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.

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We Are All Aboard the Pequod by Chris Hedges

Moby Dick

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by Chris Hedges
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Truthdig
July 8, 2013

The most prescient portrait of the American character and our ultimate fate as a species is found in Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick.” Melville makes our murderous obsessions, our hubris, violent impulses, moral weakness and inevitable self-destruction visible in his chronicle of a whaling voyage. He is our foremost oracle. He is to us what William Shakespeare was to Elizabethan England or Fyodor Dostoyevsky to czarist Russia.

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