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3 Responses to “Contact Mark Hertsgaard”

  • Lanny Cotler says:

    Mark, heard you on DN! today. Good for you for speaking out. Bad for you that you haven’t got to the point where you acknowledge that our System of predatory capitalism is broken and cannot be reformed or fixed.

    If all the notable activists, such as yourself, would only admit that, we could get on with the only solution: revolution. Peaceful or not, it’s coming…and you know it.

    Wishing you well, but hoping you’ll wake up and tell it like it is,


    • admin says:

      I’ve never been afraid to criticize the system, Lanny; I write extensively in both HOT and my previous book Earth Odyssey about the conflicts between an economic system that requires constant expansion and an environmental system that is finite. As for your proposed solution of revolution, I’m curious to hear how you think that will happen, concretely. I’ll close by quoting a line from another of my books, about the Beatles, wherein John Lennon explains the lyrics to his song, Revolution, by saying, “Yeah, we all want to change the world, but show me the plan.”

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Independent journalist Mark Hertsgaard is the author of seven books that have been translated into sixteen languages, including Bravehearts: Whistle Blowing in the Age of Snowden; HOT: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth; and A Day in the Life: The Music and Artistry of the Beatles. He has reported from twenty-five countries about politics, culture and the environment for leading outlets, including The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Time, Mother Jones, NPR, the BBC and The Nation, where is the environment correspondent. He lives in San Francisco.