On this week’s On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses the rise of American imperialism with Stephen Kinzer, author of “The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire”. RT Correspondent looks back to the beginning of America’s overseas expansion.
On this week’s episode of On Contact, host Chris Hedges examines the future of the American empire under the Trump Administration with investigative journalist Allan Nairn. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the global reach of the American military.
Drawing on John Pilger’s long association with the first people of his homeland Australia, Utopia (2013) is both an epic portrayal of the oldest continuous human culture, and an investigation into a suppressed colonial past and rapacious present.
Many literary critics have said that in the theocratic age of literature, that the gospel of Mark is the most radical and important work of antiquity. It took me years to see that. I always saw Mark as a wallflower gospel, not yielding its secrets so easily. I mean there is no sermon on the mount, no Magnificat, no Pilate/Christ juicy repartee. And yet there is no doubt that Mark’s gospel was the first one to be written. The plethora of books on recent Markan studies, however, have convinced me that it is indeed the most revolutionary document against the imperial mindset in the common era. And for all eras. Continue reading →
I have always found it an interesting contradiction that some of those who oppose empire building also oppose the great document in world history that is anti-empire, namely the Bible. It is also just as contradicting that many who say they believe in the Bible are promoting empire. Something seems out of whack here.
The parable is told of the boiling of a frog. If you put it in boiling water the frog will jump out as soon as it feels the heat. But if you put it in cold water that is slowly heated it will not perceive the danger. The warmth feels good. It will slowly relax. As the water warms more and more the frog’s energy will begin to drain and its sense of well-being will increase. The water gets hotter and hotter but the frog begins to fall asleep. By the time the water boils it is too late for the poor frog to take any action at all. The frog perishes in the boiling water, cooked to death. (A metaphor for the inability or unwillingness of people to react to or be aware of threats that arrive gradually.)
During Black History Month, as the U.S. pays homage to African Americans who have changed the course of history, the establishment shows us a revised version that omits a critical piece: the Black radical political tradition.
In the second installment of this two-part episode, Abby Martin continues her investigation of the hidden war on the U.S.-Mexico border, looking at the root causes of the epidemic of migrant deaths. The Empire Files documents an inflated, paramilitary Border Patrol, the devastating impacts of NAFTA, how the U.S. Empire benefits from immigrant labor and what can change the equation.
Along the southern border of the United States is a graveyard, where hundreds upon hundreds of human remains are waiting to be found in the sand. They are teenagers, mothers and spouses walking the only path available to them—away from poverty and violence: towards their families, the only place safer and easier to eat. In Part 1 of this two-part series, Abby Martin reveals a catastrophe at the Empire’s gates; not only a shockingly high body count, but a humanitarian crisis manufactured by the U.S. government. Sinister tactics, a for-profit prison pipeline, and a court system that looks more like a slave auction than a trial await those who survive.
With Gore Vidal the last man of letters gone, there is a huge vacuum in a great scope of understanding of just exactly what kind of danger American history is really in and where it is going. Cicero was the last great oratorical gasp against Caesar crossing the Rubicon taking Rome from a Republic to an Empire. What Demosthenes was to Athens speaking out about overstepping bounds, Cicero was to Rome, as Plutarch in his great work Parallel Lives writes about in detail.
Sponsored by The Nation Institute and The New School, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and acclaimed author Chris Hedges sits down for a one-to-one interview with public intellectual, academic and activist Cornel West.