New World Notes - Only Mutiny Can Save the Ship
This week on New World Notes: radio program #311, February 18, 2014, from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m. (and on Wednesday from 8:30 to 9:00 p.m.), host Kenneth Dowst excerpts a stunning talk by journalist/prophet Chris Hedges. Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick is an apt (and scary) metaphor for the U.S. today, says Hedges.
The relentless pursuit of an insane goal: that's Captain Ahab on the ship Pequod, and that's corporate capitalism today. On the Pequod, the pursuit yielded repression and then destruction of ship and crew. That's where the world today is heading.
Only mutiny by the crew could have saved the Pequod, and--Hedges argues--only nonviolent rebellion by citizens can save the U.S. and the planet's ecosystem.
I have condensed Hedges' talk substantially. He delivered the talk, under a different title, at Moravian College on October 22, 2013. A video of the complete talk is available on YouTube.
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