The scourge of male violence exists independently of capitalism, empire and colonialism. It is a separate evil. The fight to end male violence against women, part of a global struggle by women, must take primacy in our own struggle. We cannot stand up for some of the oppressed and ignore others who are oppressed. None of us is free until all of us are free.
Chris Hedges is an award-winning journalist who has covered wars in the Balkans, the Middle East and Central America. He writes a weekly column for Truthdig.com and is a senior fellow at The Nation Institute. He is the author of many books includingEmpire of Illusion, Death of the Liberal Class, The World As It Is, and Wages of Rebellion.