Chris Hedges: Time for Professional Revolutionaries

Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges

Why We Need Professional Revolutionists

EXTRACT

There is nothing rational about rebellion. To rebel against insurmountable odds is an act of faith. And without this faith the rebel is doomed. This faith is intrinsic to the rebel the way caution and prudence are intrinsic to those who seek to fit into existing power structures. The rebel, possessed by inner demons and angels, is driven by visions familiar to religious mystics. And it is the rebel alone who can save us from corporate tyranny. I do not know if these rebels will succeed. But I do know that a world without them is hopeless.

In the last section of my recent eight-part interview on the website The Real News with professor Sheldon Wolin, the author of “Politics and Vision” and “Democracy Incorporated,” I asked him whether it was time to begin to consider revolution.

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Nov 25

The Footbridge at Fairfax County — Reinventing Democracy

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Three weeks ago the Fairfax County Park Authority destroyed a perfectly good footbridge built by the Miller Heights Neighborhood Association over a decade ago, one of three that enabled hundreds of people and their dogs to walk the full length of the stream trail, with views of running water and birds, including our neighborhood heron, that are priceless.

Today that bridge is being rebuilt by the Park Authority and we have temporarily brought to a half the destruction of all footbridges across the County. The old policy still in force considers footbridges built by citizens (peasants with no standing under the old mind-set) to be encroachments as well as potential safety and legal liabilities.

Below, with photographs, I tell the story of how nineteen citizens, aided by interest from the Boy Scouts of America, were able to get their footbridge back and stop — at least for a time — a very destructive policy. This is a story about re-inventing democracy. How the story ends for the County at large is not yet clear but right this minute, the Chairman (Sharon Bulova), the Park Authority, the Scouts, and our engaged citizens all look good — if this goes as I hope, we will create a new national standard in hybrid governance for stream trails, anchored in a new Scout Trailkeepers Program and perhaps even a new Eagle Scout merit badge, while taking Homeowner Associations (HOA) on a political test drive, focused on substance and divorced from the two-party duopoly that could care less about citizen grass roots rights and concerns.

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Nov 24

Owl: University of Virgina Rape School — Fostering a Culture of Impunity & Entitlement Among the Rich & the Athletic

Who?  Who?

Who? Who?

The “Rape School”: University of Virginia

Bottom Line Up Front: The frat boys rape at college – regarding it as a “perk” of their social status – and are confident in knowing they will be protected at the highest levels of the Elite school from any accountability. They later go on to rape – both figuratively and literally – the organizations and public they are supposed to serve. Violently raping women at college “trains” elitist males especially – it’s part of their real education – in later learning to adjust to bombing and incinerating and destroying countries and entire peoples, or causing immense harm to their workers and communities in many ways. Allow them to do something very bad, such as rape, then it’s much less of a jump for them to do worse in large public arenas.

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Nov 23

SchwartzReport: Public vs. Corporate Priorities

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

American voters, I believe, voted based on fear, peer group pressure, racism, and fantasy. Here is a comparison of the voters’ agenda, and the agenda of the Republican leadership for whom they just voted.

NBC/WSJ Poll Reveals American’s Priorities; Guess How they Match With GOP Lawmakers’ Priorities

The new NBC/WSJ poll conducted November 14-17 provides a post election snap shot of American voter expectations, including their priorities for actions Congress should take. Can you guess how they match up with GOP Lawmaker’s priorities? It’s a real shocker folks.

The People’s agenda for Congress:

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Nov 23