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The Chris Hedges Report: Gerald Horne on the Unrelenting Radical Life of Paul Robeson

Heroic dissidents are demonized, marginalized, physically and psychologically destroyed, or assassinated by the American ruling class.

By Chris Hedges / The Real News Network

Before the persecution of Julian Assange, before the FBI assassination of Fred Hampton and Malcolm X, before the murder of Martin Luther King, there was the relentless campaign to silence the activist, actor, and singer Paul Robeson. Robeson, the most internationally known and revered Black American of his day, was a socialist and a militant who stood with the crucified of the earth.

Historian Gerald Horne is author of the biography “Paul Robeson: The Artist as Revolutionary,” and is the Moores Professor of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston. In this episode of The Chris Hedges Report, he joins Chris Hedges to discuss the life of “the most blacklisted performer in America,” linking the persecution of Paul Robeson directly to the persecution of Julian Assange, held today in a high security prison in London where his mental and physical health—like Robeson’s at the end of his life—is in serious decline.

Chris Hedges interviews writers, intellectuals, and dissidents, many banished from the mainstream, in his half-hour show, The Chris Hedges Report. He gives voice to those, from Cornel West and Noam Chomsky to the leaders of groups such as Extinction Rebellion, who are on the front lines of the struggle against militarism, corporate capitalism, white supremacy, the looming ecocide, as well as the battle to wrest back our democracy from the clutches of the ruling global oligarchy.

Studio: Adam Coley, Cameron Granadino, Dwayne Gladden

Post-Production: Cameron Granadino

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Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who was a foreign correspondent for fifteen years for The New York Times, where he served as the Middle East Bureau Chief and Balkan Bureau Chief for the paper. He previously worked overseas for The Dallas Morning NewsThe Christian Science Monitor, and NPR. He is the host of show The Chris Hedges Report.


  1. Dear Mr Hedges:
    I have a long time friend who has, through the years has spouted out opinions that were allegedly liberal, and later on in life began to believe in God ( in our youth, he did not even think about God!) Now when I try and discuss some of the topics that you discuss revealing the truth about our Corporations, Government, politicians, and our WAR department, he says that you are too extreme. That astonished me, because you do reveal the real truth [as opposed to alternate truth ] about these things as a good Journalist does, but he (and many like him) would rather listen to Tony Robbins than you!!! When ever you try and give them real statistics and facts like Consiortium news does, they close their minds!!!
    How do we reach these people?
    How are we ever going to reach these people?

  2. Al Wilson, you know how to reach these people. You reach them through the international working class struggle to wrest the power from the ruling class and the duplicitiously evil Christian fascists and imperialist warmongers in OUR stolen government. We cannot rely on these amoral capitalist thugs, or pointless more “ humane “ capitalist third parties to see our way out of this. We cannot rely on anyone standing outside the working class looking in. We can’t rely on cheerleaders like Gerald Horne who champions the falsification of history with the 1619 project and his obfuscating book, The Counter-Revolution of 1776. We cannot rely on the Libertarians masquerading as pseudo-Progressives. We cannot rely on pseudo-socialists who are Democratic apparatchiks trying to corral their cognitively impaired followers into the party of the empty abyss. We cannot rely on the Stalinist left who are too busy adjusting their blinders and their narrow minded nationalist ideas of “ socialism “ to look at their legitimization of a monster who destroyed the hope for humanity by crushing the first and only overthrow of a monarchy by the peasantry. Lastly, we cannot rely on Hedges because he offers no solutions as to how we can achieve the October Revolution again, this time on a global scale.
    The only thing we can rely on is the working class who must understand every problem, stemming from the capitalist subjugation of our life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness, from a working class perspective that the ultimate power of change resides with them and nobody else.
    Your friends “ escape “ to God is a symptom of a capitalist system that has failed him, and a nation that collapses around him. These are the people that we have to help understand that running to fantasy will not help them escape reality.

  3. Paul Robeson is one of the great Americans of the 20th century.A born leader who should have sat in the Oval office as the leader of the Country rather than hounded into sickness & an early death by the usual suspects.
    Reminds me in a way of Jack Johnson and his famous quote ;” My name is JACK JOHNSON. I am Champion of the World. I AM BLACK”
    That independence always challenged the establishment and like many others,he also paid the price.

  4. Martin Luther King’s murder was also an FBI assassination.

  5. I was introduced to Gerald Horne’s ability to help us understand the deep racism in America after reading his Apocalypse of Settler Colonialism. Dr, Horne explains that Capitalism is a form of financial theft of slaves ripped out of Africa for the enrichment of a few white Englishmen. Not much has changed over the centuries, as we see Billionaires fighting any sort of union activity in their workplaces.
    Thank you, Chris Hedges, I look forward to reading Gerald Horne’s book on Paul Robeson.

  6. Many, many, many thanks for this. Paul Robeson’s album “Songs of Free Men” — favorite cuts “The Song of the Plains” (of course) plus “The Four Insurgent Generals” and “From Border unto Border” — was a major part of the music of my childhood, as was the original 78rpm, eight-disk album of the Red Army Chorus.

    I especially appreciate how Mr. Horne’s biographical research not only gives us vivid glimpses of the renaissance-caliber breadth of Robeson’s talent, but underscores his importance as an archetype of the artist under Capitalism.

    Hence again my thanks.

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