The World As It Is by Chris Hedges
Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress

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Many liberals are disappointed with Barack Obama. Some talk of “betrayal,” while others are writing abject letters to the White House asking the president to come back to his “true self.” Chris Hedges, however, is a progressive who doesn’t feel betrayed. “Obama was and is a brand,” he argues. “He is a product of the Chicago political machine. He has been skillfully packaged by the corporate state.”

In his newest book, Hedges argues that the conscious inertia of the left is destroying the progressive movement. Inaction and empty moral posturing leads not to change, but to an orgy of self-adulation and self-pity.

Hedges argues that the gravest danger we face as a nation is not from the far right, although the right may well inherit power. Instead, the threat comes from a bankrupt liberal class that has lost the will to fight and the moral courage to stand up for what it espouses.

 

About Chris Hedges

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Chris Hedges was a foreign correspondent for the New York Times and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting, and his War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Nonfiction. Hedges is a senior fellow at the Nation Institute, a columnist for Truthdig, and the Anschutz Distinguished Fellow at Princeton University. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
 
Published April 12, 2011 by Nation Books. 432 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Since leaving the Times, Hedges (Death of the Liberal Class, 2010, etc.), perhaps best known for his 2002 bestseller War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning, has gained a following on the American left for his weekly essays on Truthdig, from which this anthology was assembled.

Apr 12 2011 | Read Full Review of The World As It Is: Dispatche...

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Here is Hedges’ hypothesis in a nutshell: Corporate interests have taken over the U.S. government and have robbed its treasury of trillions of dollars in order to maintain an endless cycle of war.

Oct 19 2011 | Read Full Review of The World As It Is: Dispatche...

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