Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Chris Hedges and The Death of the Liberal Class

"The system doesn’t work not because of Sarah Palin, the religious right or Glenn Beck. It doesn’t work because the liberal class failed to defend it, failed to find the moral fortitude to defend liberal values when under grievous assault. - Chris Hedges"


Last year, journalist Chris Hedges was at the Hudson Mohawk Independent Media Center in Troy last summer to speak about his book The Death of the Liberal Class. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the talk but it was helpfully rebroadcast on Alternative Radio.

The speech was fascinating and I tried to take some notes about key points he made...

-He talked about the propaganda state of permanent war/fear and the liberal class' complicity with this. He cited liberal icon Woodrow Wilson as an early example.

-He spoke about Bill Clinton, the "greatest traitor to the working class ever produced by the Democratic Party" and how Clinton's strategy was to take corporate money and do corporate bidding because he knew that unions and liberals had nowhere else to go (or thought they did) and would support him anyway.

-He noted that Canada didn't have a banking crisis because they didn't have a Clinton signing off on reckless deregulation.

-"Democrats essentially codified the destruction of international law and rule of law implemented by the Bush administration."

-"The for-profit health insurance companies sponsored the (Democratic Primary) debates in Iowa and weren’t going to allow someone like Dennis Kucinich, let alone Ralph Nader, to participate.... and the the liberal class was complicit."

-"Dostoyevsky knew that when the pillars of the liberal class collapse, the result is moral nihilism. The system doesn’t work not because of Sarah Palin, the religious right or Glenn Beck. It doesn’t work because the liberal class failed to defend it, failed to find the moral fortitude to defend liberal values when under grievous assault."

-"The last truly liberal president of the United States was Richard Nixon, because he was scared of movements and he passed a number of liberal bills, [one of which] was written by Ralph Nader, by the way."

-Anyone who thinks that voting for the Democratic Party will bring about fundamental change "lives in a universe that’s as non-reality based as the Christian right."

-He pointed out that liberals allow themselves to question details but NEVER the fundamentals underpinning the injust system. Ditto the mainstream (corporate) media.

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