Author Chris Hedges is one of a rare breed. True investigative journalists of his caliber were never common, but under the economic jackboot of 21st century transnational corporate-owned media, never have they been more scarce, nor more valuable to the preservation of our democracy.
On April 8, 2012, Chris Hedges lectured to a capacity crowd about his latest book in the Davis Fine Arts Building at WV State University. His Death of the Liberal Class offers keen insight while focusing on war, peace, politics and poverty in America. The standing ovation after his analytic and entertaining lecture was followed by a controversial Q&A session.
Chris Hedges has certainly earned the right to wax controversial. He spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent reporting from more than 50 countries. He worked for the Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, The Dallas Morning News and The New York Times, as a foreign correspondent for 15 years. He was also part of a team at the New York Times that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for coverage of global terrorism.
During the first Gulf War Hedges was taken prisoner by the Iraqi Republican Guard while covering the Shiite uprising in the southern Iraqi city of Basra. He was released after a week to the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Author of 9 books including bestseller Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle, Hedges’ lecture at WVSU may be reviewed in its entirety below, courtesy of Bob Kincaid of HeadOn Radio.
Note: The introduction by Rev. Jim Lewis starts about 5 minutes and thirty seconds into this unedited copy of the original live internet broadcast.
Catch the Veterans for Peace protest against the war at this link.
“Acts of resistance are moral acts. They take place because people of conscience understand the moral, rather than the practical imperative of rebellion. They should be carried out not because they are effective, but because they are right. Those who begin these acts are always few. They are dismissed by those in the “liberal class” who hide their cowardice behind their cynicism. Resistance, however marginal, affirms the sanctity of individual life in a world awash in death. It is a supreme act of faith, the highest form of spirituality. Those who have carried out great acts of resistance in the past sacrifice their security and their comfort, often spent time in jail, and in some cases were killed. They understood that to live in the fullest sense of the word, to exist as free and independent human beings, even under the darkest night of state repression, means to defy injustice. Any act of resistance is its own justification. It cannot be measured by its utilitarian effect, and the acts of resistance that sustain us morally are those that disrupt systems of power but do not violate the sanctity of human life, even, finally, the lives of those who enslave us.” excerpt from Death of the Liberal Class by Chris Hedges