Sat Feb 23, 2013, 09:59 AM
Wernothelpless (345 posts)
Obey, "Death of the Liberal Class" by journalist and Pulitzer prize winner, Chris Hedges.
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Watch ‘Obey’: Film Based on Chris Hedges’ ‘Death of the Liberal Class’
British filmmaker Temujin Doran has released a new movie that is based on the book “The Death of the Liberal Class” by Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges. The film, titled “Obey,” explores the rise of the corporate state and the future of obedience in a world filled with unfettered capitalism, worsening inequality and environmental changes.
Warning: Viewers may find some of the clips in the film—which you can watch in its entirety below—disturbing.
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Wed Feb 27, 2013, 11:08 AM
Wernothelpless (345 posts)
6. Thankful for a brave man such as Hedges ...
Was rereading this thoughtful piece and thought I'd share it here ...
Chris Hedges' chilling essay: 'Above all else, never lie to yourself'
These are the first two paragraphs of a fine, brave, chilling essay on Truthdig by Chris Hedges:
"Cultures that endure carve out a protected space for those who question and challenge national myths. Artists, writers, poets, activists, journalists, philosophers, dancers, musicians, actors, directors and renegades must be tolerated if a culture is to be pulled back from disaster. Members of this intellectual and artistic class, who are usually not welcome in the stultifying halls of academia where mediocrity is triumphant, serve as prophets. They are dismissed, or labeled by the power elites as subversive, because they do not embrace collective self-worship. They force us to confront unexamined assumptions, ones that, if not challenged, lead to destruction. They expose the ruling elites as hollow and corrupt. They articulate the senselessness of a system built on the ideology of endless growth, ceaseless exploitation and constant expansion. They warn us about the poison of careerism and the futility of the search for happiness in the accumulation of wealth. They make us face ourselves, from the bitter reality of slavery and Jim Crow to the genocidal slaughter of Native Americans to the repression of working-class movements to the atrocities carried out in imperial wars to the assault on the ecosystem. They make us unsure of our virtue. They challenge the easy clichés we use to describe the nation — the land of the free, the greatest country on earth, the beacon of liberty — to expose our darkness, crimes and ignorance. They offer the possibility of a life of meaning and the capacity for transformation."