Long Chris Hedges Interview – C-SPAN Book TV


Walter Benjamin quote

“The tradition of the oppressed teaches us that the ‘state of emergency’ in which we live is not the exception but the rule. We must attain to a conception of history that is in keeping with this insight. Then we shall clearly realize that it is our task to bring about a real state of emergency, and this will improve our position in the struggle against Fascism. One reason why Fascism has a chance is that in the name of progress its opponents treat it as a historical norm. The current amazement that the things we are experiencing are ‘still’ possible in the twentieth century is not philosophical. This amazement is not the beginning of knowledge–unless it is the knowledge that the view of history which gives rise to it is untenable.”
– Walter Benjamin, “Theses on the Philosophy of History,” (Spring, 1940) trans. Harry Zohn.

Building Political Power for a New Economy: Cross-Sectoral Approaches


They seem like people deeply engaged, trying to make change and connections humbly. They have understood that a key to their work is solidarity and organizing. I believe forming an umbrella group (or groups) is key (as I have mentioned on this blog) to any meaningful change on a national and global level. I have some concerns about the technocratic aspects of this approach and not seeming to include poor people directly, but barring the total collapse of capitalism, there has to be a large measure of fighting fire with fire, i.e., using numbers and using politicians to get things done. These people seem to be approaching everything relatively democratically and in the right spirit. Pros and cons can (and will) be debated ad infinitum (and I’m always happy to hear any informed comments), but really, the point of this post is to bring attention to people attempting to make progressive change. Many claim that position, but the real thing seems few and far between. I will post again when I learn more – or better yet, find out for yourself…

New Economics Institute