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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 More Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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! :-) "

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