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Flint’s Crisis Is About More Than Water

The thousands of Michigan children who were knowingly poisoned were victims of an American moral malaise: Our nation has bred generations of bureaucrats who are blind to values other than self-advancement and profit.

Posted on Feb 7, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: ‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges, Student Activists on the Decline of the Liberal Church

“If you look at how [Union Theological Seminary] treats its professors of color, its students of color, its neighbors of color, it doesn’t add up.”

Posted on Feb 2, 2016 READ MORE



Pity the Children

If we continue to ignore the hunger, poverty and desperate families and communities of our young, we guarantee there will be a huge, violent population plagued by crime, drug addiction and high incarceration rates. If we save the children, we save society.

Posted on Jan 31, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: ‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges, Detroit Activists Describe the Death of the American City

In this week’s episode of teleSUR’s “Days of Revolt,” Chris Hedges and two Detroit activists, Darryl “Waistline” Mitchell and Roshaun Harris, trace Detroit’s socio-economic apocalypse, which has taken forms specific to that city but also mirrors other communities around the country.

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 READ MORE



The Suicide of the Liberal Church

The liberal denominations and their seminaries, by betraying the poor, especially people of color, in a desperate bid to stay financially solvent, are making themselves obsolete.

Posted on Jan 24, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Chris Hedges Explores Veganism as a Moral Choice With Activist Gary Francione

Does being vegan brand you as elitist? “Days of Revolt” host Chris Hedges and longtime animal rights activist Gary Francione discuss that question, as well as the impact of the animal agriculture industry on the ecosystem, animal suffering versus human suffering and how Whole Foods CEO John Mackey can be both vegan and anti-union.

Posted on Jan 19, 2016 READ MORE



The Mirage of Justice

There seldom are trials for the poor. Instead, under threat of draconian sentences, they are forced to accept plea bargains. The system is a sham set up for elites with godlike powers who seek to advance themselves and their agendas at the expense of the downtrodden. 

Posted on Jan 17, 2016 READ MORE



The Great Forgetting

America’s refusal to fund and sustain its intellectual and cultural heritage has come with an enormous cost. We are now paying the bill.

Posted on Jan 10, 2016 READ MORE



2015 in Review: Truthdig’s Best Columns of the Year

At the start of 2016, Truthdig takes a look at some of the columns we published last year that were our favorites.

Posted on Jan 2, 2016 READ MORE



2015 in Review: Truthdig’s Books of the Year

A look back at some of our favorites from the reading stack.

Posted on Dec 31, 2015 READ MORE



The Illusion of Freedom

This deception will exist as long as we “stay in our place.” Once we call out power for what it is, once we resist, the chimera will vanish. The iron fist of history’s most sophisticated security and surveillance apparatus will assert itself with a terrifying fury.

Posted on Dec 27, 2015 READ MORE


2015 in Review: The Best of Truthdig’s A/V Booth Posts

From comedic clips about Edward Snowden and Donald Trump to illuminating interviews featuring Robert Scheer, Noam Chomsky, Chris Hedges and Jimmy Carter, here are Truthdig readers’ favorite audiovisual posts from 2015.

Posted on Dec 27, 2015 READ MORE



The Creeping Villainy of American Politics

The threefold rise in hate crimes against Muslims since the Paris and San Bernardino attacks and the acceptance of hate speech in political discourse are signs of our society’s morbidity.

Posted on Dec 20, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: ‘Days of Revolt’ With Chris Hedges: The Militarism of U.S. Diplomacy

In Tuesday’s episode of “Days of Revolt,” host and Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges and author Vijay Prashad (pictured) trace the acceleration of U.S. militarism since the collapse of the Soviet Union and discuss the nature and consequences of U.S. domination over global affairs.

Posted on Dec 16, 2015 READ MORE



Capitalism’s Cult of Human Sacrifice

Manchester, a poor Mexican-American neighborhood in Houston, is just one example of how industrial capitalism is killing us on an altar of profit.

Posted on Dec 13, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: ‘Days of Revolt’ With Chris Hedges: The Fracking Revolution Must Be Local

“People think we have a fracking problem,” Thomas Linzey of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund says. “It’s not. It’s a democracy problem.”

Posted on Dec 8, 2015 READ MORE



Apocalyptic Capitalism

The Paris climate summit, dominated by the economic and political forces that are driving us toward destruction, will end with the usual empty rhetoric and a continued assault on the ecosystem.

Posted on Dec 6, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Chris Hedges Confronts ‘The Whoredom of the Left’ With Anti-Prostitution Activists

In this episode of teleSUR’s “Days of Revolt,” Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges explores the conflicted and malignant relationship many self-identified leftists have with prostitution on both the ideological and practical levels.

Posted on Dec 1, 2015 READ MORE



The Age of the Demagogues

The collapse of our political and cultural institutions has turned charlatans and thugs such as presidential hopeful Donald Trump into viable candidates.

Posted on Nov 29, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Chris Hedges on the Militarization of Higher Education

In this episode of his new show “Days of Revolt,” Chris Hedges discusses the militarization of higher education institutions with journalist Alexa O’Brien. Uncovering the trail of money and influence from the national security state to college programs, they identify the ways in which this apparatus has long ­been in effect, and what it could mean for the future.

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 READ MORE



States of Terror

We waded into conflicts in the Middle East we did not understand, propelled forward by fantasy. And our folly spawned a death spiral of political, social and economic collapse, widespread poverty, massive displacement, misery and radical jihadism.

Posted on Nov 22, 2015 READ MORE



Pray With Your Feet

Civil disobedience to halt the assault by the oil and gas industry is an act of faith for retired Episcopal Bishop George Packard. His church is wherever protesters gather to stop corporations from destroying our rights or our ecosystem.

Posted on Nov 15, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Chris Hedges and Ralph Nader on the Complicity of Bernie Sanders

“If he doesn’t go electorally in a serious way to win, then [Bernie Sanders] is setting up millions of Americans, and young Americans, for a huge morale collapse,” Nader explains.

Posted on Nov 10, 2015 READ MORE



The Most Brazen Corporate Power Grab in American History

The release of the 5,544-page text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership confirms that the agreement would be another step in the global capitalists’ march to enslave us. Open, sustained revolt is our only option.

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Chris Hedges and Ralph Nader on Corporate Control, Faux Liberals and Hillary Clinton

“All you gotta do in politics is say the right thing, even though your whole record is contrary, and you’re on your way,” Nader says.

Posted on Nov 3, 2015 READ MORE



Sheldon Wolin and Inverted Totalitarianism

America’s most important contemporary political theorist, who died Oct. 21, warned that militarists and corporate capitalists, obsessed with creating a global empire, would extinguish our democracy. We should have heeded his warning. 

Posted on Nov 1, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Chris Hedges Calls Out Corporate America for Exploiting Prison Labor

Watch Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges’ rousing speech on the effects of police violence and mass incarceration on families. Hedges spoke at Saturday’s Rise Up October rally in New York.

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Chris Hedges and John Ralston Saul Discuss Neoliberalism, False Populism and Donald Trump

“I think that the word ‘ideology’ has to be used very carefully. But when people come forward with rather simplistic truths—you already know you’re in trouble when they say they’ve got the truth—and they say: ‘This is what must happen. This is how things work. This is what dominates society.’ That’s an ideology.”

Posted on Oct 27, 2015 READ MORE



Prostitution: Being Raped for a Living

Prostitution dehumanizes those trapped within it. Like America’s sanctification of militarism and war, the commodification of girls and women banishes empathy to glorify male violence.

Posted on Oct 25, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Chris Hedges on What It Truly Means to Be a Socialist

In his recent speech before the Green Party of Orange County, Calif., Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges talked passionately about socialism, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and the moral imperative to revolt.

Posted on Oct 18, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Chris Hedges and Max Blumenthal on Israel, Gaza and ‘The 51 Day War’

In an interview on teleSUR’s “Days of Revolt,” Chris Hedges and Max Blumenthal discuss the brutal tactics used by the Israeli state in its ongoing effort to suppress Palestinian resistance in the Gaza Strip.

Posted on Oct 14, 2015 READ MORE



‘A Pipeline Straight to Jail’

Millions of brilliant Americans—often people of color—have been set up from birth to be put behind bars. Boris Franklin was one of them, and his words dramatically trace a powerful system that destroys lives.

Posted on Oct 11, 2015 READ MORE



Local Resistance Can Overthrow Our Political Masters

Two prominent Green Party members call for third-party involvement in city council and other local races. This, they rightly say, is a fundamental step toward the large-scale changes needed to save society.

Posted on Oct 4, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: ‘Days of Revolt’ With Chris Hedges: Islamic State, the New Israel

In this first episode of a two-part series for his TeleSUR show “Days of Revolt,” Chris Hedges and professor Sabah Alnasseri trace the roots of Islamic State to their origins and explore comparisons to the 20th-century genesis of Israel.

Posted on Oct 1, 2015 READ MORE



State Terror Against People of Color

Mothers of young men murdered by police in Orange County, Calif., testify to the systematic destruction of families and society that such shootings cause. And by extension they indict the capitalist evil that consciously holds the poor like animals in squalid pens.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Chris Hedges on Pope Francis: ‘He Has Not Stood Up and Offered an Alternative’

While Pope Francis “has moved the church back into the realm of reality,” says Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges, “I don’t think by any stretch of the imagination he can be called a radical.”

Posted on Sep 25, 2015 READ MORE



What It Means to Be a Socialist

To be a socialist is to stand for the next generation and against the destructive forces of corporations and the military. If we do not move toward life, society will fall and take everyone with it.

Posted on Sep 20, 2015 READ MORE



The Far Left Needs to Relax a Little and Support Bernie Sanders

Sanders’ leftist critics can fantasize that they are doing humanity a great service by scoffing at his campaign, but who is making greater strides toward triggering the mass enlightenment that is key to empowering the oppressed?

Posted on Sep 19, 2015 READ MORE



Where Is Our Jeremy Corbyn?

The election of the socialist to head Britain’s Labour Party is a harbinger of the global revolt against neoliberalism, corporate tyranny and the U.S. war machine. It is time Americans join the fight.

Posted on Sep 13, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Chris Hedges on the Big Lie of Neoliberalism and the Very Real Threat of a President Trump

Chris Hedges doesn’t spare Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton or even Bernie Sanders in this wide-ranging take on the big swindle of neoliberalism and his warning for the future in the hands of a “rapacious oligarchic elite.”

Posted on Sep 13, 2015 READ MORE



The Real Enemy Is Within

If you are not dedicated to the destruction of empire and the dismantling of American militarism, then you cannot count yourself as a member of the left. It is not a side issue. It is the issue.

Posted on Sep 6, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Chris Hedges, Eddie Conway and Ojore Lutalo on the Dehumanization of American Prisoners

“I think their goal was to dehumanize every prisoner because if you have a dehumanized prisoner, you can control him and the environment,” former Black Panther Conway says.

Posted on Sep 3, 2015 READ MORE



The Great Unraveling

The ideological and physical hold of American imperial power is collapsing. If we do not quickly dismantle the structures of neoliberalism and global capitalism, we will be swept away in the coming upheavals.

Posted on Aug 30, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Chris Hedges Looks at Violence Against Blacks With Revolutionaries Eddie Conway, Ojore Lutalo

In this week’s episode of his TeleSUR show “Days of Revolt,” Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges speaks with former Black Panther Eddie Conway and former Black Liberation Army member Ojore Lutalo about the state’s response to the uprisings in the black community during the 1960s and ’70s and how that applies to the Black Lives Matter protests today.

Posted on Aug 25, 2015 READ MORE



Eulogy for a Friend

The Rev. Terry Burke stood with the suffering, ministering to them over three decades and going to jail for his protests on behalf of fired workers and against the corporations that are destroying the ecosystem.

Posted on Aug 23, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Chris Hedges and Larry Hamm Talk Police Violence and America’s Deep-Rooted Racism

In this latest episode of his TeleSUR show “Days of Revolt,” Truthdig columnist, author and activist Chris Hedges takes on the considerable and timely topics of police brutality and entrenched racism in America.

Posted on Aug 18, 2015 READ MORE



Amnesty International: Protecting the ‘Human Rights’ of Johns, Pimps and Human Traffickers

The group’s call for prostitution decriminalization is another in a long line of triumphs for heartless neoliberal economics and capitalism’s grotesque commodification of human beings.

Posted on Aug 16, 2015 READ MORE


My Teacher

Truthdig has received a number of responses to Chris Hedges’ July 19 column on Coleman Brown, his late friend and professor at Colgate University. Today we have posted some of the best.

Posted on Aug 11, 2015 READ MORE


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