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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


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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.

Posted on Sep 16, 2016 READ MORE

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.) 

Posted on Sep 4, 2016 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Jun 12, 2016 READ MORE

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

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

VIDEO: Scheer and Hedges: For the Corporatist State, Information Is Control (Part 4/7)

In this installment of their seven-part interview series posted on The Real News Network, Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and columnist Chris Hedges drill into the motivations for the collusion between big tech companies and the U.S. government. The end result: Control of Americans’ data leads to control of citizens themselves.

Posted on May 26, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Our Mania for Hope Is a Curse

Our corporate masters know that our obsession with hope—the irrational belief we are headed toward some glorious future—causes us to ignore reality and remain disempowered. And this is why they peddle the myth of inevitable progress across the cultural and political spectrum.

Posted on May 24, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Scheer and Hedges on Surveillance, Corporatism and the National Security State (Part 3/7)

Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer continue their conversation for The Real News Network about Scheer’s latest book, “They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy.” In this segment, they discuss whether there is room for optimism vis-à-vis the surveillance of American citizens and the plunder of personal data by the fused corporate-political state.

Posted on May 21, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

VIDEO:  Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges on How the Private Sector Buys and Sells Your Privacy

As Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer points out to Chris Hedges in this interview for The Real News Network, the safeguards written into the U.S. Constitution to protect Americans against abuses of their civil liberties don’t exactly apply to violations by the private sector.

Posted on May 19, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

AUDIO: What Does Chris Hedges Really Want From Us? (Updated)

In advance of the May 12 release of Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges’ new book, “Wages of Rebellion,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer asks Hedges what he’s really asking people to do when he urges them to revolt. Update: Transcript added.

Posted on May 9, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Make the Rich Panic

As we saw in Baltimore, the corporate elites who hold absolute power react only when they become afraid. And they become afraid only when we take to the streets.

Posted on May 3, 2015 READ MORE

Rise of the New Black Radicals

A new generation of young black radicals is opting for revolution—a generation that sees through the facade of the corporate state and has rejected as sellouts Obama, Sharpton, Jackson, Dyson and others among the African-American political elite.

Posted on Apr 26, 2015 READ MORE

How America Became an Oligarchy

At the core of the doctrine that all people have “certain inalienable rights” is the right to vote. But the collective will of American voters no longer prevails. And private banking is largely to blame.

Posted on Apr 8, 2015 READ MORE

Journalism as Subversion

The journalist P. Sainath has worked for more than 20 years to amplify the voices and lives of the rural poor of India as corporate-controlled media have attempted to erase them from history. (Pictured, an Indian farmer in his damaged field.)

Posted on Mar 22, 2015 READ MORE

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