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New World Notes - Chris Hedges on Corporate Plunder and Popular Revolt (Part 1)

09/11/2012 12:00 pm
09/11/2012 12:30 pm


This week on New World Notes: radio program #236, September 11, from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m., host Kenneth Dowst plays the first part of a two-part digest of a powerful talk by Chris Hedges.

Journalist/commentator Chris Hedges traces the rise of the Corporate State, the destruction of democracy, and the corporate plunder of society. And he surveys successful examples of nonviolent popular rebellion.

This week, in Part One, he discusses how corporations subverted democracy in the US since 1914. And he takes us to some of America's "sacrifice zones"--areas devastated by unrestrained corporate plunder. He concludes with a scathing critique of the Democratic Party for selling out the people to the corporations.

Strong words, and not encouraging ones. But Hedges makes his case well and powerfully and without apology.

Next week, in Part Two, Hedges discusses the Obama Administration's assault on civil liberties--a way of suppressing both dissent and popular resistance to corporate plunder, he believes. He ends with examples of nonviolent popular resistance toppling oppressive systems--for instance in East Germany and Czechoslovakia.

Chris Hedges' latest book is Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, co-authored with illustrator by Joe Sacco.

Chris Hedges spoke in Seattle on June 29, 2011. Our installments are adapted from the full talk, broadcast by Mike McCormick on Mind Over Matters ( Thanks yet again to Mike.

Correction: In my introduction, I incorrectly say that Hedges denounces Democratic presidents Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama. In fact he denounces Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

New World Notes is produced under the auspices (Latin for "radar") of WWUH-FM, a community service of the University of Hartford.

You can listen to any installment of New World Notes online or else download it (as an mp3 audio file) for later listening. The show is archived at both A-Infos Radio Project and (from #90 onwards) the Internet Archive. Either link should get you a reverse-chronological listing of available installments. Or browse the show's Web site: Each installment has a page; each page has links to the recorded audio; and a handy table of contents will quickly find the installment you want.

Series overview: Political and social commentary in a variety of genres. Exploring the gap between what we want--and what they're trying to make us settle for.