Chris Hedges Video

On Contact: Hedges and Street on the Strength of Right-Wing Populism

Despite losing, Donald Trump has solidified support from an angry, disposed working class that cuts across racial lines.

On Chris Hedges’ RT show, On Contact, the host speaks with professor Paul Street about the outcome of the US presidential election, and how despite losing, Donald Trump has solidified an angry, disposed working class that cuts across racial lines and has embraced a right-wing populism.

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9 comments

    1. They are both real words. He is implying they have been disposed of or been disposable by the status quo forces driving our current dominant systems.

  1. For those who would would like to think about this issue, read Professor Street’s book, mentioned by Mr. Hedges at the end of this On Contact segment: Hollow Resistance: Obama, Trump and the Politics of Appeasement.

  2. I too have seen a few interviews with Street. Have always been impressed with him. I think the only issue I ever had with him was during the mid-terms 2 years ago when he wrote in one of his Counterpunch columns to vote Dem. In the interest of fairness, he wasn’t exactly waving the big blue flag, but he detested Trump as most sensible people do and in that column ended up backsliding into advising left voters to vote blue during that time. But that was the only instance amid a slew of great writing and insight so I was more than willing to overlook it. I’m surprised he doesn’t have his own show somewhere, he’s very good.

    Considering he’s a Marxist, I’ve always wondered if there was anything he disagreed with Marx on. Nothing wrong with that, Prof. David Harvey is a Marxist and has stated that he disagrees with Marx on this or that issue. I myself have read all 3 Capital volumes and the only issue I take with Marx that I can think of is he rejects Thomas Malthus’ stance that overpopulation causes major social problems. Perhaps I just don’t understand Marx’ view but I do think human overpopulation is contributing in no small way to the problems we face. I realize capitalism relies on it (more people + finite jobs = higher unemployment rate) but not sure if there’s another connection.

    (No, that doesn’t mean I support genocide. Hate that I have to qualify it like this.)

  3. The idea Trump’s presidency represents some real grievance is ludicrous on its own. The idea he represents a working class grievance is simply beyond incredulous, and is indicative of the deteriorating mental and cognitive state of the progenitor of such an !d!otic idea!

    Trump is a con man. Moreover, he is a direct descendant of a line of far right conservative leaders that goes back to Nixon overt racism, Reagan decimation of the unions which forced Democrats to seek other power brokers or risk elimination, and Bush’s authoritarian security state fascism.

    To claim he represents anything other than conservative inertia, corruption, and anti-democratic impulses is not simply to ignore the reality of the growing conservative-liberal divide, but a glaring insult to the intelligence of anyone who voted for Trump because he reflects their own values.

    For someone supposedly advocating for workers causes and power, Hedge’s claim that they fell for such an obvious con man, especially considering Trump’s 4 years have caused so much damage to workers (and to everything else, for that matter) is counter productive, to say the least.

  4. Here’s the thing: to say that workers voted for Trump, in 2020, as a protest against Democrats’ abandonment is to say they are gullible !d!ots since even in 2016 it was obvious his nonsensical anti-establishment con was PR propaganda, and after his 4 years in office only a complete delusional m@r@n would buy any of his promises.

    The sad fact of US politics is that contrary to the propaganda spewed by Hedges and his Neo Progressive comrades the American electorate is more conservative than liberal or progressive.

    In addition, the demographic increase in Trump voters which Hedges quote as a ‘proof’ to his bizarre theory could easily, and more naturally explained by the fact the voter participation in the 2020 election is the largest in a hundred years, up to 10% higher than 2016 in certain states.

    “The US experienced a historic turnout rate of 65.1% – the highest in over 100 years – delivering the popular vote and electoral college to Joe Biden, the Democratic candidate.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/nov/10/us-election-voter-turnout-record-visual-guide

  5. What I generally will do with a 10+ minute video, when I’m pressed for time, is view it at x1.75 speed on YouTube. Most On Contact episodes are available there via the RT channel.

    Just a suggestion… 🙂

  6. 🤦‍♀️

    Hedges is attractive, not that it’s relevant to the content of the episode…

    Wow.

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