How America BETRAYED Its Working Class

Christopher Lynn Hedges (born September 18, 1956) is an American Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Presbyterian minister, author and television host. His books include War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (2002), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction; Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle (2009); Death of the Liberal Class (2010); Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt (2012), written with cartoonist Joe Sacco, which was a New York Times best-seller; Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt (2015); and his most recent, America: The Farewell Tour (2018). Obey, a documentary by British filmmaker Temujin Doran, is based on his book Death of the Liberal Class.[1]

Hedges spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, West Asia, Africa, the Middle East (he is fluent in Arabic), and the Balkans. He has reported from more than fifty countries, and has worked for The Christian Science Monitor, NPR, Dallas Morning News, and The New York Times,[2] where he was a foreign correspondent for fifteen years (1990–2005) serving as the paper’s Middle East Bureau Chief and Balkan Bureau Chief during the war in the former Yugoslavia.

In 2001, Hedges contributed to The New York Times staff entry that received the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for the paper’s coverage of global terrorism. He also received the Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism in 2002.[3] He has taught at Columbia University, New York University, the University of Toronto and Princeton University.[2][4][5][6]

Hedges, who wrote a weekly column for the progressive news website Truthdig for 14 years, was fired along with all of the editorial staff in March 2020.[7][8][9] Hedges and the staff had gone on strike earlier in the month to protest the publisher’s attempt to fire the Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer, demand an end to a series of unfair labor practices and the right to form a union.[10] He hosts the Emmy-nominated program On Contact for the RT (formerly Russia Today) television network.[11]

Hedges has also taught college credit courses for several years in New Jersey prisons as part of the B.A. program offered by Rutgers University.[12] He has described himself as a socialist,[13][14] specifically an anarchist,[15][16] identifying with Dorothy Day in particular.[17]

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  1. Chris is my favorite truther. As depressing as the truth is, I feel better listening to it, instead of being a king of wishful thinking and living in fantasy land. It is not safe in the enchanted forest…there are monsters ? in the mountains that eat naive, gullible, ignorant adult children.

  2. Corporate democrats are the other version of safety valves (gatekeepers) of the capitalists. It is this ingenious bipartisan system of American government that has managed to preserve the status quo and recruit the middle class (the guards) to defend and protect the 1% elite from the wrath of the poor, as Howard Zin pointed out. Having said that, there is nothing wrong with capitalism except that it was never meant to solve the problem of poverty, but rather to exploit the poor for maximizing its profits. Industrial capitalism would have been the salvation of humanity if it weren’t driven by greed and inequality, but some like Friedman argued that it was the very greed and inequality that drive the innovations and success of capitalism.

  3. Major General Smedley Butler stopped the elites from overthrowing Roosevelt by exposing the oligarchs as they formented the Business Plot, in 1933, by inciting the Bonus Army to storm the centres of power and create a fascist state on the lines of the Italian state

  4. i'd love to find the full vid of this. THIS is Hedges at his best. when he is monologing. i don't like when he is reading from a script.

  5. “How America betrayed its working class”

    When was it ever truthful to its working class? Ever since the founding of the Empire it’s main concept was the owning of people as some sort of property. It went from literal chains to debt based chains.

  6. Thanks for the upload. Could you possibly provide a link to this entire interview/speech. Also a bit of constructive criticism. Why promote and use Wikipedia in your description when they are actively working to destroy real movements in this country/world? Just curious. Maybe you're unaware of their misdeeds, so please don't take personally.

  7. The larger the middle/working class the larger and more productive an economy. The more productive an economy the better well off are its citizens. Wealth concentrated in the hands of the few means a depression. 1929.

  8. I Sincerely Hope that Americans are Lending their Ears to what Chris has to say & to Understand their Status in America. Need a Movement to Dethrone the Evil that has taken over the Nation or else Perish at your will.

  9. Thank you, Chris Hedges. You make the historical context pop, and the truth so evident that all the news channels should ask for your permission to broad cast this rant verbatim.

  10. The political class, both sides of the isle, made the tax laws to support dismantling jobs and sending them overseas. These mainly were a lot of great blue collar jobs and now we are severely at risk. They have us separated into groups, divided we are in trouble

  11. Unfortunately the average american has been so brainwashed against anything socialism that they still believe in the American Dream because they are too busy working two jobs and binge watching Netflix that they didn't notice the erosion of their buying power., rising prices and mounting debts.

  12. Nobody can connect the dots and explain how we got here like Chris Hedges. The sad part is that so many Americans don't realize any of this. If they did, maybe we'd get some true change.