Chris Hedges’ Teach-In at Occupy Wall Street: Don’t Compromise!

Occupy Wall Street Day 14

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Part 2: Chris Hedges’ Teach-In at Occupy Wall Street Q&A: Nonviolence is your best weapon

with Chris Hedges
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Dandelion Salad
Oct. 17, 2011

on Oct 17, 2011

Chris Hedges is great talking to the people on the sidewalk in NY’s Occupy Wall Street protest — 10/9/11.

Chris Hedges on Chomsky, Dostoevsky and democracy at Occupy Wall Street — 10/9/11

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


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10 thoughts on “Chris Hedges’ Teach-In at Occupy Wall Street: Don’t Compromise!

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  7. ok chris, here’s the deal: not to sound too ‘ elitist ‘ as i am NOT, and you are NOT, but perhaps the folks you were speaking to in NYC the other day are closer to being on the same page as you and i ( you can read my work on this fine Dandelion Salad site for validation ) .
    the reality is that throughout America , in smaller venues than NYC, DC and Chicago, to name but a few, there are great and dedicated folks who are fed up and join in with this Occupy Movement. Sadly, the Democratic Party and their fine propaganda machine, are already beginning the ‘ Co Opt ‘ process. I see it firsthand here in daytona bch area of FL. i am NOT paranoid or crazy.
    I stand ( and have for 7 straight years each and every Tuesday ) in the public squares and corners of our town, and i ENGAGE people. bottom line: many of those who agree with you and me still buy into the ‘ Horserace ‘ con job of the ‘ Lesser of Two Evils ‘ and that is what the Democrats are selling once again.
    one would have to be as A) well read and B) experienced with the above ( as you and i may be chris ) to not eventually fall victim to it.
    if the Occupy movement does not TOTALLY embrace the Out of Iraq & Afghanistan/ Cut Drastically the Military Spending movement, then the Democrats will succeed in co opting it. one activist’s opinion. thanks.

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  9. Well, I never thought I’d come to a place where I’d be disagreeing with Chris Hedges. It’s only on one point. It’s where he says that it would be a poor strategy to elect representatives who hold fast to the same ideals you have. I can so no reason why doing that would be a disadvantage. He quotes a philosopher as an authority to validate his argument, but as far as I can tell, makes no logical argument to prove his case. He assumes the failures of the past are evidence of immutable laws that show that all leaders are corruptible. I don’t agree with that. When you choose representatives you should choose the best people you can find. I’m not saying that you should elect competent and idealistic representatives and then sit back and ignore what they do. I’m saying you must always be vigilant and responsible about protecting your rights and freedoms. But I see no advantage to hiring people to work for you who are not aligned with your vision and then try to make them afraid of you and by doing so, expect they will be likely to perform to your highest expectations. I don’t think it works that way. It is not desirable to elect representatives that make you afraid of them and it is not desirable to elect representatives who you can’t trust unless they are afraid of you. Leaders ought to be people of the highest caliber you can find. Leaders have to make tough choices and those tough choices sometimes have to be made by a leader without help from anyone else. Advisors can advise, but in the end a leader must make the final choice alone. Why would you not want the best and the brightest to meet the challenges that a leader must face? Sorry, I can’t agree with him.

  10. I watched your teach in from my home in Gladstone, Oregon. I hope you will do more of these. They are long overdue. Of course, I have been a fan for years and read most of what you post and the books you’ve written, but it was exciting to watch your audience listen and learn.

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