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America the Great ... Police State

Let us accept that we are no longer a republic governed by laws—only by armed men and force. This is just like the days of Billy the Kid. You have an armed man going down a dusty street, and that is authority. And it has come to this for us.

Posted on Sep 26, 2016 READ MORE


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Why You Really Must Get Behind Hillary Clinton—Now

Election Day is less than two months away. Please read my response to those of you who still don’t want to vote for Clinton.

Posted on Sep 19, 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



Fooled Again

We have once more been baited and hooked by the corporate elites who look upon the electorate as malleable and disposable.

Posted on Sep 11, 2016 READ MORE


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Posted on Aug 29, 2016 ENLARGE



The Revenge of the Lower Classes and the Rise of American Fascism

College-educated elites, on behalf of corporations, carried out the savage neoliberal assault on the working poor. Now these elites are being made to pay. Their duplicity has brought them—and the rest of us—Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Posted on Aug 8, 2016 READ MORE



The New European Fascists

Poland offers a frightening example of the right-wing populism sweeping through many nations. Neoliberalism is wrecking economies, creating rage among the working class, devastating cultural institutions and eroding liberal democracy across Europe and in the United States.

Posted on Jul 24, 2016 READ MORE


Robert Scheer: Americans Shouldn’t Settle for Candidates ‘Who Have Created This Tremendous Mess’

In an interview on The Real News Network, Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer talks about neofascist rhetoric and how third-party candidates are preferable to Clinton or Trump.

Posted on Jul 21, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Anti-Politics and the Plague of Disorientation: Welcome to the Age of Trump

Arguments that Trump is a new phenomenon in the United States too often ignore the latent authoritarian and anti-democratic forces that have a long legacy in the nation’s politics and society.

Posted on Jul 7, 2016 READ MORE



The Most Important Election of Your Life Is Not This Year

The real nightmare is likely to emerge in 2020 or thereafter, if and when a far more capable politician than Donald Trump embraces retrograde positions and rides an angry, wounded America into Washington.

Posted on Jun 27, 2016 READ MORE



Egyptians Are Shocked by Netanyahu Appointment, Note Former Israeli PM’s Accusation of Fascism

Neighbor Egypt has reason to be dismayed by the political earthquake that rocked Israel’s Cabinet last week when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu named far-right extremist Avigdor Lieberman defense minister.

Posted on May 23, 2016 READ MORE



Netanyahu Responds to Officers’ Fascism Charges by Making a Far-Right Politician Their Boss

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bolstered his majority and rid himself of a troublesome voice of conscience by replacing his minister of defense with extremist Avigdor Lieberman.

Posted on May 22, 2016 READ MORE



The Lie of Patriotism

A U.S. ranger who served in Afghanistan and a Marine who was in Iraq put light on the dangerous myth that America has built around its “warriors.” Now, in acts of civil disobedience, they are determined to right the wrongs of war.

Posted on Apr 3, 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


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Posted on Mar 21, 2016 ENLARGE



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



Fascism: Can It Happen Here?

The long shadows of a dark era are falling on the presidential campaign trail this year, with eruptions of violence, oaths of loyalty complete with Nazi salutes and, presiding over it all, Republican front-runner Donald Trump.

Posted on Mar 16, 2016 READ MORE



Trump’s Storm Troopers and the Possibility of American Fascism

If indeed Trump is a mere “proto-fascist,” then what ingredients, if any, are still needed for the emergence of an authentic 21st century American fascist movement?

Posted on Mar 16, 2016 READ MORE



‘It’s Not a Threat!’: Donald Trump Says He May Order Supporters to Disrupt Bernie Sanders’ Rallies

“Be careful, Bernie,” warned the Republican front-runner in the wake of disturbances at two of Trump’s recent events.

Posted on Mar 13, 2016 READ MORE



How the U.S. Went Fascist: Mass Media Make Excuses for Trump Voters (Video)

The rise of Donald Trump to the presumptive Republican standard bearer for president in 2016 is an indictment of—and a profound danger to—the American republic.

Posted on Feb 24, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Charlie Brooker Despairs at 2015, a Year of ‘Fascistic Demagogues’ Capitalizing on Tragedies

With dry wit, the British comedian looks back at the most notable events of 2015, including mass shootings in the United States and beyond, media reactions toward Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s election, and the ominous rise of Donald Trump.

Posted on Jan 5, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Posted on Jan 4, 2016 ENLARGE



Turkish President Erdogan Cites Hitler in Case for Presidential System (Video)

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday cited Hitler in support of his contention that a presidential system can coexist with a “unitary state,” i.e., with a nonfederal government.

Posted on Jan 3, 2016 READ MORE



Capitalism’s Cult of Human Sacrifice

Manchester, a poor Mexican-American neighborhood in Houston, is just one example of how industrial capitalism is killing us on an altar of profit.

Posted on Dec 13, 2015 READ MORE



Trump’s ‘Muslim Policy’ Conjures Up Demons From Fascism’s History

If you think it’s impossible for a demagogue to seize control and destroy American democracy, think again. Trump’s hate-filled call for banning Muslims from entering the U.S. appeals to many angry and scared Americans.

Posted on Dec 8, 2015 READ MORE



With Anti-Muslim Bombast, Trump Doubles Down on ‘Fascist Demagoguery’

“The truth is his language is dangerous,” Bernie Sanders and other critics say.

Posted on Dec 8, 2015 READ MORE


Mein Donald









Posted on Dec 8, 2015 ENLARGE



Trump’s Embrace of Fascism Is America’s Dirty Little Secret

Rather than dismissing it as a wild card in American politics, it is crucial to recognize that Trump’s popularity represents what one writer calls a dangerous “political space … in both the wider culture and in recent history.”

Posted on Dec 3, 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



Political Frauds and the Ghost of Totalitarianism

Calling Donald Trump a fascist is not enough. We need deeper analyses to reveal the seeds of totalitarianism in his discourse and policy measures.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE



Say It Plain: Stop Spying on Us

The recent debates over the USA Patriot and Freedom acts missed the point: Rather than discuss the details of how much to curb the government’s right to spy on us, Americans need to question the legitimacy of all government spying and push back as hard as possible against dubious claims to protect us.

Posted on Jun 4, 2015 READ MORE



Ordained to Write

Three decades ago Chris Hedges sought to become a minister and report the war in El Salvador. A church committee refused to see his work as a journalist as a valid call to the ministry. On Oct. 5 his ordination—marked by addresses from James Cone (above) and Cornel West—finally took place.

Posted on Oct 13, 2014 READ MORE



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Hype and Hysteria Drown Out Europe’s Real Concerns

The outcome of the recently concluded European Parliament elections is described in press and political circles in Europe and North America as a shock or crisis, which is sheer nonsense.

Posted on May 27, 2014 READ MORE



Yearning for an Imagined Past

Wes Anderson’s characteristically whimsical “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” set in a fictitious central European nation succumbing to 1930s fascism, reflects contemporary audiences’ “half-embarrassed, half-guilty wish to know something of the great convulsions of the past,” film critic Stuart Klawans writes in The Nation.

Posted on Apr 6, 2014 READ MORE


The Dark Side of the Ukraine Revolt

Although most of the Western media describe the current crisis in the Ukraine as a confrontation between authoritarianism and democracy, many of the shock troops who have manned barricades in Kiev and the western city of Lviv these past months have little interest in either democracy or Western liberalism.

Posted on Mar 21, 2014 READ MORE


Chris Hedges: Crisis Zones, Collapse and the Antidote to Defeatism

The Truthdig columnist spoke with RT’s Abby Martin on “Breaking the Set” about the forces driving the acceleration of global decline.

Posted on Feb 10, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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Don’t Pity the Billionaire

The rich have never been richer and the poor keep getting poorer. And if you think there’s a problem with that, you’re a Nazi. At least according to the poor, put-upon oligarchs.

Posted on Jan 31, 2014 READ MORE



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Hope in the Age of Looming Authoritarianism

The relentless activity of thoughtlessness—worship of celebrity culture, a cravenly mainstream media, instrumentalism, militarism or free-roaming individualism—undermines crucial social bonds and expands the alleged virtue of believing that thinking is a burden.

Posted on Dec 5, 2013 READ MORE


Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer Discuss American Fascism

The two celebrated journalists discuss the collapse of vital institutions and the rise of demagogues and charlatans in post-meltdown America.

Posted on Oct 11, 2013 READ MORE


Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer Discuss American Fascism

The two celebrated journalists discuss the collapse of vital institutions and the rise of demagogues and charlatans in post-meltdown America.

Posted on Oct 11, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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Death of Artist Unites Greek Hip-Hop Community Against Fascism

The stabbing of Greek rapper Pavlos Fyssas by a sympathizer of Greece’s most prominent extreme right party earlier this month has led to the arrest of the group’s leadership and the unification of once bitterly opposed rap artists against racism and violence.

Posted on Sep 30, 2013 READ MORE



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My Father, Thatcher’s ‘Enemy Within’

I couldn’t face the “state” funeral of Margaret Thatcher on Wednesday, not after such a short time since the death of my dad, who was for the first half of his long and hardworking life a South Wales coal miner deep “down the pit” in Cwmgrach, and one of the “enemies within,” as the former prime minister put it.

Posted on Apr 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Stéphane Hessel

Stéphane Hessel, the French-German author of “Indignez-vous” who died in February at age 95, is a towering figure of 20th-century resistance and an example to those who hope to create the future.

Posted on Apr 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Regulate Dissent in Hong Kong, Jackie Chan Says

He spent decades playing the role of a tough guy who says no with his fists, but the Chinese action star recently told reporters he thinks the government should place limits on the right of citizens in his hometown to protest.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 READ MORE



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Greek Government Is Courting Fascism, Officer Alleges (Video)

Political neglect of the Greek police has allowed members of the ultranationalist Golden Dawn party to infiltrate the country’s security services while encouraging underpaid officers to accept support from society’s energetic, far-right fascist elements, a senior officer claims.

Posted on Oct 27, 2012 READ MORE


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America the Great ... Police State

Truthdig was proud to be the home of Gore Vidal’s essays over the last six years. In a tribute to his legacy, we’ll be rerunning his great works. In this essay, written in 2009, Vidal wants us to accept that the U.S. is no longer a republic, no longer governed by laws—only by armed men and force.

Posted on Aug 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Walking Into Weimar America

Austerity, attacks on democracy, the rise of extremism: The U.S. in 2012 looks eerily similar to Germany’s Weimar Republic of the late 1920s and early ’30s. Historian Robert Cruickshank registers the likeness between Germany’s pre-fascist history and what could be America’s.

Posted on Jul 7, 2012 READ MORE



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Alexander Cockburn’s Amerika

Two percent of the U.S. adult population in lockup; 600,000 “stop-and-frisks” in New York City; three-quarters of a million people booked as official sex offenders. Counterpunch editor Alexander Cockburn thinks it’s time we revisit the notion of “fascism.”

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE



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Northern Light

Those of us who care about a civil society, and who abhor violence, should begin to replicate what is happening in Quebec. Their fight is our fight.

Posted on Jun 3, 2012 READ MORE


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