Ottawa's Festival of Ideas Since 1997
Southminster United Church15 Aylmer Ave.
7:00pm

America, The Farewell Tour

with Chris Hedges
Hosted by The Hill Times' Jim Creskey

America, The Farewell Tour

with Chris Hedges
Hosted by The Hill Times' Jim Creskey
30
Thursday
Aug
7:00pm
Southminster United Church
15 Aylmer Ave.
Chris Hedges - Photo by Michael Nigro

Pulitzer Prize-winner Chris Hedges gives us his view view of a nation in crisis in a stunning book that holds both liberals and conservatives to account--as rousingly pertinent for Canada as for the disoriented US.

He draws on stories from inside communities across America and reveals how the hurricanes of change have allowed an array of pathologies to arise: the opioid crisis, the retreat into gambling, the corporate coup d'état of government, the pornification of culture, the rise of magical thinking, the emboldening of violence and hate, the plagues of suicides, and the global upheaval caused by catastrophic climate change. These are just some of the physical manifestations of a society unravelling. Such ills presage a frightening reconfiguration of our lives--particularly in the face of our neighbour's degeneration as a world power.  

Donald Trump rode this disenchantment to power. Hedges--who was unsurprised by Trump's victory--shows how neither the left nor the right are addressing the systemic problems.

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