You may not agree with all of this, I don't. You may think some of it is obvious to the point of banality, I do. But it is still a very short and worthwhile listen.
Some good food for thought. I heard him speak of the blind self-delusion of patriotic arrogance and failure to self-reflect. Check.
I heard him speak to processes that lead to totalitarianism and fascism. Check. And I heard him speak of the dangr of unfettered capitalism, which ultimately consumes and poisons its host society. Check.
Then there were his comments on keys to a meaning-filled, purpose driven life, which he implied, without bluntly asserting, only religion provides the answer to, or the means to. That is my only quibble. Perhaps I am enough of an elitist to think stupid people flock to religion for its promise of releiving them of the responsibility of thinking for themselves about the hard metaphysical life questions, while smart people can embrace philisophical reflection without doctrinal "paint-by-numbers" directions on how to live life without breaking rules that result in punishments. But his little treatise on the value of religious life would have been less objectionable had he acknowledged secular humanist approaches to finding meaning and purpose in life without the copout of embracing fantasy doctrine.
Hedges' speeches are highly articulate analyses of our culture.
I agree completely about the destructiveness of laissez-faire capitalism. It will ultimately cause the destruction of civilization and of our species if allowed to dominate our culture.