The Chris Hedges Report: Herman Melville’s Moby Dick and the Soul of American Capitalism

Moby Dick

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Jul 29, 2022

Moby Dick, which explores the self-destructive forces that define America and the collapse of a civilization, is our greatest and most prescient novel.

Melville makes our murderous obsessions, our hubris, violent impulses, moral weakness, and inevitable self-destruction visible in his chronicle of a whaling voyage.

Melville’s description of the ship’s captain, Ahab, is a description of the bankers, corporate boards, politicians, television personalities, and generals who, through the power of propaganda, fill our heads with seductive images of glory and lust for wealth and power. We are consumed with self-induced obsessions that spur us toward self-annihilation.

Melville is our foremost oracle. He is to us what William Shakespeare was to Elizabethan England, or Fyodor Dostoyevsky to czarist Russia.

Joining Chris to discuss Melville’s novel is Nathaniel Philbrick, author of Why Read Moby Dick?, as well as books such as In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleboat Essex, Mayflower: Voyage, Community, War, Travels with George: In Search of Washington and His Legacy, and The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and The Battle of the Little Bighorn.

Transcript

From the archives:

Heat Waves Tied To Big Energy Capitalism, by Scott Scheffer

What I Would Tell A Future Generation About Us On This Tiny World, by Kenn Orphan

Our Climate Crisis Paralysis: How, in the Face of Unprecedented Signs of Climate Collapse, We’re Still Being Failed by Politicians, the Media and Ourselves, by Andy Worthington

John Bellamy Foster: The Financialization of Nature

Another Global Warming Worry: Parts of Earth Could Become Uninhabitable, by Pete Dolack + A Dire Warning About the End of Human Civilization

Chris Hedges: Travels with George: In Search of Washington and His Legacy

We Are All Aboard the Pequod by Chris Hedges

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