Chris Hedges Rallies for a Left-Right Coalition Against War

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“If we do not build left-right coalitions on issues such as militarism, health care, a living wage and union organizing,” warns Chris Hedges, “we will be impotent in the face of corporate power and the war machine.”

Award-winning journalist Chris Hedges returns to the show to argue for a left-right alliance and explain why he’s speaking at the Rage Against The War Machine rally on Sunday.

The stakes are too high to not form a coalition: “We’re flirting with a nuclear holocaust.”

“The Democrats made a conscious decision to become the Republican Party,” he says. They consciously and very cynically decided to sell out the underclass for political expediency. But the damage they did, the hundreds of thousands, maybe millions of families that they destroyed, we don’t talk about it. There’s just no accountability.”

But people, on both the left and right, who were terrorized by these policies, know who hurt them.

“They know what the Democrats did to their neighborhoods by militarizing police and creating internal armies of occupation. I teach at a prison and half the students wouldn’t be there but for Clinton. They know who did that to them.”

But fighting the powerful from just one side has shown not to work: “It’s much scarier for politicians when you have people from both sides of the political spectrum making demands than it is from just one side.” A left-right coalition can’t be bought off, it can’t be smeared as partisan. It’s a movement.

This is why Chris Hedges is joining activists from all across the political spectrum to rally this weekend to Rage Against the War Machine. If you can get to DC this weekend, your voice can make a difference.

Watch the extended episode where Chris Hedges discusses how the silence on the Nord Stream story is an indication of how degraded the media has become, how mainstream consumers may never learn the truth of Russiagate, and his disgust for the leaders in our government:

“These people are really frightening, amoral, they cover themselves in the veneer of Ivy League degrees and cloying snobbery, but they’re very limited intellectually. They’re drunk with their own power and hubris, and of course they have made a very good living being shills for weapons manufacturers. They’re pimps of war.”

Plus, catch this week’s Thursday Throwdown where the White House takes a break from covering up the chemical explosion that devastated East Palestine, Ohio to cover up the other major story (not) in the news: Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh’s groundbreaking reporting that the US blew up the Nord Stream pipeline.

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0:00 Intro
4:38 The Four Food Groups of News
20:33 Chris Hedges interview

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  5. 00:29:58 or joining with Nazis I mean part of the point of this rally I think is to oppose Nazis because it's just a fact that the US is arming a Ukrainian military it has a Neo-Nazi paramilitary formation

    In a prior episode we figured out there are @ 3,000 Nazis in Ukraine, a country of 43.79 million people.

    Didn’t Aaron just violate Hedges’ coalition premise? Or are we going to flush 43.79 million people go down the toilet?

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  8. A reasonable gauge of political principles is the level of fear that your intended opponent has of your action. In that context (the Rage Against the War Rally), does the Biden Administration fear a small meeting held at the Royal Oak Senior Center where half a dozen non party members show up and the entire room is maybe a couple of dozen people or a rally on the mall in DC where there are thousands and Ron Paul also happens to be speaking? The powerful don't fear the former. They do fear the latter. The other obvious question is how many people are you going to influence either way? That's the difference between a savvy politician and a sectarian imbecile.

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