Chris Hedges: The Death of the Liberal Class Grit TV interview

Chris Hedges speaks about his latest book, The Death of the Liberal Class.

Video Interview – Grit TV, Laura Flanders

“We have a choice,” says Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Chris Hedges. “You can either be complicit in your own enslavement or you can lead a life that has some kind of integrity and meaning.” Hedges argues for moral responsibility in a world bankrupt of it, and discusses the downfall of what he refers to as the liberal class. From World War I to the present, he traces the rise and fall of liberal values, and paints a grim portrait of the future.

At the end he asks, “Why not go down swinging?”

5 responses to “Chris Hedges: The Death of the Liberal Class Grit TV interview

  1. Powerful, truthful, gutsy… gotta get the book. BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY: ie: vis-a-vis the TSA thingy: we should organiza hundreds of people to converge on ONE major hub, and one by one, refuse the scanner, and proclaim that they do not recognize the authority of the TSA or ANY government agency to conduct these searches. Sit down sit in, let them arrest thousands of people, close down that ONE airport, others will follow. IMAGINE…

  2. boomerangcomesback

    Hmmm…put a velvet handcuff on THEM. Sounds appealing. Then again, not that we should angry or feel “penetrated” by invisible radiating beams or anything — why don’t we have the TSA goons and more so the sociopaths that drew this cattle call plan up >>> walk through their own scanners until they melt?

    Just saying. The sitdown thing does sound like a fun “drag”.

  3. I like what the Germans did recently posted here….another version of what I was saying.

  4. Hedges mentions that Dostoyevsky’s Underground Man (the dead liberal) is a defeated dreamer. It’s worth remembering that tyranny and crimes against humanity have been effected by somewhat successful dreamers, but on the other hand, we should not lose heart – we would not want the best to lack all conviction. Maybe the trouble is only partly due to the leaders with dreams, and also largely due to the nature of mass movements. Any dreamer whose dreams are of any worth to other people knows intrinsically that if you would save the world, you can’t be full of yourself. Defeated dreamers are the first to learn that this applies also to those who would take their lead. No mass movement can accomplish this; it happens one by one: first save yourself from your own self. The standards any government or leadership sets for itself are only as good as the standards that each of us holds for ourselves. (All of this is our own darn fault)

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