with Chris Hedges
teleSUR English on Mar 15, 2016
In this episode of Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges sits down with political cartoonist Dwayne “Mr. Fish” Booth to discuss the use of art as a language to tell truth in an age of corporate domination of information. With his cartoons, Mr. Fish confronts systems of power, exposing their brutality and folly in a way that words cannot.
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Classic conversation. So important to understand these key facts. We have systems theory “everything is related” ~ and then there is that sick, bloated, fanatical “system” of petro-money, inheritance, righteousness and privileged entitlement. It is the archetype of misrule, that all lesser dictators and tyrants aspire to: totalitarian control by any means, currently by land acquisition, food piracy and energy distribution all enforced by applied technologies of destruction.
Aristotle, if I’m not mistaken, attributed to Satire supreme political effectiveness; not as a blunt instrument of resentment, but as a subtle weapon of Intelligence ~ another category of the authentic that is routinely purloined by liars and thieves.
London in the eponymous ‘sixties, witnessed Private Eye and Peter Cook’s Establishment Club literally unhinging the obscene culture of “virtuous” stuffed shirt cynicism inherited from centuries of imperialist ascendancy.
That villainous cynicism doesn’t go away easily however, it simply re-brands itself as some other spurious virtue. The job of the satirist is to figuratively disembowel the relentless criminal deception, of would-be corrupt and corrupting potentates; to expose the rotting guts of their diseased aspirations and iniquities. Not an easy job.
Dwayne makes a superb point about the genuine enlightenment that affirming the dignity of our humanity bestows. One does not need to be especially religious to grasp this. Chris H frequently alludes to vulnerability. This is really the big question we all need to ask ourselves.
What is it, and why is it such a distinguishing feature of life everywhere? Is there really a cure? Packaged dogma and virtuous stereotypes tend to intimidate; to mythologize the improbable and fossilize religious tropes and tendencies, infecting us with guilt, credulity, inadequacy and blind obedience.
So how should we better negotiate difference and true potential in a more enlightened, just world?