Chris Hedges

Occupy will be back!


From Wisconsin to Cairo and Zuccotti to Athens, our global movement is confronting a concerted counter-revolution.

It is easy to lose hope but we can be confident that our uprising will grow bolder, writes Chris Hedges in a passionate new blast, because the underlying sociohistoric and psychoeconomic forces that propelled the people’s insurrection of 2011 are still unresolved… and can only be resolved by our global people’s uprising for real democracy. This is the situation according to Hedges:

In every conflict, insurgency, uprising and revolution I have covered as a foreign correspondent, the power elite used periods of dormancy, lulls and setbacks to write off the opposition. This is why obituaries for the Occupy movement are in vogue. And this is why the next groundswell of popular protest—and there will be one—will be labeled as “unexpected,” a “shock” and a “surprise.” The television pundits and talking heads, the columnists and academics who declare the movement dead are as out of touch with reality now as they were on Sept. 17 when New York City’s Zuccotti Park was occupied…

Our dying corporate class, corrupt, engorged on obscene profits and indifferent to human suffering, is the guarantee that the mass movement will expand and flourish. No one knows when. No one knows how. The future movement may not resemble Occupy. It may not even bear the name Occupy. But it will come. I have seen this before. And we should use this time to prepare, to educate ourselves about the best ways to fight back, to learn from our mistakes, as many Occupiers are doing in New York, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and other cities. There are dark and turbulent days ahead. There are powerful and frightening forces of hate, backed by corporate money, that will seek to hijack public rage and frustration to create a culture of fear. It is not certain we will win. But it is certain this is not over…

Check out the rest of Chris Hedges’ mindbomb at Truthdig.

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P.S. Not attacking the content, it is just that a very high word count seems to tell against a fast moving debate. To avoid information overload, is there not a case for a word limit on replies?


Yes, a good imagination will be needed. But, a good imagination and all that it implies - one being the ability to see what's real in terms of greatest actual threat to planetary life and what's not - will be by necessity put to the task of coming up with plans outlining good and effective counter-Military measures. Anything else at postulate level and at this point in history is childhood regression.


It is interesting to read these posts. Clearly, most readers and posters here are living in some sort of bubble where they believe the Occupy movement has some ongoing relevance. This is not the case. The world has moved on. Few, if any, people saw meaningful change from the movement and most no longer pay any attention. There have always been protests, and there will always be protests, but for you to jump on the bandwagon of any left-leaning protest that starts up and say that your movement is still strong is just not the case. Nobody believes you. Period. Nobody is waiting for your next big "thing."

You had your 15 minutes and it is over. Go back to selling your sneakers.


Honestly, it is hard to tell who Hedges is even writing for at this point. Who is listening to him?


More than listen to you. Nobody listens to you in real life, and no wonder. You've got nothing. No power, no relevance, no intellect, no achievements, no purpose, no reason. All you've got is trolling. Even beggars have more dignity than you.


Again, anybody who does not toe the line here is to be shouted down. Yeah, that will teach them! How dare they engage us in discussion or criticism!


It is interesting how in MSNBC the liberal hosts only seem to interview other liberals. On FOX, the actively seek to engage liberals and/or people with other views. You see it every day on Hannity and O'Rieley. It is also true on talk radio-the conservative shows all take call ins from anybody. NPR hand picks who they talk to, and they only talk to liberals.

Why are liberals so afraid of open discourse with people who disagree with them?


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