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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


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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


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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


VIDEO: Bernie Sanders Champions Democratic Socialism in Major Speech at Georgetown

The Democratic presidential candidate presented himself as heir to the populist legacy of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the clearest articulation yet of his political philosophy and vision for the United States.

Posted on Nov 20, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



What Socialism Means to Bernie Sanders—and You

Once upon a time, socialists running for president in the United States had to explain that while they had no chance of actually winning an election, their campaigns were aimed at “educating” voters—about socialism.

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 READ MORE



How Unions Fight Inequality and Strengthen Democracy

A reinvigorated labor movement is essential to both a just economy and a well-functioning democracy. It deserves widespread attention—and should inspire concerted action.

Posted on Nov 2, 2015 READ MORE



Missed Chance to ‘End Dictatorship’ as Erdogan Claims Victory in Turkey

“I’m horrified,” said one young voter in Istanbul. “I don’t want to live in this country anymore because I don’t know what is awaiting us.”

Posted on Nov 1, 2015 READ MORE



Sheldon Wolin and Inverted Totalitarianism

America’s most important contemporary political theorist, who died Oct. 21, warned that militarists and corporate capitalists, obsessed with creating a global empire, would extinguish our democracy. We should have heeded his warning. 

Posted on Nov 1, 2015 READ MORE


Brain Surgery









Posted on Nov 1, 2015 ENLARGE


Idiocracy









Posted on Nov 1, 2015 ENLARGE



Truthdigger of the Week: Bidhya Devi Bhandari, Nepal’s First Female President

Bhandari’s pro-democracy campaigning is helping to end the oppressive legacies of a monarchy that lasted 240 years in the country she now heads.

Posted on Oct 31, 2015 READ MORE



Federal Judge Throws Out Lawsuit by ACLU and Nation Magazine Against the NSA

In dismissing the plaintiffs’ claim that they were threatened by unwarranted surveillance, the judge ludicrously reasoned that, because the NSA did not admit to its spying, the plaintiffs’ fears were “subjective.”

Posted on Oct 24, 2015 READ MORE



The People vs. Citizens United: 7 Steps to Reversing Runaway Political Spending

The struggle against the corporate stranglehold on our democracy won’t be conducted in courtrooms or legislatures. It will arise from below, in organized, mass demands for change.

Posted on Oct 20, 2015 READ MORE



Nobel Prize Recognizes Role of Labor Unions and the Left in Tunisia’s Democratic Transition

How many American news reports about the Nobel Peace Prize given to the Tunisian Quartet that pushed the country toward democracy and compromise will mention that two of the four organizations so honored are national labor unions of workers?

Posted on Oct 13, 2015 READ MORE



Sonali Kolhatkar in L.A. Times on Turmoil at KPFK Pacifica Radio: ‘A Micro-Version of Greece’

If management at KPFK Pacifica Radio were to pick a comparison inspired by recent world events to illustrate the current status of their operation, they probably wouldn’t settle on Greece. But that’s just the route that an op-ed article by Sonali Kolhatkar took.

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Noam Chomsky: Markets Aren’t ‘Democratic’— They Radically Restrict Choice in Important Ways

In this short clip from a History Channel documentary, the renowned linguist and activist explains how markets actually bring out the worst in humans by turning us into people “dedicated to maximizing individual gain, not social concern.”

Posted on Sep 15, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: Noam Chomsky: Capitalism in Most Forms Is Inconsistent With Democracy

The renowned linguist and activist explains the only way that capitalism could be compatible with democracy.

Posted on Aug 11, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



If Big Data Drives Policy, Just What Are We Voting For?

Excessive reliance on data could influence even well-meaning politicians to lose sight of small-d democratic goals.

Posted on Jul 20, 2015 READ MORE


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