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Journalist 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 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.
Hedges spoke in Seattle on June 29, 2011. Our installment is adapted from the full talk, broadcast by Mike McCormick on "Mind Over Matters" (http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/61508). Thanks yet again to Mike.
"New World Notes" is produced under the auspices (Latin for "inflexible deadlines") of WWUH-FM, a community service of that beacon of light in darkest Connecticut, the University of Hartford.
CORRECTION: In my introduction, I incorrectly state that Hedges denounces two Democratic presidents, Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama. In fact, Hedges here denounces Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
Chris Hedges' latest book is "Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt" (with Joe Sacco).
For written commentary, photos & other graphics, videos, great links, and an archive of past installments, please see this show's Web site: http://newworldnotes.blogspot.com. Permanent link to the entry for this installment: http://newworldnotes.blogspot.com/2012/09/listen-to-or-download-part-one-now.html.
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