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‘Russiagate’: When Progressives Sound Like Demagogues

The desire to resist President Trump has many people blaming our political predicament more on a foreign “enemy” than on powerful corporate forces at home.

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Antonio Gramsci and the Battle Against Fascism

The political philosopher’s condemnation of capitalism and his opposition to Mussolini have a special resonance in our time.

Posted on Jun 4, 2017 READ MORE



The Death of the Republic

The despotic forces that destroyed ancient Rome and other empires are destroying us. And removing Trump would not halt the disintegration.

Posted on May 21, 2017 READ MORE



The Feuding Kleptocrats

While the power elites—inside and outside of government—squabble over corporate health insurance they are demolishing the remnants of democratic institutions and programs.

Posted on Mar 26, 2017 READ MORE



The Culture of Cruelty in Trump’s America

The repressive state and market apparatus of the 19th century have returned with a vengeance, producing new levels of aggression and violence in U.S. society.

Posted on Mar 22, 2017 READ MORE



Suit Filed to Halt Trump’s Pro-Corporate Deregulation Scheme

A coalition of progressive groups tries to block the president’s order to roll back two regulations for every new one implemented.

Posted on Feb 8, 2017 READ MORE



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



Through a Looking Glass, Darkly

In the interest of forcing our collective faces back to the instructive commentary offered by the deep, dark, truthful mirror, I present this cartoon as a battle cry, calling to action the hearts and minds of better men and women poised and ready to fight peaceably for a kinder and more tolerant future.

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The New Slave Revolt

The work stoppages and hunger strikes being carried out in prisons across the country show that many of those locked in cages have a political consciousness we must begin to emulate.

Posted on Oct 9, 2016 READ MORE



Thinking Dangerously in the Age of Normalized Ignorance

What happens when the spheres of morality and spirituality give way to a savage market rationality?

Posted on Oct 6, 2016 READ MORE



Cast Your Vote: Which Corporation Most Deserves a Boycott?

Truthdig readers zeroed in on the negative effects of capitalism this week, as demonstrations against racial inequality flared up across the United States. We want to hear from you: Which corporation do you want to target for contributing to neoliberal disasters?

Posted on Sep 27, 2016 READ MORE



Police Killings Won’t Stop

The corporate state, which has destroyed traditional forms of social control such as stable employment and cohesive communities, has no intention of curbing police violence. Militarized police who can kill with impunity are all that lies between the corporate state and revolt.

Posted on Sep 25, 2016 READ MORE



The Courtiers and the Tyrants

We must not confuse the political elites who function as courtiers to corporate power with the tyrannical leaders who actually drive corporatism. Our real enemy, lurking behind the curtain, is usually faceless and anonymous.

Posted on Sep 18, 2016 READ MORE



Wall Street Is Prepared to Destroy Sacred Burial Grounds of the Sioux

The lineup of Dakota Access pipeline investors reads like a who’s who of the world’s big banksters. Their contributions continue a ruthless American tradition of racism, fascism and corporatism toward indigenous people and their land.

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Chris Hedges’ ‘On Contact’: The Cost of Austerity, With Economist Mark Blyth

On this week’s episode of “On Contact,” Truthdig columnist Hedges sits down with Brown University economist Blyth (pictured here) to discuss the detrimental impacts of austerity programs after the 2008 financial crisis.

Posted on Sep 12, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The Intellectuals We Abandon

The late political philosopher Sheldon Wolin explicated the mechanisms of control and manipulation used by the powerful. But those who most need to read his work have been left in darkness by an academy that has turned its back on the oppressed and caters to the elites. (Pictured, Wolin and James Baldwin, right.) 

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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



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.

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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.

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Welcome to 1984

The façade of democracy and the disempowerment of the citizenry by corporations has sparked a nationwide revolt. Elites, fearing unrest, will soon become ruthless. We must engage now in acts of sustained civic mobilization and civil disobedience or be crushed.

Posted on May 14, 2016 READ MORE



The Top 25 Hedge Fund Managers Earned $13 Billion in 2015

As many companies lost billions or closed, Kenneth Griffin and James Simons made $1.7 billion each—more than some nations.

Posted on May 11, 2016 READ MORE



Calling Corporate-Backed Deals an ‘Indisputable’ Good, Obama Makes Pitch for TTIP

Sitting next to Chancellor Angela Merkel during a summit in Germany, the U.S. president continued to ignore opponents as he defended the controversial agreement with European nations.

Posted on Apr 24, 2016 READ MORE



New York Congressional Candidate Zephyr Teachout Is Trying to Stop the ‘Chickenization’ of America

Whether he wins or loses the Democratic nomination, the fate of Bernie Sanders’ progressive revolution rests in the hands of congressional candidates like Teachout, who also want to restore to people and localities power that has been consolidated by corporations.

Posted on Apr 21, 2016 READ MORE



The Oilman Who Loved Dictators, or How Texaco Supported Fascism

Not one of the hundreds of foreign correspondents who chronicled the bombing of Madrid during the Spanish Civil War looked up at the ominous V-shaped formations of Hitler’s bombers and wondered: Whose fuel is powering those aircraft?

Posted on Mar 21, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: ‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges and Jill Stein Confront the ‘Corporate Leviathan’

In the first installment of this two-part series for teleSUR’s “Days of Revolt,” host and Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges and Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein identified the problem: the “corporate leviathan,” a bought two-party political system. In this episode, they discuss solutions.

Posted on Feb 24, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Flint’s Crisis Is About More Than Water

The thousands of Michigan children who were knowingly poisoned were victims of an American moral malaise: Our nation has bred generations of bureaucrats who are blind to values other than self-advancement and profit.

Posted on Feb 7, 2016 READ MORE


AUDIO: Robert Scheer Interviews Ralph Nader, Consumer Advocate and Voice Against Corporate Power

By Robert Scheer

In this week’s episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” the Truthdig editor-in-chief’s podcast on KCRW, Nader talks about the rise of Bernie Sanders and the conditions he believes that Sanders must set in order to endorse Hillary Clinton in the event she wins the Democratic nomination.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



2015 in Review: Truthdig’s Best Columns of the Year

At the start of 2016, Truthdig takes a look at some of the columns we published last year that were our favorites.

Posted on Jan 2, 2016 READ MORE



At 70, Baby Boomers Face a New Acid Test

Can a generation that turned the world on its ear in so many ways conquer the cancer of corporate domination?

Posted on Dec 30, 2015 READ MORE



The Plutocrats Are Winning. Don’t Let Them!

The vast inequality that the plutocrats and the oligarchs are creating is a death sentence for government by consent of the people. This is the fight of our lives, and how it ends is up to us.

Posted on Dec 28, 2015 READ MORE



U.S. Congress to Corporations: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

The “good things” in the budget bill and tax cut package “come at far too high a price.”

Posted on Dec 17, 2015 READ MORE



How Illinois’ Super-Rich Governor and His Cronies Are Changing the State

If the recent political trends in Illinois serve as a test case for the rest of the country, we’re in for big trouble.

Posted on Nov 29, 2015 READ MORE



The Age of the Demagogues

The collapse of our political and cultural institutions has turned charlatans and thugs such as presidential hopeful Donald Trump into viable candidates.

Posted on Nov 29, 2015 READ MORE



Home, Sweet Kleptocracy: Kabul in America

Many citizens regard their government at all levels with a weary combination of cynicism and contempt. Fundamentalist groups respond by calling for a return to religious values and the imposition of religious law. What country is this?

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 READ MORE



‘Right Out of California’ Book Review: On the Big Business Roots of Modern Conservatism

In her look at California labor disputes during the Depression, Kathryn Olmsted reveals a mirror reflected across eight decades: Even the government’s most modest policies on behalf of the poor were met with hysteria by the right.

Posted on Nov 13, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: What Happens When You Ask People in the Regular Economy to Work for Free?

Toronto ad agency Zulu Alpha Kilo asked restaurateurs, personal trainers and architects to provide some of their product or service for free so shoppers could decide whether to buy it. “Get out of here” was one cook’s response.

Posted on Nov 7, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Rep. Jason Chaffetz Uses House Leadership Power to Protect His Drug Company Backers

Republican Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Governmental Reform, has been accused of protecting drug companies Valeant and Turing Pharmaceuticals from a congressional investigation into alleged price gouging.

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 READ MORE



Leaked Map Reveals Big Gas Is Setting Its Sights on the Most Biodiverse Place on Earth

A private energy corporation based in Argentina is eyeing Manú National Park in Peru’s Amazon, where the biodiversity “exceeds that of any other place on earth.”

Posted on Oct 24, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: Youth in Authoritarian Times: Challenging Neoliberalism’s Politics of Disposability

A kind of infantilism now shapes daily life as adults take on the role of unthinking children while children are subject to a range of disciplinary pressures that saddle them with debt and cripple their ability to be imaginative.

Posted on Oct 23, 2015 READ MORE



The Influence Machine

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, far from being a “small town organization that helps keep Main Street clean,” is a hard-right ideological force, arguably the “single most influential organization in American politics” outside of the two major parties.

Posted on Oct 16, 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



In Alternative Energy Tussle, Obama Takes On Kochs, Fossil Fuel Companies

President Obama is letting it be known that he isn’t on the same side as David and Charles Koch and Big Oil when it comes to their approach to keeping consumers hooked on fossil fuels and discouraging them from exploring other options.

Posted on Aug 25, 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



Whole Foods Co-CEOs’ Mea Culpa: ‘We Made Some Mistakes’

Now that Whole Foods’ tag-team CEOs Walter Robb and John Mackey have admitted that “inadvertent” mistakes were made in raising prices on products in New York City stores, it remains to be seen whether consumers will buy their explanation.

Posted on Jul 2, 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 WATCH & LISTEN



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



When Police Harass Citizens, Are Corporations Getting What They Pay For?

Through a security services agreement, the operator of a natural gas plant in Maryland funds the salaries of 10 sheriff’s deputies. When officers’ badges flip from public to private, citizens can justifiably ask, “Whom do you work for?”

Posted on Jun 7, 2015 READ MORE



A Corporate Cult Captures and Thwarts Our Best Graduates

Society’s educated, humane members are being systematically sucked into a destructive reorientation program orchestrated by and for the benefit of a corporate establishment centered on the practices of finance and management, writes veteran journalist George Monbiot at The Guardian.

Posted on Jun 4, 2015 READ MORE


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