Chris Hedges demands that you take a stand

October 4, 2011 | By | 3 Replies More

At Truthout, Chris Hedges argues that by doing nothing, you are taking the wrong position regarding the pillaging of America by predatory corporations:

To be declared innocent in a country where the rule of law means nothing, where we have undergone a corporate coup, where the poor and working men and women are reduced to joblessness and hunger, where war, financial speculation and internal surveillance are the only real business of the state, where even habeas corpus no longer exists, where you, as a citizen, are nothing more than a commodity to corporate systems of power, one to be used and discarded, is to be complicit in this radical evil. To stand on the sidelines and say “I am innocent” is to bear the mark of Cain; it is to do nothing to reach out and help the weak, the oppressed and the suffering, to save the planet. To be innocent in times like these is to be a criminal.


Category: Corporatocracy

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Erich Vieth says:

    At The Nation, Betsy Reid reminds us that even protests with well-defined messages are often ignored by the media. She thus doesn’t think much of the many claims one is hearing that those occupying Wall Street need a better honed message. In fact, she asserts that the fact that they are occupying Wall Street is a powerful message:

    But sometimes, you also need a spark. “Occupy Wall Street,” as an idea and an action, is a stroke of brilliance. It’s not poll-tested or focus-grouped, but it expresses perfectly the outrage that is the appropriate response to the maddening political situation we find ourselves in today. It succeeds as symbolic politics: taking back the square is just what we need to do.

  2. Niklaus Pfirsig says:

    There is something we all need to do. We must spread the word though the blogosphere to encourage everyone to contact their local and national media network outlets, and demand coverage of the Wall street occupation.
    When they start getting thousands of emails, letters and phone calls, NBC, ABC and CBS will wake up and and get a clue.
    Spread the word to the other blogs, lets get this going!

  3. Tige Gibson says:

    Aside from the bystander effect, this is equivalent to claiming to not be a racist. In order to truly not be a racist, one must stand up against racism. One must stand up against injustice and wealth-based discrimination.

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