Chris Hedges and Paul Street: American Discontent

20110928 Class War

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with Chris Hedges

and with Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
November 7, 2020

RT America on Nov 7, 2020

On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to Professor Paul Street about the outcome of the US presidential election, and how despite likely losing, Donald Trump has solidified an angry, disposed working class that cuts across racial lines and has embraced a right-wing populism.

What does this portend for the two ruling parties? Will the Democrats continue to be captive to big donors and Wall Street, or will they embrace the anti-corporate message and promises Medicare for all, free higher education, higher corporate taxes and regulation of big banks and Silicon Valley that drew such broad and enthusiastic support for Bernie Sanders? And will the Republicans capitalize on this grassroots discontent, much of it rural where Trump took 60 percent of the vote, or go back to its abject subservience to big business?


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); They Rule: The 1% v. Democracy (Paradigm, 2014); and Hollow Resistance: Obama, Trump and the Politics of Appeasement (Counter Punch, 2020). Paul writes regularly for Telesur English, Counter Punch, Black Agenda Report, Z Magazine and Dandelion Salad.

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From the archives:

Fight the Trumpism that will Outlast Trump

Don’t Let Up: Fascism Isn’t Dead Yet, by Pete Dolack

Donald Trump was Never the Real Problem, by Kenn Orphan

Abby Martin: It’s Just Mind-Boggling that the Democrats Continue to Support Trump’s Worst Foreign Policy Blunders and Policies

The Promise of a Shiny “Great Reset” Masks Our Terrifying Future + The 2020 Election: The Latest Step in the Loss of U.S. Stability, by Rainer Shea

Abby Martin: Biden vs. Trump on Foreign Policy

Trump’s License to Violence, by Finian Cunningham + An Appeal to Fascism for All to See, by Kenn Orphan

Kamala Harris Is Not A “Left Radical” Or A “Marxist”, By Paul Street

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