How many times will we rebuild Florida’s cities, Houston, coastal New Jersey, New Orleans and other population centers ravaged by storms lethally intensified by global warming? At what point, surveying the devastation and knowing more is inevitable, will we walk away, leaving behind vast coastal dead zones? Will we retreat even further into magical thinking to cope with the fury we have unleashed from the natural world? Or will we respond rationally and radically alter our relationship to this earth that gives us life?
In a new episode of “Watch the Hawks,” Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges sits down with Tyrel Ventura and Tabetha Wallace to discuss violence between the “alt-right” and anti-fascist (“antifa”) movements. Hedges also responds to criticism of his recent Truthdig article comparing the two groups.
“It’s my job as a writer to, as stringently as I can, write what I see as the truth,” Hedges says. “What we’re encountering here in the United States is more akin to revolution, and revolutions are always fundamentally nonviolent.”
Hedges discusses his experience witnessing violence in war-torn countries, noting that while “nobody was sitting around in a basement arguing about pacifism,” the “poison of violence” still affects those who must resort to it to defend themselves.
“There is no moral equivalency between these right-wing, white nativist groups and antifa, and I was very clear about that in my column,” Hedges notes. “But I think when they [antifa] carry out these tactics, they actually squander their moral authority, because they have moral authority, and they play into the hands of [the] Trump administration.”Tyrel Ventura, and Tabetha Wallace
On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges is joined by trans rights activist Pauline Park.
On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges examines the rise of white, right-wing hate groups with Ajamu Baraka, Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and the Green Party’s nominee for Vice President in the 2016 election. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the profusion of white supremacist groups in America.
On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges is joined by Diane Ravitch, former assistant secretary of education under President George H.W. Bush and author of “Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools”.
Donald Trump’s ideological vacuum, the more he is isolated and attacked, is being filled by the Christian right. This Christianized fascism, with its network of megachurches, schools, universities and law schools and its vast radio and television empire, is a potent ally for a beleaguered White House. The Christian right has been organizing and preparing to take power for decades. If the nation suffers another economic collapse, which is probably inevitable, another catastrophic domestic terrorist attack or a new war, President Trump’s ability to force the Christian right’s agenda on the public and shut down dissent will be dramatically enhanced. In the presidential election, Trump had 81 percent of white evangelicals behind him.
Trump’s moves to restrict abortion, defund Planned Parenthood, permit discrimination against LGBT people in the name of “religious liberty” and allow churches to become active in politics by gutting the Johnson Amendment, along with his nominations of judges championed by the Federalist Society and his call for a ban on Muslim immigrants, have endeared him to the Christian right. He has rolled back civil rights legislation and business and environmental regulations. He has elevated several stalwarts of the Christian right into power—Mike Pence to the vice presidency, Jeff Sessions to the Justice Department, Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, Betsy DeVos to the Department of Education, Tom Price to Health and Human Services and Ben Carson to Housing and Urban Development. He embraces the white supremacy, bigotry, American chauvinism, greed, religious intolerance, anger and racism that define the Christian right.
On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges is joined by Larry Hamm, Chairman of the People’s Organization for Progress. They discuss the history of oppression of African Americans in the U.S. and the relentless struggle for racial equality.