Ralph Nader and Chris Hedges: Woke Imperialism


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Dandelion Salad

with Ralph Nader and Chris Hedges

Ralph Nader Radio Hour on Feb 11, 2023

Ralph welcomes Dr. Nason Maani, co-editor of “The Commercial Determinants of Health,” to explore the larger forces, forces beyond the power of an individual to control, that shape our environment and therefore our health.

Then Chris Hedges stops by to discuss his latest article, “Woke Imperialism” which highlights the tension between class politics and identity politics. Plus, Ralph gives us a short take on President Biden’s State of the Union address.

Dr. Nason Maani is a lecturer in Inequalities and Global Health Policy at the University of Edinburgh. He is also the host of Money Power Health, a podcast on how our health is influenced by commercial forces, wealth, and power. He is co-editor of the new book The Commercial Determinants of Health.

“These are forces that science should bear witness to. The same way we bear witness to physical forces like gravity, we should be able to bear witness to commercial forces and describe the ways in which they influence the world.” — Dr. Nason Maani

Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, who spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He is the host of The Chris Hedges Report, and he is a prolific author— his latest book is The Greatest Evil Is War.

“These people are selected to essentially provide an appealing face to a system that carries out tremendous cruelty and imparts tremendous suffering on the very people these women or people of color claim to represent. So, they’re not actually serving their communities. They’re serving the system.” — Chris Hedges

“I have a little suggestion for listeners: next time you meet someone, instead of saying, “How are you?” why don’t you ask, “How’s your civic life?” — Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader Radio Hour on Substack

[Hedges begins at 36:36]

From the archives:

Read Glen Ford, by David Swanson

The Chris Hedges Report: The Bankrupt Liberalism and Gilded Absurdities of the Democratic Party, with Paul Street

Distinguishing Radical Liberation from Liberal Authoritarianism, by Kenn Orphan

The Dangerous Myth of “Left Woke Fascism,” by Kenn Orphan

The War on Wokeness, by Kenn Orphan

Chris Hedges and Glen Ford: The Con Of Diversity

Chris Hedges and Glen Ford: Obama’s Legacy–The Smashing of the Left

Chris Hedges with Jeremiah Wright on Poverty in the U.S.

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss (1972)

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