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The Intellectuals We Abandon

The late political philosopher Sheldon Wolin explicated the mechanisms of control and manipulation used by the powerful. But those who most need to read his work have been left in darkness by an academy that has turned its back on the oppressed and caters to the elites. (Pictured, Wolin and James Baldwin, right.) 

Posted on Sep 4, 2016 READ MORE


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Reform or Revolution

Rosa Luxemburg warned the left about becoming seduced by liberals who speak the language of reform but serve the interests of capitalism. And she understood that holding fast to revolutionary ideals was, especially in a moment of crisis, a moral imperative.

Posted on May 22, 2016 READ MORE



The Graveyard of the Elites

The establishment structure is sliding toward its death, and the foremost sign of this is the silly and sickening display of “junk politics” that we call an election campaign.

Posted on Feb 28, 2016 READ MORE



The Age of the Demagogues

The collapse of our political and cultural institutions has turned charlatans and thugs such as presidential hopeful Donald Trump into viable candidates.

Posted on Nov 29, 2015 READ MORE



Sheldon Wolin and Inverted Totalitarianism

America’s most important contemporary political theorist, who died Oct. 21, warned that militarists and corporate capitalists, obsessed with creating a global empire, would extinguish our democracy. We should have heeded his warning. 

Posted on Nov 1, 2015 READ MORE



Why We Need Professional Revolutionists

The collapse of politics and the advent of corporate totalitarianism mean we must rely on a class of people whose sole vocation is revolution.

Posted on Nov 24, 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 WATCH & LISTEN


‘We Never Managed to Relax’ After World War II (Parts 4 and 5)

In the fourth and fifth installments of their long conversation on corporate capitalism and American democracy, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges and political philosopher Sheldon Wolin discuss the concept of “inverted totalitarianism,” Wolin’s experience as a university professor and the expulsion of unorthodox academics in the postwar United States.

Posted on Oct 30, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Can Capitalism and Democracy Coexist? (Parts 1, 2 and 3)

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges embarks on a long, ranging discussion with political philosopher and former professor of politics at Princeton University Sheldon Wolin on the state of American democracy and the rise of corporate capitalism.

Posted on Oct 25, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



The Imperative of Revolt

Two leading political philosophers, Sheldon Wolin and John Ralston Saul, explore the corporations’ slow-motion coup d’état and the prospects of financial collapse and revolt.

Posted on Oct 19, 2014 READ MORE



The Coming Climate Revolt

Civil disobedience must be used to abolish the oil, gas and coal companies and replace a government held captive by corporations. Otherwise, we will say goodbye to life as we know it.

Posted on Sep 21, 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



Thomas Paine, Our Contemporary

Paine did for the American Revolution what we must do for our present-day revolution against the corporate state: He created a political language that exposed the realities of despotic power and demanded a rational response.

Posted on May 25, 2014 READ MORE



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The Last Gasp of American Democracy

If we fail to halt the state’s wholesale intrusion into our private lives, exposed by the Snowden leaks, we will find ourselves living under a ruthless totalitarian system. (At right, NSA Director Keith Alexander.)

Posted on Jan 5, 2014 READ MORE



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Beyond the Politics of the Big Lie

The American public is suffering from an education deficit; a growing dearth of critical thinking which generates the ideology of the big lie—the myth that the free-market system is the only mechanism available to safeguard democracy and ensure human freedom.

Posted on Jun 19, 2012 READ MORE



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Zombie Politics: Dangerous Authoritarianism or Shrinking Democracy - Part II

It is difficult to imagine how a society in which a financial elite and megacorporations control almost every aspect of politics could possibly be mistaken for a democracy.

Posted on May 4, 2012 READ MORE


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