A Strange Kind of Consolation

Chris Hedges: “Revolution is not about catharsis. It is not about joining a masked mob to “get off” on property destruction. That is protest as adolescent narcissism. It celebrates a self-destructive hyper-masculinity that also fuels many in the police and military. It alienates those within the power structures who, if revolution is to succeed, must be pried away from defending the ruling elites.”

“Yes, our cries were not heard. Yes, it may be futile. But the fight is what makes us human. It gives us dignity. It affirms life in the face of death.” Read more . . .

Chris Hedges interviews Dahr Jamail

The following interview is one of the best I’ve seen on climate change. Chris Hedges interviews author and journalist Dar Jamail who recently published a book entitled “The End of Ice.” It is very powerful, informative and moving, especially the discussion toward the end when Hedges asks him “How do you cope with that?”

“We may be watching earth dying, so we each get to ask ourselves what am I called forth to do at this time. Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh has written how the most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When our mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers. . . . We are already facing mass extinction. There is no removing the heat we have introduced into the oceans nor the 40 billion of carbon dioxide we pump into the atmosphere every single year. There may be no changing what is happening and far worse things are coming. How then shall we meet this?”

Chris Hedges on Extinction Rebellion

“There is one desperate chance left to thwart the impending ecocide and extinction of the human species. We must, in wave after wave, carry out nonviolent acts of civil disobedience to shut down the capitals of the major industrial countries, crippling commerce and transportation, until the ruling elites are forced to publicly state the truth about climate catastrophe, implement radical measures to halt carbon emissions by 2025 and empower an independent citizens committee to oversee the termination of our 150-year binge on fossil fuels. If we do not do this, we will face mass death.”

“The British-based group Extinction Rebellion has called for nonviolent acts of civil disobedience on April 15 in capitals around the world to reverse our “one-way track to extinction.” I do not know if this effort will succeed. But I do know it is the only mechanism left to force action by the ruling elites . . .” “ Read more . . .

Author Information: Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a New York Times best-selling author, a professor in the college degree program offered to New Jersey state prisoners by Rutgers University, and an ordained Presbyterian minister. He has written 12 books. His latest book is “America: The Farewell Tour” (2018). His book “War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning” (2003) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction and has sold over 400,000 copies. He writes a weekly column for the website Truthdig and hosts a show, “On Contact,” on RT America.