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Truthdigger of the Week: Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price

This American capitalist is doing the almost unheard-of: slashing his own pay and giving his employees raises big enough to allow them and their families to enjoy life.

Posted on Apr 25, 2015 READ MORE



Anti-Sovereignty Trans-Pacific Partnership Passes House Committee

An agreement that would free companies engaged in international trade from rules intended to protect labor, environmental and other interests cleared a key committee in the U.S. Congress.

Posted on Apr 24, 2015 READ MORE



If Privatizing Education Aggravates Inequality, Why Does the World Bank Support It?

Fifteen years after the international community committed itself to bringing primary education to every boy and girl, 58 million children still lack access to schools, especially in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

Posted on Apr 23, 2015 READ MORE



Domestic Terrorism, Youth and the Politics of Disposability

A new kind of infantilism now shapes daily life as adults gleefully take on the role of unthinking children and children are taught to be adults, stripped of their innocence and subject to a range of disciplinary pressures designed to cripple their ability to be imaginative.

Posted on Apr 23, 2015 READ MORE



Hundreds Perish in What May Be the Mediterranean’s ‘Deadliest Migrant Disaster’

“Authorities described a grisly scene of bodies floating and submerging in the warm waters” of the Mediterranean, where “hundreds of people were feared dead Sunday after a ship crowded with migrants capsized and sank.”

Posted on Apr 20, 2015 READ MORE



The Continuing Depopulation of Detroit

The city that was the arsenal of the 20th century may also provide the blueprint for a more precarious era: 100,000 of its residents are on what many call an eviction “conveyor belt.”

Posted on Apr 20, 2015 READ MORE


‘I’m Tired All the Time’: What Minimum Wage Feels Like

Sabrina Johnson and Edith Figueroa are among tens of thousands of fast-food workers who have mobilized under the banner of the “Fight for $15” to demand better wages and the right to form a union.

Posted on Apr 15, 2015 READ MORE



How America’s Theme Parks Kill Our Souls

Why so few smiles at a family-oriented theme park? Maybe because deep down, many attendees realize they’re being taken for another kind of ride.

Posted on Apr 10, 2015 READ MORE



British M.D.: Privatization Compromises the Quality of Health Care

A year spent working as a doctor in India taught Hannah Fox “how a publicly funded healthcare system creates an optimal environment for ethical decision-making,” especially in end-of-life care.

Posted on Apr 9, 2015 READ MORE



How America Became an Oligarchy

At the core of the doctrine that all people have “certain inalienable rights” is the right to vote. But the collective will of American voters no longer prevails. And private banking is largely to blame.

Posted on Apr 8, 2015 READ MORE



Which Is Better for Innovation: Capitalism or Democratic Socialism?

“At the heart” of capitalism, philosopher Tony Smith writes, “we find neither bold entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, nor established firms.”

Posted on Apr 3, 2015 READ MORE



Terrorism, Violence, and the Culture of Madness

So-called free market policies, values, and practices with their emphasis on the privatization of public wealth, the elimination of social protections, and the deregulation of economic activity now shape practically every commanding political and economic institution in the United States.

Posted on Apr 1, 2015 READ MORE



No One Is Free Until All Are Free

The fight to end male violence against women is crucial to the struggles of wider liberation. We cannot stand up for some of the oppressed and ignore others who are oppressed.

Posted on Mar 29, 2015 READ MORE



California Water Wars: Another Form of Asset Stripping?

The battle over California’s limited water supply is pitting the people against the new “water barons”—Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Monsanto and their ilk—who are buying up water all over the world at an unprecedented pace.

Posted on Mar 27, 2015 READ MORE



Journalism as Subversion

The journalist P. Sainath has worked for more than 20 years to amplify the voices and lives of the rural poor of India as corporate-controlled media have attempted to erase them from history. (Pictured, an Indian farmer in his damaged field.)

Posted on Mar 22, 2015 READ MORE



The Most Dangerous Woman in America

Kshama Sawant, the socialist on the Seattle City Council, is up for re-election, and the Establishment is determined to defeat her and the ideas she champions before they spread.

Posted on Mar 15, 2015 READ MORE


Part-Time Workers in Japan Are Living in Internet Cafes

A short film takes us into the lives of former Japanese “salarymen” and others who, because they lost work, have taken refuge in the cramped, bleak cubicles that honeycomb their society’s Internet cafes.

Posted on Mar 15, 2015 READ MORE



Organizers Fail to Ban Chris Hedges From Speaking at Vancouver Conference

In response to his Truthdig column of March 8 on capitalism, the sex industry and the political left, organizers of an upcoming conference on exploitation and activism in Canada tried to remove the writer as keynote speaker.

Posted on Mar 14, 2015 READ MORE



The Real Story Behind the Oil Price Collapse

With demand stagnant and excess production the story of the moment, the very strategy that once generated record-breaking profits for the oil industry has suddenly become hopelessly dysfunctional.

Posted on Mar 13, 2015 READ MORE



Greece Can’t Do It Alone: Austerity Victims of the World, Unite!

For the anti-austerity struggle in Greece and elsewhere to become effective and sustainable, it must be raised from the national level to the international level.

Posted on Mar 6, 2015 READ MORE



Tariq Ali: The Time Is Right for a Palace Revolution

One of our most trenchant critics of corporate capitalism deplores the rise of an “extreme center” that has seized control of the political process and wages endless war while doing the bidding of global corporations. Our only hope, he says, is revolt.

Posted on Mar 1, 2015 READ MORE



Survey: More Than 60% of Germans Believe Capitalism, Democracy Are Mutually Exclusive

It’s been 25 years and change since the Berlin Wall came down, but as it turns out, many Germans now aren’t so big on the whole capitalism thing.

Posted on Feb 24, 2015 READ MORE



Can the Greek Tragedy Be Rewritten?

The world is watching to see if the anti-austerity party Syriza can turn things around for Greece. Success may inspire hope in the economically desperate across the globe—and fear among the elites.

Posted on Feb 19, 2015 READ MORE



Some Wal-Mart Workers to Get a Modest Raise

In an effort to stave off criticism of its low wages, the United States’ largest private employer announced Thursday that it will raise the pay of half a million workers to $9 an hour in the next six months.

Posted on Feb 19, 2015 READ MORE



Were Roman Slave Owners the First Management Theorists?

“Managing others always involves finding solutions to the age-old problems of assessing people from limited information, then incentivising, disciplining and rewarding them, to finally being rid of them,” Jerry Toner, author of “The Roman Guide to Slave Management,” writes in a piece for Aeon magazine.

Posted on Feb 16, 2015 READ MORE



‘Pornography Is What the End of the World Looks Like’

“Fifty Shades of Grey” is part of a corporate capitalist onslaught that has seen women dehumanized, men desensitized, children damaged and violence and exploitation glorified.

Posted on Feb 15, 2015 READ MORE



Malcolm X Was Right About America

The civil rights leader, assassinated 50 years ago this month, knew that empire cannot be reformed—it must be destroyed.

Posted on Feb 1, 2015 READ MORE


Russell Brand on the ‘Greek Revolution Against Corruption’ and the Fall of Capitalism

The host of the YouTube series “The Trews” takes a look at Syriza’s victory in Greece’s recent elections and considers whether capitalism has “finally crumbled.”

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 READ MORE


‘We Are Going to Destroy the Greek Oligarchy System’

Yanis Varoufakis, tipped to become finance minister of what may become Greece’s leading party, describes what Syriza will do if it takes power.

Posted on Jan 25, 2015 READ MORE



Greece’s Ascendant Syriza Party: Blatant Anti-Capitalists or Mere Social Democrats?

A member of the Greek left’s “best chance at success in a generation” clarifies the party’s view on whether the country’s political economy should be reformed or completely overhauled.

Posted on Jan 25, 2015 READ MORE



Searching for Radical Democracy in the Ruins of Capitalism

In this interview, Henry Giroux condemns neoliberalism’s attack on the critical imagination and argues for a radical democracy that empowers all people to shape the values, policies and practices that shape their lives.

Posted on Jan 25, 2015 READ MORE



Authoritarianism, Class Warfare and the Advance of Neoliberal Austerity Policies

Capitalism has learned to create host organisms and in the current historical conjuncture one of those organisms is young people.

Posted on Jan 11, 2015 READ MORE



Where Naomi Klein Falls Short on Capitalism and Climate Change

In a review of Naomi Klein’s new book, economist and fellow Canadian Sam Gindin criticizes the author for implying that the climate problem can be solved with gentler forms of capitalism.

Posted on Jan 1, 2015 READ MORE



The Prison State of America

The incarcerated poor have become the nation’s most exploited workers. They are the prototype drones for the corporate totalitarian state.

Posted on Dec 28, 2014 READ MORE



Pope Francis to Issue ‘Unprecedented’ Edict on Climate Change

Could the pontiff achieve a feat that has eluded secular powers and inspire decisive action on climate change?

Posted on Dec 28, 2014 READ MORE



What on Earth Is Boxing Day?

Ever wonder why many of our British cousins open gifts on the 26th of December? The answer may be more elusive than you expect.

Posted on Dec 25, 2014 READ MORE


Noam Chomsky: The U.S. Declares Itself to Be the World’s Leading Terror State and Is Proud of It

The acclaimed linguist and philosopher sits down with GRITtv’s Laura Flanders to discuss the crimes America was founded on, how social movements like the Ferguson protests can help the U.S. progress, and other topics such as capitalism, China and his friendship with none other than Amy Goodman’s father.

Posted on Dec 13, 2014 READ MORE



Black Bodies, Broken Worlds and a Post-Tax Society

Somewhere in America tonight, another poor person who the police deem a threat will be killed. Tomorrow another, and then another. These deaths are not an outrage against this system. They are normal for this system.

Posted on Dec 11, 2014 READ MORE



A Society of Captives

The murder of unarmed citizens by police is not only about racism. It is an example of the omnipotence of the corporate state and the evisceration of the rule of law.

Posted on Dec 7, 2014 READ MORE



CEO Pay Rose at Twice the Rate of Workers

Experts suggest there’s no better time to be a top-level corporate executive as the median income of CEOs of S&P 500 companies reached $10.1 million at the end of 2013.

Posted on Dec 7, 2014 READ MORE



Science Fiction Writer Ursula K. Le Guin Movingly Warns Against the Dangers of Capitalism (Video)

“We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings,” said Ursula K. Le Guin in her acceptance speech for the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 65th annual National Book Awards ceremony. “[But] any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings.”

Posted on Nov 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Some of America’s Biggest Corporations Pay Their CEOs More Than They Owe in Taxes

How does a company like Ford, which did $139.4 billion in business last year, qualify for a tax refund?

Posted on Nov 19, 2014 READ MORE


We Need a New Word for Revolution (Parts 6, 7 and 8)

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges and political philosopher Sheldon Wolin conclude their eight-part series on American democracy and corporate capitalism with conversations about the consequences of relentless totalitarianism, the nature of participatory democracy and how to think about the possibility of revolution.

Posted on Nov 7, 2014 READ MORE


‘We Never Managed to Relax’ After World War II (Parts 4 and 5)

In the fourth and fifth installments of their long conversation on corporate capitalism and American democracy, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges and political philosopher Sheldon Wolin discuss the concept of “inverted totalitarianism,” Wolin’s experience as a university professor and the expulsion of unorthodox academics in the postwar United States.

Posted on Oct 30, 2014 READ MORE


Naomi Klein Talks Capitalism and Climate Change With Russell Brand

The author of “This Changes Everything” stops by the “Trews” set to talk to Russell Brand about how the “brutal, dominance-based capitalist system” in place in the West is screwing us all.

Posted on Oct 30, 2014 READ MORE


Can Capitalism and Democracy Coexist? (Parts 1, 2 and 3)

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges embarks on a long, ranging discussion with political philosopher and former professor of politics at Princeton University Sheldon Wolin on the state of American democracy and the rise of corporate capitalism.

Posted on Oct 25, 2014 READ MORE



Henry Giroux on the Rise of Neoliberalism

We’re talking about an ideology marked by the selling off of public goods to private interests; the attack on social provisions; the rise of the corporate state; the celebration of profit-making as the essence of democracy; and with the utterly reductionist notion that consumption is the only applicable form of citizenship.

Posted on Oct 23, 2014 READ MORE



The Imperative of Revolt

Two leading political philosophers, Sheldon Wolin and John Ralston Saul, explore the corporations’ slow-motion coup d’état and the prospects of financial collapse and revolt.

Posted on Oct 19, 2014 READ MORE



Beyond Orwellian Nightmares and Neoliberal Authoritarianism

Those who fight against neoliberalism must not settle for reforming a system that is as broken as it is dangerous. Any viable, transformative struggle will need a boldly democratic vision; durable, longstanding organizations; and strategies that make politics meaningful.

Posted on Oct 18, 2014 READ MORE


Capitalism Is a ‘Suicide System’

On a recent episode of “The Trews,” comedian Russell Brand sits down with author and activist Daniel Pinchbeck on a white bed to discuss what changes need to come about in order for Earth and humanity to survive.

Posted on Oct 18, 2014 READ MORE


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