In his current book, Hedges raises provocative questions. Has the destructive aspect of capitalism reached a tipping point? Are drug abuse, pornography and gambling emblematic of a free market run amok? Are the vacant shells of cities like Scranton, Dayton, Buffalo, Youngstown and Cleveland the inevitable consequences of an economy based on greed?

Hedges’ answer consists of a grim doubling down. “The American Empire is coming to an end,” he writes. “The death spiral appears unstoppable, meaning the United States as we know it will no longer exist within a decade or, at most, two.”
- Thomas B. Edsall, A Modern Jeremiah Sees National Decline Everywhere He Looks, NYT, Sept. 13, 2018

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