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March 31st, 2015

Chris Hedges gave a speech at a conference on Extraction

The extraction industry and prostitution of women are both the results of global capitalism, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Chris Hedges said in a controversial speech on Friday.

Hedges delivered the keynote speech at Simon Fraser University’s State of Extraction conference in downtown Vancouver, Friday evening. In a packed room of more than 300 attendees, the former New York Times war correspondent spoke for 90 minutes, drawing parallelism between exploited sex workers and the exploitation of the the extraction industry.

“Prostitution fits perfectly into the paradigm of global capitalism,” Hedges said, explaining an experience where he lived with Bolivian tin miners, many who will die in middle age from silicosis.

“No one chooses to die of silicosis or black lung disease. No one chooses to sell his or her body on the street. You go into the mines, like you go into prostitution, because global capitalism does not offer you a choice.”

link to vancouverobserver.com

Here is a text from the speech. The title of the speech is No One Is Free Until All Are Free

link to truthdig.com

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