against all the fossil fuel subsidies taxpayers fund. We need to
revolutionize the present market system which is stuck in the 2nd Industrial
Revolution - dependent on fossil fuels and privately funded with huge lots of
capital and create a truly free market based on sustainability, biodiversity
conservation, fair trade, eco-tourism, etc. funded by small individual
investments yielding small but steady returns.

We need to free the market from the chains of the status quo and crony
capitalism and create something sustainable, to create jobs and to save what’s
left of our resources and use our own capital to do so. How? I have no idea. But
the internet revolution has already spawned the concept of the Third Industrial
Revolution and the very real possibility of an energy sharing Intergrid utilizing
solar and wind.

The OWS movement is an awakening that will spawn new ways of thinking and
dealing with the issues of the 21st century. Presently our choices and
participation in our capitalist system are rigged and controlled by corporate
exploitation, and that makes us complicit because we cannot influence the
direction the market goes in any meaningful way. Energizing alt/energy and
green tech and investment in it by the people somehow, should be addressed.
But please don’t suggest writing our representatives a letter…

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By Lisa Simeone, November 7, 2011 at 1:14 pm Link to this comment

OzarkMichael writes:

“Furthermore, OWS is supported by the
Ayatollah of Iran and the Iranian revolutionary Guard.
OWS is supported by the North Korean government
and the Communist Party of China. OWS is supported
by David Duke and the American Nazi Party. The
average person is not too impressed by any of that.”

What in god’s name are you talking about??  Really, it’s
pathetic the crap people will not only believe, but then
spew.  You’re wrong, OzarkMichael.  It’s that simple. 
You’re wrong.  But props for coming up with one of
the most ludicrous comments on the web.

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By John Best asks, "What IS Progress"?, November 7, 2011 at 1:07 pm Link to this comment

OWS: a particularly good bit of advice in Hedges paragraph stating, “It is vital that the occupation movements…”

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By EUA Baker, November 7, 2011 at 1:00 pm Link to this comment

If you do not want to ruin your day, stop reading here and go away from this post.
Otherwise continue reading to learn how your government has been hijacked by people like Jack Abramoff.

The following video came out yesterday, November 6, 2011. What you have today is the government of the traitors by the traitors and for the traitors. This is why America is imploding before your very eyes with high income inequality, no healthcare, not jobs, high costs of college texts and tuition, and no end in sight for suffering.

About 50 million Americans are serious poverty because of the rising costs of medical care:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/07/revised-govt-formula-show_0_n_1080061.html

Folks, it will take lots of miracles or lots of bloody revolutions to return America to her true and intended ideals:

Abramoff: At the end of the day most of the people that I encountered who worked on Capitol Hill wanted to come work on K Street, wanted to be lobbyists.

Stahl: You’re telling me this, the genius of figuring out you could own the office by offering a job to the chief of staff, say. I’m having two reactions. One is brilliant. And the other is I’m sick to my stomach.

Abramoff: Right. Evil. Yeah. Terrible.

Stahl: ‘Cause it’s hurting our country.

Abramoff: Shameful. Absolutely. It’s the worst thing that could happen. All parts of the system.

Stahl: I’m mad at you.

Abramoff: I was mad at me—

Stahl: Was buying favors from lawmakers easy?

Abramoff: I think people are under the impression that the corruption only involves somebody handing over a check and getting a favor. And that’s not the case. The corruption, the bribery, call it, because ultimately that’s what it is. That’s what the whole system is.

Stahl: The whole system’s bribery?

Abramoff: In my view. I’m talking about giving a gift to somebody who makes a decision on behalf of the public. At the end of the day, that’s really what bribery is. But it is done everyday and it is still being done. The truth is there were very few members who I could even name or could think of who didn’t at some level participate in that.

Watch the video and cry for your country:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHiicN0Kg10

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7387331n&tag=re1.galleries

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/11/07/1033861/-Jack-Abramoff-gives-away-the-corrupt-insiders-game-in-our-Congress-on-60-Minutes?via=siderec

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By Lee Oates, November 7, 2011 at 12:55 pm Link to this comment

Chris, excellent article.  I think your one of the few sane men on this planet.

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By Lee Oates, November 7, 2011 at 12:50 pm Link to this comment
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Chris, I think your one of the few sane men left on this planet.

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By RayBRichmond, November 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm Link to this comment

Let’s make politicians say they are For or Against Honesty in politics.

See this online petition for more info:

http://signon.org/sign/truth-in-politics-1?source=c.fwd&r_by=1404854

Pass legislation that prevents politicians from distorting facts or outright lying about themselves or their opponent(s) during elections. This legislation should also include distorting facts or lying while promoting any piece of legislation or conducting the business of the American people.


Politics in this country have come to rely too much on the distortion of facts or outright lies. If politicians were required to be truthful during campaigns for office as well as for pieces of legislation, the American people would be better informed and more able to make choices that truly represent their interests. The United Kingdom has a law preventing deception during political campaigns. In 2010, a British court threw out election results declaring Phil Woolas the winner because the court decided he went too far in distorting his opponents positions. Woolis claimed his opponent was receiving support from militant Muslim groups.


Let’s get this thing going - pass this URL on to your friends:

http://signon.org/sign/truth-in-politics-1?source=c.fwd&r_by=1404854

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By OzarkMichael, November 7, 2011 at 12:03 pm Link to this comment

If the 99% for whom the protesters are suffering would (could?) leave the sidelines and themselves actively join in, it would help.  It is said that most of them are “sympathetic”, and are themselves suffering from the predations of Wall Street manipuators.  Where are they?

                              -gerard

Well, let me explain. OWS inflames the passions of Leftists, and some of the Leftists are quite willing to go further in their struggle against the system, and by that i mean destruction of property, creating chaos, and revolution.

OWS cannot control those people, and as time goes by it gets worse. It doesnt look good to the average person.

OWS defends itself by claiming that the rampages are the fault of ‘conservative agents’. A refusal to understand their own responsibility for the results of their own speech doesnt make OWS look good to the ordinary person. 

The lawlessness inside the Occupy camps does not attract the average person either.

Furthermore, OWS is supported by the Ayatollah of Iran and the Iranian revolutionary Guard. OWS is supported by the North Korean government and the Communist Party of China. OWS is supported by David Duke and the American Nazi Party. The average person is not too impressed by any of that.

OWS is becoming less popular in the polls.

Now, on some principle or other the average person would be happy to support the Occupy agenda, even i might do so. But not the Occupy method! Not the Occupy rhetoric which leads to chaos. Not the confrontations with police and the resulting injuries.

Plus the fact that they (we) would be actively supporting human life, human love, human dignity.  (As I write, I am aware of both regret and a degree of shame for my own physical disabilities.)

                            -gerard

A person should never be made to feel shame for a disability. I am sorry to hear that you have the disability and hope that you realize that what you write here is a contribution. Make it honest and true and please have no regrets.

On the other hand, by your rhetoric you are placing people like me outside of ‘human life, human love, human dignity’. That forces me to be very sharp with you.

I must work and hope that OWS doesnt succeed, because as your words reveal, my existance as a human being(equal to yourself) is at stake. I am not much interested in seeing your horrible bias given power to make rules over and against myself, my children, my community.

On such terms, gerard, i cannot afford to be very nice to you. Hopefully some day you will understand that OWS is not a conversation with the average person. It is more like a dictation by a small group of people to the unenlightened masses. It dehumanizes dissent from it. That is not good. You should regret and be ashamed that you dehumanize your political opponents.

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By jkhall, November 7, 2011 at 11:49 am Link to this comment
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With this writing, Hedges provides a superb dissection of America.

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By Inherit The Wind, November 7, 2011 at 11:23 am Link to this comment

OM:
The right and Goldman has been DESPERATELY trying to dehumanize the OWS, and marginalize them.  “Fleabaggers”, “Dirty Hippies”, “Lazy welfare cheats”, “criminal”, “defecating on police cars” (remember that picture of a clearly homeless man, and a BROOKLYN police car attributed to the Zucatti Park OWS?)
Even in the halls of Congress, Ryan and Cantor are DESPERATELY trying to marginalize and de-humanize OWS.
So if the self-satisfied traders and unsympathetic cops, and ESPECIALLY Goldman’s rent-a-cops seem to be a bit de-humanized, how come the turnabout isn’t fair play?

Hedges, more and more lately our thinking has been running the same.  Amazing.

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By phreedom, November 7, 2011 at 11:19 am Link to this comment

Thanks Chris,

“The technical jargon, learned in business schools
and on trading floors, effectively mask the reality
of what is happening—murder.”

Truly a culture of death and suffering. Every action
taken in our culture assumes a kind of murder will
take place. It is not such much that it is an
impossible goal to ease/relieve the suffering of all
people, but rather, it is that we are not allowed to
try. I read some jerk conservative fellow once said,
that “idealism is cost prohibited”, but that
statement is one of cowardice to even try, and
indicative of the prevailing belief, programming,
that “if you cannot afford to pursue happiness you
might as well be dead,,and let me help you with
that.”

“There is an unequivocal acceptance of ruling
principles such as unregulated capitalism and
globalization as a kind of natural law.”

Alas, Darwin’s distortion, one needs another human
species to apply capitalism as natural. Last I looked
there is only 1 human species. To break off the
survival of the species from the survival of the
fittest expresses the insidious imperative of
capitalism to get a species to cannibalize itself. 

Arendt writes. “For human beings, thinking of past
matters means moving in the dimension of depth,
striking roots and thus stabilizing ourselves, so as
not to be swept away by whatever may occur”

Along with on time inventory and on time labor, came
on time existence. A wishy washy, blow in the
prevailing wind, life, of absurdity and dishonor.

The first step to undermine the prospect of a stable
citizenry, is to have that citizenry live in a
simulation of reality or culture, where nothing can
have meaning, past, present and future, since there
is no original basis for that meaning. It is not that
Americans cannot anchor themselves against the
viscous storms of manipulation and control, it is
that they do not realize they live in a mirage, there
is nothing deep about a mirage, there is no memory or
tradition worth remembering about it, it is but a
fake, a life of mere momentary novelty, moment after
moment, after moment, a continuously wreckless and
worthless path.

“As the metal handcuffs were fastened around my
wrists I thought of them, as I often think of them,
and I said to myself: Free at last. Free at last ….”

Yes, the horrible and grossly physical proof that you
are right, so many of us have had this poignant
personal experience, mine was when I narrowly escaped
being crippled or killed by some creepy thug sent by
the forces and circumstances of a culture who do
murder their citizens, but call this murder of its’
people progress or profit or worse “protection of the
most wealthy and deserving. Up until the near miss,
which was proceeded by endless acts of intimidation
and harassment, I felt I was a prisoner in my own
apartment, neighborhood, city, country, but then, at
the moment of the near miss I felt freed and all my
fear fell away.  A great number of us understand
Chris, been there.

Hopefully, the current system can be made to stop
its’ carnage, but not because you or I, and countless
other uncooperators are considered dead, or taken
out, but rather,  because we are considered alive,
continue to live free, cannot have it any other way,
refusing to be taken.

Rhuen Phreed, 231 Park Drive, #40, Boston

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By Brian J. Foley, November 7, 2011 at 11:01 am Link to this comment
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Another great piece by Chris Hedges - Thank you, Chris. Here are two satirical pieces to help us laugh: http://brianjfoley.net/2011/10/06/lawyers-with-borders-opposes-occupation-of-wall-street/

http://brianjfoley.net/2011/10/09/occupy-wall-street-the-old-time-insults-they-are-a-failin/

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By gerard, November 7, 2011 at 11:00 am Link to this comment

If the 99% for whom the protesters are suffering would (could?) leave the sidelines and themselves actively join in, it would help.  It is said that most of them are “sympathetic”, and are themselves suffering from the predations of Wall Street manipuators.  Where are they?  Some have sent money for support. Some have contributed needed food, clothing, and such.  But if they united and leaned on the city governments who support police abuse, or who simply wait to see what will happen .....?
  Some of these 99% have “clout” enough to make a difference.  And numbers alone increase the power to influence.  Plus the fact that they (we) would be actively supporting human life, human love, human dignity.  (As I write, I am aware of both regret and a degree of shame for my own physical disabilities.)

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By felicity, November 7, 2011 at 10:50 am Link to this comment

Goldman investment advisers got their first laugh when
they told investors to buy certain stocks which the
same advisers later sold short. In fact, that was one
of their primary money-making schemes.  They called it
“the big screw.”

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By balkas, November 7, 2011 at 10:40 am Link to this comment

hedges does not write about—and hasn’t to date, as far as i know—
even mentioned one of the greatest scientific discoveries of all time: how
a person can [and will forever, if we let it] dedog a dog or dehuman a
human.

but even if we wld disregard pavlov’s discovery that one can easily [oh so
horribly easily] dedog a dog [or dehuman an human] we can still see with
a naked eye that a child can be pavlovized by simply a parent telling
his/her child that there is god who will always protect it.

and from that moment on that child is much dehumanized—at least
when it comes to approving of supremacism and ills that it causes.

a teacher/politico telling a child that the constitution wld guarantee it
freedoms, equality, equal protection by u.s laws also works well on
children.

alas, the facts prove that u can wave the constitution or geneva
conventions all u want, it actually may cause u even more harm than if u
hadn’t waved, to begin with, the dead words written on a piece of paper.

i think [i am not sure about this] that pavlov self had been human
enough to have deconditioned the dog from his/her indoggidity. tanx

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By Rachel, November 7, 2011 at 10:19 am Link to this comment
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This article makes me want to jump up and scream “Hallelujah”. I cannot tell you
how amazing it feels to hear someone speaking the truth…someone not afraid of
it, not matter how uncomfortable. Doesn’t hurt that you’re a fabulous writer but
more importantly you have an enormous heart. Thank you thank you. Amen. I am
with you - will be writing, organizing, sending messages, singing (making an
Occupy CD as we speak), gathering for OWS and keeping the faith. Thank you for
making it easy.

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By mrfreeze, November 7, 2011 at 10:18 am Link to this comment

@ OzarkMichael - Your “ridiculous” words:

“It is important to dehumanize everyone standing in your way, right Chris? Great agitprop.”

If the “police” to whom you give some sort of “human” substance were not outfitted in para-military garb, wielding high-tech weapons and were not defending the 1%....well then, you might have a point; unfortunately, these police are not at these protests to “protect & serve.” They are there to dominate, subdue and beat opposition to the status quo to a pulp.

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By lasmog, November 7, 2011 at 10:17 am Link to this comment

A perfect snapshot of America 2011; Hedges arrested for protesting the crimes of Goldman Sachs.

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By balkas, November 7, 2011 at 9:46 am Link to this comment

hedges:
“leaning on deception and having incapacity for empathy or remorse”,
accurately limns personal supremacism.
has this ideology, now at least 10k y o, gone genetic and the illness
affecting ab 95% of u.s pop or 60-90% of pop of many empires and
lands?

no, we do not want to contemplate this fearful thought. we just need to
note that most systems of rule are founded on personal supremacism.

we lessen the supremacism to a degree or eliminate it near totally and
we solve all our problems arising from this enorm illness and which
causes all wars, poverty, fears, near utter obedience of the serfs to
such ill people.

it wld be an insult to ‘psychopaths’ to call plutocrats/new ‘nobility’
“psychopaths”.
actually, to me, the new ‘nobility’ is extremely sanely insane and
extremely addicted to this ‘drug’; i.e., sane-insanity .
i expect that this category of low life wld do anything to maintain or
even increase their addiction.
let’s face the fact that ‘psychopaths’ do not kill mns or enslave over
their lifetime bns of people—the extremists, the unsanely sanest
among us do that. tnx bozhidar b vancouver

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By felicity, November 7, 2011 at 9:19 am Link to this comment

Throughout this ongoing horror of rampant and
unyielding greed perpetrated by Wall Street wheelers-
and-dealers, I have wished that someone would ask of
them what Joseph Welch asked of McCarthy during the
Army-McCarthy hearings in 1954.

“Have you no sense of decency, sir(s)?  At long last,
have you left no sense of decency.”

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By Daniel Levin, November 7, 2011 at 9:16 am Link to this comment
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Thank you again Chris, for writing and speaking the deepest truth about our shared predicament.  Our collective humanity is at stake in this battle, and you remind us all of what we must do to maintain our integrity and dignity under these truly impossible circumstances. It is a very tough fight.  It would almost be easier if they would just come at us with guns.  At least then we would be able to see clearer our enemy and know their intentions were to kill us quickly, rather than how they are doing it now, a little more slowly.  But to fight a relentless, ubiquitous, voracious, invisible enemy, one that has effectively colonized all aspects of our lives and environment, is daunting, and requires enormous fortitude and intelligence.  You have those qualities in spades, and deserve our sincerest gratitude.   

Daniel Levin, St. Louis

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By thecrow, November 7, 2011 at 8:01 am Link to this comment

“In 1983, I found myself being thrown into a van, in handcuffs and shackles, with a couple of dozen other people for having blocked the entrance to a company that was constructing counter-insurgency training camps in Honduras.

I won’t romanticize civil disobedience. I won’t pretend that it stopped what was happening in Central America. But I think it was a lot more appropriate than anything I had done up to that point. It had an impact on public perceptions and on what certain companies and interest groups could get away with. The activities of the peace and justice movements of the 1980s did accomplish important things. I wasn’t just an individual, I was part of a social movement, which was enormous and which participated actively in history.

Furthermore, there was a kind of peace that I achieved that day, lying on the ground in my handcuffs in the November rain — a kind of communion with the spirits of the people killed at Rio Sumpul. I don’t think this was just self-indulgence or fantasy, though this is always a danger. I think I was starting to translate compassion into genuine solidarity with those who suffer. Compassion without active solidarity is barren. I was starting to get some integrity. Not that I was a saviour of the world, but I was beginning to put into practice my moral and spiritual values. That huge chasm between talk and action was beginning to be addressed in my life.”

- Graeme MacQueen

http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2011/05/17/this-empty-front-seat/

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By oddsox, November 7, 2011 at 7:54 am Link to this comment

The first deaths at Occupied camps were reported last week. 
Monday in Oklahoma City & Saturday in Vancouver BC.
Young people, perhaps from drug overdoses, probably no foul play.

Sadly, more coming.  So wasteful.  So unnecessary.

In the Civil War, 2 soldiers died from disease for every one killed in battle.

Such will be the case for the OWS movement, whether or not there is a “Kent State moment.”

Many reports now of crime, unsafe sanitation, sexual assault, drug use.
The predicted dissolution into chaos has begun.

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By SoTexGuy, November 7, 2011 at 6:36 am Link to this comment

Powerful and moving word-pictures from Hedges. Kudos to him.

I’ll only add this; the Corporate way is not now limited only to big business, banking and trading or industry.. The culture of ‘fitting in’ and accepting your job as filling one minor slot in a process or one small cog in a larger machine.. that’s increasingly what public service, government service and even public education entails… you fit in or you are out. The carrot if you do as you are
expected, the stick if you do not.

Just one example held up for everyone to see what happens if you transgress.. Bradley Manning.. They’ll get Assange too.. Meanwhile all the crime and corruption and plain evil exposed (allegedly) by Manning and simply made accessible by Assange goes on unpunished and unchanged.

Adios!

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By OzarkMichael, November 7, 2011 at 6:11 am Link to this comment

They were not the faces of the blue-uniformed police with their dangling cords of white and black plastic handcuffs, or the thuggish Goldman Sachs security personnel, whose buzz cuts and dead eyes reminded me of the East German secret police, the Stasi.

                          -Chris Hedges

It is important to dehumanize everyone standing in your way, right Chris? Great agitprop.

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By Billy Pilgrim, November 7, 2011 at 6:02 am Link to this comment

“Never underestimate the power of the American
people.”

To always do the wrong thing.

To ignore history.

To be ignorant of history.

To almost always elect the wrong politician to be
President.

In the few times when they do elect the better
candidate, to abandon that person when he fails to
meet their expectations.

To only take into account their own personal
situation when entering the polling booth.

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By ardee, November 7, 2011 at 5:57 am Link to this comment

While the articles of Chris Hedges tend towards the florid prose of an earlier era his message resounds if one can get past the “yellow journalism” ( yeah I know, an inelegant comparison but the idea is there).

bob ackley, November 7 at 3:59 am

I appreciate that you are thinking and trying to find the correct path towards change. Do not be deterred by the naysayers who will attempt to convince you that you are wasting your time with all this “thinking”.

They are, in all probability, jealous of your ability TO think.

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By Raoul, November 7, 2011 at 5:11 am Link to this comment

Bob,
The problem with what you suggested regarding voting for people who share our views is that they don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of
1. being voted into power or
2. if voted in, not having enough clout to do anything.

We have seen numerous examples of this in the past in which the good ole boy network just ignores or assimilates the few indidivuals into their realm.

The entire system is rotten to the core.

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By David, November 7, 2011 at 4:21 am Link to this comment
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As someone who has also been arrested, all I can say is…dammit why didn’t I wait
to get arrested with Hedges!!

He’s absolutely right, the focus must be on action, on confronting the powers that
be. Civil disobedience etc.

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By bob ackley, November 7, 2011 at 3:59 am Link to this comment

Unoccupy Wall Street

Big business and big government have colluded to convince the American public that saving for retirement is better than paying off debt.

Give us your money and we will give it back to you when you retire - with no guaruntee of any return, while at the same time, keep paying your credit card debt and mortgage debt.

Oh, and by the way, you all should have insurance policies to make sure you can pay back your debt.

The mortgage, retirement and insurance companies are all from the same group of corporate conglomerates who are sucking us ALMOST dry every month. These monster parasites let us keep just enough to continue the cycle.

The occupy Wall Street movement is missing an opportunity here to spread the message:

Unoccupy Wall Street

Stop saving for retirement when you have debt.

By eliminating debt there is a corresponding reduction in the need for insurance.

Shop local and stop buying from corporate america.

Support candidates that share your values.

Never underestimate the power of the American people!

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