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Rolling Stone: Strokes lead singer Julian Casablancas and journalist Chris Hedges Talk Founding Father Myths and People’s History on ‘S.O.S.’

Hedges discusses teaching Howard Zinn in prison, why intellectuals wouldn’t make good presidents and more

Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas sits down with his “personal hero and greatest intellectual,” journalist and professor Chris Hedges, on the latest episode of his Rolling Stone interview series, S.O.S. — Earth Is a Mess.

The pair spoke during a snowy afternoon at Princeton Battlefield State Park in Princeton, New Jersey where, as Hedges put it, “large numbers of people were bayonetted to death” when George Washington successfully fended off the British during a July 3rd, 1777 Revolutionary War battle. The unique setting led to an early discussion of Hedges’ critical view of the founding fathers and their distaste for popular democracy; the way myth-making often supplants history to benefit the ruling class; and why teaching Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States in a prison classroom was more rewarding than doing the same at Princeton University.

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