I wrote about Democracy Now!’s interview of Chris Hedges in Sacrifice Zones, and ordered a copy of Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt — a book he co-authored with Joe Sacco. Both men are experienced war correspondents, but in this book they are touring the fields of race and class war: Pine Ridge reservation SD, Camden NJ, Immokalee FL, Welch WV and Zuccotti Park NYC.

Each of these sites has a depressing story about poor people being exploited. The Native Americans of Pine Ridge are mired in alcohol and rape. The working poor of Camden are faced with drug and gang crime. Migrant workers in Immokalee camps are used up and thrown away. People of Welch are watching their land systematically polluted and stripped away by coal mining. I was shocked at certain details, but frankly we all know that there are poor and desperate people in this rich…

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