On The Real News Network’s “Reality Asserts Itself,” Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges discusses his book “The Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt” with Paul Jay. In part one of a three-part series, they focus on the revolutionary significance of Thomas Paine, why we did not carry out an American “Revolution,” and three reasons why—in moments of extremity—liberals cannot “propel resistance forward.”
truthdig.com July 9, 2015
“…I think that rebels are absolutely vital,” Hedges says. “You know, I use that concept from Reinhold Niebuhr about sublime madness. And Niebuhr writes correctly that in moments of extremity, liberals are a dead force. They are too ineffectual, too little emotional, too intellectual in order to propel resistance forward, that you need people who are possessed of that sublime madness.
“And the figures that I seek out in the book—Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning, Lynne Stewart, the…
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