Stories by Joe Bageant

Joe Bageant is author of the book, Deer Hunting With Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War (Random House Crown), about working class America. A complete archive of his on-line work, along with the thoughts of many working Americans on the subject of class may be found on his website. subscribe to Joe Bageant's feed

Posted on: Dec 9, 2010, Source: JoeBageant.com

U.S. culture is going down like a thrashing mastodon giving itself up to some Pleistocene tar pit.

Posted on: Oct 27, 2010, Source: JoeBageant.com

Only advertising has value in the cyberhive. In a nation whose social realism has been represented by advertising for three quarters of a century, that was to be expected.

Posted on: Sep 20, 2010, Source: Portobello Books

"Economic, political, and social culture in America is staggering under the sheer weight of its white underclass, which now numbers some sixty million."

Posted on: Jul 11, 2010, Source: JoeBageant.com

To anyone who is paying attention, things look doomed. Fortunately for American capitalism, nobody is paying attention. They never have.

Posted on: May 16, 2010, Source: JoeBageant.com

TV and movies keep us in an entertained stupor, awed, mislead, and most importantly, distracted.

Posted on: Apr 21, 2010, Source: JoeBageant.com

Thanks to globalization, the American, Australian and European promises of middle-class prosperity are on their way to extinction.

Posted on: Mar 19, 2010, Source: JoeBageant.com

Navigating the craters of our bombed-out economic landscape.

Posted on: Feb 28, 2010, Source: JoeBageant.com

An awareness of class makes clear who is screwing whom. That's why American capitalism's official line is that we are a "classless society."

Posted on: Jan 20, 2010, Source: JoeBageant.com

Like "populism," many Americans don't know what democracy really is, but believe it's tied to the free market capitalism that issues forth such things as bass fishing boats.

Posted on: Dec 8, 2009, Source: JoeBageant.com

Obama promised change -- and sure enough, things are changing for the worse.

Posted on: Nov 2, 2009, Source: JoeBageant.com

We've been reduced to "human assets" in a relentless economic machine. And we can't even complain: appearing cheerful is vital when all of life is monitored by an employer.

Posted on: Oct 26, 2009, Source: JoeBageant.com

America is broke. And the easy credit, phantom "growth" economy has been exposed for what it was: a credit scam.

Posted on: Sep 27, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Obama needs to lay off the foot-work and throw a punch!

Posted on: Aug 21, 2009, Source: JoeBageant.com

"There ain't any health care debate going on, Bubba. What is going on are mob negotiations about insurance, and which mob gets the biggest chunk of the dough."

Posted on: Jul 31, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Capitalism has raped the resources of the world. Now corporations are left to strip human experience from life, then rent it back to us.

Posted on: Jul 17, 2009, Source: JoeBageant.com

"We're starting to hear a little discussion about the white underclass... Mainly because so many middle class folks are terrified of falling into it."

Posted on: Jun 21, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Restoring dignity to laboring America won't be easy. It won't be pretty, and it won't be "within the system." Because the system is the problem.

Posted on: May 26, 2009, Source: JoeBageant.com

"It don't matter who gets to warm his butt in the White House chair. The top dogs eat high on the hog and the little dogs eat the tails and ears."

Posted on: Apr 5, 2009, Source: JoeBageant.com

The most chilling accomplishment of American capitalist culture is that we have commodified our own consciousness.

Posted on: Mar 24, 2009, Source: JoeBageant.com

I have to echo Hunter S. Thompson in his sentiment that, while I wouldn't recommend drugs and mayhem to anyone, it's always worked for me.

Posted on: Feb 10, 2009, Source: JoeBageant.com

Stress, depression and loneliness permeate daily life in America. Yet psychiatrists try to sell us on the idea that the pain is ours alone.

Posted on: Oct 2, 2008, Source: CounterPunch

We somehow came to believe Wall Street's success was ours too, and that the bills we owed were never going to come due. Well, they are now.

Posted on: Jun 16, 2008, Source: CounterPunch

Unlucky citizens who fall victim to the U.S. justice system are treated like profit centers to be squeezed without mercy.

Posted on: Jan 17, 2008, Source: AlterNet

From Kibby's Cool Spot in Belize, politics makes sense - sort of.

Posted on: Oct 3, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Wanting everything is not the problem. Always getting what we want is.

Posted on: Aug 8, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Watch television in countries with supposedly primitive media, and after a while you will be shocked at the technologically mediated and shape-shifted image of the world presented to Americans.