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.”