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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.”

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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.

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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.

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Whiny Billionaires in Need of Sequestration

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

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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 WATCH & LISTEN



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.

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How OWS Toppled Itself

Postmodern confusion about how populist movements take hold and flourish caused Occupy Wall Street to “deconstruct” itself in a frenzied obsession with nonhierarchical structures, a disdain for demands, and other trappings of “lazy, reflexive libertarianism,” author and columnist Thomas Frank writes in The Baffler.

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Here Comes the Rolling Jubilee

An offshoot of Occupy Wall Street called Strike Debt has launched a movement called Rolling Jubilee that seeks to eliminate debt by purchasing it from financial firms and canceling it so borrowers do not have to repay.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


After Sandy, It’s Occupy to the Rescue

Members of New York City’s Occupy movement are waging an expanding relief effort for tens of thousands of people who remain without heat, power or hot water in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Observers are calling it Occupy’s finest hour.

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


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One Year Later: Lessons Learned From Occupy Wall Street

Occupiers say the movement is about building connections, creating alternative media sources and learning to cope without government.

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Leftists Explain Things to Me

You don’t have to participate in this system, but you do have to describe it and its complexities and contradictions accurately, and you do have to understand that when you choose not to participate, it better be for reasons more interesting than the cultivation of your own moral superiority, which is so often also the cultivation of recreational bitterness.

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October Surprise?

After a series of dream-come-true gaffes and blunders from Mitt Romney in recent weeks, Obama and his savvy campaign staff should really be home free, having run political circles around their Republican opponent as he was running circles around himself. There’s only one problem: the world.

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OWS Is a ‘Tactic’ That Is ‘Far From Over’

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges was in Zuccotti Park—the plaza in lower Manhattan known to Occupy Wall Street as “Liberty Square”—during the movement’s one-year anniversary. The genie of protest it let loose can’t be returned to the bottle of society’s margins, he told RT America.

Posted on Sep 20, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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Koch Bros. Group Plans Anti-Occupy Wall Street Protest

Observers say Occupy is dead, but the multimillion-dollar conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity is organizing a demonstration against the movement in New York City on Thursday “to stand up to Occupy Wall Street extremists.”

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Occupy Your Victories

The one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street produced a lot of mainstream media stories that assured you Occupy was only a bunch of tents that came down last year. Don’t buy it. A year is nothing and the mainstream media is oblivious to where power lies and how change works.

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Chris Hedges Debates the Black Bloc

In his article “The Cancer in Occupy” posted on Truthdig in February, Chris Hedges criticized Black Bloc activists, saying their use of violence in the streets would alienate the Occupy movement from mainstream Americans and legitimize the use of police violence in the eyes of the public. Black Bloc supporter Brian Traven debated him in New York City last week.

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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Occupy Wall Street: One Year Later

The Occupy movement is celebrating its first anniversary Monday with a full slate of protests and a side of party hats. At least 100 arrests have been reported thus far.

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Twitter Hands Over Occupy Messages

Twitter has bowed to threats of substantial fines and released messages sent by Occupy Wall Street protester Malcolm Harris relating to the arrest of roughly 700 people at a demonstration on the Brooklyn Bridge in October 2011.

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Sept. 17: Occupy Wall Street’s Birthday Celebration

The first anniversary of Occupy Wall Street promises to be a day of celebration, general protest and direct action one year after the cry for representation for the 99 percent first rang out in the streets of New York City’s financial district.

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Union Showdown in Chicago

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges stopped by “Democracy Now!” to talk about the Chicago public school teachers’ strike, “arguably one of the most important labor actions in probably decades,” which “illustrates the bankruptcy of both traditional labor and the Democratic Party.”

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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NYC, Park Owner Turn on Each Other in Zuccotti Eviction Case

New York City officials are blaming Brookfield Properties, the owner of the park where Occupy Wall Street activists were camped for nearly two months, for thousands of dollars of damage done to books, computers and other property destroyed during the eviction of protesters.

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How Tax Reporting Is Skewed to Benefit the Rich

Think tanks such as the Cato Institute and the Tax Foundation like to cherry-pick tax data to claim that the rich pay more than their fair share. But a broad look at taxation shows it’s not true, a writer at The Economist says.

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Speaking Truth on the Fifth of July

“Why it is so hard to tell the truth today?” I asked Vietnam veteran and anti-war hero Ron Kovic one summer night over drinks in midtown Manhattan.

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Russian Rockers Denounce Putin in Trial’s Closing Statements

“If this political system throws itself against three girls ... it shows this political system is afraid of truth,” a member of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot said as a judge set a verdict date on charges that the musicians engaged in hooliganism against the Russian government.

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Graham Nash Still Really Gives a S#!*

The first time Graham Nash made me want to talk back to grown-ups was in the summer of 1977. 

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Hedges Talks About His New Book on NPR

Chris Hedges stopped by NPR on Thursday to discuss his new book, “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt,” with “Talk of the Nation” host Neal Conan. Click below to listen to the interview.

Posted on Aug 3, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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NYPD vs. Occupy: Cops Out of Control

After eight months of study, legal researchers at NYU and Fordham University this week turned out a damning review of the NYPD’s behavior in policing the Occupy Wall Street protests.

Posted on Jul 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Fallout From the Bungled Bank Bailout

The financial meltdown and subsequent bailout have dampened Americans’ faith in government and stirred widespread outrage. Neil Barofsky, who once served as special inspector general in charge of oversight of the Troubled Asset Relief Program, says that anger may point the way toward reform.

Posted on Jul 23, 2012 READ MORE


A Challenge to Conservatives

It’s good that conservatives are finally taking seriously the problems of inequality and declining upward mobility. It’s unfortunate that they often evade the ways in which structural changes in the economy, combined with conservative policies, have made matters worse.

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The Revolution We Didn’t See Coming

Noam Chomsky and Tariq Ali (at right), two of the most active figures on the intellectual left, talk about protest, democracy and how the Arab Spring took the West by surprise.

Posted on Jul 15, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


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A Drumroll for Marxism in Europe

European youths, disaffected by the amorality of modern capitalism, are turning to Marxism in increasing numbers. Could America undergo a similar revival?

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The Dollars Fly Against Citizens United (Video)

Occupy protesters in Seattle tossed $5,000 out of a top window of downtown Seattle’s Roosevelt hotel on the Fourth of July. The action was against the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling, which removed a federal ban on corporate spending in political campaigns.

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Twitter Ordered to Turn Over Occupy Protester’s Tweets

A judge in Manhattan ruled Monday that Twitter must turn over some three months’ worth of data from the account of an Occupy Wall Street protester who is being prosecuted on charges of disorderly conduct.

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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.

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Big Enough to Fail

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: an indie look at the downfall of Washington Mutual, political surrogacy on the campaign trail, filmmaker Amy Ziering on rape in the military, and youth voter outreach at the world’s largest dance party.

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