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What It Means to Be a Socialist

To be a socialist is to stand for the next generation and against the destructive forces of corporations and the military. If we do not move toward life, society will fall and take everyone with it.

Posted on Sep 20, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Chris Hedges on Tavis Smiley: Change Will Come Through Organizations of Mass Resistance

In a clip from an appearance on Tavis Smiley’s talk show on PBS, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges holds forth on topics covered in his new book, “Wages of Rebellion,” including the news media’s failure to do their job, the public loss of faith in the political process and the revolutionary potential bubbling beneath the surface of American life.

Posted on Jun 14, 2015 READ MORE

Cartier Boss Says Thought of the Poor Rising Up Keeps Him ‘Awake at Night’

The multibillionaire owner of the luxury jewelry company admitted to a group of his peers that he fears the poor will rise up and bring down the rich.

Posted on Jun 10, 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

AUDIO: What Does Chris Hedges Really Want From Us? (Updated)

In advance of the May 12 release of Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges’ new book, “Wages of Rebellion,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer asks Hedges what he’s really asking people to do when he urges them to revolt. Update: Transcript added.

Posted on May 9, 2015 READ MORE

Make the Rich Panic

As we saw in Baltimore, the corporate elites who hold absolute power react only when they become afraid. And they become afraid only when we take to the streets.

Posted on May 3, 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

Chris Hedges and Rev. David Bullock: Christmas Charity and Revolution

“The love that Jesus seems to represent, at least in the Bible, is love of people that forces you to reject any system that organizes, orders, and backs with military force a force that oppresses those people,” says Rev. David Bullock in a special Christmas episode of The Real News Network’s “Reality Asserts Itself.”

Posted on Dec 27, 2014 READ MORE

For the World’s Sake: Revolution in the United States

As a result of the United States’ disproportionate political, economic and military power, 121 million American voters hold the fate of billions in their hands every four years.

Posted on Nov 13, 2014 READ MORE

We Need a New Word for Revolution (Parts 6, 7 and 8)

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges and political philosopher Sheldon Wolin conclude their eight-part series on American democracy and corporate capitalism with conversations about the consequences of relentless totalitarianism, the nature of participatory democracy and how to think about the possibility of revolution.

Posted on Nov 7, 2014 READ MORE

Sex Pistols’ John Lydon on Russell Brand’s ‘Revolution’: ‘He’ll Make You All Homeless’

Actor, comedian and budding political commentator Russell Brand may have been surprised to hear that onetime Sex Pistol John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, is no fan of anarchism—or of Brand, for that matter. 

Posted on Oct 22, 2014 READ MORE

Russell Brand on How Capitalism Silences the Inherent Human Desire for Fairness

“I know, I know. I’m rich, I’m famous, I have money, I have had private security on and off for years,” comedian Russell Brand acknowledges in a recent article for The Guardian as he discusses the need to abolish the guard labor that protects the rich. However, he goes on to concede, “There is no doubt that I as much as anyone have to change. Revolution is change.”

Posted on Oct 13, 2014 READ MORE

Russell Brand and ‘The Young Turks’ on Revolution, Obama, Fox News and More

Comedian Russell Brand reminds Cenk Uygur, host of the online liberal commentary show “The Young Turks,” and the rest of us that Thomas Jefferson, one of our “main men,” once said, “Every generation should have a revolution.”

Posted on Aug 27, 2014 READ MORE

Fighting (for) the Right to Party

The conventional left wisdom that music functions primarily as an occasion for the liberated expression of “collective joy” is all washed up. The carnivalesque spectacles are dead ends, channeling what might find political expression into narrowly personalized exercises in adolescent subjectivity.

Posted on Jul 17, 2014 READ MORE

Crowdsourcing Our Way Out of the Democracy Crisis

An increasing number of Americans are getting fed up with the phony democracy that exists in the United States. Across the nation people are engaging in democracy rebellions as they re-examine the nation’s roots, especially with the 4th of July weekend recently passing.

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 READ MORE

From Death to Doughnuts: Why Immigrants Dream of America

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: We look at America’s birthday through the eyes and words of refugees. Also, Hobby Lobby’s religious freedom and the war on women.

Posted on Jul 3, 2014 READ MORE

From Death to Doughnuts: Why Immigrants Dream of America

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: We look at America’s birthday through the eyes and words of refugees. Also, Hobby Lobby’s religious freedom and the war on women.

Posted on Jul 3, 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

Lewis Lapham and Thomas Frank Forecast the Next American Revolution

The Harper’s Magazine associates have had their eyes on America and its moneyed rulers for a combined nine decades. In a bookstore conversation about the latest issue of Lapham’s Quarterly, they name the forces conspiring to drive the nation into another age of upheaval.

Posted on May 4, 2014 READ MORE

How ‘Revolution’ Became an Adjective

For the last several years, the word has been hanging around backstage on the national television talk-show circuit waiting for somebody, anybody—visionary poet, unemployed automobile worker, late-night comedian—to cue its appearance on camera.

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 READ MORE

A New World Order?

Increasingly, the unitary status of states is being called into question. Civil war, violence, and internecine struggles of various sorts are visibly on the rise. In many cases, state power seems to be draining away to no other state’s gain. So here’s one question: Where exactly is power located on our planet right now?

Posted on Mar 3, 2014 READ MORE

Trove of Images From the French Revolution Now Available Online

A digital archive containing 14,000 graphics from the period of upheaval is available for your viewing pleasure courtesy of Stanford University Libraries.

Posted on Feb 3, 2014 READ MORE

chris.corwin (CC BY SA 2.0)

Why There’s No Outcry for a Revolution in America

Middle incomes are sinking, the ranks of the poor are swelling, almost all the economic gains are going to the top, and big money is corrupting our democracy. So why isn’t there more of a ruckus?

Posted on Jan 27, 2014 READ MORE

Russell Brand: ‘Socialism Is Christianity Politicized’

Comedian-actor-writer Russell Brand took on a range of topics including spirituality, materialism, politics and revolution during an interview at Cambridge University’s student union in England last week.

Posted on Jan 21, 2014 READ MORE

Meet the People ‘Being the Change’

In search of communities striving to build viable alternatives to scorched earth capitalism, a documentary team profiled people in Spain, Estonia and Indonesia who are creating underground economies that serve them, rather than waiting for political parties and corporate institutions to engender humane social change.

Posted on Jan 4, 2014 READ MORE

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The Arc of Justice and the Long Run

Sometimes cause and effect are centuries apart; sometimes Martin Luther King’s arc of the moral universe that bends toward justice is so long few see its curve; sometimes hope lies not in looking forward but backward to study the line of that arc.

Posted on Dec 23, 2013 READ MORE

Kim Nicolini

Russell Brand, the Posh Left and the Politics of Class

What interested me more than Brand’s essay in The New Statesman this October was the backlash that he and people on the Left who support his political stance received from elite Academic Leftists and insulated politically correct Secular Leftists.

Posted on Dec 2, 2013 READ MORE

Another Hour With Russell Brand

For those who can’t get enough of the revolutionary message of the British comedian-turned-populist figure, The Huffington Post UK hosted an hourlong interview last week in East London with journalist and broadcaster Mehdi Hasan.

Posted on Nov 10, 2013 READ MORE


Our Invisible Revolution

The old ideas that justified global capitalism and the oligarchic elites are being discredited. At some point the battle occurring below the surface will explode.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 READ MORE

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Truthdigger of the Week: Russell Brand

In his recent print and television appearances, British comedian Russell Brand, one of the freest men on Earth, has given the left a priceless opportunity.

Posted on Oct 27, 2013 READ MORE


Revolution a la Russell Brand (Video)

The actor-comedian-turned-revolutionary tells Jeremy Paxman of the BBC’s “Newsnight” that a massive change is on the way in a 10-minute interview that will have you up in arms about the current state of democracy.

Posted on Oct 24, 2013 READ MORE

‘Look at These Ridiculous Boots’

Russell Brand’s absurd description of humanity’s best prospects for salvation is an apt example of the corporate media-shaped chaos of understanding moving around inside many people’s heads.

Posted on Oct 7, 2013 READ MORE

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The Sparks of Rebellion

The tinder for revolt will not be the same as in past industrialized societies. Guided by the revolutionists who came before us, we will have to create our own forms of resistance out of the wreckage of the corporate state.

Posted on Sep 30, 2013 READ MORE

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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

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Martin Luther King and the Two 9/11s

So much has changed since that hot day in August 1963 when Martin Luther King delivered his famous words from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. So much—and yet so little.

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: July 4 and the Meaning of America

On this Independence Day-themed show, Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ponder the meaning of America. If our nation was founded by revolutionaries, what would they think of our current surveillance practices, economic opportunities, gay rights and foreign policy? Is NSA leaker Edward Snowden in the tradition of the founders of this country?

Posted on Jul 6, 2013 READ MORE

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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.

Posted on Apr 14, 2013 READ MORE


Cairo Burning: The Great Soccer Riots of 2013 and the Revolution

A new round of violence was sparked by an appeals court ruling on soccer violence from a year ago, but was wrought up with post-revolutionary passions and divisions in Egypt

Posted on Mar 10, 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


Posted on Jan 30, 2013 READ MORE

End of Revolution

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 READ MORE    

Egypt’s New Pharaoh

Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, with power in their grasp, are crushing those who stand in the way of single-party rule, and the government’s weapon of choice is the poor.

Posted on Dec 16, 2012 READ MORE

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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.

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 READ MORE


Scene From a ‘Liberated’ Syria

Fighters in the Free Syrian Army are optimistic they will shake their nation loose from Bashar al-Assad’s rule. But what will their cities, towns and villages look like when their struggle is over? Some are looking to the West for help rebuilding their country.

Posted on Jul 25, 2012 READ MORE

Mr. Fish

Soup Having Sex With Soup

“If only we could pull out our brain and use only our eyes,” Picasso said, naming the distinct advantage that artists have always had over pundits and polemicists when it came to perceiving the world as it is; pundits and polemicists being much more likely to insist that the world is whatever a person wants it to be.

Posted on Jun 9, 2012 READ MORE    

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Egyptian Women Protesters Assaulted in Tahrir Square

In what looks to be an attempt to keep females out of Cairo’s political life, hundreds of men assaulted about 50 Egyptian women and their male supporters as they marched against sexual harassment in Tahrir Square on Friday.

Posted on Jun 9, 2012 READ MORE

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Mubarak Is Sentenced to Life in Prison

An Egyptian judge sentenced former President Hosni Mubarak to a life term in prison Saturday for complicity in the killing of unarmed protesters during the uprising that ousted him from power last year. But corruption charges against Mubarak and his sons were dismissed, touching off anger and disbelief in the Arab street.

Posted on Jun 2, 2012 READ MORE

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Dispatches From Cairo: Sand and Political Excitement Fill the Air as Election Nears

One month before Egypt’s presidential vote, 100,000 or more Islamists and liberals of all parties packed Tahrir Square to join in support of Egypt’s revolution.

Posted on Apr 21, 2012 READ MORE

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Youth in Revolt: The Plague of State-Sponsored Violence

Young people the world over demonstrating against economic injustice are met with state-sanctioned violence and insults in the mainstream media, rather than informed dialogue, critical engagement and reformed policies.

Posted on Mar 14, 2012 READ MORE

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How Empires Fall: An Interview With Jonathan Schell

Since Occupy and the Arab Spring, the animating message of Schell’s “Unconquerable World”—that, in the age of nuclear weaponry, nonviolent action is the mightiest of forces—has undergone a renaissance of sorts.

Posted on Mar 3, 2012 READ MORE

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