The arrest, Thursday, of Chris Hedges along with fifteen other protesters in front of the Goldman Sachs offices in Manhattan, signals further exposure of the fangs of fascism lurking not-so-stealthily beneath the cover of our self-proclaimed democratic republic. The fraud, conspiracy, terrorism, and criminal belligerence engaged in by this and previous administrations should not go unpunished. The repeated use of force to silence thoughtful and largely conscientious voices is itself criminal, no less so than the torture and murder of civilians across MENA. What happened to the right of free speech in the homeland… or did it never really exist here? Was that “right” merely allocated to the landed-aristocracy, the wealthy class, and more recently, to the corporations (or super-citizens), by our aristocratic founding fathers and their well-heeled progeny?
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