Against the Current, No. 154, September/October 2011
The Years of 9/11
— The Editors
9/11 and the Clash of Atrocities
— John O'Connor
Ten Years Later: We're Less Free
— Julie Hurwitz
On 9/11 and the Politics of Language
— an interview with Martin Espada
Alabanza: In Praise of Local 100
— Martin Espada
To Rebuild Teamster Power
— an interview with Sandy Pope
Bloomberg and NYC's Education Wars
— Kit Adam Wainer
Detroit Public Schools: Who's Failing?
— Nina Kampfer
The Catherine Ferguson Struggle
— Nina Kampfer
Givebacks in a Deepening Crisis
— Jack Rasmus
Letter from Tokyo: In "The Zone" of Disaster
— Matt Noyes
- On Marable's Malcolm X
Manning Marable and Malcolm X: The Power of Biography
— Clarence Lang
Evolution not "Reinvention": Manning Marable's Malcolm X
— Malik Miah
Exploring Imperial Pathologies
— Allen Ruff
Introduction to Is There a Human Future?
— David Finkel
Chris Hedges' Vision & Nightmare: Is There a Human Future?
— Richard Lichtman
The Fate of Vietnam's First Revolution
— Simon Pirani
Bolshevism, Gender & 21st Century Revolution
— Ron Lare
- In Memoriam
David Blair, Detroit Poet, 1967-2011
— Kim D. Hunter
Following Chris Hedges’ forced retirement as a war correspondent and New York Times reporter (where his reputation was forged by his acclaimed first book War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning), Hedges has emerged as a trenchant and increasingly radical critic of the politics and imperial culture of the United States. His prolific articles and speeches paint a picture of a society well on its way to self-destruction through the dominance of corporate power and sheer greed.
Hedges has produced a series of sharp, polemical treatises on a range of topics from the realities of war to the illusions of inevitable progress. Drawing on his background as a divinity student, he may be the only author to simultaneously denounce both the religious right (in American Fascism: The Christian Right and its War on America) and its atheist opponents (in I Don’t Believe in Atheists. The Dangerous Rise of the Secular Fundamentalist).
His view of the official opposition to the dominant forces in American society is no less scathing — he has written that today’s liberals are reduced to the impotent repeated holdings of “the conference” where they speak to each other — and this is an evident inspiration for his recent The Death of the Liberal Class.
It appears, however, that Hedges’ rapid radicalization is not anchored in a positive conception of a social force that can reverse the moral, economic and political collapse he portrays, leaving him on the brink of a vision of despair rather than a call to effective action. Richard Lichtman’s review explores the roots of Hedges’ contribution as a moral critic and its limitations.
September/October 2011, ATC 154