I was just reading the article that I said I would in my last post. And on the second page Hedges claims that “The real enemy of the liberal class has never been Glenn Beck, but Noam Chomsky.” Am I reading that right? Chomsky is my hero and Glen Beck is a lunatic. So Chris Hedges must be a nut.
Who’s crazy? Maybe I’m reading him wrong at that point. He has so many other interesting points to make. Still confused.
[Update August 1, 2011]
The old title was: “Okay, seriously, Chris Hedges might be a nut”
Okay, so I’ve been set straight. Turns out that Chris Hedges is definitely not a nut. In Death of the Liberal Class, he is talking about just how similar the Liberal class is morally and politically to, say, conservatives like the Republicans. I appreciate this kind of analysis. Here in Canada we’ve seen this similarly between the Liberal Party of Canada and the Conservative Party of Canada. It’s tough though because I would still rather have the Liberals than the Conservatives. But better still to have the NDP. In the American context, however, there is no popular third choice. And, unfortunately, the difference between Democrats and Republicans is arguably smaller. This is, I believe, what Chris Hedges argues.
Of course, many voices claim the NDP has failed the left and they too are not progressive or radical enough. This kind of critical discourse is important, but in my view it should not come at the expense of strategic participation in democratic processes. Simply, we should take power in the ways we can to improve the lives of those with the fewest prospects and the least privilege.
So, thank you Zak and John and others who have mentioned that Chris Hedges has an important and well-considered view.