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The Lonely American

Communal activities, from attendance at sporting events to civic organizations, have plummeted. We are isolated and have become hapless victims of corporate propaganda. We must reconnect to resist.

Posted on Jun 28, 2015 READ MORE



Orwell, Huxley and America’s Plunge Into Authoritarianism

In spite of their differing perceptions, George Orwell and Aldous Huxley both argued that the established democracies of the West were quickly foreclosing the promise of liberal democracy and entering a space where totalitarianism perverts the modern ideals of justice, freedom and political emancipation.

Posted on Jun 21, 2015 READ MORE



Our Mania for Hope Is a Curse

Our corporate masters know that our obsession with hope—the irrational belief we are headed toward some glorious future—causes us to ignore reality and remain disempowered. And this is why they peddle the myth of inevitable progress across the cultural and political spectrum.

Posted on May 24, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Scheer and Hedges on Surveillance, Corporatism and the National Security State (Part 3/7)

Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer continue their conversation for The Real News Network about Scheer’s latest book, “They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy.” In this segment, they discuss whether there is room for optimism vis-à-vis the surveillance of American citizens and the plunder of personal data by the fused corporate-political state.

Posted on May 21, 2015 READ MORE


Interview: Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges on the Military-Industrial-Intelligence Complex (Part 1)

In the first part of a wide-ranging, seven-part discussion about Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer’s new book, “They Know Everything About You,” Scheer says the U.S. government and private industry have merged to turn the Internet into a massive machine for simultaneously selling to and spying on Americans.

Posted on May 13, 2015 READ MORE



A Nation of Snitches

All totalitarian systems, including our own, rely on informants to keep the people afraid and under control. We will not be free of corporate tyranny until the network of snitches—in the government and on the streets—is banished.

Posted on May 10, 2015 READ MORE


Robert Scheer: ‘Disturbing the Government Is an Obligation of Citizenship’

In a discussion with C-SPAN about the spying and civil liberty matters at the heart of his new book, Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer says that “the word is not ‘privacy,’ it’s really ‘sovereignty.’ ”

Posted on Apr 20, 2015 READ MORE



The Prison State of America

The incarcerated poor have become the nation’s most exploited workers. They are the prototype drones for the corporate totalitarian state.

Posted on Dec 28, 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



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


Chris Hedges: Crisis Zones, Collapse and the Antidote to Defeatism

The Truthdig columnist spoke with RT’s Abby Martin on “Breaking the Set” about the forces driving the acceleration of global decline.

Posted on Feb 10, 2014 READ MORE



Totalitarian Paranoia in the Post-Orwellian Surveillance State

When ruthlessly transgressed, privacy becomes a moral and political principle by which to assess the nature, power and severity of an emerging totalitarian state.

Posted on Feb 10, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta

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



karen horton (CC BY 2.0)

‘Animal Farm’ for the Status Quo?

Complex works of art lend themselves to multiple interpretations, especially where political matters are concerned. Late in 1946, American writer Dwight Macdonald asked George Orwell whether the book “ ‘Animal Farm’ … meant that revolution always ended badly for the underdog, ‘hence to hell with it and hail the status quo.’ ” In advance of the publication of a new collection of Orwell’s letters, here is the author’s response.

Posted on Jul 13, 2013 READ MORE


Ai Weiwei’s New Music Video Is Not About Profanity

The dramatic recreation of the rebel artist’s 81 days in detention at the hands of the Chinese government is about how an authoritarian state maintains tenuous control over the thoughts and behavior of its citizens.

Posted on May 25, 2013 READ MORE



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We Value Belonging More Than Privacy

In his new book on the global surveillance machine, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and co-authors fail to give the societywide fear “of being lonely and left out” its proper credit as a driver of totalitarianism, Laurie Penny writes on New Statesman.

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Walking Into Weimar America

Austerity, attacks on democracy, the rise of extremism: The U.S. in 2012 looks eerily similar to Germany’s Weimar Republic of the late 1920s and early ’30s. Historian Robert Cruickshank registers the likeness between Germany’s pre-fascist history and what could be America’s.

Posted on Jul 7, 2012 READ MORE



Gottfried Helnwein

A Peek at Henry A. Giroux’s ‘Education and the Crisis of Public Values’

“We are more than a nation in decline; we are a nation moving toward the bittersweet simplisms, policies and values of a new form of authoritarianism,” writes Henry Giroux, in an article adapted from his new book on America’s shift away from democratic values toward a rigid, market-driven uniformity.

Posted on Sep 30, 2011 READ MORE


Chris Hedges on the ‘Disintegrated’ Media, Cultural Illiteracy

In case it wasn’t clear from his columns, Chris Hedges is not optimistic about the state of American media and chagrined by the future of a culture in which “people don’t read anymore,” as he notes in this interview with Media Roots.

Posted on Mar 16, 2011 READ MORE



AP

Recognizing the Language of Tyranny

The corporate state does not have a Politburo or raving dictator, but it shares one aspect with despotic regimes and the collapsed empires that have plagued human history.

Posted on Feb 7, 2011 READ MORE


Jensen and Hedges

Chris Hedges and Derrick Jensen on Totalitarianism and Resistance

What is it going to take for concerned and engaged citizens to finally feel as though some crucial threshold has been crossed—that our nation’s political system and the global corporate culture it both serves and feeds into will never represent them or serve their needs?

Posted on Jul 12, 2010 READ MORE


Chris Hedges on the Corporatocracy

In this interview, Chris Hedges elaborates on his Truthdig column that says democracy in America is a useful fiction.

Posted on Feb 14, 2010 READ MORE


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twitter.com / kcna_dprk

Propaganda 2.0

Sure, Obama and McCain (well, actually their staffs) joined micro-blogging site Twitter for propaganda purposes. But now the nuke-happy and secretive North Koreans are getting in on the Web 2.0 revolution, offering an interesting state-controlled glimpse into the isolated country.

Posted on May 27, 2009 READ MORE


Quit Stalin
people.com.cn

Georgia ? Stalin

With Georgia on the U.S. mainstream media’s map after its recent war with Russia, a new interest in Georgian history and politics seems to have come to life, especially concerning the cult of personality that Stalin still leads in his native land.

Posted on Oct 1, 2008 READ MORE


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