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Sat Dec 8, 2012, 09:06 AM

Chris Hedges lecture, "Occupy the Future," at MIT





Published on Dec 6, 2012

Author-activist Chris Hedges discusses how problems with the current political system sparked the Occupy movement and where the movement is going. Co-sponsored by Boston Review and MIT's Political-Science department, the presentation was part of the "Ideas Matter" series (www.bostonreview.net/ideasmatter); joining Hedges on the panel were Debra Satz, J. Phillip Thompson, and Nadeem Mazen.
The MIT press will soon release a book of essays called "Occupy the Future."



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Reply Chris Hedges lecture, "Occupy the Future," at MIT (Original post)
marmar Dec 2012 OP
DhhD Dec 2012 #1
cantbeserious Dec 2012 #2
Overseas Dec 2012 #3
sally5050 Dec 2012 #4
femrap Dec 2012 #5
RBInMaine Dec 2012 #6
RBInMaine Dec 2012 #7
marmar Dec 2012 #8
fasttense Dec 2012 #9

Response to marmar (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 11:51 AM

1. November 2010: Americans sent a new batch of extremist to Congress.

Did it happen again in November 2012? A new Amendment to the Constitution could make Senators face their voting record with their constituents and other candidates. Voters could and can pay better attention to what the future results could be. They could and should pay better attention to House candidates in the two years leading to the coming Primary.

Americans need to pay close attention NOW. Only a few states can have a Senatorial Recall and reelection; according to their state law. Maybe we need to have a Amendment in which Senators have a two year term and no more that 3 two year terms. In my opinion, answering about your voting record would replace excessive campaign spending and uncontrolled campaign spending; at least for a while.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 12:48 PM

2. Very Good Summation Of American Discontent And The Sources Of That Discontent

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 12:50 PM

3. K&R. He tells it like it is.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 01:36 PM

4. I love Chris Hedges

 

especially the jab at hedge funds who are on the boards of trustees of schools like MIT.

His jab at charter schools. He grasps in the most elemental way exactly how profound our corporatocracy has advanced to the point of no return.

My only desire is to hear Chris give the us and the occupy movements more direction in future civil disobedience actions we can do to start moving the needle back in favor of the citizens.

I like the transition town movements. It's disconnecting from the power structures that Chris speaks of and puts power back in the hands of local citizens. I have to believe local and sustainability and climate focused community discussions such as happens in the thousands of transition towns all over the world is one of the best most inspiring ways to fight back. YES magazine gives us many powerful positive ideas for resisting while reconstituting our lives around our dream careers without working as wage slaves in a corporate state.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 02:11 PM

5. 'Step out of that

 

paradigm and become a pariah.' ( at 5:20) Like Noam Chomsky and Ralph Nader. So a pariah is a good thing.

Thanks Chris.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 08:05 PM

6. Occupy the voting booth and quit wasting time squating illegally in parks.

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Sat Dec 8, 2012, 08:18 PM

7. Too much purist mishmash though. Occupying and dirtying up parks is a WASTE OF TIME. USELESS. It

does not solve a single thing. NOTHING. If he isn't happy, let him run for office. Let him write new laws. And this NONSENSICAL purist crap and Obama-bashing, as though Obama is worse than Bush, is just STUPID. Yes, STUPID. It totally disregards point upon counter point. Again Hedges, if you aren't happy, RUN FOR OFFICE and prove that YOU can do better. And NADER IS WHACKY ! He ran for President time and again like a looney tooney. He had NO hope in hell. And Nader DISGUSTINGLY and KNOWINGLY took right wing money in his campaigns and claimed even right wingers were with him when what they were really doing was trying to siphon off Democratic votes. SHAME ON KOOKY NADER !

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Mon Dec 10, 2012, 12:28 PM

9. No protest is a waste of time.

Every single protest even the stupid ones done by Teabaggers have immediate and effective results. They change the political conversation. They focus attention on specific issues. They reveal the nature of the opposition. They display the powers that be's method of fighting. They define the boundaries of the fight.

Protest is the only method remaining to affect change.

When voting machines are routinely rigged while the voting populace pretends otherwise, when our democracy is set up as a winner take all system for 2 parties, when minority opinions overturn majority votes in law making, when a rogue Supreme Court can dispense with vote counting and declare their pet the winner, then you should NOT count on the political system to solve the problem and running for election is merely a pantomime.

All major change that has occurred in the United States started with protests and movements. Change never comes from within the political parties or from within the US democratic system. It has always come from the outside and protesting is the only way to get it heard especially with a captured media.

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