Longing for 1984 with Chris Hedges

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with Chris Hedges

acTVism Munich on Nov 21, 2014

Zain Raza interviews Chris Hedges on a newly produced show called “Longing for 1984” to discuss the interests that really dictate U.S policy both domestically and abroad, government surveillance globally and the role of activism.

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Part 2

acTVism Munich on Mar 29, 2015

from the archives:

Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (#TPP) – Investment Chapter

Noam Chomsky: All Are Trapped By An Institutional Logic That Is Deeply Pathological And That Must Be Cured And Quickly If We Are Not To Put An End To The Human Race

Chris Hedges: Defending Our Civil Liberties (#NDAA)

Sheldon Wolin: Can Capitalism and Democracy Coexist? Part 1, interviewed by Chris Hedges

America’s Surveillance State, Part 1: The Surveillance Machine

30 thoughts on “Longing for 1984 with Chris Hedges

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        • Yes Frank, it’s shocking and desperate. Protest seems so ineffectual. I didn’t realize that about Richard Wolff .. I find it encouraging because worker ownership really is the way to go. We need to make the big boys redundant, the social disparities and implications for war racketeering are simply beyond criminal.

          Now they’re kicking off in the Yemen, that has the twin distinction of having no water and some of greatest Arab heritage buildings in the world…not to mention their textiles. This cannot end well…

        • David, I literally gave up protesting in demonstrations and signing umpteen online petitions for so many different types of causes. I think I made my case in yesterday’s post.

          I agree with you – worker ownership is the way to go. And they can be large corporations too, not just small cottage industries.Wolff is such an inspiration. It’s part and parcel for an egalitarian society, not one satiated with millionaires and billionaires on one side and paupers on the other.

          It is sad at what the war merchants are doing to Yemen, the poorest country in the region. Yes, this cannot end well….

  6. In my lifetime no one has planned a general strike. Even a one day job walk off would shut down the whole thing.
    The ERA would have passed in a minute if women had stayed home for just a day all at once.

    • I agree with you. A general strike is long overdue and it could shut the system down. The question is, how to organize it? I’ve seen talk about having general strikes but they are not widely known nor organized.

      • Lo, you’re absolutely right, it is long overdue, but so many working people are up to their neck in debt that it probably won’t happen, but don’t rule it out.

        Everything working men and women fought hard for during the first 75 years of the 20th century is being whittled away. As Michael Parenti said at a lecture about ten years ago: The ruling elite want to turn the clock back a hundred years.

        More later.

        • You are right, too, Frank. How can workers strike even for one day without any pay as so many don’t have sick/holiday pay? To me it’s worth it, however, I don’t have a mortgage to pay, or children to feed.

          Yes, the elite do want us to go back over a hundred years before there were unions.

        • Lo, if anything, workers should strike if they haven’t any sick or holiday pay in circa 2015 A.D. In the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and even 60’s, most workers didn’t have paid sick days or holiday pay but they still struck the employer.

          You’re darn tootin’ it’s worth it. Even when I had a mortgage and family to feed, I still went on strike to get my/our fair share of the profits we produced for the employer.

          Nowadays… very depressing!

        • It’s definitely worth it as those workers have the most to gain. Getting something like this organized would be a huge task. If it’s a stay-at-home strike it couldn’t be infiltrated.

          Good that you did go on strikes.

    • flyingcuttlefish: The general strike! Music to my ears. I’ve been advocating the general strike ever since Raygun Ronnie fired the PATCO air traffic controllers.

      Might as well try to win the lottery.

  7. Good interview, but I am beginning to disagree with Chris Hedges’ tactical response. I don’t think civil disobedience is enough. The power structure of the US can shrug off popular demonstrations; I think displays of public protest although valuable, will not achieve the really radical changes that we need; essentially because it is the corporate media who report all “reality” to the popuiace and they will frame such events as they see fit.

    I am persuaded that the most powerful weapon in the arsenal of dissent is food security and the rights of land sovereignty. All these juggernaut kings like to eat. We should starve them! High qualiity organic producers should refuse to supply their favourite restaurants; let them eat their own GM cake that they feed to the “masses” to bloat their worthless bank accounts ~ serve it up on depleted uranium platters with a glyphosate garnish.

    • David, Yes and yes on both paragraphs. I’ll add something to your first paragraph which substantiates your post.

      In November, 2002, I marched with nearly a quarter of a million people in San Francisco against an impending attack and the eventual invasion of Iraq by the Bush Crime Family. Then in February, 2003, we marched again as it was obvious American Imperialists in the Republican/Democratic Party were determined in taking over and destroying a country which did us no harm. After the invasion, we marched again, but with each subsequent march against the “war” (an oxymoron), there were less of us marching.

      The powers that be seem to have said to themselves: “Let them march – by the thousands and even by the millions, as they’ll feel good about themselves and then go home and write about it. As long as “the people” don’t take any “real action” against us, they’re harmless and not an obstacle to our master plan.” Words to that effect.

      There were even bigger marches in London, Rome, and many other large cities around the globe. They/we didn’t stop the death and destruction, the misery and suffering, American Imperial armed forces unleashed on that nation. So much for “passive protests.”

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