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Feb 04

Chris Hedges and Cliff DuRand: What Kind of Democracy Exists in the US?

Chris Hedges, author of “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt,” speaks about Managed Democracy in the US, or what he calls “political theater.” He also discusses “Inverted Totalitarianism,” a term first used by Sheldon Wolin who wrote “Democracy, Inc.” Hedges describes the “Sacrifice Zones” that he visited as he wrote his most recent book. Hedges writes a weekly column for Truthdig. We then speak with Cliff DuRand, author of “Recreating Democracy in a Globalized State.” DuRand explains capitalism as a Monopoly game that always ends up with gross inequality and collapse of the game. He also explains our current political environment as a polyarchy that suppresses real democracy in order to maintain control. DuRand’s writing can be found at the Global Justice Center.

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Articles:

Lifting the Veil on Mirage Democracy in the United States by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers

How Do You Take Your Poison? by Chris Hedges

The End of the American Dream by Cliff DuRand

 

Guests:

chris hedgesChris Hedges’ column is published Mondays on Truthdig. He spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He has reported from more than 50 countries and has worked for The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, The Dallas Morning News and The New York Times, for which he was a foreign correspondent for 15 years. He has won numerous awards, including a Pulitzer Prize and has published 12 books. His most recent is “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt.”

 

 

Cliff2 Cliff DuRand is a retired philosophy professor who taught for 40 years in Baltimore at Morgan State University. He lives now in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico where he is a founder of and Research Associate with the Center for Global Justice. He writes and speaks extensively on such topics as globalization, democracy, Mexico, Cuba and various social issues. Many of his essays can be found at www.globaljusticecenter.org.