The typical citizen — better known today as a consumer — probably reacts to Chris Hedges with reflexive fear. Most people prefer to ignore thinkers like Chris Hedges. Some of the same people simply cannot ignore him; instead, they brand him as a radical, an extremist, a Marxist. Both reactions express a cowardly desire to disown voices of radical candor and fearless dissent. Unlike these people, I admire Chris Hedges. With the 30 words in the quote below, he indicts the entire Empire of Illusion. Sadly, the actual SOTU address used about 6,000 words to reinforce this House of Cards.