Chris Hedges on his latest book, America: The Farewell Tour

Chris Hedges, who writes a regular column for truthdig and was a foreign correspondent for The New York Times for nearly two decades, seeks to jolt us out of …


  1. Chris, would you please get off the "god" stuff? I haven't prayed in the last ten years at all and have made the wisest decisions in my life during that time. Religion is dying and that is not "evil," sir.

  2. 12:58 "It's called fiction! *smug chortle that assumes that nobody's coming forward when there's nothing but incentive for a certain class of people to come forward*" Here's an idea, Dr. Hedges: The problem is worse than we thought, but it's getting better, and also you anecdote-slewing hack, you might do well to look at long-term data of what happens to rape when radical leftist regimes ban porn.

  3. "Whatever your circumstances of life you are the children of the past and heirs of those who have lived and died. We trust you have no cause to reproach those who once held stewardship over your estate. But whatever you think of the heritage, you cannot put it aside, any more than you can refuse the obligations of life."
    "Down through the generations men have been persecuted, have suffered and died so that Truth and Goodness might prevail, remember them. If the world is good, then your peace and pleasures have been brought by their sacrifices. If it is not, then you must not quibble over the cost to yourselves in making it good. Surely no torments and terrors in your days could exceed those of the past!" – The Salutation or Prologue To The BronzeBook.

    "Goodness blossoms best in the barren soil of intolerance and injustice." – The Kolbrin, Wisdom of the Ages,

  4. “Read, O children of the unborn years and absorb the wisdom of the past is your heritage. The enlightening words from the past which is to you in days so far away and yet in Truth so near.”

    “We are taught that we live forever, and this is true, but it is equally true that no moment of life must be wasted; for each hour and day on Earth is a shaping for the future. We are the inheritors of a portion of time, we can dissipate it on futile things or utilize it to our everlasting benefit. In the days of our fathers, before barren teachings clogged the thoughts of men, and vain, formal ritual built a wall which obscured understanding, men walked in the light of Truth. Then they knew there was One God alone, but because they allowed their higher abilities to fall to disuse, they saw less clearly. Because He appeared in different aspects, they thought He was many.

    Truth can never bow to the limited understanding of man, the comprehension of man must expand to grasp it.

    Thus, it is written in the record of Beltshera; In those days the people were wicked and though the wise men among them gave many warnings of the wrath to come, they would not listen, such is the way of the wicked. So it came about that the Chastening Spirit became stirred up against them because of the odour of wickedness arising from the Earth, for her nostrils abhor the smell of evil. This is a smell no man can know, for as the hounds know the smell of fear, which no man can detect, so can other beings know the smell of wickedness.” – The Kolbrin, Wisdom of the Ages, The Book of Gleanings, Chapter Three, The Flood of Atuma.

  5. Sorry Mr. Lydon, while I might agree with you that, "only religious people can grasp [such a concept]", and I see your point as a metaphysical construct, such "religious people can grasp [such a concept] as true believers. However, an analytical mind CAN grasp the concept or comprehend such events, though perhaps without the subjectiveness that is implied by your construct. Of the whole interview, and after all is said, I would take issue and resist the implications of this statement. Thank you for your work . . .

  6. hedgie is brilliant…he fux up where it comes to the deafasit…oh did I misspell…who even cares ? nobody is raising hell about the deficit..$21 T …that the rot schild dynasty is imposing on us tax servants

  7. Pinker thinks the world is getting better. There is progress, certainly in technologies. Good men are striving for the good, and bad men are striving for the bad. The question is, who will succeed? With the bad guys, America has been at war in the ME since 1991, trillions of dollars wasted on death and destruction that could have been better spent on free college, medicare for all, job creation, etc. And it is becoming a police state where you must present your ''papers'' and be searched at airports and road check points. Your money, credit cards, and property can be taken from you under bogus forfeiture laws for which you have, realistically speaking, no recourse. And police can beat you up or kill you and not be punished as a rule. There will be, according to the latest news, 30,000 drones surveilling Americans from the sky—-which would be nothing short of making America a high tech ''open air prison''. America is no longer a democracy, never really was, and its capitalism is really rule by corporations. A corporatocracy run by the billionaires.  This does not bode well for a kinder, gentler future envisioned by Pinker. But, perhaps, the bad guys won't win. They never do in the movies.

  8. The FED needs to be dechartered from printing money outside of government ; from lending it to gvt as a debt on us tax servants

    gvt needs to print bux inside gvt ; free from debt of maturing t bonds ; free from the interest on t bonds….

  9. It's weird. I am an atheist (never saw a reason to believe) and yet Chris Hedges is one of my favorite authors. He speaks uniquely to me. He has taugt me so much.
    Anyway, he looks exhausted. He has to take better care of himself. We are going to need him for a looooooooooooooooooong time.
    My best wishes. 🙂

  10. “It is much safer to celebrate civil liberties than to defend them, and it is much safer to defend them as a formal right than use them in a politically effective way. Even those who would most willingly subvert these liberties, usually do so in their very name. It is easier still to defend someone else’s right to have used them years ago than to have something yourself to say NOW and to say it now forcibly. The defense of civil liberties—even of their practice a decade ago—has become the major concern of many liberal and once leftward scholars. All of which is a safe way of diverting intellectual effort from the sphere of political reflection and demand.” – C. Wright Mills

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