7/26/11

The fuzzy thinking of Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges: Fundamentalism Kills - Chris Hedges' Columns - Truthdig

Chris Hedges is a weekly Truthdig columnist and a fellow at The Nation Institute. His newest book is “The World As It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress.”

Instead of excerpting from his lengthy post, I have simply passed on Chris's bio at the end. That he wishes to take on progress explains why his thinking lacks nuance. With a broad brush he denotes whole societies as problematic and more or less buys the theory that we will allow our "chosen people" presumptions to roll along until the globe is nuclear ash. The fact of the matter is, as Peirce makes clear in a truthful philosophy  called pragmaticism, we do progress, fitfully, by experiment. The force that undergirds this, I believe, are the willed values of tolerance, helpfulness and democracy. All subject to the root value of non-idolatry. Chris finally concedes little chance that wiser heads can prevail in the long run. By taking his position, he offers little to those who correctly perceive that progress is possible and that time moves forward, not cyclically.


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