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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


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Democracy in America Is a Useful Fiction

Long before the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, corporate forces carried out a slow-motion coup d’état. Now the coup is over. We lost.

Posted on Aug 23, 2016 READ MORE


Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer Assess the Merits of a Life of Virtue in a Careerist’s World

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges tells Editor in Chief Robert Scheer about the rewards of his unorthodox life as a minister and journalist covering the disintegration of societies on multiple continents, his working habits, and the consequences of elite neglect of the forces that turn civilized populations barbarian.

Posted on Aug 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



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 Aug 18, 2016 READ MORE



Trumpism: Made in the United States by Republican Hate and Democratic Hypocrisy

Mainstream Democrats have exaggerated the extent of white working-class support for Donald Trump. They also fail to understand the sources of the white proletarian Trumpism that do exist.

Posted on Aug 16, 2016 READ MORE


‘On Contact’: Chris Hedges and Professor Eddie Glaude Discuss ‘The Great Black Depression’ (Video)

“From housing to jobs to poverty levels, black America is struggling,” the Princeton educator tells the Truthdig columnist. “In so many ways since 2008, our communities have been in ruins.”

Posted on Aug 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Con vs. Con

The remainder of the presidential campaign will be characterized by an attempt among liberals to discredit third-party and popular movements. Yet our only hope for change will come by breaking free from the tyranny of the two corporate parties.

Posted on Aug 15, 2016 READ MORE



The Revenge of the Lower Classes and the Rise of American Fascism

College-educated elites, on behalf of corporations, carried out the savage neoliberal assault on the working poor. Now these elites are being made to pay. Their duplicity has brought them—and the rest of us—Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Posted on Aug 8, 2016 READ MORE


‘On Contact’ With Chris Hedges: The Big Business of Keeping People in Cages

On this week’s episode of RT’s “On Contact,” Hedges discusses mass incarceration with prison reform advocates Walter Fortson and Boris Franklin.

Posted on Aug 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


‘On Contact With Chris Hedges’: Jill Stein on How, and Where, Revolution Can Actually Happen

Green Party candidate Jill Stein sits down with Hedges at a crucial moment in the 2016 election cycle to talk about the many emergencies that the two major-party nominees will be categorically unable to confront, much less solve. 

Posted on Jul 31, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


A Lens on the Democratic Convention, Day 3: Neoliberals vs. Progressives (Multimedia)

By Michael Nigro

It’s a tug of war. Bernie Sanders let go of the rope. Elizabeth Warren, too.  And yet the “I’m With Her” crowd cannot believe that anyone on the left is not voting for Hillary Clinton. 

Posted on Jul 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Chris Hedges and Jill Stein Speak at Socialist Convergence During Democratic Convention (Video)

What should progressive-minded citizens do after everyone leaves Philadelphia? Our Truthdig columnist and the Green Party presidential candidate share their thoughts.

Posted on Jul 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Democratic Convention Live Blog, Day 2: Hillary Clinton Clinches the Democratic Nomination (Video)

After Monday’s tumultuous and charged launch in Philadelphia, the second day of the Democratic National Convention began with more than a few hefty questions still unanswered. But by Tuesday afternoon, Hillary Clinton had made history as the nation’s first female presidential nominee from a major party.

Posted on Jul 26, 2016 READ MORE


Chris Hedges and Robert Reich Debate the Future of the Progressive Movement (Video)

Hedges and Reich appear on “Democracy Now!” to debate whom progressives should support now that Sanders has endorsed Hillary Clinton.

Posted on Jul 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Democratic National Convention Demonstrators Led by Chris Hedges, Cornel West (Multimedia)

On the first day of the Democratic National Convention, demonstrators—led by Truthdig contributor Chris Hedges and the longtime activist Cornel West—marched from Philadelphia City Hall down Broad Street.

Posted on Jul 25, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Protesters Take to the Streets of Philadelphia in ‘March for Our Lives’ (Video)

Reporting from Philadelphia, Truthdig contributor Sonali Kolhatkar reported from the March for our Lives, organized by the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign. Watch a speech from Truthdig contributor Chris Hedges and interviews with protesters.

Posted on Jul 25, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


The Importance of Protesting Inequality at the Democratic National Convention (Video)

On this week’s episode of “On Contact,” Truthdig contributor Chris Hedges sits down with two Philadelphia organizers to discuss why people should take to the streets to bring Democratic leaders’ attention to poverty and homelessness.

Posted on Jul 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Writing as Resistance

Doomed writers buried their accounts of the Warsaw ghetto in the hope that they could teach whoever unearthed the documents about good, evil, indifference and the importance of the truth as an act of resistance. They have left us a trove of papers on how to construct a life of meaning.

Posted on Jul 17, 2016 READ MORE


‘On Contact’ With Chris Hedges: Wrongfully Convicted and Living With the Consequences

In a new episode of “On Contact,” Chris Hedges’ new show on RT, the Truthdig columnist speaks with author Alison Flowers about wrongful convictions and the challenges people face after spending years in prison for crimes they did not commit.

Posted on Jul 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Legalized Murder and the Politics of Terror

The police kill citizens with impunity, and that is exactly how the system is designed to work. The numerous little police states that exist in poor urban areas across the U.S. are models for a system that would enslave all of us.

Posted on Jul 10, 2016 READ MORE


‘On Contact’ With Chris Hedges: The Exploitation of Women Is Rampant Worldwide

In his new show on RT, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges speaks with activists against human trafficking Suzanne Jay and Taina Bien-Aime about the effort to end the sexual exploitation of women and girls.

Posted on Jul 7, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Comments of the Week: Know Your History

The week that included the country’s birthday brought to Truthdig’s comment boards a host of history lessons and discussions that ranged far beyond the material taught in schools.

Posted on Jul 5, 2016 READ MORE



Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Fourth of July

The long-imprisoned revolutionary and author, who disdains the current political theater, says the broken, racist American system “has to be torn up, root and branch,” to halt the war waged on the poor by the corporate state.

Posted on Jul 3, 2016 READ MORE



Comments of the Week: On the Meaning of Brexit

A roundup of standout reader contributions to stories about the stunning U.K. power move, as well as observations on Hillary Clinton’s potential VP picks and the sit-in on Capitol Hill.

Posted on Jun 29, 2016 READ MORE


Chris Hedges Discusses Israeli Occupation With Israeli Journalist Amira Hass (Video)

By Chris Hedges

The Haaretz correspondent for the occupied territories and author of “Drinking the Sea at Gaza” has angered Israeli and Palestinian leadership with her uncompromising honesty.

Posted on Jun 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Truthdig Wins Five Southern California Journalism Awards

Truthdig made a strong showing at the 58th annual Southern California Journalism Awards, presented by the Los Angeles Press Club on Sunday night.

Posted on Jun 27, 2016 READ MORE



2008 All Over Again

Great Britain’s decision to leave the European Union presages perhaps another global financial meltdown. Banks will again demand massive bailouts. We will be forced to again swallow austerity measures, and there will be a continued decline in living standards.

Posted on Jun 24, 2016 READ MORE


Chris Hedges and Kshama Sawant Talk Third-Party Politics (Video)

Truthdig contributor Hedges analyzes establishment politics with the socialist on Seattle’s City Council.

Posted on Jun 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Comments of the Week: From Tuesday’s Primaries to Sunday’s Shooting Tragedy

It’s been quite a week, one in which a single event creates “before” and “after” pictures that show a far-reaching change, even if opinions vary as to how and why the event happened.

Posted on Jun 14, 2016 READ MORE


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



We Must Understand Corporate Power to Fight It

All predatory systems of power seek to mask their ultimate aims. As they become more repressive, they become more deceptive. They silence dissidents and bombard the airwaves with lies. Those who effectively resist have to peel back the layers of deceit to understand the intentions of the elites.

Posted on Jun 12, 2016 READ MORE


Chris Hedges and Holocaust Survivor Lola Mozes Revisit Nazi-Occupied Poland (Video)

Mozes’ testimony is both a history lesson and a cautionary tale for our time.

Posted on Jun 7, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Shut Down the Democratic National Convention

Corporate Democrats rigged the primary elections. They sold us out to Wall Street. They stripped us of our civil liberties. And now they want us to be mute props in their political theater. Democracy will only come from the streets.

Posted on Jun 5, 2016 READ MORE



Truthdig to Host Green Party’s Jill Stein on California Primary Night

The party’s presumptive presidential nominee will join Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and his team for a “Facebook Live” chat at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Posted on Jun 3, 2016 READ MORE


‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges, Lynne Stewart and Ralph Poynter on the Evolution of Radicalism

Stewart and Poynter, a couple with a long history of fighting for human rights, explain how things have changed since the political activism of the 1960s and ’70s.

Posted on May 31, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Lock Up the Men, Evict the Women and Children

Part of the daily reality of poverty in America, evictions—along with mass incarceration—are the mechanisms used to destroy communities and profit from the misery of the poor.

Posted on May 29, 2016 READ MORE


Chris Hedges on the Legacy of Rosa Luxemburg (Video)

At Left Forum 2016, Truthdig contributor Chris Hedges explained how the early 20th-century revolutionary socialist’s philosophies are relevant to today’s struggle against capitalism.

Posted on May 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Chris Hedges: Taxpayers Pay for Primaries, but DNC Determines Rules in Order to Steal Votes (Video)

“It is our job to make the powerful frightened of us,” the Truthdig columnist said at the Left Forum in New York City. “That is what movements do. Movements keep power in check, and as any good anarchist will tell you, power is always the problem, no matter who holds it.”

Posted on May 24, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Reform or Revolution

Rosa Luxemburg warned the left about becoming seduced by liberals who speak the language of reform but serve the interests of capitalism. And she understood that holding fast to revolutionary ideals was, especially in a moment of crisis, a moral imperative.

Posted on May 22, 2016 READ MORE



Comments of the Week: Inaugural Edition

Since Truthdig’s launch just over a decade ago, our staff has always considered our comment community to be an integral part of the site.

Posted on May 15, 2016 READ MORE


‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges, Israeli Peace Activist Miko Peled Discuss the Devolution of Israel

Miko Peled, born in Jerusalem, is an author and advocate for peace between Israel and Palestine.

Posted on May 10, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Bearing the Cross

The Rev. Daniel Berrigan, whose funeral was held Friday in New York, exemplified the radical call of the Christian Gospels to defy the laws of the state for the laws of God. If we seek salvation, for our nation and for ourselves, we must find his courage and his faith.

Posted on May 8, 2016 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: The Late Daniel Berrigan, Lifelong Activist for Peace

From the dark days of Vietnam to the endless wars of today, the Jesuit priest-poet remained faithful to his mission: protecting the vulnerable, championing resistance and always, always working toward peace.

Posted on May 7, 2016 READ MORE


‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges Talks With ‘Cowspiracy’ Directors (Video)

The film’s directors Kip Anderson and Keegan Kuhn discuss the environmental effects of the animal agriculture industry.

Posted on May 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Chris Hedges on Why Daniel Berrigan’s Most Important Contribution Wasn’t Activism

In a segment on “The Real News Network,” Truthdig’s Chris Hedges calls the late Daniel Berrigan a “fine poet” and “prolific writer of radical theology,” and he argues that the Jesuit priest’s “most important contribution was as a writer.”

Posted on May 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges, Tim DeChristopher Discuss Far-Reaching Effects of Climate Change

Global warming has already progressed farther than many are willing to admit, and that’s exactly why it’s time for the industrialized world to acknowledge the ethical consequences.

Posted on Apr 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges and Josh Fox on Holding Onto Our Humanity Amid Climate Change

Hedges, a Truthdig contributor, and Fox, a filmmaker, consider how various forms of culture instill hope, despite looming environmental catastrophe.

Posted on Apr 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Democracy Spring Activists Take Capitol Rotunda to Demand an End to Voter Suppression

Many Americans are fed up with a congressional majority bought and paid for by wealthy special interests. Fifteen protesters were arrested Friday in Washington, D.C., after voicing their disapproval.

Posted on Apr 15, 2016 READ MORE


‘Days of Revolt’: Corporate Influence and the Pitfalls of a Two-Party System (Video)

Chris Hedges and Green Party Senate candidate Dr. Margaret Flowers examine the rigged political system and the corporate money that controls it.

Posted on Apr 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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