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Robert Mueller’s Probe Is Key to Exposing Trump’s Abuse of Power

Without the investigation—and how it is forcing the president to play defense—the Trump agenda might be closer to full realization.

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Trump’s Health Care and the Politics of Disposability

The right’s politics are as vicious as ever, but they also present a unique opportunity.

Posted on Jul 6, 2017 READ MORE


Chris Hedges and Noam Chomsky: How the U.S. Became an Oligarchy That Makes War on the Middle Class

In the first of a two-part conversation, the two intellectuals discuss the shift in the U.S. and U.K. in the late 1970s toward neoliberalism, an ideology that Chomsky (pictured) says claims to increase freedom while actually increasing tyranny.

Posted on Jul 5, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Chris Hedges and Christian Parenti on the Deep-Reaching Ramifications of Climate Change (Video)

The Truthdig columnist and “On Contact” host discusses heightened global conflict due to climate change with author and professor Christian Parenti (pictured).

Posted on Jun 24, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party Is a Beacon in These Blighted Times

The party’s strong campaign in this Thursday’s election—and the leadership under Corbyn—suggest positive developments that range beyond the U.K.’s borders.

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Noam Chomsky on Climate Change, Foreign Policy and ‘the Facade of Trumpisms’ (Video)

The acclaimed political critic and philosopher delves into a number of pressing subjects in a special hour-long talk with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now!

Posted on Jun 1, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



From Bill Maher to Sigmund Freud: A Very Unfunny Look at the Enduring Politics of Hate

Freud’s insights—from his writings and exchanges with Albert Einstein more than eight decades ago—offer a crucial perspective into America’s current political crisis.

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Why Obama’s Big Cash-In Matters

Obscene payouts to any politician after he or she leaves the public sector are hypocritical and subvert what’s left of American democracy.

Posted on May 3, 2017 READ MORE



The Menace of Trump and the New Authoritarianism: An Interview With Henry Giroux

The renowned intellectual and social activist analyzes the underlying forces of authoritarianism in the U.S. and Europe and argues the need for resistance.

Posted on Apr 13, 2017 READ MORE



Donald Trump’s Greatest Allies Are the Liberal Elites

The moral bankruptcy of the liberal class, which despite the staggering election defeat is unable or unwilling to engage in genuine self-reflection, ensures the steady march toward an American fascism.

Posted on Mar 5, 2017 READ MORE



Conservative Pundit David Brooks Wants to Make America Great Again

Despite his aura of ideological balance, the columnist fails to acknowledge that Donald Trump’s election was a consequence of policies Brooks enthusiastically promoted.

Posted on Feb 25, 2017 READ MORE


Professor Michael Hudson Explains the Fake Economics of Donald Trump

Hudson, author of “J Is for Junk Economics,” talks about the now-discarded Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and the president’s first hundred hours.

Posted on Feb 23, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Russell Brand: Donald Trump Represents the End of the Illusion That Politics Is Inoffensive (Video)

Speaking of the president’s travel ban, “The Trews” host says Trump’s “grotesqueness” reveals long-concealed truths.

Posted on Feb 5, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Russell Brand: Trump May Be Terrible, but Neoliberal Global Dominance Flourished Under Obama (Video)

The “Trews” host argues that for those being bombed in Yemen, or whose privacy is being invaded or who face deportation, not much will change under the new president.

Posted on Jan 24, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Revolt Is the Only Barrier to a Fascist America

An unwavering noncooperation with the systems of corporate control is essential. We must not be seduced into trusting the power elites, including the Democratic Party.

Posted on Jan 22, 2017 READ MORE



We Were Warned About Barack Obama—by Obama Himself

The 44th president’s service to the rich and powerful was foretold, and not just by leftist “carpers.” This is history that matters.

Posted on Jan 16, 2017 READ MORE



Building the Institutions for Revolt

We must form our own new structures and carry out continual mass protest and civil disobedience to wrest back power from the corporate state.

Posted on Jan 15, 2017 READ MORE


Chris Hedges on Donald Trump’s ‘Naked Kleptocracy’

The president-elect is “malleable and easily manipulated” in the face of establishment politicians on both sides of the aisle, the Truthdig contributor says.

Posted on Jan 13, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Barack Obama’s Neoliberal Legacy: Rightward Drift and Donald Trump

The Wall Street takeover of Washington, D.C., and the related imperial agenda of the “Pentagon System” were advanced more effectively by the nation’s first black president than they could have been by white Republicans such as John McCain or Mitt Romney.

Posted on Jan 3, 2017 READ MORE



Best of Truthdig’s Reports 2016: Chris Hedges Prophesies Throughout the Election

Regular readers of Truthdig will not be surprised to learn that our Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist dominated our Report section as Americans deliberated which oligarch to empower to lead the country.

Posted on Dec 25, 2016 READ MORE


Michael Hudson Names the Pathogens in Our Economic Thinking

In his new book, “J is for Junk Economics,” the renegade economist analyzes the language technocrats use to pass off our age’s prevailing economic theory as something other than a blueprint for state-sanctioned pillage.

Posted on Dec 14, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Trump’s Second Gilded Age: The Rule of Billionaires and Militarists

The president-elect’s appointment of incompetent and mean-spirited billionaires and generals to top cabinet positions signals a deepening embrace of anti-intellectualism, crony capitalism and disdain for the institutions that give legitimacy to the social contract and the welfare state.

Posted on Dec 12, 2016 READ MORE


Chris Hedges and Philipp Ther on the Neoliberal Destruction of Europe

The host of “On Contact” discusses neoliberal policies with Ther, author of “Europe Since 1989.”

Posted on Dec 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Trump Effectively Gave Carrier Corp. a Tax Cut for Sending 1,300 Jobs to Mexico (Video)

The president-elect took credit for persuading the air conditioner manufacturer to keep more than 1,000 jobs in the U.S. But there’s more to the story.

Posted on Dec 3, 2016 READ MORE



How the Republican Party Rules a Nation That Hates It

The strange political dominance of the Grand Old Party can be explained by 12 factors, including the neoliberal agenda of the Democratic Party, gerrymandering, the politics of fear, and mass ignorance in much of the U.S. populace.

Posted on Nov 25, 2016 READ MORE



Throw Wall Street Out of the Democratic Party

The results of the 2016 election show that mobilizing identity politics behind a bankster program will no longer work. To save their party, Democrats must get the Clintons and their backers, such as former Treasury secretary Robert Rubin (pictured), to leave.

Posted on Nov 16, 2016 READ MORE


‘On Contact With Chris Hedges’: One Nation Under Donald Trump

On Wednesday morning, Americans woke up to a different reality than they had the day before. Hedges has a good idea of how President-elect Trump happened and how his presidency may play out.

Posted on Nov 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Glenn Greenwald on Who’s to Blame for Trump’s Election

The Intercept journalist lays out why the Democratic Party needs to take responsibility.

Posted on Nov 11, 2016 READ MORE



Why the White Working Class Rebelled: Neoliberalism Is Killing Them (Literally)

Among the prime operators of the neoliberal system were the Clintons.

Posted on Nov 9, 2016 READ MORE



The United States’ War on Youth: From Schools to Debtors’ Prisons

The U.S. views children not as social investments but as suspects as the country models its schools after prisons and subjects its young to a criminal legal system marked by severe class and racial inequities.

Posted on Oct 21, 2016 READ MORE


Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer on War, Religion and Fighting American Neoliberalism

The Truthdig editor in chief sat down with the acclaimed journalist for an intimate conversation about their careers and the American political landscape.

Posted on Oct 17, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The Nobel Prize in Economics Is a Force for Market Fundamentalism

The honor dignifies those who advocate surrendering the public’s power to ensure the common welfare and legitimizes the destruction such policies create, writes Avner Offer, economic historian at Oxford and co-author of a new book on the award.

Posted on Oct 10, 2016 READ MORE



Thinking Dangerously in the Age of Normalized Ignorance

What happens when the spheres of morality and spirituality give way to a savage market rationality?

Posted on Oct 6, 2016 READ MORE


So Hillary Clinton Is a ‘Neoliberal.’ What Does That Mean?

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both have been accused of being agents of a political program that empowers “elites … to consolidate political and economic power in their own interests.”

Posted on Sep 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Keep Calm and Vote Green: Fascism Is Not Coming

The Trump phenomenon is terrible, but now is no time for lesser-evil voting. A dictatorship is not knocking at the door in the United States.

Posted on Sep 23, 2016 READ MORE



The Selling of Subordination: How the Female Body Is Reduced to Products

Welcome to the marketplace built on women’s oppression, disposability, desperation and despair.

Posted on Sep 15, 2016 READ MORE



How to Stop Capitalism’s Deadly War With Nature

It’s not humanity alone that threatens life on earth. The bigger culprit is an economic and political system that relies on endless global appropriation of cheap food, energy, raw materials and labor.

Posted on Sep 13, 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



U.S. Denies Entry to Former British Ambassador Craig Murray

The diplomat who served in Uzbekistan from 2002 to 2004 is scheduled to chair the presentation of this year’s Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence to CIA-torture whistleblower John Kiriakou.

Posted on Sep 6, 2016 READ MORE



Mexico’s Zapatista Movement May Offer Solutions to Neoliberal Threats to Global Food Security

The indigenous group has built an autonomous, locally based food system that escapes corporate programs and practices that are fostering unprecedented poverty, hunger and suffering.

Posted on Aug 21, 2016 READ MORE



Con vs. Con

The remainder of the presidential campaign will be characterized by an attempt among liberals to discredit third-party and popular movements. Yet our only hope for change will come by breaking free from the tyranny of the two corporate parties.

Posted on Aug 15, 2016 READ MORE



With Trump Sure to Lose, Forget About a Progressive Clinton

“What seems most plausible from the current standpoint is a landslide for Clinton, and with it the triumph of complacent neoliberal orthodoxy,” writes Thomas Frank at The Guardian.

Posted on Aug 15, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump and the Plague of Atomization in a Neoliberal Age

In an age where everything is for sale, ethical accountability is a liability and empathy viewed as weakness, the quest for instant gratification is more important than supporting the public good and embracing an obligation to care for others.

Posted on Aug 10, 2016 READ MORE


Colin Powell’s Former Chief of Staff Thinks Hillary Clinton Is Too Eager to Resort to War

What exactly is “the playbook,” and why does onetime George W. Bush aide Lawrence Wilkerson say Hillary Clinton comes straight out of it?

Posted on Aug 4, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Cornel West: Donald Trump Would Be a Neofascist Catastrophe, Hillary Clinton a Neoliberal Disaster

Progressive activist Dr. Cornel West is ready to turn his back on the Democratic Party.

Posted on Aug 3, 2016 READ MORE


Chris Hedges and Robert Reich Debate the Future of the Progressive Movement (Video)

Hedges and Reich appear on “Democracy Now!” to debate whom progressives should support now that Sanders has endorsed Hillary Clinton.

Posted on Jul 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



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


Cornel West: Why I Endorse the Green Party’s Jill Stein Over ‘Neoliberal Disaster’ Hillary Clinton

“Brother Bernie ... was the standard-bearer for truth and justice during the primary at a national level, at a highly visible level,” but then he endorsed “hawk” and “militarist” Hillary Clinton, West says in an interview.

Posted on Jul 21, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Bernie Sanders’ Endgame Is an Opportunity for the Radical Left

The fundamental premise of Sanders’ campaign—that his “political revolution” can be accomplished within the confines of capitalism—is incorrect. That will soon be clear.

Posted on Jul 20, 2016 READ MORE



How Brexit Will Affect U.S. Foreign Policy

The decision of British voters to leave the European Union signaled the end of politics as usual in the U.K. Americans will have to wait until 2020 or later for a chance at real change.

Posted on Jul 5, 2016 READ MORE


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