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The Damage of Today’s Ethos of Doing Whatever It Takes to Win Is Incalculable

By stretching the boundaries of what’s acceptable, Donald Trump, John McCain and many others just like them have undermined prevailing norms and weakened the tacit rules of the game, all of which has trapped us in a vicious cycle of public distrust.

Posted on Oct 23, 2016 READ MORE


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Final Presidential Debate Showed That the 2016 Election Is a Low Point for American Democracy

Based on what was said Wednesday night and what was left unaddressed, the two major-party candidates’ last faceoff was far removed from many Americans’ actual concerns and interests.

Posted on Oct 20, 2016 READ MORE

Is Your Vote Being Thrown in the Trash?

Provisional ballots, meant to ensure that all Americans can exercise one of their most essential of rights, often are tossed out.

Posted on Oct 17, 2016 READ MORE

Donald Trump Is More Dangerous to the GOP Now Than He Was Before the Second Debate

Everything Trump did to turn off swing voters complicated the efforts of Republicans who want to drive him out of the race or cut him loose from the rest of the party’s ticket.

Posted on Oct 10, 2016 READ MORE

Is It Possible That Democracy Doesn’t Work?

It’s a reasonable question to ask amid the xenophobia of Brexit, Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and the election of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who gleefully compares himself to Hitler.

Posted on Oct 6, 2016 READ MORE

Seriously, Stop Bullying People Who Won’t Vote for Hillary

Journalist Ted Rall explains why he can’t stomach voting for Hillary Clinton; we live in the illusion of democracy, not the actual thing; skeletons discovered in Roman ruins in England raise questions about human history. These items and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 4, 2016 READ MORE

We Can’t Have War Without Racism. We Can Have a World Without Both.

The U.S. military encourages terms such as “camel jockey” or “raghead” to demean freedom fighters in the deserts of the Middle East. And all the while it proclaims itself a beacon of freedom and democracy, a fairy tale not believed much outside its own borders.

Posted on Sep 29, 2016 READ MORE

Lester Holt’s Big Lie About the Commission on Presidential Debates Is a Problem in U.S. Politics

The most egregious falsehood in the first 2016 presidential debate was from the moderator. The CPD is not nonpartisan, and this fact is helping to kill our democracy. Here’s what can be done about the problem.

Posted on Sep 27, 2016 READ MORE

Which Voters Show Up When States Allow Early Voting?

One-third of voters took advantage of early-voting options in 2012. But does so-called “convenience voting” increase turnout overall and minority turnout in particular?

Posted on Sep 25, 2016 READ MORE

North Dakota vs. Amy Goodman: Journalism Is Not a Crime

The Dakota Access pipeline story is critical to the fate of people and the planet. It’s about climate change—and about indigenous rights conflicting with corporate and government power.

Posted on Sep 15, 2016 READ MORE

We the Plutocrats vs. We the People

How would I help my fellow Americans recoup their sanity, come home to democracy, and help build the sort of moral compact embodied in the preamble to the Constitution, that declaration of America’s intent and identity?

Posted on Sep 12, 2016 READ MORE

Donald Trump’s ‘To Be Determined’ Approach Threatens Democracy’s Ideal

Have a candidate’s political strategists ever before treated their candidate like a rambunctious child and spoken of their pride that they finally coaxed him to “stay on message”?

Posted on Sep 3, 2016 READ MORE

In Impeachment Trial, Dilma Rousseff Makes Defiant Final Plea to Salvage Brazil’s Democracy (Video)

The Brazilian president is about to be impeached by a corrupt Senate. As the country’s media attempt to make the move seem legitimate, journalist Glenn Greenwald explains why Rousseff is right that the entire proceedings are a threat to democracy.

Posted on Aug 30, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Democracy in America Is a Useful Fiction

Long before the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, corporate forces carried out a slow-motion coup d’état. Now the coup is over. We lost.

Posted on Aug 23, 2016 READ MORE

A Nonpolitical Moment of Humanity at Dilworth Park in Philadelphia

Sometimes, we need to pause and remind ourselves what is poetic about who we are as people as compared to what we pretend to be as partisans.

Posted on Jul 27, 2016 READ MORE

Turkish People-Power Foils Attempted Coup

Among the reasons for the failure of the overthrow attempt by Turkey’s military was the determined stance of the people, who stood up for their democracy even though about half of them deeply dislike President Erdogan.

Posted on Jul 16, 2016 READ MORE

Reimagine and Rebuild Our Broken Democracy—in Time for the Nation’s 250th Anniversary

The heavy chains of “present political possibility” should be cast off. In just 10 years, it will be the 250th birthday of the United States, and it is time to create a new political system.

Posted on Jul 5, 2016 READ MORE

The Real Reason Labour Elites and Commentators Hate Jeremy Corbyn and the Movement Behind Him

American anthropologist David Graeber digs beneath the superficial justifications for the Labour Party’s failed “chicken coup,” as it’s now being called, to understand the true reasons why members of Parliament and political commentators want Corbyn out.

Posted on Jul 5, 2016 READ MORE

Matt Taibbi Warns That an ‘Even Less Responsive Oligarchy’ Could Follow a Trump Defeat

Another terrifying movement has risen in response to right-wing demagoguery; a University of Michigan professor is suing the U.S. government over “the law that killed Aaron Swartz”; meanwhile, five lawyers are responsible for 440 death sentences. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 4, 2016 READ MORE

I Have a Big Idea for Hillary

Hillary Clinton needs a big idea that gives her presidential candidacy a purpose and rationale—and, if she’s elected, a mandate to get something hugely important done.

Posted on Jun 20, 2016 READ MORE

This Is Not a Democracy: How the Sanders-Clinton Contest in California Failed Voters

Millions of Americans who might have voted for Bernie Sanders have been hoodwinked into thinking our election process is fair and impartial.

Posted on Jun 14, 2016 READ MORE

Class of 2016, Tell Us Who We Are

Graduates, we need you to take these last four hard years and everything you know, including what you weren’t taught in any classroom, and tell those of us in desperate need of fresh eyes just how our world should be described.

Posted on Jun 6, 2016 READ MORE

Huge Majority of Americans Are Frustrated, Angry, Helpless—You Name It—Due to 2016 Elections

Americans do not see either the Republicans or the Democrats as particularly receptive to new ideas or the views of the rank-and-file membership, according to a recent poll.

Posted on Jun 2, 2016 READ MORE

How the Internet Is Empowering the Grass Roots and Transforming Democracy

While super PACs and superdelegates have been the focus of the public’s attention and frustration, an overlooked narrative is how eager people—especially the young—experience and participate in the political process in nontraditional ways.

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 READ MORE

‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges, Lynne Stewart and Ralph Poynter on the Evolution of Radicalism

Stewart and Poynter, a couple with a long history of fighting for human rights, explain how things have changed since the political activism of the 1960s and ’70s.

Posted on May 31, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Chris Hedges on the Legacy of Rosa Luxemburg (Video)

At Left Forum 2016, Truthdig contributor Chris Hedges explained how the early 20th-century revolutionary socialist’s philosophies are relevant to today’s struggle against capitalism.

Posted on May 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Truthdiggers of the Week: Brazilians Protesting Dissolution of the Ministry of Culture

Artists and others are fighting the interim Temer government’s move folding the cultural department into the Ministry of Education as part of an austerity plan. It is “a direct attack on this society,” one said.

Posted on May 21, 2016 READ MORE

Media, Democratic Establishment Exploit Nevada Uproar to Diss Bernie Sanders

State party leader Roberta Lange’s arbitrary behavior could have had no other result than to infuriate the Sanders faithful.

Posted on May 18, 2016 READ MORE

Brazil’s Interim President Takes Power With Conservative All-White, All-Male Cabinet

Brazil’s former vice president assumed the role of interim president Thursday after the country’s Senate voted to suspend President Dilma Rousseff.

Posted on May 14, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Barring Prisoners From Voting Undermines Democracy

In most states, people’s firsthand experience of the criminal justice system can’t be part of the political debate on how to reform it.

Posted on May 13, 2016 READ MORE

Members of Congress Call for an End to Voter Suppression

Nine legislators, their staff and 200 activists packed the hearing room of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee to standing room only recently to demand an end to mass voter suppression and the manipulation of U.S. elections.

Posted on Apr 30, 2016 READ MORE

The Math of Democracy

Posted on Apr 28, 2016 ENLARGE

Here Are Four Ways to Fight for Democracy

As we slog through another negative, money-saturated presidential campaign, Americans are doing everything they can to let their leaders know they are fed up.

Posted on Apr 26, 2016 READ MORE

A Conversation With Robert Scheer: Larry Flynt Is With Hillary Clinton (Multimedia)

By Eric Ortiz

Love him or hate him, the Hustler publisher has never compromised his beliefs. He shared them—including why he wants the former secretary of state to be president—during a visit to Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer’s communications class at the University of Southern California.

Posted on Apr 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Voting With Our Feet

Bernie Sanders will soon be urging us to support Hillary Clinton in the presidential election. But the Democratic Party, along with a bankrupt liberalism, is as dangerous as Donald Trump. It is time to vote with our feet—by taking to the streets against the corrupt power elite. 

Posted on Mar 20, 2016 READ MORE

The Graveyard of the Elites

The establishment structure is sliding toward its death, and the foremost sign of this is the silly and sickening display of “junk politics” that we call an election campaign.

Posted on Feb 28, 2016 READ MORE

Fair and Prosperous Socialism in America May Be Closer Than You Think

Historian and activist Gar Alperovitz argues that many socialist institutions exist in the U.S. with the support of both liberal and conservative citizens and politicians—and many more are in the making.

Posted on Feb 27, 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

VIDEO: ‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges, Jill Stein Take On the Scam of American Politics

Hedges and the Green Party presidential candidate explore the problems plaguing American politics, including the essential dysfunction of a two-party system, the staged hypocrisy of the presidential debates and the lack of difference between Republicans and Democrats.

Posted on Feb 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

VIDEO: John McCain Admits Bernie Sanders Is Right About Income Inequality

In a recent interview, the Arizona senator discussed Americans’ frustration with unemployment and income inequality, adding, “I’m beginning to sound like Bernie Sanders.”

Posted on Feb 9, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Let’s Ask Obama to Give This Speech Next

It’s time for the president to make federal contractors disclose their political spending.

Posted on Jan 29, 2016 READ MORE

This Is the Most Pragmatic Way to Fix American Democracy

The Democratic contest has repeatedly been characterized as a choice between Hillary Clinton’s “pragmatism” and Bernie Sanders’ “idealism”—with the not-so-subtle message that realists choose pragmatism over idealism. But this way of framing the choice ignores the biggest reality of all.

Posted on Jan 28, 2016 READ MORE

Rallying for Bernie Sanders, Seminar-Style

Pundits say voter anger is what characterizes this year’s presidential race, but it was a different story at a recent Sanders campaign gathering in Beverly Hills, where the candidate’s supporters quietly sought serious answers to issues including health insurance, fracking and campaign finance.

Posted on Jan 25, 2016 READ MORE

Citizens United Anniversary: How Anthony Kennedy Turned American Democracy Into an ‘Open Sewer’

The Supreme Court justice masterminded the 2010 decision to undo a century of public-interest regulation of campaign expenditures in the name of “free speech.” He had every reason to know how damaging that decision would prove to be.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 READ MORE

Ultra-Rich ‘Philanthrocapitalist’ Class Undermining Global Democracy, Study Says

As foundations and wealthy individuals funnel money into global development, what “solutions” are they pursuing?

Posted on Jan 17, 2016 READ MORE

‘Democracy in America’

“What good does it do me, after all,” asks Alexis de Toqueville in his classic book, “if an ever-watchful authority ... races ahead of me to ward off all danger, sparing me the need even to think about such things, if that authority ... is also absolute master of my liberty and my life?”

Posted on Jan 4, 2016 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

Will Yanis Varoufakis Find a New Role on the World Stage?

Together with “a variety of good folks across Europe,” the former Greek finance minister is working to build “a pan-European democratic movement, call it a party, call it what you will,” that transcends national political parties.

Posted on Dec 26, 2015 READ MORE

50,000 Hit Streets of Poland to Rally Against ‘Creeping Coup d’Etat’

“My freedom and everybody else’s freedom is in danger,” says a protester.

Posted on Dec 13, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Look Who’s Buying American Democracy

According to an investigation by The New York Times, half of all the money contributed so far to Democratic and Republican presidential candidates—$176 million—has come from just 158 families, along with the companies they own or control. Who are these people?

Posted on Dec 8, 2015 READ MORE

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