Chris Hedges and Noam Chomsky: How the US became an oligarchy that makes war on the middle class

Chris Hedges talks with Noam Chomsky on the state of affairs in America and hope for the future.


In the first part of a two-part conversation, renowned intellectuals Noam Chomsky and Chris Hedges discuss the shift in the U.S. and U.K. in the late 1970s towards neoliberalism, an ideology that “claims it’s increasing freedom [while] it’s actually increasing tyranny,” among other subjects.


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Chris Hedges, whose column is published weekly on Truthdig, has written 11 books, including the New York Times best seller “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt” (2012), which he co-authored with the cartoonist Joe Sacco. Some of his other books include “Death of the Liberal Class” (2010), “Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle” (2009), “I Don’t Believe in Atheists” (2008) and the best selling “American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America” (2008). His book “War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning” (2003) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction.