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Empire of Illusion

  • It's all about spectacle and debauchery. People are so disconnected from reality that they don't know how to read what is happening--they cannot grasp that the walls are tumbling down--and so they retreat into absurdities. This is the disease gripping American society today.
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  • Building a Nation of Know-Nothings
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  • Lady Gaga: Pop Star for a Country and an Empire in Decline
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Jeff Dietrich, The Catholic Agitator

Chris Hedges is a weekly columnist for TruthDig who spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa, and the Balkans. For 15 years he worked for the New York Times and in 2002 won a Pulitizer Prize. He left the Times after being formally reprimanded for denouncing the invasion of Iraq.

He has authored nine books. His most recent book is Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle (2009).

Hedges is a Senior Fellow at the Nation Institute in New York and teaches at a correctional facility in New Jersey.



Building a Nation of Know-Nothings, Timothy Egan, New York Times | NY
It’s not just that 46 percent of Republicans believe the lie that Obama is a Muslim, or that 27 percent in the party doubt that the president of the United States is a citizen. But fully half of them believe falsely that the big bailout of banks and insurance companies under TARP was enacted by Obama, and not by President Bush.

Lady Gaga: Pop Star for a Country and an Empire in Decline, Sarah Jaffe,  AlterNet
We have made monsters out of others in order to kill them without fear. Gaga makes herself a monster to try to show us ourselves.