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The Folly of Christopher Hedges

from Nihilo Zero Often, when describing the inevitable scenes of major protests in the United States, I evoke the image of a person who has lost a brother in Iraq, a person who has also lost a sister to the trumped up drug war, whose father had his job outsourced, whose mother had her pension gambled away by speculators, whose grandmother lost her home of 50 years because she missed a mortgage payment, and whose grandfather died of industrial poisoning and couldn’t afford health care. And make no mistake… variants … Continued


Concerning the Violent Peace Police by David Graeber

from n+1 An open letter to Chris Hedges I am writing this on the premise that you are a well-meaning person who wishes Occupy Wall Street to succeed. I am also writing as someone who was deeply involved in the early stages of planning Occupy in New York. I am also an anarchist who has participated in many Black Blocs. While I have never personally engaged in acts of property destruction, I have on more than one occasion taken part in Blocs where property damage has occurred. (I have taken … Continued


Hedge’s Hypocrisies: The Surgeons of Occupy

from Counterpunch by PETER GELDERLOOS In his February 6 article entitled, “The Cancer of Occupy,”Chris Hedges attempts to analyze the political beliefs and practices of the black bloc, a group he characterizes as the scourge of the Occupy movement. Although Mr. Hedges evidently conducted at least a little to research his article, he does not quote a single proponent or participant of a black bloc, neither within the Occupy movement nor from any of the many other black blocs that have been organized in the United States. Such research would … Continued


Chris Hedges’ Very Public Meltdown

From Daily Kos Many people have been taken aback by Chris Hedges’ vehement and incendiary denunciation of “the Black Bloc anarchists” in his latest Truthdig effort titled “The Cancer in Occupy.” While Hedges has long been known for pulling no rhetorical punches when it comes to the High and the Mighty, the Ruling Elites, the Liberal Class, and so forth, this piece seems distinctly out of character for him. As a rule, he does not attack the powerless, nor does he dispute the necessity for rebels and activists to “stand … Continued


To Be Fair, He Is a Journalist: A Short Response to Chris Hedges on the Black Bloc

by Don Gato of Facing Reality It was a little weird to wake up today to an article by Chris Hedges on a website called “Truth-Out” when “truth” is in such short supply in the piece. Hedges was trained as a journalist and worked for years at such luminaries of lies like the New York Times, so it shouldn’t be a secret where he’s gotten his sensationalism, his tendency to lie, his hyperbole, and, most of all, his seeming inability to do rudimentary research. Nonetheless, when activist celebrities like Hedges … Continued


Hedging Our Bets on the Black Bloc

from infoshop news Chris Hedges has written some of the most insightful analysis of the U.S. war machine in recent years. His 2009 book “The Empire of Illusion” was an exploration of how exhibition has eclipsed truth and meaningful connection in American society. His acknowledgment of the ease in which one can buy into such spectacles is a small part of why it was so odd to read his article on Truthdig attacking both anarchists and black bloc tactics entitled “The Cancer in Occupy.” It is patently clear that Hedges’ … Continued


Chris Hedges’ Epic Fail – Solidarity with Anarchists

there is so much to laugh at in Hedges’ recent smear campaign against anarchists within the occupy movement.  Except it’s not funny; he is doing the work of the police and FBI in dividing and criminalizing certain elements of the movement. Blood will be on his hands when the OPD uses these same arguments for increasing their violent crack downs on Occupy Oakland. Yet I still have to laugh when I read his piece calling the young people who wear masks and aren’t afraid to confront the police ‘a cancer’. … Continued