Jan 15, 2011 | Comments 0
Death of the Liberal Class By Chris Hedges
Publisher: Nat-ion Books 2010 | 256 Pages | ISBN: 1568586442 | File type: PDF | 1 mb
The liberal class plays a important role in a democracy. It gives moral legitimacy to the state. It makes limited forms of dissent and incremental change feasible. The liberal class posits itself as the conscience of the nation. It permits us, via its appeal to public virtues plus the public very good, to define ourselves as a very good and noble persons. Most importantly, on behalf of the power elite the liberal class serves as bulwarks against radical movements by offering a safety valve for well-known frustrations and discontentment by discrediting those that talk of profound structural change. Once this class loses its social and political role then the delicate fabric of a democracy breaks down plus the liberal class, along with the values it espouses, becomes an object of ridicule and hatred. The door that has been opened to proto-fascists has been opened by a bankrupt liberalism
The Death of the Liberal Class examines the failure of the liberal class to confront the rise of the corporate state plus the consequences of a liberalism that has turn out to be profoundly bankrupted. Hedges argues you can find five pillars of the liberal establishment �?the press, liberal religious institutions, labor unions, universities plus the Democratic Party�?and that every of these institutions, much more concerned with status and privilege than justice and progress, sold out the constituents they represented. In performing so, the liberal class has turn out to be irrelevant to society at significant and ultimately the corporate power elite they once served.