Three hour visit with Chris Hedges

January 21, 2012 | By | 2 Replies More

After listening to the first hour of this video featuring writer Chris Hedges, I’m started by two things. First, it surprises me that I agree with so much of what Hedges has to say. Not everything he says, but much of it, including Hedge’s critique of much of Obama’s health care program, which he considers to be a bailout to the insurance industry and big pharma. I think he is spot-on with his characterization of the United States as a case of “inverted totalitarianism,” ruled by anonymous corporate forces. Second, looking back at what I used to believe only 10 years ago, I’m amazed at how much my views have changed regarding the United States.

Occasionally, it still feels like my country, for instance, during the pushback to SOPA and PIPA. But mostly, it doesn’t feel like a country that belongs to the People. There is much to love about many of the people and places of the United States, and I suspect that we’re going to officially be around as a country for a long time, but I’m afraid that I agree with Hedges assessment that we have “hollowed out” the innards of who we were, and we are now seeing a vast unsustainable empire in the throes of collapse. The people bearing the brunt of this collapse are ordinary citizens who have conned by the corporate elite in ways too numerous to count involving “free elections,” warmongering, spying on citizens, banks’ purchase and abuse of Congress and much more.

If one ware to write an honest civics book for grade school children, it would need to say dozens of inconvenient truths that would cause uproars at the PTA meetings. But maybe that is what we need.

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Category: Campaign Finance Reform, Corporatocracy, Corruption

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Erich Vieth says:

    This is what happened when Chris Hedges dared to question the U.S. warmongering at a 2003 commencement address he gave at Rockford College.

  2. Adam Herman says:

    Eh, I don’t think it’s all that bad. The people hold the ultimate power, and they rule whenever they are engaged. When they are not engaged, the political class listens to whoever is. I think it was Matt Yglesias who posted a study showing that politicians do listen to the public, if only they know what the public wants.

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