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Repeat guest Pulitzer Prize and Emmy winning Chris Hedges, was a NYTimes foreign correspondent for 15 years. He's a columnist for Truthdig and His new book is
America: The Farewell Tour
Chris Hedges on Hope, Happiness, Heroes, Revolution, Rupture and the The End of Civilization A wide ranging interview exploring Chris's thinking on some very important but not always explored ideas, as well as a discussion of his book, America; The Farewe
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Notes: Prep and interview
Before we get into discussing the problems which you explore, I'd like to start with you discussing what gives you hope? And can you talk about your thinking on hope. Evil and human kindness.
Evil? Narcissism, Psychopathy, culture of the self, of idolatry
Christian anarchism: Power is always the problem
Civilization ; create a culture of death
, Radical evil
Kropotkin- Myth of survival of the fittest; herds have highest survival rate
Thoughts on heroes and Campbell's hero's journey.
Problem of individualism
Who are your heroes?
Our only response now is sustained mass acts of civil disobedience.
It's got to have a spiritual dimension like standing rock had one.
What we are fighting for is the systems of life, the sacred, the understanding that there are people and things around us that have a value beyond a monetary value.
Calling for revolution. Calling for overthrow of the corporate state, just as regimes from eastern Europe were overthrown.
Paul Tillich; Every institution is demonic, including the Search.
Role of liberal elites
Durkheim's study of suicide as model for book. Anomie
W. Webb Dubois
Christine Pagano, heroin addict
Diseases of despairpathologies that rise out of a decaying, disintegrating culture
Colonization and decolonization Michael Yellowbird
Corporate coup de etat in slow motion
Elizabeth Anderson; private government
What's your thinking on happiness?
Christian right Christianized fascism.
Christian Heretics and Liberal Church
Narcissists and Psychopaths
You characterize your chapters as descripting diseases of despairself destructive pathologies. Pathologies of self annihilation. You talk about anomie
Need to rebuild social bonds.
Durkheimdestruction of social bonds.
Fertile ground for rise of American fascism
Talk about conservative values.
Nationalism betrays the working class
Trump as cult leader; Cults are personality cults. Jim Jones. Cult leaders as narcissists
You refer to revolutionary elites as problematic as capitalists
You opine the divide between the left and workers who have supported Trump and suggest that to overturn the corporate state will have to begin locally. That's bottom-up.
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