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Trump and the Christian Fascists


The Christian right, which for decades has been laying the foundation for a fascism disguised as religious, is swiftly filling the president’s ideological vacuum. (Above, President Trump with the Rev. Pat Robertson.)

Posted on Jul 23, 2017 READ MORE
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Eugene Debs and the Kingdom of Evil


The socialist leader understood that working within the system is useless, that justice and economic equality will be achieved only by overthrowing the capitalist elites.

Posted on Jul 16, 2017 READ MORE

Join the Conversation on Gender Politics


Truthdig opens the floor for a productive conversation on the politics of gender, feminism and transgender rights.

Posted on Jul 14, 2017 READ MORE

Noam Chomsky to Chris Hedges: ‘Everywhere You Look, There’s Public Subsidy’ (Video)

In the second part of their recent conversation, the renowned intellectual (left) tells the Truthdig columnist how the banking, fossil fuel and tech sectors profit from taxpayer dollars.

Posted on Jul 11, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Eating Our Way to Disease


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.

Posted on Jul 9, 2017 READ MORE

Chris Hedges and Noam Chomsky: How the U.S. Became an Oligarchy That Makes War on the Middle Class

In the first of a two-part conversation, the two intellectuals discuss the shift in the U.S. and U.K. in the late 1970s toward neoliberalism, an ideology that Chomsky (pictured) says claims to increase freedom while actually increasing tyranny.

Posted on Jul 5, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

The Battle Over What It Means to Be Female


The gender-identity debate pits the trans narrative against radical feminists who insist that those born female require unique legal protection and physical spaces where they can fight against oppression and for equality.

Posted on Jul 2, 2017 READ MORE

‘A Pipeline Straight to Jail’


This repost of a 2015 column tells the story of Boris Franklin, who was caught up in a system that destroys millions of Americans, often people of color. He is now a free man and studying at Rutgers.

Posted on Jun 25, 2017 READ MORE

Chris Hedges and Christian Parenti on the Deep-Reaching Ramifications of Climate Change (Video)

The Truthdig columnist and “On Contact” host discusses heightened global conflict due to climate change with author and professor Christian Parenti (pictured).

Posted on Jun 24, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

We Can’t Fight Climate Change if We Keep Lying to Ourselves


It is only when we face the bleak future before us that we can begin to use the words “hope” and “resistance.”

Posted on Jun 18, 2017 READ MORE

‘On Contact With Chris Hedges’: The Fatal Addiction

This episode deals with the incalculable human and financial costs of America’s opioid addiction epidemic. (Pictured: Hedges, right, with the best friend of a young woman who fatally overdosed.)

Posted on Jun 13, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

The Age of Anger


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. 

Posted on Jun 11, 2017 READ MORE

Chris Hedges and Cartoonist Joe Sacco on Religious Extremism and Hate Crimes in the U.S. (Video)

The Truthdig columnist and the Portland-based illustrator and journalist discussed hate crimes, religious extremism and opposition to fascism, as well as Hedges’ “CAGED” project.

Posted on Jun 10, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Chris Hedges on How to Create Effective Resistance to Fascism (Video)

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges, drawing on history and his own experience, outlines how to effectively oppose the Trump regime.

Posted on Jun 9, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Chris Hedges on the Life of a True Revolutionary (Video)

What does it take to resist? The Truthdig columnist explained at a Veterans for Peace anti-war demonstration at the Lincoln Memorial on Memorial Day.

Posted on Jun 6, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Chris Hedges and Activist Larry Hamm Discuss the Plight of Black America (Video)

“To enslave, you have to convince the people who help you do the enslaving, as well as the enslaved themselves, that they are not human beings,” says Hamm, chairman of the People’s Organization for Progress. (Hamm is pictured at far right.)

Posted on Jun 6, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Antonio Gramsci and the Battle Against Fascism


The political philosopher’s condemnation of capitalism and his opposition to Mussolini have a special resonance in our time.

Posted on Jun 4, 2017 READ MORE

Chris Hedges and Wallace Shawn on Politics, Playwriting and Power (Video)

In the latest episode of “On Contact,” Hedges sits down with the actor, playwright and essayist to discuss Shawn’s new book, “Night Thoughts.”

Posted on May 31, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

The Artist as Prophet


Artists who tell the truth are the mortal enemies of despots, who seek to distort the past, the present and the future.

Posted on May 28, 2017 READ MORE

The Death of the Republic


The despotic forces that destroyed ancient Rome and other empires are destroying us. And removing Trump would not halt the disintegration.

Posted on May 21, 2017 READ MORE

Trump Is the Symptom, Not the Disease


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.)

Posted on May 14, 2017 READ MORE

‘On Contact’: Chris Hedges and Organizer Adam Jackson Discuss Black Activism for a New Era

“Most revolution is local,” says Jackson (shown), CEO of the Baltimore organization Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle.

Posted on May 11, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Going to the Daytime Emmys


The soap operas of 2017 are quaint anachronisms: Who needs “make believe” when the news and the nation’s political and cultural life are saturated with tawdry melodrama?

Posted on May 7, 2017 READ MORE

Chris Hedges and Enrique Martinez Celaya: The Calling of the Artist Is to Bring Forth the Future

The Truthdig columnist and the painter-sculptor discuss the role of artist as prophet.

Posted on May 2, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Reign of Idiots


Heading the mindless generals, economists, bankers and politicians is the King of the Idiots, who victimizes the mass of Americans between tweets.

Posted on Apr 30, 2017 READ MORE

Terrorizing the Vulnerable


Undocumented people are living in fear as the Trump administration accelerates arrests under a brutal policy whose “family values” call for ripping families apart.

Posted on Apr 26, 2017 READ MORE

‘On Contact With Chris Hedges’: Eugene O’Neill’s ‘Electra’ Shatters the American Myth

The Truthdig columnist and RT host explains that a culture saturated with artifice and false promises of success and happiness doesn’t easily accommodate the ideas the playwright dramatized onstage.

Posted on Apr 23, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

The Price of Resistance


To stand with the oppressed means being treated like the oppressed.

Posted on Apr 17, 2017 READ MORE

‘On Contact With Chris Hedges’: Putting the War in Syria in Full Context

It’s been more than a week since the Trump administration abruptly switched out of “America first” mode and into intervention mode in Syria, and the public should be asking important questions.

Posted on Apr 16, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Chris Hedges and Nikhil Goyal Discuss How to Save the American Education System (Video)

The journalist tells Hedges that the system is “designed to inculcate the traits of obedience, punctuality and respect for authority within working-class children.”

Posted on Apr 11, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Chris Hedges Criticizes Mainstream Media’s ‘Cheerleading’ for Syria Strike (Video)

The Truthdig columnist explains how “the corporate media has presented precisely the narrative and the images that the deep state wants,” and the deep state in turn manipulates President Trump’s foreign policy decisions.

Posted on Apr 8, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

The Pandora’s Box of War


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.

Posted on Apr 7, 2017 READ MORE

Chris Hedges and Albert Raboteau on ‘American Prophets’ Importance in an Age of Radical Evil (Video)

“Many of these prophets stand up against what [Martin Luther King Jr.] called the ‘giant triplets’ ” of racism, extreme consumerism and militarism the professor and author tells Truthdig columnist Hedges. 

Posted on Apr 4, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

A Nation of the Walking Dead


Donald Trump mastered the techniques of turning desperate gamblers at his casinos into zombies, techniques he used to become president.

Posted on Apr 2, 2017 READ MORE

How Gambling Has Become America’s Premier Form of Entertainment and Escape (Video)

Professor Natasha Dow Schüll and Chris Hedges discuss how “casino capitalism” is designed to keep people away from “a position where they [can] act as decision-making subjects.”

Posted on Mar 28, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

The Feuding Kleptocrats


While the power elites—inside and outside of government—squabble over corporate health insurance they are demolishing the remnants of democratic institutions and programs.

Posted on Mar 26, 2017 READ MORE

Chris Hedges Explains the Importance of ‘Robust’ Public Broadcasting (Video)

The Truthdig columnist, whose talk show is nominated for a Daytime Emmy, joins correspondent Ashlee Banks to discuss why it’s vital to broadcast dissident voices.

Posted on Mar 25, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

The Extraordinary Lynne Stewart


The late attorney demonstrated a lifelong commitment to defending controversial, poor, unpopular victims of injustice.

Posted on Mar 24, 2017 READ MORE

Chris Hedges and Stephen Kinzer Explore the Birth of American Empire (Video)

One of the most important and least known facts of American history may be the decision of the United States to expand its power beyond North America.

Posted on Mar 20, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

A Last Chance for Resistance


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.

Posted on Mar 19, 2017 READ MORE

Chris Hedges: If We Do Not Stop Corporate Power, We Will Never Dismantle Fascism (Video)

In a recent speech, the Truthdig columnist says “resistance must also be accompanied by an alternative vision of a socialist, anti-capitalist society.”

Posted on Mar 15, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Chris Hedges and Poet Linh Dinh on the ‘Irrevocable Decline of the American Empire’ (Video)


The U.S. is a poor country, and Americans “refuse to see that,” Dinh (pictured on right) argues in a conversation with the Truthdig columnist during a new episode of “On Contact.”

Posted on Mar 13, 2017 READ MORE

The Dance of Death


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. 

Posted on Mar 12, 2017 READ MORE

Chris Hedges Discusses Resistance in the Age of Trump With Kevin Zeese (Video)

In a new episode of “On Contact,” the Truthdig columnist (pictured left) explores successful protest strategies with the activist and attorney.

Posted on Mar 7, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Donald Trump’s Greatest Allies Are the Liberal Elites


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.

Posted on Mar 5, 2017 READ MORE

Is ‘Christianized Fascism’ the Biggest Threat We Face Under Trump? (Video)

“I think that the Christian right is a far more dangerous movement than the alt-right,” says Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges.

Posted on Feb 28, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Chris Hedges and Theater Director JoAnne Akalaitis Lament the State’s Assault on the Arts (Video)

Akalaitis tells the host of “On Contact” that lack of public support for the theater means we’ve lost “the soul of a society.”

Posted on Feb 28, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

The Return of American Race Laws


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.

Posted on Feb 26, 2017 READ MORE

Chris Hedges and Dr. Margaret Flowers Discuss How to Fix the Health Care System (Video)

Insurance companies pitting “patients and health professionals against each other” have led the U.S. into crisis, Flowers tells the Truthdig columnist.

Posted on Feb 21, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Standing Rock: Last Stand at Oceti Sakowin Camp


The water protectors in North Dakota realize they may lose the #NoDAPL fight. But their resistance to an oil pipeline has sparked a movement that could lead to something invaluable.

Posted on Feb 20, 2017 READ MORE

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