Chris Hedges: It All Goes Back to World War I + Q&A

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with Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
August 20, 2012

Jun 1, 2012 by

According to Chris Hedges, liberal institutions are to blame for the downward spiral of the American political system. In his Big Thinking lecture at Congress 2012, he argues that the liberal class—the press, universities, liberal religious institutions, labour unions and the Democratic Party—have forsaken their core values and sold out to corporate interests.

Chris Hedges was a foreign correspondent for nearly two decades for The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News, The Christian Science Monitor and National Public Radio, and the author of such books as War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (2002), American Fascists (2007), I Don’t Believe in Atheists (2008) and Empire of Illusion(2009). He is a senior fellow at The Nation Institute and has taught at Columbia University, New York University and Princeton University.

[Q&A begins at 47 minutes in.]

Big Thinking lecture series – Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges spent two decades as a foreign reporter covering wars in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. His latest books are Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, Death of the Liberal Class, and The World as It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress.

From the archives:

Chris Hedges: We’ve Betrayed Our Neighbor + The Primacy of Justice + Rebellion Isn’t Going Away

Chris Hedges: Corporate Systems Commodify Everything

Chris Hedges: Corporate Capitalism Will Quite Literally Kill Us

Chris Hedges: It’s Not Our Job To Take Power, It’s Our Job To Fight Power!

The Wobblies (1979)

The Looming Collapse of the American Empire by Chris Hedges

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  9. I would like you to concentrate on the excellence, the honorableness, the goodness, the wise format of the Dr. Jill Stein the Presidential candidate for the Green Party.

    You should work on the media to include Dr. Jill Stein in the debates between the war candidates of the Republican Party and Democratic Party.

    The world needs the wisdom of Dr. Jill Stein and her running mate Cheri Honkala. The world needs a break from the constant killing and devastation of the earth and ignorance and greed of those that seek to rule and possess the world natural resources.

    I will look for a meaningful article with fresh ideas.

    Georgianne E. Matthews
    Pacific Grove, CA 93950

    • Thanks, Georgianne. I assume you are directing your comment to Chris Hedges, however, it’s very unlikely that he would be reading this blog posts’ comments.

      You could try contacting him via perhaps.

      If you want more people to vote for Stein on the Green Party, please consider helping them get ballot access to some of the states that do not have the Green Party on the ballot. See:

      As far as the debates go, it’s very unlikely that any of the third party candidates will be in any of the debates as the Republican and Democratic Parties control the debates.

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