Chris Hedges: The Window of Opportunity For Peaceful Reform Is Diminishing

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Updated: added Parts 4 & 5 Mar. 6, 2013

with Chris Hedges
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Dandelion Salad
January 16, 2013

truthdig·Jan 16, 2013

Chris Hedges gives a talk at the Santa Fe Retreat as organized by Truthdig. [May 2012]


Chris Hedges discusses war and peace, including books he recommends at the Santa Fe Retreat hosted by Truthdig.


Chris Hedges discusses propaganda, the American corporate culture and political system.


Mar 6, 2013

Chris Hedges discusses the institutionalized education system and how race functions in modern society, followed by how Obama functions as a brand.


Mar 6, 2013

Chris Hedges discusses the rise of Occupy on Wall Street and its implications of society’s impact on future generations.


Q&A session with Chris Hedges after his talk at the Santa Fe Retreat, hosted by Truthdig.


Complete Audio of Talk:

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.


State of Fear by Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges: Third World America

from the archives:

Chris Hedges: Propaganda and the Psychosis of Permanent War

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

Daniel Berrigan, America’s Street Priest by Chris Hedges

The Power Principle: Empire – Propaganda – Apocalypse (must-see)

Where Were You When They Crucified My Movement? by Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges Booed off the Stage as He Delivered a Graduation Speech on War and Empire (2003)

Edward Bernays and the Art of Public Manipulation

11 thoughts on “Chris Hedges: The Window of Opportunity For Peaceful Reform Is Diminishing

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  5. What a superb summary of the views that Chris Hedges has been advocating so forcefully and so well, for so long.
    Whatever one may feel about anarchic tactics, I am convinced the real game changer now is climate change and environmental collapse.
    It isn’t as though this is a great mystery, it has happened in many places and on many occasions throughout recorded time; not just historically, but also biologically as evidenced in our fossil geology.
    The difference for us is that the consequences are actually global, planetary in scope; so if a sixth extinction is to be credited as plausible, the implications utterly dwarf anything we can summon to simply dent an already over-stressed political system.
    That is unprecedented; and this is what should really scare the powerful who are beginning to atrophy in their positions of privilege and social control through their tedious media trickery ~ those self-obsessed billionaire fanatics who are being inexorably squeezed and oppressed and slowly suffocating in a cosmetic hell of their own manufacture, by the relentless logic of their own corporate ideology.
    Nuclear weapons are as nothing compared to Nature’s full force, when unleashed. To witness the misfortune of others via satellite news is just another form of vicarious consumption compared to the immediate experience of elemental force, that is non-negotiable.
    This is not just a political crisis, it is the death knell for accepted civilization as we have come to understand it. The real crisis is social and moral, but first and foremost it is ecological; and for all those who have been describing it, predicting it, trying to forestall it, the time has come to implement whatever measures we can; to accommodate Nature’s power, and respect Her needs and rules. We must ignore the petty illusions of pathetic demagogues, and wherever possible prioritize our thinking and deploy our resources intelligently and instinctively, so that we may best adjust to the irrevocable flow of events, that will surely come.

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  8. Oh brother. Why don’t you take another potshot at the anarchists for having reached this conclusion years ago.. Newsflash: “peaceful reform” is a myth, since effective real reform efforts will be violently crushed by those with a vested interest in maintaining the status quo. For someone as obviously intelligent as Chris Hedges, why is this so hard to understand?

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