Chris Hedges, On Contact: Cornel West on America’s Existential Crisis

What we can learn after witnessing enraged supporters of Trump storming the Capitol.

Chris Hedges On Contact  Scheerpost

On the RT show this week, Chris Hedges talks to moral philosopher, Dr. Cornel West, about what we can learn about America’s existential crisis after witnessing enraged supporters of Donald Trump storming the Capitol to try and halt Congress’s counting of the electoral votes to confirm the victory of President-elect Joe Biden.

Dr. Cornel West is the professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University, and the author of numerous books, including Race Matters.  


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One comment

  1. As much as I am glad Trump lost, I’m doubtful that even a Biden/Harris governance will make a marked improvement in poor and low-income Americans’ quality of life, however much the pair might try. And I have a hard time imagining Obamacare being allowed back, even for discussion.

    American (and Canadian, for that matter) governments typically maintain thinly veiled yet strong ties to large corporations, as though elected heads are meant to represent big money interests over those of the working citizenry and poor.

    I believe it reflects why those powerful interests generally resist proportional representation electoral systems of governance, the latter which tends to dilute the corporate lobbyist influence on the former. (The two nations’ first-past-the-post electoral systems in place to date just barely qualify as democratic rule within the democracy spectrum.)

    Those doubting the powerful persuasion of huge business interests need to consider how governing officials can feel crippled by implicit or explicit corporate threats to transfer or eliminate jobs and capital investment, thus economic stability, all of which is being made even worse by a blaring corporate news-media naturally critical of the government.

    Also concerning is that corporate representatives actually write bills for our governing representatives to vote for and have implemented, typically word for word, supposedly to save the elected officials their time.

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