- We have entered a new and dangerous phase in American political life. The ruling political elites have been exposed as charlatans. The rage of the underclass, especially the white underclass, has broken its bonds. The age of the demagogues has arrived.
- Part 1: Chris Hedges | Intolerance Is A Result Of A Political And Cultural Crisis In The U.S.
- Part 2: The Age of the Demagogues
Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
Part 1: Chris Hedges | Intolerance Is A Result Of A Political And Cultural Crisis In The U.S.
Investigative journalist Chris Hedges joins RT’s Simone Del Rosario to talk about his recent column, The Age of Demagogues. “What we’re seeing with the rise of figures like Donald Trump,” says Hedges, “is the consequence of the breakdown of the traditional liberal class.” A largely enraged and disenfranchised white underclass is turning against the liberal establishment that betrayed their interests for corporatism. This backlash has taken the form of racism, bigotry, intolerance, and homophobia, says Hedges.
Simone Del Rosario, RT America / Dandelion Salad
December 12, 2015
Simone Del Rosario, journalist. cowgirl. world traveler. is an award-winning, Emmy-nominated journalist who has followed her passion for telling compelling stories around the world.
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Part 2: The Age of the Demagogues
The increase in nihilistic violence such as school shootings and Friday’s lethal assault on a Planned Parenthood clinic, the frequent executions of poor people of color by police, and the rise of thuggish demagogues such as Donald Trump are symptoms of the collapse of our political and cultural institutions.
Chris Hedges, TruthDig / Common Dreams
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at FreedomFest on July 11 in Las Vegas. (Photo: AP/John Locher)
Monday, November 30, 2015 The increase in nihilistic violence such as school shootings and Friday’s lethal assault on a Planned Parenthood clinic, the frequent executions of poor people of color by police, and the rise of thuggish demagogues such as Donald Trump are symptoms of the collapse of our political and cultural institutions.
These institutions, which once made possible piecemeal and incremental reform, which sought to protect the weak from the tyranny of the majority and give them a voice, acted as a safety valve to ameliorate the excesses of capitalism and address the grievances of the underclass. They did not defy the system of capitalism. They colluded with the structures of privilege and white supremacy. But they provided some restraints on the worst abuse and exploitation. The capturing of major institutions by corporate power and the moral bankruptcy of our elites, especially members of our self-identified liberal class, have shattered this equilibrium.
Chris Hedges writes a regular column for Truthdig.com. Hedges graduated from Harvard Divinity School and was for nearly two decades a foreign correspondent for The New York Times. He is the author of many books, including: War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning, What Every Person Should Know About War, and American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America. His most recent book is Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle.
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