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In a U.K. commencement speech, the author urges grads to "confront the poisonous authoritarianism that is emerging in many countries today." (Pictured, an anti-Trump march in London.)

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Repulsed by tales of U.S. atrocities told by veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, Spc. Robert Weilbacher applied for and was granted conscientious objector status. Then the Pentagon pulled a fast one, leaving him trapped in a hypermasculine dystopia.

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Actors including Viggo Mortensen, Peter Sarsgaard and Kelly Macdonald gathered in New York on Friday, the 10th anniversary of the publication of "Voices of a People’s History of the United States" -- a work based on the late historian Howard Zinn’s million-title selling book "A People’s History of the United States" -- for a reading of "Voices." Mortensen spoke with "Democracy Now!" about "history's corporate takeover[s]."

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This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The "What's the Matter With Kansas?" author says Democrats blow off right-wing populism and "walk right into the buzz saw every time" Also: what to expect when you're expecting a Republican Senate, and Silicon Valley's take on indentured servitudecom/avbooth/category/truthdig_radio/" title="Truthdig Radio">Truthdig Radio: The "What's the Matter With Kansas?" author says Democrats blow off right-wing populism and "walk right into the buzz saw every time.

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