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Chris Hedges: Who Cancel Culture Really Serves

The principal weakness in some of my earlier work is that I a)greatly overestimated the interest of many supposed “anti-system” people in actual opposing the system and b) greatly underestimated the entrenchment of tribal politics in US society. It would seem that tribal politics trumps class politics, populism, statism/anti-system, or even systemism/anti-systemism. Also, the Red Tribe and Blue Tribe are merely macro-tribes that include a multiplicity of micro-tribes within their own ranks that are constantly at war with each other. Therefore, the historical models we need to be focused on are not the historical liberal or left revolutions like America, France, Russia, Spain, etc. but the religious and tribal wars of the past, from the Thirty Years War and the English Civil War to the Yugoslavian, Syrian,  Iraqi, or Lebanese civil wars in more recent times. This does not mean that a literal civil war is necessarily on the horizon in the immediate for foreseeable future, but it does mean that social fracturing into warring political tribes is increasingly becoming the cultural and political norm.

According to Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author Chris Hedges, cancel culture is where liberalism goes to die. “Elites and their courtiers who trumpet their moral superiority by damning and silencing those who do not linguistically conform to politically correct speech are the new Jacobins.” Another important discussion with host Julianna Forlano. You may know Chris from reading one of his best-selling books including American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America, Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle, War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, Death of the Liberal Class. Or his weekly interview show On Contact where he interviews “dissident voices” currently missing from the mainstream media, the black sheep of the establishment, leading to discussions that are not easy to find. Chris is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a New York Times best-selling author, a professor in the college degree program offered to New Jersey state prisoners by Rutgers University, and an ordained Presbyterian minister. He has written 12 books, including the New York Times best-seller “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt” which he co-authored with the cartoonist Joe Sacco. His latest book is “America: The Farewell Tour” (2018).

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