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Forty Years Ago, the CIA Had Its Eye on Jamaica—and Bob Marley Got Shot

The groundbreaking musician sang about revolution against an unfair global system and nearly paid with his life in 1976. In the U.S., the rise of Bernie Sanders gives reason to believe Americans are becoming aware of the changes that Marley envisioned.

Posted on Dec 2, 2016 READ MORE


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Reflections on the Death of Fidel

All previous socialist revolutionaries had seemed grimly puritanical; by contrast, Castro’s barbudos appeared almost to be bohemians with guns. Democracy and radical reform were poised to replace dictatorship and social misery.

Posted on Nov 26, 2016 READ MORE



Fidel Castro Is Dead at 90 (Video)

“Condemn me. It does not matter. History will absolve me,” said the lawyer turned revolutionary leader before wrenching Cuba from the grip of the U.S.-backed authoritarian Fulgencio Batista in 1959.

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A Blueprint for a Party That Is Truly for the Working Class

Such a party, writes Seth Ackerman at Jacobin magazine, “must be independent—determining its own platform and educating around it. It should actually contest elections. And its candidates for public office should be members of the party, accountable to the membership, and pledged to respect the platform.”

Posted on Nov 21, 2016 READ MORE


Robert Scheer and Socialist Kshama Sawant Talk About Progress for Seattle Workers

Sawant, who is in her second term on Seattle’s City Council, and Truthdig’s editor in chief discuss her political achievements and challenges. Audio and transcript.

Posted on Nov 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


‘Hold Fast to the Causes of the Oppressed’: Chris Hedges Speaks at Jill Stein Rally in Philadelphia

The columnist’s speech Saturday was part of a final campaign event for the Green Party presidential candidate.

Posted on Nov 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Here’s What Hillary Clinton Could Do to Get Bernie Sanders’ Supporters to Vote for Her (Video)

Socialist millennial Kate Aronoff outlines seven things the Democratic presidential candidate “has to do to maybe, just maybe” win her vote.

Posted on Sep 29, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



R.I.P., Shimon Peres: The Last Great Israeli Leader to Believe in a Two-State Solution

Make no mistake, the late Shimon Peres was a hard-line Israeli nationalist, but he also was a dedicated socialist and at one point headed Socialist International. That stance helped him appreciate the need for human rights for all human beings.

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Hey Millennials, Here’s What Gary Johnson Believes (Video)

For starters, the Libertarian Party presidential candidate supports the Trans-Pacific Partnership, fracking and “massive cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and social welfare programs of all kinds,” writes Mother Jones blogger Kevin Drum.

Posted on Sep 23, 2016 READ MORE



Justice for Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden

A radical defense of the human and political rights of Manning and Snowden should not be limited to only the known views and statements of such whistleblowers.

Posted on Sep 22, 2016 READ MORE



Comments of the Week: Taking Aim at Goliath

Many articles posted on Truthdig point out the myriad pressing issues needing the public’s attention at any given moment, and we frequently hear feedback to the tune of “Right, so now what?”

Posted on Sep 14, 2016 READ MORE



Is Socialism the ‘Obvious’ Answer to Growing Inequality?

Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn have shined a spotlight on the economic model that can lead us out of gaping inequality; Canada could actually benefit if Donald Trump wins the U.S. elections; meanwhile, we may need to reconsider air travel in times of climate change. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 17, 2016 READ MORE



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



The Millennial Generation Is a Perfect Fit for Socialism

Capitalism has only itself to blame, forcing millennials to look for an alternative.

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Why Bernie Sanders Is Still Standing

In the Cold War era, the Vermont senator’s “socialist” label would have been enough to stop his campaign in its tracks, but now, many younger voters don’t know what communism was and, as a result, Red-baiting has lost its sting.

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Chris Hedges on the Legacy of Rosa Luxemburg (Video)

At Left Forum 2016, Truthdig contributor Chris Hedges explained how the early 20th-century revolutionary socialist’s philosophies are relevant to today’s struggle against capitalism.

Posted on May 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



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.

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State Lawmakers Attack Efforts to Make Local Economies More Inclusive

Across the country, state legislatures are working to make municipal attempts to leverage public spending for local job creation illegal.

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If Things Are So Bad, Why Don’t We Do Something About It?

“Mass collective action against exploitation and oppression is rare. If humans everywhere are committed to defending their individual interests, why don’t we resist more?” ask Jacobin magazine’s Bhaskar Sunkara and Adaner Usmani.

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How Swedish Socialism Failed

By the lights of its founding ideals, the Swedish model of socialism invoked by Bernie Sanders has been in decline since the 1970s, thanks to pressure from globalization and its original failure to concentrate ownership in the hands of workers.

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The Third Way: Share-the-Gains Capitalism

If I were a betting man, I’d bet on a model of capitalism that’s neither no-lose socialism for the rich nor cruel hypercapitalism for the rest, but share-the-gains capitalism for everyone.

Posted on May 3, 2016 READ MORE



The Socialist Alternative

Seattle’s socialist City Council member, Kshama Sawant, has called on Bernie Sanders to break with the Democratic Party and run as an independent. If he refuses, she says, his supporters must build a third party without him.

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Bernie Sanders, the Man Who Rewrote the Rules of Political Attraction, Woos California

Who would have guessed that a 74-year-old would be the hipster candidate of 2016? That a man would be the most compelling option for so many women in a campaign featuring a female? That a Jewish socialist would be the candidate of choice for the black activist class?

Posted on Mar 24, 2016 READ MORE



Fair and Prosperous Socialism in America May Be Closer Than You Think

Historian and activist Gar Alperovitz argues that many socialist institutions exist in the U.S. with the support of both liberal and conservative citizens and politicians—and many more are in the making.

Posted on Feb 27, 2016 READ MORE



Chomsky: Trump’s Rise Is Due to the ‘Breakdown of Society’

MIT professor and intellectual Noam Chomsky compares the political environment that’s allowed Donald Trump to flourish with the Great Depression era of the 1930s, as “people feel isolated, helpless, victim of powerful forces that they do not understand and cannot influence.”

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Why We Need Democratic Socialism to Fix Our Educational System

Children aren’t products to be bought and sold. The profit motive should end at the front door of the public school.

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Thomas Piketty: Bernie Sanders Heralds a New Era in American Politics

“In many respects, we are witnessing the end of the politico-ideological cycle opened by the victory of Ronald Reagan at the 1980 elections,” writes French economist Thomas Piketty, whose 2014 book “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” made inequality a respectable topic of conversation among professionals and beltway pundits.

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AUDIO: Robert Scheer Interviews Ralph Nader, Consumer Advocate and Voice Against Corporate Power

By Robert Scheer

In this week’s episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” the Truthdig editor-in-chief’s podcast on KCRW, Nader talks about the rise of Bernie Sanders and the conditions he believes that Sanders must set in order to endorse Hillary Clinton in the event she wins the Democratic nomination.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Memory of Martin Luther King Is Distorted, Professor Argues

The “Commemorative King,” the “Therapeutic King,” the “Conservative King” and the “Commodified King.” Each of them “competes for our attention,” though they represent a vision of the man that “he himself would not have recognized,” writes history professor Thomas J. Sugrue.

Posted on Jan 18, 2016 READ MORE



2015 in Review: Truthdig’s Best Columns of the Year

At the start of 2016, Truthdig takes a look at some of the columns we published last year that were our favorites.

Posted on Jan 2, 2016 READ MORE



Kshama Sawant: For Many Millennials, the Dirty Word Is ‘Capitalism,’ Not ‘Socialism’

“In 2013, many people voted for me in spite of the fact I was a socialist,” the Seattle city councilwoman writes in The Guardian. “In this year’s election [2015], many more people voted consciously for socialist politics.”

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At 70, Baby Boomers Face a New Acid Test

Can a generation that turned the world on its ear in so many ways conquer the cancer of corporate domination?

Posted on Dec 30, 2015 READ MORE



The Problem With Markets: A Holiday Tale

“Like all human institutions, markets have strengths and weaknesses,” writes economist Richard Wolff. Exalting them as if they were some ideal mechanism for distributing resources “should be rejected as the self-serving tool of societies’ richest operated at the expense of everyone else.”

Posted on Dec 26, 2015 READ MORE



So You Want to Ditch Your Landlord

“Real estate as a store of private wealth is the rotten tree that sprouts [the] diseased branches” of homelessness, unaffordable urban real estate, gentrification and dangerous housing bubbles, writes Jesse A. Meyerson at The Nation. “[T]he solution is to quit pruning twigs and chop the sucker down.”

Posted on Dec 10, 2015 READ MORE



We Won’t Fix Inequality by Tweaking Capitalism

The disparities in wealth that we term “income inequality” happened by design, writes social critic Stephen Thrasher. And “they can’t be fixed by fiddling at the edges of our current economic system.”

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 READ MORE



Study Finds British Press ‘Systematically Undermined’ Progressive Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn

In an analysis of nearly 500 articles on the recently elected U.K. Labour Party head, the Media Reform Coalition found that the majority of the pieces printed were “ ‘negative,’ meaning they were openly hostile or expressed animosity or ridicule.”

Posted on Nov 29, 2015 READ MORE



Something Remarkable Is Happening on the Political Left in Portugal

After a general election left political options in Portugal a bit hazy this month, a coalition made up of the Socialist, Communist, Green and Left Bloc parties ousted a conservative government that held the reins for a mere 11 days. And that’s not all the anti-austerity Portuguese have done in recent weeks.

Posted on Nov 29, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant

The socialist’s achievements in office, including a minimum-wage hike to $15, and re-election this month are exposing as a sham the idea that the welfare of workers, especially the unskilled, is incompatible with a prosperous economy.

Posted on Nov 21, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Bernie Sanders Champions Democratic Socialism in Major Speech at Georgetown

The Democratic presidential candidate presented himself as heir to the populist legacy of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the clearest articulation yet of his political philosophy and vision for the United States.

Posted on Nov 20, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Terrorism, Immigration and Islam: Fear Is the GOP’s Trump Card

The importance of who gets to set the agenda in the presidential race was brought home by a new poll released this week. Concerns related to race, immigration and attitudes toward Islam divide the country deeply. That’s the agenda the Republicans want to be paramount.

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 READ MORE



What Socialism Means to Bernie Sanders—and You

Once upon a time, socialists running for president in the United States had to explain that while they had no chance of actually winning an election, their campaigns were aimed at “educating” voters—about socialism.

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 READ MORE



Bill Gates: ‘The Private Sector Is Inept,’ Only Good Government Can Save the Climate

In a recent interview with The Atlantic, the Microsoft co-founder declared that the private sector alone cannot save the world from the ravages of climate change.

Posted on Oct 29, 2015 READ MORE



Why Are We Hearing So Much About Those Damn Danes?

Bernie Sanders’ presidential bid is putting Denmark on the map—specifically, its brand of democratic socialism.

Posted on Oct 29, 2015 READ MORE



The True Issue With Netanyahu’s Speech About the Holocaust

The Israeli prime minister’s inflammatory speech is more troubling than it may appear on the surface; Russian politicians are attempting to make it illegal to come out as gay; Bernie Sanders could use American history to explain socialism. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 25, 2015 READ MORE



Anderson Cooper Is in the 1 Percent—So Why Did Democrats Let Him Run the Debate?

When discussing the Oct. 13 debate, perhaps it’s worth noting that CNN’s Anderson Cooper is richer than all of the top five Democratic candidates combined; scientists are still trying to figure out where dogs come from; meanwhile, a writer suggests different ways Bernie Sanders could do a better job of answering questions about democratic socialism. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 20, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Chris Hedges on What It Truly Means to Be a Socialist

In his recent speech before the Green Party of Orange County, Calif., Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges talked passionately about socialism, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and the moral imperative to revolt.

Posted on Oct 18, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Bernie Sanders’ Money Haul Should Make Hillary Clinton Nervous

Sanders’ presidential campaign announced that it raised an eye-bugging $26 million in the third quarter—essentially matching the $28 million raised during those three months by Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

Posted on Oct 1, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: The Kind of Society We Want

By Jeremy Corbyn

We celebrate the values of solidarity, of compassion, of social justice, fighting for the underprivileged, and of working for people at home and abroad. These things are not dreams, but practical realities that we, together, intend to achieve.

Posted on Sep 25, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Cornel West Compares Bernie Sanders With Jesse Jackson

Bernie Sanders’ most high-profile black supporter describes the socialist senator’s presidential campaign as “even more progressive” than those of Democratic insurgent Jesse Jackson in the 1980s. In an interview, West also touches on the issue of Israel.

Posted on Sep 21, 2015 READ MORE


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