Chris Hedges: The Return of Fascism


Charles Keener
 

Chris Hedges: The Return of Fascism – scheerpost.com

The liberal class, terrified by the rise of neo-fascism and demagogues such as Donald Trump, have thrown in their lot with discredited and reviled establishment politicians who slavishly do the bidding of the war industry, oligarchs and corporations.
The bankruptcy of the liberal class means that those who decry the folly of permanent war and NATO expansion, mercenary trade deals, exploitation of workers by globalization, austerity and neoliberalism come increasingly from the far-right. This right-wing rage, dressed up in the United States as Christian fascism, has already made huge gains in HungaryPolandSwedenItalyBulgaria and France and may take power in the Czech Republic, where inflation and rising energy costs have seen the number of Czechs falling below the poverty line double.
By next spring, following a punishing winter of rolling blackouts and months when families struggle to pay for food and heat, what is left of our anemic western democracy could be largely extinguished.


John Reimann
 

Chris Hedges forgets one tiny little detail: That his paymaster, Vladimir Putin, is leading the band regarding the return of fascism. Hedges is an absolutely classic example of the RT left.

John Reimann

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Bobby MacVeety
 

Please explain how Putin pays him


On Sep 27, 2022, at 8:03 AM, John Reimann <1999wildcat@...> wrote:


Chris Hedges forgets one tiny little detail: That his paymaster, Vladimir Putin, is leading the band regarding the return of fascism. Hedges is an absolutely classic example of the RT left.

John Reimann

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Erik Toren
 

I think he is alluding to the fact that Hedges used to have a show called On Contact with RT America. 

Erik 


On Tue, Sep 27, 2022 at 9:03 AM Bobby MacVeety <bobbymacveety@...> wrote:
Please explain how Putin pays him


On Sep 27, 2022, at 8:03 AM, John Reimann <1999wildcat@...> wrote:


Chris Hedges forgets one tiny little detail: That his paymaster, Vladimir Putin, is leading the band regarding the return of fascism. Hedges is an absolutely classic example of the RT left.

John Reimann


Michael Pugliese
 

Re : Please explain how Putin pays him @
https://groups.io/g/marxmail/message/19570 .
Hedges has a weekly show on RT, https://www.rt.com/shows/on-contact/ .
Between 2022 and 2024, RT will receive 82 billion rubles.[189][190] ,
from the Russian Federation budget.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RT_(TV_network)#Budget . Cf " In 2014,
RT received 11.87 billion rubles ($310 million) in government funding
and was expected to receive 15.38 billion rubles ($400 million) in
2015.[185] (For comparison, the bigger BBC World Service Group had a
$376 million budget in 2014–15.)[186]"

Fiorella Isabel is an RT International anchor/correspondent , to my
astonishment . That these "alt-left" podcasters such as Fiorella can
gain a mass audience is symptomatic of a radical decline in
journalistic standards. "There were 1000s of international observers,"
(!!!) BREAKING Hours away from the final moments to vote. These were
numbers in yesterday for LPR - 83.61% & DPR - 86.89%. According to
exit polls today 95% of voters in the Zaporozhye region & 89% of those
in Kherson voted to join Russia."
https://mobile.twitter.com/FiorellaIsabelM/status/1574742685780701187

This is one of those observers,
https://twitter.com/apocalypse0s/status/1574182610045407232?s=20&t=K4F4Z0pRZtzAqu7i_63Lfw
, Sonja van den Ende , whose dispatches can be found on Monthly Review
Online, https://mronline.org/2022/04/11/dutch-journalist-we-are-here-in-donbass-to-awaken-westerners-deluded-by-propaganda/
, https://covertactionmagazine.com/2022/08/10/russians-welcomed-as-liberators-in-many-eastern-ukrainian-cities-contrary-to-western-media-depictions/
, https://mronline.org/2022/08/12/russians-welcomed-as-liberators-in-many-eastern-ukrainian-cities-contrary-to-western-media-depictions/
.

She is a disseminator of pro-Assad agit-prop, and a follower of
neo-fascist Alexandr Dugin ,
https://pointer-kro--ncrv-nl.translate.goog/nederlands-ex-familielid-assad-op-propagandatour-door-syrie-en-oekraine?_x_tr_sl=auto&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=wapp
, https://tvpworld.com/59683101/dutch-newspaper-warns-against-russian-disinformation-in-western-media
.


Michael Pugliese


John Reimann
 

Yes, I was referring to Hedges' having worked for RT. And the article itself shows what I'm talking about. After all, how can one seriously talk about the rise of the far right and of fascism and ignore the role of Putin?

Hedges is an RT left mouthpiece.

John Reimann

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Michael Pugliese
 

   Hedges articles run on Robert Scheer's website , Scheer Post. Curious as to how Russia is covered on his site, I scrolled through articles with the #Russia tag ,
https://scheerpost.com/tag/russia/ . Having listened to one of Scheer's interviews of Patrick Lawrence, I decided to click , https://scheerpost.com/2022/09/18/patrick-lawrence-atrocity-porn/. An excerpt, " This starts to resemble the scam the Ukrainians attempted to put over when, last spring, they led Western media to a mass grave outside of Mariupol that was supposed to contain 9,000 bodies. As Eva Bartlett has ably established, the mass grave was nothing more than an orderly, undisturbed cemetery." As you will see the hyperlinked article by pro-Assad "journalist" Eva Bartlett , lands one at Monthly Review Online, https://mronline.org/2022/05/02/heres-what-i-found-at-the-reported-mass-grave-near-mariupol/ , which can be relied on to disseminate further , narratives and analyses , which are apologias and defenses for the Russian invasion.

MROnline has long run articles , in this vein , https://mronline.org/2020/12/24/the-white-helmets-fraud-in-syria/ , as noted by the late Lou, https://groups.io/g/marxmail/message/4807 , and I would not assert that there aren't valuable articles , with documentation and argumentation worth engaging with such as , https://mronline.org/2022/08/29/u-s-imperialism-reflections-from-a-ukrainian-mirror/ @ MROnline, but , the preponderance of articles like this, https://mronline.org/2022/09/23/putins-in-earnest-phase-in-ukraine-has-begun/ , from outlets such as https://english.almayadeen.net/ , which are well known vectors of Dezinformatsia, such as boosting conspiracy theories such as , https://english.almayadeen.net/news/politics/us-funded-46-biolabs-in-ukraine:-pentagon . "False allegations of biological-weapons use from Putin’s Russia," by Milton Leitenberg, https://cissm.umd.edu/sites/default/files/2021-10/NonProliferationReview_False%20allegations%20of%20biological%20weapons%20use%20from%20Putin%20s%20Russia.pdf . Boosting Jacques Baud as they continue to do , https://mronline.org/2022/09/03/our-latest-interview-with-jacques-baud/ , is also discrediting. 

Monthly Review does not necessarily adhere to all of the views conveyed in articles republished at MR Online. Our goal is to share a variety of left perspectives that we think our readers will find interesting or useful. —Eds. Whoever , it is at MR, who took over from Yoshie Furuhashi who was the editor of MRZine, would serve readers of MR , as I have been since 1978, as a radicalizing teenager, to run articles challenging their dominant line on Ukraine, Syria, etc. which are run on MROnline. 


Roger Kulp
 

So was everybody who was on RT America a Putin mouthpiece? Thom Hartmann, Larry King, Jesse Ventura, Abby Martin, Mike Papantonio, etc ?