At this late date, what might a president alarmed by his successor do, if not to hamper Trump's ability to create global mayhem, then at least to set the record straight before he leaves the White House?
Paris changed everything; Paris changes nothing. Each view is, in its own way, undoubtedly true. And here’s a third sentence I know to be true: This can’t end well.
Henry Kissinger's example has coursed through the decades, shedding a spectral light on the road that has brought us to a state of eternal war.
When so many of us become frightened enough of our own government to do its censoring for it, we’ve all lost the battle for dignity and civil rights.
Imagine you’re in the FBI and a 16-year-old male with no criminal record shows a sudden interest in Islamic State. His grades, previously stellar, are starting to fall, and he's increasingly clicking on jihadist websites. What's more, his parents own legally registered guns, he has been treated by a psychiatrist, and he has repeatedly read news stories about mass killings in the U.S. What do you do?
Political campaigns and elections; the privatization of Washington; the de-legitimization of traditional governance; the national security state as an untouchable fourth branch of government; the demobilization of "we the people." These are five areas in which the outlines of the new U.S. order are emerging.
The BDSP is based on a bedrock belief in how America should work: that the only strength that really matters is military and that a great country is one with the capacity to beat the bejesus out of everyone else.
“To treat this apparatus of the national security state as if it’s on any level acting in a rational sense, other than trying to have an enemy so we can have a big defense industry … is utter nonsense,” the Truthdig editor-in-chief told an audience at a conference on nuclear weapons Sunday.
As every schoolchild knows, there are three check-and-balance branches of the U.S. government: the executive, Congress, and the judiciary. That’s bedrock Americanism and the most basic high school civics material. Only one problem: It’s just not so.
Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges discussed "recent conflicting federal court decisions on the legality of NSA spying" in a talk at the Connecticut Civil Liberties Conference at Central Connecticut State University on Saturday.