Wed, 21 Jul 2010 18:58:50 GMT
Comment: Hey, everyone, we’re about to get started!
10:59 Chris Hedges
Wed, 21 Jul 2010 18:59:14 GMT
10:59 Question from Peter From Ontario
Wed, 21 Jul 2010 18:59:15 GMT
Comment: Hi Chris, thanks for your inspiration. Could you outline concretely how we might go about turning things around?
Wed, 21 Jul 2010 19:00:58 GMT
(Questions are staggered so Chris has a chance to answer.)
11:01 Chris Hedges
Wed, 21 Jul 2010 19:01:44 GMT
(To Peter) We have to stop believing that we can effect change through established political or social organizations or electoral politics, and I think that still remains a huge hurdle for us people who in the end, through accommodation of fear and very clever advertising, are herded like sheep into a dysfunctional system, which is how so many people who should have known better voted for Obama. The environmental crisis that we’re about to face will be even more catastrophic than the economic, and we have to, on a personal level, reconsider how we relate to the society at large and to the ecosystem. We have both personal and social decisions to make. At this point most people are not willing to make those choices or take those steps.
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Chris Hedges spent two decades as a foreign reporter covering wars in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. He has written nine books, including Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle (2009) and War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (2003).