Chris Hedges: The Dangerous Bifurcation of the United States

Disagree to Agree

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Jan 6, 2023

Democratic debate and dialogue have all but vanished in the United States. There is widespread censorship imposed by social media platforms, private corporations about which we know nothing, while they know everything about us. Mainstream news outlets champion censorship and deplatforming in the name of democracy.

Brian Seltzer, for example, on CNN justified banning Donald Trump from social media because, he said, “reducing a liar’s reach is not the same as censoring freedom of speech.” Sean Hannity on Fox News spent 40 minutes talking over former New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, the same tactic CNBC host Rick Santelli used to shut down debate about COVID-19. The impulse is to silence opponents rather than engage in dialogue and debate.

This extreme polarization, as Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt write in How Democracies Die, is one of the primary signs of a dying democracy.

Nolan Higdon, a lecturer at Merrill College and the Education Department at University of California, Santa Cruz and Mickey Huff, the director of Project Censored and president of the nonprofit Media Freedom Foundation, join me to discuss this dangerous inability to communicate among antagonistic groups and their new book Let’s Agree to Disagree: A Critical Thinking Guide to Communication, Conflict Management, and Critical Media Literacy.


From the archives:

Chris Hedges: Ukraine, Iran, Palestine, Twitter Files, Media Censorship and Assange

Chris Hedges and Ralph Nader: A Postmortem on the 2022 Midterm Elections

Ralph Nader: How to Fix Democracy

U.S. Senate – From Partisan (GOP) Swamp to a Bipartisan Graveyard for Democracy, by Ralph Nader

Censorship, the Myth of Free Data, and the False Solutions on the Table, by Kenn Orphan

The Democracy Lab, by Rivera Sun

United States of Distraction: Fighting The Fake News Invasion, Narrated by Abby Martin

Shadowboxing Delusions

2 thoughts on “Chris Hedges: The Dangerous Bifurcation of the United States

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