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After a talk on the collapse of complex societies, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges answers an audience question: "Will it take [literature, music and art] to waken us to the empathy of other suffering or hardship?"

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We must either defy the corporate state or accept our extinction as a species We have been stripped of the power to express dissent or effect change Rebellion is the only way to remain fully human.

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Many would consider being knighted or otherwise honored by England’s royals a dream come true. But more than 200 rebellious Brits have declined or returned the honor, refusing to hand their names and legacies over to rulers seeking to bolster their own dubious reputations. John Lennon and authors Roald Dahl and C.S. Lewis are on that list.

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Moammar Gadhafi’s wife, two sons, a daughter, and a number of grandchildren escaped Libyan rebels and entered Algeria on Monday, according to the Algerian Foreign Ministry. His location, as well as the whereabouts of his other sons, remain unknown. (more)

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We may feel, in the face of the ruthless corporate destruction of our nation, our culture, and our ecosystem, powerless and weak But we are not We have a power that terrifies the corporate state .

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Only days after a bloody uprising brought a new government to Kyrgyzstan, interim leader Roza Otunbayeva has pledged to the US that her country will honor a deal allowing the U to operate a key military base there.

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