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Reflecting on Some of Jon Stewart’s Best Moments: The Fox and CNN Interviews

As Jon Stewart heads into the final stretch of hosting “The Daily Show,” Truthdig has chosen some of our favorite segments from both his popular Comedy Central news satire and other news shows on which he appeared (usually to the chagrin of those shows).

Posted on Aug 4, 2015 READ MORE

AUDIO: Chris Hedges on the Implosion of Global Capitalism

In this sweeping survey of an international crisis caused by “global capitalism based on speculation,” author, Truthdig columnist and activist Chris Hedges delivers a stark and urgent apprisal of the worldwide catastrophe that’s sure to come if the current system isn’t confronted and forced to change.

Posted on May 26, 2015 READ MORE

Tariq Ali: The Time Is Right for a Palace Revolution

One of our most trenchant critics of corporate capitalism deplores the rise of an “extreme center” that has seized control of the political process and wages endless war while doing the bidding of global corporations. Our only hope, he says, is revolt.

Posted on Mar 1, 2015 READ MORE

Can the Greek Tragedy Be Rewritten?

The world is watching to see if the anti-austerity party Syriza can turn things around for Greece. Success may inspire hope in the economically desperate across the globe—and fear among the elites.

Posted on Feb 19, 2015 READ MORE

The Noise Machine That Quells Dissent

Police in a number of U.S. cities aren’t just tasering and tear-gassing protesters, they’re attacking their sense of hearing.

Posted on Jan 20, 2015 READ MORE

Chris Hedges and Laura Flanders on Drones and Civil Disobedience

Truthdig columnist, author and activist Chris Hedges paid a visit this week to “The Laura Flanders Show” to discuss U.S. foreign policy, civil disobedience, resistance to empire and the corporate state, as well as a host of other topics.

Posted on Dec 4, 2014 READ MORE

Study: The .01% Is the New 1%

Comparisons between post-2008 America and the economic quagmire of the 1930s have been circulating for years, but a new study out of the London School of Economics sets the country back even further—and moves the decimal point back a couple of spaces on the 1 percent to highlight an even smaller and richer demographic.

Posted on Nov 11, 2014 READ MORE

Shrinking the Global Income Gap

A new study from Harvard Business School suggests that people all across the world, from very divergent backgrounds and ideologies, want the income gap to become smaller—and also that it’s actually bigger than they realized.

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 READ MORE

Sacrificing the Vulnerable, From Gaza to America

The abandonment of Gazans, some of the planet’s most powerless people, illustrates how all who are vulnerable are now routinely sacrificed by our political elites.

Posted on Sep 14, 2014 READ MORE

American Socrates

Noam Chomsky, for more than five decades, has epitomized what it means to be intellectual. He is brilliant, fiercely independent, ruthlessly honest and fearless in naming the crimes of the power elite and their liberal apologists.

Posted on Jun 15, 2014 READ MORE

The Rules of Revolt

There are fundamental lessons to be taken from the protests that swept through China 25 years ago, ignited by the student occupation of Tiananmen Square. Revolutions differ, but most have similar dynamics.

Posted on Jun 9, 2014 READ MORE

Chris Hedges Introduces ‘The Occupy Portraits’ (Video)

When photos of violence against Occupy Wall Street protesters began to appear in The New York Times, Los Angeles photographer Annie Appel set out to capture the faces and record the hopes of participants in 12 American cities. The result is a 572-page ready-to-print book, with a foreword from Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges.

Posted on Jun 2, 2014 READ MORE

Twitter: Censorship at Governments’ Requests

Last week, Twitter made a pro-Ukrainian Twitter feed inaccessible in Russia. In addition to blocking that account, Twitter has also worked with the Turkish government to monitor content that officials there find objectionable.

Posted on May 27, 2014 READ MORE

A Third Lens: Why Awareness of Class Cultures Can Strengthen Movements for Social Change

Bringing a class analysis to our understanding of privilege can help make sense of a broad range of experiences.

Posted on May 22, 2014 READ MORE

Cecily McMillan Sentenced to Three Months in Jail

The Occupy Wall Street activist who two weeks ago was found guilty of assaulting a police officer as he led her out of a protest in Zuccotti Park was sentenced Monday.

Posted on May 19, 2014 READ MORE

They Can’t Outlaw the Revolution

Cecily McMillan could get up to seven years on her conviction of hitting a plainclothes policeman who grabbed her in Zuccotti Park. The persecution of the Occupy activist has become emblematic of the state’s use of the courts to criminalize nonviolent dissent and try to crush new mass movements.

Posted on May 18, 2014 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Cecily McMillan

Occupy Wall Street organizer Cecily McMillan is paying with her time and body for our leaders’ sins of unbridled power and extreme wealth.

Posted on May 11, 2014 READ MORE

Activist Cecily McMillan Found Guilty of Assaulting Police Officer

The Occupy Wall Street organizer, whom Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges profiled last month, was convicted Monday on charges of “assaulting” an NYPD officer who grabbed her breast as he removed her from a protest. She faces up to seven years in prison.

Posted on May 5, 2014 READ MORE

Protest Listen: ‘How Is the Revolution Supposed to Shine?’

The world’s dispossessed have always made sense of their troubles and eased their sorrows through music. The Internet lets them do it across borders and cultures.

Posted on May 1, 2014 READ MORE

The Crime of Peaceful Protest

Cecily McMillan—facing the possibility of seven years in prison for elbowing a plainclothes policeman in Zuccotti Park—is the latest victim of a cloaked offensive to destroy activist leaders.

Posted on Apr 27, 2014 READ MORE

U.S. Justice Department Probes High-Speed Trading

File this under “In Case You Missed It” (or “ICYMI,” for Twitter-savvy types): The U.S. Justice Department has launched a probe of high-speed trading to see whether it involves illegal insider trading, Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday.

Posted on Apr 6, 2014 READ MORE

What If Your Income Grew as Fast as the Top 1 Percent?

The editors at Mother Jones reveal how much money you would be earning annually today if the super-rich hadn’t rigged the system.

Posted on Mar 3, 2014 READ MORE

Will Civil Liberties Survive OWS Trial?

As an Occupy Wall Street activist goes to trial on charges of assaulting a police officer, author and lawyer Chase Madar asks what the rights to freedom of assembly, freedom of the press and freedom from warrantless search are worth in the United States today.

Posted on Feb 15, 2014 READ MORE

Seattle Socialist Kshama Sawant Takes Office

Seattle’s first socialist city official in decades, an economics teacher, former Occupy Wall Street activist and former Truthdigger of the Week, ran on a campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. She enters office Monday along with Mayor Ed Murray.

Posted on Jan 6, 2014 READ MORE

Walmart’s Cashing In on the Occupy Movement

For $52 you can own a poster of the Occupy Wall Street encampment, courtesy of Walmart; police officers in Texas can get search warrants based on a future crime they somehow foresee; meanwhile, a group of editors is trying to correct varied translations on Wikipedia. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 19, 2013 READ MORE

‘We Are Living in the World Occupy Made’

Dan Cantor, executive director of the Working Families Party, the national, independent, inequality-focused political coalition sponsored by labor unions that helped elect Bill de Blasio to the position of mayor of New York City, tells “Democracy Now!” about the role Occupy Wall Street played in the latest election.

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 READ MORE

Pepper Spray Villain’s Compensation Exceeds Occupiers’

The UC Davis cop who pepper-sprayed at close range a group of peacefully protesting students was awarded $38,000 for his experience in the aftermath of the altercation, more than those he brutalized received.

Posted on Oct 24, 2013 READ MORE

Poster Boy NYC (CC-BY)

Searching for Sustainable Models of Activism, 2 Years After Occupy

While economists are celebrating a tenuous recovery five years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, this week’s U.S. Census Bureau report on poverty provided a sobering statistic.

Posted on Sep 19, 2013 READ MORE

WarmSleepy (CC BY 2.0)

Joy Arises, Rules Fall Apart

On the second anniversary of that day in lower Manhattan when people sat down in outrage and stayed in dedication and solidarity and hope, remember how unpredictably the world changes, remember those doing heroic work that you might hear little or nothing about but who are all around you, remember to hope and remember to build.

Posted on Sep 16, 2013 READ MORE

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (CC BY-SA 2.0)

A Public Advocate for Mayor of New York?

New York City mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio told Bhaskar Sunkara of Jacobin magazine that he disapproved of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s handling of the Occupy protests and that if he were elected, he would appoint an independent official to monitor the NYPD and lead the effort to strengthen unions.

Posted on Aug 23, 2013 READ MORE

Chris Hedges on How to Move Forward

After a series of interviews discussing such issues as corporate control of America and the grim realities facing the economy and environment, the Real News Network’s Paul Jay asks the Truthdig columnist what he thinks is “the key link for what’s next.”

Posted on Jul 25, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Mary Altaffer

Locking Out the Voices of Dissent

With Occupy crushed, the corporate state aims to deny public space to any group that might trigger a new popular uprising. If this repression wins out, the resulting silence may be replaced with the thunder of violent resistance.

Posted on Jul 14, 2013 READ MORE

Svadlifari (CC BY-ND 2.0)

The Wonderful American World of Informers and Agents Provocateurs

American high-tech surveillance is not the only kind around. There’s also the lower tech, up-close-and-personal kind that involves informers and sometimes government-instigated violence, which major news organizations have not put together in a way that gives us an overview of the phenomenon.

Posted on Jun 28, 2013 READ MORE

David Graeber: They’re Enslaving You With Debt

Debt has been weaponized “pretty much continually” for the last four or five millennia by “people who have access to the ability to make credit,” the anthropologist, Occupy activist and anarchist said on the “Keiser Report” TV show in late April.

Posted on May 31, 2013 READ MORE

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Too Soon to Tell: The Case for Hope, Continued

If you take the long view, you’ll see how startlingly, how unexpectedly but regularly things change. Not by magic, but by the incremental effect of countless acts of courage, love and commitment, the small drops that wear away stones and carve new landscapes, and sometimes by torrents of popular will that change the world suddenly.

Posted on May 21, 2013 READ MORE

Save Our Democracy: Buy the L.A. Times for $660 Million

The Other 98%, a group loosely associated with Occupy Wall Street, is trying to raise enough cash to outbid Rupert Murdoch and the Koch brothers in their efforts to buy the Tribune Company, owner of the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune and The Baltimore Sun, among other newspapers.

Posted on May 17, 2013 READ MORE

Stephen D. Melkisethian (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Fearlessness Grows From the Grass Roots

As people see that the government represents Wall Street and concentrated wealth instead of their interests, more of them are becoming fearless.

Posted on May 10, 2013 READ MORE

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How the Rich Benefited From the Recovery (While Most of Us Got Nothing)

The richest Americans made trillions during the so-called economic recovery from 2009 to 2011, while most everyone else’s net worth dropped, according to a recent study. “It’s as if the entire economic recovery is going into the pockets of the rich,” Les Leopold writes at AlterNet. “And that’s no accident.”

Posted on May 5, 2013 READ MORE

Abode of Chaos (CC BY 2.0)

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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A Path to More Effective Activism

In line with the teachings of academic and social philosopher Noam Chomsky, a study shows that people are likelier to join causes that present visions of a society that is warmer, friendlier and more moral than the one they live in than they are to support efforts that do not feature such outlooks.

Posted on Mar 22, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Osamu Honda

Whiny Billionaires in Need of Sequestration

Where is the Occupy movement now that the depravity of the super rich is on full display?

Posted on Mar 5, 2013 READ MORE

Paradigm Publishers

Youth in Revolt

Guided by the notion that unregulated, market-driven values and relations should shape every domain of human life, a business model of governance has eviscerated any viable notion of social responsibility and conscience in the United States, writes Henry A. Giroux in his new book, “Youth in Revolt.”

Posted on Feb 2, 2013 READ MORE

Verso Books

The Making of Global Capitalism

Although Karl Marx discerned in the middle of the 19th century that a new class of capitalists was creating “a world after its own image,” it took until the beginning of the 21st century before “a constantly expanding market” could be said to have fully spread capitalist social relations “over the entire surface of the globe,” write Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin in their new book, “The Making of Global Capitalism.”

Posted on Jan 31, 2013 READ MORE

We the Peephole

Posted on Jan 21, 2013 READ MORE    

Illustration by Mr. Fish

State of Fear

The security and surveillance state, recently released FBI documents show, monitors even mainstream dissenters and is determined to shut down all organized resistance to corporate rule. The goal: an encompassing system of pervasive fear and overt intimidation.

Posted on Jan 7, 2013 READ MORE

Tiffanie Tran

Modify Your Criticism, Please

Left-wing generationalism is on display on the pages of this month’s Jacobin as editor Peter Frase responds to Baffler contributor Thomas Frank’s criticism of the ethos of the Occupy movement.

Posted on Dec 27, 2012 READ MORE

Secret Docs: The FBI vs. Occupy

Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, the woman who obtained records showing the FBI monitored Occupy Wall Street from its earliest days as a potential terrorist threat, talks about how agents conducted the effort to track the movement.

Posted on Dec 27, 2012 READ MORE

Romney the Reluctant Presidential Candidate, Another Kennedy Weighs Senate Run, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker’s personal connection with gun violence and the surprising information revealed by the FBI’s internal records on the Occupy movement.

Posted on Dec 23, 2012 READ MORE

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