Chris Hedges: I’m Calling For the Overthrow of the System, Part 7

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July 25, 2013

TheRealNews on Jul 24, 2013

On the final episode of Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Chris Hedges answers questions like: “Do you believe the US or Israel will attack Iran?” and “Is there any hope for Bradley Manning?”Pt 7 of 7


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And that’s why we have to be nonviolent, because ultimately what we are doing is trying to create a paralysis within systems of power, whereby we speak truth, we appeal to conscience, we expose corruption, fraud, lies by those in power so that when those forces are called into the street to stop us, they refuse to do so. That’s how all revolutions happen. And that’s really in the end what I’m calling for. I’m calling for the overthrow of this system. Let me say that again for Homeland Security. I mean, that’s what I’m doing.

And I’m calling for it through nonviolent means, through mass protests, because as a father of four children, I know that if we don’t stop these forces, they will kill us. They will destroy the ecosystem on which the human species and my children depend for their life. And that is really the stakes that lie before us and why there is an imperative for all of us to take risks. And I don’t like going to jail as I have. Going to jail is more time than I care to donate to my government. But it really is the only option left, because if we fail at this, then it’s not just this particular civilization that will be extinguished but human habitation.



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.


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6 thoughts on “Chris Hedges: I’m Calling For the Overthrow of the System, Part 7

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  5. I agree. The key point is to be organized and to organize intelligently. We are the government we deserve.

    • … and remain non-violent. Always. Yes. I have tried for many, many years, to point out to friends, neighbors and two religious congregations what’s missing, and what’s missing has been sketched abundantly by Chris Hedges, Ralph Nader and others – to no avail. This system can only be finished through paralysis of power. I have no illusions, it will demand sacrifice. The 1% will not cede power voluntarily; I expect that they, when feeling threatened, will employ military force against hundreds of thousands of peaceful objectors. They are psychopaths.

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