After Chris Hedges finished speaking at the 2012 Left Forum in New York City, my comrade Dusty and I caught up with him at a nearby coffee shop. We of course spoke about the environmental crisis, and we also explored Chris Hedges’ views on nonviolence.
Since the recent controversy over his statements about black bloc, some have been quick to dismiss Chris Hedges altogether. I don’t believe that this is the best way to handle him and his views. You may not agree with his strategies and pronouncements, but Chris Hedges raises some valid points that we must grapple with, especially since they are views shared by a large number of people in this country. There exist certain “facts on the ground”, like it or not. Is violent struggle feasible in a heavily militarized and policed “totalitarian state” (as Hedges refers to the U.S.)? Can we build an effective resistance movement without mass public support? We must wrestle with these difficult issues if we want to take our movements forward. Hear him out and make up your own mind.
Listen to the interview via Deep Green Philly
Chris Hedges spent two decades as a foreign reporter covering wars in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. His latest books are Death of the Liberal Class, and The World as It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress.
Chris Hedges: Our True Power Comes From Our Powerlessness (speech at the Left Forum 2012)