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Imagining an Ideal NSA

In the second part of their appearance on The Real News Network, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges and 30-year former NSA official and whistle-blower William Binney grapple with the question of what, exactly, NSA policy should be.

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Mel Evans

The Trouble With Chris Christie

The most retrograde billionaires and corporate capitalists have pinned their hopes, as well as their money, on the New Jersey governor for the next presidential race. They love him because he is as vicious as he looks.

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 READ MORE


Chris Hedges and Bill Binney on NSA Guidelines

Ahead of Obama’s anticipated announcement of new NSA regulations, the Truthdig columnist and the NSA whistle-blower discuss with The Real News Network’s Paul Jay what the president should tell the American people about the unprecedented domestic spying program he presides over.

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta

The Last Gasp of American Democracy

If we fail to halt the state’s wholesale intrusion into our private lives, exposed by the Snowden leaks, we will find ourselves living under a ruthless totalitarian system. (At right, NSA Director Keith Alexander.)

Posted on Jan 5, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Richard Drew

Overthrow the Speculators

There will never be significant economic reform until megabanks are replaced by a network of state- and city-owned public banks. The revolution must be local.

Posted on Dec 29, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Matt Rourke

Food Behind Bars Isn’t Fit for Your Dog

Privatization has led to hunger and food poisoning among inmates in jails and prisons. Corporations such as Aramark, which gets away with serving skimpy or disgusting meals, have turned mass incarceration and misery into a lucrative business.

Posted on Dec 22, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Ted S. Warren

The Play’s the Thing

Maximum-security prisoners in my classroom wrote a visceral and raw drama about life on the streets and inside prison. The bitter truth they told is their song. And now it is my job to make that song heard.

Posted on Dec 15, 2013 READ MORE


Chris Hedges on Invisible Revolutions and the Collapse of Ruling Institutions

What do Edward Snowden, the former Yugoslavia, Alexander Berkman and the logistical and legislative mess known as Obamacare have to do with one another? Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges connects these figures and concepts in conversation with The Real News Network’s Paul Jay.

Posted on Dec 10, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Kin Cheung

Shooting the Messenger

The misguided attempts to justify Edward Snowden’s leaks by casting aspersions on those of Manning, Assange, WikiLeaks and Hammond play into the hands of the security and surveillance state.

Posted on Dec 8, 2013 READ MORE


Chris Hedges on ‘The Pathology of the Rich’

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges discussed “the psychology of the super rich: their sense of entitlement, the dehumanization of workers, and mistaken belief that their wealth will insulate them from the coming storms” with The Real News Network’s senior editor, Paul Jay.

Posted on Dec 6, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Mike Groll

The Saboteurs

Wiebo Ludwig, a messianic Christian minister, took God’s law seriously. And to him that meant blowing up oil and gas drilling stations in northern Alberta to protect his children, his livestock, his water and the planet.

Posted on Dec 1, 2013 READ MORE


Chris Hedges on the Role of Art in Rebellion

After a talk on the collapse of complex societies, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges answers an audience question: “Will it take [literature, music and art] to waken us to the empathy of other suffering or hardship?”

Posted on Nov 27, 2013 READ MORE


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Truthdig Critics Win National Entertainment Journalism Awards

Peter Richardson and Chris Hedges took home the first and second place trophies, respectively, in the online critic category at the L.A. Press Club’s Sixth Annual National Entertainment Journalism Awards on Sunday.

Posted on Nov 25, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Czarek Sokolowski

Shielding a Flickering Flame

As the plundered ecosystem deteriorates, resistance will increasingly be an act designed not to ensure the continuity of life but to stave off death for as long as possible.

Posted on Nov 24, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Seth Wenig

Feeding the Flame of Revolt

“Hactivist” Jeremy Hammond speaks out for his principles as a harsh sentence is imposed on him. His case exposes the deep fear the state now has of its own citizenry.

Posted on Nov 17, 2013 READ MORE


Chris Hedges: We Have to Atone for Turning Our Backs on People of Color

After a talk on the collapse of complex societies, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges answers an audience question: “How should people of color respond to the dying of a civilization that has not been civil to them?”

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Cook County Sheriff's Office

The Revolutionaries in Our Midst

The corporate state’s illegitimacy and destruction of privacy and civil liberties are spawning a class of young idealists such as Jeremy Hammond.

Posted on Nov 10, 2013 READ MORE



Imploding the Myth of Israel

Max Blumenthal’s “Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel” is one of the most fearless, honest and important books ever written about the Jewish state.

Posted on Nov 4, 2013 READ MORE


Chris Hedges on Christian Heretics

After his talk on the myth of human progress, the Truthdig columnist discussed the influence of religion on his work and why he views Christian conservatives as heretics.

Posted on Nov 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Our Invisible Revolution

The old ideas that justified global capitalism and the oligarchic elites are being discredited. At some point the battle occurring below the surface will explode.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta

Let’s Get This Class War Started

If we had paid attention to history we might understand the imperative of battling the rich.

Posted on Oct 20, 2013 READ MORE


Shutdown Winners and Losers

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer on the government un-shutdown, Chris Hedges on American collapse, a Florida teen is in jail for dating a girl, and Jesmyn Ward’s memoir of institutional racism.

Posted on Oct 18, 2013 READ MORE


Shutdown Winners and Losers

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer on the government un-shutdown, Chris Hedges on American collapse, a Florida teen is in jail for dating a girl, and Jesmyn Ward’s memoir of institutional racism.

Posted on Oct 18, 2013 READ MORE


Many Thanks to the Best Supporters on the Internet

We were reminded Sunday of the twin facts that make Truthdig possible. One, we have great writers like Chris Hedges, who can bring a capacity crowd to its feet while quoting Herman Melville. (The man is truly a great public intellectual.) We also have the best readers, listeners and donors in the business. Smart, informed and willing to pay a little bit to get in on a decent conversation.

Posted on Oct 14, 2013 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force/Yasuo Osakabe

The Folly of Empire

In dying empires like our own, the people glorify idiotic leaders and blissfully ignore the looming collapse.

Posted on Oct 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Chris Hedges Talks With Sonali Kolhatkar

In advance of his talk in Santa Monica this Sunday, the Truthdig columnist spoke with the host of KPFK’s “Uprising” about how the ongoing government shutdown “is illustrative of an entire system that is unraveling.”

Posted on Oct 11, 2013 READ MORE


Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer Discuss American Fascism

The two celebrated journalists discuss the collapse of vital institutions and the rise of demagogues and charlatans in post-meltdown America.

Posted on Oct 11, 2013 READ MORE


Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer Discuss American Fascism

The two celebrated journalists discuss the collapse of vital institutions and the rise of demagogues and charlatans in post-meltdown America.

Posted on Oct 11, 2013 READ MORE



AP/J. Scott Applewhite

The Radical Christian Right and the War on Government

The federal shutdown fits seamlessly into the long ideological war to reduce Washington’s role to little more than defense, internal security and the protection of property rights.

Posted on Oct 6, 2013 READ MORE



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The Sparks of Rebellion

The tinder for revolt will not be the same as in past industrialized societies. Guided by the revolutionists who came before us, we will have to create our own forms of resistance out of the wreckage of the corporate state.

Posted on Sep 30, 2013 READ MORE



Facebook/The Act of Killing

The Act of Killing

Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary about Indonesia’s 1965-66 bloodbath is a brilliant exploration of the twisted psychology of that nation’s mass murderers and their ongoing glorification.

Posted on Sep 23, 2013 READ MORE



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The Dead Rhetoric of War

After years on a drunken bender, Americans are awakening to lies masked in patriotism and glory.

Posted on Sep 16, 2013 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

The Origins of Our Police State

The unleashing of police on poor people of color in the “war on drugs” is the first step in the rise of totalitarianism.

Posted on Sep 16, 2013 READ MORE


Chris Hedges on Obama’s Intent With Syria

How does Obama’s decision to delay a congressional vote on a military strike fit into the U.S. government’s overall mission there? Are American leaders simply interested in weakening the Syrian government through a prolonged civil war?

Posted on Sep 14, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Bebeto Matthews

Cornel West and the Fight to Save the Black Prophetic Tradition

Verbal attacks largely by black supporters of President Obama are attempts not only to silence the activist but destroy a historical movement that exposes the president as an ideological heir of the “accommodationist” Booker T. Washington.

Posted on Sep 9, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta

Supreme Court Preview: A Storm Is on the Horizon

As the war clouds gather over Washington in preparation for airstrikes against Syria, the nine justices who sit on the Supreme Court have returned from summer break and are preparing to kick up a legal storm of their own as they resume their quest to radically transform federal law and the Constitution.

Posted on Sep 5, 2013 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

The Last Chance to Stop the NDAA

An “anti-terrorism” provision permits the military to seize U.S. citizens and hold them indefinitely. If the Supreme Court refuses to take up an appeal that I and fellow plaintiffs are filing, our nation will become a militarized state where all dissent is stifled.

Posted on Sep 2, 2013 READ MORE


Chris Hedges on Responding to Genocide in Syria

The Truthdig columnist went on The Real News Network to criticize Obama’s reliance on a gas attack on Syrian civilians last month as he attempts to start a unilateral war, an act which Hedges says “illustrates the rise of our imperial presidency.”

Posted on Sep 1, 2013 READ MORE


Hedges: Manning’s Conviction Part of a Larger Effort

The Real News Network got a comment from Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges after the announcement that young whistle-blower Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Posted on Aug 22, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Patrick Semansky

Bradley Manning and the Gangster State

The soldier’s 35-year sentence means the end of the rule of law. It terminates the ability of the press and the public to hold power accountable. And it presages the rise of a government under which the just will become criminals.

Posted on Aug 21, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Ahmed Gomaa

Murdering the Wretched of the Earth

The murderous assault by Egyptian security forces against supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi is not only an ideological battle, but a war waged against hundreds of millions of Muslim poor who find in radical Islam their only source of hope, meaning and dignity.

Posted on Aug 14, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Steve Miller

America’s Disappeared

The poor routinely vanish from city streets after encounters with police. They are swallowed up by jails and prisons for weeks, months or years for offenses often trivial or invented. These disruptions of lives have destroyed cohesion in urban communities, which live in heightened states of fear and troubling unrest.

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 READ MORE


Hedges, West Speak Out for Bradley Manning

Flanked by posters that read “Free Bradley Manning,” Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges and academic and activist Dr. Cornel West discussed the numerous implications of the Army private’s historic court-martial while also speaking out in support of the whistle-blower at a rally over the weekend in Washington, D.C.

Posted on Aug 7, 2013 READ MORE



Chris Hedges Will Return

Chris Hedges is off this week and will resume his column at the usual time next week. In the meantime, you can access all his previous columns, plus recent appearances, by clicking on this item.

Posted on Aug 4, 2013 READ MORE


Chris Hedges: ‘The Horror, the Horror’

In the final installment of Chris Hedges’ appearance on “Reality Asserts Itself” with Real News Network senior editor Paul Jay, viewers ask the Truthdig columnist questions, including about the American public’s complicity in the crimes of empire, if there’s any hope for Bradley Manning and whether the U.S. or Israel will attack Iran.

Posted on Jul 26, 2013 READ MORE


Chris Hedges on How to Move Forward

After a series of interviews discussing such issues as corporate control of America and the grim realities facing the economy and environment, the Real News Network’s Paul Jay asks the Truthdig columnist what he thinks is “the key link for what’s next.”

Posted on Jul 25, 2013 READ MORE


Chris Hedges: ‘Wall Street and Corporations Are Pulling the Strings’

In the latest installment of a series of interviews on The Real News Network’s “Reality Inserts Itself,” the Truthdig columnist says that the Democratic Party once looked out for the interests of labor and the poor. But that changed, he says, when Bill Clinton entered the White House, and it’s getting worse under President Obama.

Posted on Jul 23, 2013 READ MORE


Chris Hedges: ‘The Left Has Been Destroyed’

“In 2008, in a piece you wrote, ‘Why am I a socialist?’ you wrote this: ‘The inability to articulate a viable socialism has been our gravest mistake,” host Paul Jay says to the Truthdig columnist during the latest installment of an interview on The Real News Network’s “Reality Inserts Itself.” He then asks: “Do you still believe that?”

Posted on Jul 22, 2013 READ MORE


Chris Hedges: Flee Society’s Dazzling and Deadly Fantasies

The American people’s collective inability to overcome commercial illusion and confront the grim realities of the economic and environmental crises means they will remain slaves to fiction and its apocalyptic outcomes, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges told Paul Jay on The Real News Network’s new show, “Reality Asserts Itself.”

Posted on Jul 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Chris Hedges and Herman Melville Assault the Fruits of ‘Enlightenment’

A description of the lives of Polynesian islanders in Melville’s book “Typee” shows that the inhumanities of capitalism visible today and constantly attacked by Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges were plainly recognized in American literature of the mid-19th century.

Posted on Jul 20, 2013 READ MORE


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