Chris Hedges’s Endgame Strategy: Why The Revolution Must Start In America

Synopsis via The Raw Story:

Pulitzer-winning author and former New York Times reporter Chris Hedges has a revolutionary worldview. In the video below, his recent “Endgame Strategy” piece for AdBusters is read aloud by George Atherton. His conclusions are chilling, but not entirely hopeless. “We will have to take care of ourselves,” he wrote. “We will have to rapidly create small, monastic communities where we can sustain and feed ourselves. It will be up to us to keep alive the intellectual, moral and cultural values the corporate state has attempted to snuff out. It is either that or become drones and serfs in a global corporate dystopia. It is not much of a choice. But at least we still have one.

Here’s Chris Hedges’ article in AdBusters:

The unrest in the Middle East, the convulsions in Ivory Coast, the hunger sweeping across failed states such as Somalia, the freak weather patterns and the systematic unraveling of the American empire do not signal a lurch toward freedom and democracy but the catastrophic breakdown of globalization. The world as we know it is coming to an end. And what will follow will not be pleasant or easy.

The bankrupt corporate power elite, who continue to serve the dead ideas of unfettered corporate capitalism, globalization, profligate consumption and an economy dependent on fossil fuels, as well as endless war, have proven incapable of radically shifting course or responding to our altered reality. They react to the great unraveling by pretending it is not happening. They are desperately trying to maintain a doomed system of corporate capitalism. And the worse it gets the more they embrace, and seek to make us embrace, magical thinking …

Piece continues at AdBusters.

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  • kev

    truueeeee braaaaa

  • kev

    truueeeee braaaaa

    • GoodDoktorBad

      Saaaay whaaaa?

      • kev

        to easy

    • A. Sexy

      at first i was like mer =|  then i was like mer =)

  • Anonymous

    Saaaay whaaaa?

  • A. Sexy

    at first i was like mer =|  then i was like mer =)

  • Anonymous

    It’s seems likely that the millions who are in jeopardy will likely turn on each other for food etc. before they turn on the real culprits. We have been divided and we let it happen. This realization is so frightening that the slaves will turn on each other before they turn on their masters. It’s all part of the plan. Those in power no longer have much use for those who built the world they plan on inheriting. 

    So, stick together people. Be not divided by petty differences and monetary lack. As it has always been, survival is your responsibility and we need each other to survive. The extreme hoarding of resources by selfish individuals will eventually lead to their down fall. Do not play into the plan of the elite. They want us to kill each other. 

  • GoodDoktorBad

    It’s seems likely that the millions who are in jeopardy will likely turn on each other for food etc. before they turn on the real culprits. We have been divided and we let it happen. This realization is so frightening that the slaves will turn on each other before they turn on their masters. It’s all part of the plan. Those in power no longer have much use for those who built the world they plan on inheriting. 

    So, stick together people. Be not divided by petty differences and monetary lack. As it has always been, survival is your responsibility and we need each other to survive. The extreme hoarding of resources by selfish individuals will eventually lead to their down fall. Do not play into the plan of the elite. They want us to kill each other. 

    • DeepCough

       Well, if the Egyptian pyramids are any indication, civilization seems more like it was a Ponzi scheme from the get-go.

  • your friend

    im going to learn how to grow crops in a smaller scale, and how to farm fish in small ponds. 

  • your friend

    im going to learn how to grow crops in a smaller scale, and how to farm fish in small ponds. 

  • DeepCough

     Well, if the Egyptian pyramids are any indication, civilization seems more like it was a Ponzi scheme from the get-go.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    Such a soothing voice brings us important words

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    Such a soothing voice brings us important words

  • bobbiethejean

    I read Hedges’ Death of the Liberal Class. It was brilliant and very important, I believe. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bobbie-Jean-Pentecost/100000391760333 Bobbie Jean Pentecost

    I read Hedges’ Death of the Liberal Class. It was brilliant and very important, I believe. 

  • Eldritch

    Project Mayhem is on its way

  • Eldritch

    Project Mayhem is on its way

  • kev

    to easy

  • Guest

    “We have to Fight them ☪ver there so we d❒n’t have to Fight ✞hem over here” George W. Bush

  • Guest

    “We have to Fight them ☪ver there so we d❒n’t have to Fight ✞hem over here” George W. Bush

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BGC74PN5IRPQVK2PNJUVR5MUJQ Devros

    While much of this is true enough, I am properly suspicious of people who use the term “monastic” as if it meant something good, and the phrase “moral and cultural values” is dripping with conformity and the Romanesque/Anglican caste system which started us down this road to begin with.

    I agree we need to grow our own food, but not using the labor-intensive techniques that peasants use to grow their own food. We need to eliminate disposal products and sharply control the use of many common industrial chemicals, certainly. It is not, and will never be, scientifically true to say we need to massively decrease our standard of living. We could actually produce far more electricity than we already are by using more advanced, and more localized, power generation techniques. Localizing production of food and electricity is logical sense, why this has to be “monastic” I cannot see. People who love to party can service a hydrogen fuel cell or repair solar cells just as well as people who are “monastic”. 

    Culturally, many people are more like the tribes that Christianity conquered than they are like the cultures who conquered them. When people say “traditional”, they always seem to mean the traditions we were forced to adopt by the people who made our ancestors into serfs than the traditional cultures of our ancestors before they were conquered. When we’re talking about “westerners”, they never mean the traditional cultures of the Celts, Picts, Minoans, or other civilizations which had great advancements while still having a great degree of personal freedom. They always mean what the Romans and other conquering powers tried to make us into. My “traditional culture” is one of resistance to Christianity, not obedience to it.    

    A similar substitution is usually occurring when we’re talking about non-westerners as well. 

    We need self-supporting communities, that’s very true. It is NOT true that we have live like medieval peasants to accomplish this.

    As for the frequently discussed “Revolution”: We’d have revolted a long time ago if we could. First to enforce Prohibition and now for the purposes of anti-terrorism, we’ve larger and larger domestic police armies, and financed the construction of larger and larger prisons to house Prohibition offenders. As workers made consistently smaller percentages of all earned income, while rent, insurance, and transportation costs soared, more and more of the population tried to make extra money by selling sex and drugs, which no amount of crackdowns will reduce the demand for. When they ran out of prison space, they began allowing corporate-owned prisons. When those filled up, they began keeping people in “tent city” prison camps.

    We simply do not possess the means to revolt, no matter how bad things get. WWI showed the total futility of using waves of infantry against fortified positions which had 20th century weapons. Send 30,000 troops against an artillery position with a machine gun nest providing cover fire, and you get 30,000 dead bodies.
    The demon Stalin showed that because modern cities don’t produce their own food, you can just surround them with your armies and 40 days later the city will fall.  

    People in the revolutionary movements of the 1960’s and ’70’s mistakenly believed they could defeat the entrenched centralized authority using the kind of tactics which brought down governments from the 18th to early 20th centuries. The modern Cold War state cannot be toppled by such tactics.

    So, to break things down for you:
    1) Frontal assaults by those who can’t afford to buy political representation won’t work; well-equipped military and police forces will slaughter them.

    2) Declaring local autonomy won’t work; they’ll surround you with their forces and run a blockade until you starve.

    3) Infiltration wars and covert ops won’t work; the enemy can massively outspend you and create a hundred cells for every one you can make. After years of fighting a failing struggle, the would-be
    revolutionaries of the later 20th century sometimes attempted to win through terror tactics such
    as placing bombs among their masters’ civilian infrastructure, which of
    course cost them all popular support, even when their causes were just. If you switch to terror tactics, not only will you lose, but you’ll DESERVE to lose. Planting bombs or assassinating evil leaders WILL NOT bring about social or political change, it will just create justifications for more and more politically-motivated crackdowns. 

    Yes, the revolution needs to start here. Unfortunately, our own police and military will take up arms against us to protect that tiny minority, the ruling class. So much of our economy has been devoted to building police forces and armies that we could never win. 

    Like I said, we’d have revolted by now if we could.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BGC74PN5IRPQVK2PNJUVR5MUJQ Devros

    While much of this is true enough, I am properly suspicious of people who use the term “monastic” as if it meant something good, and the phrase “moral and cultural values” is dripping with conformity and the Romanesque/Anglican caste system which started us down this road to begin with.

    I agree we need to grow our own food, but not using the labor-intensive techniques that peasants use to grow their own food. We need to eliminate disposal products and sharply control the use of many common industrial chemicals, certainly. It is not, and will never be, scientifically true to say we need to massively decrease our standard of living. We could actually produce far more electricity than we already are by using more advanced, and more localized, power generation techniques. Localizing production of food and electricity is logical sense, why this has to be “monastic” I cannot see. People who love to party can service a hydrogen fuel cell or repair solar cells just as well as people who are “monastic”. 

    Culturally, many people are more like the tribes that Christianity conquered than they are like the cultures who conquered them. When people say “traditional”, they always seem to mean the traditions we were forced to adopt by the people who made our ancestors into serfs than the traditional cultures of our ancestors before they were conquered. When we’re talking about “westerners”, they never mean the traditional cultures of the Celts, Picts, Minoans, or other civilizations which had great advancements while still having a great degree of personal freedom. They always mean what the Romans and other conquering powers tried to make us into. My “traditional culture” is one of resistance to Christianity, not obedience to it.    

    A similar substitution is usually occurring when we’re talking about non-westerners as well. 

    We need self-supporting communities, that’s very true. It is NOT true that we have to live like medieval peasants to accomplish this.

    As for the frequently discussed “Revolution”: We’d have revolted a long time ago if we could. First to enforce Prohibition and now for the purposes of anti-terrorism, we’ve larger and larger domestic police armies, and financed the construction of larger and larger prisons to house Prohibition offenders. As workers made consistently smaller percentages of all earned income, while rent, insurance, and transportation costs soared, more and more of the population tried to make extra money by selling sex and drugs, which no amount of crackdowns will reduce the demand for. When they ran out of prison space, they began allowing corporate-owned prisons. When those filled up, they began keeping people in “tent city” prison camps.

    We simply do not possess the means to revolt, no matter how bad things get. WWI showed the total futility of using waves of infantry against fortified positions which had 20th century weapons. Send 30,000 troops against an artillery position with a machine gun nest providing cover fire, and you get 30,000 dead bodies.
    The demon Stalin showed that because modern cities don’t produce their own food, you can just surround them with your armies and 40 days later the city will fall.  

    People in the revolutionary movements of the 1960’s and ’70’s mistakenly believed they could defeat the entrenched centralized authority using the kind of tactics which brought down governments from the 18th to early 20th centuries. The modern Cold War state cannot be toppled by such tactics.

    So, to break things down for you:
    1) Frontal assaults by those who can’t afford to buy political representation won’t work; well-equipped military and police forces will slaughter them.

    2) Declaring local autonomy won’t work; they’ll surround you with their forces and run a blockade until you starve.

    3) Infiltration wars and covert ops won’t work; the enemy can massively outspend you and create a hundred cells for every one you can make. Communications are tightly monitored (lots of bad guys will probably read my angry posts at some point), and most media assets are owned by a small handful of people who are dedicated to the rest of the ruling class.

    4) Dirty fighting with bombers and assassins won’t work. After years of fighting a failing struggle, the would-be revolutionaries of the later 20th century sometimes attempted to win through terror tactics such as placing bombs among their masters’ civilian infrastructure, which of course cost them all popular support, even when their causes were just.
    If you switch to terror tactics, not only will you lose, but you’ll DESERVE to lose. Planting bombs or assassinating evil leaders WILL NOT bring about social or political change, it will just create justifications for more and more politically-motivated crackdowns. 

    Yes, the revolution needs to start here. Unfortunately, our own police and military will take up arms against us to protect that tiny minority, the ruling class. So much of our economy has been devoted to building police forces and armies that we could never win. 

    Like I said, we’d have revolted by now if we could.

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