How To Resist Radical Evil

What if the greatest act of rebellion is choosing empathy in a world overshadowed by tyranny?

In “How To Resist Radical Evil,” narrated by Chris Hedges, the video delves into the essence of standing up against the profound injustices that permeate societies across the globe. Drawing from Hedges’ experiences as a reporter in conflict zones around the world, the narrative brings to light the stories of individuals who, across diverse backgrounds and cultures, have shown extraordinary courage and empathy in the face of oppression.

These unsung heroes, though varied in their beliefs and origins, share core traits: an unwavering dedication to truth, an intrinsic distrust of power, a profound aversion to violence, and an expansive empathy that transcends cultural and national boundaries. The video explores how these individuals embody the resistance against what Hedges terms ‘radical evil,’ a force that seeks to undermine the fabric of ethical and compassionate society.

The narrative further examines the personal cost of such resistance—how standing up for justice often means facing societal rejection, professional ruin, and even threats to one’s life. Yet, it posits that the act of resistance is not a path chosen but a mantle thrust upon those who feel a deep responsibility to their core moral values, even when pitted against overwhelming external pressures.

Through “How To Resist Radical Evil,” viewers are invited to reflect on the nature of dissent in the modern age—how it has evolved from the overt defiance of historical figures to the more nuanced, often invisible struggles of contemporary activists. The video challenges the audience to reconsider the meaning of power, success, and fulfillment, suggesting that true autonomy and social cohesion are found not in dominion or control, but in the collective struggle for a just and equitable world.

By intertwining personal narratives with broader socio-political analysis, the video offers not just a commentary on resistance, but a call to action—a reminder that empathy and kindness, especially in the face of systemic brutality and exploitation, are acts of rebellion. “How To Resist Radical Evil” serves as a beacon for those seeking to understand their role in the fight against injustice, providing insight into the indomitable human spirit’s capacity to foster change, even in the darkest of times.

In the conflicts I covered as a reporter in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and the Balkans, I encountered singular individuals of varying creeds, religions, races and nationalities who majestically rose up to defy the oppressor on behalf of the oppressed.

These individuals, despite their vast cultural differences, had common traits, a profound commitment to the truth, incorruptibility, courage, a distrust of power, a hatred of violence, and a deep empathy that was extended to people who were different from them, even the people defined by the dominant culture as the enemy. And then there are those ordinary people, who risk their lives in wartime to shelter and protect those of an opposing religion or ethnicity being persecuted and hunted.

To resist radical evil is to endure a life that by the standards of the wider society is a failure. It is to defy injustice at the cost of your career, your reputation, your financial solvency, and at times your life.

You do not become a dissident just because you decide one day to take up this most unusual career. You were thrown into it by your personal sense of responsibility combined with a complex set of external circumstances. You were cast out of the existing structures and placed in a position of conflict with them. The dissident does not operate in the realm of genuine power at all. He or she has no desire for office and does not gather votes. He or she does not attempt to charm the public. He or she can offer, if anything, only their own skin, and they offer it solely because they have no other way of affirming the truth they stand for. Their actions simply articulate their dignity as a citizen, regardless of the cost.

Empathy becomes in all despotisms a subversive act. To act on this empathy, the empathy for families terrorized by our war machine in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia, the empathy for undocumented mothers and fathers being torn from their children on the streets of our cities, the empathy for Muslims who are demonised and banned from our shores fleeing the wars we created, the empathy for poor people of color gunned down by police in our streets and locked in cages. The empathy for girls and women trafficked into prostitution, the empathy for the earth that gives us life and is being contaminated and poisoned for profit.

The most difficult existential dilemma we face is to at once acknowledge the bleakness before us and act.

Accept sorrow, for who cannot be profoundly sorrowful at the state of our nation, the world, and the planet. But know that in resistance there is a balm that leads to wisdom and if not joy a strange transcendent happiness.

The powerlessness of kindness, of senseless kindness is the secret of its immortality. It can never be conquered. This dumb blind love is humankind’s meaning.

We will find our own freedom, our autonomy, our meaning and our social bonds among those who also resist and this will allow us to endure, and maybe even triumph.

“A truly wonderful statement and picture and remembrance! Thank you for this remembrance of what matters.”

“That is absolutely the most complete and accurate statement I have ever read. My hope is for MANY MANY people to see this and share it wherever they can – people all around the world are being offered the opportunity to speak up for their right to life. May it start here with the wave around the world!”

“Peace must come before reconciliation. Justice seems to justify revenge. But this well put together video just makes me cry.”

“A commitment to the truth, a search for the truth. A powerful message indeed.”

“This resistance, acts of kindness and protests give us hope. The world will change for the better as awareness has been created.”

This is one of my favourite videos EVER. Beautiful and bittersweet like love and life itself 💜🌱🌏🐝”

“A truly wonderful statement and picture and remembrance! Thank you for this remembrance of what matters.”

“To see a video like this gives me hope and at the same time reminds me of what the hell we have become.”

“Chris Hedges is probably one of the last standing prophets of our time and I don’t use the word “prophet” in the religious sense but rather a highly spiritual one. He sees what’s coming down the pipeline.”


“Wistful” by A. Taylor

Special thanks to Chris and Eunice Wong for creating a special recording for this video.

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