Go Down Swinging

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This is taken from Chris Hedges, “America: The Farewell Tour” (1h 12m) by Chris Hedges (YouTube), a truly excellent talk Hedges gave at a bookstore in New York.[1]

“We’re talking about revolution, by the way – we’re talking about the overthrow[2] of the corporate state. Because these people are going to kill us, and they’re going to kill my children.

“And, in the end, these corporate forces have us, they have us by the throat – and they have my kids by the throat. And I don’t know if we’re going to win – I don’t even know if we’re going to survive as a species.

“But in the end, I don’t fight fascism because I’ll win. I fight fascists because they are fascists.

“And that moral—almost religious—quality is one that we have to embrace, what Niebuhr calls “sublime madness”. That understanding that radical evil must be opposed, even if everything around us says that we will fail.

“And, when we find that [radical evil], and we have the courage to stand up and defy it, we may not win in an ultimate sense, but we will be free.”

Amen, Chris, amen.


[1] I’m assuming it’s in NYC because of the people who asked questions. Those are New Yorkers or I’ll eat my hat.
[2] Here he joked, “for the representatives of Homeland Security here tonight, that’s ‘overthrow’, ‘O’, ‘V’, ‘E’, …”

(1h 12m)