The Battle Over PTSD

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The battle over the meaning of a traumatic experience is fought in the arena of political discourse, popular culture and scholarly debate. The outcome of this battle shapes the rhetoric of the dominant culture and influences future political action. Kali Tal, Worlds Of Hurt: Reading the Literature of Trauma _______________ There’s a major struggle for meaning going on in America now that centers on war trauma … [Read more...]

Apocalypse Now? The Strange Jeremiads of Christopher Hedges

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Chris Hedges is the former New York Times war correspondent turned tribune for the antiwar resistance.  In a series of articles and interviews over the past six months, Hedges has elaborated on his belief that former channels of democratic redress and reform, whether swift or incremental, are foreclosed in today’s repressive political climate.  Barack Obama in this scenario is much more than a disappointment.  He is … [Read more...]