Wages of Rebellion

Nation Books - For hedges, resistance is carried out not for its success, but as a moral imperative that affirms life. Those who rise up against the odds will be those endowed with this “sublime madness. From south african activists who dedicated their lives to ending apartheid, to contemporary anti-fracking protests in Alberta, to whistleblowers in pursuit of transparency, Canada, Wages of Rebellion shows the cost of a life committed to speaking the truth and demanding justice.

In wages of rebellion, rebellion, chris hedges—who has chronicled the malaise and sickness of a society in terminal moral decline in his books Empire of Illusion and Death of the Liberal Class—investigates what social and psychological factors cause revolution, and resistance. Revolutions come in waves and cycles.

Drawing on an ambitious overview of prominent philosophers, historians, and literary figures he shows not only the harbingers of a coming crisis but also the nascent seeds of rebellion. Hedges has penned an indispensable guide to rebellion. Hedges' message is clear: popular uprisings in the United States and around the world are inevitable in the face of environmental destruction and wealth polarization.

Wages of Rebellion - Focusing on the stories of rebels from around the world and throughout history, Hedges investigates what it takes to be a rebel in modern times. Utilizing the work of reinhold niebuhr, hedges describes the motivation that guides the actions of rebels as “sublime madness” — the state of passion that causes the rebel to engage in an unavailing fight against overwhelmingly powerful and oppressive forces.

We are again riding the crest of a revolutionary epic, much like 1848 or 1917, from the Arab Spring to movements against austerity in Greece to the Occupy movement.


Hot Books - He tears into the contemporary glamorization of the military and the unchecked, unchallenged hawkishness that defines contemporary American foreign policy. The kinds of insights he provides into the deeply troubled state of our democracy cannot be found anywhere else. He tackles the rise of a fascist right in support of Donald Trump, which advocates xenophobia and violence in a push for American totalitarianism.

Whether it is covering the dissolution of former Soviet states or embedding in the Middle East to understand the post-9/11 world, he has been a singular voice pushing against mainstream media disinformation and the amnesia of establishment received wisdom. Chris hedges on the most taboo topics in America, with David Talbot.

Unspeakable - Chris hedges has been telling truth to and against power since his earliest days as a radical journalist. All of which is to say, chris Hedges is unafraid to say what is necessary and true—and has always been. He is an intellectual bomb thrower, who continues to confront American empire in the most incisive, challenging ways.

. And that’s just the start. He possesses a clear understanding of the challenges that lie before us, and has proven to be ahead of the curve time and again. He rails against the posturing of inclusivity from establishment elites on both sides of the aisle, who post-Occupy-Wall-Street continue to advocate for policies that make America uninhabitable for all but the ultra-rich and, as lackeys for corporate interests, continue to expand income inequality in all directions.

America: The Farewell Tour

Simon & Schuster - In his “forceful and direct” publishers Weekly America: The Farewell Tour, Hedges argues that neither political party, now captured by corporate power, addresses the systemic problem. Until our corporate coup d’état is reversed these diseases will grow and ravage the country. The opioid crisis; the retreat into gambling to cope with economic distress; the pornification of culture; the rise of magical thinking; the celebration of sadism, hate, and plagues of suicides are the physical manifestations of a society that is being ravaged by corporate pillage and a failed democracy.

Chris hedges’s profound and provocative examination of america in crisis is “an exceedingly…provocative book, but offering a point of view that needs to be heard” Booklist, certain to arouse controversy, about how bitter hopelessness and malaise have resulted in a culture of sadism and hate. America, a bitter despair, says pulitzer prize­–winning reporter Chris Hedges, is convulsed by an array of pathologies that have arisen out of profound hopelessness, and a civil society that has ceased to function.

America: The Farewell Tour - All these ills presage a frightening reconfiguration of the nation and the planet. As our society unravels, we also face global upheaval caused by catastrophic climate change. Donald trump rode this disenchantment to power. With a trademark blend of…sharply observed detail, Hedges writes a requiem for the American dream” Kirkus Reviews and seeks to jolt us out of our complacency while there is still time.

Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt

Nation Books - Two years ago, those areas in america that have been offered up for exploitation in the name of profit, Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges and award-winning cartoonist and journalist Joe Sacco set out to take a look at the sacrifice zones, progress, and technological advancement. It follows the steady downward spiral of american labor into the nation's produce fields and ends in Zuccotti Park where a new generation revolts against a corporate state that has handed to the young an economic, political, cultural and environmental catastrophe.

It moves to the old manufacturing centers and coal fields that fueled the industrial revolution, but now lie depleted and in decay. They wanted to show in words and drawings what life looks like in places where the marketplace rules without constraints, where human beings and the natural world are used and then discarded to maximize profit.

Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt - . Used book in Good Condition. Days of destruction, Days of Revolt is the searing account of their travels. The book starts in the western plains, where Native Americans were sacrificed in the giddy race for land and empire.

Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle

Nation Books - The other—the majority—is retreating from a reality-based world into one of false certainty and magic. To this majority—which crosses social class lines, though the poor are overwhelmingly affected—presidential debate and political rhetoric is pitched at a sixth-grade reading level. We now live in two Americas.

In this “other america, € serious film and theater, as well as newspapers and books, are being pushed to the margins of society. In the tradition of christopher lasch€™s the culture of narcissism and neil postman€™s Amusing Ourselves to Death, Pulitzer Prize-winner Chris Hedges navigates this culture—attending WWF contests, the Adult Video News Awards in Las Vegas, and Ivy League graduation ceremonies—to expose an age of terrifying decline and heightened self-delusion.

Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle - One—now the minority—functions in a print-based, literate world that can cope with complexity and can separate illusion from truth.

Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power

Seven Stories Press - What are the ten principles of concentration of wealth and power at work in america today? They're simple enough: reduce democracy, shape ideology, engineer election results, use fear and the power of the state to keep the rabble in line, attack the solidarity of the people, redesign the economy, shift the burden onto the poor and middle classes, let special interests run the regulators, manufacture consent, marginalize the population.

. From requiem for the American Dream Used book in Good Condition. Scott, spent countless hours together over the course of five years, from 2011 to 2016. But there was a sense that we'll get out of this somehow, an expectation that things were going to get better. The book that has resulted is nonetheless arguably the most succinct and tightly woven of Chomsky's long career, a beautiful vessel--including old-fashioned ligatures in the typeface--in which to carry Chomsky's bold and uncompromising vision, his perspective on the economic reality and its impact on our political and moral well-being as a nation.

Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power - During the great depression, which I'm old enough to remember, it was bad–much worse subjectively than today. In requiem for the american dream, chomsky devotes a chapter to each of these ten principles, and adds readings from some of the core texts that have influenced his thinking to bolster his argument.

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Death of the Liberal Class

Nation Books - It gives moral legitimacy to the state. In doing so, the liberal class has become irrelevant to society at large and ultimately the corporate power elite they once served. Once this class loses its social and political role then the delicate fabric of a democracy breaks down and the liberal class, along with the values it espouses, becomes an object of ridicule and hatred.

The liberal class plays a vital role in a democracy. Used book in Good Condition. Hedges argues there are five pillars of the liberal establishment – the press, liberal religious institutions, universities and the Democratic Party— and that each of these institutions, labor unions, more concerned with status and privilege than justice and progress, sold out the constituents they represented.

It makes limited forms of dissent and incremental change possible. Most importantly, on behalf of the power elite the liberal class serves as bulwarks against radical movements by offering a safety valve for popular frustrations and discontentment by discrediting those who talk of profound structural change.

Death of the Liberal Class - The door that has been opened to proto-fascists has been opened by a bankrupt liberalismThe 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 liberalism that has become profoundly bankrupted. The triumph of neo-feudalism and corporate abuse in latter day America.

Seven Stories Press. The liberal class posits itself as the conscience of the nation.

American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America

Free Press - Used book in Good Condition. The triumph of neo-feudalism and corporate abuse in latter day America. Hedges issues a potent, impassioned warning. Hedges, who grew up in rural parishes in upstate New York where his father was a Presbyterian pastor, attacks the movement as someone steeped in the Bible and Christian tradition.

But the ideological architecture of a Christian fascism is being cemented in place. We face an imminent threat. Hedges argues that the movement currently resembles the young fascist movements in Italy and Germany in the 1920s and '30s, movements that often masked the full extent of their drive for totalitarianism and were willing to make concessions until they achieved unrivaled power.

Seven Stories Press. The movement's call to dismantle the wall between church and state and the intolerance it preaches against all who do not conform to its warped vision of a Christian America are pumped into tens of millions of American homes through Christian television and radio stations, as well as reinforced through the curriculum in Christian schools.

American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America - . The movement has roused its followers to a fever pitch of despair and fury. His book reminds us of the dangers liberal, democratic societies face when they tolerate the intolerant. He points to the hundreds of senators and members of congress who have earned between 80 and 100 percent approval ratings from the three most influential Christian Right advocacy groups as one of many signs that the movement is burrowing deep inside the American government to subvert it.

Today, instead, such language no longer sounds like hyperbole but poses, a very real threat to our freedom and our way of life.

War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning

PublicAffairs - He has seen children murdered for sport in Gaza and petty thugs elevated into war heroes in the Balkans. Hedges, war can be exhilarating and even addictive: “It gives us purpose, who is also a former divinity student, has seen war at its worst and knows too well that to those who pass through it, meaning, a reason for living.

Drawing on his own experience and on the literature of combat from Homer to Michael Herr, Hedges shows how war seduces not just those on the front lines but entire societies—corrupting politics, destroying culture, and perverting basic human desires. Used book in Good Condition. PublicAffairs. Seven Stories Press.

War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning - The triumph of neo-feudalism and corporate abuse in latter day America. As a veteran war correspondent, chris Hedges has survived ambushes in Central America, imprisonment in Sudan, and a beating by Saudi military police. Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. Mixing hard-nosed realism with profound moral and philosophical insight, War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning is a work of terrible power and redemptive clarity whose truths have never been more necessary.

Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle

Bold Type Books - The triumph of neo-feudalism and corporate abuse in latter day America. The cultural embrace of illusion and celebrity culture have accompanied a growing system of casino capitalism, which creates vast wealth for elites. A culture that cannot distinguish between reality and illusion dies, Hedges argues, and we are dying now.

PublicAffairs. Used book in Good Condition. Nation Books. Used book in Good Condition. Corporations have ruthlessly dismantled and destroyed our manufacturing base and impoverished our working class. Traveling to the ringside of professional wrestling bouts at Madison Square Garden, and to academic conferences held by positive psychologists who claim to be able to engineer happiness, to Las Vegas to write about the pornographic film industry, Hedges chronicles our flight from an ever-worsening reality.

Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle - Hedges exposes the mechanisms that undermine our democracy and divert us from the economic, political, environmental, and moral collapse around us. Used book in Good Condition. A prescient book that forecast the culture that gave rise to Trump -- a society beholden to empty spectacle and obsession with image at the expense of reality, reason, and truth.

An instant bestseller, empire of Illusion is a striking and unsettling exploration of illusion and fantasy in contemporary American culture. Seven Stories Press.

The World As It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress

Nation Books - Used book in Good Condition. Society's institutions, which mold us into compliant citizens, including our religious institutions, are unmasked. Used book in Good Condition. Nation Books. War is always about betrayal, " Hedges notes. Drawing on two decades of experience as a war correspondent and based on his numerous columns for Truthdig, a panorama of the American empire at home and abroad, Chris Hedges presents The World As It Is, from the coarsening effect of America's War on Terror to the front lines in the Middle East and South Asia and the continuing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Underlying his reportage is a constant struggle with the nature of war and its impact on human civilization. Used book in Good Condition. Seven Stories Press. The triumph of neo-feudalism and corporate abuse in latter day America. PublicAffairs. It is about betrayal of the young by the old, of cynics by idealists, and of soldiers and Marines by politicians.