Chris Hedges spoke Wednesday night at Macalester College’s Weyerhauser Memorial Chapel in an event sponsored by the Saint Paul school’s Institute for Global Citizenship.
Hedges was a foreign correspondent for nearly two decades for the New York Times, the Dallas Morning News, the Christian Science Monitor, and National Public Radio. He is a Senior Fellow at The Nation Institute and a Lannan Literary Fellow and has taught at Columbia University , New York University, Princeton University, and at a correctional facility in New Jersey. His most recent books are: Death of the Liberal Class and The World As It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress.
“The truly educated become conscious. They become self-aware,” Hedges wrote in an April 11 article titled Why the United States Is Destroying Its Education System. “They do not lie to themselves. They do not pretend that fraud is moral or that corporate greed is good. They do not claim that the demands of the marketplace can morally justify the hunger of children or denial of medical care to the sick. They do not throw 6 million families from their homes as the cost of doing business. Thought is a dialogue with one’s inner self. Those who think ask questions, questions those in authority do not want asked. They remember who we are, where we come from and where we should go. They remain eternally skeptical and distrustful of power. And they know that this moral independence is the only protection from the radical evil that results from collective unconsciousness.”