Death of the Liberal Class (Paperback)
For decades the liberal class was a defense against the worst excesses of power. But the pillars of the liberal class-- the press, universities, the labor movement, the Democratic Party, and liberal religious institutions--have collapsed. In its absence, the poor, the working class, and even the middle class no longer have a champion.
In this searing polemic Chris Hedges indicts liberal institutions, including his former employer, the "New York Times," who have distorted their basic beliefs in order to support unfettered capitalism, the national security state, globalization, and staggering income inequalities. Hedges argues that the death of the liberal class created a profound vacuum at the heart of American political life. And now speculators, war profiteers, and demagogues-- from militias to the Tea Party--are filling the void.
About the Author
Chris Hedges was a foreign correspondent for nearly two decades for "The New
York Times", "The Dallas Morning News", "The Christian Science
Monitor" and National Public Radio. He was a member of the team that won the
2002 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for "The New York Times"
coverage of global terrorism, and he received the 2002 Amnesty International
Global Award for Human Rights Journalism. Hedges is the author of the bestseller
"American Fascists" and National Book Critics Circle finalist for "War Is
a Force That Gives Us Meaning". He is a Senior Fellow at The Nation Institute
and a Lannan Literary Fellow and has taught at Columbia University, New York
University and Princeton University.