The World As It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress

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PublicAffairs, Apr 12, 2011 - Political Science - 368 pages
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.


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Chris Hedges graduated from Starr King and Harvard Divinity, and joined the international press corp as a journalist for major newspapers, including the Dallas, and NYTimes. As a war correspondent his ... Read full review

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Hectoring collection of Internet jeremiads by the former Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times war correspondent.Since leaving the Times, Hedges (Death of the Liberal Class, 2010, etc.), perhaps best ... Read full review


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Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist. He spent nearly two decades as a correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa, and the Balkans, with fifteen years at the New York Times. He is the author of numerous bestselling books, including Empire of Illusion; Death of the Liberal Class; War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning; and Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, which he co-wrote with Joe Sacco. He writes a weekly column for the online magazine Truthdig. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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