“Is there any scenario you see that will return the government to the people?”
“Mass (nonviolent) protests that begin to scare the hell out of these people and begin to disrupt systems that they care about. That really is the only solution. I think they are very fragile. I think internally they know how corrupt they are, which is why they passed the NDAA (National Defence Authorisation Act) because they want to be able to pull the military on the streets because I don’t think ultimately they can trust the police to protect them.
And those are the sentiments of a dying elite.
So I think when we begin to organise against all the formal structures of power, I think that they may crumble as the Stasi state in East Germany, which when I was in East Germany, appeared monolithic, fell in about a week and it fell in a week because Honecker, Erich Honecker, the dictator for 19 years, sent an elite paratroop division down to Leipzig to fire on 70,000 demonstrators, and they refused to do it. And after that in the same way that the Czar sent the Cossacks in to crush the Petrograd bread riots and they fraternised with the crowd, both Honecker and the Czar only lasted another week in power. And once the foot soldiers of the elite will not protect the elite, they’re done.
And that’s why we have to be nonviolent, because ultimately what we are doing is trying to create a paralysis within systems of power, whereby we speak truth, we appeal to conscience, we expose corruption, fraud, lies by those in power so that when those forces are called into the street to stop us, they refuse to do so.
That’s how all revolutions happen. And that’s really in the end what I’m calling for.
I’m calling for the (nonviolent) overthrow of this system. Let me say that again for Homeland Security. I mean that’s what I am doing. I’m calling for it through nonviolent means, through mass protests, because as a father of four children, I know that if we don’t stop these forces, they will kill us. They will destroy the ecosystem on which the human species and my children will depend for their life. And that is really the stakes that lie before us and why there is an imperative for all of us to take risks. And I don’t like going to jail as I have. Going to jail is more time than I care to donate to my government. But it really is the only option left, because if we fail at this, then it’s not just this particular civilisation that will be extinguished, but human habitation”
To watch the full episode of this interview with Chris Hedges:
Here Chris Hedges talks about the corporate coup d’etat which has occurred in slow motion globally and what we need to do now. “The time for talking is over. We don’t have any more time for talk. Now it’s about action”
Christopher Lynn Hedges is an American journalist, author of numerous books, and war correspondent, specializing in American and Middle Eastern politics and societies. Hedges is known as the best-selling author of “War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning” (2002), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Non-fiction. He is a Pulitzer prize recipient. Chris Hedges is currently a senior fellow at The Nation Institute in New York City. He writes a weekly column for Truthdig here. Please note most of the links contained in this post are links to Chris Hedges’ essays or interviews on particular topics.