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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
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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

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.

Posted on Jan 13, 2017 READ MORE

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