In 2010, Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Chris Hedges and comix artist/journalist Joe Sacco travelled through towns in America where real people's towns, homes, and lives are destroyed to benefit corporate bottom lines. The resulting book documenting these "sacrifice zones" is Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt. Hedges (and Sacco, briefly) recently appeared on the TV program Moyers & Company. You can watch the entire show online.
“These (sacrifice zones) are areas that have been destroyed for quarterly profit. We’re talking about environmentally destroyed, communities destroyed, human beings destroyed, families destroyed,” Hedges tells Bill.
"It’s the willingness on the part of people who seek personal enrichment to destroy other human beings… And because the mechanisms of governance can no longer control them, there is nothing now within the formal mechanisms of power to stop them from creating essentially a corporate oligarchic state.”
Moyers & Company: "Capitalism’s ‘Sacrifice Zones’" (BillMoyers.com, thanks Marina Gorbis!)