Chris Hedges coming to U of A to talk about what’s causing some of today’s biggest social ills and how to solve them.
The loss of the sacred is at the root of many of today’s social ills, according to American journalist and activist Chris Hedges.
We live in a world where “nothing has intrinsic value beyond the monetary—not the natural world, not human beings,” Hedges told Folio in a telephone interview. It accounts for the rampant exploitation of workers by global capitalism, the rise of racism and homophobia in Western populist movements and the inadequate response to climate change, he said.
“Everything becomes a commodity that you exploit until exhaustion and collapse. It is fundamentally irreligious—not just in the Judeo-Christian tradition, but every other tradition as well.
“The severance from the sacred is what got us into all this trouble in the first place,” he said.
Hedges will expound on his argument at the U of A’s Augustana c...