April 10, 2012

Chris Hedges- The Critic, and his Critics

I'll be totally honest, I have not been a big fan of Chris Hedges until recently. I've always found him to be a bit of a defeatist, and his outlook so grim as to be disempowering, apathy-inducing, and just generally depressing.

I've met him on a few occasions prior to September 17th, 2011, and he has always been in a perpetual funk. At the Veterans for Peace 25th annual convention, he shuffled to the stage, read an article about how much everything sucks, and how things in the future are going to end in a MadMax scenario where rich people are shooting poor people from behind their wrought iron fences in their gated communities, and then shuffled back to his seat, looking down at his feet the whole time.

Since Sept 17th, 2011, Chris Hedges has been a brand new man. I've run into him a couple times in DC at Freedom Plaza since OWS started. He's got spring in his step. He's talking about things as though there is hope afterall, and as though we've actually got something worth fighting for.

I have to say, I'm a fan of this new, post-OWS Chris Hedges.

via truthdig:

Truthdig’s Chris Hedges and Kevin Zeese of Occupy DC spoke in Washington in early April to call on Occupiers everywhere to grow the movement through the use of nonviolent tactics.

Hedges enraged members of Occupy’s so-called black bloc contingent in February when he branded protesters willing to commit acts of vandalism and other violence as “cancerous.”

Such protesters make regular appearances at Hedges’ talks. A typical exchange between the author and his detractors appears below. —ARK

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