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The Courage to Resist by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
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February 25, 2013

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I was in the Swiss village of Begnins outside Geneva shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989. I spent three days there with Axel von dem Bussche, a former Wehrmacht major, holder of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross for extreme battlefield bravery, three times wounded in World War II, and the last surviving member of the inner circle of German army officers who attempted to assassinate Adolf Hitler.

I was reminded of my visit with von dem Bussche, whom I was interviewing for The Dallas Morning News, by the 70th anniversary of the execution of five Munich University students and their philosophy professor who were members of the White Rose resistance movement in Nazi Germany. [...]

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.

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from the archives:

Chris Hedges: War Exposes The Lies Of Patriotism

The Maimed by Chris Hedges

Ch. 2: Generations of Resistance to War By William T. Hathaway

Amira Hass Discusses Her Mother’s Concentration Camp Diary

Auschwitz: The Final Solution (must-see videos)

Don’t Enlist, But Don’t Just Take My Word For It by Lo

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6 Responses

  1. […] The Courage to Resist by Chris Hedges […]

  2. Reblogged this on The Turning Spiral and commented:
    Listening to Chris Hedges in Edmonton was .. well beyond inspiring, it was deeply moving. People around me openly wept at times. I asked him how he keeps going in the face of such inhumanity as he witnesses day after day. He replied, I owe it to them, all those children, all those faces, they are always with me. I who have such privilege can do no less.

  3. Chilling testimony.

    A powerful reminder of how fatal it is to be swept along by the “tide” of events. We should strenuously defend and encourage the work of any institutions and organisations soever, that we can with strong certainty, be assured operate on the highest ethical principles in support of enlightened governance, environmental and social well-being, & intelligent consensual change.

    It is by influential actions and political initiatives that we shall know our systems best, not by any amount of extravagant posturing or lip-service, but by the social capital they accrue by deeds alone. We want constructive results, not more excuses and insults.

    • Yup ! Eric Fromm warns us in his book ”The Sane Society” about the pathology of normalcy. Dissent , and being a contrarian is always the name of the game not matter where one is . Resistence against the pathology and sickness of being so called normal keeps us from total Orwellian uniformity . the movie ”12 angry men ‘ with Hank Fonda says it all.

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