It is interesting that his arguments are not as strong as those presented by Kevin Phillips in American Theocracy. Phillips is simply more fair-minded and less doctrinaire in his presentation.
Hedges presentations, on the other hand, have an edge to them, there is an element of advocacy rather than of fair-mindedness. Recent events, including the mid-term elections and the Obama administration's capitulation on maintaining the George W. Bush tax cuts for another two years, seem to have angered and greatly upset Chris Hedges. He wrote a column for the December 13, 2010, TruthDig report in which he talks about the history of protest and the long road to progressive success.
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Hedges is saying that these pillars and the Obama administration itself cannot be trusted to be “progressive” enough to reform corporatism, itself an evil force which blocks redistribution. Therefore the only effective course of action is to work outside the framework for change, break the law if necessary, and pursue the ideology on the streets:
"...We too have undergone a coup d’état carried out not by the stone-faced leaders of a monolithic Communist Party, but by the corporate state. We too have our designated pariahs, whether Ralph Nader or Noam Chomksy, and huge black holes of state-sponsored historical amnesia to make us ignore the militant movements, rebels and radical ideas that advanced our democracy. We opened up our society to ordinary people not because we deified the wisdom of the Founding Fathers or the sanctity of the Constitution. We opened it up because of communist, socialist and anarchist leaders like Big Bill Haywood and his militant unionists in the Industrial Workers of the World.”