Bill Moyers and Chris Hedges on capitalism’s ‘sacrifice zones’

There are forgotten corners of this country where Americans are trapped in endless cycles of poverty, powerlessness, and despair as a direct result of capitalistic greed. Journalist Chris Hedges calls these places “sacrifice zones,” and joins Bill this week on Moyers & Company to explore how areas like Camden, New Jersey; Immokalee, Florida; and parts of West Virginia suffer while the corporations that plundered them thrive.

“These are areas that have been destroyed for quarterly profit. We’re talking about environmentally destroyed, communities destroyed, human beings destroyed, families destroyed,” Hedges tells Bill. “It’s the willingness on the part of people who seek personal enrichment to destroy other human beings… And because the mechanisms of governance can no longer control them, there is nothing now within the formal mechanisms of power to stop them from creating essentially a corporate oligarchic state.”

The broadcast includes images from Hedges’ collaboration with comics artist and journalist Joe Sacco, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, which is an illustrated account of their travels through America’s sacrifice zones. Kirkus Reviews calls it an “unabashedly polemic, angry manifesto that is certain to open eyes, intensify outrage and incite argument about corporate greed.”

A columnist for Truthdig, Hedges also describes the difference between truth and news. “The really great reporters — and I’ve seen them in all sorts of news organizations — are management headaches because they care about truth at the expense of their own career,” Hedges says.

(H/t Pulse)

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1 thought on “Bill Moyers and Chris Hedges on capitalism’s ‘sacrifice zones’

  1. joefiasco

    naomi kline got it right on with her book, the shock doctrine every 20 years or so we have great depressions so the parasites can clean the slate and impose great austerity measures and star4t anew with cheap labor. the mantra of the milton freidman right wing corporatist leeches is the same all over the host globe, privatization, deregulation,and the destruction of all social services. “schools, we don’t want schools, we want cattle” somoza told us. here in the corporate states of america (formerly united states of america) they are working on getting rid of social security, the minimum wage, and free education. back to the 19th century folks. it is plain to see that capitalism that relies on constant growth is not sustainable. “you are over-educated, we need you to work in the mines”.

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