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James Baldwin and the Meaning of Whiteness

At this frightening moment in American history—with a racist in the White House and amid rising levels of racial hatred—there is no more important writer than Baldwin.

Posted on Feb 19, 2017 READ MORE


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‘On Contact’: Matt Taibbi on How an ‘Insane Clown President’ Played America’s Political System

Chris Hedges and Matt Taibbi have a pretty good idea—and in this clip, a compelling dialogue—about how Donald Trump made U.S. politics work for him.

Posted on Feb 12, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



The Elites Won’t Save Us

The danger we face does not come, in the end, from Trump and his malignant cabal. It comes from severely weakened and corrupted democratic institutions.

Posted on Feb 12, 2017 READ MORE


Dissident Cartoonist Mr. Fish: ‘Saturday Night Live’ Is Failing to Deal With Trump

In an appearance on Chris Hedges’ RT show “On Contact,” the artist warns against depicting the president as a “figure of fun.”

Posted on Feb 6, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Make America Ungovernable

The window to overthrow the Trump regime is rapidly closing. We must move swiftly to make governance impossible through nationwide strikes and other nonviolent resistance. If we do not, the last vestiges of democracy will die.

Posted on Feb 5, 2017 READ MORE


‘On Contact’: Trump’s American Empire

In this week’s episode of RT’s “On Contact,” Truthdig columnist and host Chris Hedges and journalist Allan Nairn (at right) examine the future of the American empire.

Posted on Feb 1, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



American Psychosis

The barrage of lies from demagogues such as Donald Trump creates profound cognitive dissonance among the population that ends in a nationwide collective mental illness.

Posted on Jan 29, 2017 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Jan 22, 2017 READ MORE


Chris Hedges, at the Women’s March on Washington, Talks About Building Movements and Coalitions

While participating in Saturday’s event, the Truthdig columnist paused to give his views on how mass movements take shape and how to build common ground between opposing groups.

Posted on Jan 22, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Chris Hedges on How the ‘Deep State’ Will Influence the Trump Presidency

Interviewer Lee Camp and Chris Hedges discuss the factors behind the U.S. need to “demonize Russia.”

Posted on Jan 17, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



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Manning and the Gangster State

In a column originally posted on Aug. 21, 2013, Chris Hedges declares that the whistleblower’s original 35-year sentence “means the end of the rule of law.”

Posted on Jan 17, 2017 READ MORE



Part 6: Out of the Halfway House, and Then a Scare

After more than 30 years in prison and halfway houses, the 58-year-old author walks free in the world.

Posted on Jan 16, 2017 READ MORE


‘On Contact With Chris Hedges’: What the Intelligence Report About Russian Influence Really Reveals

On this week’s episode, journalists Abby Martin and Ben Norton join Hedges for a wide-ranging discussion about troubling shifts they’ve noticed away from fact-based reporting and governance.

Posted on Jan 15, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Building the Institutions for Revolt

We must form our own new structures and carry out continual mass protest and civil disobedience to wrest back power from the corporate state.

Posted on Jan 15, 2017 READ MORE


Allegations of Russian Hacking Cover Up a Larger Issue: Attacks on Independent Journalism

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges argues that politicians are zeroing in on alleged Russian interference in the U.S. election to shut down outspoken media.

Posted on Jan 14, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Part 4: Restarting Life in a Halfway House

The transition from convict to parolee can be difficult, with more restrictions in the reintegration facility than in prison. But thoughts of the free world keep the author going.

Posted on Jan 14, 2017 READ MORE


Chris Hedges on Donald Trump’s ‘Naked Kleptocracy’

The president-elect is “malleable and easily manipulated” in the face of establishment politicians on both sides of the aisle, the Truthdig contributor says.

Posted on Jan 13, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Part 3: The End of Incarceration

The author gets his day before the parole board after more than 30 years in prison for murder.

Posted on Jan 13, 2017 READ MORE


Chris Hedges Talks With Michael Gecan About Building Organizations to Empower Ordinary Citizens

When asked why he tells poor communities to raise funds without government aid, the community organizer responds, “Because power is organized people and organized money.”

Posted on Jan 9, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



The Real Purpose of the U.S. Government’s Report on Alleged Hacking by Russia

The declassified document is intended primarily to be a weapon for use in internal politics. If the establishment can discredit Trump, it can get rid of him.

Posted on Jan 8, 2017 READ MORE



When Fear Comes

Fear, a despotic state’s most potent weapon, keeps a population compliant. It will be lavishly supplied as we are thrust into a new dark age.

Posted on Jan 8, 2017 READ MORE


Chris Hedges: Vietnam War, Like the Later Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, Was ‘One Long Atrocity’ (Video)

Hedges and Nick Turse, author of “Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam,” discuss how American wars of occupation are “primarily about murder.”

Posted on Jan 4, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Best of ‘Live at Truthdig’ 2016: Election Chaos Provokes Thoughtful Discussion About the Future

Our most popular sessions took a hard look at various aspects of American policy before and after the outcome—unexpected by most—of the presidential election.

Posted on Dec 30, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Chris Hedges Explores the New McCarthyism With Historian Ellen Schrecker

The Truthdig columnist and Yeshiva University professor, author of “Many Are the Crimes: McCarthyism in America,” examine the role of President-elect Donald Trump and the impact the suppression of dissent has had on higher education.

Posted on Dec 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



In the Time of Trump, All We Have Is Each Other

Under Donald Trump’s presidency—the outgrowth of the corporations’ 40-year-long war against democracy—we will have to battle a form of state repression far more sophisticated than McCarthyism. Our weapon: rebuilding alternative structures through small, local political actions.

Posted on Dec 25, 2016 READ MORE



Best of Truthdig’s Reports 2016: Chris Hedges Prophesies Throughout the Election

Regular readers of Truthdig will not be surprised to learn that our Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist dominated our Report section as Americans deliberated which oligarch to empower to lead the country.

Posted on Dec 25, 2016 READ MORE


‘On Contact’ Discussion: ‘Israeli Weapons Are Tested on Palestinians, Then Sold to the World’

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges and independent journalist Rania Khalek analyze the Israeli arms industry, which was involved in global contracts worth $5.7 billion last year.

Posted on Dec 21, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



‘Fake News’ in America: Homegrown, and Far From New

For decades, the media have been dominated by manufactured reports. This skillful manipulation of information erased the lines between fact and opinion and gave rise to the demagogue who will sit in the Oval Office.

Posted on Dec 18, 2016 READ MORE



Demagogue-in-Chief

Donald Trump will use the presidency to inflate his personality cult and increase his family’s wealth. Those who do not pay homage to his megalomania, or swell the profits of his financial empire, will be viciously attacked and persecuted.

Posted on Dec 11, 2016 READ MORE


Chris Hedges and Philipp Ther on the Neoliberal Destruction of Europe

The host of “On Contact” discusses neoliberal policies with Ther, author of “Europe Since 1989.”

Posted on Dec 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



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.

Posted on Dec 8, 2016 READ MORE


Chris Hedges Discusses Prison Reform With Expert on 1971 Attica Prison Uprising

“Today even harsher prison conditions [exist in the U.S.]” than those that led to the New York prison rebellion that left 29 prisoners and nine hostages dead, says Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges in a recent episode of “On Contact.” He is joined by author Heather Ann Thompson.

Posted on Dec 6, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The Mafia State

The greed of the 1 percent and their dismantling of good governance have given rise to a criminal economy and criminal state embodied in the presidency of Donald J. Trump.

Posted on Dec 4, 2016 READ MORE


Preserving Independent Journalism and Fighting the New McCarthyism

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and his team discussed the recent Washington Post story that relied heavily on an unsubstantiated source that claims Truthdig and other news outlets are spreading “Russian propaganda.”

Posted on Nov 29, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



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.

Posted on Nov 27, 2016 READ MORE


Chris Hedges Meets the Resistance at Standing Rock

For a special edition of “On Contact,” the Truthdig columnist travels to the North Dakota encampment to talk with those (including the man shown) on the front lines fighting to block the Dakota Access pipeline.

Posted on Nov 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Chris Hedges and Rachel Moran Discuss the Reality of Prostitution

The Truthdig columnist and the anti-prostitution activist examine how capitalism is at the core of sex work, which Moran (pictured, far right) calls “the commercialization of sexual abuse.”

Posted on Nov 21, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



We Are All Deplorables

Liberals have no moral authority to preach to a dispossessed white working class about racism, multiculturalism, identity politics or diversity. The abject failure by liberals to fight for economic justice triggered the protofascist backlash embodied by Donald Trump’s election victory.

Posted on Nov 20, 2016 READ MORE


‘On Contact With Chris Hedges’: One Nation Under Donald Trump

On Wednesday morning, Americans woke up to a different reality than they had the day before. Hedges has a good idea of how President-elect Trump happened and how his presidency may play out.

Posted on Nov 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Chris Hedges Unmasks American Empire in ‘Unspeakable’

In this new book, the award-winning Truthdig columnist discusses taboo topics in America—including his experience as a radical war correspondent at The New York Times—with fellow journalist David Talbot.

Posted on Nov 9, 2016 READ MORE


‘Hold Fast to the Causes of the Oppressed’: Chris Hedges Speaks at Jill Stein Rally in Philadelphia

The columnist’s speech Saturday was part of a final campaign event for the Green Party presidential candidate.

Posted on Nov 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Chris Hedges: The End of the Election Will Not Mean the End of Public Anger

In a 30-minute interview with Sophie Shevardnadze at RT, the Truthdig columnist discusses who will be the real loser in the 2016 U.S. presidential race.

Posted on Nov 7, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Defying the Politics of Fear

The major political parties offer us nothing but continued corruption and oppression. A simple act of citizen defiance can be a first step on a road to profound change.

Posted on Nov 6, 2016 READ MORE



Chris Hedges and Tavis Smiley Discuss Popular Resistance and the Failure of Mainstream Media

The talk show host asks Hedges about the current election and about what is in store for the United States after Nov. 8.

Posted on Nov 1, 2016 READ MORE


‘On Contact’: Chris Hedges and Medea Benjamin on the U.S.-Saudi Alliance

On this week’s episode of RT’s “On Contact,” the Truthdig columnist and the author of “Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection,” explore why Saudi Arabia remains one of the United States’ closest allies in the Middle East in spite of the monarchy’s record of human rights abuses.

Posted on Oct 31, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



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. 

Posted on Oct 30, 2016 READ MORE


‘On Contact’: Chris Hedges and Hamza Yusuf Explore the Islamic World

The Truthdig columnist and the Islamic scholar review how Western interests have shaped Muslim societies and how terror groups have perverted Islam.

Posted on Oct 24, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



How Power Works

Historian Heather Ann Thompson’s book on the 1971 Attica prison uprising details the government’s brutality, lies and propaganda, demonization of the poor, obstruction of justice and silencing of those who tried to tell the truth. She exposes the American blueprint for social control.

Posted on Oct 23, 2016 READ MORE


Chris Hedges, Eddie Glaude’s Democracy Now! Debate: Which Candidate Should Win Progressives’ Votes?

Should progressive voters adopt different strategies in swing states versus, say, blue states? Princeton University’s Eddie Glaude makes room for that possibility in this Democracy Now! debate with Chris Hedges, while Hedges decisively does not.

Posted on Oct 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer on Activism and the Future of American Politics

By Emma Niles

The journalists reflect on their own histories and share their insights on the current election season.

Posted on Oct 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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