There are so many videos on YouTube of speeches by the great Chris Hedges. You can have a field day watching them. I feel honored that I’ve met Hedges and broken bread with him several times. He is one of the most upstanding, virtuous people I have ever met. He is a poet, a philosopher, a visionary, a historian, a Cassandra for our age.
His books are as infuriating as they are inspiring. And if you don’t read his weekly column at Truthdig or Nation of Change or Truthout — well, put the New York Times and Washington Post aside once in a while and read somebody with integrity, somebody who doesn’t suck up to power, who is unafraid to tell the unvarnished truth. If you have time to read a mainstream newspaper or watch network TV, you have time to read Hedges. The following quotation comes around 3:30 into the clip:
“How do you revolt?
“. . . I want people to understand when you seriously revolt what the state does to you.
“. . . revolt itself is a moral imperative. That asking the question as to whether it can succeed is the wrong question. Revolt is not finally about what we achieve . . . revolt is about what we become.
“. . . I don’t fight fascists because finally I believe that I will win. I fight fascists because they are fascists.”
(Originally posted at ABombazine)