Chris Hedges: We Must Grasp Reality to Build Effective Resistance, Part 3

Chris Hedges

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with Chris Hedges
Writer, Dandelion Salad
July 18, 2013

TheRealNews on Jul 18, 2013

In the continuation of Paul Jay’s Reality Asserts Itself interview with Chris Hedges, they discuss the fantasy that we can have everything we want and the reality of the grave dangers facing us.

Pt 3 of 7


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: Journalism Should Be About Truth, Not Career, Part 2

Chris Hedges: Urban Poverty in America Made Me Question Everything, Part 1

We Are All Aboard the Pequod by Chris Hedges

Daniel Berrigan, America’s Street Priest by Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges: Collapse of American Liberalism + Inverted Totalitarianism

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  8. We know little, what little we know is Britain had the advantage of power, generated by chance, having the natural ingredients of resources that combined gave Britain the advantage of industrial manufacturing that subsequently used to subdue most of the planet and acquiring and expanding its claim as the superior race, had any basic ingredient been missing within the borders of this island for its ferocious acquisitive appetite that having no bounds to its lust for satisfaction that could never be satiated, Other than compensatory features of men that made a contribution such as Newton, Faraday Maxwell, and it few philosophers such as Hume, Locke, Mills, Russel, and a few others, visual artists, Turner, Blake, Palmer , Shakespeare, whether they as a joint effort as a balance to a culture of unbridled violence and atrocities, remains a question of ambiguity.

    • A question of ambiguity for sure. I’m sure you’d agree everything changed in 1945.

      The transition from post-imperial to corporate neo-colonialism has been an insidious process, and we are just at the cusp of yet another complex shift of immense strategic significance. Can the biosphere endure any more toxic insults? Are we possessed of sufficient intelligence to raise the ecosystem stakes?

      I believe our world needs to recognize universal order in the form of ecological law. Law that is not only intellectually adequate all the way to the microbial realm & beyond, but is also culturally inclusive, morally honest, politically far-sighted and esoterically imaginative.

      Can we initiate, direct and refine this process now as co-creative participants in the mystery of life, or will it be done to us by the forces we have unleashed, whether we choose to accept it or not?

  9. It’s all true, and Chris delivers the hard facts; but there is always more to everything, not less. If one side of an equation gets sufficiently loaded, the other is bound to approximate to zero.

    Inverted totalitarianism, this is political reality, but the biodiverse truth of eco-systemic dynamics is more nuanced and complex than our social habits of mind shaped by received institutional architectures, particularly when explored and lensed through the mind-boggling detail of microcosmic quantum calculus and evolutionary neurobiology..

    We do not know enough yet to be really certain of anything ~ not nearly enough about microbial reciprocity and abstract forces for example, nor about the cognitive symbolic efficacy of coherent intentional actions or the extraordinarily fine and microcosmic, infinitesimally small, & intricate energy potentials of our hypothetical experimental worlds.

    We should be prepared to be surprised.

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