Why does the US tolerate levels of poverty comparable to the least developed parts of the world? Pulitzer-winning journalist, author and host of “On Contact” Chris Hedges joins Rick Sanchez to share his insights. He explains how vast swaths of the US and its people are “sacrifice zones” to rapacious capitalism.
In this episode of Days of Revolt, host Chris Hedges speaks with two esteemed labor activists from Detroit: Darryl “Waistline” Mitchell and Roshaun Harris. They speak of the desperation caused by industrial decline and deregulation in Detroit, especially among Black people. The three also attest to the necessity and inevitability of revolt under such conditions.
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.
The Hollowing Out of America, Up Close and Personal
On the Pine Ridge Lakota reservation in South Dakota, where our book Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt opens, and where the average male has a life expectancy of 48 years, the lowest in the western hemisphere outside of Haiti, those who endured the long night of oppression found solace in traditional sweat lodge rituals, the Lakota language and cosmology, and the powerful four-day Sun Dance which I attended, where dancers fast and make small flesh offerings.
“Two years ago, Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges and award-winning cartoonist and journalist Joe Sacco set out to take a look at the sacrifice zones, those areas in America that have been offered up for exploitation in the name of profit, progress, and technological advancement. Continue reading →
Chris Hedges, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author, and war correspondent speaks about his latest book, “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt”, the economy, government, banks, and the Occupy movement.
That’s what our guest tonight argues in his latest book, by travelling to, and documenting life and the destruction of it in so called, “sacrifice zones”. This includes the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota; the city of Camden, N.J.; the now leveled mountains of West Virginia; and the migrant-worker camps that resemble modern day slavery of southwest Florida. So why are they sacrifice zones? Because both human beings and the natural world have been used and then discarded to maximize earnings in a marketplace that rules without constraints. Continue reading →
Abandoned church – Camden NJ Image by Blake W.B. via Flickr
I park my car in the lot in front of the rectory of Sacred Heart in Camden, N.J., and walk through a gray drizzle to Emerald Street. My friend Lolly Davis, whose blood pressure recently shot up and whose kidneys shut down, had been taken to a hospital in an ambulance but was now home. I climb the concrete steps to her row house and ring the bell. There is an overpowering stench of garbage in the street. Her house is set amid other brick and wooden residences, some of which have been refurbished under Monsignor Michael Doyle’s Heart of Camden project at Sacred Heart, a Roman Catholic parish. Other structures on Davis’ street sit derelict or bear the scars of decay and long abandonment.
Chris Hedges explains why a print based culture is important. Corporate interests promote mindless celebrity trivia instead of real news, vaporize our heritage, and use the media to turn minds into mush. This shifts attention from their take over of government as well as destruction of the environment and society. Remarks were made at Free Library of Philadelphia event for his book “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt”.
Chris Hedges: A look at our nation’s “sacrifice zones” as evidence of rapid soci-economic decay across the US.
Chris Hedges is one of our nation’s most insightful cultural critics and authors. For almost 20 years he was a foreign correspondent in war zones and conflicts in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans, having reported for The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor and other news outlets. Continue reading →