Chris Hedges is fast becoming one of my favourite writers alongside Chomsky, Nader and a few others. Hedges writes with a powerful, rousing voice and effortlessly articulates the rumbling discontent so many of us are feeling about the systems and political forces we know are the sources of modern enslavement. He speaks for the disenfranchised and outlines clearly the mechanisms behind the systems of power, exposing the political and capitalist elite for the true criminal class they are.
I found the chapter on America's prison system devastating. Hedges reveals it for what it is - nothing more than state sanctioned slavery. I am appalled by the truth of what is happening inside these prisons and horrified that privatisation is being embraced by other countries like Australia, where I live. Making money off other people's misery is truly evil.
I am grateful to Hedges for giving me, through this book and his other works, the evidence and the language through which to express my opposition to a capitalist system I have long known is a tool of oppression. I am grateful too for the insight and understanding I have gained into the motivations of the far right and radical left. After reading this book I feel more compassion for those swept up in these ideologies even if I will never agree with them.
Chris Hedges suggests there is another way to get the boots of oppression off our necks. We must recognise each other as human beings and come together in our refusal to let them silence us. We must refuse to let our fear of the system's brutality stop us for standing up for each other and for what we know is right.
- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 14 hours and 17 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
- Audible.com.au Release Date: 21 August 2018
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English, English
- ASIN: B07CNYL1L2
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