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Moyers & Company Show 128: Capitalism’s Sacrifice Zones

Chris Hedges is a courageous man. In a time of political paralysis, when the corporate and financial sectors rule, we must seek leaders with vision and insight in civil society. Hedges is such a leader. “I think that we don’t have a lot of time left, Hedges tells Moyers in this video. “And that for those of us who care about veering off into another course, a course that’s rational and sane and makes possible the perpetuation of not only the human species but the planet itself, we have to take this kind of radical action.”

Moyers & Company Show 128: Capitalism’s ‘Sacrifice Zones’ from BillMoyers.com on Vimeo.

Video Description (from billmoyers.com)

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.

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.”

Related links

Chris Hedges, Columnist – Truthdig
Joe Sacco, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt

Occupy Wall Street