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The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies (VIDEO)

In “Moby Dick,” Herman Melville makes our murderous obsessions, our hubris, violent impulses, moral weakness and inevitable self-destruction visible in his chronicle of a whaling voyage. He is our foremost oracle.

Posted on Apr 13, 2014 READ MORE



The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies

Chris Hedges takes a page from “Moby Dick” in this speech, in which he sketches out a cautionary tale about the American character and, by extension, the ultimate fate of the human race.

Posted on Jan 26, 2014 READ MORE


Chris Hedges: Flee Society’s Dazzling and Deadly Fantasies

The American people’s collective inability to overcome commercial illusion and confront the grim realities of the economic and environmental crises means they will remain slaves to fiction and its apocalyptic outcomes, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges told Paul Jay on The Real News Network’s new show, “Reality Asserts Itself.”

Posted on Jul 21, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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Chris Hedges and Herman Melville Assault the Fruits of ‘Enlightenment’

A description of the lives of Polynesian islanders in Melville’s book “Typee” shows that the inhumanities of capitalism visible today and constantly attacked by Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges were plainly recognized in American literature of the mid-19th century.

Posted on Jul 20, 2013 READ MORE



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We Are All Aboard the Pequod

Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick” is a portrait of the American character, and like the crew of Ahab’s ship we are complicit in self-annihilation.

Posted on Jul 7, 2013 READ MORE



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The (Less Than) Eternal Sea

Happily aloft in the vicinity of my father’s hat, and the weather having cleared since the Ohioan missed its compass heading, I was free to form my earliest impression of the sea at a safe and sunny distance, lulled by the sound of waves breaking on the beach, delighting in the drift of gulls in a bright blue sky.

Posted on Jun 4, 2013 READ MORE


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