“Death of the Liberal Class” by Chris Hedges, 2015
Notes are from Blinkist
Modern society’s liberal thinkers have failed in promoting and developing the ideals they supposedly hold dear: protecting the meek and regulating government. The consequences for this failure are far greater than dysfunctional government; indeed, they may be catastrophic.
Liberalism is dying a slow death, and importantly, highlights the awful consequences to come in the United States of a one-sided political and cultural system.
The American media isn’t really free anymore;
No one is interested in “standing up for the little guy”.
The United States went to war against liberalism.
The liberal class has failed to protect American workers from exploitation.
The liberal class has purged itself of radicals and unconventional thinkers to its detriment.
The arts have abandoned liberal values; money has taken the place of political expression.
The media is no longer free and independent, as corporations have taken over a majority of papers.
We live in a world of total corporate control, where wars are endless because profits are high.
“The corporations that profit from permanent war need is to be afraid”.
Many liberals have blindly hoped that technology and a free market would bring about utopia.
We are just as uncritical of science as many years ago people were uncritical of god.
Many of today’s liberals have been bought off with wages or promises of a luxurious life.
The death of the liberal class can destabilize the entire democratic system.
With their needs unmet, the public turned to extremists on both sides of the political spectrum for support, which eventually allowed the Nazi party to rise significantly in power.
Society as we know it will collapse unless we institute the necessary liberal reforms.
Climate change, spurred by unregulated production and consumption, will drastically alter the living conditions on earth.
Moreover, there is a revolution in our future, and one that will be born at the far-right end of the American political spectrum.
Revolt is necessary, as it is our only means of toppling corrupt government. However, this revolt won’t come from the middle classes or be inspired by moderate politicians.
The only solution is a complete restructuring of human society into small communities, in which small groups of people can rebuild their lives.
These communities will have to be modest and self-sufficient, growing and building everything they need themselves. To live within their means, these groups can’t be much larger than a few families, otherwise they risk becoming reliant on larger industrial producers.