Retribution for a World Lost in Screens by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
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September 27, 2010

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Nemesis was the Greek goddess of retribution. She exacted divine punishment on arrogant mortals who believed they could defy the gods, turn themselves into objects of worship and build ruthless systems of power to control the world around them. The price of such hubris was almost always death.

Nemesis, related to the Greek word némein, means “to give what is due.” Our nemesis fast approaches. We will get what we are due. The staggering myopia of our corrupt political and economic elite, which plunder the nation’s wealth for financial speculation and endless war, the mass retreat of citizens into virtual hallucinations, the collapsing edifices around us, which include the ecosystem that sustains life, are ignored for a giddy self-worship. We stare into electronic screens just as Narcissus, besotted with his own reflection, stared into a pool of water until he wasted away and died.


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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, includingEmpire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle (2009) and War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (2003).


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4 thoughts on “Retribution for a World Lost in Screens by Chris Hedges

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  3. Join the Green Party Chris … it has to begin somewhere … The left needs a party unto itself … The promise of the Foundations, NGOs and Charities has been shown wanting …

    Only through the collective action of true environmentalists, the anti-war, social justice, financial reformers and the rest of the left in a cohesive, inclusive political party does the left has any chance of success.

    What you have described may come to pass … but if there is any redemption the left must seize it before the fascists expropriate the future once again …

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