Chris Hedges: There are No Winners When People Don’t Know the Truth

Chris Hedges

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with Chris Hedges

RT on Apr 28, 2014

The crisis in Ukraine and the steadily dropping temperature in relations between Moscow and Washington made many talk about a new Cold War; and many others are worried it may turn ‘hot’. But there’s another war going on right now: the information war. US Secretary of State Kerry has already attacked RT, calling it “Putin’s propaganda machine.” But Washington itself uses dubious evidence and fake facts. What is the information war? What methods is America using? Sophie talks to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and veteran correspondent Chris Hedges.




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14 thoughts on “Chris Hedges: There are No Winners When People Don’t Know the Truth

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  8. I don’t think that the major historical problems is that people don’t know; the major problem is that people don’t WANT to know. It is not intellectual ignorance that prevents thought, but emotional denial. We ARE ignorant, God knows, but the major problem is fear of telling the subversive truth.

    Most people prefer power to truth. This is not necessarily irrational from a personal perspective since power is often much more important to survival than truth, especially career survival. But from a collective perspective, this not only reflects the nightmare of history, it has helped drive it.

    I have been thinking about this truth problem for years, which has created during the War on Terrorism what Project Censored has called the Truth Emergency. I think the only solution historically is a truth revolution.

  9. The US plays the “freedom” and “free speech” card but does not really believe in it or tolerate it.

    This current game of bear baiting whilst simultaneously riding the dragon is exceptionally foolish. This epic folly may soon be deeply regretted. No material power can be everywhere at once.

    The profane command and control network of this plutocratic delusion is too vulnerable to sustain its bluff of omnipotence. This methodical American weaponization of all Earth-life is a symptom of the most depraved insanity.

    There is a big difference between the assumption of power and the real exercise of power; because authentic power is spiritual.

    The Angel of Death may have the last word, but the Spirit of Life is indomitable.

    • David,
      Do you feel like I do that the best chance to prevent escalation of violence in Ukraine is a mass demand for a multi-nation investigation into the Maidan Massacre? The thought came to mind of a massive email campaign to disseminate the German ARD Monitor report/video on YouTube at the channel “2arms2legsetc” (that Lo originally posted), in effect to make that video viral as viral can be. It seems that report, if enough people become aware of it, and it breaks on American television, would change the entire situation in Ukraine in a very, very dramatic and de-escalatory way.

        • The link was emailed to a number of State Police agency top officials around America. My thought was, because Ukraine police were murdered along with civilians there would be strong reaction from American law enforcement after learning what was done to some of their own. Police get really upset when fellow officers are harmed, much less when murderers get away with it There are millions of email addresses and if ever an enormous email campaign was warranted…

        • Jerry I just don’t know, but I think that we’ve reached a critical point now where the real and the virtual have become so ambiguous and entangled, that maybe less will be more.

          My view is that this entire scenario may even be a diversion, and the real agenda is elsewhere or otherwise. The thing is that the speed of events is so rapid, the tactic of control seems to be total bewildering confusion.

          I think we need to focus on the chain of command, who is doing what for whom and why. The scale of events is so complex as to be almost beyond rational interpretation unless we can identify the really essential information.

          I believe we need to concentrate on (re-)building accountable, regulatory institutions by cultivating a climate of change wherein effective organs of governance can bring the rule of law into universal effect ~ everywhere….through example.

          Public opinion is important of course, but it seems almost meaningless to me unless we have a structured forensic basis for reliable interpretation based on sound analysis to promote the consensual implementation of any given appropriate policy, relevant to specific contingencies and warranted by exact circumstances.

          In a nutshell, we need much better law, and far more honest judges.

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