Chris Hedges: “The only gatherings worth attending from now on are acts that organize civil disobedience.”
Chris Hedges, the 54-year-old journalist and author whose latest book — “The Death of the Liberal Class” — has bolstered his image as one of this generation’s most outspoken non-conservative critics of liberals, published a scathing call to action on his weekly Monday morning Truthdig blog. The crux of the argument that Hedges, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist and Senior Fellow at The Nation Institute, makes this week is stark and straightforward: The political cycle is pure theater. Democrats are sell outs. The Liberal movement is more worried about sounding smart, idealizing concepts and talking to itself than actually taking action. And civil disobedience is the only solution to the stranglehold that corporations have on humanity.
Below, a video of Hedges discussing these topics and his latest book.
Here are some of his strongest words from Monday’s post…
At a moment when we desperately need citizens and institutions willing to stand up against corporate forces for the core liberal values, values that make a democracy possible, we get the ridiculous chatter and noise of the liberal class.
…The liberal class refuses to directly confront the dead hand of corporate power that is rapidly transforming America into a brutal feudal state. To name this power, to admit that it has a death grip on our political process, our systems of information, our artistic and religious expression, our education, and has successfully emasculated popular movements, including labor, is to admit that the only weapons we have left are acts of civil disobedience. And civil disobedience is difficult, uncomfortable and lonely. It requires us to step outside the formal systems of power and trust in acts that are marginal, often unrecognized and have no hope of immediate success.
Either we demand that the criminal class on Wall Street be held accountable for the theft of billions of dollars from small shareholders whose savings for retirement or college were wiped out or we do not…Either we turn on liberal institutions, including the Democratic Party, which collaborate with these corporations or we do not. Either we accept that the age of political compromise is dead, that the corporate systems of power are instruments of death that can be fought only by physical acts of resistance or we do not.