I’m generally not big on watching videos online. I’m more of a reader. But this Laura Flanders interview of Chris Hedges is an exception. Hedges is as powerful with the spoken word as he is with the written word, and this video is quite powerful.
Hedges and Flanders pack a lot into 20 minutes, all worth viewing. Towards the end, Flanders asks Hedges about hope and Hedges explains how he doesn’t share America’s mania for hope.
And he refers to something I’ve noticed in what I read that I’ve come to find annoying: At the end of any book that drills deeply into a serious problem in America, there is the obligatory chapter about a hopeful future. “No matter how bad it is,” Hedges notes, “it has to end with uplift.” Hedges won’t buy into this obsession, and his explanation why is well worth seeing. It starts at the 17 minute mark.