Go to Pittsburgh, Young Man, and Defy Your Empire by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
August 31, 2009

RNC lots of cops

RNC 2009

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Globalization and unfettered capitalism have been swept into the history books along with the open-market theory of the 1920s, the experiments of fascism, communism and the New Deal. It is time for a new economic and political paradigm. It is time for a new language to address our reality. The voices of change, those who speak in powerful and yet unfamiliar words, will cry out Sept. 25 and 26 in Pittsburgh when protesters from around the country gather to defy the heads of state, bankers and finance ministers from the world’s 22 largest economies who are convening for a meeting of the G-20. If we heed these dissident voices we have a future. If we do not we will commit collective suicide.

The international power elites will go to Pittsburgh to preach the mantra that globalization is inevitable and eternal. They will discuss a corpse as if it was living. They will urge us to remain in suspended animation and place our trust in the inept bankers and politicians who orchestrated the crisis. This is the usual tactic of bankrupt elites clinging to power. They denigrate and push to the margins the realists—none of whom will be inside their security perimeters—who give words to our disintegration and demand a new, unfamiliar course. The powerful discredit dissent and protest. But human history, as Erich Fromm wrote, always begins anew with disobedience. This disobedience is the first step toward freedom. It makes possible the recovery of reason.


via Truthdig

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Chris Hedges is the author of the new book “Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle.”


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    • I will posts things as I find them out..I know a group who is going (Socialist Equality party), on Sept 20, but have no details yet…here is a site about the event:


      I would like to know where there is a hostel, too, if someone knows of one. I dont think that my med prob will allow me to sleep on the ground right now.

      Also does anyone have any friends with extra rooms in Pittsburgh? Is there a “rides” board?

  4. I wonder if there are places to stay besides the tent cities? I would love to go but that might be a bit much for me right now.

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