Death of the Liberal Class

By Chris Hedges

For a long time the liberal category used to be a safeguard opposed to the worst excesses of energy. however the pillars of the liberal category— the click, universities, the hard work stream, the Democratic social gathering, and liberal non secular institutions—have collapsed. In its absence, the negative, the operating category, or even the center classification not have a champion.

during this searing polemic Chris Hedges indicts liberal associations, together with his former organization, the New York Times, who've distorted their easy ideals which will aid unfettered capitalism, the nationwide safeguard country, globalization, and marvelous source of revenue inequalities. Hedges argues that the loss of life of the liberal type created a profound vacuum on the middle of yank political lifestyles. And now speculators, warfare profiteers, and demagogues— from militias to the Tea Party—are filling the void.

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