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Chris Hedges: The Psychosis of Permanent War “Effectively Gets the Masses To Call For Their Own Enslavement”

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

by Michael Welch
Global Research
December 27, 2013

On this, the holiday edition of the Global Research News Hour, we present a talk by Chris Hedges.


He is also the best-selling author of several books including War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America, Death of the Liberal Class and his most recent Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt (2012) which forms the basis for the talk you’re about to hear.

Hedges’ talk centres on how radical movements have been historically dismantled by the State, including through the institution of the Liberal Class, which he calls a safety valve for preserving capitalism.

A self-described socialist, Hedges launched a law-suit in 2012 against members of the US government claiming that section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act allowed the president authority to detain suspects indefinitely without habeus corpus.


The following presentation was given at the West End Cultural Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba , Canada on September 21, 2013. CKUW and Global Research would like to thank the West End Cultural Centre, as well as Canadian Dimension Magazine and the Uniter weekly journal who sponsored Hedges’ visit to Winnipeg and supplied the audio of his talk.

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[Partial Q&A begins at 50:33 mins into the audio.]

Copyright © Michael Welch, Global Research, 2013


For non-profit use only.




Full Q&A: Chris Hedges: Only Way To Get Rich Is To Be Unethical #OWS

Pres. Barack Obama Signs H.R. 3304, #NDAA for 2014 + Ratner: Gitmo: 12 Years of US War Crimes

Chris Hedges: Resistance Quickens By Having People Who Remain Steadfast, interviewed by Derrick Jensen

Chris Hedges: Journalism is Being Pushed To the Fringes of Society

Chris Hedges: Credibility of the Ruling Elite is Being Shredded, Part 2

from the archives:

Chris Hedges: Propaganda and the Psychosis of Permanent War (same talk)

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  5. Lots of talk but no action. What is needed are suggestions to bring about solutions.

    • Funny that you should mention solutions are needed. When I post videos or articles about solutions, the views are very low.

      Check out these posts:



      http://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/tag/occupy-sandy/ Especially this one: http://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/2013/10/29/superstorm-sandy-one-year-later/

      In this talk by Hedges, he answers a question from the audience about the destruction of the Occupy Movement, and what we should now do, saying: “It means a re-creation of communities, especially on a local level.”

      Truly that is the answer. And the Occupy Movement is not dead; it has changed its tactic. It is now helping people with possible foreclosures; paying off medical debts for others; look at Occupy Sandy and what they have done locally.

      Take the initiative yourself and volunteer in your own community. Start a garden; share food with those who are hungry; learn some basic living skills and share your knowledge with others in your neighborhood.

      • I so agree, it’s down to us, wherever we are, not to assume someone else will always “do it for us….” There is no freedom without personal responsibility ~ & accountability for our own actions.

        The “buck” stops with us ~ consider that “iconic” dollar bill, what it means, what it’s for, what it can do….or cannot.

        You can’t eat it, it doesn’t make friends, it often threatens the well-being of communities, & it does not add value or give meaning to life.

        It’s just a symbolic token of (fair) exchange that has been allocated en masse, to a titanic destruction enterprise.

  6. America seems to pave the way in military on every level, strange as it is, do not seem to be able to help war returned soldiers, other than minimal responsibility, also, unable to give Americans much as they become retired from the work force and a few other problems such as health issues, although impressive when you see American might, such as fighter jets, is America similar to the body builders? that when as I have seen, pieced in the biceps, this black goo oozes out, its sort of repulsive, it all looks good on the surface but underneath the front, its all dead meat.

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