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Chris Hedges – How Corporations Destroyed American Democracy

February 22, 2011 Leave a comment
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Chris Hedges – 2011: A Brave New Dystopia

December 28, 2010 Leave a comment

From Truthout:

Chris Hedges | 2011: A Brave New Dystopia

Chris Hedges, Truthdig: “The two greatest visions of a future dystopia were George Orwell’s ‘1984’ and Aldous Huxley’s ‘Brave New World.’ The debate, between those who watched our descent towards corporate totalitarianism, was who was right. Would we be, as Orwell wrote, dominated by a repressive surveillance and security state that used crude and violent forms of control? Or would we be, as Huxley envisioned, entranced by entertainment and spectacle, captivated by technology and seduced by profligate consumption to embrace our own oppression? It turns out Orwell and Huxley were both right. Huxley saw the first stage of our enslavement. Orwell saw the second.”

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Chris Hedges: Obama is a “Poster Child for the Death of the Liberal Class”

December 20, 2010 Leave a comment

Veterans for Peace White House Civil Disobedience to End War

December 19, 2010 Leave a comment

Chris Hedges to Poverty Scholars: US Government Lacks Legitimacy

November 26, 2010 Leave a comment
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Chris Hedges on the Gaza massacre

November 26, 2010 Leave a comment
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Chris Hedges – We’re Losing Our Intelligence — How the Purge of True Dissent Has Starved Our Discourse

November 16, 2010 Leave a comment

From AlterNet:

Hedges: We’re Losing Our Intelligence — How the Purge of True Dissent Has Starved Our Discourse

True intellectual dissent was wiped out long ago. For the most part, universities stand cowardly, silent accomplices of the corporate state, doing corporate bidding.

By Chris Hedges

November 15, 2010

The blacklisted mathematics instructor Chandler Davis, after serving six months in the Danbury federal penitentiary for refusing to cooperate with the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), warned the universities that ousted him and thousands of other professors that the purges would decimate the country’s intellectual life.

“You must welcome dissent; you must welcome serious, systematic, proselytizing dissent—not only the playful, the fitful, or the eclectic; you must value it enough, not merely to refrain from expelling it yourselves, but to refuse to have it torn from you by outsiders,” he wrote in his 1959 essay “…From an Exile.” “You must welcome dissent not in a whisper when alone, but publicly so potential dissenters can hear you. What potential dissenters see now is that you accept an academic world from which we are excluded for our thoughts. This is a manifest signpost over all your arches, telling them: Think at your peril. You must not let it stand. You must (defying outside power; gritting your teeth as we grit ours) take us back.”

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The Origin of America’s Intellectual Vacuum

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