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This Hero Didn’t Stand a Chance

Posted on Jun 20, 2011
Illustration by Mr. Fish

By Chris Hedges

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And because of that he understands that any resistance can never succumb to the temptation of violence.

“Violence is the realm our current power structure is really good at,” he said. “They are eager to play that game. Any opportunity we give them [to use violence], they will win. That is the game they win at. The history of social movements in this country shows that we are far more powerful with nonviolent civil disobedience than we are with what our audience considers to be violence.”

“Once our actions are deemed to be violent then that justifies repressive tactics on the part of the government,” he said. “With a nonviolent movement we are still inviting a strong reaction from the government or ruling authorities. We are inviting a powerful reaction against ourselves. But it undermines the moral legitimacy of our current government. That is the path we need to pursue. Rather than reinforcing their legitimacy we need to undermine their legitimacy.”

Chris Hedges is a weekly Truthdig columnist and a fellow at The Nation Institute. His most recently published book is “The World As It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress.”


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By TAO Walker, June 20, 2011 at 9:11 am Link to this comment

What if that singular lack of “moral legitimacy” (noted in Chris Hedges’ last
paragraph above), which is so universally characteristic of ‘dominance’
paradigm-derived institutional set-ups (like the U.S. judicial system, for just
one among myriad examples)), is merely one among many similarly debilitating
symptoms of an actual disease process ‘at-work’ in Mother Earth’s Living
Arrangement?  What if the really devastating deficit here/now is, rather, that of
The Living Virtue of Organic Functional Integrity among the “individual”-ized
masses of the virtual (and Virtue-“deficient”) sub-species homo domesticus?

As otherwise decent and well-intentioned (and even brave) as he appears here
to be, Tim DeChristopher still suffers from an all-too-typical ‘case’ of the
sickeningly “self”-serving I/ME/MY/MINE syndrome.  It is ‘written’ all-over the
quotes from him that Chris Hedges includes in this article.

Putting their “individual” Human birthday-suits at-risk of such “legal” sanctions
as CONfinement, and worse, is in-a-certain-way the epitome of “self”-ishness,
in the members of a species whose Organic Function (as a vital component in
Her immune system) requires them to BE in the Organic Form of (and to act
altogether as) Whole Healthy Living Human Communities.  Better all-around to
just get-over their “self,” and come TOGETHER as Natural Persons ORGANized
in The Tiyoshpaye Way….the ONLY Way to fulfill our given ‘place’ in HER
scheme-of-(The Ten Thousand)Things.

This IS, like-it-or-not, The Tao of Humanity.


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By TDoff, June 20, 2011 at 9:02 am Link to this comment

Tim DeChristopher precisely states the problems facing our corrupted nation, the corruption of which resulted in our present polluted plutocracy. However, the problems of avarice and amorality within the corporations and other powers-that-be, and ignorance and apathy among ‘We, the People’, do not seem readily solvable.

Until, and unless, the complete collapse toward which we seem destined occurs, and the poor are forced to eat the rich to survive, thus ridding the world of it’s major source of corruption, amorality, and greed.

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By clearwaters, June 20, 2011 at 9:00 am Link to this comment

Physical incarceration, in this country, has become an inevitable consequence for
any conscientious being in pursuit of an honest life.The truth will set us free,
spiritually, but will otherwise land your ass in prison.

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By prisnersdilema, June 20, 2011 at 8:51 am Link to this comment

The plutocracy has declared war on you, and will kill you, without any concern, that you have recourse against their actions. They will also kill, your children, and your grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

This year marks the 50th anniversary, of the spraying of Vietnam with Agent Orange, since that time nearly 4 million Vietnamese have died of its effects. This is a war crime, which should be prosecuted under the Geneva convention.  Soon, the 4th generation will be born, suffering from the effects of this Herbacide.

Agent Orange, is also used in this country under another name, it is pervasive, in the water supply in this country, and is commony found in the blood of pregnant women. It is also sold on TV in handy spay bottles that you can use to kill Dandelions.

Yet the cancer causing effects, and the mutagenic effects of this Herbacide are well known. Many of our Vietnam Vets died, as a result of exposure. Now this herbacide is spayed, on playgrounds and baseball Diamonds, exposing millions of American children.

The plutocracy doesn’t care about you, it only cares that it makes money, and since it owns the government, they can kill and maim with impunity, than includes your children and grandchildren.

So when someone stands up to them, he is a hero..Those that go against him are daming themselves.

Better to spend a lifetime in prison than an eternity in hell.

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By DEProf06, June 20, 2011 at 8:00 am Link to this comment

@surfnow: I had a similar experience.  A 19-yr-old was going to trial for a tiny amount of pot.  I told the judge that prosecuting young people for simple possession was an even bigger waste of my tax money than the “War On Terror”.  I haven’t been called for jury duty since.

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By Michael Cavlan RN, June 20, 2011 at 7:14 am Link to this comment

Chris Hedges

There is an organization that has used your thought process. Civil Disobedience. To be used inside the political process. To delegitimize it.

They are called New Progressive Alliance.

You would be stellar in being a candidate for president

Check them out.

That goes for others who are tired of being lied to and manipulated by the one money -two wing corporate corrupted, pro-war party system. Which is masquerading as our pseudo-democracy.

Check them out.

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By katsteevns, June 20, 2011 at 5:59 am Link to this comment

“We shouldn’t be looking for the big corporations running the show to become a little greener and cleaner. We should be overthrowing those corporations running our government.” - Tim DeChristopher

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By surfnow, June 20, 2011 at 5:46 am Link to this comment

I was selected to be on a jury that was a drug case. I told the prosecutor and the judge that there was no way that I would find the guy on trial guilty since I believed the War on drugs was a travesty- and that all drugs needed to be decriminalized. I said that I couldn’t care less what the evidence was. The judge looked at me like I was out of my mind- I was disqualified.

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By thecrow, June 20, 2011 at 5:32 am Link to this comment

“The bribery that is intrinsic to the American political system has hollowed out every institution created to defend citizens against corporations, from the myth of the “freely elected member of Congress” to any form of agency enforcement of law — particularly regarding the environment.”

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By John Puma, June 20, 2011 at 5:15 am Link to this comment

“When our Founding Fathers created the jury system they called it the best
defense against legislative tyranny,”

And where is the defense against judicial tyranny?

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