Oct 10 2013
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.
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.