Death of the Liberal Class Paperback – 29 Nov 2011
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Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. He spent nearly two decades as a correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa, and the Balkans, with fifteen years at the New York Times. He is the author of numerous bestselling books, including Empire of Illusion Death of the Liberal Class War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning and Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, which he co-wrote with Joe Sacco. He writes a weekly column for the online magazine Truthdig. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
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All the casualties are represented by the desperate, idealistic man in the first 5 pages of the book. We are not talking immigrants or minorities here, but loads of native-born caucasian Americans, some of whom are war veterans. They feel betrayed, perplexed and at the end of their tether. As Noam Chomsky says later in the book, these people who often appear on talk radio and say, "I'm a God-fearing, responsible citizen. I love my country. I've worked hard all my life. I'm not asking for a handout. I'm fed up with the unresponsiveness of political parties and finding no opportunities available. I'm angry and I've got a gun. I don't know what to do." The seeds for fascism and nihilism in America are here.
The account is lucidly presented and scary. The steam boiler of chaos is being stoked by politicians who are in the pocket of corporations and the Americans who are excluded as a result. The corporations are either blind to this, or will find a way to use this tide of potential chaos for their own purposes.
98% of the book analyzes how this developed. It's an extended exposition of how corporate influence co-opted political responsibility. It is cliche-free, concise, fresh and brisk in its treatment. It is not a rehash of tired partisan diatribes. The final two chapters chart a way out. It's enormously ominous and significant.
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Reading this work by Chris Hedges is like having a dear, close, trusted even admired friend who seems so sad and you say "Tell me what is troubling you."
You may wish you had not posed the question, for your world view will never be as before.
Hedges contrast Truth and Justice against Power and Influence and shows the two camps do not coexist. You will be asked to choose a side and live and work there. You may not wish to make that choice. If so, do not read this book, it's a powerful piece.
"... liberal principles were egregiously betrayed to protect careers, to preserve access to the powerful. Liberals conceded too much to the power elite.
"The tragedy of the liberal class and the institutions it controls is that it succumbed to opportunism and finally to fear. It abrogated its moral role. It did not defy corporate abuse when it had the chance. It exiled those within its ranks who did. And the defanging of the liberal class not only removed all barriers to neofeudalism and corporate abuse but also ensured that the liberal class will, in its turn, be swept aside."
`The future is not bright' is a growing awareness that has its roots in many sectors of society today, and while causes mount in abundance saviors may be a long time in coming. Down into the dark tunnel and hope light will appear in time.
OK, but it is a great work and puts words and reasons behind the story of our times. Backing up at least to Woodrow Wilson's, where others might have chosen a more recent period as a turning point, the author unraveled a sad tale. Chris Hedges does mark the election of "Reagan, the corporate pitchman" as a point for acceleration into the following decades of corporate control of all branches of society; media, journalism, academia, government, religion and even art.
Perhaps the bright light is that Hedges lays one root cause as being the liberal classes' acceptance of the permanent war establishment and its propaganda successes from the Wilson era on. A time could come when that is finally viewed as too foolish to support any longer. Let's hope -- not likely is it?
Suffer if you must, but do not miss this seminal work from the Conscience of Our Time Chris Hedges. He is a master at answering the many requests for "why", Verifiable facts.
Get this book. It will shake you out of your dogmatic slumbers. Unless you'd rather be an ostrich.
Is this how you write a review? This is my first time.
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