The story of the Essex—rooted in racialized ignorance and fear—offers a valuable lesson in survival for contemporary America.
It's not humanity alone that threatens life on earth. The bigger culprit is an economic and political system that relies on endless global appropriation of cheap food, energy, raw materials and labor.
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.
"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.
The federal debt has exceeded $19 trillion. One reason for the record-high figure is a gigantic Ponzi scheme that defines the U.S. and global economies.
At the start of 2016, Truthdig takes a look at some of the columns we published last year that were our favorites.