On The Real News Network's "Reality Asserts Itself," Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges discusses the significance of Thomas Paine, why we did not carry out an American "Revolution," and three reasons why liberals cannot "propel resistance forward."
In an appearance on “The Campaign With Ernie Powell,” a radio show concerned with learning how progressives can win political campaigns, Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer says the NSA is engaged in the same invasive behavior “that sparked the American Revolution.”
March 5 marks an important but oft-overlooked anniversary.
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. Paine did for the American Revolution what we must do for our revolution against the corporate state: He created a political language that exposed the realities of despotic power and demanded a rational response.
Things like freedom of the press and freedom of speech, which seemed like a good idea in 1789, now seem really dangerous to us and we’ve started to agree with King George III about the undesirability of those liberties. Our forebears minded the torture and cruel and unusual punishments imposed by the king. But we have gone back to torturing people.
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?
The Obama administration has passed or made use of a host of laws to infringe our civil liberties, obliterate the balance of power, legitimize a military dictatorship, and control the dissemination of truth in the name of protecting its "secrets." Soon we will have lost our freedom, not to some foreign nation that hates it, but to our own devices.The Obama administration has passed or made use of a host of laws to infringe our civil liberties, legitimize a military dictatorship and control the dissemination of the truth.
After the first few years of the Great Depression there was a sense that “we’re gonna get out of it." It's quite different now. For many people in the United States, there’s a pervasive sense of hopelessness, sometimes despair. I think it’s quite new in American history. And it has an objective basis.