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Eduardo Galeano: ‘This World Is Not Democratic at All’  (Video)

The “poet laureate of the anti-globalization movement,” who has been published here at Truthdig, says “the world is organized by the war economy and the war culture.”

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‘Blackfish’: What the Hell Is Sea World Thinking?

By what measure of magical thinking does the occasional death or ripped-off limb seem a sensible price to pay for the queasy entertainment offered at water shows?

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Previously Unseen Joseph Heller Story Explores American Racism

A grim tale in which a racist Southern community seeks revenge for the stabbing of a white man, written before the cherished author penned “Catch-22,” is set to be published by the American literary magazine The Strand this week.

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Chris Hedges and Herman Melville Assault the Fruits of ‘Enlightenment’

A description of the lives of Polynesian islanders in Melville’s book “Typee” shows that the inhumanities of capitalism visible today and constantly attacked by Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges were plainly recognized in American literature of the mid-19th century.

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The Digital Attack on Fellow-Feeling

A philosopher’s keynote speech on the subject of reading delivered at the annual meeting of the Writers’ Union of Canada in May and republished in the August issue of Harper’s Magazine contains startling figures that connect a rise in society-wide online activity with a drop in empathy and a rise in “narcissistic-personality disorder” in younger generations.

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Happy Birthday, Hemingway!

Sunday would be Ernest Hemingway’s 114th birthday. More than anyone, he cleaned out the stuffy British conventions that clogged American writing in the 1920s and allowed the next generation to find their own voices.

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‘Animal Farm’ for the Status Quo?

Complex works of art lend themselves to multiple interpretations, especially where political matters are concerned. Late in 1946, American writer Dwight Macdonald asked George Orwell whether the book “ ‘Animal Farm’ … meant that revolution always ended badly for the underdog, ‘hence to hell with it and hail the status quo.’ ” In advance of the publication of a new collection of Orwell’s letters, here is the author’s response.

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In the War Against Apartheid

Alan Wieder’s new biography chronicles husband-and-wife South African Freedom Fighters Ruth First and Joe Slovo.

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James Cameron Thinks Hollywood Studios Are Messing Up 3-D

“Avatar” was the international blockbuster that made 3-D movies commonplace in American multiplexes. Its director and multi-dimensional filmmaking’s leading evangelist, James Cameron, ought to be happy. He’s not.

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Spectacle in Summer: The Guilty Pleasures of ‘The Lone Ranger’

“The Lone Ranger” is too long and more than a little bit incoherent, but you will see some things in the movie that you will not have seen anywhere else.

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