Chris Hedges and David North: Organizing Resistance To Internet Censorship

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WSWS on Jan 16, 2018

On January 16, 2018, the World Socialist Web Site will video livestream a discussion on Internet censorship, featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges and WSWS International Editorial Board Chairperson David North. WSWS reporter Andre Damon will moderate the discussion. The webinar will explore the political context of the efforts to censor the Internet and abolish net neutrality, examine the pretexts used to justify the suppression of free speech (i.e., “fake news”), and discuss political strategies to defend democratic rights. Hedges and North will also field questions from on-line listeners.

Chris Hedges is the host of RT’s On Contact and a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist who worked as a foreign correspondent for nearly two decades for The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News, The Christian Science Monitor and National Public Radio. He presently writes a weekly column for Truthdig, an on-line magazine based in Los Angeles.

Hedges is also the author of the bestsellers American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America, Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle and was a National Book Critics Circle finalist for his book War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning. Hedges has taught at Columbia University, New York University, Princeton University and the University of Toronto.

David North has played a leading role in the international socialist movement for forty-five years, and is presently the chairperson of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site and national chairperson of the Socialist Equality Party (US). His published works include A Quarter-Century of War: The US Drive for Global Hegemony; The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century; The Frankfurt School, Postmodernism and the Politics of the Pseudo-Left: A Marxist Critique; and In Defense of Leon Trotsky.

Andre Damon has written extensively on Google’s censorship of left wing, anti-war, and progressive web sites.

From the archives:

Chris Hedges Responds to Rachel Maddow’s Latest Conspiratorial Spasm

Chris Hedges: When Are Journalists Foreign Agents? + Q&A

The Two-FacedBook by William Bowles

Chris Hedges: The Failings of the American Left–Why No Mention of Capitalism?

Socialism: Creating a World to Change Our Lives by Sam Friedman (must-read)

Paul Street: We Live In An Abject Authoritarian Plutocracy

Take Heart From the Example of Salt by Rivera Sun + What’s Next for Net Neutrality?

Censorship: The Death Knell of Democracy

Chris Hedges: RT Targeted for Giving Platform to Anti-Imperialist, Anti-Capitalist Critics

Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer: The Silencing of the Left

23 thoughts on “Chris Hedges and David North: Organizing Resistance To Internet Censorship

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  19. Andre Damon accidentally mistook John Pilger’s remark ~ that the WWW remains the vital source of serious ‘disclosure……’ which he misread as ‘discourse,’ that substantially changes the inference.

    (Also, I noticed Julian Assange’s statement used the plural form phenomena when he meant phenomenon….I know that is a common, arguably trivial error, but it helps the get these things grammatically correct especially when addressing a large public audience.)

    This internet censorship issue is deeply disturbing and exceedingly distasteful to say the least. Google-Alphabet needs to get a strong message, that users will divest from and boycott their totalitarian tactics. We are definitely in the throes of a great & powerful American unraveling. Chris Hedges explains this very well, as usual.

    Personally, I am pretty sick and tired of exceptionalism, & schizophrenic politics. I really want to see genuinely representative, proportionate & honest governance, at all levels and scales ~ not just in the US but everywhere. Socialism has to mean open and fair international cooperation, or it risks serving only divisive & reactionary ends, that will be forever constricting, partisan, overly centralized and un-creative.

    The metamorphosis of neo-liberal capitalism is near, but this dramatic transformation has to be tempered by pure spiritual realities, confident transition; not faux-values, disingenuous wishful-thinking or superannuated pseudo-political science. We need enlightened and principled Law that instructs, initiates and cultivates; not anything that might look like punitive or regressive authoritarianism.

    Proportionate change is only possible when we are not restricted or limited by ideological prejudice or blinkered loyalties. Political philosophy has to be free to invoke unfettered moral imagination. That is what an open, accountable society is. So far as I am concerned, we must incarnate a (gender-neutral) political universe that prioritizes biological diversity over reductionist, prescriptive economics. Markets are fine so long as their commodities are sustainable, honest, sane and well-wrought.

    Class is simply meaningless, if it does not engage and accommodate a literal multiplicity of individuals, values and intelligent species ~ who are all, of planetary necessity, our close-kin; & with whom we inevitably co-habit, and must co-exist both honestly and ethically.

    So a truly authentic, indigenous & localized global politics as I see it, must speak the authentic language of natural community & individual sovereignty; of healthy, aesthetic habitats that flourish and thrive, rich in productive architectural ingenuity and practical wisdom, with food forests, lush gardens, wholesome landscapes & sacred places to cultivate imaginal (panpsychic) understanding & respect for living ecology; offering ample opportunities to develop valuable skills in supportive and metaphysically energized environments that celebrate a deeply enlivened, bio-poetic experience of existence…liberating us from crippling, oppressive drudgery and pointless tasks, that are the destructive afflictions of forced negative habit and artificially constrained circumstance. The greatest obstacle to a productive, fulfilling existence is social hindrance & disempowerment ~ the woeful and arbitrary systemic denial of honest self-determination, that simply stunts ambition and chokes aspiration.

    Life must be lived and lived well. Those who would perversely deny that right, deserve our utter scorn and contempt. If they cannot be duly rectified, they must endure society’s revulsion. Stupidity is never an excuse for ignorance. Listen to MLK Jr’s eloquence on that theme. This is just a magnificent example

    Maybe we need fewer judges and more gifted and sensitive midwives.

      • Sorry if it’s a bit long, Lo; but I’m rather disenchanted with any hint of predictably monocultural politics.

        I think we need to embrace far more imaginative spectra of possibilities, to engage with this immensely complex vista of differences that we experience in today’s profoundly damaged cosmopolitan biosphere.

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