Three Recent Blog Posts as Tributes to the Works of Chris Hedges by Thomas Baldwin

 

Hedges book, Days of Rebellion

 

INCLUDED IN THIS BLOG ARE THREE SEPARATE BLOGS I HAVE PUBLISHED RECENTLY RECOGNIZING THE EXTENSIVE BODY OF THE WORKS OF CHRIS HEDGES.  THE EMPHASIS IN UPON VIDEO PRESENTATIONS HE HAS MADE OF HIS BOOKS, BUT ALSO INCLUDES SPECIAL RELATED TOPICS.

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Honoring the Works of Chris Hedges, No. 2, Important Video Presentations and Books

chrishedgesComposed by Thomas Baldwin

July 25, 2015

INTRODUCTION:

In “Honoring the Works of Chris Hedges, No. 1”  I focused on his most recent work, especially his new book, “Wages of Rebellion:  The Moral Imperative of Revolt” by showing at least two video presentations he had made since the book’s release. Included in that blog were also a Hedges and Richard Wolff presentation on “Marx, the System is the Problem”, Hedges interviews with scholar Sheldon Wolin (and his concept of Inverted Totalitarianism), a multipart interview of Scheer on “They Know Everything About You” and a Gary Null audio interview of Hedges.  In Hedges most recent book and in his talks he displays his knowledge of revolts and revolutions that he has directly witnessed in other countries, and applies his knowledge of history in concluding that the U.S. needs a full scale revolution to rid ourselves of the “Corporate State” and the two party Duopoly which has become its servant.  He further concludes that no meaningful change can occur within the electoral system with its current dominance from corporate elite control.

 

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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.

 

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Why Thomas Paine’s Common Sense Is Important: Chris Hedges, Cornel West, and Richard Wolff (2014)

Published on Dec 12, 2014

From the 2014 Left Forum in NYC
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Thomas Paine (February 9, 1737 [O.S. January 29, 1736] – June 8, 1809) was an English and American political activist, philosopher, political theorist and revolutionary. As the author of the two most influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution, he inspired the rebels in 1776 to declare independence from Britain. His ideas reflected Enlightenment-era rhetoric of transnational human rights. He has been called “a corsetmaker by trade, a journalist by profession, and a propagandist by inclination”.
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ABOUT THE EDITOR:  THOMAS BALDWIN
Thomas Baldwin holds a Ph.D in Physics and an MBA in Management. He was a Solid State researcher  at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory specializing in neutron radiation damage of metals.  In 1969 he received  the national Sidhu Award for being “an outstanding young scientist for contributions in the field of diffraction.”  He went on to Southern Illinois University to become a professor and Chair of the Department of Physics.  In 1980 he moved to Boulder, Co and became an independent  consultant in energy related issues at the Colorado Research Institute.  He formed the Boulder Consulting Group  to be consultants to corporations on Management and Leadership problems. In about 1998 he became a professor of Management at Colorado Technical University, where he developed and taught courses in Project Management and offering one of the first courses of its type for the IBM system.  He is now formally retired and focusing on writing blogs on the political sector at his blog site: www.proactvoice.wordpress.com  He now resides in Biloxi, Mississippi and his concentration remains one of describing major problems in the political sector and public institutions  including  problems with democracy, capitalism and socio-economic issues. He can be reached at doctom2010@yahoo.com
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