A New Book Sees Camden as a Harbinger of Unsettling Things to Come

"Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt" was written and illustrated by acclaimed journalists Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco.

By Randy LoBasso
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You do a night raid in North Philly, what’s the difference in how they look at the weapons they’re carrying from a night raid in Fallujah? None. They even dress the same: in black.

And it seems like you say in the book that the less control the state has over the people, the more they go toward this militarization of the police force.

Yeah, because they know what’s coming. And that’s why they’re gutting the legal system, so we don’t have any protection. That’s why they’re criminalizing dissent. And that’s why they’re creating, essentially, paramilitarized police units. They know, you know, you sit down with an analyst in the [National Security Agency], they’re not going to tell you anything different than what I’m telling you.

So what, if anything, do you hope to accomplish with the publication of Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt?

I want people to see what’s happening to this country. And I want people to begin to viscerally feel, from those we write about, what these corporate forces have done to us.

Chris hedges will read from Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt at the Free Library at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 21. the event is free.

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1. OtterVonBismark said... on Jun 20, 2012 at 04:30PM

“What a couple of chumps--traveling around the world and being hypercritical of places they're not from and only have a cursory knowledge about. There is beauty and strength in the toughest of neighborhoods, but it takes a lot more talent and time to write about that. It also doesn't sell as well. Shame on PW for putting this garbage on the front page--City Paper would have more insight.”

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2. ANGEL said... on Jun 20, 2012 at 04:38PM

“I live in Camden all I can say is shame on Philadelphia weekly. They should fire the editor for allowing this garbage to make the front page.”

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3. Anthony Adams said... on Jun 20, 2012 at 04:47PM

“This has got to be the most pathetic story about Camden. Philadelphia weekly has stopped to a new low. I feel sorry for journalism. Shame on Philadelphia weekly. Have you guys even been to Camden. I bet not. This is a sad attempt at trying to be like the Inquirer.”

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4. Maria said... on Jun 20, 2012 at 04:56PM

“acclaimed journalists Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco seriously what kind of crack was Randy smoking when he wrote this calling journalists Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco acclaimed is a lot like calling Lindsay Lohan an award winning actress.”

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5. Anonymous said... on Jun 20, 2012 at 06:07PM

“Norcross will soon see himself as a cursed man. Everything he has done to innocent people will soon fall back on is own family and their generations. Norcross thinks Politics are a blood sport, but he will soon see that he is going to pay for all the wrong he has done.”

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6. justine said... on Jun 20, 2012 at 07:58PM

“How great to see a publication giving voice to what is happening across America that the majority have no chance to see on our televisions or even our internet searches. Creative, heart rending and frightening, thank you for featuring this work.”

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7. Voodoo Doll said... on Jun 21, 2012 at 07:01AM

“If organized well, the people can easily come down and remove Norcross. Underground groups are forming as we speak. This has been a long time effort and there are so many people waiting to take down George E. Norcross. It's a matter of time but it is in the making and it will be the most EMBARRASSING moment for this political corrupt machine. NOBODY will want to deal with him when we get done with him. He pissed thousands of people off and they are coming for him.”

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8. Anonymous said... on Jun 21, 2012 at 02:35PM

“Perhaps critics of the article would do well to actually read the book--in which Hedges and Sacco pay great, detailed respect to the dignified and beautiful parts of each of these impoverished areas. They're drawing attention to places that deserve it--with good intention, and with knowledge far from cursory.”

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9. Joe said... on Jun 25, 2012 at 12:49PM

“If you don't believe money in politics is destroying our democracy, then you haven't been paying attention. Do you even know who has PACs, shoveling more and more money to politicians every year? Your phone company. Your cable company. Your car manufacturer. Just about every industry has large players who have PACs and use them to support politicians who vote for things that would help them, the companies, and against things that would hurt them.

Simply put: neither the Democratic nor the Republican party are interested in you anymore. Quite honestly, no party that accepts gross amounts of money from corporations or lobbyists does.

If this pisses you off because you still have a soul and conscience, and want to vote against the destruction of our political system, then vote for Green Party candidate Jill Stein in November. She's the only person who isn't going to accept this money that bastardizes our country to the point of ruin.”

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10. Anonymous said... on Jun 26, 2012 at 02:27AM

Actually, the most third world thing about the US is the Democrats running cities like Philadelphia. Corruption, incompetence, high taxes. Driving businesses out.

Corporations run Philly? That's why they just raised their highest in the nation business taxes rather than cut any spending anywhere.

But not a mention of that in this formulaic leftist drivel. These people don't let facts get in the way of their ideology.

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11. Canaan1 said... on Jul 21, 2012 at 10:59PM

“Reporting on Camden has traditionally followed a formula that benefits the journalists, a few organizations, agencies, and a few designated white heroes but does little to provide authentic insight into the issues at hand. I love Chris Hedges' politics but his reporting on Camden has been abysmal. One bright spot has got to be Miss Lolly Davis, who we all love and respect.”

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12. Judy Calabrese said... on Oct 1, 2012 at 08:43PM

“The elected officials and federal prosecutors need to stop playing lets make a deal with that corrupt political boss and grow some balls and put that scumbag George Norcross in Jail.”


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