In his article “The Cancer in Occupy” posted on Truthdig in February, Chris Hedges criticized Black Bloc activists, saying their use of violence in the streets would alienate the Occupy movement from mainstream Americans and legitimize the use of police violence in the eyes of the public. Black Bloc supporter Brian Traven debated him in New York City last week.
With his column “The Cancer in Occupy,” published earlier this week at Truthdig, Chris Hedges angered many on the radical left with his harsh criticism of the Black Bloc anarchists. Truthout’s J.A. Myerson, an activist and journalist involved in OWS since the occupation’s earliest days, got hold of Hedges by phone to press the issue.