Honoring the Works of Chris Hedges–No. I– by Thomas Baldwin

chrishedgesThe months of  May-June, 2015, Chris Hedges launched and conducted a tour for what must be one of his best and most significant  books. It is entitled “Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt”.  Here is a short description as provided with the Amazon advertisement where one can also get a sneak peak.  Then I present a few of his speeches on YouTube given with his book presentations in two or three locations.  Note that an excellent listing of his work with Truthdig is also given on Truthdig.com at this site.

Revolutions come in waves and cycles. We are again riding the crest of a revolutionary epic, much like 1848 or 1917, from the Arab Spring to movements against austerity in Greece to the Occupy movement. In Wages of Rebellion, Chris Hedges—who has chronicled the malaise and sickness of a society in terminal moral decline in his books Empire of Illusion and Death of the Liberal Class—investigates what social and psychological factors cause revolution, rebellion, and resistance. Drawing on an ambitious overview of prominent philosophers, historians, and literary figures he shows not only the harbingers of a coming crisis but also the nascent seeds of rebellion. Hedges’ message is clear: popular uprisings in the United States and around the world are inevitable in the face of environmental destruction and wealth polarization.

Focusing on the stories of rebels from around the world and throughout history, Hedges investigates what it takes to be a rebel in modern times. Utilizing the work of Reinhold Niebuhr, Hedges describes the motivation that guides the actions of rebels as “sublime madness” — the state of passion that causes the rebel to engage in an unavailing fight against overwhelmingly powerful and oppressive forces. For Hedges, resistance is carried out not for its success, but as a moral imperative that affirms life. Those who rise up against the odds will be those endowed with this “sublime madness.”

From South African activists who dedicated their lives to ending apartheid, to contemporary anti-fracking protests in Alberta, Canada, to whistleblowers in pursuit of transparency, Wages of Rebellion shows the cost of a life committed to speaking the truth and demanding justice. Hedges has penned an indispensable guide to rebellion.”

Hedges book, Days of RebellionWAGES OF REBELLION–MAY 12, 2015


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Hedges has made many presentations.  The link immediately below is from C-Span:

http://www.c-span.org/video/?325856-1/chris-hedges-wages-rebellion

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From YouTube one of his best presentations was made in Seattle at the Seattle Town Hall on June 9, 2015:

TalkingStickTV – Chris Hedges – Wages of Rebellion

Published on Jun 9, 2015

Talk by Chris Hedges author of “The Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt” recorded June 8, 2015 at Town Hall Seattle.

Wages of Rebellion talk in Troy, NY

Published on Jun 1, 2015

Journalist, author and war correspondent Chris Hedges spoke in Troy NY on Friday, May 29, 2015, part of the Spring 2015 season at The Sanctuary for Independent Media.
http://www.mediasanctuary.org
“Chris Hedges, whose most recent book “Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt” (Nation Books) was published on May 15, 2015 is also the best-selling author of “War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning” (2003), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. A quote from the book was used as the opening title quotation in the critically-acclaimed and Academy Award-winning 2009 film, The Hurt Locker. The quote reads: “The rush of battle is often a potent and lethal addiction, for war is a drug.”
Revolutions come in waves and cycles. We are again riding the crest of a revolutionary epic, much like 1848 or 1917, from the Arab Spring to movements against austerity in Greece to the Occupy movement. In “Wages of Rebellion,” Chris Hedges–who has chronicled the malaise and sickness of a society in terminal moral decline in his books “Empire of Illusion” and “Death of the Liberal Class”–investigates what social and psychological factors cause revolution, rebellion, and resistance. Drawing on an ambitious overview of prominent philosophers, historians, and literary figures he shows not only the harbingers of a coming crisis but also the nascent seeds of rebellion. Hedges’ message is clear: popular uprisings in the United States and around the world are inevitable in the face of environmental destruction and wealth polarization.”

Chris Hedges – The Pathology of The Super Rich

Published on Nov 23, 2014

Chris Hedges discusses his personal insights into the psychology and private behavior of the super rich and how these things relate to the state of the world today. One of the best Chris Hedges segments by far.

Audio interview with radio station in Kansas City, June 11, 2015:

In a discussion of his new book, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges examines the social and psychological factors that foster rebellion. And he suggests that environmental destruction and wealth polarization are planting the seeds of worldwide revolt today.
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EXCELLENT AUDIO INTERVIEW WITH CHRIS HEDGES, including Gary’s extensive listing of Bernie Sanders voting record and much more!!  A MUST LISTEN!!!
 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pml92cMwdw

Published on May 7, 2015   You can get this and other episodes of Null’s show here: https://thegarynullshow.podbean.com/e…

 
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http://livestream.com/accounts/6754733/events/4070733/videos/88742911/player?autoPlay=false&height=360&mute=false&width=640

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This is a seven part series of an interview by Chris Hedges of  Robert Scheer regarding Scheer’s book, “They Know Everything About You”.  It actually is a lively conversation between the two of them on a wide range of important subjects and challenges facing America and the world today.  Each one is about 20 minutes and is well worth while.  These programs were taken directly from TRNN.com (The Real News Network).  http://therealnews.com/t2/  Each one contains a full transcript and only a small sample of the beginning is given here.  This series was also published at Dandelion Salad,  www.dandelionsalad.wordpress.com

(Click on title (link) to observe entire blog and videos.)

Compiled by Thomas Baldwin, May 20, 2015.

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Chris Hedges Interviews Sheldon Wolin on: Can Capitalism and Democracy Co-Exist?

Democracy Inc. by Sheldon Wolin

Compiled by Thomas Baldwin

November 10, 2012

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In an update to this post I have added a recent post by Chris Hedges on Truthdig which summarizes some of his discussion with Wolin and adds his own:

Why We Need Professional Revolutionists

 Can Capitalism and Democracy Co-exist?  Original sements on TheRealNews.com  in November 2014. Wolin’s book         “Democracy Inc.,  Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism.”   

The series of videos on The Real News: 
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