Liberals are a useless lot. They talk about peace and do nothing to challenge our permanent war economy. They claim to support the working class, and vote for candidates that glibly defend the North American Free Trade Agreement. They insist they believe in welfare, the right to organize, universal health care and a host of other socially progressive causes, and will not risk stepping out of the mainstream to fight for them. The only talent they seem to possess is the ability to write abject, cloying letters to Barack Obama—as if he reads them—asking the president to come back to his “true” self. This sterile moral posturing, which is not only useless but humiliating, has made America’s liberal class an object of public derision.
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Chris Hedges spent two decades as a foreign reporter covering wars in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. He has written nine books, including Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle (2009) and War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (2003).
Updated: Dec. 10, 2009
[Chris Hedges discusses this article with David Sirota on his radio show.]
David Sirota: The Demoralized Democratic Base
December 9, 2009
NOTE: To hear more about this, listen in to my interview this morning on KKZN-AM760 with author Chris Hedges here [mp3]. Tune into the show on AM760 every morning from 7am-10am MST (9am-12pm ET) at ww December 9, 2009 1w.am760.net.
[Chris Hedges’ interview starts almost halfway through the MP3]