Chris Hedges Politics Video

Dennis Kucinich and Chris Hedges on the American Coup d’etat

Watch the second installment of Chris Hedges’ two-part interview with former Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich in the video player above.

Dennis Kucinich served as a U.S representative from Ohio from 1997 to 2013, losing his seat after the state Democratic Party machine redrew Ohio’s 10th Congressional district, a redistricting designed expressly to oust him, although he is a Democrat, from his seat, which is what happened. He was also the 53rd mayor of Cleveland. As mayor he took on the entrenched power of the big banks and business interests, along with the mob, which controlled City Hall. His anti-corruption campaign included battling back against the efforts to privatize the city’s municipal electric utility, a scheme that would have jacked up utility rates for the city’s residents and netted millions in profits for the banks and the privately owned Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company. His fearless confrontation with these entrenched centers of power, largely hidden in the shadows, swiftly saw these monied interests mount a vicious assault against him, which included a relentless smear campaign, amplified by a press that obsequiously catered to the interests of its big advertisers, a recall vote, forcing the city into default and even assassination attempts. He was defeated in the next election. In December 2020, Kucinich filed paperwork to run in the 2021 Cleveland mayoral election, where he is currently leading in the polls. Kucinich’s new book, “The Division of Light and Power,” looks back on his tenure as mayor and his confrontation with corporate power that today holds most cities and the country hostage.

6 comments

  1. Halfway through Kucinich’s book, my brain aches at the revelations of the massive variety of inroads by which corporations and banks usurp government power through intimidation and manipulation. It may be painful, but conversely, its denial (by so many folks) is the number one threat against any possibility of power by and for the citizenry of a so-called democratic republic.

  2. This story underscores the tragedy of the loss of city, county and state newspaper coverage of business and government. Podcasts, unfortunately, aren’t the same. Without dedicated beat reporters we are all more vulnerable to grift, graft and corruption.

    1. And it’s over and we lost without ever putting up a fight. Most don’t even realize there ever was a war let alone that they lost. This country is now ruled by the Corporates, the MIC and the Deep State in a triumvirate of greed, war, and control. Free speech, the right to privacy and all the rest are now but a memory in the rear view mirror and won’t be coming back.

      The only glimmer of light in our dark future is the absolute arrogance, hubris, and incompetence that has utterly pervaded the system and those who rule. It is their Achilles heel….as is so often is with those who’s greed can never be satiated…..

  3. How many houses, cars, yachts, jets, toys, sexual partners and hagiographies does a hollow, loveless individual need?
    What pathetic fools they are as they rage against justice.

  4. Most Public Utilities are guaranteed a minimum return on investment, usually 10%; so the more they spend, the more they make. That is one reason, PU’s usually buy local, instead of buying smart. i.e., keep the locals on your side and have them pay for it.

  5. Only those who have endured similar situations fully understand the conspiracy of power, at every level.

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