Chris Hedges: War, Propaganda & the Enemy Within

Chris Hedges - War, Propaganda & the Enermy Within

Chris Hedges is an American journalist who spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans.

Christopher Lynn “Chris” Hedges (born September 18, 1956) is an American journalist, activist, author, and Presbyterian minister.

Hedges is also known as the best-selling author of several books including War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (2002)—a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction—Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle (2009), Death of the Liberal Class (2010), the New York Times best seller, written with cartoonist Joe Sacco, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt (2012), and his most recent Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt (2015).

Hedges is currently a columnist for the progressive news and commentary website Truthdig, a senior fellow at The Nation Institute in New York City, and a contributing author for OpEdNews.

He spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He has reported from more than fifty countries, and has worked for The Christian Science Monitor, NPR, Dallas Morning News, and The New York Times, where he was a foreign correspondent for fifteen years (1990–2005).

In 2002, Hedges was part of a group of eight reporters at The New York Times awarded the Pulitzer Prize for the paper’s coverage of global terrorism.

He also received the Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism in 2002.

He has taught at Columbia University, New York University, Princeton University and the University of Toronto. He currently teaches prisoners at a maximum-security prison in New Jersey.

He has described himself as a socialist.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Hedges

Chris Hedges is also one of those rare journalists that don’t just parrot mainstream propaganda.

Hedges was an early critic of the Iraq War.

In May 2003, Hedges delivered a commencement address at Rockford College in Rockford, Illinois, saying: “We are embarking on an occupation that, if history is any guide, will be as damaging to our souls as it will be to our prestige and power and security.”

His speech was received with boos and his microphone was shut off three minutes after he began speaking.

His newspaper, The New York Times, criticized his statements and issued him a formal reprimand for “public remarks that could undermine public trust in the paper’s impartiality”.

Shortly after the incident, Hedges left The New York Times to become a senior fellow at The Nation Institute, and a columnist at Truthdig, in addition to writing books and teaching inmates at a New Jersey correctional institution.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Hedges

He is also brutally honest when he talks about War, Propaganda & the Enemy Within.

Abby Martin interviews Chris Hedges on American myths, war and revolt.

Hedges explains the ‘folly of Empire,’ the dangers posed by right-wing extremism and the urgent need for a new system.

telesur: http://www.telesurtv.net/english/section/programs/index.html

Chris Hedges’ Truthdig.com columns: http://www.truthdig.com/staff/chris_hedges

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2 Responses to Chris Hedges: War, Propaganda & the Enemy Within

  1. malagabay says:

    Chris Hedges: Wages of Rebellion Part 1

    Chris Hedges: Wages of Rebellion Part 2

    Wages of Rebellion – Chris Hedges – 2015
    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.

    http://www.amazon.com/Wages-Rebellion-Chris-Hedges/dp/1568589662

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wages-Rebellion-Chris-Hedges/dp/1568589662

  2. Thorsten says:

    Thank you for posting this, tremendously interesting and moving.

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