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In a spiritual way. Any time physicists gets together, one of them will tell a very old joke about a farmer who wants to make their farm more efficient. In the joke, a list of inappropriate professionals offer the farmer reasonable suggestions. The babies of this decade will be the eightysomethings of the early s; most of the denizens of the next century are generations unborn at press time. And nearly all of the rest of us are just ghosts. But this was the chilling trial that faced players of Entombed, an Atari game, according to the instruction manual. The catacombs were an unforgiving place.
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Chris Hedges's new book, The Death of the Liberal Class Nation Books, November, exemplifies the limits of the liberal elite in critiquing itself, its double bind as it responds to the American state going haywire on empire, human rights, and capitalism. Exiled from his former position of privilege at the New York Times , Hedges has been busy impersonating past American Jeremiahs. Yet Hedges's narrative of "dissent" itself is the essence of failed liberalism. Liberals are retreating farther and farther into defeatism, conspiracy theory, emotional darkness, and tunnel vision. Hedges's background as the son of a Presbyterian minister, and his sojourn at Harvard Divinity School, are the keys to his thought; religion always pulls him, even as he bemoans its abuse at the hands of the morally obtuse.
In a recent speech titled " After Trump and Pussy Hats " delivered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges tells the audience that "resistance must also be accompanied by an alternative vision of a socialist, anti-capitalist society. After a fierce indictment of what he calls the kleptocracy that rules the United States, Hedges urges organizing "with lightning speed" because this is our "last chance" to do so. It will not be easy; it will take time. A password will be e-mailed to you. Statements and opinions expressed in articles and comments are those of the authors, not Truthdig. Truthdig takes no responsibility for such statements or opinions.