I stayed in bed the whole day. And I read some of Chris Hedges' Death Of The Liberal Class. I had to keep putting the book down to go to sleep which is a reflection on my being sick, not upon the book.
I think it's an interesting book and often a brave book. I also think it has a number of flaws.
For example? If you've read my blog or community sites, I think you'll be fine with the book. Otherwise? Hedges needs to do more defining. Both of terms and of things he addresses. Take NAFTA. From the book (I'm only on page 112) if you've never heard of NAFTA (and a lot of people haven't), you know it's something bad but you really don't know what it is.
In addition, Chris is a bit like my father's brother. I love him dearly. But when someone is wrong, they're never wrong because they're wrong. They're wrong because they're evil and they meant to destroy.
Let's stick with NAFTA for just a second. There are people in Congress who supported NAFTA not to destroy but because they thought it would save.
I remember those days very well. I remember screaming my head off to people I knew -- before the vote -- that NAFTA was going to destroy.
But -- and I knew no members of Congress -- I would be greeted with, "The economy is changing, the economy is this . . ." And, no, I did not agree with that.
But I am talking about people at my Church, a few in my family, etc. These are not bad people and they were not trying to destroy the working class. (My family is working class.) But people were told the economy was changing -- like the crap Michael Walzer churned out in the late 90s and at the start of this century.
So my point is, NAFTA is bad. NAFTA didn't help the economy (here or, especially, in Mexico). NAFTA was part of race to the bottom on wages and benefits and part of sending the jobs out of the country and then off the continent.
And I will, for example, say "I told you so" to a sister-in-law when NAFTA comes up. But I don't for a moment believe that everyone who supported NAFTA (and certainly people I know who did) were trying to destroy anything.
There were a lot of buzz words and a lot of crap about the changing economy. They basically -- the ones spreading that -- created the sort of panic many may remember in the lead up to 2000 (Y2K).
I do enjoy his book. I am just not sure that I see it all in the same manner. (I especially enjoy his literary references.) And I do recommend the book.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Wednesday: