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Appealing To The Corporate State Is Futile by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
October 15, 2012

SSREC Tar Sands Action

Image by Will Wysong via Flickr

The next great battle of the Occupy movement may not take place in city parks and plazas, where the security and surveillance state is blocking protesters from setting up urban encampments. Instead it could arise in the nation’s heartland, where some ranchers, farmers and enraged citizens, often after seeing their land seized by eminent domain and their water supplies placed under mortal threat, have united with Occupiers and activists to oppose the building of the Keystone XL tar sand pipeline. They have formed an unusual coalition called Tar Sands Blockade (TSB). Centers of resistance being set up in Texas and Oklahoma and on tribal lands along the proposed route of this six-state, 1,700-mile proposed pipeline are fast becoming flashpoints in the war of attrition we have begun against the corporate state. Join them.


via Truthdig

Chris Hedges spent two decades as a foreign reporter covering wars in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. His latest books are Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, Death of the Liberal Class, and The World as It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress.

Copyright © 2012 Truthdig


Sep 4, 2012 by

This 15-minute video covers some of the highlights of my 2,150-mile ride down the proposed Keystone XL pipeline route last fall. Listen to the powerful voices of front line farmers, ranchers and indigenous leaders in the path of TransCanada’s toxic tar sands pipeline and ask yourself how we can let this happen…

Keystone XL “Rocket Trike Diaries”


[DS added the video.]


Oct 15, 2012 by

DemocracyNow.org – A standoff is underway in Texas over construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would run oil from the Canadian tar sands fields to U.S. refineries on the Gulf Coast. In a protest now entering its fourth week, dozens of environmental activists working with local Texas landowners have blocked the pipeline’s path with tree sits and other non-violent protests. We speak to Susan Scott, who owns land where the pipeline will run; actress Daryl Hannah, who was arrested there last week and has long been active in protests against the pipeline; and Tar Sands Blockade coalition spokesperson Ron Siefert.

Texas Landowners Join Environmentalists For Blockade of Keystone XL Tar Sands


The Punk Patriot: Enbridge Tar Sands Pipeline or Keystone XL is Back from the Dead

Fracked: New Yorkers Visit the Marcellus Shale + Disembowelling the Planet + Let Them Drink Methane. And Arsenic

The Stimulator: Oil Gateway

Obama’s Pipeline Quagmire by Ralph Nader (updated)

Ralph Nader on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline + 1,252 arrested in front of the White House

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14 Responses

  1. […] Appealing To The Corporate State Is Futile by Chris Hedges […]

  2. This whole fracking business makes me sick at heart. So yes, yes, yes, please support the people opposing the pipeline. We can learn from the Jeju Island resistance in South Korea to construction of a military base ont heir island. They have developed an amazing array of protest actions which can be used in other places. As always, we need to consider twinning any demonstrations with effective economic boycott. What will hurt their pocketbooks most? That is the key to successful resistance.

  3. […] Appealing To The Corporate State Is Futile by Chris Hedges […]

  4. […] Appealing To The Corporate State Is Futile by Chris Hedges […]

  5. […] from shale oil [extraction] to go into the atmosphere. He is building the southern pass of the Keystone pipeline. He brags that he has built more miles of pipeline than any other […]

  6. […] is what might we do about these atrocious conditions? Personally, I have been attracted to Chris Hedges’ advocacy. Chris has also defined our fundamental problem in our political system in this very brief segment […]

  7. […] is what might we do about these atrocious conditions?  Personally, I have been attracted to Chris Hedges’ advocacy.  In the current election cycle, we must stay committed to movements like the Occupy movement, […]

  8. […] Appealing To The Corporate State Is Futile by Chris Hedges […]

  9. […] Appealing To The Corporate State Is Futile by Chris Hedges […]

  10. […] Appealing To The Corporate State Is Futile by Chris Hedges […]

  11. […] solutions, consistent with what others such as Chris Hedges has suggested in the first link and this one both published […]

  12. Democratic Practices are Ignored or have Failed the US Citizen?

    Chris Hedges might explain his featured piece on Dandelion Salad
    especially by answering the following:

    Where are the references to scientific evidences which may support arguments of environmental damage and dangerous chemicals?

    What input has the Green Party into opposition to this pipe line?

    And where are the elected representatives who are paid to represent US citizens affected or concerned about this pipe line?

    Have organised interest groups pressurised these local representatives to fight on their behalf?

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