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Chris Hedges: Blind Obedience Works Well on the Battlefield, But Not in a Peacetime Society, Part 2


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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

breakingtheset on Feb 7, 2014

Abby Martin features Part 2 of her interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Chris Hedges, discussing the unsustainable nature of the economic system, the military mind in solving world problems, and the antidote to defeatism.



Full show:

[321] Hijacking Ukraine’s Revolution, HSBC’s Laundry List, & Willful Blindness

breakingtheset on Feb 7, 2014

On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin remarks on the latest State Department scandal involving Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland discussing a regime-change strategy with US Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt. Abby then wraps up Part 2 of her interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Chris Hedges, discussing the unsustainable nature of the economic system, the military mind in solving world problems, and the antidote to defeatism. Abby then calls attention to how charges were brought against a Bitcoin executive who is accused of laundering $1 Million in the ‘black market’ yet the HSBC crime syndicate receives immunity for laundering billions of dollars for criminals and terrorists. BTS wraps up the show with an in depth interview with Margaret Heffernan, entrepreneur and author of the upcoming book ‘A Bigger Prize’ about how the notion of willful blindness inhibits humanity’s ability to grow, and how the concept of competition is more damaging than we’ve been indoctrinated to believe.


Chris Hedges: Crisis Cults and the Collapse of Industrial Civilization, Part I + Kshama Sawant’s Revolution

Howard Zinn: Historical Interpretation + Q&A (1997; must-see)

The Man From the North: Three R’s They Don’t Teach In School by Rivera Sun

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

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7 Responses

  1. As Abby says at the end of her illuminating (actually superb) interview with Margaret Herffernan ~ a lot of huge ideas, it’s time to start applying them. Beautiful.

    • I am off on this one, cannot find the Marco Rodin, reference, are you kidding David? he is eccentric, nevertheless, has had to many drugs, and now cannot find his way back, we all love your sense of humor.

      • Thanks Don, humour is probably the only thing that keeps me reasonably sane! Sometimes though it’s not even easy to smile when we are so aware of the depth of depravity that assaults us on all sides.

        The Marko (with a ‘k’) Rodin thing is a mystery to me, but sounds pretty oddball so thanks for the mention, you may be right. It was a serious question for Walter Brasch who seems to have experience and expertise in energy matters.

        • Just a query that has been on my mind for some time, in one of your articles the ending was along the lines of a golden era, it was a remarkable piece of visionary poetry, considering two thousand years ago, when Christ was around, the population of the earth was 270 million people, if a messiah came at this time when compared with now, what ever Christs message was, as now possible ambiguous, in parts, it would seem to me he meant the second coming would be more in the spirit of what Christ was about, in terms of his idea on peace, globally, considering we have for some time been under the control of a small elite who are satisfied with the present situation, I mean the destruction of people and generally the planet, do you think in terms of population ratio of then and now, that their should be accordingly and mathematically approximately thirty living messiahs today? naturally they are not able to say they are so, for reasons such as publicity and their message would be like the Beatles songs to the live audience, their voice would be drowned out, do you think you are one of the thirty? as I think this is not only possible but likely?
          Of course, part of their message is to retain their sanity in what is predominately a insane world, naturally with most of the worlds population being most likely insane, to varying degrees, this would explain your last comment on insanity, or on the verge of insanity.

          • Well that’s a very intriguing line of speculation Don. I’m not a christian believer, so I guess I’d have more of an occultist esoteric perspective, in the sense that I think many individuals around these days are avatars, whether they themselves are aware of it or no.

            One of the most persuasive TED talks I’ve heard lately was this one about creative genius http://www.ted.com/talks/elizabeth_gilbert_on_genius.html

            I’d be keen to know what you think of it, because I don’t recall ever hearing a better account of how the classical mind should be understood and its mystery of creativity or revelation, approached.

            The great philosopher-psychologist Wm James was deeply interested in this notion of genius, and I think it is arguably one of the most misunderstood realms of human conjecture.

            The mystical view is that all paths lead to a state of coherence. So in my opinion, the thing is to follow one’s Muse, and persist in our folly as Blake advised.

  2. Hedges, as usual, is correct that blind obedience is fatal to a peacetime democracy, which hasn’t exited in the U.S. since at least 1941.

    The more militarized and also distracted by ‘entertainment’ U.S. society becomes, the more blind obedience will be expected.

  3. On the topic of, blind obedience on the battlefield, as more language is used, the less it means.

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