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On Civil Disobedience

I agree wholeheartedly with Chris Hedges in his recent speech in new York City that the two most destructive forces of human nature – greed and envy – drive the financiers and those who profit from our economic system. These are not white collar crimes, they are crimes against humanity.

He says, furthermore, that, "Life is not only about us. We can never have justice until our neighbor has justice. And we can never recover our freedom until we are willing to sacrifice our comfort for open rebellion." 

This is, obvious, of course.  There is no justice on one side of a disagreement.  It is like saying that only one side of a match is engaged in fair play.  The play cannot be fair until both sides are playing fair.

He says, "The president has failed us. The Congress has failed us. The courts have failed us. The press has failed us. The universities have failed us. Our process of electoral democracy has failed us. There are no structures or institutions left that have not been contaminated or destroyed by corporations."

The BPs who spill oil into our oceans and only pay a part of the doctor bills and for nothing of the ecological destruction, the doctors and pharmaceutical companies that create in 10 years a generation of people addicted to powerful painkillers, the chemical companies that manufacture genetically modified crops that act at first as pesticides and end up creating super pests and leave the people who consume their "foods" chronically ill and genetically crippled, and the financiers who create "wealth" through speculation that drives up the prices of some goods and services and creating billionaires while forcing others to plummet and ruining lives, these are the people who not only have failed us but have left our planet in a desperate state.

"Civil disobedience, which will entail hardship and suffering, which will be long and difficult, which at its core means self-sacrifice, is the only mechanism left"  It will be a long and difficult road ahead.  But we should be prepared and act with conviction, determination, and pride.

"But once we defy the religion of unfettered capitalism, once we demand that a society serve the needs of citizens and the ecosystem that sustains life, rather than the needs of the marketplace, once we learn to speak with a new humility and live with a new simplicity, once we love our neighbor as ourself, we break our chains and make hope visible." 

I have a lot of hope.  I try to live simply and with a love and passion for what is right and good.   Watch this 11 minute speech and reconsider the world we live in and what we can do to make the world an easier, more friendly, fair, just, and pleasant place to live in.  It may change your life!

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