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The World As It Is

Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress

The World As It Is
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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.

Nation Books; April 2011
368 pages; ISBN 9781568586618
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