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What Is Sex For?

In his new book, “The End of Patriarchy,” Robert Jensen says that sex plays a variety of roles, but in a just society, people should not be bought and sold for sexual services.

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The Dirty Secrets of the Global Hair Trade

Supplying the rich with hair from poor women and children is not “meeting a need” but creating a demand.

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Posted on Mar 15, 2017 ENLARGE    


Why Do Some People Have Money While Others Don’t?

Bankers rig democracy to control the institution of money, says economist Richard Wolff (pictured).

Posted on Mar 2, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Professor Michael Hudson Explains the Fake Economics of Donald Trump

Hudson, author of “J Is for Junk Economics,” talks about the now-discarded Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and the president’s first hundred hours.

Posted on Feb 23, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Socialism? Capitalism? Economist Richard Wolff Explains It All.

In an interview with the grass-roots media portal Actvism, Wolff discusses methods of economic organization.

Posted on Feb 22, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


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Economist Richard Wolff Explains Marxism

“America’s most prominent Marxist economist” discusses why economic turmoil is making headlines while the stock market booms.

Posted on Feb 3, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



The Nixon Effect, The Money Cult, Ratf**ked

These three books, published well before the election, offer insight into what happened and why.

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Revolt Is the Only Barrier to a Fascist America

An unwavering noncooperation with the systems of corporate control is essential. We must not be seduced into trusting the power elites, including the Democratic Party.

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Crony Capitalism Made Rick Perry Our Energy Secretary

The former Texas governor’s only experience for the job comes from stiffing the American people—and their environment.

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Michael Hudson Names the Pathogens in Our Economic Thinking

In his new book, “J is for Junk Economics,” the renegade economist analyzes the language technocrats use to pass off our age’s prevailing economic theory as something other than a blueprint for state-sanctioned pillage.

Posted on Dec 14, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



White Supremacy, U.S. Exceptionalism and Capitalist Dogma Are All ‘Fake News’

The greater the contrast between the official narrative and unfolding reality, the more intense the regime’s crisis of legitimacy becomes.

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Donald Trump Continues the Manipulation of Populism by ‘Swamping Up’ His Path to Power

Beneath populist pretense and slander, the coming Trump presidency is shaping up as a great monument to the nation’s unelected dictatorship of money. The only real mystery is how far it will deliver on its reactionary promises.

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Automation, Climate Change and Donald Trump: What Kind of Future Are We In For?

Author Peter Frase combines science fiction and Marxist theory to imagine possible outcomes, for better and for worse.

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Waiting for the Barbarians

The collapse of our democratic institutions, the pillaging of the economy by the elites and the surrender of our most basic constitutional rights will be enshrined permanently into law by a crisis.

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The Hatred That Donald Trump’s Lies Will Leave Behind

Whether Trump wins or loses, he will leave behind a toxic legacy of increased racial and religious hatred, which he has deliberately stirred up in order to take the focus off his policies—policies that would hurt workers and would throw even more money at the super-wealthy.

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American Irrationalism

We are captive to images and forms of propaganda that make us the most self-deluded population on the planet. We are driven by manipulated emotions, not fact or reason. And this is why, even now, Donald Trump could become president. 

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The United States’ War on Youth: From Schools to Debtors’ Prisons

The U.S. views children not as social investments but as suspects as the country models its schools after prisons and subjects its young to a criminal legal system marked by severe class and racial inequities.

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The Nobel Prize in Economics Is a Force for Market Fundamentalism

The honor dignifies those who advocate surrendering the public’s power to ensure the common welfare and legitimizes the destruction such policies create, writes Avner Offer, economic historian at Oxford and co-author of a new book on the award.

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Thinking Dangerously in the Age of Normalized Ignorance

What happens when the spheres of morality and spirituality give way to a savage market rationality?

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Richard Pryor 40 Years Ago: ‘Promoting Racism Is Part of Capitalism’

In a television interview with journalist Bill Boggs, the late, great comedian explains why America wants to keep people separated and perpetuate racial prejudice.

Posted on Oct 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Celebrating the 1 Percent: Is Inequality Really Good for the Economy?

In his new book, “The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality,” Scottish economist Angus Deaton practices public relations for the rich.

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Rapid Burnout, Dissatisfaction of U.S. Doctors Threatens Public Health Crisis

Half of U.S. physicians are “disengaged, burned out, and demoralized and plan to either retire, cut back on work hours, or seek non-clinical roles,” according to a new survey.

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Police Killings Won’t Stop

The corporate state, which has destroyed traditional forms of social control such as stable employment and cohesive communities, has no intention of curbing police violence. Militarized police who can kill with impunity are all that lies between the corporate state and revolt.

Posted on Sep 25, 2016 READ MORE


Robert Scheer and Journalist David Cay Johnston Discuss the Duplicity of Trump

Donald Trump’s success is not an accident. It’s the result of a corrupt capitalist system. The author of “The Making of Donald Trump” explains in a conversation with the Truthdig editor in chief.

Posted on Sep 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Cowboys vs. Indians Redux Over the Dakota Access Pipeline

That classic American narrative is back big time, only the Indians are now the good guys and the cowboys are on a warpath, trying to grab 640 million acres of public lands that they can plunder as if it were yesteryear.

Posted on Sep 23, 2016 READ MORE


Think Incomes Are Rising? Not So Fast, Says Economist Richard Wolff

Despite a recent upbeat report on wages from the U.S. Census Bureau, the fact is that incomes are in real decline—and no mechanisms have been put in place to prevent another crash, Wolff says.

Posted on Sep 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The Selling of Subordination: How the Female Body Is Reduced to Products

Welcome to the marketplace built on women’s oppression, disposability, desperation and despair.

Posted on Sep 15, 2016 READ MORE



Comments of the Week: Taking Aim at Goliath

Many articles posted on Truthdig point out the myriad pressing issues needing the public’s attention at any given moment, and we frequently hear feedback to the tune of “Right, so now what?”

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How to Stop Capitalism’s Deadly War With Nature

It’s not humanity alone that threatens life on earth. The bigger culprit is an economic and political system that relies on endless global appropriation of cheap food, energy, raw materials and labor.

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Chris Hedges’ ‘On Contact’: The Cost of Austerity, With Economist Mark Blyth

On this week’s episode of “On Contact,” Truthdig columnist Hedges sits down with Brown University economist Blyth (pictured here) to discuss the detrimental impacts of austerity programs after the 2008 financial crisis.

Posted on Sep 12, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Hawaiian Seafood Is Caught by Undocumented Workers Confined to Ships Like Slaves

An investigation found that hundreds are employed catching fish off the coasts of Hawaii and California on boats they can’t leave.

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Wages Took a Rare Decline in First Quarter

January through March, the average weekly wage in the U.S. fell 0.5 percent from last year—just the seventh such annual decline dating back to 1978, according to the U.S. Labor Department.

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The Intellectuals We Abandon

The late political philosopher Sheldon Wolin explicated the mechanisms of control and manipulation used by the powerful. But those who most need to read his work have been left in darkness by an academy that has turned its back on the oppressed and caters to the elites. (Pictured, Wolin and James Baldwin, right.) 

Posted on Sep 4, 2016 READ MORE



The Euro

The timing couldn’t be better for this new book, which recounts the tragic irony of how the euro, which was supposed to bring Europe together, is in fact driving it apart.

Posted on Aug 27, 2016 READ MORE


Venturing Into ‘the Capitalist Labyrinth’  (Video)

In this week’s edition of “On Contact,” Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges and author Rob Urie explore how our economic system is responsible for nuclear weaponry, climate change and imperialism.

Posted on Aug 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Mexico’s Zapatista Movement May Offer Solutions to Neoliberal Threats to Global Food Security

The indigenous group has built an autonomous, locally based food system that escapes corporate programs and practices that are fostering unprecedented poverty, hunger and suffering.

Posted on Aug 21, 2016 READ MORE



Republicans Are Responsible for Poor Economic Recovery, Study Says

The Economic Policy Institute blames the weak comeback from the 2008 recession on GOP policies at local, state and federal levels.

Posted on Aug 12, 2016 READ MORE



The Average U.S. Black Family Would Need 228 Years to Match Average White Family’s Wealth

And without significant interventions in the policy that governs the economy, the gap will persist.

Posted on Aug 10, 2016 READ MORE



Pope Francis: Capitalism Is ‘Terrorism Against All of Humanity’

The pontiff argues that the modern economy’s worship of the “god of money” leads to disenfranchisement and extremism.

Posted on Aug 2, 2016 READ MORE



Oliver Stone Warns Against Surveillance Capitalism and ‘Pokémon Go’

The “Snowden” filmmaker believes technology will lead to totalitarianism, and his points about domestic spying and data mining should not be dismissed.

Posted on Jul 27, 2016 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders’ Endgame Is an Opportunity for the Radical Left

The fundamental premise of Sanders’ campaign—that his “political revolution” can be accomplished within the confines of capitalism—is incorrect. That will soon be clear.

Posted on Jul 20, 2016 READ MORE



The Millennial Generation Is a Perfect Fit for Socialism

Capitalism has only itself to blame, forcing millennials to look for an alternative.

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Debt Deflation—the Economic Concept That Proves Market Optimists Wrong

Western economies are shrinking as people are compelled to spend more and more of their income on credit card, mortgage and college debt, leaving less and less for goods and services, says financial economist Michael Hudson.

Posted on Jun 30, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Neoliberalism Will Soon Force Americans to Leave the United States

U.S. economic policy will eventually pressure U.S. citizens to emigrate just as it caused millions to leave Russia, the Baltic States and now Greece in search of a better life, economist Michael Hudson tells The Real News Network.

Posted on Jun 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Capitalism Will Collapse Because Elites ‘Allow Poor to Rot,’ Tariq Ali Tells Chris Hedges (Video)

By Chris Hedges

“The elites who have run the United States and Western Europe have proven incapable of offering even the smallest palliatives to their populations,” says the British radical intellectual, in an interview with Truthdig’s Chris Hedges. “And so what we have is a protest against this center elite.”

Posted on Jun 14, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Uber and Deregulated Hypercapitalism Increasingly Leave Americans Unprotected

Another example, courtesy of the gig economy.

Posted on Jun 7, 2016 READ MORE



Charles Koch’s Disturbing High School Economics Project Teaches ‘Sacrificing Lives for Profits’

“Corporations routinely sacrifice the lives of some of their customers to increase profits, and we are all better off because they do,” according to a textbook that the billionaire industrialist is spending millions to push on public schools.

Posted on Jun 2, 2016 READ MORE



Capitalists of the World, Unite!

You can’t be a capitalist without capital, and the overwhelming majority of Americans don’t have any.

Posted on May 30, 2016 READ MORE


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