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Friday, September 30, 2011

"I Came Here To Write" - Chris Hedges On #OccupyWallStreet

[Update: Kevin Gosztola addresses the naysayers accusing #OccupyWallStreet as being "goal-less" in The Goal and Message of Occupy Wall Street.]

Last Sunday, Chris Hedges dropped in on #OccupyWallStreet at "Liberty Square" (YouTube above), and amidst the valuable thoughts he shared, he announced, "I came here to write."

And write he did. The essay, The Best Among Us, was filed yesterday at TruthDig, and it's a beautiful stream-of-consciousness piece that will fill anyone's heart (who is on the correct side of the barricades, of course). Treat these excerpts as mere teasers, you really must go read the whole thing.
There are no excuses left. Either you join the revolt taking place on Wall Street and in the financial districts of other cities across the country or you stand on the wrong side of history. Either you obstruct, in the only form left to us, which is civil disobedience, the plundering by the criminal class on Wall Street and accelerated destruction of the ecosystem that sustains the human species, or become the passive enabler of a monstrous evil...

...To be innocent in times like these is to be a criminal...

Choose. But choose fast...

...They have their fangs deep into your necks. If you do not shake them off very, very soon they will kill you...

Those on the streets around Wall Street are the physical embodiment of hope. They know that hope has a cost, that it is not easy or comfortable... This is what it means to be alive. They are the best among us.
[emphasis mine]

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