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The Chris Hedges Report: Struggle makes us human

The current neofascists do not need to focus on destroying unions, which have already been decimated by globalization. Instead, they can directly channel the anger of the unemployed and underemployed towards minorities and the vulnerable.

The neofascist movements currently rising around the globe differ from the fascist movements of the 20th century. Fascism in the last century arose to break radical workers’ movements, many organized by the Communist Party. But the current neofascists, figures such as Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil and Narendra Modi in India, do not need to focus on destroying unions, which have already been decimated by globalization. Instead, they can directly channel the anger of the unemployed and underemployed towards minorities and the vulnerable.

Vijay Prashad addresses these deformations—and explains how we can fight back—in conversation with Frank Barat in his new book Struggle Makes Us Human: Learning from Movements for Socialism. Prashad, an Indian historian and journalist, is the author of 30 books, including Washington Bullets, Red Star Over the Third World, The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World, and The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South. He is the chief correspondent for Globetrotter and a columnist for Frontline. He is also the chief editor of LeftWord Books. Joining me to discuss his new book, Struggle Makes Us Human: Learning from Movements for Socialism, is Vijay Prashad.

Chris Hedges interviews writers, intellectuals, and dissidents, many banished from the mainstream, in his half-hour show, The Chris Hedges Report. He gives voice to those, from Cornel West and Noam Chomsky to the leaders of groups such as Extinction Rebellion, who are on the front lines of the struggle against militarism, corporate capitalism, white supremacy, the looming ecocide, as well as the battle to wrest back our democracy from the clutches of the ruling global oligarchy.

6 comments

  1. Where’s the transcript? It’s very hard to try to leave an intelligent comment without a transcript to refer to …

  2. view it on youtube – just click on where it says just that, bottom left – and download transcript. cut and paste into your own text editor or whatever. way to go.

  3. A lot of misdirection or misconception from the great Hedges. I live at ground Zero for illegal migrations. It’s a HUGE issue and it’s not racists or US Nationalists that are speaking out. It’s average people and including Hispanic Texans and Americans. I do not know and have not met any racist or anti-immigrant people here. Maybe they avoid me? I don’t care and wouldn’t listen to them. An Hispanic woman Republican just won an election in our District which was a Democrat sinecure for decades.. 82% Hispanic District. She spoke out against illegal crossings and promotes border security. This is about National Security. If we have no borders then why have even any Military or most Government? Chris is wrong to conflate border concerns with racism or hate. Thanks.

    1. @SoTexGuy
      The immigration that you’re so upset about is caused by what the U.S. does to the countries where the immigrants are coming from. The problem isn’t the immigrants, as Hedges points out. It’s U.S. foreign policy that wrecks other countries and causes people to flee their homes and try to come here.

  4. Great Strategy to act like a real socialist democracy and overcome the lethargy of this dual-party Vichy-facade of faux-democracy:

    We Americans love to watch war movies and act like the most powerful country in the world — so why not enforce, enjoy, and endorse ‘power’, even the power of war.

    If ‘we the people of America’ want to live that dream, then we could enable their “We’re #1”, “We’re #1”, “We’re #1” power fantasy and harness it to something that will really help our weakened, wandering, and merely wishful fantasy into real political power?

    If, [big if], Bye Bye Byeden and an invigorated, and truly (small ‘d’) democracy party wanted to act decisively and powerfully over these damned ‘economic royalists’ of both the right and left ‘pro-Empire’ parties and this entire Disguised Global Crony Capitalist Racist Propagandist Criminal Ecocidal Child-Killing & War-Starting EMPIRE, controlled by the ‘Ruling-Elite’, UHNWI, <0.003%ers, TCCers, arrogantly self-appointed "Masters of the Universe", and "Evil (not-so) Geniuses" [Kurt Andersen] — which hides Empire behind their totally corrupted dual-party Vichy-facade of faux-democracy — all that 'we the people' have to do in a first revolutionary act is to lay-out the fact that we are essentially already at war, certainly an 'economic war' in supporting Ukraine to the tune of over $50 billions of dollars.

    Biden has the power to easily and popularly enact the Defense Authorization Act and order Exxon and other damn looting oil capitalist corporations to immediately increase gasoline refining supplies along with imposing wartime 'price controls'.

    Yes, I admit that using this winning Strategy might save the otherwise useless Democratic Party — but the 'forward playing' Strategy, even as close as 2024 lead to democratic socialism

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