Chris Hedges: Strategies for Revolution + Revolution, the video

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with Chris Hedges

LeighaCohen on Aug 28, 2014

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A meeting of 8 diverse panelists met on August 27th 2014 at Project Reach located in NYC to discuss Strategies for the Revolution. The meeting by Deep Green Resistance of New York.


In this much edited video version of the entire 2 hour event, I feature Chris Hedges. The Panel discussion touched on topics such as Strategies for a revolution, the role of women and indigenous people in a revolutionary struggle, and a view of the inherent failures associated with Capitalism.


Ted Rall with Kiki Makandal: Strategies for Revolution

[…] The Panel discussion touched on topics such as Strategies for a revolution and a view of the inherent failures associated with Capitalism. One large difference in this video is that Ted Ball disagrees with Chris Hedges and feels that almost all Revolutions are violent. […]



[Be inspired! Fabulous video sent to me by an old friend who made this video. Thanks, Blu!]


Blu Spencer on Nov 24, 2010


Updated: Aug. 29, 2014

Strategies for Revolution: Featuring, Chris Hedges, Ted Rall and David Valle

LeighaCohen on Aug 29, 2014

This minimally edited video will feature 5 different areas impacting Strategies for a Revolution:

What is a Revolution? featuring Chris Hedges, Ted Rall, Jen Bilek and Frank Coughlin.

Role of Women in a Revolution, featuring Chris Hedges, Itzy Ramirez, David Valle, Kiki Makandal, and Jen Bilek.

What is the Culture of Resistance? featuring Ted Rall and Frank Coughlin.

Destruction of and Role of Indigenous Cultures In a Revolution, featuring Chris Hedges, Kiki Makandal and Javier

How a Revolution Happens Featuring, Chris Hedges, Ted Rall, David Valle and Kiki Makandal

from the archives:

Ralph Nader: The Democracy Gap

Peak Inequality: The .01% And The Impoverishment Of Society by David DeGraw + The Economics of Revolution

Thy Kingdom Come: The Christian Call to Social Action by Kevin Daugherty

Noam Chomsky: The Relentless Class War

Capitalism: The Systematic Poverty and Exploitation of Human Beings by Finian Cunningham

The Changing Face of Labor by Rivera Sun

Chris Hedges Asks Noam Chomsky: What’s The New Paradigm For Resistance? + Transcript

The Victims of Pornography by Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges: Black Bloc Tactics and Civil Disobedience

A Protest Against Real Distress: Religion and Revolutionary Struggle by Charley Earp

Jesus Christ, Revolution and Socialism (subtitled)

Roger Doiron: A Subversive Plot: How to Grow a Revolution in Your Own Backyard

31 thoughts on “Chris Hedges: Strategies for Revolution + Revolution, the video

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  7. Listening to the long version has provided a deeper insight for me, and reminds me just how essential it is to face the issue of leadership and its function in the exercise of viable ethical initiatives.

    I hear three particularly salient elements worthy of more robust consideration in this discussion ~ gender; indigenous values; and the wisdom of alliances (and therefore, coherent dialogue.)

    Alliances make sense, because nothing can be achieved without “compromise” ~ ie give and take; and a willingness to listen and learn from others’ experience & aspirations.

    Gender is something of a no-brainer that speaks directly to the question of leadership and effective organization ~ but, indigenous values demand a more subtle and nuanced narrative that needs to interrogate both historical inclusivity and cultural difference.

    I think it may be to the South that we should be looking for real change-initiatives, like for example the candidature of the Brasilian contender for the Presidency Marina Silva. However, this said ~ and the same may apply to Africa for a more Eurocentric geographic orientation ~ it is also critically important to embrace the best scientifically validated ecological understandings, to complement and buttress the supremely powerful, meaningful and instructive native/gender question.

    Culture, behaviour and habitat are intimately inter-dependent & co-existent.

    Personally, I do not think raw violence is at all helpful or intelligent ~ even as a perceived empirical “historical” example. Enough “shit happens” without finding a need to invoke it. Those who advocate such volatile & frankly degrading gestures should either defer to those with direct experience and knowledge of the consequences, or go study Sunzi’s Art of War.

    One final observation ~ I think we do well to remember, and honour ceremony. Failing that, if our temperament resists the abuses of formalism, then why not just (re-)invent it….closer to our heart’s desire in the spirit of creative difference.

    • Glad you had the time to watch the longer version, David. And thank you for your commentary. It is an important discussion.

      The Revolution has already begun. And it is up to each one of us to choose to be apart of it. When we choose non-violence, we have happier families/work places, etc. We don’t sell out our souls to join the police state or the military.

      It’s up to us.

  8. Lo, I think this is an outstanding post and destined to be a classic. I want to study it for hours and Chris Hedges first remarks show the brilliance and insights of this man. Thank you!!

  9. Same old same…lots of talk but no concrete actions. Distracting and stalling tactics? They act and all we can come up with is react in passive forms. We’ll never make it if we continue on this path.

  10. Many thanks to Lo for posting this.

    Superb narrative (extracts) from Chris Hedges ~ particularly re the recursive futility of dysfunctional elitism, reliance on hyper-masculinity, capitalism necessitating indigenous genocide etc.

    (qv I highly recommend Alfred W. Crosby’s 1986 “Ecological Imperialism: The Biological Expansion of Europe, 900-1900; Studies in Environment and History…)

    Ted Rall and Kiki Makandal also raise important, indeed ~ key questions.

    Those with great capacity for resistance may not necessarily be adequately equipped to rule.

    Of course there is a good reason for this, since “rulership” and governance are not only about charismatic leadership so much as the effective functioning of responsible, transparent, accountable & enduring instruments of beneficent societal efficacy ~ and inclusive environmental benefit.

    At present we are misgoverned. In truth we are dictated to by a “money-power” narrative that corrupts and favours a bigoted world view….a cynical and violent outlook that only begets exponential violence ~ for “profit” & reduces participation.

    The habit of hereditary privilege feeds on this profane & gratuitous violence ~ always justified in terms of means and ends; ownership and exclusion; fear; insecurity; suppression and loathing.

    Proper legislation, open debate, just governance and social intelligence when allowed to manifest in thriving creativity, are genuine spiritual forces ~ motivated and inspired by a higher calling and a far grander vision of what civilization actually means. Moreover, that vision also implies a deeper reading of the true interpretation of wealth, not just what it ultimately is ~ but what it does…

    So, where are the ethical, representative and professionally managed public institutions that can and should sustain societies & species ~ duly provisioning for our public well-being; through enlightened, biologically informed systems that reflect empirically sound, philosophically resourceful and gender unbiased (ecological) processes?

    If they do not yet exist, then surely we must create them.

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