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America the Great ... Police State

Truthdig was proud to be the home of Gore Vidal’s essays over the last six years. In a tribute to his legacy, we’ll be rerunning his great works. In this essay, written in 2009, Vidal wants us to accept that the U.S. is no longer a republic, no longer governed by laws—only by armed men and force.

Posted on Aug 2, 2012 READ MORE


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Does Cybercrime Really Cost $1 Trillion?

A handful of media stories, blog posts and academic studies have been skeptical about such attention-getting figures. But that has not stopped an array of government officials and politicians from continuing to cite them as authoritative. Now, ProPublica has found new grounds to question the data and methods used to generate them.

Posted on Aug 2, 2012 READ MORE

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Mission Failure: Afghanistan

Imagine for a moment that almost once a week for the last six months somebody somewhere in this country had burst, well-armed, into a movie theater showing a superhero film and fired into the audience. That would get your attention, wouldn’t it? Well, the equivalent has happened. In Afghanistan.

Posted on Aug 2, 2012 READ MORE

The Obama Administration Torpedoes the Arms Trade Treaty

Quick: What is more heavily regulated, global trade of bananas or battleships?

Posted on Aug 2, 2012 READ MORE

The National Debate Is a Disgrace

My unexaggerated but depressed opinion of the outcome is the one that current electoral voting polls suggest: a stalemate, much like the one the nation now suffers.

Posted on Aug 2, 2012 READ MORE

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Anti-Obama Animus on the Left Reaches Hysterical Proportions

While going through my weekly ration of hate comments from my ultra-left readers, I wondered what they expect to achieve by their actions—or inaction.

Posted on Aug 2, 2012 READ MORE


Hail and Farewell, Gore Vidal

I don’t feel sad for Gore Vidal today. He lived to 86 and he had the kind of life people ask Santa Claus for. If anything, I feel sad for my country, which lost one of its truest patriots.

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 READ MORE

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Voter Suppression and John Roberts’ New World Order

Whatever petition the Supreme Court decides to take up, the suppression movement will find a welcome setting.

Posted on Jul 31, 2012 READ MORE

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Romney Tour ’12: Gaffepalooza

How is Mitt Romney’s summer vacation going? Fine, except for frequent pauses to remove foot from mouth.

Posted on Jul 30, 2012 READ MORE

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The Perversion of Scholarship

Fraternities, sororities and football, along with other outsized athletic programs, have decimated most major American universities.

Posted on Jul 30, 2012 READ MORE

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