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Cenk Uygur and the Truthdig Team Question the Future of Progressive Politics

Truthdig staff members sat down Thursday with the host of The Young Turks to discuss his bid to shake up the Democratic Party.

Posted on Feb 16, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN
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Trump Will Continue to Scam the White Working Class. Here’s How to Stop Him.


Progressives need to sharpen their understanding of why blue-collar Americans voted a billionaire into the White House and find a way to connect with them.

Posted on Feb 16, 2017 READ MORE

Rachel Maddow Plays Glenn Beck


By pushing anti-Russian McCarthyism as an attack strategy against President Trump, Democrats—and progressives like Maddow—are encouraging a costly and dangerous new Cold War.

Posted on Feb 1, 2017 READ MORE

The Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur Co-Creates ‘Justice Democrats’ to Revamp the Democratic Party (Video)

In a segment of Monday’s show, host Cenk Uygur explains the need for a modern progressive wing in the Democratic Party.

Posted on Jan 24, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Mainstream Media’s Wimpy Coverage of Inaugural Address Was No Surprise


Does the age of Trump signal a new era of McCarthyism—or worse, an American brand of fascism?

Posted on Jan 24, 2017 READ MORE

Women’s Marches Show That People Will Stand Up to an Intolerant ‘America First’ Vision


The demonstrations around the world are a first step toward resisting Donald Trump. But there is much more to do.

Posted on Jan 23, 2017 READ MORE

Jill Stein, Tim Canova and Chase Iron Eyes Trace the Path Forward for Progressives

By Donald Kaufman

At Saturday’s Inaugurate the Resistance event in Washington, D.C., the 2016 presidential candidate, the American Indian activist and the law professor discussed nonviolent action and the importance of grass-roots movements.

Posted on Jan 23, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

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

The Life of the Party: Seven Truths for Democrats


The ongoing contest between the Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders wings of the Democratic Party causes a serious divide.

Posted on Jan 22, 2017 READ MORE

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

Truthdigger of the Week: Cornel West, Social Philosopher and Obama Critic


“The reign of Obama did not produce the nightmare of Donald Trump—but it did contribute to it,” West tells us.

Posted on Jan 13, 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

Barack Obama’s Neoliberal Legacy: Rightward Drift and Donald Trump


The Wall Street takeover of Washington, D.C., and the related imperial agenda of the “Pentagon System” were advanced more effectively by the nation’s first black president than they could have been by white Republicans such as John McCain or Mitt Romney.

Posted on Jan 3, 2017 READ MORE

What We Expect to See in 2017


2016 is history. As we turn the page on this strange and difficult year, Truthdig editors and writers look ahead to what the new year might bring.

Posted on Dec 31, 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

Best of Truthdig’s Live Blogs 2016: First Drafts of History Bring Shock, Sadness and Hope


Republican and Democratic conventions. Primary and presidential nominee debates. The Pulse club mass shooting. The #NoDAPL fight. Some of the stories we covered in real time this year were long-scheduled. Other news was unforeseen, unfolding—some even ongoing.

Posted on Dec 23, 2016 READ MORE

Blaming Russia Is Irresistible to the Democrats


The “Putin did it” narrative is not about keeping Donald Trump out of office (an impossibility). It’s about shaping the political and policy environment in coming months and years.

Posted on Dec 22, 2016 READ MORE

Sanders Supporter Charges Senior Michigan Democrat With Assault After Committee Meeting Dispute


Reports that senior Michigan Democrats rigged the process for choosing electors of the new DNC chairman and threw Bernie Sanders supporters out of a party meeting suggest that Democratic elites will not allow Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison (pictured) to become the party’s leader without a fight. Updated.

Posted on Dec 22, 2016 READ MORE

‘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

President Obama: ‘Not Much Happens in Russia Without Vladimir Putin’


On the same day Obama asserted that Russians were “responsible for hacking the DNC” before the election, the FBI agreed with the CIA’s conclusion that Russian hackers interfered to help Donald Trump win.

Posted on Dec 16, 2016 READ MORE

Samantha Bee: Democrats, Don’t Let Panic Make You Abandon Principles or the People Who Voted for You

The “Full Frontal” host thinks that the Democratic Party should “invite working-class white people to the party,” but it shouldn’t necessarily try to do so by following the Republican Party’s lead.

Posted on Dec 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Hints of Ukrainian Fascism and CIA Spying Rise From Blacklist Case


A writer with considerable expertise about Russian and Ukrainian politics connects the dots after scrutinizing the shadowy PropOrNot and a controversial Washington Post article.

Posted on Dec 9, 2016 READ MORE

Break Free and Lead, or Resign: A Letter to Bernie Sanders


“Your continued support of a two-party system, a lesser-evil mentality and for the reform of a party that humiliated you and continues to shame your core constituency legitimizes the corruption in Washington and is highly detrimental to the causes you claim to champion.”

Posted on Dec 6, 2016 READ MORE

Withhold Money to Move the Democratic Party’s Needle, Writer Urges


“Who among us can say in a few sentences what the Democratic Party stands for? We can fix that,” writes Lawrence Hess at The Nation.

Posted on Dec 5, 2016 READ MORE

How the Media Iced Out Bernie Sanders and Helped Donald Trump Win


The Vermont senator has spent his life fighting for progressive causes. As the world braces for a Trump presidency, Sanders shows no signs of slowing down.

Posted on Dec 1, 2016 READ MORE

‘We Can Beat This Guy’: Bernie Sanders Urges Mass Mobilization Against Donald Trump’s Agenda


“It’s not a question of us working with Trump. It’s a question of Trump working with us.”

Posted on Nov 22, 2016 READ MORE

Will Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III Make America White Again?


He and his supporters may have whitewashed his record, but the Alabama senator’s past statements and actions can be described in a single word: racist.

Posted on Nov 22, 2016 READ MORE

A Blueprint for a Party That Is Truly for the Working Class


Such a party, writes Seth Ackerman at Jacobin magazine, “must be independent—determining its own platform and educating around it. It should actually contest elections. And its candidates for public office should be members of the party, accountable to the membership, and pledged to respect the platform.”

Posted on Nov 21, 2016 READ MORE

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

Truthdigger of the Week: Radical Political Strategist Micah White


To withstand and ultimately overcome the imminent Trump regime, “American activists must move from detached indignation to revolutionary engagement by using the techniques of social movement creation to dominate elections,” says the co-creator of Occupy Wall Street.

Posted on Nov 19, 2016 READ MORE

To Save the United States, Progressives Must Dispel the Economic Pain That Enabled Donald Trump


That begins with understanding how Democrats failed to address the mass trauma wrought by deindustrialization and its resulting racism.

Posted on Nov 19, 2016 READ MORE

Why Every Person at the DNC Should Be Fired


Voters can’t stand the establishment. But the Democratic National Committee of Hillary Clinton and Evan Bayh will never learn that lesson, because they are the establishment.

Posted on Nov 17, 2016 READ MORE

Not a Revolution—Yet


The demographic weaknesses in Donald Trump’s victory suggest America’s future still lies with Bernie Sanders and his supporters.

Posted on Nov 16, 2016 READ MORE

Throw Wall Street Out of the Democratic Party


The results of the 2016 election show that mobilizing identity politics behind a bankster program will no longer work. To save their party, Democrats must get the Clintons and their backers, such as former Treasury secretary Robert Rubin (pictured), to leave.

Posted on Nov 16, 2016 READ MORE

What Immigrant Communities Can Do to Prepare for President Trump


The election of the Republican candidate, who made fear and xenophobia a central part of his campaign, has spurred advocates to pledge to fight for the dignity of all families.

Posted on Nov 15, 2016 READ MORE

Bernie Sanders Is ‘Deeply Humiliated’ That Democrats Can’t Appeal to the White Working Class (Video)

The Vermont senator gives his take on the presidential election and demands a shakeup of the Democratic Party as the Hillary Clinton campaign attempts to shift responsibility for her defeat onto third parties.

Posted on Nov 15, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Media Expert Dan Gillmor: Why Journalists Must Be Activists


The fear is that President-elect Donald Trump and a new right-wing Congress will be the biggest threat to American civil liberties and freedom of speech in our lifetimes.

Posted on Nov 14, 2016 READ MORE

In Wake of Donald Trump’s Victory, Progressives Urge a Democratic Party Overhaul


Many want sweeping changes throughout the party’s leadership, installing new officials who represent grass-roots, not corporate, interests. Keith Ellison, pictured, could soon be one of them: The Minnesota representative is being pushed to head the Democratic National Committee.

Posted on Nov 13, 2016 READ MORE

Why We Need a New Democratic Party


The party that once represented the working class has become a giant fundraising machine, too often reflecting the goals and values of monied interests.

Posted on Nov 12, 2016 READ MORE

Glenn Greenwald on Who’s to Blame for Trump’s Election


The Intercept journalist lays out why the Democratic Party needs to take responsibility.

Posted on Nov 11, 2016 READ MORE

It’s Worse Than You Think


The election of Donald Trump, whose appeal to voters is based on magical thinking, paves the way for the rise of a police state unlike anything seen in American history. Its fangs will appear the moment Trump’s base realizes it has been betrayed.

Posted on Nov 11, 2016 READ MORE

Resistance Movements Can Be More Powerful Than President Trump


Millions of people around the world are committed to opposing the Republican’s dangerous and divisive agenda. Their work, like the work of the incoming administration, has just begun.  

Posted on Nov 10, 2016 READ MORE

America Needs Determined, Thoughtful and Creative Opposition Now


Many U.S. citizens embraced a man who threatens our standing in the world and basic rights. But we cannot allow fear or anger to prevent us from pushing back against Donald Trump.

Posted on Nov 9, 2016 READ MORE

Gazing Into the Abyss


Both parties are to blame, and they have cost all of us a republic.

Posted on Nov 9, 2016 READ MORE

The American Experiment Will Be Put to the Test With Donald Trump’s Presidency


Republicans will control the White House, both chambers of Congress, most governorships and most state legislatures. The Democrats need new blood and new ideas.

Posted on Nov 9, 2016 READ MORE

Thomas Frank: ‘Donald Trump Is Moving to the White House, and Liberals Put Him There’


Hillary Clinton was “exactly the wrong candidate: a technocrat who offered fine-tuning when the country wanted to take a sledgehammer to the machine,” writes one of the Democratic Party’s most able critics.

Posted on Nov 9, 2016 READ MORE

How Much Damage Did James Comey Do?


The FBI director’s actions likely will not be enough to elect Donald Trump as president. But it may have hurt Democrats’ chances of taking control of the Senate.

Posted on Nov 7, 2016 READ MORE

The Mysterious Ways of Outsiderism in American Politics


There’s a deep well of resentment around the idea that “government is run for the benefit of the people who run the government and not for the good of the country.” Both major parties need to face this reality, no matter how the presidential election turns out.

Posted on Nov 7, 2016 READ MORE

The Enablers Who Helped Donald Trump Do Incalculable Damage to America


The Republican candidate couldn’t have eroded the trust and social cohesion the nation depends on without three sets of enablers. They must be held accountable, too.

Posted on Nov 6, 2016 READ MORE

What’s on Your Ballot? Truthdig’s Voter Guide


Choosing the next president isn’t the only important decision the American electorate has to make in the 2016 election. In this article members of the Truthdig team share their opinions on other key issues.

Posted on Nov 6, 2016 READ MORE

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