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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
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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

James Baldwin and the Meaning of Whiteness


At this frightening moment in American history—with a racist in the White House and amid rising levels of racial hatred—there is no more important writer than Baldwin.

Posted on Feb 19, 2017 READ MORE

‘On Contact’: Matt Taibbi on How an ‘Insane Clown President’ Played America’s Political System

Chris Hedges and Matt Taibbi have a pretty good idea—and in this clip, a compelling dialogue—about how Donald Trump made U.S. politics work for him.

Posted on Feb 12, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

The Elites Won’t Save Us


The danger we face does not come, in the end, from Trump and his malignant cabal. It comes from severely weakened and corrupted democratic institutions.

Posted on Feb 12, 2017 READ MORE

Dissident Cartoonist Mr. Fish: ‘Saturday Night Live’ Is Failing to Deal With Trump

In an appearance on Chris Hedges’ RT show “On Contact,” the artist warns against depicting the president as a “figure of fun.”

Posted on Feb 6, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Make America Ungovernable


The window to overthrow the Trump regime is rapidly closing. We must move swiftly to make governance impossible through nationwide strikes and other nonviolent resistance. If we do not, the last vestiges of democracy will die.

Posted on Feb 5, 2017 READ MORE

‘On Contact’: Trump’s American Empire

In this week’s episode of RT’s “On Contact,” Truthdig columnist and host Chris Hedges and journalist Allan Nairn (at right) examine the future of the American empire.

Posted on Feb 1, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

American Psychosis


The barrage of lies from demagogues such as Donald Trump creates profound cognitive dissonance among the population that ends in a nationwide collective mental illness.

Posted on Jan 29, 2017 READ MORE

Revolt Is the Only Barrier to a Fascist America


An unwavering noncooperation with the systems of corporate control is essential. We must not be seduced into trusting the power elites, including the Democratic Party.

Posted on Jan 22, 2017 READ MORE

Chris Hedges, at the Women’s March on Washington, Talks About Building Movements and Coalitions

While participating in Saturday’s event, the Truthdig columnist paused to give his views on how mass movements take shape and how to build common ground between opposing groups.

Posted on Jan 22, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Chris Hedges on How the ‘Deep State’ Will Influence the Trump Presidency

Interviewer Lee Camp and Chris Hedges discuss the factors behind the U.S. need to “demonize Russia.”

Posted on Jan 17, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Manning and the Gangster State


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In a column originally posted on Aug. 21, 2013, Chris Hedges declares that the whistleblower’s original 35-year sentence “means the end of the rule of law.”

Posted on Jan 17, 2017 READ MORE

Part 6: Out of the Halfway House, and Then a Scare


After more than 30 years in prison and halfway houses, the 58-year-old author walks free in the world.

Posted on Jan 16, 2017 READ MORE

‘On Contact With Chris Hedges’: What the Intelligence Report About Russian Influence Really Reveals

On this week’s episode, journalists Abby Martin and Ben Norton join Hedges for a wide-ranging discussion about troubling shifts they’ve noticed away from fact-based reporting and governance.

Posted on Jan 15, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Building the Institutions for Revolt


We must form our own new structures and carry out continual mass protest and civil disobedience to wrest back power from the corporate state.

Posted on Jan 15, 2017 READ MORE

Allegations of Russian Hacking Cover Up a Larger Issue: Attacks on Independent Journalism

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges argues that politicians are zeroing in on alleged Russian interference in the U.S. election to shut down outspoken media.

Posted on Jan 14, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Part 4: Restarting Life in a Halfway House


The transition from convict to parolee can be difficult, with more restrictions in the reintegration facility than in prison. But thoughts of the free world keep the author going.

Posted on Jan 14, 2017 READ MORE

Chris Hedges on Donald Trump’s ‘Naked Kleptocracy’

The president-elect is “malleable and easily manipulated” in the face of establishment politicians on both sides of the aisle, the Truthdig contributor says.

Posted on Jan 13, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Part 3: The End of Incarceration


The author gets his day before the parole board after more than 30 years in prison for murder.

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Chris Hedges Talks With Michael Gecan About Building Organizations to Empower Ordinary Citizens

When asked why he tells poor communities to raise funds without government aid, the community organizer responds, “Because power is organized people and organized money.”

Posted on Jan 9, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

The Real Purpose of the U.S. Government’s Report on Alleged Hacking by Russia


The declassified document is intended primarily to be a weapon for use in internal politics. If the establishment can discredit Trump, it can get rid of him.

Posted on Jan 8, 2017 READ MORE

When Fear Comes


Fear, a despotic state’s most potent weapon, keeps a population compliant. It will be lavishly supplied as we are thrust into a new dark age.

Posted on Jan 8, 2017 READ MORE

Chris Hedges: Vietnam War, Like the Later Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, Was ‘One Long Atrocity’ (Video)

Hedges and Nick Turse, author of “Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam,” discuss how American wars of occupation are “primarily about murder.”

Posted on Jan 4, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Best of ‘Live at Truthdig’ 2016: Election Chaos Provokes Thoughtful Discussion About the Future

Our most popular sessions took a hard look at various aspects of American policy before and after the outcome—unexpected by most—of the presidential election.

Posted on Dec 30, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Chris Hedges Explores the New McCarthyism With Historian Ellen Schrecker

The Truthdig columnist and Yeshiva University professor, author of “Many Are the Crimes: McCarthyism in America,” examine the role of President-elect Donald Trump and the impact the suppression of dissent has had on higher education.

Posted on Dec 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

In the Time of Trump, All We Have Is Each Other


Under Donald Trump’s presidency—the outgrowth of the corporations’ 40-year-long war against democracy—we will have to battle a form of state repression far more sophisticated than McCarthyism. Our weapon: rebuilding alternative structures through small, local political actions.

Posted on Dec 25, 2016 READ MORE

Best of Truthdig’s Reports 2016: Chris Hedges Prophesies Throughout the Election


Regular readers of Truthdig will not be surprised to learn that our Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist dominated our Report section as Americans deliberated which oligarch to empower to lead the country.

Posted on Dec 25, 2016 READ MORE

‘On Contact’ Discussion: ‘Israeli Weapons Are Tested on Palestinians, Then Sold to the World’

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges and independent journalist Rania Khalek analyze the Israeli arms industry, which was involved in global contracts worth $5.7 billion last year.

Posted on Dec 21, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

‘Fake News’ in America: Homegrown, and Far From New


For decades, the media have been dominated by manufactured reports. This skillful manipulation of information erased the lines between fact and opinion and gave rise to the demagogue who will sit in the Oval Office.

Posted on Dec 18, 2016 READ MORE

Demagogue-in-Chief


Donald Trump will use the presidency to inflate his personality cult and increase his family’s wealth. Those who do not pay homage to his megalomania, or swell the profits of his financial empire, will be viciously attacked and persecuted.

Posted on Dec 11, 2016 READ MORE

Chris Hedges and Philipp Ther on the Neoliberal Destruction of Europe

The host of “On Contact” discusses neoliberal policies with Ther, author of “Europe Since 1989.”

Posted on Dec 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Donald Trump Continues the Manipulation of Populism by ‘Swamping Up’ His Path to Power


Beneath populist pretense and slander, the coming Trump presidency is shaping up as a great monument to the nation’s unelected dictatorship of money. The only real mystery is how far it will deliver on its reactionary promises.

Posted on Dec 8, 2016 READ MORE

Chris Hedges Discusses Prison Reform With Expert on 1971 Attica Prison Uprising

“Today even harsher prison conditions [exist in the U.S.]” than those that led to the New York prison rebellion that left 29 prisoners and nine hostages dead, says Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges in a recent episode of “On Contact.” He is joined by author Heather Ann Thompson.

Posted on Dec 6, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

The Mafia State


The greed of the 1 percent and their dismantling of good governance have given rise to a criminal economy and criminal state embodied in the presidency of Donald J. Trump.

Posted on Dec 4, 2016 READ MORE

Preserving Independent Journalism and Fighting the New McCarthyism

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and his team discussed the recent Washington Post story that relied heavily on an unsubstantiated source that claims Truthdig and other news outlets are spreading “Russian propaganda.”

Posted on Nov 29, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Waiting for the Barbarians


The collapse of our democratic institutions, the pillaging of the economy by the elites and the surrender of our most basic constitutional rights will be enshrined permanently into law by a crisis.

Posted on Nov 27, 2016 READ MORE

Chris Hedges Meets the Resistance at Standing Rock

For a special edition of “On Contact,” the Truthdig columnist travels to the North Dakota encampment to talk with those (including the man shown) on the front lines fighting to block the Dakota Access pipeline.

Posted on Nov 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Chris Hedges and Rachel Moran Discuss the Reality of Prostitution

The Truthdig columnist and the anti-prostitution activist examine how capitalism is at the core of sex work, which Moran (pictured, far right) calls “the commercialization of sexual abuse.”

Posted on Nov 21, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

We Are All Deplorables


Liberals have no moral authority to preach to a dispossessed white working class about racism, multiculturalism, identity politics or diversity. The abject failure by liberals to fight for economic justice triggered the protofascist backlash embodied by Donald Trump’s election victory.

Posted on Nov 20, 2016 READ MORE

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