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Chris Hedges: The Algebra of Revolution Part 1 & 2

SERIES OVERVIEW — Political and social commentary in a variety of genres. Exploring the gap between what we want … and what they’re trying to make us settle for.

Part 1: A very good but little-known late speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. “The Other America” was delivered at Stanford University (California) on April 14,1967–10 days after his great (and somewhat better-known) speech, “Beyond Vietnam.”

Here King goes beyond mere “civil rights” and speaks forcefully on the larger issues of growing economic inequality and an out-of-control Military-Industrial Complex.
Credits: The somewhat condensed audio recording was produced in 2008 for the radio program, “DC37 Radio”–apparently the predecessor of the “Building Bridges” show. Thanks to producer Ken Nash.

New World Notes is produced under the auspices (Latin for “What, me worry?”) of WWUH-FM, a community service of that beacon of light in darkest Connecticut, the University of Hartford.
Notes: You can download this installment of New World Notes also from The Internet Archive (www.archive.org). The page with the download links is here: https://archive.org/download/NewWorldNotes522-TheOtherAmerica

More details, photos, nice links, & other good stuff on the show’s Web site: http://newworldnotes.blogspot.com

Segment 2,
Hedges’s stunning speech from 2013. Melville’s novel Moby Dick is a metaphor for the US today.

The relentless pursuit of an insane goal: that’s Melvile’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 only nonviolent rebellion by citizens can save the U.S. and the planet’s ecosystem.
Credits: I have condensed Hedges’ talk substantially. He delivered it (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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