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Why We Need Professional Revolutionists

The collapse of politics and the advent of corporate totalitarianism mean we must rely on a class of people whose sole vocation is revolution.

Posted on Nov 24, 2014 READ MORE


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The Last Days of Tomas Young

The maimed veteran died last week after a desperate battle with the VA, which callously had reduced his pain medication. His crucible is familiar to the many other Americans who have become the fodder of our wars.

Posted on Nov 16, 2014 READ MORE



Saving the Planet, One Meal at a Time

The animal agriculture industry is the primary cause of the destruction of the ecosystem. Becoming vegan is the most important step we can take to save the planet.

Posted on Nov 9, 2014 READ MORE


We Need a New Word for Revolution (Parts 6, 7 and 8)

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges and political philosopher Sheldon Wolin conclude their eight-part series on American democracy and corporate capitalism with conversations about the consequences of relentless totalitarianism, the nature of participatory democracy and how to think about the possibility of revolution.

Posted on Nov 7, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



Joe Sacco: A Bomb in Every Comic

Joe Sacco’s satirical “Bumf” is a radical, savage and sidesplitting look at America’s species of corporate totalitarianism.

Posted on Nov 2, 2014 READ MORE


‘We Never Managed to Relax’ After World War II (Parts 4 and 5)

In the fourth and fifth installments of their long conversation on corporate capitalism and American democracy, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges and political philosopher Sheldon Wolin discuss the concept of “inverted totalitarianism,” Wolin’s experience as a university professor and the expulsion of unorthodox academics in the postwar United States.

Posted on Oct 30, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



The Myth of the Free Press

The mass media set the parameters of acceptable debate. Cross those parameters, as the investigative journalist Gary Webb did, and you are turned into a pariah.

Posted on Oct 26, 2014 READ MORE


Can Capitalism and Democracy Coexist? (Parts 1, 2 and 3)

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges embarks on a long, ranging discussion with political philosopher and former professor of politics at Princeton University Sheldon Wolin on the state of American democracy and the rise of corporate capitalism.

Posted on Oct 25, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



The Imperative of Revolt

Two leading political philosophers, Sheldon Wolin and John Ralston Saul, explore the corporations’ slow-motion coup d’état and the prospects of financial collapse and revolt.

Posted on Oct 19, 2014 READ MORE


Chris Hedges Honors Humanists Combating the ‘Culture of War’

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges channeled his solemn, sermonic style at Stony Point, N.Y., on Saturday at a dinner inaugurating the Anne Barstow and Tom Driver Award for Excellence in Nonviolent Direct Action in Retirement.

Posted on Oct 19, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Chris Hedges Takes On the ‘Global Culture of Violence’

On Sept. 28, Chris Hedges spoke at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture’s Charley Horwitz Platform on the pervasive violence that characterizes our era and offered possible solutions.

Posted on Oct 15, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



Ordained to Write

Three decades ago Chris Hedges sought to become a minister and report the war in El Salvador. A church committee refused to see his work as a journalist as a valid call to the ministry. On Oct. 5 his ordination—marked by addresses from James Cone (above) and Cornel West—finally took place.

Posted on Oct 13, 2014 READ MORE


Justice for Stanley Cohen

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges speaks out against the possible 18-month prison sentence on tax charges of social justice attorney and activist Stanley Cohen in a short video that features Cohen describing the purpose and meaning of his work.

Posted on Oct 12, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



The Ordeal of Stanley L. Cohen: Justice as Farce

The government campaign to imprison the few activist attorneys who defend those defined as America’s enemies is exemplified by the persecution of Stanley L. Cohen.

Posted on Oct 5, 2014 READ MORE



Becoming Hezbollah’s Air Force

Waging endless war in the Middle East means not only turning old enemies into allies but exposing our inability to free ourselves from the mechanisms of violence and collapse.

Posted on Sep 28, 2014 READ MORE


What Will It Take to Save Humanity and the Planet?

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges, activist Bill McKibben, journalist Naomi Klein, Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and public radio talk show host Brian Lehrer participated in a panel discussion the night before the People’s Climate March in New York City this month.

Posted on Sep 27, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Chris Hedges Explains Why Bombing and Shooting Everyone Isn’t Working

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Truthdig columnist says, “People don’t want to be occupied and they’re not going to stop until we leave.” Also: The best banned books, The Intercept’s digital bodyguard and why the war in Syria is probably not legal.

Posted on Sep 26, 2014 READ MORE


Chris Hedges Explains Why Bombing and Shooting Everyone Isn’t Working

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The columnist says, “People don’t want to be occupied and they’re not going to stop until we leave.” Also: The best banned books, The Intercept’s digital bodyguard and why the war in Syria is probably not legal.

Posted on Sep 26, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Chris Hedges: The Coup D’etat Is Over, the Corporations Won

The Truthdig columnist dishes with the libertarians over at ReasonTV about capitalism, from Aristotle to AIG.

Posted on Sep 23, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



The Coming Climate Revolt

Civil disobedience must be used to abolish the oil, gas and coal companies and replace a government held captive by corporations. Otherwise, we will say goodbye to life as we know it.

Posted on Sep 21, 2014 READ MORE


Chris Hedges Has 15 Minutes to Start a Revolution

By Chris Hedges

The Truthdig columnist speaks to a crowd in Wisconsin over the weekend about the prevailing power structure and “the abject surrender of our political class ... to cash-rich lobbying groups.”

Posted on Sep 17, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



Sacrificing the Vulnerable, From Gaza to America

The abandonment of Gazans, some of the planet’s most powerless people, illustrates how all who are vulnerable are now routinely sacrificed by our political elites.

Posted on Sep 14, 2014 READ MORE



Driving American Politics Underground

Seizure of institutions by corporate power means our real political life has been transferred to groups that operate outside the system.

Posted on Sep 7, 2014 READ MORE



The Last Gasp of Climate Change Liberals

The upcoming climate change march in New York is the last gasp of conventional liberalism. The time for reform and accommodation has ended. We will build a radical movement or be extinguished in a climate inferno. 

Posted on Aug 31, 2014 READ MORE



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How the Brutalized Become Brutal

The beheading of a U.S. reporter, Hamas’ executions of suspected collaborators and fundamentalists’ slaughters in Iraq are the end of a long horror story, not the beginning. [This column appeared Aug. 24, 2014. Chris Hedges will file a new, original column Monday evening.]

Posted on Aug 24, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: James Foley

The slain photojournalist was “drawn to the human rights side” of war reporting and spoke admiringly of the humanism of his colleagues and some of his early captors.

Posted on Aug 24, 2014 READ MORE



Julian Assange Announces He’s Leaving the Ecuadorean Embassy in London ‘Soon’

The WikiLeaks founder told journalists at a news conference Monday that he can confirm he will leave the Ecuadorean Embassy in London after two years refuge there, though he stated that his departure was “probably not” due to reasons “the Murdoch press” and others have surmised.

Posted on Aug 18, 2014 READ MORE



Rebellion in Ferguson: A Rising Heat in the Suburbs

Amid ongoing strife in Ferguson, Mo., civil rights veteran Lawrence Hamm foresees social unrest shifting out of the inner cities that erupted in the 1960s.

Posted on Aug 17, 2014 READ MORE



Let My People Go

Chris Hedges delivered this address Saturday in New York City before demonstrators marched to U.N. headquarters in support of the people of Gaza. The event was part of a day of international protest against the Israeli military assault on Palestinians.

Posted on Aug 10, 2014 READ MORE


The Week in Truthdig

In lieu of our regularly scheduled radio show, we present a summary of some of this week’s most interesting original content, including the goings-on in Gaza and the trouble with Executive Order 12333.

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 READ MORE


The Week in Truthdig

In lieu of our regularly scheduled radio show, we present a summary of some of this week’s most interesting original content, including the goings-on in Gaza and the trouble with Executive Order 12333.

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



The Palestinians’ Right to Self-Defense

If the international community will not halt Israel’s Gaza attack and war crimes then it must concede to the Palestinians the right to self-defense under the U.N. Charter.

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 READ MORE



The Actor and the Minister

In a time when corporate culture has marginalized our artists and those of compassion and vision, two such people merged for a moment at a Boston church. (Shown here, Michael Milligan in his one-man play.)

Posted on Jul 20, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Khalil Hamra

Israel Is Captive to Its ‘Destructive Process’

The weeklong assault on Gaza is one more in a horrific series of steps similar to those in Nazi Germany that ended in the Holocaust.

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 READ MORE



Pity the Children

War brings with it a host of horrors, but the worst is what it does to children. The suffering of the young, perpetrated by those who carry weapons, exposes war’s demented pathology.

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdig Named Best News Website at L.A. Press Club Awards

On Sunday evening, Truthdig staffers converged at the ornate Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles for the Los Angeles Press Club’s 2014 Southern California Journalism Awards.

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Lefteris Pitarakis

The Ghoulish Face of Empire

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant reflects back to us a disturbing image of ourselves. Our murderous rampages, carried out in a foolish attempt to remake the Middle East through violence, have given birth to a Frankenstein monster.

Posted on Jun 22, 2014 READ MORE



American Socrates

Noam Chomsky, for more than five decades, has epitomized what it means to be intellectual. He is brilliant, fiercely independent, ruthlessly honest and fearless in naming the crimes of the power elite and their liberal apologists.

Posted on Jun 15, 2014 READ MORE



The Rules of Revolt

There are fundamental lessons to be taken from the protests that swept through China 25 years ago, ignited by the student occupation of Tiananmen Square. Revolutions differ, but most have similar dynamics.

Posted on Jun 9, 2014 READ MORE



Chris Hedges Introduces ‘The Occupy Portraits’ (Video)

When photos of violence against Occupy Wall Street protesters began to appear in The New York Times, Los Angeles photographer Annie Appel set out to capture the faces and record the hopes of participants in 12 American cities. The result is a 572-page ready-to-print book, with a foreword from Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges.

Posted on Jun 2, 2014 READ MORE



We All Must Become Zapatistas

The most important anti-globalization movement of the last two decades has shown us how to resist. And it grasps, as Subcomandante Marcos made clear in his final public appearance, that resistance must be wedded to nonviolence.

Posted on Jun 1, 2014 READ MORE



Thomas Paine, Our Contemporary

Paine did for the American Revolution what we must do for our present-day revolution against the corporate state: He created a political language that exposed the realities of despotic power and demanded a rational response.

Posted on May 25, 2014 READ MORE



They Can’t Outlaw the Revolution

Cecily McMillan could get up to seven years on her conviction of hitting a plainclothes policeman who grabbed her in Zuccotti Park. The persecution of the Occupy activist has become emblematic of the state’s use of the courts to criminalize nonviolent dissent and try to crush new mass movements.

Posted on May 18, 2014 READ MORE



The Power of Imagination

Amid the psychoses of modern times, we are suicidally exploiting the earth and our neighbors. If we are to survive, we must reclaim the reverence for life made possible by the human imagination.

Posted on May 11, 2014 READ MORE



The Post-Constitutional Era

The Supreme Court’s refusal to hear our challenge to the law that lets the military indefinitely imprison U.S. citizens is another example of the transformation of the judiciary into an enemy of the Constitution.

Posted on May 4, 2014 READ MORE



Supreme Court Won’t Hear Chris Hedges’ Indefinite Detention Case

In a major decision Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court denied Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges and other plaintiffs the right to challenge a law that allows the U.S. military to indefinitely detain people alleged or suspected to have helped al-Qaida or the Taliban.

Posted on Apr 28, 2014 READ MORE


Chris Hedges: In Ukraine, Washington Uses Fake Evidence as Usual

“There is, as with any government, an official narrative that they seek to disseminate to the public and get the press to adopt,” the Truthdig columnist told RT host Sophie Shevardnadze.

Posted on Apr 28, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



The Crime of Peaceful Protest

Cecily McMillan—facing the possibility of seven years in prison for elbowing a plainclothes policeman in Zuccotti Park—is the latest victim of a cloaked offensive to destroy activist leaders.

Posted on Apr 27, 2014 READ MORE


‘We Are Either Gonna Step Off the Board or They’re Gonna Kill Us’

War—on the battlefield, for oil, in our minds. Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges and editorial cartoonist Mr. Fish tell a University of Connecticut audience about their dealings with our civilization’s war against itself in all its ugly forms.

Posted on Apr 26, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, Boxer and Fighter Against Racial Injustice, Dies at 76

Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the middleweight boxer whose life outside the ring took on as much significance as his sports career when he was charged with murder in 1966, died in Toronto on Sunday after a battle with prostate cancer. He was 76.

Posted on Apr 20, 2014 READ MORE


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