American anomie

Societies are held together by a web of social bonds that give individuals a sense of being part of a collective and engaged in a project larger than the self. The shattering of these bonds plunges individuals into deep psychological distress that leads ultimately to acts of self-annihilation, according to sociologist Emile Durkheim. Few reporters have examined this anomie better than Charlie LeDuff, first in his book ‘Detroit’, and now in his latest book ‘Shitshow: The Country’s Collapsing and the Ratings Are Great’. LeDuff joins Chris Hedges in the studio.

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