Chris Hedges speaks to Occupy Wall Street at Liberty Square. Calls on religious groups to give real support to OWS movement including shelter. Connects Beatitudes with Occupy movement. Says the movement will revitalize traditional Christianity in the US or signal it’s moral, social and political irrelevance.
When the Vietnam War became history, and the protest signs and the bullhorns were put away, so too was the serious side of most protestors’ alienation and hostility toward the government. They returned, with minimal resistance, to the restless pursuit of success, and the belief that the choice facing the world was either “capitalist democracy” or “communist dictatorship”. The war had been an aberration, was the implicit verdict, a blemish on an otherwise humane American record. Continue reading →