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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (873 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chris Hedges Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN: 9781611200195
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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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JmeDoom | 2/18/2014

    " The best piece of social and political criticism that I have read in a long time. Hedges passion, directness and clarity means there is no mistaking the seriousness of this book. It is a call to radicalism, but more importantly it is a call to morality, to humaneness, to kindness, to love and to logic. Hedges uses his history well to rail against the corporate state where we find ourselves enslaved. He is the voice of one crying in the wilderness, and as his prophecies become true America will not be the same democratic society. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan Yingst | 1/29/2014

    " I think basically everything he says is correct. Especially of note is his brief discussion of why we cannot despair in light of our situation. Despair, I think, is largely what lies under the massive disillusionment and apathy among normal folk, especially the young. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 1/27/2014

    " Hedges presents a strong argument that the Liberal Class, content to rest on its laurels while society began to deteriorate, is to blame for the moral and economic rot taking place. While not a polemic against "liberalism" as popular culture has come to understand it, the book does take on the wealthy and educated class for ignoring the declines taking place around them while living in comfort. This book goes way beyond the liberal versus conservative way of looking at things and goes to the heart of the human condition. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Eggleston | 1/22/2014

    " This was a good book and interesting. It got a little "conspiracy theory-ish" for my taste but overall it has an interesting premise. I am a stanch liberal so I enjoyed the historical perspectives as well as the calls to action. It is a bit too leftist though for my taste. Progress is, and has been made. Is it ever enough? No I think not. But that's no reason to start getting down on ourselves. I get it, you don't like Obama because he's not enough of a "lefty". But at least acknowledge we have a black president. If that isn't progress then what is? It's been roughly 50 years since real civil rights legislation has been passed (by a democrat no less)and now we're breaking the color barrier in major politics. There are other examples to be sure, but I think that the outlook could be somewhat less bleak. I did enjoy the book though! :-) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jeremy Hold | 1/14/2014

    " I didn't make it through the book, I got to page 113 and had to put it down. Hedges makes a few salient points early on.These points are overshadowed by his repetition and stating opinions somewhat deceivingly as if they were facts. I wanted to like this book because I think that there is some truth to the title of the book, but frankly the style of the author is not for me. Unrelenting negativity and anger seemed to roll off the pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick | 1/8/2014

    " This is a powerful, prophetic book, but very gloomy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie | 1/5/2014

    " Someone should make a Cliff Notes version of this book, it would be excellent. While I love the concept of the book & agree with the points made, I felt the author tried too hard to have his points understood. Less than halfway through, I found myself skimming pages and sometimes reading only a couple sentences to get the basic idea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Iain | 1/4/2014

    " There's some excellent insight in this book, in particular the author's telling of the fate of the arts in the wake of the 20th century wars. At points near the beginning, I feared it was going to turn into a diatribe, and it certainly isn't going to make you feel great about the fate of society as we currently understand it. That said, I think this is an important book for people like myself who are trying to make sense of the world we live in today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 12/11/2013

    " Revolution is not rebellion. Modern liberals are no better than right wingers. Everyone with a brain should read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Expose Austin Texas Duty To Care For Others | 10/6/2013

    " Chris Hedges evaluates the hypocrisy of the liberal class. He reveals that they are not so progressive or tolerant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Don | 8/21/2013

    " Outstanding and very, very scary. Except that it is nonfiction. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lia | 7/8/2013

    " Simply excoriating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan putt | 5/15/2013

    " This is a great call to arms for those that identify themselves as liberals. Hedges goes through the history of what liberalism means and how institutions such as the government and corporations have made liberalism an ugly word, forcing liberals to water down their beliefs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 1/23/2013

    " An insightful book. I'm glad there is somebody like Chris Hedges saying this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frederic | 12/11/2012

    " Intelligent,perceptive and compelling arguments about the failure/cowardice of the Liberal Class(Journalism,Academia,the Democratic Party)in protecting the country from the rise of Inverted Totalitarianism...depressing because the only redress Hedges offers seems to be,"Fill the Jails."... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Tallo | 3/4/2012

    " A brilliant and sad book by a very thoughtful writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sascha | 1/7/2012

    " Similar to his other book Empire of Illusion, this book focuses on American History and how the Liberal class was weakened and died over the course of American History. Well written and insightful, and since I know only a little bit about American History it was very informative as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kasandra | 10/17/2011

    " A scathing indictment of the failures of the liberal class and the hollowing out of their moral authority. I fear Hedges is right about where our country is headed, which is both sad and frightening... but this sort of honesty is sorely needed in American society today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 lando roberts | 9/20/2011

    " Love this guy. Gives a voice to the political position I struggle to articulate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 4/19/2011

    " Devastating! This book was a game-changer for me. I was approaching the point of disengagement from conventional American politics. Hedges pushed me over the edge. Goodbye to the Democratic Party. They are part of the problem -- not the solution. Let Hedges explain why. Read this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chet | 3/14/2011

    " What can I say but I am equally impressed as I am depressed. I recommend the experience highly, especially for the closeted Anarchist. "

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About the Author
Author Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges is the New York Times bestselling author of American Fascists and War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning. He was a member of the team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for the New York Times coverage of global terrorism. Hedges holds a BA in English literature from Colgate University and a master of divinity from Harvard University.

About the Narrator

Arthur Morey has won three AudioFile Magazine “Best Of” Awards, and his work has garnered numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and placed him as a finalist for the Audie Award. He has acted in a number of productions, both Off-Broadway in New York and Off-Loop in Chicago. He graduated from Harvard and did graduate work at the University of Chicago. He has won awards for his fiction and drama, worked as an editor with several book publishers, and taught literature and writing at Northwestern University. His plays and songs have been produced in New York, Chicago, and Milan, where he has also performed.