Chris Hedges: Why I’m Voting Green

Chris Hedges at TruthDig:

The November election is not a battle between Republicans and Democrats. It is not a battle between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. It is a battle between the corporate state and us. And if we do not immediately engage in this battle we are finished, as climate scientists have made clear. I will defy corporate power in small and large ways. I will invest my energy now solely in acts of resistance, in civil disobedience and in defiance. Those who rebel are our only hope. And for this reason I will vote next month for Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate, although I could as easily vote for Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party. I will step outside the system. Voting for the “lesser evil”—or failing to vote at all—is part of the corporate agenda to crush what is left of our anemic democracy. And those who continue to participate in the vaudeville of a two-party process, who refuse to confront in every way possible the structures of corporate power, assure our mutual destruction.

All the major correctives to American democracy have come through movements and third parties that have operated outside the mainstream. Few achieved formal positions of power. These movements built enough momentum and popular support, always in the face of fierce opposition, to force the power elite to respond to their concerns. Such developments, along with the courage to defy the political charade in the voting booth, offer the only hope of saving us from Wall Street predators, the assault on the ecosystem by the fossil fuel industry, the rise of the security and surveillance state and the dramatic erosion of our civil liberties.

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any,” Alice Walker writes.

It was the Liberty Party that first fought slavery. It was the Prohibition and Socialist parties, along with the Suffragists, that began the fight for the vote for women and made possible the 19th Amendment. It was the Socialist Party, along with radical labor unions, that first battled against child labor and made possible the 40-hour workweek. It was the organizing of the Populist Party that gave us the Immigration Act of 1924 along with a “progressive” tax system. And it was the Socialists who battled for unemployment benefits, leading the way to the Social Security Act of 1935. No one in the ruling elite, including Franklin Roosevelt, would have passed this legislation without pressure from the outside.

“It is the combination of a social movement on the ground with an independent political party that has always made history together, whether during abolition, women’s suffrage or the labor movement,” Stein said when I reached her by phone as she campaigned in Chicago. “We need courage in our politics that matches the courage of the social movements—of Occupy, eviction blockades, Keystone pipeline civil disobedience, student strikes, the Chicago teachers union and more. If public opinion really mattered in this race, we [her presidential ticket] would win. We have majority support in poll after poll on nearly all of the key issues, from downsizing the military budget and bringing the troops home, to taxing the rich, to stopping the Wall Street bailouts, to breaking up the banks, to ending the offshoring of jobs, to supporting workers’ rights, to increasing the minimum wage, to health care as a human right, through Medicare for all. These are the solutions a majority of Americans are clamoring for.”

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6 thoughts on “Chris Hedges: Why I’m Voting Green

  1. FAN of Dr. STAN

    The “Lesser” of Two Crooked Politicians Is Still A Crooked Politician-

    RT Presents Final US Presidential Debate Nov.5 –

    Carbon Wow from New World Order Solutions – –

    “The largest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy and prosperity,” warns Czech President Vaclav Klaus, “is no longer socialism. It is, instead, the ambitious, arrogant, unscrupulous ideology of environmentalism.”

    The only risk to? the biosphere we live in is vermon like David Rockefeller, these nazis need to find another planet to live on.
    -infamos on youtube

    It IS time to get serious about telling the TRUTH! This hatched (FRAUD) plan is scary stuff if you pay close attention to what they say. Yes, to what THEY say! To paraphrase Reagan: Some of these (elitist environmental) KOOKS would have you and YOUR family die shivering in the dark !

    “Hundreds of billion dollars have been wasted with the attempt of imposing a Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) theory that is not supported by physical world evidences…AGW has been forcefully imposed by means of a barrage of scare stories and indoctrination that begins in the elementary school textbooks.” — Brazilian Geologist Geraldo Luís Lino, who authored the 2009 book “The Global Warming Fraud: How a Natural Phenomenon Was Converted into a False World Emergency.”

    “… when the struggle seems to be drifting definitely towards a world social democracy, there may still be very great delays and disappointments before it becomes an efficient and beneficent world system. Countless people … will hate the New World Order and will die protesting against it. When we attempt to evaluate its promise, we have to bear in mind the distress of a generation or so of malcontents, many of them quite gallant and graceful-looking people.” – H. G. Wells

    “The threat of environmental crisis is the ‘international disaster key’ to unlock the New World Order.” – Mikhail Gorbachev

    “We need to get some broad based support, to capture the public imagination… So we have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements and make little mention of any doubts… Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest.” – Stephen Schneider, Stanford Professor of Climatology, lead author of many UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports

    “Unless we announce disasters no one will listen.” – Sir John Houghton, first chairman of IPCC

    “It doesn’t matter what is true, it only matters what people believe is true.” – Paul Watson, co-founder of Greenpeace

    “We’ve got to ride this global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the right thing in terms of economic and environmental policy.” – Timothy Wirth, President of the UN Foundation

    “No matter if the science of global warming is all phony… climate change provides the greatest opportunity to bring about justice and equality in the world.” – Christine Stewart, fmr Canadian Minister of the Environment

    “The only way to get our society to truly change is to frighten people with the possibility of a catastrophe.” – emeritus professor Daniel Botkin

    “Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?” – Maurice Strong, founder of the UN Environment Programme

    “Complex technology of any sort is an assault on human dignity. It would be little short of disastrous for us to discover a source of clean, cheap, abundant energy, because of what we might do with it.” – Amory Lovins, Rocky Mountain Institute

    “Giving society cheap, abundant energy would be the equivalent of giving an idiot child a machine gun.” – Prof Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University

    “Childbearing should be a punishable crime against society, unless the parents hold a government license. All potential parents should be required to use contraceptive chemicals, the government issuing antidotes to citizens chosen for childbearing.” – David Brower, first Executive Director of the Sierra Club

    Dangerous KOOKS indeed !!! None of them worked in the fields from daylight to dark to survive and feed their children, yet that is what they call for in so many ways (an end to modern society, ALL industrialized civilizations to collapse! What is happening now?). That is a hard life, for the ones even “allowed” to reproduce.

    They learn the art of lying to change policy and INCREASE “their” taxpayer funded grant money$ ?

    “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” – Adolph Hitler

    Cooking the Figures on Climate Change:

  2. Don J. Grundmann, D.C.

    FAN of Dr. STAN – Amen Brother!!! You knocked that one completely out of the park!!!! An outstanding analysis of the lie/fraud of so-called ” Global Warming “/” Climate Change;” i.e.; GW/CC.

    As just one small but important additional observation – the ” structures of corporate power ” which Mr. Hedges imagines he is fighting are in fact the very structures, and especially PEOPLE ( Plantation Masters like Rockefeller, etc. and their lackeys like Al Gore ), which will cash in by the BILLIONS if the economic slavery of GW/CC were to succeed.

    The Green Party and Jill Stein are simply sheepherders/ground warriors for the Plantation Masters in their attempt to stop the progress of all of humanity and turn the entire world into their ” game sanctuary ” where they can rule as ” Bwana ” over their ” boys.”

    Unfortunately our public school system is churning out endless fools/drones such as Mr. Hedges who will obey without any question the propAganda that they are fed in which THE SKY IS FALLING and WE’RE ALL GOING TO DROWN WHEN THE SEAS RISE 50,000 FEET!!!!

  3. Green_Liberal

    It seems the first 2 comments are victims of misinformation. Larouchies, maybe, or perhaps just Alex Jones propaganda victims. It’s painful to watch the left/right disinformation machine divide what should be a unified people’s front. Do your own research people!

    As for Hedges, great endorsement, but it would have been more useful earlier. Maybe Hedges was hoping against hope that some kind of leverage to push Obama towards sanity would emerge.

  4. Don J. Grundmann, D.C.

    Green_Liberal – As Chairman of the Constitution Party I am putting up a $10,000 prize for anyone who can disprove the science in the book ” Climategate ” by Brian Sussman which totally exposes and destroys the fraud/lie of ” Global Warming”/”Climate Change” (GW/CC ).

    I could make it $1,000,000 and the result would be the same – believers in the Religion of GW/CC dare not debate since they know that they would be annihilated and exposed as total fools and charlatans in any such forum. Instead they, via their disinformation machine ( the Media ), declare that the debate is over and that they are totally correct.

    Since you are obviously a victim of disinformation I hence offer an opportunity to enrich the environmental cause of your choice simply by producing Al Gore to openly debate his so-called science instead of perpetually running away like the coward ( and shill for the Plantation Master controllers of the nation ) that he is.

    Of course hell will freeze over at least twice before any such event could ever possibly occur.

    For your personal recovery I recommend what is referred to as the ” Cranial Extraction Technique ” which allows the afflicted person to release their head from where it should not be anatomically located. Followers of Pope Gore and the Reigion of GW/CC are virtually 100% afflicted by this unfortunate condition which is noted for the devastating loss of critical thinking ability which accompanies it; i.e.; it is a form of functional Alzheimers.

    Don J. Grundmann, D.C. Chairman Constitution Party of California

  5. paulie Post author

    It seems the first 2 comments are victims of misinformation.

    Yep. And does anyone really think “I’ll give you $10,000 if you prove something to MY satisfaction” is valid? LOL.

    Give the money to a neutral observer or panel and let them decide who gets it at the end of the debate, then we’ll talk.

    I don’t think Hedges’ endorsement was new, although the article may have been. The campaign just highlighted it now to help increase their momentum.

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