Truthdig's Top 50 TD Originals of 2017
2017 was a tough year. Truthdig sought to help make sense of our world by publishing over 1,000 stories. Many of the articles were TD Originals—opinion pieces that provide analysis of the news and solutions for the problems we face.
These were the 50 most popular TD Originals this year.
Are we on the threshold of another Watergate—or something worse?
More heads could roll after special counsel Robert Mueller indicts Paul Manafort and two other former Trump campaign aides.
The group’s defense? That it has a right to be unfair during the presidential nominating process.
Fear, a despotic state’s most potent weapon, keeps a population compliant. It will be lavishly supplied as we are thrust into a new dark age.
The more we know and understand our racist past, the more we can change history for the better—in the present and future.
As American activist Joel Kovel wrote six years ago, “The future will be eco-socialist, because without eco-socialism there will be no future.”
To stand with the oppressed means being treated like the oppressed.
One reason people are quiescent in the face of racist, sexist, ecocidal outrage is their belief that Russiagate special prosecutor Robert Mueller will save them.
We must form our own new structures and carry out continual mass protest and civil disobedience to wrest back power from the corporate state.
Intentional communities of young men and women, cast aside by the corporate state, are lighting the embers of resistance.
The campaign to deport millions is a first step toward the clash of civilizations that the white supremacists in the White House believe is inevitable at home and abroad.
Many among the billions of humans cast aside by modernity, denied access to the prosperity, freedom and stability enjoyed by global elites, have risen in fury to extract vengeance against those who betrayed them.
The symptoms of globalized corporate capitalism are the same, whether in India, Turkey, Russia or the U.S. They must not be confused with the disease.
That sound of doomsday you hear in the distance is not “ka-boom.” It’s “ka-ching.”
We will recover only if we do what the corporate Democrats have not: Address the sham of our entire electoral system and then change it.
The animal agriculture industry knows its products are harming us, but it, along with the medical and drug industries, is making billions from illnesses caused by our diet.
A professional lensman was on the scene as racist factions converged and fomented violence in Virginia.
Standing Rock and 20th-century history offer crucial guidance: A movement’s success depends on organization, discipline and not being baited into violence.
The Christian right is swiftly filling the president’s ideological vacuum.
Trump’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem eradicates all pretense of a peace agreement or respect for the rule of law. It leaves the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement as the last tool to achieve justice for Palestinians.
Donald Trump mastered the techniques of turning desperate gamblers at his casinos into zombies, techniques he used to become president.
The current movement is not just toppling predators in high places: It is defying the core sickness and rigid hierarchy of corporate culture.
At this frightening moment in American history—with a racist in the White House and amid rising levels of racial hatred—there is no more important writer than Baldwin.
“History” often is a tool for keeping power in the hands of the elite. The controversy over Confederate monuments points up the mendacious national narrative that has been spoon-fed to Americans.
While the power elites—inside and outside of government—squabble over corporate health insurance, they are demolishing the remnants of democratic institutions and programs.
Better training and reforms are not the solution: The problem with U.S. law enforcement is that the system is designed to protect the interests of the rich at the expense of the poor.
Amid the U.S. outrage over Syrian civilian deaths from banned weapons, we should not forget America’s role in creating and perpetuating the seemingly endless conflict.
Rising sea levels and monster storms will intensify and flood the earth’s coasts as we enter the age of the “long emergency.”
The danger we face does not come, in the end, from Trump and his malignant cabal. It comes from severely weakened and corrupted democratic institutions.
The tale of Jesus’ birth is not for oppressors. It is for the oppressed. And what is quaint and picturesque to those who live in privilege is visceral and empowering to those the world condemns.
To stand against power requires us to embrace virtues that are an anathema to mass culture and today’s politics.
Because it had the gall to give airtime to critics of imperialism and U.S. policy, the broadcaster has been forced to register as a foreign agent.
Demagogues rise up in failed states that destroy their own democratic institutions and the rule of law. What is done to the populations we allow to be demonized will be done to all of us. (Includes interview with Mumia Abu-Jamal.)
The president-elect represents the late stage of capitalism, when corporations, no longer able to generate profits at former levels, pillage the government and society for profit. However, he will be vulnerable to impeachment if we take to the streets.
Canada is only one of the democracies that, like the U.S., have been undermined by leaders who appeared to champion liberal values as they sold out to the highest corporate bidders.
The corporate coup that Justice Harlan Fiske Stone attempted to thwart nearly a century ago is complete. His worst fears are our nightmare.
The declassified document is intended primarily to be a weapon for use in internal politics. If the establishment can discredit Trump, it can get rid of him.
Unless we act now, Americans will remember 2017 as the year their naive belief in the recovery of democracy died under the heel of despotism.
The despotic forces that destroyed ancient Rome and other empires are destroying us. And removing Trump would not halt the disintegration.
Individual Americans and their society are suffering a deep malaise rooted in lack of opportunity, hopelessness and capitalist exploitation.
Heading the mindless generals, economists, bankers and politicians is the King of the Idiots, who victimizes the mass of Americans between tweets.
An unwavering noncooperation with the systems of corporate control is essential. We must not be seduced into trusting the power elites, including the Democratic Party.
Now that the ideology of global capitalism has been discredited, the ruling elites are turning to blacklists, internet censorship and charges of “fake news” to shut down their critics.
The collapse of democratic institutions has opened the way to a corporate tyranny built, like all tyrannies, on the permanent lie.
Falling civilizations embrace what Freud calls the death instinct. They are dominated by oligarchic elites, imbeciles, narcissists and con artists who, on the way down, feed us fantasies and steal as much as they can.
The window to overthrow the Trump regime is rapidly closing. We must move swiftly to make governance impossible through nationwide strikes and other nonviolent resistance. If we do not, the last vestiges of democracy will die.
The moral bankruptcy of the liberal class, which despite the staggering election defeat is unable or unwilling to engage in genuine self-reflection, ensures the steady march toward an American fascism.
The barrage of lies from demagogues such as Donald Trump creates profound cognitive dissonance among the population that ends in a nationwide collective mental illness.
The two sides, both intoxicated by violence, are the products of the same alienation and despair.
The death spiral appears unstoppable, meaning the United States as we know it will no longer exist within a decade or, at most, two.
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