ciwebvideos on Jul 24, 2013
Chris Hedges spoke at Friday’s Interfaith Lecture in the Hall of Philosophy. He was the last to speak on the week’s theme, “Markets and Morals.” His lecture traced the demise of liberal values in America since World War I and emphasized the importance of social movements in maintaining democracy.
Read the recap here: chqdaily.com/2013/07/21/hedges-how-do-you-make-the-power-elite-frightened-of-you/
[Q&A begins at 46 minutes into the video.]
July 21, 2013
Last year, in Hedges v. Obama, Hedges successfully sued members of the federal government for the unconstitutionality of section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act [NDAA]. However, following an appeal, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the ruling last week.
“It’s truly a frightening piece of legislation,” Hedges said.
The legislation permits the U.S. government to detain citizens who are suspected of affiliations with terrorism. Hedges is troubled by how loosely the legislation’s wording is. Furthermore, he said, in an age of permanent war, the people being held will never be released.
“As John Ralston correctly says, we have undergone a corporate coup d’etat in slow motion,” Hedges said. “And it’s over — they’ve won. We see it with the national security state, the fact that the judicial, legislative and executive branches of government have all signed off onto this egregious assault against our civil liberties.”
Updated: Aug. 19, 2013
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.