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Joe Bageant, 'Redneck' Rebel and Popular Progressive Author, Dies at 64

Progressives have lost one of their most talented writers in Joe Bageant, who assailed the corporate takeover of American democracy and the collapse of the middle class.

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Joe is survived by his wife, Barbara, his three children, Timothy, Patrick and Elizabeth. Tragically, Bageant passed away only days before his second book, American Pie: A Redneck Memoir was released in the U.S.  AlterNet publishedan excerpt from American Pie last September, where he explains that "Economic, political, and social culture in America is staggering under the sheer weight of its white underclass, which now numbers some sixty million." His archive of essays and books will continue to resonate -- Bageant's" How Unions Gave My Redneck Family a Chance at the American Dream" brings flesh to what's at stake in Wisconsin and other states trying to destroy labor rights.

Some of Bageant's most popular essays on AlterNet:

Bageant's final article: "America: Why R Your Peeps So Dum?"

Is the 'Digital Hive' Turning into a Soft Totalitarian State?

Joe Bageant: Our Plunder of Nature Will End Up Killing Capitalism and Our Obscene Lifestyles

Tragic Traps: Make a Mistake in America and You May Pay a Heavy Price for Decades

Visit AlterNet's author archive for Joe Bageant

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