Here is a debate held at Wesleyan University in 2005 between Christopher Hitchens and me. Hitchens went to his grave as a supporter of the Bush/Cheney venture. He supported Bush in 2004. His turn to the right (from weak leftish/center) won him the attention of all the mass media, especially Fox and the like, and lecture invitations at fat fees. Others of us were less enthralled about his anti-Islam warrior politics.
with Chris Hedges
KBOO Radio on Jun 7, 2017
Truthdig columnist & Pulitzer Prize–winner Chris Hedges and Portland-based award-winning cartoonist and journalist Joe Sacco spoke at The Aladdin Theater in Portland, Oregon on May 27th, 2017 — the day after the horrific hate crime occurred on the MAX.
with Chris Hedges
breakingtheset on Feb 6, 2014
Abby Martin features an exclusive interview with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Chris Hedges, concerning areas of extreme poverty that he refers to as crisis zones, as well as the reasons behind the collapse of complex societies.
March 14, 2005
Running Time: 1:32:02
Americans have long embraced a notion of superiority, claims Howard Zinn. Governor Winthrop of the Massachusetts Bay Colony described establishing “a city on a hill,” to serve the world as a beacon of liberty. So far, so good. But driving this sense of destiny, says Zinn, was an assumption of divine agency—“an association between what the government does and what God approves of.” Continue reading
Noel Lyons, a member of the U.S. Ski Team from 1976 to 1981 and once one of the country’s top professional skiers, found herself in a Vail, Colo., hospital in the spring of 2010 after another round of binge drinking. “I had given up on myself,” she would say later. Her boyfriend and sister decided she needed rehabilitative help. Because their resources were limited, they turned to the free Total Freedom Program, a Florida ministry for women and men that identifies itself as Christian.
Note: The Preface and Chapters One through Twenty can be found here: The 15% Solution.
This is the thirtieth installment of the serialization of a book entitled The 15% Solution: A Political History of American Fascism, 2001-2022. Herein you will find Appendix V. This Appendix, purportedly written by the 20th century political analyst, (the fictional) “Dino Lewis” presents a discussion of the contrasting views of the right and the left on the correct role for government in regulating personal behavior, economic activity, and environmental health, safety and preservation, the relationship, if there is one, between poverty and “sin,” and the whole religious concept of “sin.” It is certainly fully relevant to the United States and what we might face in a future governed fully by the Republican Religious Right.
Note: The Preface and Chapters One through Twenty can be found here: The 15% Solution
This is the twenty-ninth installment of the serialization of a book entitled The 15% Solution: A Political History of American Fascism, 2001-2022. Herein you will find Appendix IV. This Appendix, purportedly written by the 20th century political analyst, (the fictional) “Dino Lewis” presents a comparison of the Religious Fundamentalist and he Jeffersonian/civil-libertarian positions on the subject: “Morality and the Uses of the Law. It is certainly fully relevant to the United States and what we might face in a future governed fully by the Republican Religious Right.
The sentencing of Dharun Ravi for the hateful abuse that may have driven his gay roommate at Rutgers, Tyler Clementi, to commit suicide, or Barack Obama’s public acceptance of gay marriage, prevents many of us from seeing that life for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people is getting worse—much worse.
No one understands this better than the gay activist and pastor Mel White. White, along with his husband and partner of 30 years, Gary Nixon, founded Soulforce, an organization committed to using nonviolent resistance to end religion-based oppression.
In case you missed this part, a partial repost from What Jesus Said About Who He Is, Life and Following Him.
What Jesus Said About Following Him
Along the shoreline of the Sea of Galilee, Jesus called His disciples to “take up your cross and follow Me.” After almost 2,000 years, there is still hesitancy among many to accept that same invitation to become a follower of Jesus. What kind of commitment was Jesus asking for? How is Jesus different from other religious leaders?
Gain insights from biblical scholars who have researched the life and teachings of Jesus. Examine the evidence for making a commitment and decide whether you have reason to believe what Jesus said about following Him.
I really do care about the direction this country is heading and the way the church is trying to fix it.
These are just some thoughts to think on and issues that should be of concern to us as believers when dealing with a world that is rapidly growing with a scientific mentality denying all things pertaining to God while the church continues preaching to the choir, especially in the self help department. I don’t see the methods of Jesus’ teachings being applied in the religious right’s mentality. I think in many ways it is doing more damage than good and the blowback it could cause is making Jesus look like something He is not. Continue reading
Note: The Preface and Chapters One through Seventeen can be found here: The 15% Solution
This is the nineteenth installment of the serialization of a book entitled The 15% Solution: A Political History of American Fascism, 2001-2022. Continue reading