Chris Hedges and Paul Street: The Problem is Not Trump. It is a Political System Dominated by Corporate Power and The Mandarins of the Two Major Political Parties

Chris Hedges and Paul Street: The Problem is Not Trump. It is a Political System Dominated by Corporate Power and The Mandarins of the Two Major Political Parties

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November 9, 2019

RT America on Nov 9, 2019

Journalist Chris Hedges talks to Paul Street, author and political commentator, about the failure of the American Left, new forms of resistance, democracy, and the deep roots of America’s ruling oligarchy.

Paul Street is an independent radical-democratic policy researcher, journalist, historian, author and speaker based in Iowa City, Iowa, and Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of seven books to date: Empire and Inequality: America and the World Since 9/11 (Boulder, CO: Paradigm, 2004); Segregated Schools: Educational Apartheid in the Post-Civil Rights Era (New York: Routledge, 2005); Racial Oppression in the Global Metropolis: a Living Black Chicago History (New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2007); Barack Obama and the Future of American Politics (Boulder, CO: Paradigm, 2008); The Empire’s New Clothes: Barack Obama in the Real World of Power (Paradigm, 2010); (with Anthony DiMaggio) Crashing the Tea Party: Mass Media and the Campaign to Remake American Politics (Paradigm, 2011); and They Rule: The 1% v. Democracy (Paradigm, 2014). Paul writes regularly for Truthdig, Telesur English, Counterpunch, Black Agenda Report, Z Magazine and Dandelion Salad.

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From the archives:

Trumpeachment — He’s Getting Off Easy by Paul Street

The Age of Constitutional Coups by Paul Street

Notes on Inauthenticity in a Creeping Fascist Nuthouse by Paul Street

Starve Out the DNC– Boycott The Democratic Party! by Michael Hudson

Only Revolution Can Save Us by Paul Street

Bodies on the Ground and the Rise and Rise of the Economic Elite by Phil Rockstroh

Socialism Curiously Trumps Fascism in U.S. Political Threat Reporting by Paul Street

American Liberal Delusions on Trump by Finian Cunningham

Creeping Fascism by Paul Street

Paul Street, Glen Ford, Chris Hedges, Bruce Dixon: Imagining an Authentic 21st Century U.S. Left (Left Forum 2018)

35 thoughts on “Chris Hedges and Paul Street: The Problem is Not Trump. It is a Political System Dominated by Corporate Power and The Mandarins of the Two Major Political Parties

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  24. Where have you been!?! Of course there is someone! …not only strong AND passionate enough….also, tenacious, intelligent and HONEST…he has been right under your nose🤨. Bernie Sanders. This man has been gearing up for this fight for DECADES. C’mon!!

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  29. In the early part of the twentieth Century, the robber barons could simply hire some mercenaries to act like lawmen. For years they got away with having them go in and shoot anybody trying to organize labor. When they came to realize that wasn’t going to fly anymore, they took a different approach. They hired people to come up with a curriculum to train “educate” the workers children to stay in line and prepare to enter the “Workforce”. The people hired to formulate this curriculum took ideas from various models used throughout the world for example the way Prussia trained their soldiers. Then they needed to make it compulsory, and that also took some work to sell the idea to the new immigrants as well as the local, state, and federal government. But they did that with the purpose of separating children from being tied to their parent’s community and religion and instead being tied to the small group of rich at the top of the pyramid.

    They worked on the model of training and perfecting it over the years till it gained a life of it’s own. Today they don’t have to tinker with it at all. It runs itself and works perfectly and beautifully with the support of people wholly convinced they are doing a great service under educating our children. Without our indoctrination we could, with such a great constitution, work out nearly any problem we face. But allowing money from these few people to completely buy every republican and sabotage the Democratic party enough to leave it inept, we are at the disposal of the .01%.

  30. We find ourselves repressed by the rich & “elite” the life our forefathers left the shores of the “old countries” for. Unfortunately no one strong enough to lead us into a revolution before we get submerged by the elite into a Depression.

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