He was being asked this in the context of a feature film produced by Vice Magazine, entitled "The Second American Revolution." Hedges, if the name isn't familiar, has written some pretty forthright books; "Christian Fascists - The Christian Right and the War On America", and "War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning" are two of his.
"America is an Empire," said Hedges. "That empire is really a machine. The machine is dying."
He then posited that civil war was our next stop in the sorry decline of our country. "The machine requires violence. It permits further repression."
I don't often post requotes - but this is one you need to read. It's in the public-domain, without an author-credit - -but it's another one I'd've written.
See, I've traveled a good part of this globe, and can attest to what the unnamed author states here. Hope is fading pretty fast for any sort of cheerful outcome to the mess that our leaders have made - I fear those of us who are the smartest of the bunch will abandon our altruism and start looking for the exits.
But don't listen to me. Read on.....
Why You Should Leave America