Chris Hedges on the Death of Liberalism in the US.

I found this while looking for posts about Nixon’s “Liberalism” due to the rightward shift in US politics.

Journalist and author Chris Hedges delivers a lecture based on his book Death of the Liberal Class. Hedges argues that there are five pillars of the liberal establishment – the press, liberal religious institutions, labor unions, universities and the Democratic Party – but that these institutions have failed the constituents they purport to represent.

Some of Nixon’s liberal programmes:

* imposed wage and price controls.
* indexed Social Security for inflation.
* created Supplemental Security Income.
* created the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
* created Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
* promoted the Legacy of parks program.
* implemented the Philadelphia Plan, the first significant federal affirmative action program.
* dramatically improved salaries for US federal employees worldwide.
* signed a bill that lowered the maximum U.S. speed limit to 55 miles per hour to conserve gasoline during the 1973 energy crisis.
* established the Office of Minority Business Enterprise.
* On February 6, 1974, he introduced the Comprehensive Health Insurance Act. Nixon’s plan would have mandated employers to purchase health insurance for their employees, and in addition provided a federal health plan like Medicaid that any American could join by paying on a sliding scale based on income.

This list neglects the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act. I would also toss in some of the gun control laws which are now being overturned (in particular waiting periods).

Video here

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