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Who Is Paul Ryan?

Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan admires Ayn Rand, and if you believe Republican Party mythology, Ryan is a messianic John Galt who will save America from a secret socialist conspiracy.

Posted on Aug 17, 2012 READ MORE


Islam’s Walls of Language

Mitt Romney’s bumbling in Israel nonetheless introduced a subject few other American politicians know anything about, nor do, it seems, the staffs of the NSA, CIA and other American political and military planners.

Posted on Aug 8, 2012 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

The Science of Genocide

On this day in 1945 the United States demonstrated that it was as morally bankrupt as the Nazi machine it had recently vanquished and the Soviet regime with which it was allied.

Posted on Aug 6, 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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Hail and Farewell, Gore Vidal

I don’t feel sad for Gore Vidal today. He lived to 86 and he had the kind of life people ask Santa Claus for. If anything, I feel sad for my country, which lost one of its truest patriots.

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

The Perversion of Scholarship

Fraternities, sororities and football, along with other outsized athletic programs, have decimated most major American universities.

Posted on Jul 30, 2012 READ MORE



Photo by Joel Gonsalves (CC-BY)

Is America Crazy?

Are we just dangerous people living out fantasies and lies?

Posted on Jul 29, 2012 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

The Careerists

The greatest crimes of human history are made possible by the most colorless human beings.

Posted on Jul 23, 2012 READ MORE



75 Years Later, the Lessons of Guernica

Seventy-five years ago, the Spanish town of Guernica was bombed into rubble. The brutal act propelled one of the world’s greatest artists into a three-week painting frenzy.

Posted on Jul 18, 2012 READ MORE


A Brave and Intrepid Pioneer

William James Raspberry, who died Tuesday at 76, was in the first wave of an invasion of outsiders—minorities and women—who transformed American journalism.

Posted on Jul 18, 2012 READ MORE


Bill Raspberry, ‘Role Model’

William Raspberry was a provocateur who was so gentle and gentlemanly that you didn’t always grasp how much he was shaking up the conventional conversation until you actually thought about what he had just said.

Posted on Jul 18, 2012 READ MORE


Still Killing Fascists

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Posted on Jul 16, 2012 READ MORE



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The Battle of Blair Mountain

There are still bullets in the ground where working people in the 1920s staged the largest armed insurrection in the United States since the Civil War.

Posted on Jul 16, 2012 READ MORE



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Europe Still Trying to Squeeze Into America’s Jeans

Nearly every step in the federalist direction has produced unnecessary complication and strain in the EU. Portugal is not Iowa. Italy cannot become California.

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 READ MORE



Photo by U.S. Navy/MC2 Mark Logico

Defining American Exceptionalism

The Founders did not regard their weak new republic as intrinsically superior or chosen by God to rule the world—but argued instead that the ideals of popular sovereignty and constitutional freedom represented the natural rights and the future of humanity everywhere.

Posted on Jul 8, 2012 READ MORE


The Logic of Willful Ignorance

A recent study from Xavier University tells us what many already know: that many Americans have wholly tuned out of politics to the point where they can’t even correctly answer the most basic questions about our government.

Posted on Jul 6, 2012 READ MORE



Mr. Fish

And Now a Word From the Founders

Happy Birthday, America. Here’s a reminder of your more radical youth.

Posted on Jul 4, 2012 READ MORE


The Founders’ True Spirit

It’s entirely appropriate that the week of our July Fourth celebrations should coincide with a moment when the Supreme Court’s health care decision has prompted intense debate over the purpose of our government and what the Constitution allows it to do.

Posted on Jul 4, 2012 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

Time to Get Crazy

There are few resistance figures in American history as noble as Crazy Horse.

Posted on Jul 2, 2012 READ MORE


Big Money Wins in the Big Skies of Montana

“I never bought a man who wasn’t for sale,” William A. Clark reportedly said. He was one of Montana’s “Copper Kings,” a man who used his vast wealth to manipulate the state government and literally buy votes to make himself a U.S. senator.

Posted on Jun 28, 2012 READ MORE



Photo by Deanne Stillman

The Battle of the Little Bighorn and Our War Against the Wild

Native Americans join the armed forces in the highest per capita figures of all ethnic groups in this country, defending to the end the place where they were once wild and free.

Posted on Jun 27, 2012 READ MORE


A Nation of Immigrants, Yes!

The Founding Fathers were great men who created a great country. But it was immigrants, all the rest of us, who made a great nation.

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 READ MORE


Rise of the Managerial Class

At a time when corporate America is exploring and exploiting its new Supreme-Court-bestowed role in the management of American election results, the theories of James Burnham, the godfather of neoconservatism, should be recalled.

Posted on Jun 19, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Pete Muller

Dispatches From Cairo: Of Presidents and Pharaohs

Results showed a clear majority for Mohamed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood candidate, over regime candidate Ahmed Shafiq. But watch out for flames shooting from the military dragon.

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 READ MORE



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Occupy Will Be Back

In every conflict, insurgency, uprising and revolution I have covered as a foreign correspondent, the power elite used periods of dormancy, lulls and setbacks to write off the opposition.

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 READ MORE



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Across That Bridge, Again

As the election season heats up, an increasing number of states are working to limit the number of people who are allowed to vote.

Posted on Jun 13, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison

Drone Warfare Foretells an Ever-Expanding and Illegal War

President Barack Obama’s acts consciously undermine the civilized order of modern society. The United States has quite deliberately made itself an outlaw state.

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 READ MORE


Robert Scheer and KPFA’s Philip Maldari: A Spirited Debate

Robert Scheer and KPFA’s Philip Maldari chat about issues including state politics, Rambo Obama’s use of executive power, the facade of the two-party system and the unresolved economic crisis.

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 READ MORE


Ray Bradbury: Thoughts at Life’s End (Video and Transcript)

Ray Bradbury, who died Tuesday night at the age of 91, spoke in 2008 with Truthdig’s Steve Wasserman about his books and the passions that drove his writing. The video, text excerpts and full transcript follow.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE


It’s One Person, One Vote, Not 1 Percent, One Vote

Gov. Scott Walker’s win signals less a loss for the unions than a loss for our democracy in this post-Citizens United era, when elections can be bought with the help of a few billionaires.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Nam Y. Huh

Daddy’s Boy: Andrew Sullivan’s Presidential Crush

The wider political pathology here is authoritarianism, and not simply a garden variety of British royalism.

Posted on Jun 5, 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



The Legend of the Spat-Upon Veteran

Desperate to cobble a pro-war cautionary tale out of a blood-soaked tragedy, we keep reimagining the loss in Vietnam not as a policy failure but as the product of an America that dishonored returning troops.

Posted on May 31, 2012 READ MORE



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Bob Dylan Given Presidential Medal of Freedom

Along with 11 other Americans and an Israeli, Robert Zimmerman on Tuesday received the highest civilian honor his nation can bestow. Bob Dylan’s contributions to music go without saying, but did you know he also published three books of art? You might say Dylan has gone eclectic (ouch). (Full list of honorees after the jump.)

Posted on May 29, 2012 READ MORE



Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey (CC-BY)

Student Debt as a Human Rights Issue

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A student loan crisis just in time for graduation and “More Powerful Than Dynamite” author Thai Jones.

Posted on May 25, 2012 READ MORE


Student Debt as a Human Rights Issue

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A student loan crisis just in time for graduation and “More Powerful Than Dynamite” author Thai Jones.

Posted on May 25, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Alexander Zemlianichenko

Every Year Russia Beats the Nazis One More Time

There is one day when it never rains in Moscow, a day when Russia’s air force literally shoots down rain-bearing clouds with a chemical agent to reinforce the spectacle.

Posted on May 21, 2012 READ MORE



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A Choice of Capitalisms

In this election, we’re not having an argument that pits capitalism against socialism. We are trying to decide what kind of capitalism we want.

Posted on May 20, 2012 READ MORE


Yes, We Can Walk and Chew Gum

Republicans now insist that America cannot simultaneously walk the walk on equal rights and also chew economic gum.

Posted on May 18, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Jerome Delay

Blue Man Coup, Part 2: War for God, Country and Cocaine

Are the emirs of the Sahara criminals or revolutionaries? A little bit of both, probably.

Posted on May 16, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Aliou Sissoko

Blue Man Coup: How Gadhafi’s Mercenaries Broke Mali

Everything that rises must converge, and in 2012, an uprising at the ancient crossroads of Timbuktu kicked up a decades-in-the-making sandstorm of global capitalism, U.S. counterterrorism, cocaine smuggling and the long-denied rights of the most romantic nomads on earth.

Posted on May 16, 2012 READ MORE


Greece’s Balkan Inheritance Is Heavy

To understand what is happening in the eurozone, it is necessary to understand something of the past.

Posted on May 16, 2012 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

Colonized by Corporations

We have been, like nations on the periphery of empire, colonized.

Posted on May 14, 2012 READ MORE



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Elections Could Shift EU Away From Austerity, but Should They?

The weekend elections in France and Greece seem widely to have been taken, at least on the European and American left, as a solution to the great European economic crisis.

Posted on May 8, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Douglas Moore

Questions Remain 42 Years After Kent State Shootings

Forty-two years ago on May 4, 1970, members of the Ohio National Guard opened fire on a crowd of unarmed students at Kent State University, firing between 61 and 67 shots over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and injuring nine others.

Posted on May 4, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Shannon Stapleton

Imitation Outrage: Faking Concern for the Chinese Masses

We do not care a whit now—nor have we ever cared—about their human rights or any other aspect of their lives as long as they satiate our unbridled appetites.

Posted on May 2, 2012 READ MORE


The Real Mad Men: Following the Money Behind TV Political Ads

May Day, Murdoch and the murder of Milly Dowler. What do they have to do with the 2012 U.S. general election?

Posted on May 2, 2012 READ MORE


Catholicism and the GOP: An Awkward Tango

A novel aspect of the Republican campaign for the party’s presidential nomination has been the importance placed by some candidates, their admirers and some voters on the Catholic religion and certain claims to formal academic certification or endorsement.

Posted on May 1, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Mahesh Kumar A.

Welcome to the Asylum

The World Health Organization calculates that one in four people in the United States suffers from chronic anxiety, a mood disorder or depression—which seems to me to be a normal reaction to our march toward collective suicide.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 READ MORE



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Back to the Dawn of the Modern World

Harvard professor and author Stephen Greenblatt won a Pulitzer Prize this week for his account of how an ancient Roman philosophical epic jump-started the modern world.

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 READ MORE


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