Chris Hedges: As a Socialist, I Have No Voice in Corporate Media, Part 6

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July 21, 2013

TheRealNews on Jul 24, 2013

On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Chris Hedges says an effective movement that defies power will have to be disciplined and articulate what a vision of socialism might look like. Pt 6 of 7


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HEDGES: We have to begin to build organizations to protect ourselves from corporate forces that are determined to exploit the ecosystem until it collapses. We have to recognize that the implantation of global capitalism is one that will reconfigure the world into a kind of neo-feudal society where workers here will be told that they have to be competitive with the sweatshop workers in Bangladesh who make $0.22 an hour prison labor in China. That’s already happening. We have to recognize that–the vast corporate systems that we have set up.

For instance, our food system is very fragile and is not sustainable. Food must once again be local. We can’t continue to feed ourselves on a system where we’re shipping all of our fruits and vegetables from California or Florida across the country. That means beginning to–and more than community gardens, but essentially buying local, creating sustainable systems that are local, because when things go down, the elites will withdraw into their gated compounds, where they will have access to security, water, medical facilities, all sorts of things that they will deny to the rest of us. They’re not going to take care of us when things come, when things go bad. And we have to begin to prepare for that.



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.

from the archives:

Chris Hedges: The Radical Movements Have Been Destroyed, Part 5

Chris Hedges: Make the Power Elite Frightened of Us, Part 4

Chris Hedges: We Must Grasp Reality to Build Effective Resistance, Part 3

Chris Hedges: Journalism Should Be About Truth, Not Career, Part 2

Chris Hedges: Urban Poverty in America Made Me Question Everything, Part 1

Worldwide Social Activism Demanding Change by Graham Peebles

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5 thoughts on “Chris Hedges: As a Socialist, I Have No Voice in Corporate Media, Part 6

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  5. I am sure Chris is right about these two things ~ the first is the mystery of language, our supreme symbolic artifact; the other is the way things just happen spontaneously, which is really all about instinctive movement, and it is quite remarkable that we actually describe political change thus, We also identify life itself as animate and purposeful, distinctive by its fluidity. It strikes me a close analogy is the swarm, the free flight of birds in a flock.

    This is clearly a force of nature. That is why the Dao is such a significant paradigm for government. Things should be effortless, & instinctive ~ necessary, not superfluous That is why the controllers will never get it right.

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