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NOTES ON INDIVIDUAL VOCE SAPIENTI

CHRIS HEDGES (AMERICAN JOURNALIST)

Christ Hedges (18-Sept-1956 in St. Johnsbury VT USA) is an American journalist, Presbyterian minister, author and multilingual journalist. Educated at Eaglebrook School, Loomis Chaffee School. Hedges has also taught college credit courses for several years in New Jersey prisons as part of the B.A. program offered by Rutgers University.

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“Corporations are, theologically speaking, institutions of death. They commodify everything – the natural world, human beings – that they exploit until exhaustion or collapse. And what they want is for us to give up. They want us to become passive. They want us to become tacitly complicit in our own destruction.”

“Social media lets the public feel like a participant in the public conversation; while devices collect behavioural data on behalf of the platforms, to better hone the power of institutional influence.”

“Cult leaders [demagogues] arise from decayed communities and societies in which people have been shorn of political, social and economic power. The disempowered, infantilized by a world they cannot control, gravitate to cult leaders who appear omnipotent and promise a return to a mythical golden age. The cult leaders vow to crush the forces, embodied in demonized groups and individuals, that are blamed for their misery. The more outrageous the cult leaders become, the more they flout law and social conventions, the more they gain in popularity. Cult leaders are immune to the norms of established society. This is their appeal. Cult leaders demand a God-like power. Those who follow them grant them this power in the hope that the cult leaders will save them.”

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