Saturday, October 01, 2011

Quote of the Day

There are no excuses left. Either you join the revolt taking place on Wall Street and in the financial districts of other cities across the country or you stand on the wrong side of history. Either you obstruct, in the only form left to us, which is civil disobedience, the plundering by the criminal class on Wall Street and accelerated destruction of the ecosystem that sustains the human species, or become the passive enabler of a monstrous evil. Either you taste, feel and smell the intoxication of freedom and revolt or sink into the miasma of despair and apathy. Either you are a rebel or a slave.

To be declared innocent in a country where the rule of law means nothing, where we have undergone a corporate coup, where the poor and working men and women are reduced to joblessness and hunger, where war, financial speculation and internal surveillance are the only real business of the state, where even habeas corpus no longer exists, where you, as a citizen, are nothing more than a commodity to corporate systems of power, one to be used and discarded, is to be complicit in this radical evil. To stand on the sidelines and say “I am innocent” is to bear the mark of Cain; it is to do nothing to reach out and help the weak, the oppressed and the suffering, to save the planet. To be innocent in times like these is to be a criminal. . . .

– Chris Hedges
"The Best Among Us"
October 1, 2011

Recommended Off-site Links:
– an unofficial hub for all of the events springing up across the country in solidarity with
Wall Street Protest: Which Side Are You On?
– Van Jones and Max Berger (, October 1, 2011).
More Than 700 Arrested in New York Protest – Colleen Long (Associated Press, October 1, 2011).
What the Mainstream Media Aren't Telling You About American Protests
– Lisa Romero (, September 26, 2011).

Image: Steven Greaves.

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