Chris Hedges: The Squad are Useful Idiots to the Establishment + What Will Trigger Revolution In America?

Class War

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“The Liberal Left has forgotten the fundamental importance of economics and the fundamental issue which is class warfare.” — Chris Hedges

with Chris Hedges

The Jimmy Dore Show on Aug 26, 2021

What Will Trigger Revolution In America?

The Jimmy Dore Show on Aug 26, 2021

From the archives:

No Solutions Under Capitalism: Revolution is Required, by Paul Street

Joe Biden’s Hollow Resistance: Words vs. Deeds, by Paul Street

The Resistance Remains Hollow: The Weimar Ways of the Dismal Democrats, by Paul Street

No Time to Relax: Dark Clouds in Biden’s America, by Paul Street

An Open Letter To President Joe Biden, As His Broken Promises Pile Up, by Greg Butterfield

Chris Hedges: America Has The Tinder To Ignite Social Uprising

The Talk before the Walk: Bernie Sanders, Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein, Kshama Sawant, Chris Hedges, Brian Lehrer + Immortal Technique: Live for Revolution, Instead of Always Dying for It

6 thoughts on “Chris Hedges: The Squad are Useful Idiots to the Establishment + What Will Trigger Revolution In America?

  1. Regarding the second video — I’m afraid it didn’t live up to its title; Hedges and Dore hardly talked at all about triggering revolution.

    Hedges was successful for years in attacking “the liberal class”; now he is following a similar tactic in attacking “the boutique left” and other versions of the left. I’m disappointed that he’s doing that. It reminds me of the Eleanor Roosevelt quote, “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” But I suppose I’m stooping to the same low, if I’m now attacking Hedges for attacking people. Here’s a word of praise for Hedges: He did mention that the basic issue is class warfare. I think he has begun saying that a little more often, and I think that’s good (since that agrees with me).

    Really, I think the term “the left” may be too nebulous to be useful. Different people who call themselves “the left” have different notions of what that label means. Different “leftists” are at different places on the spectrum. They are at different places on the rope, pulling in the same direction, if we view politics as a tug-of-war game.

    Or perhaps more importantly, different “leftists” have different notions of what will work and what won’t. Peter Joseph, in talking about the great changes we need to our socioeconomic system and culture, often says that this is not a question of what is moral; this is a question of what works. For instance, what is sustainable. Bernie and AOC, for instance, may believe that “working within the system” is what works, or at least that it is where they themselves currently are best able to make a contribution. But maybe it’s too bad that AOC didn’t follow up on her offer to be a one-term congressperson. I’m tempted to run for congress again, with a promise to be a zero-term congressperson — getting on the ballot is quite easy here in Tennessee; I’ve already done it twice; I see it as just one more venue for promoting ideas.

    But what works? I am increasingly convinced that the only thing that really has a chance of working is a focus on the class warfare; everything else is just symptoms of that. But it also requires the right language.

    I am increasingly intrigued by the Revcoms, the Revolutionary Communist Party USA. They call for a communist revolution in the USA. Aside from their messaging, I have to agree with all of what they are saying, and I am disappointed that essentially no other “leftists” are saying the same thing. But the word “communist” currently is completely unusable in the USA, and the word “revolution” is rather dangerous too. I would say that we need “a great awakening to the need for sharing,” or something like that. I recently wrote a long essay about that (https://leftymathprof.wordpress.com/wake/), but probably I need to write a short essay about that. That will be harder. “We are the 99%” was a great phrase. Was that David Graeber? He is missed. Hmm, I seem to be rambling. Take care.

  2. Regarding the “Useful Idiots” discussion — Dore and Hedges agree to withhold support from the duopoly, but they seem to leave the door open to supporting a third party. But I am starting to lean toward the view expressed by Roger Williams in his recent article “The Unbearable Emptiness Of Voting” (https://www.hamptonthink.org/read/the-unbearable-emptiness-of-voting#). Williams says don’t support ANY parties or politicians; your money, time, and energy are more effectively spent on protest demonstrations, leafleting, and the like. Williams takes a while to get to that point, but he eventually makes it pretty clearly. (I would read more of Roger Williams, but unfortunately I have no further information about him.)

  3. As usual, Mr. Hedges, you hit the mark dead on. I’m so impressed with your precise wording. It is remarkable. Thank you sir!

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