Unedited stream of consciousness: This book stated a lot of things I feel like I've already accepted, like the idea that Christian Americans who go toUnedited stream of consciousness: This book stated a lot of things I feel like I've already accepted, like the idea that Christian Americans who go to church aren't necessarily less accepting of "permanent war" because of church attendance. I think that's apparent. But I think war was frequent enough already to not distinguish it in the sense Hedges does, implying there was less war before. The liberal class of the United States has always generally supported war. The liberal class created the demand for the stock market prior to the Great Depression. Powerful people are one step ahead for many reasons. They affect public opinion by many means for selfish purposes. I feel like there's some outrage that could be applied to the entire history of the USA or any other liberal democracy (republic, whatever), not just the current one. The greatest concern are the greatest existential threats: nuclear war and the destruction of the environment, which make Obama versus Bush's drone policy look like a footnote, objectively. He just doesn't go far enough in stating the importance of the biggest problems facing the world, not just the country, and how everyone's destructive pursuits are followed because external costs (environmental conservation) are not incentivized on a personal level, and they are not regulated either. It is less a question of fault and more of social, technolgical, and financial explanation to demonstrate why it's not recognized. It's shared blame between government, press, corporatists, courts, legislators, and the voters. People in liberal societies are more consumed by their diversions than ever. Politics are out of reach for many reasons, so we will all continue to suffer from bad decisions made by poorly chosen leaders. But I feel like the book portrays the liberal class as a victim and an accomplice for the wrong reasons. It separates too much institutions from the liberal class, as though the institutions should be aware of the damage they cause. I think the liberal class has not suffered so much a death as it has simply changed with the times, and equally shaped and changed with institutions. The liberal class isn't a willing accomplice or victim of institutions so much as its an ignorant bunch of consumers who do have ideologies but very little ability or will to follow them because the USA is stable for the time being. The Great Recession and War on Terror have not damaged the liberal class enough to change its mind in any significant way. Nuclear weapons being too dangerous to hand to a democratic decision making process, and the impossible complexity and cost of preserving the environment make the liberal class an ineffective group. If there is even a liberal class in the USA, of which I'm very suspect.
Interesting note, Trump was mentioned, I think, once in this book and he was called a populist....more
This is one of the best books I've ever read. It covers cultural exchange, although I don't want to make the term exchange sound too deliberate, durinThis is one of the best books I've ever read. It covers cultural exchange, although I don't want to make the term exchange sound too deliberate, during the period in great detail....more