And Now, a Word from Chris Hedges

American society becomes intelligible once it is understood that Corporate Fascism has prevailed. No hope for relief is in sight. This is the logical consequence of unregulated capitalism and a war economy. “We live in an age that resembles that of Augustus Caesar,” he writes. “He permitted the veneer of the Republic to mask a brutal, militarized autocracy.”

Christopher Lynn Hedges is a Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist and a war correspondent specializing in American and Middle-Eastern politics and societies. He is a prolific writer and, as all those who recently heard him speak at Innis College at the University of Toronto know, a persuasive speaker.

In the November issue of Walrus, he presents a horrifying picture of derelict Scranton, Pennsylvania, “a wreckage of industrial America.”

“The U.S.,” he concludes, “like the city of Scranton, will teeter back and forth with insolvency. I do not know when the collapse will come. A year. Two years. A few years. But America has about it the smell of mortality…. We are not psychologically, emotionally or intellectually prepared. We lack the self-reflective mechanism to understand. Our national identity and sense of omnipotence will be inexplicably taken from us.”

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2 responses to “And Now, a Word from Chris Hedges

  1. Michael Gundy

    Hedges’ book The Death of the Liberal Class sits on my bedside table partly unread as it is less than welcoming. The tone hash and vitriolic: that being said, the message contains some truths. Yes, the liberal ideals of civility, progress and institutions of enlightenment for the common good have taken a beating in an era of greed and self interest.

    Hedges argues that “liberals” structurally lack the courage or will to defend these ideals. He is without the liberal concept of hope hence is grumpy and cynical.

  2. Elisabeth Ecker

    Further to “What Did You Do During the War, Granddad?”. We should not be too hard on Granddad. When he found out what was going on it was too late that when an anti Hitler comment could send you to a Concentration camp. Many ordinary Germans did end up there. Maybe Chris Hedges makes the point that you have to be alert when it is still time to do so. Do we pay any attention what our Special Forces are up to? How many civilians are killed in the military escapades we are involved in? Who gains from the free trade deals our government signs? What laws are pushed through parliament?
    There is an interesting Chris Hedges article in the “CCPA Monitor” about the secret large unaccountable private army called CIA. In many ways Canada is militarily linked very close to the USA.