Death of the Liberal Class

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Product Number: Z100100837
Released: Aug 10, 2015
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ISBN: #9781611200799
Narrator/s: Arthur Morey
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The liberal class plays a vital role in a democracy, and posits itself as the conscience of the nation. It permits us to define ourselves as a good and noble people. Most importantly, the liberal class offers a safety valve for popular frustrations and discontentment by discrediting those who talk of profound structural change. Once this class loses its role, then democracy breaks down and the liberal class becomes an object of ridicule and hatred. The Death of the Liberal Class examines the failure of the liberal class to confront the rise of the corporate state and the consequences of a bankrupt liberalism, making the liberal class irrelevant to society at large and ultimately the corporate power elite they once served.

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Author(s): Chris Hedges
Original Publish Date: Jan 01, 1900

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Author(s): Chris Hedges
Narrator(s): Arthur Morey
Product Number DD1662
Released: Oct 19, 2010
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ISBN: #9781611200003

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"Former NEW YORK TIMES foreign correspondent Chris Hedges--who won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of global terrorism--takes aim at the "unfettered capitalism" he feels is leading the U.S. to an almost feudal system of social inequity. In his brutal assessment, Hedges asserts the redundancy of "the liberal class"--for instance, the labor unions, who, he claims, have betrayed the class struggle and social upheaval that once made them relevant institutions to become "domesticated negotiators with the capitalist class." The politically correct bastions of higher learning receive no less of a skewering for their capitulation to an idealized nonconfrontational version of "equality." Such a polemic could be strident in the hands of a more histrionic reader, but Arthur Morey's approach is almost musical, with his unwavering timbre and smooth cadences making a symphony out of Hedges's jarring manifesto. J.S.H. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"

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