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America the Illiterate

The change from a print-based to an image-based society has transformed our nation. All the traditional tools of democracies—including dispassionate scientific and historical truth, facts, news and rational debate—are useless instruments in a world that lacks the capacity to use them.

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 READ MORE


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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


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Posted on Aug 16, 2016 ENLARGE



Their Promised Land

Were Ian Buruma not an acclaimed historian, this book would probably never have been published. Yet the story of his grandparents, which spans both world wars, is full of resonance for contemporary Europe’s struggle with mass immigration and national identity.

Posted on Jun 10, 2016 READ MORE


A Revolutionary Art Form That Leads to Social Change (Multimedia)

By Eric Ortiz

Every one of the 85,000 political posters at the Center for the Study of Political Graphics tells a story you won’t find in standard history books.

Posted on May 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



From the Truthdig Archives: The Terror America Wrought

President Barack Obama visited Hiroshima on Friday, the first sitting U.S. president to do so since the World War II atomic bombings of Japan. To acknowledge the historic trip, Truthdig reposts Editor in Chief Robert Scheer’s 2007 piece recalling the bombings.

Posted on May 10, 2016 READ MORE


Bill Moyers: How Our Stone-Age Brain Gets in the Way of Smart Politics (Audio)

In an audio interview, journalist Bill Moyers sat down with historian Rick Shenkman to talk about the brain of the American voter and what is firing its synapses during this extraordinary primary season.

Posted on Apr 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Empire of Things

“Instead of warriors or workers, we are more than ever before consumers,” a new book declares. “In the rich world—and in the developing world increasingly, too—identities, politics, the economy and the environment are crucially shaped by what and how we consume.”

Posted on Apr 8, 2016 READ MORE



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How Clinton Democrats Killed Roosevelt’s Dream of the Affordable Home

The following excerpt from Robert Scheer’s book “The Great American Stickup” details the perversion of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and is particularly relevant this election season, as it explains the connection between Clinton “progressives” and the 2008 housing meltdown that impoverished millions.

Posted on Apr 7, 2016 READ MORE



We Still Need Black History Month

America’s racial disparity won’t disappear if we simply ignore it.

Posted on Feb 5, 2016 READ MORE



Make America Great, as It Was ... When?

Donald Trump and his followers clearly don’t see the ugly parts of our nation’s past as problematic.

Posted on Dec 16, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver Welcomes Students Back to School by Telling Them All the Things They Won’t Learn

HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” is on hiatus, but that hasn’t stopped John Oliver from releasing two funny Web exclusives that focus on history and education.

Posted on Sep 7, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 70 Years After the Atomic Bombs Were Dropped

While the world has avoided nuclear attacks since those two days in 1945, the potential for nuclear devastation is forever hanging over us.

Posted on Aug 5, 2015 READ MORE



Piketty on Germany’s Hypocrisy: It ‘Has No Standing to Lecture Other Nations’

“Those who want to chase Greece out of the eurozone today,” the French economist says, “will end up on the trash heap of history.”

Posted on Jul 6, 2015 READ MORE



Our Mania for Hope Is a Curse

Our corporate masters know that our obsession with hope—the irrational belief we are headed toward some glorious future—causes us to ignore reality and remain disempowered. And this is why they peddle the myth of inevitable progress across the cultural and political spectrum.

Posted on May 24, 2015 READ MORE



Writing History Before It Happens

With an emphasis on the U.S. national security state and its follies, here are my top nine American repeat headlines, each a surefire news story guaranteed to appear sometime, possibly many times, between June 2015 and the unknown future.

Posted on May 20, 2015 READ MORE



Luke Bowerman

That’s All, Folks

Lest some colleague accuse me of burying the lede, here it is up front: I’m leaving Truthdig.

Posted on Mar 1, 2015 READ MORE



Ancient Landscapes Point to Dramatic Climate Change

Scientists believe Chinese civilization could have been founded by climate refugees after the collapse of an Inner Mongolia-area culture over 4,000 years ago.

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 READ MORE



Will Prison Eventually Kill America’s Activists as It Did Oscar Wilde?

When a magistrate sentenced the literary genius to two years of hard labor for the crime of being gay, he said it was the maximum punishment allowed by law. That turned out to be truer than the judge might have imagined. It killed him.

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 READ MORE



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Patronizing at the Prayer Breakfast

The admonition not to “get on our high horse” about jihadist terror as a “unique” phenomenon rings hollow, coming from a leader who routinely sends missile-firing drones to blow suspected militants to bits.

Posted on Feb 11, 2015 READ MORE


Howard Zinn: Have a More Interesting Life

The late historian, who studied injustice and action through the centuries, offers this wonderful insight.

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Fire May Have Damaged 1 Million Documents in a Cultural ‘Chernobyl’

A fire is believed to have damaged more than 1 million historic books and papers in a Moscow library said to contain some of the richest collections of work in the Slavic language.

Posted on Feb 1, 2015 READ MORE



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A Whining Wall Street Banker Pleads for Pity

J.P. Morgan was recently socked in the wallet by financial regulators who levied yet another multibillion-dollar fine against the Wall Street baron for massive illegalities.

Posted on Jan 30, 2015 READ MORE



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Culture Wars, Old and New

The old culture war politics is dying but new culture wars are gathering force. The transformation of the battlefield will change our public life.

Posted on Jan 26, 2015 READ MORE



AP/Markus Schreiber

How Free Is Free Speech in America?

The uncomfortable truth is that here, as elsewhere around the world, freedom of expression has never come easily and is nearly always threatened in one way or another.

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 READ MORE



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A Win for the Cuban People

President Obama’s historic opening to Cuba is long overdue—and has a chance of hastening the Castro dictatorship’s demise.

Posted on Dec 19, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdig’s Books of the Year: Part One

Whether on climate change, soaring wealth inequality, or the surveillance state, this has been a year of calls to action.

Posted on Dec 12, 2014 READ MORE



CIA Crimes Without Punishment

With the release of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report on the use of torture by the CIA after 9/11, the final defense of the indefensible by its perpetrators, advocates and publicists is falling apart before our eyes.

Posted on Dec 10, 2014 READ MORE



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Why Some of the Most Conservative Republicans Are Pro-Immigration

Take, for example, studies arguing for a liberalized immigration policy by the Cato Institute, a conservative libertarian think tank started by the vast wealth of right-wingers Charles and David Koch.

Posted on Dec 2, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Anja Niedringhaus

Gratitude in a Warring World

As my children’s seventh Thanksgiving rolls around, I want to teach my boys that the holiday is about more than football and stomachaches.

Posted on Nov 27, 2014 READ MORE



Joan of Arc

In a new biography of the French girl freedom-fighter, it isn’t the maid of Orleans who receives the blazing light of scrutiny so much as the society that engulfed her and the literary imagination in which she endures.

Posted on Nov 21, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Evan Vucci

Immigration: Presidents Have the Power, but Does Obama Have the Guts?

Protecting immigrants from deportation, permitting them to come out of the shadows, is the right thing to do.

Posted on Nov 19, 2014 READ MORE



Photo by Marion S. Trikosko, U.S. News & World Report, via Wikimedia Commons

American Hero; American Story

John Doar died last week at the age of 92. If there was a Greatest Generation, he was one of its greatest men.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 READ MORE



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Black Panthers: The Musical

“Party People” examines the complexity and struggle of the Black Panthers and Young Lords.

Posted on Nov 13, 2014 READ MORE



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What to Do About American Plutocracy

All is not lost. Change has happened in the past, against severe resistance, three times since the Civil War.

Posted on Nov 11, 2014 READ MORE



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In Need of a Rebuilding Plan

All right, all right, I didn’t see the wave coming. And it turned out to be a genuine wave—one with serious implications for 2016 and beyond.

Posted on Nov 7, 2014 READ MORE



Maximum Progress on the Minimum Wage

The movement toward a higher minimum wage prevailed in Tuesday’s elections, even in some of the reddest of states.

Posted on Nov 5, 2014 READ MORE



‘When Google Met WikiLeaks’: An Exclusive Excerpt

In 2011 WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange was visited by Google Chairman Eric Schmidt. Here, from Assange’s new book, is part of the extraordinary conversation that resulted.

Posted on Oct 29, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Eric Gay

Is Voter Suppression an American Tradition?

Today’s ID laws are driven by an old purpose—undermining genuine majority rule and deflecting threats to the established order.

Posted on Oct 28, 2014 READ MORE



A Revisionist Take on President Obama

There is no shortage of bad news for President Obama, but history may be kinder to the man.

Posted on Oct 24, 2014 READ MORE



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Meet the Alabama Judge Who Figured Out How to Unravel Roe v. Wade

ProPublica profiles Alabama Supreme Court Justice Tom Parker, whose “rulings over the last nine years have fueled the biggest threat to abortion rights in a generation.”

Posted on Oct 10, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Joseph Swafford Jr.

More Questions Than Answers in War With Islamic State

The decision of President Barack Obama to wage air war against the Islamic State still is swimming in a sea of confusion and doubt.

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Amira Mortada, El Shorouk Newspaper

Women in Egypt After the Arab Spring: Gains and Losses

Women played a significant role in the 2011-2013 revolutions that shook the heart of the Arab world, as well as in the succeeding turmoil.

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 READ MORE



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Seattle Replaces Columbus Day With Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Christopher Columbus was a genocidal maniac who is celebrated annually for “discovering” a land that was already inhabited by a people he would go on to enslave, torture and kill.

Posted on Oct 6, 2014 READ MORE



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Marriage Equality: Surrender to the Inevitable

By deciding not to decide, the Supreme Court may have decided: If history is a guide, same-sex marriage will soon be the law of the land.

Posted on Oct 6, 2014 READ MORE



A Force More Powerful in Jefferson County, Colo.

“Don’t make history a mystery” read one of the signs at a rally in Jefferson County, Colo. High-school students in this suburban district, referred to locally as “JeffCo,” have been walking out of class en masse this past week, protesting the planned censorship of the district’s Advanced Placement (AP) United States history curriculum by the local school board.

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 READ MORE



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China and Its Challenges

China may be said to confront four current categories of challenge, with a possible return to horrors past.

Posted on Sep 30, 2014 READ MORE



Ryan Johnson (CC-BY-SA)

Eric Holder and RFK’s Legacy

When he announced his leave-taking last week, Attorney General Eric Holder spoke of Robert F. Kennedy as his inspiration for believing that the Justice Department “can and must always be a force for that which is right.”

Posted on Sep 29, 2014 READ MORE


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Posted on Sep 28, 2014 ENLARGE



U.S. Navy/MC1 Chad J. McNeeley

Bookends of a Presidency

President Obama began his presidency with a call for a “new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world.” He will end it as a reluctant but unapologetic warrior.

Posted on Sep 26, 2014 READ MORE


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