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The first of every month C-SPAN2, on their weekend block of programming called the Book Channel, does an "In Depth" interview and audience Q and A with one writer for three hours.  On January 1, 2012 it was Chris Hedges.

It will be rebroadcast Monday, January 2nd at 12am (ET) and Saturday, January 7th at 9am (ET).

You can watch it online at


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  •  Hedges (14+ / 0-)

    He is a reasoned and rational voice based upon years of reporting experience.  He does not look away from the hard realities.  Perhaps that's why he seems so dour.

    Solar is civil defense. Video of my small scale solar experiments at solarray.

    by gmoke on Sun Jan 01, 2012 at 08:25:10 PM PST

  •  Saw most of it. Turned it on by chance while (6+ / 0-)

    having a late breakfast and couldn't turn away.

    He's closer to my combination of positions than any other public intellectual, by far.  Extremely far to the left, by most standard measures, but very critical of liberals like Obama, and also strongly in favor of some positions conventionally considered to be from the right.

    His father was a Presbyterian minister in Vermont, and he got a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard before going off to be a very courageous and awarded war correspondent.  The New York Times fired him for his opposition to Bush's war on Iraq.

    I think he's now an agnostic.  He is a very ferocious opponent of both right-wing religious fundamentalism and also the secular/atheist fundamentalism of the left.

    He's a real freethinker.  The Unitarian/Universalist church gave him an honorary doctorate.

    He does not have a television. Does not follow the political horse races as we do here. He spends hours a day reading (and writing) books. He does not have a website.  You can read his columns on the website truthdig.

    I admire him.

    "Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow." -- last words of Steve Jobs.

    by Timaeus on Sun Jan 01, 2012 at 09:15:37 PM PST

  •  I was amazed (3+ / 0-)
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    I also saw the interview today by accident.  Before I'd even read the morning paper.  It was fascinating.  The paper had to wait.  I had never really heard him before.  Later today I ran into a guy from a local public radio called KBOO, and he told me they have lots of interviews with him there, and I can get them on CD for a few bucks.  Think I'll check that out.

    I couldn't believe the "favorite book list" at the end.  

    And I kept thinking, wow, I've done like nothing with my life, and this guy has done everything and been everywhere.  What an amazing person.

    Here's an idea: how about the people run the government and the corporations can line up for whatever we leave for them.

    by J Orygun on Sun Jan 01, 2012 at 11:28:53 PM PST

  •  Says revolution has begun with OWS (3+ / 0-)
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    Hedges has covered several revolutions as a journalist for the NYT. He says that OWS is the start of the revolution. No one knows were it will end nor how fast it will go.

    Chris is an excellent writer with a moral force. He has been writing about the corporate control of the state for years. Also has written books about religion.

    His best known book is "War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning." Paul Krugman had a column which stated that this is the best book about war that he has ever read.

    Hedges posts a weekly column on You can find there a talk he gave recently at Occupy Princeton.

    An important voice for the OWS movement.

    •  Revolution (1+ / 0-)
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      OWS is part of a world-wide revolution against corporate globalization and for person-to-person globalization.  Not sure that Hedges gets that.  The US is actually following in the footsteps of Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, and, more like us, Spain.  There's a lot we have to and can learn from their struggles.

      Personally, I don't trust the concept of revolution the same way that I don't trust the concept of politics.  Our focus tends to be on government rather than on our own organizations and organizing without the interference of politicians.  For me, revolution is not street demos but weatherization and solar barnraisings, food coops, and farmers' markets, economic and social linkages from one person to the next on a personal and mutual basis.

      But that's just me.

      Solar is civil defense. Video of my small scale solar experiments at solarray.

      by gmoke on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 09:31:08 AM PST

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  •  One of the best reporters ever. NT (2+ / 0-)
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  •  Thanks for posting link, love Hedges. (1+ / 0-)
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