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Chris Hedges On Nonviolence

Why truth, not fear, is Occupy’s greatest weapon.
Living in Truth

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Part of an ongoing debate within the Occupy community, author Chris Hedges says that our lessons should be drawn from the visionary philosophy of Czech revolutionary Vaclav Havel, not the “diversity of tactics” of the Black Bloc. “Living in Truth,” Havel’s ideal of refusal to fear, begins when we create alternative means of existence and deny the impulse to expected responses. States are well equipped to deal with the loss of order and violence but are inept at dealing with loss of faith and mass non-violence, Hedges argues. That is why government agitators and provocateurs are actively involved in the movement – to divide it and conquer its 99% appeal.

There is a recipe for breaking popular movements. I watched it play out over five years in the war in El Salvador. I now see these familiar patterns in the assault against the Occupy movement. It goes like this. Physically eradicate the insurgents’ logistical base of operations to disrupt communication and organization. Dry up financial and material support. Create rival organizations—the group Stand for Oakland seems to be one of these attempts—to discredit and purge the rebel leadership. Infiltrate the movement to foster internal divisions and rivalries, a tactic carried out consciously, or perhaps unconsciously, by an anonymous West Coast group known as OLAASM—Occupy Los Angeles Anti Social Media. Provoke the movement—or front groups acting in the name of the movement—to carry out actions such as vandalism and physical confrontations with the police that alienate the wider populace from the insurgency. Invent atrocities and repugnant acts supposedly carried out by the movement and plant these stories in the media. Finally, offer up a political alternative. In the war in El Salvador it was Jose Napoleon Duarte. For the Occupy movement it is someone like Van Jones. And use this “reformist” to co-opt the language of the movement and promise to promote the movement’s core aims through the electoral process.

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Anonymous

King Saul certainly was SOOTHED BY MUSIC as played by the next king in power, you can try spiritual hyms, and wearing a cross when you confront the kings in their lodges and perhaps they will admit that you are not a "physical threat" to their existence but they may still consider you "suspect" because now you "put on the white linen of the Saints" be sure you "act like one" otherwise you give us all a "bad rep"!

We must understand evil before we can "abolish evil" read "freemasonry exposed" by William Morgan, before you "continue to fight what you know not" these "evil kings" at one time were "burned at the stake" by the CATHOLIC RELIGION, because they were deemed as "HERETICS" therefore they are
"paranoid to the hilt" and have reason to be, therefore when you come at them with "WORLD REVOLUTIONARY IDEAS" like some of your adherents do, they "cringe" and say, we "already have done it" what makes you think we have obtained our power in any other way except through the "acts of violence" that you are proposing therefore you "might win this struggle" if you use acts of violence, but still this world will not "become peaceful" merely because you put the "money bags" out of power, for the world is not "rule by money" but by the "combination of both purse and sword" as Zachary Taylor stated to Andrew Jackson when he "took the money from the bank" and refused to pay interest on it, but instead gaver it to the british kings who are now "asking us to pay interest" on that debt!

Anonymous

And then no doubt you will simply put in power "other bloody revolutionaries" like Stalin or Hitler and the cycle of "OPPRESSION" and victimizing continues only now the "intelligent people" on the globe are now made the "scapegoats" of the "working class" and millions of peasants are sent to siberia to starve to death, because they refuse to "work for free" to feed the "working class" how convenient, clearly you are "off your rocker" if we were to listen to you, this world would "drown in blood" but still oppression would still exist, it would merely be exercised by "different actors" until this world is ruled by those who "eschew violence" meaning by "SAINTS OF GOD" until that time there can be "neither peace nor righteousness" for it is only those who have "learned to control their own spirit" that have the power to "govern others" with equity and justice, all others are "too busy controlling through violence and force for that is the only way they can keep others from usurping power over them"!

Anonymous

thank you for showing me that chris hedges is a loon. even his buddy chomsky has said numerous times that speaking truth to power is ineffective.

Anonymous

here it is:

"I don't like the phrase 'speak truth to'. We don't know the truth - at least I don't. We should join with the kind of people who are willing to commit themselves to overthrow power, and listen to them (they often know a lot more than we do), and join with them to carry out the right kinds of activities."

Noam Chomsky talks about the idea of "speaking truth to power".
Excerpt from "Power and Terror" (2002).

Chomsky elaborated on this point in a recent interview:
"First of all, you don't have to speak truth to power, because they know it already. And secondly, you don't speak truth to anybody, that's too arrogant. What you do is join with people and try to find the truth, so you listen to them and tell them what you think and so on, and you try to encourage people to think for themselves. The ones you are concerned with are the victims, not the powerful, so the slogan ought to be to engage with the powerless and help them and help yourself to find the truth. It's not an easy slogan to formulate in five words, but I think it's the right one." http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2010/1001/intrvw.htm

Anonymous

Very well said, the INTERNATIONAL JEW does know truth, because he has been the "VICTIM" of this evil conspiracy just like the freedom fighter portrayed as BRAVE HEART in a modern movie, he has been "villified" by the kings who are currently in power as the "INTERNATIONAL JEW, THE WORLD'S FOREMOST PROBLEM" all because he decided to finally PUT THE SHOE on the other foot and say:

You have accused me of "world ambition" just because I have finally "convinced other Jews and men of honesty and integrity" to join us in the fight against the KINGS WHO HAVE DONE WRONG, we do know who the "UNTRUTHFUL PEOPLE" are in this world, for they have "victimized us" by saying to us the "LIE OF THE INTERNATIONAL JEW" and then they stated:

It is not a crime to murder Jews IN EUROPE for unless we murder those Jews they will take over the planet, this was a "deliberate and willful lie" and even the RUSSIAN TSARS knew it was a lie and yet they "put it into the world" with the book called:

Protocol of the learned Elders in Zion, and now you can check this book out for yourself by reading the follow up volume by Henry Ford called:

THE INTERNATIONAL JEW, the world's foremost problem, for he has given us the "privilege of knowing" what the "EVIL KINGS WHO ARE IN POWER IN THE WORLD" are most afraid of:

THEY ARE NOT AFRAID OF THE COMMUNISTS like Chomsky, nor are they afraid of the Fascists which they themselves have sponsored, nor are they afraid of "JEWS OR MOSLEMS" whom they either control or have allowed to join their wicked conspiracy of evil kings, no they are afraid of the "PRIESTHOOD POWER OF GOD" now that is what they are afraid of, it is the "only power" they cannot control and that is why they are so "paranoid" about this COUNCIL OF LEARNED ELDERS because they know that "PRIESTHOOD POWER" just like in the days of Moses and Aaron, and the days of Gideon, and Sampson who was a Nazarite, it is "spiritual power" that ultimately will bring on their downfall and they "KNOW IT"!

The "Pharaohs" of our day and age are known as the "MYSTIC TIE CONSPIRACY" they are the "TRILLIONAIRES" of this world, meaning as a fraternity they have "so much hidden wealth" that it corrupts even the US government and all governments in 164 countries and where they are not "personally in control" they put in evil dictatorships so that they can then fight them and make money from the sale of weapons of war, but there is no question about the fact that it is this "evil money power" that combines also the power of the sword as well, for even John Pierpoint Morgan clearly stated:

It is not enough to have all the money in Christendom, no you also have to have all the money in "ISLAM AND JUDAISM" perhaps as well, in addition you have to control the police the military and the courts, unless you do this, you cannot rule as a "king who has done wrong" or shall I say, as "Kings who can do no wrong" as they have identified themselves to me in a "lodge that is secular of this world and wordly" it is wise to listen to the oppressed, for they can tell you who their oppressors are, but it is even wiser to "listen to God" for he "knows all things"!

I now "state without equivocation and mental reservation" as the kings do in their secular lodges that unless you "target these evil kings" in your demonstrations and "demand they will release this book" which they are currently suppressing that "gives out their evil secrets" and that is exactly why they are suppressing it with "military and police force" for there is no other way they can suppress it, therefore it is of "vital importance" that you "unmask the evil emperor" who has usurped power on this planet, the "VALDEMORT" who uses "secret works of darkness" for the purpose of "corrupting governments" all over the world and then he puts on his "lambskin apron" and CLAIMS TO BE A KING, or a "GOD OF THIS WORLD" as one of their members has clearly identified himself as to me in a city in South Carolina, where they once had their headquarters before they started a "civil war" in order to maintain a "system of bondage" clearly they are still "keeping the world in bondage" to this day, for the "debtor is the slave of the lender" as it clearly states in HOLY WRIT, and the Jehovah Witnesses Bible, THE NWT, CLEARLY STATES THIS IN THIS FORM, therefore we should thank the Witnesses of Jehovah for being so blunt about the fact that "evil kings take our money" and then force us to pay interest on the debt this money earns, it is not "truth or fact" that they have obtained their wealth through "square deals" as they claim in their own literature it is "truth and fact" that they have absconded with that wealth through "acts of secret robbery" which included but was not limited to the bank robbery of the second bank of the United States of America, these guys rob banks all over the world, and then say:

We are now "philanthropists" for "charity covers a multitude of sins" but does not cover "oppression of the poor" does not cover murder, does not cover treason and most certainly does not cover "Genocide against Jews", that is no longer the "QUESTION" I must ask the "current world authority in power" the UNITED NATIONS, that is still making "common cause" with the kings even though they should really "prosecute them for war crimes" committed in secret while no one was watching the store!

Instead of asking the UN questions, I will confront them with truth, you are an "amoral organization" that is "controlled by evil kings" and NOW I ORDER YOU TO SUBMIT TO UNIVERSAL OVERSIGHT!

Unless you do "insist on the publication of the book by the International JEW", you will never know the real truth, and the "TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE", therefore it is time to "fight for clarity" and to fight to release this book, for it will "give you the clarity you need" so that you will fight the "actual oppressor" and not a "figment of your own imagination" meaning a "Knights Templar" or the ILLUMINATI, all these have been "integrated" into their "masonic conspiracy" therefore while they still might exist, they do not operate independently from the KINGS who are in power in the world today and if you listened to MR SARKOZY, he gave you a tip when he stated:

MR PULANSKI is "not above the law, nor is he below the law" no he is a "king of the mystic tie" he has paid his dues, therefore we will find a Loophole in the law to allow him to go "SCOTCH FREE" meaning if you are member of the "SCOTTISH RIDE TO HELL" that is plastered with good intentions and charitable giving then you can get away with rape!

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