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Author Hedges, Chris.

Title The world as it is : dispatches on the myth of human progress / Chris Hedges
Published New York : Nation Books, [2010]
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 350 pages)
Contents Politics. It's not going to be OK ; The false idol of unfettered capitalism ; Resist or become serfs ; Buying Brand Obama ; Hold your applause ; The truth alone will not set you free ; The crooks get the cash while the poor get screwed ; The man in the mirror ; Nader was right : liberals are going nowhere with Obama ; This isn't reform, it's robbery ; Go to Pittsburgh, young man, and defy your empire ; Food is power, and the powerful are poisoning us ; Liberals are useless ; The creed of objectivity killed the news ; Calling all rebels ; How the corporations broke Ralph Nader and America, too ; Noam Chomsky has never seen anything like this ; BP and the little Eichmanns ; This country needs a few good Communists ; Freedom in the grace of the world ; Obama's health care bill is enough to make you sick ; Calling all future eaters ; Do not pity the Democrats -- Israel and Palestine. Mutually assured destruction ; Israel's barrier to peace ; Coveting the Holocaust ; Bring down that wall ; Israel's toy soldiers ; The world as it is ; Party to murder ; Lost in the rubble ; Israel crackdown puts liberal Jews on the spot ; Israel's racist-in-chief ; The tears of Gaza must be our tears ; Formalizing Israel's land grab -- The Middle East. Inside Egypt ; A culture of atrocity ; Becoming what we seek to destroy ; Iran had a democracy before we took it away ; Opium, rape, and the American way ; Afghanistan's sham army -- The decay of empire. Surviving the Fourth of July ; America's wars of self-destruction ; Confronting the terrorist within ; Man is a cruel animal ; We are breeding ourselves to extinction ; War is sin ; The American empire is bankrupt ; Globalization goes bankrupt ; Celebrating slaughter : war and collective amnesia ; Reality check from the brink of extinction ; War is a hate crime ; The pictures you aren't supposed to see ; No one cares ; They kill Alex
Summary Drawing on two decades of experience as a war correspondent and based on his numerous columns for Truthdig, Chris Hedges presents The World As It Is, a panorama of the American empire at home and abroad, from the coarsening effect of America's War on Terror to the front lines in the Middle East and South Asia and the continuing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Underlying his reportage is a constant struggle with the nature of war and its impact on human civilization. "War is always about betrayal," Hedges notes. "It is about betrayal of the young by the old, of cynics by idealists, and of soldiers and Marines by politicians. Society's institutions, including our religious institutions, which mold us into compliant citizens, are unmasked."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 331-334) and index
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Subject World politics -- 2005-2015.
United States -- Politics and government -- 2009-
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1568586612 (electronic bk.)
9781568586618 (electronic bk.)