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When civilizations start to die they go insane. Let the ice sheets in the Arctic melt. Let the temperatures rise. Let the air, soil and water be poisoned. Let the forests die. Let the seas be emptied of life. Let one useless war after another be waged. Let the masses be thrust into extreme poverty and left without jobs while the elites, drunk on hedonism, accumulate vast fortunes through exploitation, speculation, fraud and theft. Reality, at the end, gets unplugged. We live in an age when news consists of Snooki's pregnancy, Hulk Hogan's sex tape and Kim Kardashian's denial that she is the naked woman cooking eggs in a photo circulating on the Internet. Politicians, including presidents, appear on late night comedy shows to do gags and they campaign on issues such as creating a moon colony. "[A]t times when the page is turning," Louis-Ferdinand Celine wrote in "Castle to Castle," "when History brings all the nuts together, opens its Epic Dance Halls! hats and heads in the whirlwind! Panties overboard!"


Chris Hedges spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He has reported from more than 50 countries and has worked for The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, The Dallas Morning News and The New York Times, for which he was a foreign correspondent for 15 years.

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It is a revenge. The native people of the Land wor... by Mark Sashine on Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 9:25:20 AM's just that nobody is listening.... by Philip Zack on Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 9:30:11 AM
'When in response to our word At least one soul ... by Mark Sashine on Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 9:54:41 AM
THANK YOU CHRIS.... by Linda Laurin on Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 10:56:24 AM
 It is indeed encouraging to see Hedges so c... by Alan MacDonald on Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 11:34:58 AM
I loved reading it. Thanks... by Theresa Paulfranz on Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 12:02:42 PM
A lovely article. ends up concluding th... by Perry Logan on Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 12:18:18 PM
And there may be even more to blame, if one is ope... by Joan Mootry on Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 2:37:53 PM
I don't know about you, Perry, but I don't conside... by Alan MacDonald on Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 5:28:10 PM
Thanks, Chris.  I think your thoughts are rig... by Burl Hall on Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 12:58:57 PM
Chris's article begins by excoriating Empire, and ... by Alan MacDonald on Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 1:32:43 PM
You are speaking for us all now.  Cooperation... by Jane Christenson on Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 1:41:29 PM
The quest by a bankrupt elite in the final days o... by Michael Dewey on Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 2:32:47 PM
I've always believed that there is a lot of room a... by Paul Repstock on Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 4:57:07 PM
Chris is right, we are to blame.  Even if we ... by Jim Miles on Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 5:02:28 PM
large houses built on our precious wilderness and ... by Laura Stein on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 1:05:29 PM
Yes, Chris, you have finally done it.  You ha... by Bayard Waterbury on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 5:04:21 PM
An Alternative to Capitalism (if the people kne... by John Steinsvold on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 11:31:06 PM