Chris Hedges: Mass Politics Must Be Rooted In Class Struggle

Street Art, George Floyd protest, Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 2020

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Jan 25, 2022

From the social upheaval embodied in Donald Trump’s presidency and the 2020 uprisings for racial justice to rampant corporate plunder and increasingly widespread labor unrest, the conditions for an organized mass political movement exist in the US. So, why hasn’t that movement come about yet? Is such a movement possible in the US today? If so, what role can the left play in mobilizing it?

As world-renowned journalist and activist Chris Hedges argues, “Part of the problem with the left [today] is that it’s too engaged in political theater, it’s not engaged enough in political organizing, and it often is not literate in the most important element before us, which is class.”

In their latest interview for TRNN, co-hosts of THIS IS REVOLUTION Jason Myles and Pascal Robert speak with Hedges about the possibility of mass politics in our present moment, and about the hard work of building working-class solidarity.

Chris Hedges is the former Middle East bureau chief of the New York Times, a Pulitzer Prize winner, and a columnist at ScheerPost. He formerly hosted the program Days of Revolt, produced by TRNN, and is the author of several books, including America: The Farewell Tour, American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America, and War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning.

Transcript

From the archives:

Max Lawson: World’s Richest Doubled Their Wealth While Millions Fell Into Poverty

As Long as Capitalism Exists, The Threat of Fascism Exists, by Pete Dolack

Eugene Puryear: US in 2021: Crisis at Home, Chaos Warriors Abroad

Chris Hedges: Exploitation

Beyond Passive Resistance: Against Democratic Surrender in a Time of Fascitization, by Paul Street

Revival of Class Politics in the U.S.… Will It Be Socialism or Fascism? by Finian Cunningham

Thoughts on the Left’s Response to Capitalism’s Global Death Spiral, by Gary Olson

A Dystopian Hellscape Beckons: 21 Dark Clouds Over 2021 Amerika, by Paul Street

Hapless Biden Administration Is Weimar Republic on Way to U.S. Fascism, by Finian Cunningham

How the “Polarized” Political Parties Work Together Against the Public Interest, by Ralph Nader

Working Conditions are Getting Worse in the US, by Pete Dolack

The Party As Articulator, by Salar Mohandesi

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