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Thu Apr 3, 2014, 08:42 AM

Chris Hedges: Our Only Hope Will Come Through Rebellion





Published on Mar 31, 2014


Chris Hedges speaks on 29/3/2014 at the "One Nation Under Surveillance" civil liberties conference at CCSU in CT. He's introduced by Mongi Dhaouadi, Executive Director of CAIR-CT. Hedges was one of he plaintiffs in a suit against the government "indefinite detention" policy.

He's a former Middle East bureau chief of the New York Times

He's written "Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt", "What Every Person Should Know About War", "War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning", and other books.


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marmar Apr 2014 OP
LuvNewcastle Apr 2014 #1
el_bryanto Apr 2014 #2
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newfie11 Apr 2014 #3
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Response to marmar (Original post)

Thu Apr 3, 2014, 08:49 AM

1. He's right. And even that is a long shot.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Thu Apr 3, 2014, 08:58 AM

2. Good quote from "War is a Force that Gives us Meaning."

“The enduring attraction of war is this: Even with its destruction and carnage it can give us what we long for in life. It can give us purpose, meaning, a reason for living. Only when we are in the midst of conflict does the shallowness and vapidness of much of our lives become apparent. Trivia dominates our conversations and increasingly our airwaves. And war is an enticing elixir. It gives us resolve, a cause. It allows us to be noble. And those who have the least meaning in their lives, the impoverished refugees in Gaza, the disenfranchised North African immigrants in France, even the legions of young who live in the splendid indolence and safety of the industrialized world, are all susceptible to war's appeal.”

He's pretty much right; I've noticed over the years how many seem drawn to the idea of living up in the hills and waging war on a corrupt society, Red Dawn style. They don't actually do it, but they like the idea.

Bryant

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Response to el_bryanto (Reply #2)

Thu Apr 3, 2014, 09:49 AM

5. In an interview he described how even he got "intoxicated" as a reporter on War Fever...

He said when he pulled himself out of that was when he realized how destructive "war fever" could be on the battlefield and reporting in the thick of it.

I worry about those recruited for the Drone Killings. For some it may be just like being involved in gaming and the real sense of what they are doing isn't a reality for them.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Thu Apr 3, 2014, 09:38 AM

3. To bad most people will not watch this

We are screwed if this is allowed to continue.

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Thu Apr 3, 2014, 09:43 AM

4. Marking for later, but automatic Chris Hedges rec. (nt)

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Thu Apr 17, 2014, 09:41 PM

6. I finally got around to viewing this and it is wonderful. nt

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