A Master Class in Occupation by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Oct. 31, 2011

Why am I here

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NEW YORK CITY—Jon Friesen, 27, tall and lanky with a long, dirty-blond ponytail, a purple scarf and an old green fleece, is sitting on concrete at the edge of Zuccotti Park leading a coordination meeting, a gathering that takes place every morning with representatives of each of Occupy Wall Street’s roughly 40 working groups.

“Our conversation is about what it means to be a movement and what it means to be an organization,” he says to the circle. A heated discussion follows, including a debate over whether the movement should make specific demands.

I find him afterward on a low stone wall surrounding a flowerbed in the park. He decided to come to New York City, he said, from the West Coast for the 10th anniversary of 9/11. He found a ride on Craig’s List while staying at his brother’s home in Champaign, Ill.


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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 Classand The World as It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress.


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11 thoughts on “A Master Class in Occupation by Chris Hedges

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  9. i do not have THE answer, only observations. to be part of a movement of ‘ One for All and All for one ‘ is the essence of what Mr. Jesus of Nazereth taught. how to accomplish that within this current society or ‘ system ‘ ? here is the kicker: while we are on that path ( and perhaps the ONLY path we should be on, to ‘ save our souls ‘ if one follows ANY belief in a sweet hereafter ) we still have to have the proper food to sustain us, the proper shelter and clothing. i guess we need to do work that will earn us the means to find those things… until we reach a point where MONEY is not needed… a society where we ALL share in the neccessities etc.
    i for one do not think that the current mindset of the majority of we the 99% can handle such ‘ uncertainty ‘ if we all occupy the parks and walk away from ALL of our present circumstances. easy to ‘ glorify ‘ … yet takes a transition period, yes?

    maybe we who care need to keep demonstrating and protesting and yes, REJECTING the current political and to some extent, economic system , until enough of us finally ‘ GET IT ‘.

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