[Buddha-l] Chris Hedges

Elvin Eldridge elvineldridge at gmail.com
Fri Sep 25 18:55:00 MDT 2009

On 9/26/09, JKirkpatrick <jkirk at spro.net> wrote:
> I just heard an eloquent speech by Hedges on our local university
> radio station, which broadcasts Alternative Radio on one of its
> two stations. I'd somehow not come across AR before.
> (www.alternativeradio.org)

What you should know about Hedges, is:

"Hedges, who speaks Arabic and spent seven years in the Middle East,
most of them as the Middle East Bureau Chief for The New York Times,
was an early and vocal critic of the plan to invade and occupy Iraq.
He questioned the rationale for war by the Bush administration and was
often critical of the early press coverage, calling it “shameful
cheerleading.” Hedges delivered a 2003 Commencement address at
Rockford College in Rockford, Ill. shortly after President Bush landed
with great fanfare on an aircraft carrier in which he told the
graduating class “we are embarking on an occupation that, if history
is any guide, will be as damaging to our souls as it will be to our
prestige, power and security.”"

(from Truthdig)


> It's sure a good counter to the blather and lies coming from NPR
> and the commercial stations. So I looked up Hedges online, and
> find that  he's a regular columnist for truthdig, where I found a
> list of his publications. I already agree with his positions on
> war, corporate fascism, etc, but one of his listed books caught
> my eye-- "I Don't Believe in Atheists", apparently a short read.
> One of his points, according to the blurb I found on amazon, is
> that he's as annoyed by dogmatic atheism as he is by dogmatic
> religion.
> No doubt the Buddha felt similarly annoyed, was my thought.
> (I intend to get this book because I've joined up with the
> Unitarian Universalist Humanist group here in Boise, which seems
> to have some militant atheist types as well as the kind of social
> critics I enjoy interacting with).
> So, for those on this list who are not fulminating rahrah
> capitalists and who are also reality-testing social critics, I
> recommend this author.
> Joanna
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