Hedges begins his essay with a harsh critique of U.S. electoral politics, “The liberal class refuses to fight for the values it purports to care about. It is paralyzed and trapped by the induced panic manufactured by the systems of corporate propaganda.” A change in the system, he added, “will never come by capitulating to the Democratic Party establishment.”
Later Hedges wrote, “Progressive sites in the primaries refused to reprint columns by critics such as Paul Street, who did not see [Bernie] Sanders as the new political messiah.”
Street is mentioned as contrast to The New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, a “liberal pundit” and Clinton supporter.
Before moving to Iowa City, Street lived in Iowa City and is a columnist at CounterPunch. He has worked as a researcher, historian and author and is known for his books on U.S. politics, like They Rule: The 1% v. Democracy and Barack Obama and the Future of American Politics.
Hedges worked for The New York Times as a foreign correspondent for 15 years, spending four of those years as the paper’s Middle East bureau chief. He was part of a team of reporters awarded a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of global terrorism.