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Dancing With the Devil: Trump’s Politics of Fascist Collaboration


The undeniable truth is that Trump is the product of an authoritarian movement and ideology with fascist overtones.

Posted on May 17, 2017 READ MORE
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Marine Le Pen Is a Fascist—Not a ‘Right-Wing Populist,’ Which Is a Contradiction in Terms


The term “populist” has a clear historical origin in the United States. It’s important we claim it. (Pictured: Marine Le Pen)

Posted on Apr 25, 2017 READ MORE

Deceivers in Chief: How Donald Trump and Barack Obama Are Alike


They promised to challenge the corrupt establishment. But after being elected president, both committed political fraud.

Posted on Apr 17, 2017 READ MORE

Bannon, Kushner and Trump’s Upside-Down Philosophy


We’re likely to be left with the worst of both worlds: Stephen Bannon’s brand of anti-establishment populism alongside Jared Kushner’s oligarchical Republicanism.

Posted on Apr 8, 2017 READ MORE

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

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Posted on Feb 28, 2017 ENLARGE

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

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

Austrians Break Far Right’s Winning Streak by Electing Independent, Green Party-Backed President


Austrian voters have sent a message that they are unwilling to allow their country to be swept up in the populist wave that has boosted far-right politicians to powerful positions in the U.S. and Europe.

Posted on Dec 4, 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

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

The Real Donald Trump Is Not a Populist Crusader but a Threat to Democracy


The Republican presidential candidate could use lawsuits to stretch out the election long after Nov. 8. Tying up the electoral process in the courts would be his “greatest” case yet.

Posted on Oct 26, 2016 READ MORE

My Coffee With a Donald Trump Supporter


I finally found a Trump supporter Monday morning when I went to buy coffee. He called Trump a successful businessman and went on to say, “We need a successful businessman as president.”

Posted on Sep 20, 2016 READ MORE

Dear Media Elites, Here’s How You Have Donald Trump Completely Wrong


The incitement of anti-immigrant prejudice for political gain is shameful, but it’s not new in our country.

Posted on Sep 11, 2016 READ MORE

Phony Populism Doesn’t Feed the Family


The 2016 election was supposed to be the one in which the interests of the non-elite got a hearing. We still have two months to make it happen.

Posted on Sep 6, 2016 READ MORE

The New European Fascists


Poland offers a frightening example of the right-wing populism sweeping through many nations. Neoliberalism is wrecking economies, creating rage among the working class, devastating cultural institutions and eroding liberal democracy across Europe and in the United States.

Posted on Jul 24, 2016 READ MORE

Donald Trump Wants Americans to Believe He’s the Anti-Establishment Candidate


It’s smart politics, but it’s a hoax. The real estate magnate is even more of an establishment figure than Hillary Clinton is: He inherited a fortune from his father; he has spent years bribing politicians to subsidize his hotels and casinos; and he has repeatedly used bankruptcy to shield his money while leaving creditors and workers holding the bag.

Posted on Jul 10, 2016 READ MORE

2008 All Over Again


Great Britain’s decision to leave the European Union presages perhaps another global financial meltdown. Banks will again demand massive bailouts. We will be forced to again swallow austerity measures, and there will be a continued decline in living standards.

Posted on Jun 24, 2016 READ MORE

The Endgame of 2016’s Anti-establishment Politics


Will Bernie Sanders’ supporters rally behind Hillary Clinton if she gets the nomination? Likewise, if Donald Trump is denied the Republican nomination, will his supporters back whoever gets the Republican nod?

Posted on Apr 26, 2016 READ MORE

The New Common Ground Between Populist Left and Right (Video)


If we join together, we can make these things happen.

Posted on Apr 24, 2016 READ MORE

The Populist Revolution: Bernie and Beyond


With disenfranchised millennials at his back, Bernie Sanders’ proposal of a real financial revolution, a fundamental change in the system itself, is a great start to the necessary overhaul of society.

Posted on Jan 27, 2016 READ MORE

VIDEO: Is Right-Wing Populism the New Normal?

While it might be tempting to view the political success of Donald Trump as something uniquely American, Guardian journalist Gary Younge explains that “most Western nations have their own Trump: a racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic demagogue appealing to a mix of nationalist nostalgia, patriotic myth, class grievance and economic insecurity.”

Posted on Jan 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

The Potency of Trump’s Pitchfork Populism


The blustery billionaire’s “us” is nowhere near a majority of the U.S. electorate, but it might be enough to win him the Republican nomination for president. And even if he falls short, the forces he has loosed will not easily be tamped down.

Posted on Dec 11, 2015 READ MORE

Private GOP Memo Suggests That a Trump Victory Would Only Mark the Beginning


“Understand the populist points Trump makes and ride that wave,” the leaked message from the campaign arm for Senate Republicans declares.

Posted on Dec 3, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Chris Hedges and John Ralston Saul Discuss Neoliberalism, False Populism and Donald Trump

“I think that the word ‘ideology’ has to be used very carefully. But when people come forward with rather simplistic truths—you already know you’re in trouble when they say they’ve got the truth—and they say: ‘This is what must happen. This is how things work. This is what dominates society.’ That’s an ideology.”

Posted on Oct 27, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

How the Left Can Win in the U.K. and Elsewhere


One of the lessons of Jeremy Corbyn’s election to the head of the British Labour Party is that the “entrenched, institutional power of the Right” can be undone only by combining the passions of disparate social groups in a broad populist movement.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE

Is Greece’s ‘No’ on the Debt Referendum Another Youth Revolution?


In the past five years, the old political categories—left, right, center or capitalist and socialist—have been challenged by a new category: youth.

Posted on Jul 6, 2015 READ MORE

Country Music, Tea Party ‘Populism’ and Ted Cruz


While Cruz cleverly seeks to highlight the tea party persona that appeals to many Republican primary voters, he exposes the fraudulence of his ultra-right brand of “populism.”

Posted on Mar 28, 2015 READ MORE

Greece’s Solidarity Movement: ‘A Whole New Model—and It’s Working’


There are accounts of Greeks pulling together to support themselves and each other ahead of an election that polls predict will result in a leadership firmly opposed to austerity policies imposed by the European Union.

Posted on Jan 23, 2015 READ MORE

‘My Party Has Lost Its Soul’


In a Salon review Sunday of Ralph Nader’s spring 2014 book “Unstoppable,” Bill Curry, former White House counselor to President Bill Clinton, takes Democrats led by Clinton and Barack Obama to task for making their party an indentured servant of Wall Street and gifting economic populism to the right.

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 READ MORE

The Six Principles of the New Populism (and the Establishment’s Nightmare)


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More Americans than ever believe the economy is rigged in favor of Wall Street and big business and their enablers in Washington.

Posted on May 7, 2014 READ MORE

Time for a Populist Revival!


This old American democratic tradition already has deep support at the grass roots.

Posted on Apr 12, 2014 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Rep. Alan Grayson (Video)


If the Democratic Party has an honorable future in America, it lies with firebrands of populism like Alan Grayson.

Posted on Mar 22, 2014 READ MORE

Is Paris’ Pollution Getting Worse Than Beijing’s?


Air pollution has reached extreme levels in the French capital, prompting the government to take desperate measures; an American pastor is partly to blame for the passing of Uganda’s anti-gay law; meanwhile, the Occupy Wall Street organizers have launched a political party. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 15, 2014 READ MORE

The Liberal Love of ‘Inequality’


Like “neoliberalism,” former Harper’s Magazine columnist Thomas Frank writes at Salon, the tone of the term “inequality” is “needlessly clinical, giving the whole debate a technical and bloodless air.”

Posted on Feb 27, 2014 READ MORE

How Elizabeth Warren Is Scaring the Crap Out of Think Tanks and Banks


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The Massachusetts senator caused a stir this week after the Third Way think tank wrote an op-ed Monday warning Democrats not to follow Warren “over the populist cliff.” But what’s truly behind this resentment toward Warren? Fear, of course.

Posted on Dec 7, 2013 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Kshama Sawant


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By winning a seat on Seattle’s City Council this month, the socialist has given her fellow citizens one of the best opportunities in living memory to determine their individual and collective futures. Will city residents make good on it?

Posted on Nov 24, 2013 READ MORE

Elizabeth Warren’s QE for Students: Populist Demagoguery or Economic Breakthrough?


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Only one proposal promises relief for millions of students whose loan interest rates will double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent this July—Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s “Bank on Students Loan Fairness Act.”

Posted on Jun 14, 2013 READ MORE

‘Venezuelan Leader Uplifted Poor From Caracas to the Bronx’

As millions gather to mourn Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the spate of criticism still pouring from the mouthpieces of the U.S. corporate media confirms elite hostility toward poor people and their defenders around the world.

Posted on Mar 8, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN

Obama’s Late Payment to Mortgage-Fraud Victims


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In his State of the Union address, many heard echoes of the Barack Obama of old, the presidential aspirant of 2007 and 2008.

Posted on Jan 25, 2012 READ MORE

So Much for a Populist GOP


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In the end, the corporate and economically conservative wing of the Republican Party always seems to win.

Posted on Jan 18, 2012 READ MORE

There’s Hope for Republicans Yet


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GOP candidates are embracing populism, but as the presidential election is now shaping up, voters will not be given a choice to rebuke Wall Street by either major party.

Posted on Jan 12, 2012 READ MORE

The Populism of the Privileged

Both parties stand to lose if they accept the laughable notion that the media-created protest movement known as the tea party is the voice of true populism.

Posted on Apr 18, 2010 READ MORE

Dear Barack, Spare Me Your E-Mails

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Obama’s faux populism is beginning to grate, and when yet another one of those “we the people” e-mails from the president landed on my screen as I was fishing around for a column subject, I came unglued.

Posted on Dec 9, 2009 READ MORE

Dutch Rightists Score in Elections

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Exit polls show the notoriously anti-immigrant Dutch politician Geert Wilders gaining 15 percent of the vote and second place in elections for the European Parliament in the Netherlands—even as he faces prosecution on charges of inciting hatred in his speeches.

Posted on Jun 5, 2009 READ MORE

News Flash: Populism Is Popular

Both parties are suddenly listening to “the people” instead of the Establishment. They know the political class, however offended, can no longer stop a voter backlash.

Posted on Apr 23, 2009 READ MORE

Populism Arising—but Will It Be the Killer Kind?


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The old assumptions and paradigms about capitalism and free markets are dead. A new, virulent populism, still inchoate, is slowly and painfully rising to take their place. This populism will determine the future of the country. It is as likely to be right-wing as left-wing.

Posted on Oct 26, 2008 READ MORE

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