Chris Hedges

  • Ancien correspondant de guerre et auteur de plusieurs essais, Chris Hedges "pense" ici son expérience des conflits armés en Amérique du Sud, dans les Balkans et au Moyen-Orient. Grâce à ses réflexions puissantes, saisissantes, il bouleverse nos idées préconçues et délivre une analyse profonde de l'attrait que la guerre peut exercer sur l'homme. Le sens qu'elle peut donner à la vie est une drogue dure. En relisant les classiques de la littérature sur la guerre et en critiquant ouvertement les positions et décisions de son pays, les États-Unis, Chris Hedges incite à enfin démasquer tous les mythes menant aux conflits armés.
     

  • De plus en plus puissant, l'État-entreprise n'a même plus à répondre à ses détracteurs progressistes. Les médias, les syndicats, les universités, les artistes et le Parti démocrate se sont tous inclinés devant la grande entreprise et, bardés de leur prétendue neutralité, défendent désormais les intérêts de celle-ci dans une consternante pantomime de démocratie. L'élite progressiste américaine, détachée du monde, dépourvue de toute crédibilité, a déserté la tribune politique, cédant la place au populisme d'extrême droite. À la fois récit du naufrage volontaire du contre-pouvoir, depuis la Première Guerre mondiale jusqu'à l'invasion de l'Irak, et constat d'un alarmant vide idéologique, ce livre salue aussi les révoltés, libres parias, qui persistent à épuiser le champ du possible.

  • Avec son bonheur de façade et ses émotions fabriquées, la culture de l'illusion étend son emprise sur les États-Unis. D'un salon de l'industrie de la pornographie à Las Vegas aux plateaux de la télé-réalité, en passant par les campus universitaires et les séminaires de développement personnel, Chris Hedges enquête sur les mécanismes qui empêchent de distinguer le réel des faux-semblants et détournent la population des enjeux politiques réels.

  • As a veteran war correspondent, Chris Hedges has survived ambushes in Central America, imprisonment in Sudan, and a beating by Saudi military police. He has seen children murdered for sport in Gaza and petty thugs elevated into war heroes in the Balkans. Hedges, who is also a former divinity student, has seen war at its worst and knows too well that to those who pass through it, war can be exhilarating and even addictive: “It gives us purpose, meaning, a reason for living."Drawing on his own experience and on the literature of combat from Homer to Michael Herr, Hedges shows how war seduces not just those on the front lines but entire societies corrupting politics, destroying culture, and perverting basic human desires. Mixing hard-nosed realism with profound moral and philosophical insight, War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning is a work of terrible power and redemptive clarity whose truths have never been more necessary.

  • The liberal class plays a vital role in a democracy. It gives moral legitimacy to the state. It makes limited forms of dissent and incremental change possible. The liberal class posits itself as the conscience of the nation. It permits us, through its appeal to public virtues and the public good, to define ourselves as a good and noble people. Most importantly, on behalf of the power elite the liberal class serves as bulwarks against radical movements by offering a safety valve for popular frustrations and discontentment by discrediting those who talk of profound structural change. Once this class loses its social and political role then the delicate fabric of a democracy breaks down and the liberal class, along with the values it espouses, becomes an object of ridicule and hatred. The door that has been opened to proto-fascists has been opened by a bankrupt liberalism
    The Death of the Liberal Class examines the failure of the liberal class to confront the rise of the corporate state and the consequences of a liberalism that has become profoundly bankrupted. Hedges argues there are five pillars of the liberal establishment – the press, liberal religious institutions, labor unions, universities and the Democratic Party-- and that each of these institutions, more concerned with status and privilege than justice and progress, sold out the constituents they represented. In doing so, the liberal class has become irrelevant to society at large and ultimately the corporate power elite they once served.

  • In the face of modern conditions, revolution is inevitable. The rampant inequality that exists between the political and corporate elites and the struggling masses; the destruction wreaked upon our environment by faceless, careless corporations; the steady stripping away of our civil liberties and the creation of a monstrous surveillance system all of these have combined to spark a profound revolutionary moment. Corporate capitalists, dismissive of the popular will, do not see the fires they are igniting.
    In Wages of Rebellion, Chris Hedges a renowned chronicler of the malaise and sickness of a society in terminal moral decline investigates what social and psychological factors cause revolution and resistance. Focusing on the stories of radicals and dissenters from around the world and throughout history, and drawing on an ambitious overview of prominent philosophers, historians, and novelists, Hedges explores what it takes to be a rebel in modern times. Hedges, using a term coined by the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, cites “sublime madness" as the essential force that guides the actions of rebels the state of passion that causes the rebel to engage in an unwavering fight against overwhelmingly powerful and oppressive forces.
    From South African activists who dedicated their lives to ending apartheid, to contemporary anti-fracking protestors in Canada, to whistleblowers in pursuit of transparency, Wages of Rebellion shows the cost of a life committed to speaking truth to power and demanding justice. This is a fight that requires us to find in acts of rebellion the sparks of life, an intrinsic meaning that lies beyond the possibility of success. For Hedges, resistance is not finally defined by what we achieve, but by what we become.

  • Les institutions sociales et politiques s'écroulent aux États-Unis comme ailleurs, et les élites, tant de gauche que de droite, ne suscitent plus au sein des peuples qu'un ressentiment dont l'intensité va grandissant. Cette colère se déchaîne et, de partout, surgissent des charlatans prêts à la canaliser pour protéger les élites au pouvoir. Les signes ne trompent pas : l'âge des démagogues est arrivé.

    Dans cette série d'entretiens, Chris Hedges explique l'ascension politique d'un personnage aussi trouble que Donald Trump, dénonçant au passage les démocrates, qu'il juge responsables de la déréliction politique qui a fait perdre la tête à l'Amérique. Une analyse lucide du néolibéralisme totalitaire et de la montée des extrémismes partout dans le monde, et qui incite, en fin de compte, à la rébellion.

  • Named a Best Book of the Year by Amazon.com and the Washington PostThree years ago, Pulitzer Prize–winner Chris Hedges and award-winning cartoonist and journalist Joe Sacco set out to take a look at the sacrifice zones, those areas in America that have been offered up for exploitation in the name of profit, progress, and technological advancement. They wanted to show in words and drawings what life looks like in places where the marketplace rules without constraints, where human beings and the natural world are used and then discarded to maximize profit. Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt is the searing account of their travels.

  • Collateral Damage brings together testimony from the largest number of on the record, named, combat veterans who reveal the disturbing, daily reality of war and occupation in Iraq.Through their eyes, we learn how the mechanics of war lead to the abuse and frequent killing of innocents. They describe convoys of vehicles roaring down roads, smashing into cars, and hitting Iraqi civilians. They detail raids that leave families shot dead in the mayhem. And they describe a battlefield in which troops, untrained to distinguish between combatants and civilians, are authorized to shoot whenever they feel threatened.

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