Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges was a foreign correspondent for The New York Times for fifteen years until he was reprimanded for denouncing President George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq. Now he’s a columnist, senior fellow at The Nation Institute, and has taught at Columbia, New York and Princeton universities. He’s written eight books including What Every Person Should Know About War, American Fascists, I Don’t Believe in Atheists, and Death of the Liberal Class. In a recent book, The World As it Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress, Hedges warns, “Brace yourself. The American Empire is over. And the descent is going to be horrifying.” His description of the decline of U.S. power and politics is almost as frightening as his description of the U.S. newsroom (at the NYTimes, no less). He’s always well-informed even if you disagree with his conclusions.