Date: September 06, 2018
“Chris Hedges, “America: The Farewell Tour”, at Politics and Prose on 8/22/18.
A longtime foreign correspondent, Hedges has reported from more than fifty countries. His latest book is a profound exploration of one of the most troubled: today’s United States. Hedges, author of American Fascists and War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, cites the opioid crisis, the increases in gambling and magical thinking, and the explosion of xenophobia as symptoms of a society that has lost hope. He traces this disillusionment to the twin ills of a de facto corporate coup d’état and a failed democracy. The anger and frustration these have spawned helped bring Trump to power and Hedges issues a passionate call to action to reverse them.
Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who was a foreign correspondent for fifteen years for The New York Times where he served as the Middle East Bureau Chief and Balkan Bureau Chief for the paper. He previously worked overseas for The Dallas Morning News, The Christian Science Monitor, and NPR. He writes a weekly column for the online magazine Truthdig out of Los Angeles and is host of the Emmy Award–winning RT America show On Contact. Hedges, who holds a Master of Divinity from Harvard University, is the author of the bestsellers American Fascists, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, and was a National Book Critics Circle finalist for War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning. He has taught at Columbia University, New York University, Princeton University, and the University of Toronto. He currently teaches college credit courses in the New Jersey prison system.
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Just to acknowledge it…
…It’s wrong to seek out the most extreme forms of pornography…and then conclude that “pornography is torture”, based upon this intentionally selected extreme.
This is one of the things I’ve always found so loathsome, about religious activists…the strawman arguments…especially in incidents, where they went out of their way to construct it.
…It’s disappointing to see it here, in an otherwise good speech.
Otherwise…you can find a number of things said here, which are absolutely applicable to the plight of MAPs [or any other marginalized group]…and some are a good description, as to what “Our Love Frontier” is all about.