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Crowdsourcing Our Way Out of the Democracy Crisis

An increasing number of Americans are getting fed up with the phony democracy that exists in the United States. Across the nation people are engaging in democracy rebellions as they re-examine the nation’s roots, especially with the 4th of July weekend recently passing.

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An Exceptional Decline for the Exceptional Country?

For America’s national security state, this is the age of impunity. Nothing it does—torture, kidnapping, assassination, illegal surveillance, you name it—will ever be brought to court. For none of its beyond-the-boundaries acts will anyone be held accountable.

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 READ MORE



How Washington Protects Itself and the Corporate Sector

The question of how foreign policy is determined is a crucial one in world affairs. I can only provide a few hints as to how I think the subject can be productively explored.

Posted on Jul 3, 2014 READ MORE



Ending Empire Is as Crucial as Confronting Wall Street

In the last week, there has been a rapid march toward military action in Iraq despite widespread opposition to more war among the U.S. population. One concern is that it would require more military spending despite immense and unmet needs for funding in a broad array of areas at home.

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Chris Hedges: In Ukraine, Washington Uses Fake Evidence as Usual

“There is, as with any government, an official narrative that they seek to disseminate to the public and get the press to adopt,” the Truthdig columnist told RT host Sophie Shevardnadze.

Posted on Apr 28, 2014 READ MORE



A New World Order?

Increasingly, the unitary status of states is being called into question. Civil war, violence, and internecine struggles of various sorts are visibly on the rise. In many cases, state power seems to be draining away to no other state’s gain. So here’s one question: Where exactly is power located on our planet right now?

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The Two Faces of Empire

The captain ready to drive himself and all around him to ruin in the hunt for a white whale has been used as an exemplar of unhinged American power. But what’s really frightening is our soberest politicians, scholars, journalists, professionals, and managers, men and women who enable the wars, devastate the planet, and rationalize the atrocities.

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Surveillance and Scandal

The NSA’s global panopticon fulfills an ancient dream of empire. With a few computer key strokes, the agency has solved the problem that has bedeviled world powers since at least the time of Caesar Augustus: how to control unruly local leaders—who are the foundation for imperial rule—by ferreting out crucial, often scurrilous, information to make them more malleable.

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 READ MORE



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Mistaking Omniscience for Omnipotence

At the moment, Washington seems to be operating in a world in which the more you know about the secret lives of others, the less powerful you turn out to be.

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Shutdown Winners and Losers

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer on the government un-shutdown, Chris Hedges on American collapse, a Florida teen is in jail for dating a girl, and Jesmyn Ward’s memoir of institutional racism.

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Shutdown Winners and Losers

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer on the government un-shutdown, Chris Hedges on American collapse, a Florida teen is in jail for dating a girl, and Jesmyn Ward’s memoir of institutional racism.

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U.S. Air Force/Yasuo Osakabe

The Folly of Empire

In dying empires like our own, the people glorify idiotic leaders and blissfully ignore the looming collapse.

Posted on Oct 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Three Good Reasons To Liquidate Our Empire

The failure to begin to deal with our bloated military establishment and the profligate use of it in missions for which it is hopelessly inappropriate will, sooner rather than later, condemn the United States to a devastating trio of consequences: imperial overstretch, perpetual war, and insolvency, leading to a likely collapse similar to that of the former Soviet Union.

Posted on Aug 23, 2013 READ MORE


Yes We Could. So Why Don’t We?

That hoary fable has it wrong. Frogs have the sense to hop out of heating pots. We Americans don’t. Degree by degree over decades, we’ve been scalded senseless. It is time to snap out of our stupor.

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 READ MORE


Chris Hedges: ‘The Horror, the Horror’

In the final installment of Chris Hedges’ appearance on “Reality Asserts Itself” with Real News Network senior editor Paul Jay, viewers ask the Truthdig columnist questions, including about the American public’s complicity in the crimes of empire, if there’s any hope for Bradley Manning and whether the U.S. or Israel will attack Iran.

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‘Iraq Invades the United States’ and Other Headlines

March 9. On this early morning in 1916, Pancho Villa crossed the border with his horsemen, set fire to the city of Columbus, killed several soldiers, nabbed a few horses and guns, and the following day was back in Mexico to tell the tale.

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Dear Royal Baby: We Americans Apologize for Our Revolution; Please Be Our Absolute Monarch

Things like freedom of the press and freedom of speech, which seemed like a good idea in 1789, now seem really dangerous to us and we’ve started to agree with King George III about the undesirability of those liberties. Our forebears minded the torture and cruel and unusual punishments imposed by the king. But we have gone back to torturing people.

Posted on Jul 23, 2013 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

Rise Up or Die

We must either defy the corporate state or accept our extinction as a species. We have been stripped of the power to express dissent or effect change. Rebellion is the only way to remain fully human.

Posted on May 19, 2013 READ MORE


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Illustration by Mr. Fish

The Idol Smasher

The multifaceted Ishmael Reed has spent half a century destroying myths of the American empire, especially those that cement racism in place.

Posted on Dec 30, 2012 READ MORE


Noam Chomsky: ‘Who Owns the World?’

President Obama and Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney may ignore the issues of global warming and nuclear proliferation, but Noam Chomsky addresses those and other topics in a talk he gave last month at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

Posted on Oct 27, 2012 READ MORE



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Hail and Farewell: The End of the American Empire

Gore Vidal reads an essay first published in 2007, in which the author and iconoclast suggested that perhaps there was a more sinister explanation for President Bush’s fiascoes than mere incompetence: He was out to destroy the American empire.

Posted on Aug 3, 2012 READ MORE



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U.S. Africa Command Debates TomDispatch

On July 12, TomDispatch reporter Nick Turse showed how the U.S. Africa Command has spread its influence across that continent, establishing bases and outposts, sending in special operations forces and drones, funding proxy forces, and so on. One week later, Col. Tom Davis, director of the U.S. Africa Command Office of Public Affairs, responded.

Posted on Jul 26, 2012 READ MORE



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The Scorched-Earth Politics of America’s Four Fundamentalisms

Many Americans seem confident in their view that the United States is a free nation dedicated to spreading equality, justice and democracy. Four forces that increasingly dominate their society suggest otherwise.

Posted on Mar 7, 2012 READ MORE


Chris Hedges Lays It All Out

C-SPAN goes in-depth with Chris Hedges during this three-hour interview, probing the author’s entire body of work. It is a comprehensive and fascinating discussion with one of the most important reporters on what he characterizes as our collapsing corporate empire. Hedges’ column returns next Monday.

Posted on Jan 1, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Isaac A. Graham

Assassination as Foreign Policy

Global domination is a political policy that cannot possibly succeed. The world is not open to domination by a single state. The effort to establish it will destroy the United States itself.

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AP / Mahesh Kumar A.

This Time We’re Taking the Whole Planet With Us

We seem condemned as a species to drive ourselves and our societies toward extinction, although this moment appears be the denouement to the whole sad show of settled, civilized life that began some 5,000 years ago.

Posted on Mar 7, 2011 READ MORE


Emperor Has No Shame

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White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Royal Passage to Asia

Like his royal British forerunners, the president, through his advisers and their policies, brings imperial ambitions to the largest and most populous continent.

Posted on Nov 10, 2010 READ MORE


The Shifting Balance of Power

An epoch of Western world political domination is coming to an end. This is not simply an end to imperialism (new or old), but quite possibly the beginning of a probably long decline in the West’s primacy in industry, technology and scientific innovation.

Posted on Oct 27, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / hobvias sudoneighm (CC-BY)

Glenn Greenwald Is on Collapsing Empire Watch

As the Salon scribe points out, it can be “quite difficult to really internalize” America’s superpower implosion, but the numbers don’t lie. Our life expectancy ranking is dropping like a rock, while we’re getting better and better at imprisoning, executing and selling guns to people. USA! USA!

Posted on Oct 11, 2010 READ MORE



One-State Solution?

Today on the list: Why academics are still flipping out about television, how Israeli conservatives may be pushing for a one-state solution, and the human brain’s “Life of Brian” mechanism.

Posted on Aug 9, 2010 READ MORE


Basra offensive
AP / Nabil al-Jurani

U.S. Ends Combat Presence in Iraq (Update)

Even the mightiest of empires must let go. Seven years after the invasion to topple Saddam Hussein, the U.S. on Saturday handed over all combat duties to Iraqi security forces, fulfilling President Obama’s promise to end U.S. combat operations by the close of August.

Posted on Aug 7, 2010 READ MORE


Karzai and Obama
White House / Pete Souza

It’s Obama’s Empire Now

The Obama administration is thoroughly committed to defense of the empire it inherited; there is no or little retreat from the mindless expansion of American ambition. Teddy Roosevelt would be proud.

Posted on Jul 13, 2010 READ MORE


Mad in the U.S.A.

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Seven Years Later

To a near-deafening silence in the mainstream media, Saturday marked the seventh anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, an occasion that protesters in Washington used to call for an immediate withdrawal of troops from both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Posted on Mar 21, 2010 READ MORE


Morales
AP / Juan Karita

An OAS Without Empire

In a press conference before a meeting of Latin and Caribbean countries in Cancun, Mexico, Evo Morales proposed a new Organization of American States “without empire” that would remove Canada and the U.S. from the organization’s roster.

Posted on Feb 20, 2010 READ MORE


Europe Needs to Believe in Its Own Adequacy

What is this problem about Europe’s standing in the world today that obsesses the Europeans and generates constant self-examination, endless academic seminars and political conferences, all permeated with inarticulate anxiety?

Posted on Feb 16, 2010 READ MORE


Cornel West Calls Out Barack Obama

In this video message to the president, the celebrated professor asks, “How deep is your love for poor and working people?” and urges, “Don’t simply be the friendly face of the American empire.”

Posted on Jan 24, 2010 READ MORE


Love and Haiti

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Feeding the Empire

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Muuuuuurdoch!
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Murdoch’s Money Misfortune

You know times are tough when even multimillionaire moguls are seeing their hard-earned compensation cut almost by half. Rupert Murdoch, the jowly head of News Corp., has taken a compensation cut of 40 percent because of weak earnings by his eccentric media empire.

Posted on Aug 21, 2009 READ MORE



Book Excerpt: ‘Empire of Illusion’

Read this brilliant and humorous chapter from Chris Hedges’ new book and marvel as the Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent makes sense of reality television.

Posted on Jul 30, 2009 READ MORE


Latino Leaders
AP photo / Andre Penner

Latin Leaders Rebuke U.S.

In a summit that celebrated the absence of the U.S. on its guest list, Latin American leaders met in Brazil to discuss a post-U.S. hegemonic world. The talks, which centered on the “demise” of the capitalist model, also snubbed former colonizing nations Portugal and Spain in a further demonstration of the increasing political autonomy of the region.

Posted on Dec 17, 2008 READ MORE


Cluster Bombs Feet
lemonodor.com

Cluster Bomb Treaty Steps Forward

It looks like a pact to ban current cluster bomb designs will take another step forward, with more than 100 countries slated to sign the treaty in the next couple of days. However, the U.S., Russia and China—the largest cluster bomb manufacturers—so far have refused to sign on.

Posted on Dec 3, 2008 READ MORE


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signonsandiego.com

U.S. Hegemony on the Outs

Maybe it was the past eight years, or maybe it was the past three months, but a new report by the U.S. intelligence community estimates that American global power is on the decline, and will be for the next two decades as upcoming powers like China and India gain greater international standing.

Posted on Nov 21, 2008 READ MORE


Afghanistan Girl After Acid Attack
AP photo / Allauddin Khan

How Bloody Can Bush’s Legacy Be?

The legacy of George Bush’s two “wars of liberation” may already be judged as foreign policy blunders, but the real costs of war remain even after the truism of failed empire. In Afghanistan, acid attacks on at least 15 female students mark a worrisome trend in women’s rights there. And in Iraq, an Iraqi soldier opened fire on a patrol of U.S. troops, killing two.

Posted on Nov 12, 2008 READ MORE


Quit Stalin
people.com.cn

Georgia ? Stalin

With Georgia on the U.S. mainstream media’s map after its recent war with Russia, a new interest in Georgian history and politics seems to have come to life, especially concerning the cult of personality that Stalin still leads in his native land.

Posted on Oct 1, 2008 READ MORE


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Surviving the Fourth of July

I survive the degradation that has become America—a land that exalts itself as a bastion of freedom and liberty while it tortures human beings, stripped of their rights, in offshore penal colonies, a land that wages wars defined under international law as criminal wars of aggression, a land that turns its back on its poor, its weak, its mentally ill, in a relentless drive to embrace totalitarian capitalism—because I read books.

Posted on Jul 7, 2008 READ MORE


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