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We Disrupted the Supreme Court to Protest Money in Politics

We’ll be sentenced Monday for an act of civil disobedience that was neither violent nor angry. Rather it was a plea to government to be responsive to the people.

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Forget Russia. The Damage to American Democracy Is ‘Homegrown and Self-Actualized.’

Media critic Norman Solomon says the Democratic Party’s Russia fixation—and blaming Vladimir Putin for everything that went wrong in 2016—ignores vital messaging on important issues.

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Thousands in Poland Protest Judicial Reforms

According to opponents of the Polish government, new legislation violates judicial independence and the rule of law.

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Trump Bet Americans Would Like His Un-Presidential Antics. He May Be Right.

Is America one big con game?

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When Democrats Crushed Occupy: A Cautionary Tale (Video)

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer speaks about the failures of the Democratic Party and the establishment politics that led to Donald Trump’s victory.

Posted on Jul 11, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Trump’s Poland Speech Denounced for ‘Triumph of the Will’ Undertones

In a speech at the site of the Warsaw Uprising Monument on Thursday, the president proclaimed that “the fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive.”

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Illuminating the Darkness in the Age of Despair

In a U.K. commencement speech, the author urges grads to “confront the poisonous authoritarianism that is emerging in many countries today.” (Pictured, an anti-Trump march in London.)

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Health Care 2017: A Physician’s Perspective

Most doctors will say that the system is broken, and that only activist citizens can restore a sane, rational method of governance and problem-solving to America.

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Thinking Dangerously: The Role of Higher Education in Authoritarian Times

Any viable attempt at developing democratic politics must address the role of education and civic literacy as central to politics itself.

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For the Left, Trump’s Obstruction Probe Is a Call to Action

Robert Mueller’s investigation is about more than ousting the president. It’s about respecting democratic institutions and protecting constitutional norms.

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Why Does the U.S. Hate Iran? Think Oil and Strategic Power.

Iran is a paragon of human rights, democracy and social liberty compared with some of our Middle Eastern allies. But our policymakers aren’t letting that sway them.

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Democrats Have a Bigger Problem Than Jill Stein

The Green Party’s 2016 presidential nominee has been popping up in headlines again, drawing renewed ire from Democrats for her role in the election.

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Chris Hedges on How to Create Effective Resistance to Fascism (Video)

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges, drawing on history and his own experience, outlines how to effectively oppose the Trump regime.

Posted on Jun 9, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


How Media Monopolies Are Undermining Democracy and Threatening Net Neutrality

In this week’s “Scheer Intelligence,” host and Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer interviews former FCC associate general counsel Mark Lloyd about why a fair, open media is crucial to maintaining democracy. Transcript added.

Posted on Jun 9, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



The Trump Doctrine: Up-Yours-Ism!

A chip-on-the-shoulder attitude prevails at the White House. It could destroy the country.

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Media Consolidation Is a Threat to Democracy

The problem is more than conservative bias. Many broadcast stations also fail to cover important issues in their local communities.

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Noam Chomsky on Climate Change, Foreign Policy and ‘the Facade of Trumpisms’ (Video)

The acclaimed political critic and philosopher delves into a number of pressing subjects in a special hour-long talk with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now!

Posted on Jun 1, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Little Big Man

Donald Trump is a messenger from the gods, teaching us just how deeply disturbed our American world is.

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Roger Ailes: The Man Who Destroyed Objectivity

Arguably the most significant political figure of his generation, Ailes transformed journalism, politics and the U.S. government.

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Six Things Trump Does Not Understand About His Job

Mistaking the presidency for a personal business has delivered the Trump White House into failure.

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How U.S. Military Bases Back Dictators and Military Regimes

Critics of President Trump’s public support for authoritarian rulers generally ignore the long-standing support U.S. presidents have offered repressive regimes over the decades.

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Trump Shows His Hand in Firing Comey

More indicators of the president’s march toward a police state and the destruction of democracy are evident in his ouster of the FBI director.

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Donald Trump’s Ajit (Pai)-Prop

Behind the headline-grabbing chaos, decades of progressive policy achievements are being quietly undone by the army of loyalists, such as new FCC head Ajit Pai, that Trump is assembling around him.

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From Bill Maher to Sigmund Freud: A Very Unfunny Look at the Enduring Politics of Hate

Freud’s insights—from his writings and exchanges with Albert Einstein more than eight decades ago—offer a crucial perspective into America’s current political crisis.

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Fighting for Privacy as Technology Monopolies Undermine Democracy

Author Jonathan Taplin joins Truthdig Publisher Zuade Kaufman, Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and the editorial team Thursday to discuss how tech giants are destroying privacy rights—and how Americans can fight back.

Posted on May 4, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


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The First 100 Days: Trump and the Degradation of the Presidency

The president’s failure to accomplish little of his agenda during his first months in office is striking. But we should not forget the vast harm he has done in this short time.

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Shutting Down American-Style Authoritarianism

The horrors unfolding under the Trump administration are abetted by liberals who still believe that capitalism and democracy are synonymous.

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Islamic State-Linked Coup Against Indonesian President Is Backed by Trump Allies, Report Says

According to The Intercept, supporters of the coup movement include Donald Trump political supporter Fadli Zon and business partner Hary Tanoesoedibjo (commonly known as Hary Tanoe).

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Could Proportional Representation Save French and American Democracies?

If he becomes president, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, known as France’s Bernie Sanders, hopes to change his country’s electoral process for good. 

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A Radical Message From a Half-Century Ago

The largest mobilization for progressive politics since the Vietnam era offers an opportunity to go beyond treating symptoms and start offering cures for underlying illnesses.

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Tech Giants Are Destroying Privacy, Producing Inequality and Undermining Democracy

Author Jonathan Taplin discusses how novelist Ayn Rand’s cruel libertarianism has permeated Google, Amazon, Facebook and the White House.

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The Price of Resistance

To stand with the oppressed means being treated like the oppressed.

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Turkey’s Democracy Is in Trouble as Leader Erdogan Gains More Power With Constitutional Change

Sunday’s referendum results will move the country to a system that potentially gives Erdogan enough political longevity to eventually achieve his desired “dictatorship Lite.”

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The World According to Trump Is Becoming Increasingly Dangerous—and His Actions Are One Reason

As commander in chief, the president is empowered to manage the military might of the nation. But he is not empowered to initiate warfare on his own.

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A New, Progressive Form of Federalism Is Spreading With the GOP in Control

To derail Donald Trump’s domestic agenda, the left is bolstering the autonomy of states and cities to protect minorities, the poor, the undocumented and our ecosystems.

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John Oliver on How Representatives Choose Their Voters, Rather Than the Other Way Around (Video)

The “Last Week Tonight” host points out how nuts it is that the U.S. is a nation in which politicians have more sway than constituents, thanks to a five-syllable word.

Posted on Apr 10, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Bannon, Kushner and Trump’s Upside-Down Philosophy

We’re likely to be left with the worst of both worlds: Stephen Bannon’s brand of anti-establishment populism alongside Jared Kushner’s oligarchical Republicanism.

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U.N. Experts: Americans’ Right to Protest Is in Danger Under Trump

Since Donald Trump was elected president, at least 19 states have introduced bills that attack freedom of peaceful assembly and expression.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Slain Mexican Journalist Miroslava Breach Velducea

Known for her reporting on corruption, organized crime, femicides and human rights abuses, Breach was called the “uncomfortable” journalist for writing truths that made many in power uneasy.

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The Deep State, Explained

America’s Deep State is harder to find than those abroad but could get stronger under Trump.

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The Extraordinary Lynne Stewart

The late attorney demonstrated a lifelong commitment to defending controversial, poor, unpopular victims of injustice.

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