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.