PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “The Power of Persuasion with Stuart Ewen” / RT America / On Contact with Chris Hedges ☮

Stuart Ewen, Professor and Chair of the Department of Film & Media at Hunter College and author of ‘Captains of Consciousness: Advertising and the Social Roots of the Consumer Culture’ joins Chris Hedges for a conversation on the power of mass propaganda.

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Police Power with Alex Vitale” / RT America / On Contact with Chris Hedges ☮

Alex Vitale, author of “The End of Policing” and Professor of Sociology and Coordinator of the Policing & Social Justice Project at Brooklyn College, discusses the origins of modern policing and how to prevent law enforcement from stripping away citizens’ rights. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the expansion of police powers.

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Non-Violent Resistance with George Lakey” / RT America / On Contact with Chris Hedges ☮

George Lakey, author of “Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got it Right and How We Can Too”, joins Chris Hedges to discuss non-violent resistance against the corporate state. RT Corresponent Anya Parampil looks at successful non-violent tactics used in the civil rights movement.

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “The Great Flood” / truthdig / Chris Hedges / 09.10.2017 ☮

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?

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NEOLIBERALISM: “Chris Hedges Responds to Criticism of ‘Antifa’ Column” / Watching the Hawks RT / Tyrel Ventura, and Tabetha Wallace ☮

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

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Agenda of Hate with Ajamu Baraka” / RT America / On Contact with Chris Hedges ☮

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.