Can Capitalism and Democracy Coexist?

Journalist Chris Hedges interviews political philosopher Sheldon Wolin.
Video in 8 parts, published on The Real News in October-November 2014


  • The meaning of inverted totalitarianism
  • Differences between inverted totalitarianism and classical totalitarianism (Nazism, Fascism, Stalinism)
  • Capitalism as a destructive force to democracy (Max Weber)
  • For the ruling elites democracy was and is the enemy
  • The Cold War, capitalism and the dismantling of democratic institutions
  • The surrender of democracy and politics to corporate power
  • Education, youth, insecurity, political passivity
  • The meaning of Superpower
  • The dynamics of corporate capitalism and the disempowerment of ordinary people
  • Nietzsche, Marx, top-down world views
  • Why power holders don’t understand their actions
  • The purchase of political parties (Republicans and Democrats)
  • Corporations turn universities into their handmaidens
  • Growing gap between reality and what people are told reality is
  • Invisible power (deep state)
  • Fragmentation of the public
  • The problem is centralized power
  • The need for radical change and breaking new ground in our present condition which is without precedent
  • Change comes from the margins, not from the center of power

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