PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Reign of Idiots” / Chris Hedges ☮

The idiots take over in the final days of crumbling civilizations. Idiot generals wage endless, unwinnable wars that bankrupt the nation. Idiot economists call for reducing taxes for the rich and cutting social service programs for the poor, and project economic growth on the basis of myth. Idiot industrialists poison the water, the soil and the air, slash jobs and depress wages. Idiot bankers gamble on self-created financial bubbles and impose crippling debt peonage on the citizens. Idiot journalists and public intellectuals pretend despotism is democracy. Idiot intelligence operatives orchestrate the overthrow of foreign governments to create lawless enclaves that give rise to enraged fanatics. Idiot professors, “experts” and “specialists” busy themselves with unintelligible jargon and arcane theory that buttresses the policies of the rulers. Idiot entertainers and producers create lurid spectacles of sex, gore and fantasy.

There is a familiar checklist for extinction. We are ticking off every item on it.

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PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “On Contact: Rise of Hindu Fascism with Shehla Rashid Shora” / RT America / On Contact with Chris Hedges ☮

Shehla Rashid Shora, Indian Activist, discusses Hindu fascism through religious and political unrest and classism in India.

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “On Contact: Coming Unrest with David North” / RT America / On Contact with Chris Hedges ☮

David North, Chairman of the World Socialist Web Site’s International Editorial Board, discusses the capitalist crisis in the United States.

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “The Israeli Occupation of Palestine with Mohammad Saba’aneh” / RT America / On Contact with Chris Hedges ☮

Mohammad Saba’aneh, Palestinian Cartoonist, discusses the Israeli occupation of Palestine through his political cartoons.

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Decline of the American Empire with Alfred McCoy” / RT America / On Contact with Chris Hedges ☮

Alfred McCoy, Harrington Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, explains the decline of the United States as a global power and the rise of the Chinese empire.

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “The Power of Persuasion with Stuart Ewen” / RT America / On Contact with Chris Hedges ☮

Stuart Ewen, Professor and Chair of the Department of Film & Media at Hunter College and author of ‘Captains of Consciousness: Advertising and the Social Roots of the Consumer Culture’ joins Chris Hedges for a conversation on the power of mass propaganda.