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Author Chris Hedges argues the U.S. is in a state of decline in new book

Hill.TV's Krystal Ball sat down with author and journalist Chris Hedges on Thursday to discuss his new book, "America: The Farewell Tour." 

Hedges, who spoke to voters across the country, argues in the book that the U.S. is showing signs of "a dying culture," resulting in unemployment and declining wages. 

"Deindustrialization has left huge urban centers as essential wastelands. Without meaningful employment, the ability that American men and women once had to protect and promote their own interests through labor unions has been destroyed," Hedges told Ball. 

He writes that both parties have abandoned working-class voters, instead forming a close alliance with corporate power. 

"We have to include ... the decision by the Democratic Party to walk away from working men and women and serve corporate interests, Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonObama calls on governments to 'do their part' in increasing global vaccine supply China's emissions now eclipse the developed world — preventing climate protection Trump endorses Glenn Youngkin in Virginia governors race MORE being the poster child for that," he said.

"With this process has come the largest transference of wealth upwards to American society, to this what they call a 1 percent, oligarchic elite, which fixes both the political and financial system to serve their interests."