(reposted this after reading Matt's post Further PSYOPS Watch and Michael's Returning Amputees to the Battlefield)
Chris Hedges is a veteran war correspondent who wrote a very important book called War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (2003). It is a passionate call for us to reconsider the roots of the human addiction to war through a careful consideration of the realities of warfare and our necrophiliac relationship with the symbols, rituals and displays of military culture.
Chris Hedges later gave a commencement speech at Rockford college that was disrupted and caused a nationwide controversy. Hedges showed great courage in sticking to his beliefs and not backing down. He is no simple-minded pundit attempting to manipulate the masses for profit and power, but a considerate, thoughtful, former divinity student, shocked by the violence he has seen in the world, but hopeful that we may still change.
Chris Hedges' controversial May graduation speech at Rockford college:
Audio Version of the Speech
Transcript of the Speech
Rockford Register Report on the Campus Debate That Followed
AlterNet now has an interview with Hedges online: The Silencing of Dissent on Graduation Day.
Democracy Now interview:
Excerpts from “War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning”:
More writings by Chris Hedges:
1 Hour audio lecture on “The Mythology of War”:
Chris Hedges and “Enforced Conformity”:
Interview a month before the speech on “Dangerous Citizen”:
PBS interview about “War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning”, includes streaming video of the interview:
Barbara Ehrenreich's Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passion of War (1998)
Hannah Arendt's The Origins of Totalitarianism (1973)
Erich Fromm's The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness (1992)
Carolyn Marvin's and David Ingle's Blood Sacrifice and the Nation: Totem Rituals and the American Flag (1999)
Alexander Laban Hinton's edited collection Annhilating Difference: The Anthropology of Genocide (2002)