Boycott FedEx by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
February 22, 2010

Dean Henderson’s career with FedEx ended abruptly when a reckless driver plowed into his company truck and mangled his leg. His doctor will decide this week if it needs to be amputated. No longer able to drive, stripped of value in our commodity culture, he was tossed aside by the company. He became human refuse. He spends most of his days, because of the swelling and the pain, with his leg raised on a recliner in the tiny apartment in Fairfax, Va., he shares with his stepsister. He struggles without an income and medical insurance, and he fears his future.

Henderson is not alone. Workers in our corporate state earn little when they work—Henderson made $18 an hour—and they are abandoned when they can no longer contribute to corporate profits. It is the ethic of the free market. It is the cost of unfettered capitalism. And it is plunging tens of millions of discarded workers into a collective misery and rage that is beginning to manifest itself in a dangerous right-wing backlash.


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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).


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7 thoughts on “Boycott FedEx by Chris Hedges

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  3. Most of us are seduced by the allure of the elite – which is part of the reason so many are attracted to Obama’s narcissism.

    But this seduction would pale for many if they saw alternatives. When the seductive option is also the only option, the seduction is nearly impossible to resist.

    That is why it is critical to the overlord system that it be monopolistic, hegemonic and why it cannot brook even passive resistance – on the local level or the global level. Even ‘we refuse to play your game’ is not to be tolerated.

    But it’s also why building alternatives is one of our most crucial activities if we hope to see constructive change. The more folks can see that there are alternatives, the more chance they have to make choices that DON’T contribute to the hegemonic overlord system.

    • There’s some ideologue/ideology in there dontcha think?

      We HAD alternatives, and still do/would. Teabirthers are the worker activists? Too bad for progress they went for impalin and beck & corporatist meddlers, obese gunmongering goons, enemies of their own best interest. Idiocracy indeed. They need to evolve, adversity is their just rewards.

      Workers aren’t what they once were when my grandparents fought for the unions.

      These are fat, lazy miserable bad-seed red-staters, should be ashamed. It’s the undocumented who do all the work, and should be citizens by sweat-equity.

      All steps backward, we were ahead 40 years ago.
      What a ridiculous farce.

  4. Hedges again shows himself to be a pessimist, having no faith in the average worker. Talk of ‘dark ideological monsters that inevitably rise to devour the body politic’ belongs to mythology.

  5. What a Bummer.
    (Must then go with UPS, but how really does the USPS compare, Is it even viable?)

    Larger point: “Right-wing rage is being fused with right-wing populism”, american workers choose to be ideological raygunomic corporatists, unified by self-destructive racist idiotic beckisms.

    If they cared they wouldn’t be corporatist goons but teamster goons. Workers are complicit in their demise. Racism and trickle-down casino-capitalist delusions rule in the deranged brain of the right-wing working class.

    Blame the people for being duped, activist about their aniti-left obsession, devoured by their own miserable red-stated conservative ideology of war and self-destruction in the name of the corporatist, amerigoon-exceptionalist myth.


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