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Forum Post: Once Again—Death of the Liberal Class

Posted 5 years ago on Nov. 12, 2012, 11:47 a.m. EST by LetsGetReal (1420) from Grants, NM
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By Chris Hedges, Nov 12, 2012

The presidential election exposed the liberal class as a corpse. It fights for nothing. It stands for nothing. It is a useless appendage to the corporate state. It exists not to make possible incremental or piecemeal reform, as it originally did in a functional capitalist democracy; instead it has devolved into an instrument of personal vanity, burnishing the hollow morality of its adherents. Liberals, by voting for Barack Obama, betrayed the core values they use to define themselves—the rule of law, the safeguarding of civil liberties, the protection of unions, the preservation of social welfare programs, environmental accords, financial regulation, a defiance of unjust war and torture, and the abolition of drone wars. The liberal class clung desperately during the long nightmare of this political campaign to one or two issues, such as protecting a woman’s right to choose and gender equality, to justify its complicity in a monstrous evil. This moral fragmentation—using an isolated act of justice to define one’s self while ignoring the vast corporate assault on the nation and the ecosystem along with the pre-emptive violence of the imperial state—is moral and political capitulation. It fails to confront the evil we have become.

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[-] 2 points by WiccanRevolutionary (63) from South Charleston, OH 5 years ago

Agreed. Anyone who voted for him has no right to call themselves a liberal. I voted Jill Stein, as I support the Green Party. But this this new PSL, Party of Socialism and Liberation, looks good too.

[-] 1 points by stevebol (1269) from Milwaukee, WI 5 years ago

What Hedges may be saying is, if you voted democrat for president don't try to convince anyone you are a liberal. I'm hoping that may change in 4 years.

[-] 0 points by Saesneg (-166) from Linwood, NJ 5 years ago

I think if you have your finger on the pulse, if you are capable of reading the "vibe" that society continuously emits, you'll realize there is more to this.

If, for example, I turn to daytime TV, what I generally see are effeminate or asexual men who serve as entertainment for very shallow women. Ok, so daytime TV is geared towards women; I'll buy that. But there is something really odd going on here in the cultural subconscious.

This election was decided by Roe vs Wade and color. But personally, I don't see how anyone can support this party, unless either an attorney or an international financier. I refuse to refer to this party of Dems as democratic because they are anything but.

I do understand the desire for a more universal inclusiveness but I cannot understand the willingness to sacrifice stability and prosperity for it.