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Karmadillo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 10:24 PM
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Chris Hedges: This Is What Resistance Looks Like (Civil Disobedience is all we have left)
http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/this_is_what_resist... /

This Is What Resistance Looks Like
Posted on Apr 3, 2011



AP / Reed Saxon
A woman who sympathizes with people whose homes have been foreclosed is arrested at a protest outside a Chase bank in Los Angeles.

By Chris Hedges

The phrase consent of the governed has been turned into a cruel joke. There is no way to vote against the interests of Goldman Sachs. Civil disobedience is the only tool we have left.

We will not halt the laying off of teachers and other public employees, the slashing of unemployment benefits, the closing of public libraries, the reduction of student loans, the foreclosures, the gutting of public education and early childhood programs or the dismantling of basic social services such as heating assistance for the elderly until we start to carry out sustained acts of civil disobedience against the financial institutions responsible for our debacle. The banks and Wall Street, which have erected the corporate state to serve their interests at our expense, caused the financial crisis. The bankers and their lobbyists crafted tax havens that account for up to $1 trillion in tax revenue lost every decade. They rewrote tax laws so the nations most profitable corporations, including Bank of America, could avoid paying any federal taxes. They engaged in massive fraud and deception that wiped out an estimated $40 trillion in global wealth. The banks are the ones that should be made to pay for the financial collapse. Not us. And for this reason at 11 a.m. April 15 I will join protesters in Union Square in New York City in front of the Bank of America.

The political process no longer works, Kevin Zeese, the director of Prosperity Agenda and one of the organizers of the April 15 event, told me. The economy is controlled by a handful of economic elites. The necessities of most Americans are no longer being met. The only way to change this is to shift the power to a culture of resistance. This will be the first in a series of events we will organize to help give people control of their economic and political life.

If you are among the one in six workers in this country who does not have a job, if you are among the some 6 million people who have lost their homes to repossessions, if you are among the many hundreds of thousands of people who went bankrupt last year because they could not pay their medical bills or if you have simply had enough of the current kleptocracy, join us in Union Square Park for the Sounds of Resistance Concert, which will feature political hip-hop/rock powerhouse Junkyard Empire with Broadcast Live and Sketch the Cataclysm. The organizers have set up a website, and theres more information on their Facebook page.

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We dont need leaders. We dont need directives from above. We dont need formal organizations. We dont need to waste our time appealing to the Democratic Party or writing letters to the editor. We dont need more diatribes on the Internet. We need to physically get into the public square and create a mass movement. We need you and a few of your neighbors to begin it. We need you to walk down to your Bank of America branch and protest. We need you to come to Union Square. And once you do that you begin to create a force these elites always desperately try to snuff outresistance.

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mitchtv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 10:27 PM
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1. K&R
so true
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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 10:33 PM
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2. Cool!
"We dont need leaders. We dont need directives from above. We dont need formal organizations. We dont need to waste our time appealing to the Democratic Party or writing letters to the editor. We dont need more diatribes on the Internet."


Reads like a formula for chaos, though the last bolded point is definitely not the stuff movements are made of.

"And once you do that you begin to create a force these elites always desperately try to snuff outresistance."

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CreekDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 03:15 AM
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16. you don't like civil disobedience
pity. it helped pave the way for one of our heroes to become president. it's a shame you now dismiss it.




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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 12:23 PM
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22. Democracy is a messy business. n/t
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sudopod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 12:28 PM
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23. So you don't liek mudkips? nt
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The Wizard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 10:34 PM
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3. The reason the Bush cartel
was able to seize power and scuttle the nation was because millions didn't get into the streets and demand a serious recount or new election. We sat by and let it happen. Granted. democraticunderground.com wouldn't have been here if we had an honest election in 2000, but we let it happen. Maybe it will take dragging Wall Street bankers into the street for summary judgement. Time will tell.
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TheKentuckian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 12:29 PM
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24. Right on, without real fear for their literal skins, there will be no progress of merit.
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jimlup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 10:35 PM
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4. Strong kick and rec!
This is what it has come down to folks. Are you ready because this is what we now have to do. We tried the other solution. It didn't work did it?
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leftstreet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 10:36 PM
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5. K&R
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wildbilln864 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 10:42 PM
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6. k&r! nt
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dixiegrrrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 10:43 PM
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7. The political process no longer works,
Edited on Mon Apr-04-11 10:49 PM by dixiegrrrrl
The economy is controlled by a handful of economic elites. The necessities of most Americans are no longer being met."

NO shit.
Added the other telling sentences from the article:

"The 10 major banks, which control 60 percent of the economy, determine how our legislative bills are written, how our courts rule, how we frame our public debates on the airwaves, who is elected to office and how we are governed."

How can anyone seriously disagree with that reality is beyond me.
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rhett o rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 10:45 PM
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8. There is a movement. Either join or go get the fock out the way. nm
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RagAss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 10:47 PM
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9. Who won the War on Terror?
Wall Street did.

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Jack Rabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 11:08 PM
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10. This is What Resistance Looks Like . . .


Houl, The Storming of the Bastille from Wikipedia (Public Domain)

This is what's left of the Bastille . . .


Photo by FLLL from Wikipedia (Creative Commons License, Attribution/Share Alike)

Now, imagine that's what's left of Wall Street

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Karmadillo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 11:10 PM
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11. +1
nt
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inna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 12:00 AM
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12. kr & thanks
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girl gone mad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 12:02 AM
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13. I agree 100%. n/t
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snot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 12:15 AM
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14. K&R'd!
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Pooka Fey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 03:12 AM
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15. K & R for a brilliant post
We dont need leaders. We dont need directives from above. We dont need formal organizations. We dont need to waste our time appealing to the Democratic Party or writing letters to the editor. We dont need more diatribes on the Internet. We need to physically get into the public square and create a mass movement. We need you and a few of your neighbors to begin it. We need you to walk down to your Bank of America branch and protest. We need you to come to Union Square. And once you do that you begin to create a force these elites always desperately try to snuff outresistance.

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sabrina 1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 04:57 AM
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17. K & R n/t
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NoBlueDogs Donating Member (28 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 05:01 AM
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18. Here's where to send donations to help these guys.
https://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/1312/t/9277/shop/...

Time to stop talking. Time to take action.
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Hotler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 08:31 AM
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19. k&r n/t
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AllyCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 12:20 PM
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20. I fear you are right. Lots more has to happen to change the coup taking place
How many bail postings can the average worker afford though?
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 12:22 PM
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21. He's right. Again. n/t
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Shagbark Hickory Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 12:30 PM
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25. Why is she being hauled away in handcuffs?
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