VIDEO: Hedges – We Must Grasp Reality to Build Effective Resistance

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In the continuation of Paul Jay’s Reality Asserts Itself interview with Chris Hedges, they discuss the fantasy that we can have everything we want and the reality of the grave dangers facing us – Pt 3 of 7 

Here are statements from the video by Chris Hedges:

“This kind of mania for hope is really a kind of a sickness because it prevents us from seeing how dire and catastrophic the situation is if we don’t radically reconfigure our relationship to each other and to the ecosystem and so of course people don’t want to hear it.”

“We are fed this mantra that is really fiction, and the mantra goes that we can have everything we want. That reality is never an impediment to what we desire. ”

“It’s a lie. It’s not true. And I think we can’t even use the word hope until we confront reality and begin to resist against the real. If we are resisting against a fantasy or fiction. If we believe that Barack Obama is going to save us. Then it’s like writing letters to Uncle Joe Stalin, if he only knew what they were doing here out in Ukrainian wheat fields where of course millions of people died of famine. Then everything we do is futile. So I think it is fundamental that we grasp reality in order to build effective resistance and unfortunately reality at this moment in human history is pretty bleak.”