Jimmy Dore and Chris Hedges try to sort out the many reasons why America is in revolt, drowning in social injustice and inequality, institutionalised violence and corruption, and a glaring lack of even essential services like universal healthcare. American cities and entire regions and states, and hunreds of millions of Americans have been hurt and damaged by capitalism, their social fabric rent and central institutions hollowed by capitalism. So now the people are in the streets, but this is not a revolution. This is only leaderless spontaneism. The system can easily overcome that. A different kind of social and political organising are needed to effect serious changes, and America is still a far cry from that desperately needed point.
GLEN FORD—There has been nothing approaching this level of unrest since April, 1968, when 100 cities burned in the wake of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. Back then, the U.S. corporate order responded to the challenge from below with massive expansion and militarization of local police forces, intensive secret police operations to eradicate Black and radical movements, and a program of mass Black incarceration that, over the past half century, has boosted the national prison population from less than 200,000 in 1970, to 2.2 million , today – an 11-fold increase.