BTS 10/15/10: Fund Drive Special - Chris Hedges and "The Death of the Liberal Class"

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Chris Hedges, a Pulitzer Prize-winner, is the former Middle East Bureau Chief of The New York Times, a Senior Fellow at The Nation Institute and author of many books, including War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, Empire of Illusion, Losing Moses on the Freeway: I Don't Believe in Atheists, and American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America.

His latest book, which will be published in December, is the Death of the Liberal Class, a lucid and disturbing look inside America's fallen liberal institutions. For decades the liberal class defended all Americans against the worst excesses of power. But the pillars of this class—the press, the universities, trade unions, the Democrats, and the liberal church—have collapsed. In its absence the needs of the poor, the working class, and even the middle class have no champion. Hedges argues that the gravest danger we face is not from the far right, but the bankrupt liberal class that has lost the will to fight and the moral courage to stand up for what it espouses. Death of the Liberal Class examines the liberals who have abdicated responsibility and formulates a clarion call for reform. Don’t miss this extended conversation with Chris Hedges about the passivity and weakness of American liberalism.

1. Chris Hedges, weekly Truthdig columnist, was a foreign correspondent for nearly two decades in The Middle East, Central America, Africa and the Balkans. Hedges was part of the New York Times team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize coverage of global terrorism and he received the 2002 Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism. He is the author of the best selling American Fascists and War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning. Other books include: I Don’t Believe in Atheists (2008), Losing Moses on the Freeway: The 10 Commandments in America (2005), and What Every Person Should Know About War. He is a senior fellow at The Nation Institute and a Lecturer in the Council of the Humanities and the Anschutz Distinguished Fellow at Princeton University.