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Chris Hedges: Time to Get Crazy

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Chris Hedges: Time to Get Crazy

Native Americans' resistance to the westward expansion of Europeans took two forms. One was violence. The other was accommodation. Neither worked. Their land was stolen, their communities were decimated, their women and children were gunned down and the environment was ravaged. There was no legal recourse. There was no justice. There never is for the oppressed. And as we face similar forces of predatory, unchecked corporate power intent on ruthless exploitation and stripping us of legal and physical protection, we must confront how we will respond.

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The article makes some interesting points, but you'll need to sift out some of the hyperbole.

E.g., I'm certain the planet will remain intact, whether or not "civilization" does.  Roll Eyes

 

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Comments

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Comment by scorpio - July 2, 2012, 11:45 am
careful,you're getting close to advocating anarchy,which is an arrestable,felony.
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TenajComment by Tenaj - July 2, 2012, 1:14 pm
Taken from the article......

"Native societies, in which people redistributed wealth to gain respect, and in which those who hoarded were detested, upheld a communal ethic that had to be obliterated and replaced with the greed, ceaseless exploitation and cult of the self that fuel capitalist expansion.
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Rick GComment by Rick G - July 2, 2012, 1:15 pm
@scorpio: Anarchy literally means 'without ruler'. It doesn't mean crazy people rioting in the streets. That's the definition your brainwashers would have you think it is. It is not an arrestable felony to propose a society without rulers.
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time*treatComment by time*treat - July 2, 2012, 2:10 pm
@scorpio: If linking to an article constitutes advocating whatever another reader imagines is in it, we're too far down the path to even make it worth trying to turn around.
What would those kinds of people do with all that new freedom and self-responsibility?
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Comment by scorpio - July 2, 2012, 2:53 pm
measured objectively,what a man can wrest from Truth by passionate striving is utterly ifinitesimal.
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rdgrnrComment by rdgrnr - July 2, 2012, 4:54 pm
I see scorpio has found a book of quotes.
Unfortunately, he has been using them indiscriminately in all the blogs without regard to context.
A true lamebrain.
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MADDOG10Comment by MADDOG10 - July 2, 2012, 4:55 pm
@scorpio;
well then i guess your potus never ventured upon that did he..!
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Comment by scorpio - July 2, 2012, 5:52 pm
i see now why our house in congress is so screwed up,they are wrong but refuse to be right.is that what the far right means,right even when you're wrong.hmmm!
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MADDOG10Comment by MADDOG10 - July 2, 2012, 6:22 pm
Only with stymied cases.. How can WE respond.
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sully16Comment by sully16 - July 2, 2012, 8:31 pm
Couldn't get the link, but being Indian and spending my entire life , learning our ways, I can most certainly tell you there was political hierarchy in the tribes, most had some values that were matriarchal, some areas in the day to day functions were patriarchal,
The Sioux tribe had what was known as shirt wearers, Crazy Horse being one of the most notable,
the shirts were given to people who showed extraordinary leadership, bravery, war tactics , spiritualality.
Most tribes honored wealth, the more horses you had, the more you were respected.
If you wanted to marry, you had to compensate the womens family, trust me, it had better be good. IOU'S WERE UNHEARD OF.
There was not much respect for a man who could not provide for his wife, poor hunting skills were not rewarded.
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time*treatComment by time*treat - July 2, 2012, 9:11 pm
Wait, "poor hunting skills" wasn't the phrase for "vegetarian"? ;-)
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sully16Comment by sully16 - July 2, 2012, 9:16 pm
Indians back then had no use for laziness, took everyone to chip in and insure the survival of the group.
Vegans,,,,LOL, H*LLLLL NO.

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