Chris Hedges: Violence is our primary form of communication (must-see)

by Chris Hedges
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Dandelion Salad
May 2, 2010

[Note: The Q&A starts at 1 hour in.  Much of this speech is taken from a previous speech he gave, Chris Hedges: War is a Force that Gives us Meaning (2004; must-see; transcript)]

Chris Hedges

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May 02, 2010 — Talk by Chris Hedges author of “War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning” given April 23, 2010 at the 8th Annual Western Regional International Health Conference “War & Global Health” held at the University of WA in Seattle.


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10 thoughts on “Chris Hedges: Violence is our primary form of communication (must-see)

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  4. Mr Hedges, the USA does not “stumble into” wars – it has always worked overtime to manufacture the ‘evidence’, pretexts and propaganda deemed expedient to justify the aggressions.

    Do not whitewash this ugly truth.

    For example, the US sponsorship of declared-terrorist KLA to provoke a response then used as a pretext for NATO military aggression against Serbia.

    BTW, do you still support that warcrime?

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  6. Ariel Ky states the ideal, while the reality is far different.

    Young American men today are already conditioned to be violent, beginning with the violent toys of their younger years to the grotesque video games that feature the most disgusting acts without consequence. Did we not just see that video from Iraq where our “defenders” couldn’t wait to kill?

    I can speak for no other society on Earth, but I suspect that conditions are similar in other nations. As long as killing and destruction are honored more than peace and creativity, this isn’t going to change, and the ideals stated so eloquently by Ariel Ky will continue to be threatened.

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  8. Although this may be partially true on a national level, on a personal level, our primary form of communication is through loving touch, from the time we are babies, through friendships, marriage and relationships, and up until we die.

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