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Impeach the U.S. Constitution


Our charter is outdated. We need to devise a new governmental structure to protect and advance the common good in the 21st century.

Posted on Jun 10, 2017 READ MORE
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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

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Little Big Man


Donald Trump is a messenger from the gods, teaching us just how deeply disturbed our American world is.

Posted on May 30, 2017 READ MORE

The Death of Truth

By Chris Hedges—The use of vast global resources against Julian Assange and WikiLeaks presages a dystopian world where anyone who exposes corruption, lies and crimes of power will be branded a terrorist.

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The Sham Presidency


To an inordinate degree, Donald Trump’s is a perceptual presidency—one in which appearances are everything, and policies are subordinate to the perception of presidential action.

Posted on May 6, 2017 READ MORE

The Ultimate Inside Job—Dismantling the Government—Is Well Underway


Through Cabinet appointments, Donald Trump is gutting federal agencies that have improved our lives in ways most Americans will no longer take for granted.

Posted on Apr 25, 2017 READ MORE

Government Monitoring: You Have the Right to Be Watched (Audio & Transcript)

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and documentary filmmaker Cullen Hoback (pictured) discuss the demise of privacy online, safe drinking water and other topics in this week’s “Scheer Intelligence.” Transcript added.

Posted on Apr 21, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

What Led Donald Trump to Select His Cabinet Appointees


In February, Steve Bannon (pictured) declared that key members of Trump’s Cabinet were “selected for a reason.” That reason has become clear.

Posted on Apr 18, 2017 READ MORE

Archbishop José Gomez: We All Share Blame for America’s Broken Immigration System


The head of the Los Angeles Archdiocese believes the solution must balance love and law with justice and mercy—regardless of legal status.

Posted on Mar 30, 2017 READ MORE

Reminder to Trump: The Purpose of Government Is to Achieve the Common Good, Not to Show a Profit


It’s good to have fresh thinking about how government might function more efficiently. But it’s important to remember that government is not a business.

Posted on Mar 28, 2017 READ MORE

Remembering the Real Martin Luther King Jr.

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Almost half a century after his death, the civil rights icon has been reduced to little more than a lifeless statue. Yet his courageous call for peace and criticism of his government in a time of war must not be lost to history.

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The Three Big Reasons the GOP Can’t Replace Obamacare


Republicans are preparing to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but they still haven’t come up with an alternative.

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Was Your Vote Counted?


Voter-suppression tactics targeted communities of color and may have led to inaccurate voting results in the 2016 election. Greg Palast, along with other voting-suppression experts, goes to Washington, D.C., to discuss the new “Jim Crow” elections.

Posted on Dec 16, 2016 READ MORE

‘Joint Way Forward’ Deal Does Not Lead to Peace or Progress for Afghans


The bilateral deal between the European Union and Afghanistan is another example of double standards and reinforces how little some people’s lives are valued in today’s world.

Posted on Oct 26, 2016 READ MORE

Mass Aerial Surveillance Is a Growing Orwellian Concern in the United States


The federal government has been equipping planes with monitoring devices for some time. But how far will law enforcement agencies go in order to watch citizens?

Posted on Sep 8, 2016 READ MORE

Big Political Problems Remain Unresolved in Colombia Despite Historic Cease-Fire

Human rights experts from Colombia explain that although the peace agreement with the rebel group FARC is a milestone, issues of “transitional justice” still plague the country. Among these is addressing the sexual violence that occurred over the years.

Posted on Sep 2, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Mainstream Media Are Ignoring U.S. Accountability in Saudi Arabia’s Destruction of Yemen

Journalist Andrew Cockburn has written extensively on the slaughter of Yemeni people at the hands of the Saudis. In a recent interview on “Democracy Now!”, he argues that this is a “very cruel war that we are helping to wage.”

Posted on Aug 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Democracy in America Is a Useful Fiction


Long before the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, corporate forces carried out a slow-motion coup d’état. Now the coup is over. We lost.

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Green Party’s Jill Stein Praises WikiLeaks, Calls Julian Assange a Hero


In an aggressive op-ed published by The Hill on Tuesday, the party’s presidential nominee argues that the organization known for publishing secret information from anonymous sources provides a valuable service by exposing “corruption and wrongdoing.”

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American Amnesia


If you’re looking for answers to our most baffling political problems (How can so much wealth go to the top 1 percent without a massive uprising? Why is the U.S. paralyzed in combating global warming?), then grab this book before amnesia on these issues becomes even more acute.

Posted on Jul 22, 2016 READ MORE

Reimagine and Rebuild Our Broken Democracy—in Time for the Nation’s 250th Anniversary


The heavy chains of “present political possibility” should be cast off. In just 10 years, it will be the 250th birthday of the United States, and it is time to create a new political system.

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The Five Principles of Patriotism (Video)

By Robert Reich

We talk a lot about patriotism, especially around July Fourth, but we also need to take to heart its five basic principles.

Posted on Jul 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

The Pentagon’s Real Strategy: Keeping the Money Flowing


Focusing on Washington rather than on distant war zones, it becomes clear that the military establishment does indeed have a strategy—a highly successful one: to protect and enhance its own prosperity.

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Edward Snowden Explains What Makes Whistleblowing Permissible


In a piece published by The Intercept, the ex-CIA employee and NSA subcontractor reflects on the risky but necessary act of revealing information not intended to be publicly known.

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Over 10 Years Later, George Carlin’s Comments on the American System Are as Haunting as Ever (Video)

In this stand-up routine from 2005, the late comedian and social critic explains the way our country works and why most politicians make little impact.

Posted on May 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Cable News Not Covering Government Corruption Protests in Washington, D.C. (Video)

Democracy Spring is all about reforming campaign finance laws in the United States. But although the movement is gaining momentum, mainstream media coverage remains scant.

Posted on Apr 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

‘Young Turks’ Host Cenk Uygur One of 400 Protesters Arrested at Democracy Spring Rally (Video)

The planned act of civil obedience in Washington, D.C., was designed to call attention to government corruption, get money out of politics and restore free and fair elections.

Posted on Apr 12, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

How Clinton Democrats Killed Roosevelt’s Dream of the Affordable Home


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The following excerpt from Robert Scheer’s book “The Great American Stickup” details the perversion of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and is particularly relevant this election season, as it explains the connection between Clinton “progressives” and the 2008 housing meltdown that impoverished millions.

Posted on Apr 7, 2016 READ MORE

A Conversation on Privacy With Noam Chomsky, Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden


Finding the right balance between national security and individual rights has been a challenge since the Patriot Act was enacted.

Posted on Mar 25, 2016 READ MORE

VIDEO: John Oliver on the Billions in Tax Dollars Being Spent on Unaccountable ‘Ghost Government’

What on earth are special districts and why are they being paid for with $100 billion in taxes? The “Last Week Tonight” host aims to find out.

Posted on Mar 7, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Why Should You and I Have to Keep Paying Mitch McConnell’s Salary?


In a blatantly partisan ploy to prevent President Obama from nominating a successor to the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the Senate majority leader has cited a historical precedent dictating that presidents in the last year of their term not name new justices to the high court.

Posted on Feb 24, 2016 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Apple’s Tim Cook


This week, it’s a no-brainer. Tim Cook is our Truthdigger of the Week for his willingness to take on the “1984”-like security state with a statement of principle on behalf of privacy.

Posted on Feb 18, 2016 READ MORE

Why the Electronic Frontier Foundation Supports Apple in the Encryption Battle


“EFF applauds Apple for standing up for real security and the rights of its customers. We have been fighting to protect encryption, and stop backdoors, for over 20 years. That’s why EFF plans to file an amicus brief in support of Apple’s position.”

Posted on Feb 17, 2016 READ MORE

The [Redacted] Truth About the CIA


America’s most notorious spy agency even deceives its own employees.

Posted on Feb 17, 2016 READ MORE

How Government Can Get Smart


Here’s hoping that alongside the angry campaign to succeed him, President Obama and his budget chief, Shaun Donovan, will make their case for smart government and an approach to social policy that is both compassionate and pragmatic. You can even imagine a catchy slogan for their effort: “Yes, we can.”

Posted on Feb 15, 2016 READ MORE

Not Just a Bunch of Killers, Islamic State Is Also a Methodical, Public-Minded Bureaucracy


About 340 official documents, notices, receipts and internal memos obtained by The Guardian show that Islamic State is also made up of bureaucrats and civil servants that have “set themselves to work creating rules and regulations on everything from fishing and dress codes to the sale of counterfeit brands and university admission systems.”

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Americans’ Political Attitudes Polarized but Ambivalent


So accustomed are we to highlighting the polarized nature of our politics that we often forget how many Americans decline to be painted in bright reds or bright blues. Among us, there are pinks and turquoises and even purples. And these voters will matter a great deal to the elections in 2016 and beyond.

Posted on Jul 27, 2015 READ MORE

FBI: Dylann Roof Should Not Have Been Sold Gun


FBI director James B. Comey has confirmed that a flawed background check allowed the suspect to purchase the weapon used in the mass slaying at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., last month.

Posted on Jul 10, 2015 READ MORE

Psychologists Who Concealed U.S. Torture Program May Face Charges


The country’s largest professional organization of psychologists faces a crisis after a damning independent review alleging post-9/11 “collusion.”

Posted on Jul 10, 2015 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Chelsea Manning


Sitting in prison on the Fourth of July for exposing some harsh truths about U.S. war crimes, the whistleblower should actually be honored as a true patriot.

Posted on Jul 3, 2015 READ MORE

It’s Greek to Goldman Sachs


Petros Giannakouris / AP

“What is this Goldman Sachs and why has it caused us so much grief?” is a question they must be asking in even the most remote of Greek villages, as they are throughout much of this economically troubled world. (Reposted)

Posted on Jun 30, 2015 READ MORE

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Undercutting the Patriot Act Is a Major Win for Rand Paul and Edward Snowden


The senator was a legislative force against the invasive law, but most of the credit goes to the now-exiled whistleblower who revealed the government’s massive and secret abuse of our privacy rights.

Posted on Jun 1, 2015 READ MORE

Should We Feel Even a Little Bit Sorry for Jeb Bush?


Loyalty—as illustrated by Jeb Bush’s reluctance to throw his brother George under the bus over the invasion of Iraq—is a virtue in rather short supply in our culture, so I admire it when I see it. But Jeb Bush’s agony is likely to continue because Iraq raises profound questions not only for him but also for all of his GOP opponents.

Posted on May 19, 2015 READ MORE

Seymour Hersh Accuses Obama of ‘High-Level Lying’ About Bin Laden Raid


The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist has put forth a series of explosive allegations about the Obama administration’s role in the 2011 killing of the al-Qaida founder.

Posted on May 11, 2015 READ MORE

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