Chris Hedges, former war correspondent, senior fellow at The Nation Institute, and author of several books including War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning and Death of the Liberal Class, and Barbara Ehrenreich, author of several books including Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passion of War and Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America, discuss why cultures are drawn to war.
Chris Hedges, senior fellow at the Nation Institute, former foreign correspondent for the New York Times, and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, discusses his two decades of experience as a war correspondent, and examines the American empire at home and abroad. The World as It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress looks at the constant struggle with the nature of war and its impact on human civilization.
Ratko Mladic, the last of Serbia's three major suspected war criminals was arrested Thursday morning on charges of genocide. Wanted for war crimes and masterminding the Srebrenica massacre, Mladic had been hiding for over a decade. Chris Hedges is the former Balkan Bureau Chief for The New York Times. He reported on the massacre and remembers the horrible crimes perpetrated by Mladic.
Richard Holbrooke, President Obama’s special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan and famed diplomat, died of heart failure yesterday. He was 69. Holbrooke was the man that many presidents had turned to when they wanted to find a way to end a war. In the mid-1990s, Holbrooke helped broker the peace accords that ended the war in Bosnia. And right up until his death he was working on bringing stability to the Afghan-Pakistan region.
Senior fellow at The Nation Institute Chris Hedges examines the failure of the liberal class to confront the rise of the corporate state. In The Death of the Liberal Class he argues that the five pillars of the liberal establishment – the press, liberal religious institutions, labor unions, universities, and the Democratic Party— have become more concerned with status and privilege than justice and progress.