Oct 10 2013

Chris Hedges on The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies

The political theater unfolding in Washington DC over the past several weeks has not just left Americans disgusted at the apparent inability of Congress to do its work, it has left hundreds of thousands, and potentially millions, without wages, or without access to government programs. The real questions of startling economic inequality are, as usual, left off the table even as both major parties take aim at the last vestiges of government benefits like Social Security and Medicare, cynically referred to as “entitlements.”

Meanwhile, elite US forces conduct raids in other countries and secret US program watch our every move in a manner that puts even Orwell’s dystopian vision of Big Brother to shame. While the planet continues to warm dangerously, oil and gas companies simply use newly melted vistas as venues for more oil exploration.

And yet many of us put our trust in human progress to save us. This Sunday in Santa Monica acclaimed veteran journalist and author Chris Hedges shares his insights with us on what he calls “the myth of human progress,” at a KPFK sponsored event organized by Truthdig.

GUEST: Chris Hedges is a Senior Fellow at the Nation Institute and a columnist for Truthdig.com, veteran foreign correspondent, Pulitzer prize winner and author of several books including his acclaimed War is a Force That Gives us Meaning, Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle, The World As It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress, and most recently Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt with Joe Sacco.

Event Information

A Truthdig talk by Chris Hedges

Hedges in Person: The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies
Sunday, October 13, 2013 11:00 a.m.

Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club
1210 Fourth Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges’ talk will be followed by a conversation with Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer and a Q & A with the audience.

Click here for tickets.

7 responses so far

7 Responses to “Chris Hedges on The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies”

  1. Judion 11 Oct 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Chris H —
    Without you the USA would be totally in lotus land. You will go down (if the planet should last that long) as the Jeremiah of our age. Heroic. Brilliant. Your father’s son. He’d be proud. You are brave. You are a mensch. Why are there no more like you? THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Christian Imhoffon 19 Oct 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Mr. Hedges you are my hero. Your columns, books and interviews are absolutely inspiring. I wish for more courageous people like you to rise up and publicly speak the truth. I’m afraid though that in our current state of affairs we would need legions like you. Thank you though for your words of wisdom and truth. Godspeed Mr. Hedges.

  3. Ron Chamblinon 10 Nov 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Mr. Hedges… You speak the truth…brutally and honestly about the establishment…. about the leaches that’ve emerged to positions of power as our brand of capitalism has evolved to its current insanity ….. and so I worry about your safety. Look at Kennedy, King, Malcolm X, and Kennedy, the murdered individuals who spoke excessively the truth about those wielding the real power.

  4. Livingston Thomas, Jr.on 02 Mar 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Mr. Hedges,

    There has not been a moment since I have observed your many speeches you haven’t inspired me. As an African American, you energizes my spirit and rekindle hope in ways I thought no longer exist. Often, I think of you in the same breath of Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., James Baldwin, Malcolm (X) Shabazz, the displayed courage, each of you shown when speaking to those in power. Wealth in itself has a place in society and not a bad thing. When it’s used to create structural barriers, such as suppressing voting rights; cuts in social programs that deprives the poor of their meager allotments; refused funding unemployment compensation to tens of thousands of long term unemployed victims; refused to approve funds that ensure that every American child receive a quality education; funding for infrastructure repairs for roads, streets, bridges, building upgrades, a sure path to employment for so many eligible and desperate unemployed Americans.

    I believe God has sent as the man for these dark days. I only wish to encourage you to continue the fight. One day, all of God’s children shall overcome.

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