Tuesday August 11, 2015

America's revolutionary moment: Chris Hedges on rebellion and revolt

Journalist Chris Hedges speaks to nearly 100 Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York's Zuccotti Park.

Journalist Chris Hedges speaks to nearly 100 Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York's Zuccotti Park. (John Minchillo/Associated Press)

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The Arab Spring turns to the American Fall. We're the 99 and we will never forgive. We will never forget how you made us live. Expect us at your door. Prepare to defend. The reign of the monied and privileged now ends.

That ominous message comes courtesy of the online "hacktivist" group Anonymous. And while its prediction of an imminent revolution in America may be a few years old now, some might look out on what's happening in America today — as well as around the globe — and say that we are indeed living in a revolutionary moment.

That would seem to be Chris Hedges's message. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author says that racism, state surveillance, and the disparity between rich and poor show that America is in a state of decline and cannot meet the expectations of its people.

Hedges joined us to talk about his most recent book "The Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt".

When the interview originally aired, it happened to follow our documentary about the chaos in Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray. You'll hear Hedges refer to the documentary in the interview; you can listen to it here.

Do you think America is in the midst of a revolutionary moment? Share your thoughts with us via Twitter @TheCurrentCBC, Facebook, or email.

This segment was produced by The Current's Howard Goldenthal.