One of the things I like most about Chris Hedges is that he brings a sophisticated analysis that's grounded in much more than just political economy. Much like the professor and radio-host Robert Harrison that Juma and I heralded in a previous Beams article, Hedges is a well rounded thinker who's deeply grounded in the world of literature, which he references often. He also has psychological chops, and his book War is a Force ends with a tour de force look at war through Freud's twin concepts of eros and thanatos (or the death drive). He also went to seminary and was the son of a preacher, and I find his moral fortitude both admirable and empowering. While I might not agree with everything he says, I think he brings much to the public conversation about ourselves and the societies we live in. I've embedded below a recent talk Hedges has given where he outlines the views in his new book. I also really recommend this recent debate involving Hedges on the program The Agenda. Here Hedges has to defend his position against other perspectives on the political spectrum, and it's nice to be able to watch those different views encounter one another in a sane setting. Another person involved in the debate, organizational therapist Mark Federman, wrote about being on the show (and the exchange) on his blog and you can read his interesting reflections here.