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Part 2; Transcript Exclusive Chris Hedges Interview; The Template for Harvesting America, Sacrifice Zones and Blood

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This is part two of a two part transcript that's over 5000 words. 

In this interview, Chris Hedges talks about the template being used to harvest America-- at the expense of the middle class, the sacrifice zones feeling the most pain, and the blood price we've paid for the rights they are trying to take away. 

Thanks to ON volunteer Don Caldarazzo    for help with the transcription process.

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Rob Kall:
 Okay, so there were definitely problems.  How do you see the big picture evolving then, with resistance, with civil disobedience?  What are the next steps?

 

Chris Hedges: Well, it's the Ruling Class that determines the parameters of rebellion. And I've covered movements all over the world. I've covered the revolutions in Eastern Europe, I covered both of the Palestinian uprisings, the Intifadas, I covered the street demonstrations that brought down Slobodan Milosevic, I've of course covered the collapse of Yugoslavia itself. And when the ruling elite cannot respond rationally, i.e. institute mechanisms to mitigate the despair, and anger, and frustration that has been visited on the population, then there is always a backlash, but no one, not even the purported leaders of movements, have any idea, number one, what will set it off, and [two] what it will look like.  But that "something" is coming, I have no doubt, especially having spent the last two years in the poorest pockets of the United States. And I just want to throw in, that the reason I did it with Joe Sacco, and fifty pages of the book are illustrated with drawings and comic panels that outlined people's lives, give them a kind of filmic quality, is because these people are invisible, and these Sacrifice Zones are invisible, the Corporate Media, especially the airwaves, just virtually don't cover it at all.  You know, things are only getting worse. The fact that Congress refused to extend unemployment benefits means that hundreds of thousands of Americans are going to be thrust into destitution, and tens of thousands of those people are going to lose their homes.

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You know, corporations know only one word, and that's "More." And they are going to push and push and push until there is a backlash. Now, a rationale response would have included, at a minimum: a serious jobs program specially targeted at people under the age of 25, a moratorium on foreclosures and bank repossessions, a rational health care system, Medicare for all, forgiveness of student debt, that's a minimum. And we didn't get that.  We got "The Iron Fist."  We got the physical erasement of the encampments, the closure of the encampments, and absolutely not one piece of legislation that responded to the grievances that pushed people into those encampments.  So, something's coming, but you know, as a reporter I've been in the midst of these movements, and I can tell you that absolutely nobody knows. There's a kind of mysterious life force to these movements, and they take on a kind of life of their own once they start. But, you know, that it's coming, I know. But ,when it comes, what triggers it, will it be called Occupy, what will it look like, I don't know.

 

image by Joe Sacco, from the book, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt


Rob Kall: You talk in your book, you use a couple of phrases that I just want to throw out there for you to discuss a little bit: violence of poverty, internal colonies, sacrifice zones,  and  contemporary slavery in America that exists now. You talk about how there are more blacks under control now in the U.S. between prisons, parole, and probation than there were slaves ten years before the civil war.

So, violence of poverty, internal colonies, sacrifice zones, slavery, can you talk on some of those?

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Chris Hedges: Yeah, I mean this is not anything that comes as a surprise to African Americans, but once African Americans especially in the South were enfranchised, meaning they could vote, you created, starting in the 70's, this prison system, and we now have twenty-five percent of the world's prison population, that essentially disenfranchised them once again: the same kind of techniques under Jim Crow. So, I was just in Alabama; thirty-four [34] percent of black males in Alabama do not have the right to vote because they have been in prison, and that becomes a mechanism by which you keep people trapped in these "internal colonies;" they can't get a decent education, they can't find meaningful employment, and they can't leave! They don't have access to credit, and if they become too restive they get hauled off to prison.  These are visible and invisible walls that hem these people in.  Both Martin Luther King and Malcolm X spoke about this. Both of them understood that if there was not economic justice, there would never be racial justice, and while the upper third, at best, of African Americans were integrated through a kind of legal victory, as a result of the Civil Rights movement, into the economy, for the bottom two-thirds, life is worse than when King marched on Selma, and King was very cognizant of that, and his language toward the white liberal class became very bitter toward the end of his life. He, like Malcolm, was calling the "good whites" unconscious racists for refusing to provide the resources to those in the inner cities to help them live a life of dignity, and break, again, this culture of dependence that we saw on Pine Ridge and that we saw in Southern West Virginia. So, yeah, that's where these terms come from.

 

 

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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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