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 New World Notes 
 Second of 2 parts. Corrected version (B)
 Weekly Program
 Chris Hedges
 Kenneth Dowst  
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A rousing new speech by activist, essayist, and Pulitzer-winning journalist Chris Hedges.

Hedges sees the engineering of public despair as a deliberate strategy of our country's real rulers, the corporate oligarchs. Alas, history shows that citizens in despair often turn to fascism, thereby only compounding their misery and the oligarchs' power.

In Part 2, Hedges focuses on the rise pf "Christian Fascism" (a.k.a. "the religious Right). (Continued ... )
... This movement is drawn primarily from the White working class--a class that has indeed been brutalized by the System. But these people's just anger has been cynically misdirected by the Elite--away from their real oppressors and towards the country's liberal and democratic institutions.

Hedges sees reform of our corrupt system as impossible. That leaves only two possible outcomes: popular rebellion leading to some form of humane, democratic socialism ... or else tyranny. The Elite--and the institutions they control--much prefer the latter.

Following Hedges' speech, we lighten the mood a bit with a new song by David Rovics, "Vaccine."

The speech, which Hedges delivered remotely, was sponsored by GCAS College in Dublin.

New World Notes is produced under the auspices (Latin for "first floor") of WWUH-FM, a community service of that beacon of light in darkest Connecticut, the University of Hartford.
This installment is available--in MP3 and other formats--also on The Internet Archive (www.archive.org). The page with the download links is here: https://archive.org/download/nwn-665-hedges-cultural-despair-2-b-192k

Details, photos, nice links, & other good stuff on the show's Web site: https://newworldnotes.blogspot.com

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