The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies. Chris Hedges.

Anyone with an internet connection and the courage to look fate in the face can see collapse either unfolding or coming at us at an exponential rate of knots.
The ever reliable Chris Hedges eviscerates capitalism,the U.S. Empire and the deep state that is grinding the nation, it’s imperial conquests, its victims and by default the living planet, into dust.
Chris clearly lays out the deadly trio of Acidification, Warming and De-Oxygenation of the oceans and the roles they played in the last 5 mass extinctions. “Microbes it seems are set to inherit the earth.”


Image; Waiotapu Thermal Pools, Rotorua, Aotearoa, New Zealand.

“Those who speak truth are marginalised and ignored, dismissed as pessimists in a culture that prides itself on a child like optimism, at the expense of reality. We have a mania for hope, which our corporate masters lavishly provide across the political and cultural spectrum to keep us passive.”
“Dying civilisations make war on independent intellectual inquiry, art,culture and their burnt children.The corporate state rather feeds the thirst for illusion, happiness and hope and those that challenge this myth are heretics”.  Not to mention ‘Lepers”
“The human species led by White European men has been on a planet wide 500 year rampage of conquering, plundering, looting and exploiting as well as polluting the earth and killing the indigenous comminutes that stood in their way. But the game is up. These are the forces that now doom us”. “The Urban poor are in chains and these chains await us all”.
“The most daunting existential challenge of all time is to ingest this daunting truth”

These are just some of the highlights in this ground breaking speech from Chris Hedges one of the few to join the dots on the coming chaos, as has the anarchist, evolutionary biologist, award winning Professor Guy McPherson
50 minutes of genius from the ever reliable, ever ‘Revolting’ Chris Hedges are embedded below’
“Rebellion is a moral imperative”. “I don’t fight fascist because I think I can win. I fight fascist because they are fascists”.

I'm an anti-imperialist, environmental activist and blue ocean sailor, who is passionate about the earth and all it's inhabitants without favour. Brace for imminent impact as we bare witness to the non-linear unraveling of the biosphere and habitability disappearing for most if not all complex life on the only habitable planet we know of. To quote President Niinistö in North Russia: ‘If We Lose the Arctic, We Lose the World’. Folks we have lost the Arctic.

Posted in Abrupt Climate Change, Collapse, Oceans
72 comments on “The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies. Chris Hedges.
  1. Kevin Hester says:

    The prognosis is extremely dire and it can only be more dire than we know. Very soon the ecological crisis will tip over industrial civilisation.
    Good luck everyone, we’re going to need it.


  2. Kevin Hester says:

    It has now been 5 years since I accepted the severity of the climate and extinction crises we face and it has been a rollercoaster of a journey.
    Because of being born in Aotearoa New Zealand and becoming an ocean going sailor I have had a blessed life.
    I feel a need to pay homage to the 200 species we drive to extinction and the chaos we have inflicted on the biosphere.
    My recent activism has focused on the unfolding 6th great extinction and the fact that young people have been robbed of their futures as have most if not all the other complex life in the endangered biosphere. I will be touring Aotearoa NZ with staff reporter Dahr Jamail in July discussing his recently released new book “The End of Ice”
    My ‘hopes’ going forward is to force the govt in Aotearoa NZ to accept the severity of the crisis and to prepare accordingly.
    In the human domain I would like to see school curriculums altered to reflect the near term reality we face and for the govt in NZ to import huge quantities of grains in anticipation of the coming collapse of the worlds grain production. Jem mentioned in a recent interview that the world has only 4 months of grain stores !!! I believe this should be an urgent focus of the Extinction Rebellion movement.
    I’ll finish with a quote from Edward Abbey the desert anarchist; “Action is the antidote to despair” and one from Professor Guy McPherson my co-host n Nature Bats Last on the Progressive Radio Network; “At the edge of extinction, only love remains”.


  3. Kevin Hester says:

    Chris Hedges at his oratory best;


  4. Kevin Hester says:

    Some interesting observations on the coming collapse;


  5. Kevin Hester says:

    Chris Hedges interviews Roger Hallam from the Extinction Rebellion movement;


  6. Kevin Hester says:

    Hedges is the perfect foil for the liberal petite bourgeois.
    He is perfect for the ‘Woke Elite’ they can identify with his articulate rebelliousness as we circle the drain.

    The narrative will be controlled until collapse unfolds and we lose the internet.
    Anyone not calling it as they see it are lying. They will hide behind self censorship but it’s the same as lying.

    I used to respect Hedges but now I see him as a gate keeper.


  7. Kevin Hester says:

    “I don’t think we’re going to be able to go back to a time before the coronavirus pandemic. I believe that the coronavirus is going to trigger a decline unlike anything the country has seen since the Great Depression. That is why the business class and other ruling elites are panicking.”
    Chris Hedges and I both believe that we have experienced a paradigm shift.–compared-to-whats-coming-next/?fbclid=IwAR1xWiG8_3rxgwa1o6EAYIr3dcG9G7I7W1ZzEpSKnTZM5BPGf_nWy80UK2s


  8. Kevin Hester says:

    “King wrote: “The ‘comfort cult’, as Amalrik called it – the tendency in seemingly stable societies to believe “that ‘reason will prevail’ and that ‘everything will be all right'” – is seductive. As a result, when a terminal crisis comes, it is likely to be unexpected, confusing, and catastrophic,”
    In Hemingway’s 1926 novel “The Sun Also Rises” Bill asked
    “How did you go bankrupt?” .
    “Two ways,” Mike said. “Gradually and then suddenly.”
    This is exactly how civilisations collapse, slowly and then suddenly. The cognitive dissonance around not seeing the obvious signs is amazing.


  9. Kevin Hester says:

    I admit to have been a Chris Hedges ‘fan’ years ago as attested by this post on my website but as we approach collapse and extinction I am more often than not seeing him as a ‘Gate Keeper’.
    All this talk of ‘Revolt’ and NVDA in conjunction is an oxymoron. The dominant culture of capitalism will not be overthrown with podcasts, likes and shares.
    I once attended an anti-apartheid conference in Australia as the Aotearoa NZ delegate.
    I caused a diplomatic incident involving Gareth Evans, Australia’s reactionary foreign minister when I said on the podium that what we were seeing in South Africa was not “An Armed Struggle” but an armed self defence.” It caused a huge scene when All the African delegates jumped up cheering. Gareth Evans was livid.
    I went out for drinks after with the delegates from the “Front Line States” and they said they had waited years to hear someone from the “Commonwealth” say what I had said.
    When your community is under assault with arms not defending appropriately is a dereliction of our revolutionary duty.
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Kevin Hester

Kevin Hester is currently living on Rakino Island, a small island in the Hauraki Gulf near Auckland, New Zealand, monitoring the unravelling of the biosphere and volunteering at the Rakino Island Nursery is currently developing a proposal to create a marine reserve near by. The Island has no grid tied electricity or reticulated water.  I catch my own water from the roof and generate my electricity from the ample solar radiation on the island.

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