Beyond the Politics of Despair
Despair. We all experience it. It can lead to demoralization. What’s the antidote? Engagement. Finding kindred spirits and acting collectively. Building bonds of solidarity. Working toward the common good. John Lewis, long-time Georgia Congressperson and civil rights icon had this advice: “Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.”
Recorded at the Sanctuary for Independent Media.
Chris Hedges is an award-winning journalist who has reported from the Balkans, the Middle East and Central America. Cornel West calls him, “The greatest radical writer and journalist of our generation.” He writes a weekly column for scheerpost.com and was host of On Contact on RT TV. He is the author of many books including American Fascists, Empire of Illusion, Death of the Liberal Class, Wages of Rebellion, America: The Farewell Tour and Our Class.