The World As It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress Hardcover – Apr 12 2011
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"Indicative of the longtime war correspondent's experienced eye and commitment to social justice...[Hedges'] descriptions of the dangers of American 'political passivity' deserve careful consideration along with much else in these powerfully written pages" -Publishers Weekly, starred review" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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As someone who has seen the reality of war directly I can attest to the validity of Hedges' description of the brutality and futility of America's wars in Asia, and I have confidence in his analysis of the economic and environmental catastrophe that is the result, at least in part, of these wars.
If you wish to live undisturbed in the dreamworld of your fantasies of progress, material wealth, and imperial hegemony, do not touch this book.The World As It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress
At a time in history,"the information age" when we have the hindsight and forsight to avoid pitfalls of the past we are retreating into a world of degeneracy.
The book is a collection of essays written over a number of years. Hedges writes compellingly with the authority of his vast world experience and his razor sharp insights.
Hedges makes his readers uncomfortable as we must confront ourslves in his writings, at the same time he has a message, raising issues we must confront with great urgency as our political elites betray us.
Chris Hedges, through a compilation of articles and essays taken from his truthdig website relates to us a text that is both compelling in its depth and frightening in its scope. The United States of America is not, nor has been, the country in which we have placed our trust and compassion. Instead, it is a country that fully embraces the concept of imperialism and hegemony, and one that places power, and its companion corruption, above reasonable humanistic standards. Its sister state, namely Israel, is equally as deceiving and militaristic with its actions and attitudes towards its Islamic neighbors. No amount of banner waving, allegiance pledging nor Independence Day celebrations can remove, or even lessen, the negative impact that both countries have had on the present day world. The sole purpose of both countries over the past thirty years has been one of world domination and control. But, just as the credit card bill eventually comes in the mail, the monetary payment for such long standing actions is well past due. And we, quite frankly, cannot afford to make the minimum payment. We have, long ago, 'robbed Peter to pay Paul' and/or simply stolen from our domestic funding until we are now both penniless and desolate.
Wake up America, the corporatists during the Reagan era bought out the the ruling majority of the politicians!Read more ›
Hedges’s tone is a mixture of anguish and anger, and his acerbic prose takes no prisoners. His style may be unattractive, even unsettling, but I can find no fault with his main arguments. His is a voice of truth in a wilderness of spin, and I wish that it weren’t so.
Here’s his assessment of Barack Obama, the candidate of change who became the president of the status quo:
"The American empire has not altered under Barack Obama. It kills as brutally and indiscriminately ... It steals from the U.S. Treasury to enrich the corporate elite as rapaciously. It will not give us universal health care, abolish the Bush secrecy laws, end torture or “extraordinary rendition,” restore habeas corpus, or halt the warrantless wiretapping and monitoring of citizens. It will not push through significant environmental reform, regulate Wall Street, or end our relationship with private contractors that provide mercenary armies to fight our imperial wars and produce useless and costly weapons systems."
It’s hard to disagree with this appraisal, and Obama is just one of the targets in Hedges’s sights. Obama doesn’t get anything close to the most space in the book — that “honour” is reserved for the government of Israel and its oppression of the Arab peoples of Palestine.Read more ›
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Chris Hedges is an important writer and always worth reading. However, one does feel that the message of evil is flogged rather hard in this book.Published 7 months ago by Michael Purves-Smith