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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

VIDEO: Chris Hedges, Cornel West on the Demonization of the Black Poor

In the second part of the two-part premiere episode of his TeleSUR show, “Days of Revolt,” Chris Hedges sits down with political commentator and professor Cornel West to discuss the dismantling of the black prophetic tradition and the dismissal of the plight of the poor by black elites.

Posted on Aug 11, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Chris Hedges, Cornel West on Black Prophetic Tradition

In the premiere episode of his TeleSUR show, “Days of Revolt,” Chris Hedges sits down with political commentator and professor Cornel West to discuss the black prophetic tradition, a movement profiled in West’s recent book, “Black Prophetic Fire.”

Posted on Aug 4, 2015 READ MORE

WATCH: Chris Hedges: ‘Marx: The System Is the Problem’

In a lecture given at the Left Forum in New York City this spring, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges limned the historic critique made by capitalism’s “most prescient and significant” observer.

Posted on Jul 30, 2015 READ MORE

Why I Support the BDS Movement Against Israel

To bring justice to Palestine, there are no mechanisms left except BDS — boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel.

Posted on Jul 26, 2015 READ MORE

My Teacher

The Rev. Coleman Brown, who had the most profound impact of all my teachers on my education, died in December. He taught me how to think. And in being taught how to think, I was taught how to be free.

Posted on Jul 19, 2015 READ MORE

We Are All Greeks Now

What is happening in Greece in the name of austerity has already happened to the poor and the working class in the United States. If the global financial elites continue in power, the misery of the Greeks will become our own.

Posted on Jul 12, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Chris Hedges: In Extreme Times, ‘Liberals Are a Dead Force’ (Part 1 of 3)

On The Real News Network’s “Reality Asserts Itself,” Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges discusses the significance of Thomas Paine, why we did not carry out an American “Revolution,” and three reasons why liberals cannot “propel resistance forward.”

Posted on Jul 9, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Chris Hedges on Teaching in Prison and Learning ‘What It Means to Resist’

In this clip from his June 7 talk in Los Angeles, Truthdig columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges tells the very personal story of how teaching a class in a maximum security prison gave him deeper insights into what it means to stand up against injustice.

Posted on Jul 7, 2015 READ MORE

A Curious Bit of Backstory Behind the NYT’s Review of Chris Hedges’ New Book

Chris Hedges’ latest book, “Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt” was given top placement in this weekend’s New York Times Book Review section, and although a high profile doesn’t always guarantee high praise, it turns out there’s a story behind this media story.

Posted on Jul 5, 2015 READ MORE

Corporate Capitalism Is the Foundation of Police Brutality and the Prison State

Only when corporate capitalism is demolished will the indiscriminate use of lethal police force and mass incarceration be reformed. And only then will we finally address white supremacy and racism. 

Posted on Jul 5, 2015 READ MORE

Chris Hedges Wins L.A. Press Club’s Top Award for Activism Journalism

The Truthdig columnist was honored Sunday night for his column “The Last Days of Tomas Young,” which “sharply skewers a VA system that failed to aid the very people it’s meant to serve.”

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 READ MORE

The Lonely American

Communal activities, from attendance at sporting events to civic organizations, have plummeted. We are isolated and have become hapless victims of corporate propaganda. We must reconnect to resist.

Posted on Jun 28, 2015 READ MORE

AUDIO: Chris Hedges on Rebels, Visionaries and ‘Wages of Rebellion’

What compels a rebel to follow a path that, as history shows, almost always puts that person in mortal danger?

Posted on Jun 24, 2015 READ MORE

America’s Slave Empire

The only way brutality and economic exploitation in prisons can be halted is by attacking the system of neoslavery that defines our prison system. Alabama prisoners are leading a call for work stoppages in an effort to break the U.S. system of mass incarceration.

Posted on Jun 21, 2015 READ MORE

America’s Electoral Farce

The power elite wants us to participate in the political charade of choreographed elections. Instead, our energy should be directed at ripping down the structures of the corporate state.

Posted on Jun 16, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Chris Hedges on Tavis Smiley: Change Will Come Through Organizations of Mass Resistance

In a clip from an appearance on Tavis Smiley’s talk show on PBS, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges holds forth on topics covered in his new book, “Wages of Rebellion,” including the news media’s failure to do their job, the public loss of faith in the political process and the revolutionary potential bubbling beneath the surface of American life.

Posted on Jun 14, 2015 READ MORE

Wages of Rebellion

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 READ MORE

Thou Shalt Not Kill

Repulsed by tales of U.S. atrocities told by veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, Spc. Robert Weilbacher applied for and was granted conscientious objector status. Then the Pentagon pulled a fast one, leaving him trapped in a hypermasculine dystopia.

Posted on Jun 7, 2015 READ MORE

AUDIO: Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer: Rebellion and the Freedom Act

Update: Transcript added. Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and columnist Chris Hedges argue over the significance of the USA Freedom Act—specifically, whether it represents a meaningful challenge to the national security and surveillance state.

Posted on Jun 7, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Robert Scheer to Chris Hedges: ‘I Will Not Blame’ the American Masses for Imperialism (7/7)

In the final installment of the seven-part interview on The Real News Network, after columnist Chris Hedges tells the Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer that he thinks the American public has been “far more complicit [in the culture of violence] than you give allowance for,” Scheer gives an impassioned response about his own experience with manipulation of the working class by elites.

Posted on Jun 4, 2015 READ MORE

The Sex Industry’s Attack on Feminists

Advocates of porn and prostitution will stop at nothing to silence those who speak out against their interests, labeling them prudes, conservatives, oppressors and bigots. The war against these feminists has recently culminated in widespread efforts to no-platform dissenters, including Truthdig’s own Chris Hedges.

Posted on Jun 3, 2015 READ MORE

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