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Chris Hedges spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He has reported from more than 50 countries and has worked for The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, The Dallas Morning News and The New York Times, for which he was a foreign correspondent for 15 years.

Hedges was part of the team of reporters at The New York Times awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for the paper's coverage of global terrorism. He also received the Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism in 2002. The Los Angeles Press Club honored Hedges' original columns in Truthdig by naming the author the Online Journalist of the Year in 2009, and granted him the Best Online Column award in 2010 for his Truthdig essay "One Day We'll All Be Terrorists."

Hedges is a senior fellow at The Nation Institute in New York City and has taught at Columbia University, New York University and Princeton University. He currently teaches inmates at a correctional facility in New Jersey.

Hedges began his career reporting the war in El Salvador. Following six years in Latin America, he took time off to study Arabic and then went to Jerusalem and later Cairo. He spent seven years in the Middle East, most of them as the bureau chief there for The New York Times. He left the Middle East in 1995 for Sarajevo to cover the war in Bosnia and later reported the war in Kosovo. Afterward, he joined the Times' investigative team and was based in Paris to cover al-Qaida. He left the Times after being issued a formal reprimand for denouncing the Bush administration's invasion of Iraq.

He has written nine books, including "Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle" (2009), "I Don't Believe in Atheists" (2008) and the best-selling "American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America" (2008). His book "War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning" (2003) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. His latest book is "Death of the Liberal Class" (2010)

Hedges holds a B.A. in English literature from Colgate University and a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard University. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, Calif. Hedges speaks Arabic, French and Spanish and knows ancient Greek and Latin. In addition to writing a weekly original column for Truthdig, he has written for Harper's Magazine, The New Statesman, The New York Review of Books, Adbusters, Granta, Foreign Affairs and other publications.

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       Sunday, May 20, 2018
The Coming Collapse Donald Trump is the result of a long process of political, cultural and social decay. He is a product of our failed democracy. The longer we perpetuate the fiction that we live in a functioning democracy, that Trump and the political mutations around him are somehow an aberrant deviation that can be vanquished in the next election, the more we will hurtle toward tyranny.
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       Monday, October 7, 2013
The Radical Christian Right and the War on Government All ideological, theological and political debates with the radical Christian right are useless. It cares nothing for rational thought and discussion. Its adherents are using the space within the open society to destroy the open society itself. Our naive attempts to placate a movement bent on our destruction, to prove to it that we too have "values," only strengthen its supposed legitimacy and increase our own weakness.

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       Monday, April 11, 2011
Why the United States Is Destroying Its Education System A nation that destroys its systems of education, degrades its public information, guts its public libraries and turns its airwaves into vehicles for cheap, mindless amusement becomes deaf, dumb and blind. It prizes test scores above critical thinking and literacy.

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       Monday, May 20, 2013
Rise Up or Die We stand helpless before the corporate onslaught. There is no way to vote against corporate power. Citizens have no way to bring about the prosecution of Wall Street bankers and financiers for fraud, military and intelligence officials for torture and war crimes, or security and surveillance officers for human rights abuses.

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       Monday, April 4, 2011
This Is What Resistance Looks Like The big banks and corporations are parasites. They greedily devour the entrails of the nation in a quest for profit, thrusting us all into serfdom and polluting and poisoning the ecosystem that sustains the human species.
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       Saturday, November 7, 2015
The Most Brazen Corporate Power Grab in American History If there is no sustained uprising to prevent the passage of the TPP in Congress this spring we will be shackled by corporate power. Wages will decline. Working conditions will deteriorate. Unemployment will rise. Our few remaining rights will be revoked. The assault on the ecosystem will be accelerated. Banks and global speculation will be beyond oversight or control. Food safety standards and regulations will be jettisoned.
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       Saturday, December 18, 2010
Hope, from now on, will look like this. Chris Hedges Speech Before Joining Anti War Vets in DC Civil Disobedience Action Chris Hedges gave this speech to the assemblage of Anti-war veterans and activists preparing to be arrested for civil disobedience at the White House gates on Thursday, December 16. Hedges was among the 130+ who were arrested

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       Sunday, September 11, 2011
A Decade After 9/11: We Are What We Loathe The attacks turned us into monsters, grotesque ghouls, sadists and killers who drop bombs on village children and waterboard those we kidnap, strip of their rights and hold for years without due process. We acted before we were able to think. And it is the satanic lust of violence that has us locked in its grip.

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       Monday, September 2, 2013
The Last Chance to Stop the NDAA If Section 1021 stands, it will mean that more than 150 years of case law in which the Supreme Court repeatedly held the military has no jurisdiction over civilians will be abolished. It will mean that whole categories of Americans -- and here you can assume dissidents and activists -- will be subject to seizure by the military and indefinite and secret detention.

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       Monday, August 13, 2012
Criminalizing Dissent You would think voting in the rigged political theater of the corporate state actually makes a difference. The charade of junk politics is there not to offer a choice but to divert the crowd while our corporate masters move relentlessly forward, unimpeded by either party, to turn all dissent into a crime.
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       Monday, January 13, 2014
Chris Hedges: The Trouble With Chris Christie The most retrograde billionaires and corporate capitalists have pinned their hopes, as well as their money, on the New Jersey governor for the next presidential race. They love him because he is as vicious as he looks.
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       Sunday, April 1, 2018
The Oligarchs' "Guaranteed Basic Income" Scam Corporations used their wealth and power to make this ideology the reigning doctrine. They established well-funded centers of propaganda such as The Heritage Foundation, took over university economic departments and amplified the voices of their courtiers in the media. Those who questioned the doctrine were cast out like medieval heretics, their careers blocked and their voices muted or silenced.
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       Monday, January 26, 2015
Killing Ragheads for Jesus Kyle justified his killing with a cloying sentimentality about his family, his Christian faith, his fellow SEALs and his nation. But sentimentality is not love. It is not empathy. It is, at its core, about self-pity and self-adulation. That the film, like the book, swings between cruelty and sentimentality is not accidental.
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       Monday, November 18, 2013
Feeding the Flame of Revolt This draconian sentence, like the draconian sentences of other whistle-blowers, will fan revolt. History bears this out. It will solidify the growing understanding that we must resort, if we want to effect real change, to unconventional tactics to thwart the mounting abuses by the corporate state.

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       Friday, September 30, 2011
The Best Among Us; Join the Revolt On Wall Street or Stand On The Wrong Side of History There are no excuses left. Either you join the revolt taking place on Wall Street and in the financial districts of other cities across the country or you stand on the wrong side of history. Either you obstruct, in the only form left to us, which is civil disobedience, the plundering by the criminal class on Wall Street and accelerated destruction of the ecosystem that sustains the human species, or become the passive enabler

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       Sunday, November 13, 2016
It's Worse Than You Think The rot of our failed democracy vomited up a con artist who was a creation of the mass media -- first playing a fictional master of the universe on a reality television show and later a politician as vaudevillian. Trump pulled in advertising dollars and ratings. Truth and reality were irrelevant.
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       Monday, August 4, 2014
Why Israel Lies The Big Lie makes it clear to the Palestinians that Israel will continue to wage a campaign of state terror and will never admit its atrocities or its intentions. The vast disparity between what Israel says and what Israel does tells the Palestinians that there is no hope. Israel will do and say whatever it wants. International law, like the truth, will always be irrelevant.

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       Monday, September 24, 2012
How Do You Take Your Poison? One way or another the corporate hemlock will be shoved down our throats. Corporate power, no matter who is running the ward after January 2013, is poised to carry out U.S. history's most savage assault against the poor and the working class, not to mention the Earth's ecosystem. And no one in power, no matter what the bedside manner, has any intention or ability to stop it.
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       Monday, March 16, 2015
The Most Dangerous Woman in America People are infuriated about income inequality, about the pillaging by the big banks. They are burning at the entrenched racial injustice in America. They want a solution to climate change. They are looking for something radically different." The call for a national party is, in the end, a call to educate. It is a call to put forth a program that offers an alternative to global capitalism.

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       Tuesday, February 17, 2009
U.S. Intel Chief's Shocking Warning Wall Street's Disaster Has Spawned Our Greatest Terrorist Threat. It turns out that Wall Street, rather than Islamic jihad, has produced our most dangerous terrorists. We will see accelerated plant and retail closures, inflation, an epidemic of bankruptcies, new rounds of foreclosures, bread lines, unemployment surpassing the levels of the Great Depression and, as Blair fears, social upheaval.

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       Monday, June 25, 2012
Why We Fight They wake each day to defy, often in small, unseen acts of revolt, the intractable poverty, the despair and violence, by nurturing life. They often can do little to protect the lives, especially the lives of children, that are daily crushed and destroyed. But they refuse to bow before the forces of oppression or neglect. And in that defiance they achieve grandeur.

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       Monday, January 14, 2013
The Myth of Human Progress Complex civilizations have a bad habit of destroying themselves. The difference this time is that when we go down, the whole planet will go with us. There will, with this final collapse, be no new lands left to exploit, no new civilizations to conquer, no new peoples to subjugate. The struggle will conclude with the remnants of the human species learning a painful lesson about unrestrained greed and self-worship.

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       Monday, November 19, 2012
Elites Will Make Gazans of Us All Centralized authority has devolved into the hands of an executive branch that slavishly serves global corporate interests. The press and the government's judiciary and legislative branches have become toothless and decorative. The specter of terrorism, as in Israel, is used by the state to divert gargantuan expenditures to homeland security, the military and internal surveillance.

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       Monday, October 17, 2011
A Movement Too Big to Fail The liberal class, by refusing to question unfettered capitalism and globalization and by condemning those who did, severed itself from the roots of creative and bold thought, the only forces that could have prevented them from merging completely with the power elite. The liberal class, which was betrayed and betrayed itself, has no role left to play. All hope lies now with those in the street.
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       Monday, August 25, 2014
How the Brutalized Become Brutal Every criminal has a story. No one, except for perhaps a few psychopaths, wakes up wanting to cut off another person's head. Murder and other violent crimes almost always grow out of years of abuse of some kind suffered by the perpetrator. Even the most "civilized" among us are not immune to dehumanization.

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       Friday, November 11, 2011
Chris Hedges: This One Could Take Them All Down; Transcript: Chris Hedges Talks From the Heart About Occupy Wall Street excoriating unions, moveon.org... while cherishing the #OWS movement.
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       Sunday, February 12, 2017
The Elites Won't Save Us We are in the twilight stages of the rolling corporate coup d'e'tat begun four decades ago. We do not have much left to work with. We cannot trust our elites. We cannot trust our institutions. We must mobilize to carry out repeated and sustained mass actions. Waiting for the establishment to decapitate Trump and restore democracy would be collective suicide.
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       Sunday, June 5, 2016
Shut Down the Democratic National Convention We vote, in the end, for skillfully manufactured personalities. Neither Trump nor Clinton in office will hinder corporate hegemony. Nothing will change until we revolt, until we defy the corporate system, until we wake from our civic stupor. The goal of the elites is to keep us pacified.

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       Monday, April 2, 2012
Someone You Love: Coming to a Gulag Near You If the National Defense Authorization Act is not reversed it will plunge us into despotism, leaving us without a voice, trapped in eddies of fear and terror, unsure of what small comment, what small action, could be misinterpreted to push us out of our jobs or send us to jail. This is the future before us. And we better fight back now while we can.

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       Monday, October 11, 2010
How Democracy Dies: Lessons from a Master There is a yearning by tens of millions of Americans, lumped into a diffuse and fractious movement, to destroy the intellectual and scientific rigor of the Enlightenment. They seek out of ignorance and desperation to create a utopian society based on "biblical law."

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       Saturday, December 7, 2013
Chris Hedges on "The Pathology of the Rich" Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges discussed "the psychology of the super rich: their sense of entitlement, the dehumanization of workers, and mistaken belief that their wealth will insulate them from the coming storms" with The Real News Network's senior editor, Paul Jay.

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       Monday, November 22, 2010
Power and the Tiny Acts of Rebellion We are reaching the breaking point. An explosion, unless we halt the increased pressure, seems inevitable. And what is left for those of us who cannot embrace the contaminants of violence? If the system shuts us out how can we influence it through nonviolent mechanisms of popular protest? How can we restore a civil society? How can we battle back against those who will mobilize hatred to cement into place an American fascism?

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       Monday, July 8, 2013
We Are All Aboard the Pequod In our decline, hatred becomes our primary lust, our highest form of patriotism and a form of eroticism. We are made supine by hatred and fear. We deploy vast resources to hunt down jihadists and terrorists, real and phantom. We destroy our civil society in the name of a war on terror. We persecute those, from Julian Assange to Bradley Manning to Edward Snowden, who expose the dark machinations of power.

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       Monday, March 7, 2011
This Time We're Taking the Whole Planet With Us Globalization is the modern articulation of the ancient ideology used by past elites to turn citizens into serfs and the natural world into a wasteland for profit. Nothing to these elites is sacred. Human beings and the natural world are exploited until exhaustion or collapse.
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       Monday, October 1, 2012
What Is Happening to Muslims Will Happen to the Rest of Us The decision by the European Court of Human Rights last week to refuse to block the extradition of the radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri and four others to the United States on terrorism charges removes one of the last external checks on our emerging gulag state.

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       Monday, January 3, 2011
"The Left Has Nowhere to Go' "The black swan question is whether something will erupt that is rare, extreme and unpredictable," Nader said. "It is amazing that it hasn't happened in any pockets of the country. How much more can the oppressed take before they revolt? And can they revolt without organizers? These are the two important questions. You have got to have organizers, and as of now we don't."
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       Monday, October 21, 2013
Let's Get This Class War Started The top 1 percent in the United States own 40 percent of the nation's wealth while the bottom 80 percent own only 7 percent. Half of the country is now classified as poor or low-income. The real value of the minimum wage has fallen by $2.77 since 1968. Oligarchs do not believe in self-sacrifice for the common good. They never have. They never will. They are the cancer of democracy.

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       Monday, December 27, 2010
2011: A Brave New Dystopia The noose is tightening. The era of amusement is being replaced by the era of repression. Tens of millions of citizens have had their e-mails and phone records turned over to the government. We are the most monitored and spied-on citizenry in human history.
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       Monday, December 5, 2016
The Mafia State What comes next, history has shown, will not be pleasant. A cruel and morally bankrupt elite, backed by the organs of state security and law enforcement, will reduce workers to the status of serfs or slaves. The most benign dissent will be criminalized and crushed. America's elites have no external or internal constraints. They are barbarians. We will remove them from power or enter a new dark age.

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       Monday, February 13, 2012
Occupy Draws Strength From the Powerless Powerlessness is our strength. The survival of the movement depends on embracing this powerlessness. It depends on two of our most important assets -- utter and complete transparency and a rigid adherence to nonviolence, including respect for private property.

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       Monday, November 5, 2012
The S&M Election Our masters rely on our labor to make them wealthy, on our children for cannon fodder in war and on our collective chants for adulation. They would otherwise happily slip us rat poison. When they retreat into their inner sanctums, which they keep hidden from public view, they speak in the cold words of manipulation, power and privilege, words that expose their visions of themselves as beyond the reach of morality or law.
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       Sunday, December 13, 2015
Capitalism's Cult of Human Sacrifice The 21 international climate summits that have been held over the decades have produced nothing but empty rhetoric, false promises and rising carbon emissions. Paris was no different. We must physically obstruct the extraction, transportation and refining of fossil fuels or face extinction. This is a war waged between the forces of life and the forces of death. It is a war we must not lose.

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       Monday, August 6, 2012
The Science of Genocide On this day in 1945 the United States demonstrated that it was as morally bankrupt as the Nazi machine it had recently vanquished and the Soviet regime with which it was allied. Over Hiroshima, and three days later over Nagasaki, it exploded an atomic device that was the most efficient weapon of genocide in human history. For many of us, science has supplanted religion. We harbor a naive faith in the godlike power of science.
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       Monday, November 19, 2018
Are We About to Face Our Gravest Constitutional Crisis? Before this lame-duck Congress adjourns in December we could face the most serious constitutional crisis in the history of the republic if Donald Trump attempts to shut down the investigation by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. A supine and pliant Republican Party, still in control of the House and the Senate, would probably not challenge Trump.

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       Monday, February 6, 2012
The Cancer in Occupy Once the Occupy movement is painted as a flag-burning, rock-throwing, angry mob we are finished. If we become isolated we can be crushed. Losing the ability to show through nonviolent protest the corruption and decadence of the corporate state, would be crippling to the movement. It would reduce us to the moral degradation of our oppressors. And that is what our oppressors want.
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       Sunday, September 11, 2016
Fooled Again Our democracy is dead. Clinton and Donald Trump do not have the power or the interest to revive it. They kneel before the war machine, which consumes trillions of dollars to wage futile wars and bankroll a bloated military. To defy the fortress state is political suicide. Politicians are courtiers to Wall Street.
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       Monday, July 10, 2017
Eating Our Way to Disease The animal agriculture industry knows its products are harming us, but it, along with the medical and drug industries, is making billions from illnesses caused by our diet. - 2017/07/09
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       Monday, December 29, 2014
The Prison State of America The roughly 1 million prisoners who work for corporations and government industries in the American prison system are models for what the corporate state expects us all to become. And corporations have no intention of permitting prison reforms that would reduce the size of their bonded workforce. In fact, they are seeking to replicate these conditions throughout the society.
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       Sunday, April 22, 2018
Chaco Canyon, Chaco Earth The Chaco ruin, 6,200 feet above sea level, is one of the largest and most spectacular archaeological sites in North America. It is an impressive array of 15 interconnected complexes, each of which once had four-to-five-story stone buildings with hundreds of rooms each. Seven-hundred-pound wooden beams, many 16 feet long, were used in the roofs.
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       Sunday, May 31, 2015
Karl Marx Was Right Government expenditure accounts for 41 percent of GDP. Corporate capitalists intend to seize this money, hence the privatization of whole parts of the military, the push to privatize Social Security, the contracting of corporations to collect 70 percent of intelligence for our 16 intelligence agencies, as well as the privatization of prisons, schools and our disastrous for-profit health care service.

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       Monday, May 6, 2013
The Death of Truth WikiLeaks shone a spotlight into the inner workings of empire -- the most important role of a press -- and for this it has become empire's prey. Those around the globe with the computer skills to search out the secrets of empire are now those whom empire fears most.

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       Monday, July 29, 2013
The Business of Mass Incarceration The failure on the part of the white liberal class to decry the exploding mass incarceration of the poor, and especially of African-Americans, means that as our empire deteriorates more and more whites will end up in prison alongside those we have condemned because of our indifference. And the mounting abuse of the poor is fueling an inchoate rage that will eventually lead to civil unrest.

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       Monday, July 4, 2011
Ralph Nader Is Tired of Running for President If we do not sever ourselves from established systems of power, if we do not become in every action we undertake agents of rebellion, then the ecological, economic and, finally, human distortions that arise in times of confusion, suffering and collapse will overwhelm us.

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       Tuesday, November 15, 2011
This Is What Revolution Looks Like Welcome to the revolution. Our elites have exposed their hand. They have nothing to offer. They can destroy but they cannot build. They can repress but they cannot lead. They can steal but they cannot share. They can talk but they cannot speak. They have no ideas, no plans and no vision for the future.
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       Sunday, August 30, 2015
The Great Unraveling Those of us who seek to create a world that has hope of viability have little time left. The neoliberal order, despoiling the Earth and enslaving the vulnerable, has to be eradicated. If we do not remove the ruling elites from power, if we do not overthrow the neoliberal order, and if we do not do it soon, we are doomed.

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       Monday, December 7, 2009
Liberals Are Useless I don't dislike Obama—I would much rather listen to him than his smug and venal predecessor—though I expected nothing but a continuation of the corporate rape of the country. And that is what he has delivered. Obama is not the problem. We are.

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       Monday, May 14, 2012
Colonized by Corporations Don't waste any more time or energy on the presidential election than it takes to get to your polling station and pull a lever for a third-party candidate -- just enough to register your obstruction and defiance -- and then get back out onto the street. That is where the question of real power is being decided.
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       Sunday, July 12, 2015
We Are All Greeks Now The corporate dismantling of civil society is nearly complete in Greece. It is far advanced in the United States. We, like the Greeks, are undergoing a political war waged by the world's oligarchs. No one elected them. They ignore public opinion. And, as in Greece, if a government defies the international banking community it is targeted for execution. The banks do not play by the rules of democracy.

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       Monday, October 10, 2011
Why the Elites Are in Trouble The elites believe, and seek to make us believe, that globalization and unfettered capitalism are natural law, some kind of permanent and eternal dynamic that can never be altered. What the elites fail to realize is that rebellion will not stop until the corporate state is extinguished.
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       Monday, April 20, 2015
Choosing Life The animal agriculture industry is an integral part of the corporate state. The corporate state's exploitation and impoverishment of workers and its poisoning of the environment, as well as its torture and violence toward animals, are carried out because of the obsession for greater and greater profit.
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       Monday, September 22, 2014
The Coming Climate Revolt If the response of the corporate state is repression rather than reform, then our strategy and our tactics must be different. We will have to cease our appealing to the system. We will have to view the state, including the Democratic Party, as antagonistic to genuine reform. We will have to speak in the language of ... revolution.
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       Monday, March 26, 2012
The Polite Conference Rooms Where Liberties Are Saved and Lost The NDAA implodes our most cherished constitutional protections. It permits the military to function on U.S. soil as a civilian law enforcement agency. It authorizes the executive branch to order the military to selectively suspend due process and habeas corpus for citizens. The law can be used to detain people deemed threats to national security.
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       Sunday, March 20, 2016
Voting With Our Feet There are mechanisms to wrest back our democracy. Voting in presidential elections is not one of them. Shutting down Trump rallies, as took place in Chicago, and blocking fracking sites are examples of the only form of direct democracy left. We must begin to mobilize around mass actions. We must, in large and small ways, disrupt the system.
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       Sunday, September 6, 2015
The Real Enemy Is Within Militarists and war profiteers are our greatest enemy. They use fear, bolstered by racism, as a tool in their efforts to abolish civil liberties, crush dissent and ultimately extinguish democracy. To produce weapons and finance military expansion, they ruin the domestic economy by diverting resources, scientific and technical expertise and a disproportionate share of government funds.
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       Monday, February 2, 2015
Malcolm X Was Right About America "It is impossible for capitalism to survive, primarily because the system of capitalism needs some blood to suck," Malcolm said. "Capitalism used to be like an eagle, but now it's more like a vulture. It used to be strong enough to go and suck anybody's blood whether they were strong or not. But now it has become more cowardly, like the vulture, and it can only suck the blood of the helpless."
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       Sunday, December 24, 2017
What Christmas Means Undocumented parents living in mortal fear of being seized by immigration agents and being separated from their children, African-Americans living in the hellish violence of south Chicago, know the true meaning of Christmas. They feel what Mary and Joseph felt. Fear, even terror, is the foundation of Christmas.
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       Sunday, May 21, 2017
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.
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       Tuesday, June 23, 2015
My hatred of Authority, Along With My Loathing for the Pretensions, Heartlessness, and Sense of Entitlement of the Rich The public's inability to grasp the pathology of our oligarchic corporate elite makes it difficult to organize effective resistance. Compliant politicians, entertainers, & our vapid, corporate-funded popular culture & news media hold up the elites as leaders to emulate. We are repeatedly assured that through diligence & hard work we can join them. We are taught to equate wealth with success-- narratives which veil the truth
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       Monday, June 22, 2015
America's Slave Empire In Alabama prisons, as in nearly all such state facilities across the United States, prisoners do nearly every job, including cooking, cleaning, maintenance, laundry and staffing the prison barbershop. Only a few hundred of Alabama's 26,200 prisoners -- the system is designed to hold only 13,130 people -- are paid to work; they get 17 to 71 cents an hour. The rest are slaves.
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       Monday, December 18, 2017
The Permanent Lie, Our Deadliest Threat The most ominous danger we face comes from the marginalization and destruction of institutions, including the courts, academia, legislative bodies, cultural organizations and the press, that once ensured that civil discourse was rooted in reality and fact, helped us distinguish lies from truth and facilitated justice.
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       Monday, January 11, 2016
The Great Forgetting Donald Trump may be boorish, narcissistic, stupid, racist and elitist, but he does not have Hillary Clinton's carefully honed and chilling amoral artifice. It was she, and an ethically bankrupt liberal establishment, that created the fertile ground for Trump by fleecing the citizens on behalf of corporations and imposing the neoliberal project.

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       Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Kill Anything That Moves Turse's book obliterates the image we have of ourselves as a good and virtuous nation. It mocks the popular belief that we have a right to impose our "virtues" on others by force. It exposes the soul of our military, which has achieved, through relentless propaganda and effective censorship, a level of public adulation that is terrifying.
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       Wednesday, July 27, 2016
The 1 Percent's Useful Idiots The fight will be hard and difficult. It will require love and self-sacrifice. It will require anger and courage. It is the greatest moral imperative before us. Those who do not defy the evil become its accomplice. We may not succeed. But we must be among those of whom future generations will say: They tried. They dared to dream. They dared to care. They dared to love.

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       Monday, January 16, 2012
Why I'm Suing Barack Obama This demented "war on terror" is as undefined and vague as such a conflict is in any totalitarian state. Dissent is increasingly equated in this country with treason. Enemies supposedly lurk in every organization that does not chant the patriotic mantras provided to it by the state.
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       Monday, December 30, 2013
Overthrow the Speculators Speculators at megabanks or investment firms such as Goldman Sachs are not, in a strict sense, capitalists. They do not make money from the means of production. They are parasites. They feed off the carcass of industrial capitalism. They produce nothing. They make nothing. They just manipulate money. Speculation in the 17th century was a crime. Speculators were hanged.

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       Monday, March 28, 2011
The Collapse of Globalization The aim of the corporate state is not to feed, clothe or house the masses, but to shift all economic, social and political power and wealth into the hands of the tiny corporate elite. It is to create a world where the heads of corporations make $900,000 an hour and four-job families struggle to survive.
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       Monday, October 15, 2018
Israel Is Captive to Its 'Destructive Process' There will never be transports or extermination camps for the Palestinians, but amid increasing violence against Palestinians larger and larger numbers of them will die, in airstrikes, targeted assassinations and other armed attacks. Hunger and misery will expand. Israeli demands for "transfer"--the forced expulsion of Palestinians from occupied territory to neighboring countries--will grow.

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       Monday, January 23, 2012
Thank You for Standing Up Turn off your televisions. Ignore the Newt-Mitt-Rick-Barack reality show. It is as relevant to your life as the gossip on "Jersey Shore." The real debate, the debate raised by the Occupy movement about inequality, corporate malfeasance, the destruction of the ecosystem, and the security and surveillance state, is the only debate that matters.

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       Monday, January 9, 2012
The Gospel of the Penniless, Jobless, Marginalized and Despised James Cone, perhaps the most important contemporary theologian in America, has spent a lifetime pointing out the hypocrisy and mendacity of the white church and white-dominated society while lifting up and exalting the voices of the oppressed.
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       Monday, September 21, 2015
What It Means to Be a Socialist There can be no accommodation with global capitalism. We will overthrow this system or be crushed by it. And at this moment of crisis we need to remind ourselves what being a socialist means and what it does not mean.
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       Sunday, February 11, 2018
The Deadly Rule of the Oligarchs Oligarchs, though they speak of deconstructing the administrative state, actually increase deficits and the size and power of law enforcement and the military to protect their global business interests and ensure domestic social control.

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       Friday, June 29, 2012
The Righteous Road to Ruin Moral behavior is determined by our treatment of the weakest and most vulnerable among us. It is easy to be decent to your peers and those within your tribe. It is difficult to be decent to the oppressed and those who are branded as the enemy.
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       Monday, March 12, 2012
Supreme Court Likely to Endorse Obama's War on Whistle-Blowers What we will live under if the Supreme Court upholds the use of the Espionage Act to punish those who expose war crimes and state lies will be a species of corporate fascism. And this closed society is, perhaps, only a few weeks or months away.

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       Monday, April 8, 2013
The Hijacking of Human Rights The current business of human rights means human rights for some and not for others. Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Physicians for Human Rights, the Peace Alliance, and Citizens for Global Solutions are all guilty of buying into the false creed that U.S. military force can be deployed to promote human rights. None of these groups stood up to oppose the invasion of Iraq or Afghanistan.

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       Monday, March 1, 2010
Ralph Nader Was Right About Barack Obama The timidity of the left exposes its cowardice, lack of a moral compass and mounting political impotence. The left stands for nothing. The damage Obama and the Democrats have done is immense. But the damage liberals do the longer they beg Obama and the Democrats for a few scraps is worse.

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       Friday, May 18, 2012
A Victory for All of Us Rebellion is not waged because it will work; indeed in its noblest form it is waged when we know it will fail. Our existence, as Camus wrote, must itself be "an act of rebellion." Not to rebel, not to protect and nurture life even in the face of death, is spiritual and moral suicide.

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       Monday, December 6, 2010
Happy as a Hangman Those who do not carry out acts of rebellion, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, are guilty of solidifying and perpetuating these crimes. Those who do not act delude themselves into believing they are innocent. They are not.
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       Saturday, April 16, 2016
Revolution Is in the Air Corporations will continue to strip us of our remaining rights, carry out the deadly assault on the ecosystem, impoverish workers, make a mockery of our democracy and cannibalize what is left of the country. The system of corporate power is incapable of reform. It must be destroyed.

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       Monday, February 27, 2012
Nader to Occupy: Help Raise the Minimum Wage There has been a steady decline in real wages for low-income workers. The call to raise the minimum wage is not only a matter of economic justice. The infusion of tens of billions of dollars into the hands of the working class would increase tax revenue, open up new jobs and lift consumer spending.
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       Monday, October 2, 2017
The End of Empire The deep disillusionment and anger that led to Donald Trump's election -- a reaction to the corporate coup d'etat and the poverty afflicting at least half of the country -- have destroyed the myth of a functioning democracy. The empire will collapse and the nation will consume itself within our lifetimes if we do not wrest power from those who rule the corporate state.

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       Tuesday, June 16, 2009
The American Empire Is Bankrupt This week marks the end of the dollar's reign as the world's reserve currency [1]. It marks the start of a terrible period of economic and political decline in the United States. And it signals the last gasp of the American imperium. That's over. It is not coming back. And what is to come will be very, very painful.

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       Monday, March 8, 2010
Calling All Rebels The mounting anger and hatred, coursing through the bloodstream of the body politic, make violence and counter-violence inevitable. Brace yourself. The American empire is over. And the descent is going to be horrifying.
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       Monday, March 10, 2014
Welcome to Satan's Ball Our elites have established the most efficient system of mass surveillance in history. They have abolished most of our civil liberties. They have trashed our economy for their own personal gain. They have looted state treasuries and thrown working men and women aside. Satan is again holding a great ball. You are not invited. I am not invited. Only the gangsters will be there. Putin will be an honored guest. So will Obama.
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       Sunday, May 17, 2015
The Pathology of the Rich White Family Drug use, crime and disintegrating families are the result of poverty, not race. Poor whites replicate this behavior. Take away opportunity, infuse lives with despair and hopelessness, and this is what you get. But that is something rich white families do not want people to know. If it were known, the rich would have to take the blame.
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       Sunday, May 3, 2015
Make the Rich Panic It does not matter to the corporate rich who wins the presidential election. It does not matter who is elected to Congress. The rich have the power. They throw money at their favorites the way a gambler puts cash on his favorite horse. Money has replaced the vote. The wealthy can crush anyone who does not play by their rules.
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       Sunday, March 1, 2015
Tariq Ali: The Time Is Right for a Palace Revolution Tariq Ali: "I can't see the old way of reproducing a political party of the left, modeled on the Republican and Democratic structures, as working. These people only work with money. They do not even speak with very many ordinary people. It is credit-card democracy. The left cannot and should not emulate this. America is the hardest nut to crack, but unless it is cracked we are doomed."
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       Monday, November 12, 2012
Once Again -- Death of the Liberal Class The liberal establishment's inability to defy corporate power, to stand up for its supposed liberal beliefs, means its inevitable disappearance, along with the disappearance of traditional liberal values. This, as history has amply pointed out, is the road to despotism. And we are further down that road than many care to admit.
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       Sunday, April 8, 2018
The Campaign to Exterminate Muslims The Israeli massacre of Palestinians is a prelude to a dystopian, neocolonial world where global elites, hoarding wealth and controlling the mechanisms of power, increasingly resort to widespread bloodshed to keep the oppressed at bay. What Israel is doing to Palestinians -- impoverished and trapped without adequate food, water and medicine in the open-air prison that is Gaza.
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       Monday, October 20, 2014
The Imperative of Revolt Resistance will begin locally, with communities organizing to form autonomous groups that practice direct democracy outside the formal power structures, including the two main political parties. These groups will have to address issues such as food security, education, local governance, economic cooperation and consumption. And they will have to sever themselves, as much as possible, from the corporate economy.
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       Monday, April 14, 2014
The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies To emotionally accept impending disaster, to attain the gut-level understanding that the power elite will not respond rationally to the devastation of the ecosystem, is as difficult to accept as our own mortality. The most daunting existential struggle of our time is to ingest this awful truth -- intellectually and emotionally -- and rise up to resist the forces that are destroying us.

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       Monday, September 19, 2011
The Rev. Jeremiah Wright Recalls Obama's Fall From Grace Obama, once the glitter of power fades, will have to grapple with the fact that he was a traitor not only to his pastor, the man who married him and Michelle, who baptized his children and who kept him spiritually and morally grounded, but to himself. Wright retains what is most precious in life and what Obama has squandered -- his soul.
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       Thursday, March 3, 2016
The Revenge of the Lower Classes and the Rise of American Fascism Democrats are playing a very dangerous game by anointing Hillary Clinton as their presidential candidate. She epitomizes the double-dealing of the college-educated elites, those who speak the feel-your-pain language of ordinary men and women, who hold up the bible of political correctness, while selling out the poor and the working class to corporate power.
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       Monday, January 5, 2015
All Forms of Life Are Sacred A slave has only external value. A slave is a thing. This is what we have done to animals. Animals are property. Animal welfare laws cannot work because they are based on balancing the interests of humans and nonhumans. As long as animals are chattel property the animal owners win.
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       Monday, October 27, 2014
The Myth of the Free Press The mass media are plagued by the same mediocrity, corporatism and careerism as the academy, labor unions, the arts, the Democratic Party and religious institutions. They cling to the self-serving mantra of impartiality and objectivity to justify their subservience to power. To effectively disseminate state propaganda the press must maintain the fiction of independence and integrity.
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       Sunday, February 15, 2015
"Pornography Is What the End of the World Looks Like" The VCR, the DVD and, later, the Internet allowed porn to be pumped into individual homes. The glossy, still images of Playboy, Penthouse and Hustler became tame, even quaint. America, and much of the rest of the world, became pornified. The income of the global porn industry is estimated at $96 billion, with the United States market worth about $13 billion.
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       Monday, February 24, 2014
Edward Snowden’s Moral Courage There is no free press without the ability of the reporters to protect the confidentiality of those who have the moral courage to make public the abuse of power. Those few individuals inside government who dared to speak out about the system of mass surveillance have been charged as spies or hounded into exile. Any state that has the ability to inflict full-spectrum dominance on its citizens is not a free state.
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       Monday, January 1, 2018
Hedges interviews Nader: RIP American Democracy The two major political parties lack a coherent vision. They are subservient to corporate power. They have abandoned the common good. They have turned politics into burlesque. They have rendered the citizenry impotent. The press, especially the electronic press, has transformed news into a grotesque reality show filled with trivia, gossip and conjecture.
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       Sunday, October 30, 2016
American Irrationalism Candidates Trump and Clinton have no plans to halt our slide to oblivion. They are part of the circus. They, like all of the other elites, profit from the system that is destroying us. They lack the incentive and probably the capacity to challenge the structures and assumptions that define corporate capitalism. Today's politics is just one more product of a diseased culture.

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       Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Noam Chomsky Has "Never Seen Anything Like This' The mood of the country is frightening. The level of anger, frustration and hatred of institutions is not organized in a constructive way. It is going off into self-destructive fantasies." If the polls are accurate it is not the Republicans but the right-wing Republicans, the crazed Republicans, who will sweep the next election."

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       Sunday, October 16, 2016
Donald Trump: The Dress Rehearsal for Fascism Any system of prolonged political paralysis and failed liberalism vomits up monsters. And the longer we remain in a state of political paralysis -- especially as we stumble toward another financial collapse -- the more certain it becomes that these monsters will take power.
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       Monday, November 11, 2013
The Revolutionaries in Our Midst Hammond said resistance must be a way of life. "The truth," he said, "will always come out." He cautioned activists to be hyper-vigilant and aware that "one mistake can be permanent." But he added, "Don't let paranoia or fear deter you from activism. Do the down thing!"
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       Tuesday, June 16, 2015
America's Electoral Farce Evil lurks within the body politic. It is fueled by an induced ignorance. The specter of meaningless presidential elections caters to this idiocy. Our corporate masters are counting on most of us remaining entranced by the shadows they project on the wall of the cave.
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       Sunday, March 12, 2017
The Dance of Death The Trump appointees -- Steve Bannon, Jeff Sessions, Rex Tillerson, Steve Mnuchin, Betsy DeVos, Wilbur Ross, Rick Perry, Alex Acosta and others -- do not advocate innovation or reform. They are Pavlovian dogs that salivate before piles of money. They are hard-wired to steal from the poor and loot federal budgets. Idiots and charlatans, the handmaidens of death, lure us into the abyss.

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       Monday, August 29, 2011
The Election March of the Trolls We have to create monastic enclaves where we can retain and nurture the values being rapidly destroyed by the wider corporate culture and build the mechanisms of self-sufficiency that will allow us to survive. The corporate coup is over. We have lost. The trolls have won. We have to face our banishment.

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       Sunday, September 18, 2016
The Courtiers and the Tyrants The infusion of corporate money into the Democratic Party left the liberals in the party with a stark choice -- serve corporate power or get pushed out. Those, like the Clintons, who were willing to walk away from the core values of liberalism profited. At that point they became liberals only in name. They were assigned their part in the empty political exercise, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

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       Monday, June 13, 2011
No Justice in Kafka's America The state, by making us afraid, is able to justify the disease of permanent war and the silencing of those who dare to dissent. The terrible suffering we have unleashed throughout the Middle East is rendered invisible if there is no one to decry it and document it.
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       Sunday, October 29, 2017
American Psychosis Reality is under assault. Verbal confusion reigns. Truth and illusion have merged. Mental chaos makes it hard to fathom what is happening. We feel trapped in a hall of mirrors. Exposed lies are answered with other lies. The rational is countered with the irrational. We are entering a period of national psychological trauma.

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       Monday, October 18, 2010
Heroes for the Beaten, Foreclosed on, Imprisoned Masses Staughton Lynd could have built an enviable career as an academic but for his conscience. His conscience led him as a young undergraduate disgusted by the elitism around him to drop out of Harvard, and tortured him when he returned to finish his degree.
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       Monday, September 1, 2014
The Last Gasp of Climate Change Liberals The climate change march in New York on Sept. 21, expected to draw as many as 200,000 people, is one of the last gasps of conventional liberalism's response to the climate crisis. It will take place two days before the actual gathering of world leaders in New York called by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to discuss the November 2015 U.N. Climate Conference in Paris.
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       Monday, December 15, 2014
ISIS -- the New Israel ISIS is a mortal threat to the House of Saud. It is a open challenge to the religious authority of the Saudi ruling family, which is the custodian of Mecca, the site of the holiest shrine in Islam. It challenges, by anointing Baghdadi as caliph, the right of the Saudis to determine religious doctrine.
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       Sunday, February 14, 2016
Bernie Sanders' Phantom Movement No movement or political revolution will ever be built within the confines of the Democratic Party. And the repeated failure of the American left to grasp the duplicitous game being played by the political elites has effectively neutered it as a political force. History, after all, should count for something.
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       Sunday, January 8, 2017
When Fear Comes The more despotic a regime becomes, the more it creates a climate of fear that transforms into terror. At the same time, it invests tremendous energy and resources in censorship and propaganda to maintain the fiction of the just and free state. Once rights become privileges that the state can revoke, they will eventually be taken away from everyone.
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       Monday, October 3, 2016
The Empire Strikes Back Corporate leviathans and the imperialist agencies that work on their behalf are once again reshaping Latin America into havens for corporate exploitation. It is the eternal story of the struggle by the weak against the strong, the poor against the rich, the powerless against the powerful, and those who would be free against the forces of imperialism.
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       Sunday, January 7, 2018
Corpses of Souls Liberty and freedom in the corporate state mean the liberty and freedom of corporations and the rich to exploit and pillage without government interference or regulatory oversight. And the single most important characteristic of government is its willingness to use force, at home and abroad, to protect the interests of the property classes.
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       Sunday, July 8, 2018
The Con of Diversity Diversity in the hands of the white power elites -- political and corporate -- is an advertising gimmick. A new face, a brand, gets pushed out front, accompanied by the lavish financial rewards that come with serving the white power structure, as long as the game is played.
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       Monday, March 17, 2014
Israel's War on American Universities Israel has for decades been able to frame the discussion about the Palestinians. But its control of the narrative is coming to an end. As Israel loses ground it will viciously and irrationally attack all truth tellers, even if they are American students, and especially if they are Jews.
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       Sunday, September 10, 2017
The Great Flood Droughts, floods, famines and disease will eventually see the collapse of social cohesion in large parts of the globe, including U.S. coastal areas. The insecurity, hunger and desperation among the dispossessed of the earth will give rise to ad hoc militias, crime and increased acts of terrorism. It is the beginning of the end. Ask not for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for thee.

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       Monday, October 28, 2013
Our Invisible Revolution If a nonviolent popular movement is able to ideologically disarm the bureaucrats, civil servants and police -- to get them, in essence, to defect -- nonviolent revolution is possible. But if the state can organize effective and prolonged violence against dissent, it spawns reactive revolutionary violence, or what the state calls terrorism.
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       Sunday, June 11, 2017
The Age of Anger With the rise of Trump, it is clear the "cord of consciousness" has also been severed in the twilight days of the American empire. Once we no longer acknowledge or understand our own capacity for evil, once we no longer know ourselves, we become monsters who devour others and finally devour ourselves.
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       Monday, February 3, 2014
The Menace of the Military Mind The military exerts nearly total control over the lives of its members. Many of the marks of civilian life are stripped away. Personal modes of dress, hairstyle, speech and behavior are heavily regulated. Individuality is physically and then psychologically crushed. Aggressiveness is rewarded. Compassion is demeaned. Violence is the favorite form of communication.

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       Monday, November 1, 2010
The Phantom Left Wall Street's looting of the Treasury, the curtailing of our civil liberties, the millions of fraudulent foreclosures, the long-term unemployment, the bankruptcies from medical bills, the endless wars in the Middle East and the amassing of trillions in debt that can never be repaid are pushing us toward a Hobbesian world of internal collapse.
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       Monday, May 18, 2009
The Disease of Permanent War Massive military spending in this country, climbing to nearly $1 trillion a year and consuming half of all discretionary spending, has a profound social cost. Bridges and levees collapse. Schools decay. Domestic manufacturing declines. Trillions in debts threaten the viability of the currency and the economy. The poor, the mentally ill, the sick and the unemployed are abandoned. Human suffering--including our own--is the price
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       Sunday, November 19, 2017
Behind the Mask of the "Moderates" It does not matter, as illustrated by the Republican tax plan now before the U.S. Senate, what is just or what the public supports. There are no institutions left in the United States that can authentically be called democratic. The end result of this elaborate charade is embodied in the rise of the grotesque spectacle of the Trump administration.

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       Monday, January 28, 2013
White Power to the Rescue The steady rise of ethnic nationalism over the past decade, the replacing of history with mendacious and sanitized versions of lost glory, is part of the moral decay that infects a dying culture. It is a frightening attempt, by those who are desperate and trapped, to escape through invented history their despair, impoverishment and hopelessness.
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       Monday, November 10, 2014
Saving the Planet, One Meal at a Time We can, by becoming vegan, refuse to be complicit in the torture of billions of animals for corporate profit and can have the well-documented health benefits associated with a plant-based diet, especially in the areas of heart disease and cancer.

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       Monday, February 11, 2013
The NDAA and the Death of the Democratic State The courts will now decide if we will fatally damage our democracy and become a military state or protect what is left of our rights as citizens. If we lose, the power of the military to detain citizens, strip them of due process and hold them indefinitely in military prisons will become a terrifying reality.

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       Monday, August 18, 2014
Chris Hedges: Rebellion in Ferguson: A Rising Heat in the Suburbs Amid ongoing strife in Ferguson, Mo., civil rights veteran Lawrence Hamm foresees social unrest shifting out of the inner cities that erupted in the 1960s.
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       Friday, June 24, 2016
2008 All Over Again Economies built on scaffolds of debt eventually collapse. There comes a moment when the service of the debt, as we see in Greece, becomes unsustainable. More and more draconian austerity measures are imposed on a captive public to pay banks and bondholders until these measures reach an intolerable level. The people revolt. The system crashes. This is what happened in Britain.
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       Sunday, July 16, 2017
Eugene Debs and the Kingdom of Evil We have to begin all over again. And we must do so understanding, as Debs did, that any accommodation with members of the capitalist class is futile and self-defeating. They are the enemy. They will degrade and destroy everything, including the ecosystem, to get richer. They are not capable of reform.

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       Monday, April 9, 2012
The Real Health Care Debate It's not necessary to force Americans to buy private health insurance to achieve universal coverage. There is a proven alternative that Congress didn't seriously consider, and that is a single payer national health insurance system. Congress could have taken seriously evidence presented by single payer medical doctors that a single payer system is the only way to both control costs and cover everyone.

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       Monday, April 23, 2012
The Globalization of Hollow Politics There was a lot of red, white and blue, the colors of the French flag. There was the final shout of "Vive la France." I could, with a few alterations, have been at a football rally in Amarillo, Texas. I had hoped for a little more gravitas. But as the French cultural critic Guy Debord astutely grasped, politics, even allegedly radical politics, has become a hollow spectacle.
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       Monday, September 14, 2015
Where is Our Jeremy Corbyn? We have yet to mount this battle effectively in the United States. But we too must work to build a socialist nation. We may not win, but this fight is the only hope left to save ourselves from the predatory forces bent on the destruction of democracy and the ecosystem on which we depend for life. If the forces that oppose us triumph, we will have no future left.
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       Monday, April 17, 2017
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.

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       Monday, December 5, 2011
Where Were You When They Crucified My Movement? The Occupy movement is the force that will revitalize traditional Christianity in the United States or signal its moral, social and political irrelevance.
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       Sunday, January 3, 2016
The American Empire: Murder Inc. Terror, intimidation and violence are the glue that holds empire together. Aerial bombardment, drone and missile attacks, artillery and mortar strikes, targeted assassinations, massacres, the detention of tens of thousands, death squad killings, torture, wholesale surveillance, extraordinary renditions, curfews, propaganda, a loss of civil liberties and pliant political puppets are the grist of our wars and proxy wars.
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       Monday, April 28, 2014
The Crime of Peaceful Protest The corporate state, utterly incapable of addressing the grievances and injustices endured by the underclass, is extremely nervous about the mass movements that have swept the country in recent years. And if protests erupt again -- as I think they will -- the state hopes it will have neutralized much of the potential leadership. Being an activist in peaceful mass protest is the only real "crime" McMillan has committed.

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       Sunday, December 11, 2016
Demagogue-in-Chief Trump is the sick expression of a dysfunctional political system and mass culture that celebrate the most depraved aspects of human nature -- greed, a lust for power, a thirst for adulation and celebrity, a penchant for the manipulation of others, dishonesty, a lack of remorse and a frightening pathology in which reality is ignored.
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       Monday, September 3, 2012
Life Is Sacred Voting is useless. But while I support these heroic acts of resistance, I increasingly fear they may have little effect. This does not mean we should not resist. Resistance is a moral imperative. We cannot use the word "hope" if we do not fight back. But the corporations will employ deadly force to protect their drive to extract the last bit of profit from life.
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       Monday, May 11, 2015
A Nation of Snitches Totalitarian states record even the most banal of our activities so that when it comes time to lock us up they can invest these activities with subversive or criminal intent. And citizens who know, because of the courage of Edward Snowden, that they are being watched but naively believe they "have done nothing wrong" do not grasp this dark and terrifying logic.
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       Sunday, September 3, 2017
Diseases of Despair A decline in status and power, an inability to advance, a lack of education and health care and a loss of hope are crippling forms of humiliation. This humiliation fuels loneliness, frustration, anger and feelings of worthlessness. In short, when you are marginalized and rejected by society, life often has little meaning.
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       Sunday, April 3, 2016
The Lie of Patriotism War, up close, bears no relation to the myth. It is depraved and cruel. It has nothing to do with noble ends or justice. Killing is a dirty, ugly business. There is a vast disparity between war's reality and the myth peddled by the press, the entertainment industry, politicians and churches.
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       Monday, September 26, 2016
Police Killings Won't Stop Innocent men and women may no longer be lynched on a tree, but they are lynched on death row and in the streets of New York, Baltimore, Ferguson, Charlotte and dozens of other cities. They are lynched for the reasons poor black people have always been lynched -- to create a reign of terror that serves as an effective form of social control.
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       Sunday, March 26, 2017
The Warring Kleptocrats It is all entertainment all the time. It is the natural result of a media that long ago gave up journalism to keep us amused. Trump was its creation. And now we get a daily "Gong Show" out of the White House. It is good for Trump. It is good for the profits of the cable news networks. But it keeps us distracted as the kleptocrats transform the country into a banana republic.

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       Monday, November 15, 2010
The Origin of America's Intellectual Vacuum Universities stand as cowardly, mute and silent accomplices of the corporate state, taking corporate money and doing corporate bidding. And those with a conscience inside the walls of the university understand that tenure and promotion require them to remain silent.
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       Monday, March 9, 2015
The Whoredom of the Left If we accept prostitution as legal, we will take one more collective step toward the global plantation being constructed by our corporate pimps.
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       Monday, January 27, 2014
The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies To emotionally accept impending disaster, to attain the gut-level understanding that the power elite will not respond rationally to the devastation of the ecosystem, is as difficult to accept as our own mortality. The most daunting existential struggle of our time is to ingest this awful truth--intellectually and emotionally--and rise up to resist the forces that are destroying us.
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       Monday, October 6, 2014
The Trial of Stanley L. Cohen: Justice as Farce Now that the state has codified this judicial lynching, the legal equivalent of pre-emptive war, it will be used on the rest of us, as many activists in the environmental, anti-globalization, anti-nuclear, sustainable agriculture and anarchist movements are discovering.

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       Monday, November 4, 2013
Imploding the Myth of Israel Israel has been poisoned by the psychosis of permanent war. It has been morally bankrupted by the sanctification of victimhood, which it uses to justify an occupation that rivals the brutality and racism of apartheid South Africa. Its democracy -- which was always exclusively for Jews -- has been hijacked by extremists who are pushing the country toward fascism.
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       Monday, July 2, 2018
America the Failed State The two political parties are one party -- the corporate party. They do not debate substantive issues. They each support the expansion of imperial wars, the bloated military budget, the dictates of global capitalism, the bailing out of Wall Street, punishing austerity measures, assaulting basic civil liberties through wholesale government surveillance and the abolition of due process.
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       Monday, July 30, 2012
The Perversion of Scholarship Fraternities, sororities and football, along with other outsized athletic programs, have decimated most major American universities. Scholarship, inquiry, self-criticism, moral autonomy and a search for artistic and esoteric forms of expression--in short, the world of ethics, creativity and ideas--are shouted down by the drunken chants of fans in huge stadiums, the pathetic demands of rich alumni for national championships...
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       Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Go to Pittsburgh, Young Man, and Defy Your Empire This is an opportunity to defy the titans of the corporate state and speak in words that describe our reality. The power elite fear these words. If these words seep into the population, if they become part of our common vernacular, the elite and the systems they defend will be unmasked. Our collective self-delusion will be shattered. These words of defiance expose the lies and crimes the elite use...

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       Wednesday, September 18, 2013
The Dead Rhetoric of War Twelve long years of fruitless war in Afghanistan and another 10 in Iraq have left the public wary of the lies of politicians, sick of endless violence of empire and unwilling to continue to pump trillions of dollars into a war machine that has made a small cabal of defense contractors and arms manufacturers such as Raytheon and Halliburton huge profits while we are economically and politically hollowed out from the inside.
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       Sunday, December 6, 2015
Apocalyptic Capitalism Since the first summit more than 20 years ago, carbon dioxide emissions have soared. Placing faith in our political and economic elites, who have mastered the arts of duplicity and propaganda on behalf of corporate power, is the triumph of hope over experience. As the elites mouth platitudes about saving the climate they are shoving still another trade agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), down our throats.

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       Monday, July 11, 2011
Carlos Montes and the Security State: A Cautionary Tale Poor urban neighborhoods, which bear the brunt of the estimated 40,000 SWAT team assaults that take place every year, have already learned what is only dimly being understood by the rest of us -- in the eyes of the state we are increasingly no longer citizens with constitutional rights but enemy combatants.

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       Monday, May 16, 2011
The Obama Deception: Why Cornel West Went Ballistic West, who did 65 campaign events for Obama, believed in the potential for change and was encouraged by the populist rhetoric of the Obama campaign. He now nurses, like many others who placed their faith in Obama, the anguish of the deceived, manipulated and betrayed.
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       Sunday, January 28, 2018
The Useful Idiocy of Donald Trump Trump's bizarre ramblings and behavior also serve a useful purpose. They are a colorful diversion from the razing of democratic institutions. As cable news networks feed us stories of his trysts with a porn actress and outlandish tweets, the real work of the elites is being carried out largely away from public view.
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       Sunday, November 27, 2016
We Are Waiting For The Barbarians The U.S. Constitution will be in effect suspended. Personal freedom, including freedom of expression, freedom of the press, freedom to organize and freedom of assembly, will be abolished. Privacy will be formally eradicated. Search warrants will be unnecessary. When they come, the loss of freedoms will be openly acknowledged and made permanent.
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       Monday, February 4, 2019
Goodbye to the Dollar The inept and corrupt presidency of Donald Trump has unwittingly triggered the fatal blow to the American empire-the abandonment of the dollar as the world's principal reserve currency.
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       Monday, April 27, 2015
Rise of the New Black Radicals The emerging revolt, although it comes in many colors, speaks many languages and has many belief systems, is united around a common enemy. Bonds of solidarity and consciousness are swiftly uniting the wretched of the earth against our corporate masters.
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       Monday, October 29, 2018
The Cult of Trump The removal of Trump from power would not remove the yearning of tens of millions of people, many conditioned by the Christian right, for a cult leader. Most of the leaders of the Christian right have built cult followings of their own. Cults are a product of social decay and despair, and our decay and despair are expanding, soon to explode in another financial crisis.
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       Monday, May 15, 2017
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. A narcissist and imbecile may be turning the electric shocks on and off, but the problem is the corporate state, and unless we dismantle that, we are doomed.
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       Sunday, November 29, 2015
The Age of the Demagogues Americans see no future. They have abandoned hope. Their despair now infects a shrinking and desperate middle class. They feel isolated, vulnerable and frightened. They yearn for moral and economic renewal, revived greatness, and vengeance. And many are desperately hunting for a savior outside the established political order.
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       Monday, June 29, 2015
The Lonely American Corporate propaganda has become so potent that many Americans are addicted. We must leave our isolated rooms. We must shut out these images. We must connect with those around us. It is only the communal that will save us. It is only the communal that will allow us to build a movement to resist.
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       Saturday, May 14, 2016
Welcome to 1984 Much of the left, especially with the Democratic Party's blatant rigging of the primaries to deny Bernie Sanders the nomination, grasps that change will come only by building mass movements. This gives the left, at least until these protofascist forces also give up on the political process, a window of opportunity. If we do not seize it, Nader warns, we may be doomed.
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       Sunday, February 7, 2016
Flint's Crisis Is About More Than Water The crisis in Flint is far more ominous than lead-contaminated water. It is symptomatic of the collapse of our democracy. Corporate power is not held accountable for its crimes. Everything is up for sale, including children. The primacy of profit throughout the society takes precedence over life itself, including the life of the most vulnerable. This corporate system of power knows no limits.
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       Sunday, January 21, 2018
Thought Police for the 21st Century In the name of combating "fake news," Google, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are censoring left-wing, progressive and anti-war sites. The 150 most popular search terms that brought readers to the World Socialist Web Site, including "socialism," "Russian Revolution" and "inequality," today elicit little or no traffic.

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       Sunday, October 23, 2016
How Power Works When the state decides to isolate, discredit and crush you it has innumerable ways to do so. The press often is manipulated. Employers blacklist you. A gullible population is made to believe the caricature of you as a traitor or an enemy. Such smear campaigns are now directed against Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden.
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       Monday, November 13, 2017
RT America Torched in Witch Hunt '17 Wall Street is run by a criminal class. Our debt is unsustainable, especially once the dollar is no longer the world's reserve currency, and like all decaying empires we are headed for collapse. The DNI report clarifies what the ruling elites fear -- not fake news but the truth. And the truth is that the elites have destroyed the country and are traitors to democracy.
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       Sunday, February 26, 2017
The Return of American Race Laws White Europeans who are undocumented are not being targeted. The executive orders of President Trump are directed against people of color. They begin from the premise that white Americans are the true victims of neoliberalism, deindustrialization and falling living standards. The Trump orders are written not to make America great again but to make America white.
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       Sunday, February 5, 2017
Make America Ungovernable Trump loyalists are counting on enough support from the police, the military, private contractors and the organs of internal security such as Homeland Security and the FBI, along with newly empowered white vigilante groups, to physically crush those who defy them. They will attempt to use fear and even terror to paralyze the population into acquiescence.

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       Thursday, October 1, 2009
The War on Language “Words may be little doses of arsenic,” he wrote. “They are consumed without being noticed; they seem at first to have no effect, but after a while, indeed, the effect is there.”
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       Monday, June 23, 2014
The Ghoulish Face of Empire We are not, as we thought when we entered Iraq, the omnipotent superpower able in a swift and brutal stroke to bend a people to our will. We are something else. Fools and murderers. Blinded by hubris. Faded relics of the Cold War. And now, in the final act of the play, we are crawling away. Our empire is dying.
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       Monday, December 23, 2013
Food Behind Bars Isn't Fit for Your Dog Aramark, often contracted to provide food to prisoners at about a dollar a meal, is one of numerous corporations, from phone companies to construction firms, that have found our grotesque system of mass incarceration to be very profitable. The bodies of the poor, when they are not captive, are worth little to corporations. But bodies behind bars can each generate $40,000 to $50,000 a year for corporate coffers.

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       Sunday, March 5, 2017
Donald Trump's Greatest Allies Are the Liberal Elites Trump, who is as gullible as the most habitual television viewer, exemplifies our cultural and political death. He is no more "authentic" than Hillary Clinton. But he appears on our screens as more authentic because he is more deeply embedded in the medium that controls our thoughts. He is what is vomited up from the perverted zeitgeist of a nation entranced and dominated by electronic hallucinations.
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       Monday, September 29, 2014
Becoming Hezbollah's Air Force Violence as a primary form of communication has become normalized. It is not politics by other means. It is politics. Democrats are as infected as Republicans. The war machine is impervious to election cycles. It bombs, kills, maims, tortures, terrorizes and destroys as if on autopilot. We have surrendered our political agency and our role as citizens to the masters of war.
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       Monday, July 9, 2012
How to Think; A remedy for a nation of the blind Corporate capitalism, if left unchecked, will kill us. Yet we refuse, because we cannot think and no longer listen to those who do think, to see what is about to happen to us. We have created entertaining mechanisms to obscure and silence the harsh truths, from climate change to the collapse of globalization to our enslavement to corporate power, that will mean our self-destruction.
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       Monday, January 2, 2017
Defying Donald Trump's Kleptocracy Trump is impulsive, ignorant and inept. His corruption and greed are so unfettered he may become a burden and embarrassment to his party and the nation, as well as a danger to himself. The longer he stumbles in the unfamiliar corridors of governmental power the more vulnerable he becomes. But if we are not in the streets to hold the system accountable he may be able to cling to power and inflict significant damage.

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       Tuesday, May 3, 2011
On Osama bin Laden's Death While I certainly fear al-Qaida, I know its intentions. I know how it works. I spent months of my life reconstructing every step Mohamed Atta took. While I don't in any way minimize their danger, I despair. I despair that we as a country, as Nietzsche understood, have become the monster that we are attempting to fight.

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       Monday, October 14, 2013
The Folly of Empire The populations of dying empires are passive because they are lotus-eaters. There is a narcotic-like reverie among those barreling toward oblivion. They retreat into the sexual, the tawdry and the inane, retreats that are momentarily pleasurable but ensure self-destruction. They naively trust it will all work out. It is collective self-delusion, a retreat into magical thinking.
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       Tuesday, December 29, 2015
The Illusion of Freedom Consequences We are "free" only as long as we play our assigned parts. Once we call out power for what it is, once we assert our rights and resist, the chimera of freedom will vanish. The iron fist of the most sophisticated security and surveillance apparatus in human history will assert itself with a terrifying fury. Donald Trump is following this script.
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       Sunday, March 18, 2018
Building the Iron Wall The iron wall is rising. It will cement into place a global system of corporate totalitarianism, one in which the old vocabulary of human rights and democracy is empty and where any form of defiance means you are an enemy of the state. This totalitarianism is being formed incrementally. It begins by silencing the demonized. It ends by silencing everyone.
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       Sunday, June 12, 2016
We Must Understand Corporate Power to Fight It There is no more will to reform, or to accommodate the needs and rights of the citizens by the corporate state. But until the last moment, this reality will be hidden behind the empty rhetoric of democracy and reform. Repressive regimes gradually institute harsher and harsher forms of control while denying their intentions. By the time a captive population grasps what is happening, it is too late.
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       Monday, May 5, 2014
The Post-Constitutional Era The government, by ignoring the rights and needs of ordinary citizens, is jeopardizing its legitimacy. This is dangerous. When a citizenry no longer feels that it can find justice within the organs of power, when it feels that the organs of power are the enemies of freedom and economic advancement, it makes war on those organs. The Supreme Court ruling on our challenge is one more signpost on the road to dystopia.
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       Sunday, August 20, 2017
The Corruption of the Law Stone understood a seminal fact that eludes our day's Federalist Society and the Republican and Democratic party leaderships: Corporations cannot be trusted with social and political power. Stone knew that the law must be a barrier to the insatiable corporate lust for profit. If the law failed in this task, then corporate despotism was certain.

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       Monday, April 16, 2012
First They Come For the Muslims The government is destroying the legal framework of our country. They are twisting it out of recognition to make it appear as though what they're doing is legal. The opinions of the court are now only lame excuses as to why the courts can't do justice.

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       Monday, September 30, 2013
The Sparks of Rebellion as the government continues to let the fossil fuel industry ravage the planet, the future will increasingly be one of open conflict. This battle against the corporate state, right now, is primarily about infrastructure. We need an infrastructure to build revolt. The corporate state is determined to deny us one.
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       Monday, April 13, 2015
For Nader, Defiance Is a Way of Life Nader still writes letters to the powerful, pounded out on his 50-year-old manual Underwood typewriter, but they are rarely answered. That he writes them, that he refuses to surrender and doggedly struggles against all odds for a restoration of American democracy and the rule of law, makes Nader one of the moral and intellectual giants of our age.
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       Sunday, November 6, 2016
Defying the Politics of Fear Our only chance to overthrow corporate power comes from those who will not surrender to it, who will hold fast to the causes of the oppressed no matter what the price, who are willing to be dismissed and reviled by a bankrupt liberal establishment, who have found within themselves the courage to say no, to refuse to cooperate.
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       Monday, March 30, 2015
No One Is Free Until All Are Free The sexual abuse of poor girls and women expands the divide between the predators and the prey, the exploiters and the exploited. And in every war zone, as in every boomtown that rises up around extraction industries, you find widespread sexual exploitation by bands of men.

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       Monday, August 20, 2012
The War in the Shadows There are now many thousands of clandestine operatives, nearly all of them armed and equipped with a license to kidnap, torture and kill, working overseas or domestically with little or no oversight and virtually no transparency. When you empower these kinds of people you snuff out the rule of law. You empower criminals and assassins.

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       Monday, January 25, 2010
Democracy in America Is a Useful Fiction The most powerful instruments of state power and control are effectively removed from public discussion. We, as imperial citizens, are taught to be contemptuous of government bureaucracy, yet we stand like sheep before Homeland Security agents in airports and are mute when Congress permits our private correspondence and conversations to be monitored and archived.
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       Monday, January 19, 2015
"You Have a Mother" The Nazi extermination of 12 million people, including 6 million Jews, was a colossal, tragic and absurd waste of human life. I wrote this piece to say that the fierce and protective love of a mother and a father is stronger than hate. It can overcome evil.

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       Tuesday, February 16, 2010
The Info Super-Sewer; Are Corporations Using the Net to Accelerate Our Cultural, Political and Economic Decline? Are Corporations Using the Net to Accelerate Our Cultural, Political and Economic Decline?

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       Monday, September 14, 2009
Stop Begging Obama and Get Mad There is a yawning indifference at home about what is happening in Iraq and Afghanistan. The hollow language of heroism and glory, used by the war makers and often aped by those in the media, allows the nation to feel good about war, about “service.” But it is also a way of muzzling the voices that attempt to tell us the truth about war.
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       Sunday, December 3, 2017
A Women's Revolt That Targets Far More Than Sexual Abuse This women's revolt is not solely about sexual abuse. It is about fighting a corporate power structure that institutionalizes and enables misogyny, racism and bigotry. It is about wealth and power give elites the right to engage in social and sexual sadism. It challenges the twisted ethic that those who are crushed and humiliated by the rich, the famous and the powerful have no rights and no voice.
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       Monday, April 10, 2017
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. - 2017/04/07
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       Monday, December 3, 2018
The Film the Israel Lobby Does Not Want You to See "The Lobby," the four-part Al-Jazeera documentary that was blocked under heavy Israeli pressure shortly before its release, has been leaked online by the Chicago-based website Electronic Intifada, the French website Orient XXI and the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar.
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       Sunday, July 10, 2016
Legalized Murder and the Politics of Terror The state insists that to combat the "lawlessness" of those it has demonized it must be emancipated from the constraints of the law. The unrestricted and arbitrary subjugation of one despised group, stripped of equality before the law, conditions the police to employ brutal tactics against the wider society. A world without empathy rejects as an absurdity the call to love your neighbor as yourself.
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       Monday, September 8, 2014
Driving American Politics Underground The squabbles among the power elites, rampant militarism and the disease of imperialism, along with a mindless nationalism that characterizes all public debate, have turned officially sanctioned politics into a carnival act. Politics in the hands of the corporate state is anti-politics. It is designed to denigrate and destroy the values that make a liberal democracy and political participation possible.

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       Sunday, November 1, 2015
Sheldon Wolin and Inverted Totalitarianism Money has effectively replaced the vote. Every current presidential candidate--including Bernie Sanders--understands that "the subject of empire is taboo in electoral debates." The citizen is irrelevant. He or she is nothing more than a spectator, allowed to vote and then forgotten once the carnival of elections ends and corporations and their lobbyists get back to the business of ruling.
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       Sunday, September 24, 2017
The Abuses of History The political squabbles that dominate public discourse almost never question the sanctity of private property, individualism, capitalism or imperialism. They hold as sacrosanct American "virtues." They insist that Americans are a "good" people steadily overcoming any prejudices and injustices that may have occurred in the past.

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       Monday, March 25, 2013
The Day That TV News Died he celebrity trolls who currently reign on commercial television, who bill themselves as liberal or conservative, read from the same corporate script. They spin the same court gossip. They ignore what the corporate state wants ignored. They champion what the corporate state wants championed.
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       Monday, October 13, 2014
Chris Hedges: Ordained to Write Three decades ago Chris Hedges sought to become a minister and report the war in El Salvador. A church committee refused to see his work as a journalist as a valid call to the ministry. On Oct. 5 his ordination--marked by addresses from James Cone and Cornel West--finally took place.

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       Monday, October 24, 2011
Occupiers Have To Convince The Other 99 Percent The power of the Occupy Wall Street movement is that it has not replicated the beliefs of the New Left. Rather, it is rooted in the moral imperatives of justice and self-sacrifice. It seeks to rebuild the bridges to labor, the poor and the working class.
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       Sunday, July 5, 2015
Corporate Capitalism Is the Foundation of Police Brutality and the Prison State No discussion of race is possible without a discussion of capitalism and class. And until that discussion takes place, despite all the proposed reforms to the criminal justice system, the state will continue to murder and imprison poor people of color with impunity.
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       Monday, November 24, 2014
Why We Need Professional Revolutionists The revolutionist is a curious hybrid of the practical and the impractical. He or she is aware of facing nearly impossible odds. The revolutionist has at once a lucid understanding of power, along with the vagaries of human nature, and a commitment to overthrowing power. And it is the revolutionist alone who can save us from corporate tyranny.

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       Monday, July 16, 2012
The Battle of Blair Mountain Blair Mountain, amid today's rising corporate exploitation and state repression, represents a piece of American history that corporate capitalists, and especially the coal companies, would have us forget. It is a reminder that citizens have a right to resist a corporate machine intent on subjugating them.
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       Monday, April 6, 2009
Resist or Become Serfs Our actual unemployment rate, when you include those who have stopped looking for work and those who can only find part-time jobs, is not 8.5 percent but 15 percent. A sixth of the country is now effectively unemployed. And we are shedding jobs at a faster rate than in the months after the 1929 crash. The New York Times' consumer reporter, W.P. Dunleavy, wrote that her groceries now cost $587 a month, up from $400 year before

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       Monday, October 29, 2012
Why I'm Voting Green The November election is not a battle between Republicans and Democrats. It is not a battle between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. It is a battle between the corporate state and us. And if we do not immediately engage in this battle we are finished, as climate scientists have made clear.
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       Monday, February 29, 2016
The Graveyard of the Elites The whole election cycle is a carnival act, full of sound and fury and signifying nothing. It caters to the most venal instincts of the public. It is an example of the deep cynicism among elites who, like all other con artists, privately mock us for our gullibility and naivete. That a revolt is coming is incontrovertible. The absurdity of the election proves it.

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       Monday, May 9, 2011
Your Taxes Fund Anti-Muslim Hatred News personalities, politicians, self-appointed experts on the Muslim world, and law enforcement and intelligence officials, as well as the Christian right, have successfully demonized Muslims in the United States since the attacks of 2001. It is acceptable to say things openly about Muslims that could never be said about any other ethnic group.

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       Monday, October 8, 2012
The Maimed However broken we are, we are not yet helpless, however much we despair we are not yet without hope, however weak we may feel, we will always, always, always resist. And it is in this act of resistance that we find our salvation.
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       Sunday, November 12, 2017
Fight the Disease, Not the Symptoms If we can build counter-capitalist movements that include the working class we have a chance. If we can, like the water protectors at Standing Rock, mount sustained acts of defiance in the face of severe state repression, we have a chance. We cannot be distracted by the symptoms. We must cure the disease.

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       Monday, May 7, 2012
The People's Bishop Packard's moral and intellectual courage stands in stark contrast with the timidity of nearly all clergy and congregants in all of our major religious institutions. He does not fear arrest or jail or defying police in the streets; he fears not doing what is right.

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       Friday, February 26, 2010
Book Review: "The Death and Life of American Journalism' Newspapers, which engage rather than entertain, can no longer compete with the emotional battles that hyperventilating hosts on trash talk shows mount daily.
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       Sunday, January 29, 2017
The American Psychosis To recover our mental balance we must respond to Trump the way victims of trauma respond to abuse. We must build communities where we can find understanding and solidarity. We must allow ourselves to mourn. We must name the psychosis that afflicts us. We must carry out acts of civil disobedience and steadfast defiance to re-empower others and ourselves.
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       Monday, February 23, 2015
We Kill Our Revolutionaries There are lessons about resistance that apply not only to the 2.3 million Americans who are incarcerated but to a society in which the loss of civil liberties and the creation of the security and surveillance state increasingly mirror the prison state.

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       Monday, February 7, 2011
Recognizing the Language of Tyranny All centralized power, once restraints and regulations are abolished, once it is no longer accountable to citizens, knows no limit to internal and external plunder. The corporate state, which has emasculated our government, is creating a new form of feudalism, a world of masters and serfs.
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       Sunday, January 22, 2017
Revolt Is the Only Barrier to a Fascist America Revolt is a political necessity. It is a moral imperative. It is a defense of the sacred. It allows us to live in truth. It alone makes hope possible. corporate forces have us by the throat. And they have my children by the throat. I do not fight fascists because I will win. I fight fascists because they are fascists.
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       Sunday, February 18, 2018
How We Fight Fascism Demoralized workers, who also find no defense of their interests by establishment intellectuals, the press and academics, lose faith in the political process. Realizing the liberal elites have lied to them, they are open to bizarre and fantastic conspiracy theories. Fascists direct this rage and yearning for revenge against an array of phantom enemies, most of them scapegoated minorities.

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       Monday, October 15, 2012
Join the Blockade of the Keystone Pipeline If completed, the 485-mile southern leg, from Cushing to Nederland, Texas, would slice through major waterways including the Neches, Red, Angelina and Sabine rivers as well as the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer, which provides drinking water for some 10 million Texans. The southern section of the pipeline is now the focus of the Tar Sands Blockade.

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       Monday, April 18, 2011
Throw Out the Money Changers Once we defy the religion of unfettered capitalism, once we demand that a society serve the needs of citizens and the ecosystem that sustains life, rather than the needs of the marketplace, once we learn to speak with a new humility and live with a new simplicity, once we love our neighbor as ourself, we break our chains and make hope visible.

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       Monday, July 2, 2012
Time to Get Crazy Civilizations in the final stages of decay are dominated by elites out of touch with reality. Societies strain harder and harder to sustain the decadent opulence of the ruling class, even as it destroys the foundations of productivity and wealth. As the whole demented project unravels, the elites flee like roaches to their sanctuaries. At the very end, it all will come down like a house of cards.
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       Tuesday, January 10, 2017
The Real Purpose of the U.S. Government's Report on Alleged Hacking by Russia The Democratic Party must maintain the fiction of liberalism just as the Republican Party must maintain the fiction of conservatism. These two parties, however, belong to one party -- the corporate party. They will work in concert to get rid of Trump, silence all dissent, enrich the war industry and promote the farce they call democracy.
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       Thursday, August 22, 2013
Bradley Manning and the Gangster State Wednesday's sentencing marks one of the most important watersheds in U.S. history. It marks the day when the state formally declared that all who name and expose its crimes will become political prisoners or be forced, like Edward Snowden, and perhaps Glenn Greenwald, to spend the rest of their lives in exile. Our nation has become a vast penal colony.
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       Sunday, November 22, 2015
States of Terror Another jihadi terrorist attack in the United States will extinguish what remains of our anemic and largely dysfunctional democracy. Fear will be even more fervently stoked and manipulated by the state. The remnants of our civil liberties will be abolished. We will beg our masters to save us. We will be paralyzed by the psychosis of permanent war.

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       Monday, May 17, 2010
BP and the "Little Eichmanns' The oil pouring into the Gulf of Mexico, estimated to be perhaps as much as 100,000 barrels a day, is part of our foolish death march. It is one more blow delivered by the corporate state, the trade of life for gold. But this time collapse, when it comes, will not be confined to the geography of a decayed civilization. It will be global.
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       Monday, March 23, 2015
Journalism as Subversion Journalism is about communication. It is about information. It is about connecting to your society. It is about a society having a conversation with itself. From this richness, they've reduced journalism, as has happened in the United States. It [journalism] is one more revenue stream for a corporation that has 100 other revenue streams.
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       Sunday, November 16, 2014
The Last Days of Tomas Young Young hung on as long as he could. Now he is gone. He understood what the masters of war had done to him, how he had been used and turned into human refuse. He was one of the first veterans to protest against the Iraq War. He wrote a poignant open "Last Letter" to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney in March of 2013 on the 10th anniversary of the start of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.
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       Thursday, July 24, 2014
The Palestinians' Right to Self-Defense It does not matter how many Palestinians are killed or wounded, how many Palestinian homes are demolished, how dire the poverty becomes in Gaza or the West Bank, how many years Gaza is under a blockade or how many settlements go up on Palestinian territory. Israel, with our protection, can act with impunity. We are responsible for the slaughter.
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       Wednesday, January 30, 2019
The World to Come The ruling elites are painfully aware that the foundations of American power are rotting. The outsourcing of manufacturing in the United States and the plunging of over half the population into poverty will, they know, not be reversed. The self-destructive government shutdown has been only one of numerous assaults on the efficiency of the administrative state.
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       Sunday, January 14, 2018
You Don't Need a Telescope to Find a "Shithole Country" The Salvadoran officers who oversaw these massacres, and countless others, had been selected and trained in the shithole country's U.S. Army School of the Americas. The war would destroy much of the infrastructure. El Salvador never recovered. Let the blood flow, the leaders of the shithole country said. The blood of brown and black people does not matter. A shithole country depends on your perspective.
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       Sunday, June 3, 2018
The Second Sight of W.E.B. Du Bois Du Bois knew that the market economy was designed to make the weak weaker and the strong stronger. The idea that a class of black capitalists and entrepreneurs, or black politicians such as Barack Obama, would somehow rectify social and racial inequality within capitalism was absurd. By silencing the voices of the oppressed, we ensure our own oppression.
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       Sunday, May 22, 2016
Reform or Revolution Democracy, in this late stage of capitalism, has been replaced with a system of legalized bribery. All branches of government, including the courts, along with the systems of entertainment and news, are wholly owned subsidiaries of the corporate state. Electoral politics are elaborate puppet shows. Wall Street and the militarists, whether Trump or Clinton, win.
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       Monday, December 1, 2014
Alcatraz: A Prison as Disneyland The message was clear: In the United States those in prison deserve it; in foreign lands they are imprisoned unjustly. The Disneyfication of Alcatraz is the equivalent of turning one of Stalin's gulags into a prison-themed amusement park. Prisons are institutionalized evil. And whitewashing evil is a moral monstrosity.
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       Monday, April 6, 2015
Boycott, Divest and Sanction Corporations That Feed on Prisons The corporate state seeks to reduce all workers at home and abroad to the status of prison labor. Workers are to be so heavily controlled that organizing unions or resistance will become impossible. Benefits, pensions, overtime are to be abolished. Workers who are not slavishly submissive to the will of corporate power will be dismissed. There will be no sick days or paid vacations.
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       Sunday, June 17, 2018
Et Tu, Bernie? The Democratic Party elites have been refining the mechanisms and exclusionary rules since the presidential election, along with purging the party of progressives, to ensure that an insurgent candidate like Sanders will never get close to the nomination. Sanders, no doubt, thinks he can overcome these obstacles by being obedient to the party hierarchy. This is a terrible miscalculation.
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       Monday, January 14, 2019
The "Private Governments" That Subjugate U.S. Workers The ruling ideology of neoliberalism and libertarianism, used to justify the corporate domination and social inequality that afflict us, sells itself as the protector of freedom and liberty. It does this by subterfuge. It claims workers have the freedom to enter into employment contracts and terminate them, while ignoring the near-total suspension of rights during the period of employment.
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       Sunday, July 2, 2017
The Battle Over What It Means to Be Female How, in an age in which some born with male bodies self-identify as women, can those born female define their unique oppression based on their experience? As laws in Europe, Canada and the United States are rewritten to broaden the definition of what it means to be female or male, how will such change affect the struggle for equality by those born as females?
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       Monday, December 8, 2014
A Society of Captives Police and national intelligence and security agencies, which carry out wholesale surveillance against the population and serve as the corporate elite's brutal enforcers, are omnipotent by intention. They are designed to impart fear, even terror, to keep the population under control. And until the courts and the legislative bodies give us back our rights--which they have no intention of doing--things will only get worse.

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       Monday, October 25, 2010
The World Liberal Opportunists Made The death of the liberal class is catastrophic for our democracy. It means there is no longer any check to a corporate apparatus designed to further enrich the power elite. It means we cannot halt the plundering of the nation by Wall Street speculators and corporations.
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       Monday, May 12, 2014
The Power of Imagination Those who worship themselves, the essence of the modern, commit spiritual suicide. In love with himself after seeing his reflection in a pond, Narcissus is doomed, as many in the modern world are, by vanity, celebrity and the need for admirers and sycophants. Narcissists master the arts of manipulation, seduction, power and control. They eschew empathy, honesty, trust and transparency. It is a form of mental illness.

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       Monday, November 26, 2012
Stand Still for the Apocalypse Global agricultural production will eventually not be able to compensate. Health and emergency systems, as well as institutions designed to maintain social cohesion and law and order, will crumble. The world's poor, at first, will suffer the most. But we all will succumb in the end to the folly and hubris of the Industrial Age. And yet, we do nothing.
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       Sunday, August 9, 2015
Evoking the Wrath of Nature We do not have the power to make a new world. We only have the power to destroy or preserve the world we inhabit. We will either recover the sacred or vanish from the Earth. Those who do not respect the force of nature, who do not intimately know and understand its power, are doomed by it. The Native Americans got this right.
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       Sunday, September 17, 2017
The Silencing of Dissent The establishment politicians in the two leading parties, each in service to corporate power and responsible for the assault on civil liberties and impoverishment of the country, are no longer able to use identity politics and the culture wars to whip up support, leading in the last presidential election campaign to an insurgency by Bernie Sanders, which the Democratic Party crushed, and the election of Donald Trump.
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       Sunday, October 4, 2015
Local Resistance Can Overthrow Our Political Masters We are the only hope. We are the people we have been waiting for. And if we do not act to save ourselves, the climate crisis and the corporate state that caused it will continue to ravage the ecosystem and human societies until catastrophic collapse occurs. Indeed, we are already frighteningly far down that road.
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       Sunday, May 13, 2018
Killing Gaza Israel's blockade of Gaza -- where trapped Palestinians for the past seven weeks have held nonviolent protests along the border fence with Israel, resulting in more than 50 killed and 700 wounded by Israeli troops -- is one of the world's worst humanitarian disasters.
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       Monday, March 26, 2018
"The Gig Economy" Is the New Term for Serfdom The corporate architects of the new economy have no intention of halting the assault. They intend to turn everyone into temp workers trapped in demeaning, low-paying, part-time, service-sector jobs without job security or benefits, a reality they plaster over by inventing hip terms like "the gig economy."

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       Monday, February 21, 2011
Huffington's Plunder Any business owner who uses largely unpaid labor, with a handful of underpaid, nonunion employees, to build a company that is sold for a few hundred million dollars, no matter how he or she is introduced to you on the television screen, is not a liberal or a progressive. They are charter members of the exploitative class.
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       Sunday, January 24, 2016
The Suicide of the Liberal Church Only individual men and women have the strength to hold fast to virtue when faced with the threat of death. And decaying institutions, including the church, when consumed by fear, swiftly push those endowed with this moral courage and radicalism from their ranks, rendering themselves obsolete.
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       Sunday, January 15, 2017
Building the Institutions for Revolt Politics is a game of fear. Those who do not have the ability to make power elites afraid do not succeed. The platitudes about justice, equality and democracy are just that. Only when power becomes worried about its survival does it react. Appealing to its better nature is useless. It doesn't have one.

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       Monday, February 18, 2013
Profiting From Human Misery We have abandoned the common good. We have been stripped of our rights and voice. Corporations write our laws and determine how we structure our society. We have all become victims. There are no politicians or institutions, no political parties or courts, that are independent enough or strong enough to resist the corporate onslaught.
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       Monday, November 25, 2013
Shielding a Flickering Flame The forces of life, including the ecosystem, are being transformed into forces of death. Nature and global elites seeking to exploit the planet's last drops of blood and its repressed masses are joining to make the days of descent squalid and terrifying. There will be no moral hierarchy to resistance. We will be pulled one way or another by fate and love.
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       Monday, February 4, 2013
Breaking the Chains of Debt Peonage The corporate state uses debt to keep workers--especially the working poor--frightened and disempowered. Only through a campaign for a minimum wage of at least $11 an hour can Americans begin to regain economic, social and political control

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       Monday, November 7, 2011
Finding Freedom In Handcuffs This corporate culture has stripped us of the right to express ourselves outside of the narrowly accepted confines of the established political order. It has turned us into compliant consumers. We are forced to surrender our voice.
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       Sunday, February 21, 2016
Why I Support Dr. Jill Stein for President Elections, managed by the elites, mean nothing if radical movements are not powerful enough to disrupt and dismantle corporate power. To deserve our support, a political candidate or party must hold fast to the goals of a fiercely anti-capitalist, anti-militarist movement. Revolutions come in waves. They ripple around the globe feeding off each other's ideas, passion and energy. We will rise or fall together.

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       Monday, March 21, 2011
The Body Baggers of Iraq "War is disgusting and horrific," she said. "It never leaves the people who were involved in it. The damage is far greater than the lists of casualties or cost in dollars. It permeates lifestyles. It infects cultures and people and worldviews. The war is never over for us. The fighting stops. The troops get called back. But the war goes on for those damaged by war."

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       Monday, July 23, 2012
The Careerists Metaphysical naivete always ends in murder. It fragments the world. Little acts of kindness and charity mask the monstrous evil they abet. And the system rolls forward. The polar ice caps melt. The droughts rage over cropland. The drones deliver death from the sky. The state moves inexorably forward to place us in chains. The sick die. The poor starve. The prisons fill. And the careerist, plodding forward, does his or her job.

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       Monday, January 31, 2011
What Corruption and Force Have Wrought in Egypt A new government, to maintain credibility with the Egyptian population, will have to more actively defy demands from Washington and be more openly antagonistic to Israel.
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       Monday, June 19, 2017
We Can't Fight Climate Change if We Keep Lying to Ourselves The inability to see what is in front of our eyes replicates the blindness of all past civilizations that celebrated their eternal glory at moments of precipitous decline. The difference is that life across the whole planet will go down this time. These illusions only tranquilize us at a moment when we should be rising in collective fury against those who are orchestrating our doom.
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       Tuesday, April 17, 2018
The Cult of Violence Always Kills the Left The thing about nonviolence is that it works. But it only works if it's total. The cops put the burden of violence on protesters. Our job is to do the opposite. Our job is to make it crystal clear it's the government and the system that engages violence. We muddy the water when we use violence.
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       Monday, April 11, 2016
Wages of Sin Athens, like the United States centuries later, was hollowed out from the inside by the corrosive force of empire. The brutal tools of control used initially in distant parts of the empire -- in our case militarized police, drones, suspension of civil liberties, wholesale surveillance and mass incarceration -- migrated back to the homeland. This is how most empires die. They commit suicide.
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       Monday, July 24, 2017
Trump and the Christian Fascists Let us give all Americans a reality-based hope for the future. Time is running out. If we do not act, American fascists, clutching Christian crosses, waving American flags and orchestrating mass recitations of the pledge of allegiance, united behind the ludicrous figure of Donald Trump, will ride this rage to power.

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       Monday, October 31, 2011
A Master Class In Occupation The Occupy movement is constantly evolving as it finds what works and discards what does not. At any point in the day, knots of impassioned protesters can be found in discussions that involve self-criticism and self-reflection. This makes the movement radically different from liberal reformist movements that work within the confines of established systems of corporate power.
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       Sunday, November 26, 2017
Enabling Genocide The world is not bifurcated into good and evil. The United States too is guilty for the killings at Srebrenica. We should have learned the central lesson of the Holocaust a long time ago: When you have the capacity to stop genocide and you do not, you are culpable.
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       Sunday, January 11, 2015
A Message From the Dispossessed We have engineered the rage of the dispossessed. The evil of predatory global capitalism and empire has spawned the evil of terrorism. Rather than understand the roots of that rage and attempt to ameliorate it, we have built mechanisms of security and surveillance, passed laws for targeted assassinations and torture of the weak, and amassed armies and the machines of industrial warfare to dominate the world by force.

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       Monday, January 24, 2011
Where Liberals Go to Feel Good The liberal class refuses to directly confront the dead hand of corporate power that is rapidly transforming America into a brutal feudal state. The liberal class' solution to the bleak political landscape is the conference. This, along with letters and cries of outrage circulated on the Internet, is its preferred form of expression.
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       Sunday, August 16, 2015
Amnesty International: Protecting the "Human Rights" of Johns, Pimps and Human Traffickers Amnesty International has, in essence, legitimized the weapon of male objectification and violence in the war against women. This weapon exists apart from the evils of global capitalism. The fight to end male violence against women has to be integral to those of us who also fight global capitalism. We need the liberation of women and girls, including those who are poor and of color.
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       Monday, November 26, 2018
Neoliberalism's Dark Path to Fascism Concentrating wealth in the hands of a global oligarchic elite -- eight families now hold as much wealth as 50 percent of the world's population -- while demolishing government controls and regulations always creates massive income inequality and monopoly power, fuels political extremism and destroys democracy.

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       Monday, June 27, 2011
The Death of Newspapers and Journalism The death of journalism, the loss of reporters on the airwaves and in print who believed the plight of the ordinary citizen should be reported, means that it will be harder for ordinary voices and dissenters to reach the wider public. The preoccupation with news as entertainment and the loss of sustained reporting will effectively marginalize and silence those who seek to be heard or to defy established power.
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       Sunday, March 19, 2017
A Last Chance for Resistance The crawl toward despotism within a failed democracy is always incremental. No regime planning to utterly extinguish civil liberties advertises its intentions in advance. It pays lip service to liberty and justice while obliterating the institutions and laws that make them possible.
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       Sunday, December 21, 2014
Banning Dissent in the Name of Civility Our universities, like our corporate-controlled airwaves, are little more than echo chambers for the elites and the powerful. The bigger and more prestigious the university the more it seems determined to get its students and faculty to chant in unison to please its Zionist donors. What the Israel lobby fears most are facts.

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       Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Globalization Goes Bankrupt The draconian security measures to silence dissent in Pittsburgh are disproportionate to any actual security concern. They are a response to the fear gripping the established centers of power. The power elite grasps the massive fraud and theft being undertaken to save a criminal class on Wall Street and international speculators of the kinds who were executed in other periods of human history.
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       Monday, February 5, 2018
The Bankruptcy of the American Left The left offers no broad critique of the political economy of capitalism. It's largely an identity-politics party. It focuses on reforms for blacks and women and so forth. But it doesn't offer a contextual analysis within capitalism."
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       Monday, June 16, 2014
American Socrates The force of Noam Chomsky's intellect, which is combined with a ferocious independence, terrifies the corporate state -- which is why the commercial media and much of the academic establishment treat him as a pariah. He is the Socrates of our time.
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       Monday, March 12, 2018
The Empty Piety of the American Press If the press sided with citizens and exposed the corporate systems of power that hold them captive, its advertising income would dwindle and it would be treated as an enemy of the state. Since corporations own the airwaves and declining city newspapers, this will not happen. Journalism will remain burlesque.
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       Sunday, August 23, 2015
Eulogy for a Friend The highest morality is the morality of kindness. It is higher than a morality based on principles, doctrines or creeds. It is one person reaching out because another is alone, in despair or in distress. Nothing is nobler than a life dedicated to caring for others.

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       Monday, January 21, 2013
A Time For "Sublime Madness" It is the imagination that makes possible transcendence. Chants, work songs, spirituals, the blues, poetry, dance and art converged under slavery to nourish and sustain this imagination. These were the forces that, as Ralph Ellison wrote, "we had in place of freedom."
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       Monday, May 26, 2014
Thomas Paine, Our Contemporary The power of Paine, as in the case of Orwell or Baldwin, was that he refused to be anyone's propagandist. He may have embraced the American Revolution, as he embraced the French Revolution, but he was a fierce abolitionist and a foe of the use of terror as a political tool, a stance for which he was eventually imprisoned in revolutionary France.
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       Monday, June 8, 2015
Thou Shalt Not Kill The military also incentivizes killing. If you do well at marksmanship you get rewarded with three-day passes. You only think about the points you can get from becoming an expert marksman. You don't think about the act of taking a human life. Those who kill are supposed to be heroes.

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       Monday, April 30, 2012
Welcome to the Asylum All that concerns itself with beauty and truth, with those forces that have the power to transform us, are being steadily extinguished by our corporate state. Art. Education. Literature. Music. Theater. Dance. Poetry. Philosophy. Religion. Journalism. None of these disciplines are worthy in the corporate state of support or compensation. But it is only through the impractical, through that which can empower our imagination..
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       Sunday, October 22, 2017
Our Ever-Deadlier Police State Police officers have become rogue predators in impoverished communities. Under U.S. forfeiture laws, police indiscriminately seize money, real estate, automobiles and other assets. In many cities, traffic, parking and other fines are little more than legalized extortion that funds local government and turns jails into debtor prisons.

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       Tuesday, January 5, 2010
The Pictures of War You Aren't Supposed to See War is brutal and impersonal. It mocks the fantasy of individual heroism and the absurdity of utopian goals like democracy. In an instant, industrial warfare can kill dozens, even hundreds of people, who never see their attackers.
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       Sunday, January 17, 2016
The Mirage of Justice Politicians, legislators, lawyers and law enforcement officials who understand that leniency and justice are damaging to their careers, and whom Karl Marx called the "leeches on the capitalist structure," have constructed for their corporate masters our system of inverted totalitarianism. They serve this system, they seek to advance within it, they do not blink at victims destroyed by it. And most of them know it is a sham.

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       Monday, March 4, 2013
We Are Bradley Manning The goal of the state is not simply to send Manning away for life. The state is also determined to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and try him in the United States on espionage or conspiracy charges. The state hopes to cement into place systems of information that will do little more than parrot official propaganda. This is why the Bradley Manning trial is one of the most important in American history.
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       Monday, March 24, 2014
Recalled to Life Christine Pagano's drug addictions took her from a middle-class home to prostitution and homelessness on the streets of Camden, N.J., one of our poorest cities. Her journey into hell showed her the other America.

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       Monday, April 1, 2013
The Treason of the Intellectuals It is only the outcasts and the rebels who keep truth and intellectual inquiry alive. They alone name the crimes of the state. They alone give a voice to the victims of oppression. They alone ask the difficult questions. Most important, they expose the powerful, along with their liberal apologists, for what they are.
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       Sunday, December 25, 2016
In the Time of Trump, All We Have Is Each Other Trump will use the familiar tools that make possible the authoritarian state: mass incarceration, militarized police, crippling of the judicial system, demonization of opponents real and imagined, and obliteration of privacy and civil liberties, all foolishly promoted by the political elites on behalf of corporate power. America was pillaged and cannibalized for profit. We now live in a de-industrialized wasteland.
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       Monday, March 31, 2014
Fighting the Militarized State Once arbitrary and indefinite detention by the military is lawful, the government will use it. If we do not win this case, all those deemed to be hostile or critical of the state, including some Muslims, journalists, dissidents and activists, will find themselves under threat. This law, if it is not struck down, will essentially replace our civilian judiciary with a military one.
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       Sunday, September 4, 2016
The Intellectuals We Abandon Great writers and intellectuals give us a vocabulary that allows us to make sense of reality. They excavate depths that we, without their help, are unable to fathom. We are captive to systems of power until we can name the dominant myths and the intricate systems of coercion and control that extinguish our freedom.
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       Monday, March 5, 2018
Legalizing Tyranny Corporations have taken over larger and larger segments of prison life, from food service to money transfers, commissaries and phone communications. A million prisoners work for corporations in prison and are often paid under a dollar an hour. Prisoners and their families are exploited for billions in corporate profits. Corporate lobbyists sponsor legislation to make sure this captive population remains captive.

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       Monday, March 5, 2012
AIPAC Works for the 1 Percent AIPAC is one of an array of powerful and well-funded neoconservative institutions that worship force and drive our relations with the rest of the world. These neoconservatives choose an enemy and then our compliant class of journalists, specialists, military analysts, columnists and television commentators line up to serve as giddy cheerleaders for war.
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       Sunday, December 20, 2015
The Creeping Villainy of American Politics This extremism, expressed by Glenn Beck and many others, is moving with terrifying speed to the center of American political debate. And the mainstream press, which prizes sensationalism over news and truth, has abrogated its role as an arbiter of fact and rational discourse to peddle spectacle and sensationalism.

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       Monday, March 11, 2013
The Crucifixion of Tomas Young Tomas Young will die for our sins. He will die for a war that should never have been fought. He will die for the lies of politicians. He will die for war profiteers. He will die for the careers of generals. He will die for a cheerleader press. He will die for a complacent public that made war possible. He bore all this upon his body. He was crucified.

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       Monday, May 23, 2011
Why Liberal Sellouts Attack Prophets Like Cornel West The decision to subordinate ethics to political expediency has led liberals to steadily surrender their moral autonomy, voice and beliefs to the dictates of the corporate state. Once the callous heart of the corporate state is exposed, so is the callous heart of the liberal class.
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       Sunday, November 20, 2016
We Are All Deplorables The suffering of the white underclass is real. Its members struggle with humiliation and a crippling loss of self-worth and dignity. The last thing they need, or deserve, is politically correct thought police telling them what to say and think and condemning them as mutations of human beings.
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       Monday, December 31, 2018
Resistance Is the Supreme Act of Faith The struggle against the monstrous radical evil that dominates our lives -- an evil that is swiftly despoiling the earth and driving the human species toward extinction, stripping us of our most basic civil liberties and freedoms, waging endless war and solidifying the obscene wealth of an oligarchic elite at our expense -- will be fought only with the belief that resistance can set in motion moral and spiritual forces.
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       Sunday, May 1, 2016
The Socialist Alternative Kshama Sawant, the Socialist city council member in Seattle, and her Socialist Alternative Party have begun to create change where it will first be most effective -- locally. She has created a petition calling on Bernie Sanders to run as an independent presidential candidate through November on a third-party ticket.

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       Monday, June 4, 2012
Northern Light Occupy movement, has become a test of wills between a disaffected citizenry and the corporate state. The fight in Quebec is our fight. Their enemy is our enemy. And their victory is our victory. Those of us who care about a civil society, and who abhor violence, should begin to replicate what is happening in Quebec.
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       Sunday, November 15, 2015
Pray With Your Feet The refusal by the political, legislative and judicial system, along with regulatory agencies such as FERC, to respond to the concerns of those who live along pipeline routes leaves us with no other option than sustained civil disobedience. It is only the outlaws who will save us.
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       Monday, February 9, 2015
The Terror We Give Is the Terror We Get If ISIS had fighter jets, missiles, drones and heavy artillery to bomb American cities there would be no need to light a captured pilot on fire; ISIS would be able to burn human beings, as we do, from several thousand feet up. But since ISIS is limited in its capacity for war it must broadcast to the world a miniature version of what we do to people in the Middle East. The ISIS process is cruder. The result is the same.
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       Monday, January 6, 2014
The Last Gasp of American Democracy Any state that has the capacity to monitor all its citizenry, any state that has the ability to snuff out factual public debate through control of information, any state that has the tools to instantly shut down all dissent is totalitarian. Our corporate state may not use this power today. But it will use it if it feels threatened by a population made restive by its corruption, ineptitude and mounting repression.
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       Monday, November 12, 2018
Crucifying Julian Assange Julian Assange's sanctuary in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London has been transformed into a little shop of horrors. He has been largely cut off from communicating with the outside world for the last seven months. His Ecuadorian citizenship, granted to him as an asylum seeker, is in the process of being revoked. His health is failing. He is being denied medical care.
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       Monday, May 13, 2013
Murder Is Our National Sport The electorate, or at least the white electorate, routinely and knowingly puts murderers into political office. Murder is a sign of strength. Murder is a symbol of resolve. Murder means law and order. Murder keeps us safe. Strap the criminal into the gurney. Plunge the needles into veins. Haul away the corpse. It is our Christian duty. God Bless America!
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       Monday, February 25, 2019
Extinction Rebellion The mass actions on April 15 might fizzle out. The crowds might not gather. The public might be apathetic. But if only a handful of us attempt to block a bridge or a road, even if we are swiftly swept away by the police, so swiftly there is not enough disruption to notice, it will be worth it.
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       Monday, October 22, 2018
The Rule of the Uber-Rich Means Either Tyranny or Revolution The uber-rich cannot see the world from anyone's perspective but their own. People around them, including the women whom entitled men prey upon, are objects designed to gratify momentary lusts or be manipulated. The uber-rich are almost always amoral. Right. Wrong. Truth. Lies. Justice. Injustice. These concepts are beyond them. Whatever benefits or pleases them is good. What does not must be destroyed.

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       Monday, September 6, 2010
"They Kill Alex" Military recruiters, who often have offices in high schools, prey on young men like Alex, who was first approached when he was 16. They cater to their insecurities, their dreams and their economic deprivation. They promise them what the larger society denies them.
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       Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Mueller Report Ends a Shameful Period for the Press The empty chatter about Russia, including in The New York Times, exposes the bankruptcy of the U.S. media. MSNBC and CNN, which long ago abandoned journalism for entertainment, have breathlessly clogged the airwaves with ridiculous conspiracy theories and fantasies and used them to justify a faux crusade.
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       Sunday, October 8, 2017
Faces of Pain, Faces of Hope The vast disparity between the glittering world that people watch and the bleak world they inhabit creates a collective schizophrenia that manifests itself in our diseases of despair -- suicides, addictions, mass shootings, hate crimes and depression. Our oppressors have skillfully acculturated us to blame ourselves for our oppression.
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       Sunday, June 19, 2016
Con vs. Con Trump and the Clintons share the same bottomless guile, megalomania and pathological dishonesty. Racism is hardly limited to Trump. The Clintons rose to power in the Democratic Party by race-baiting, sending nonviolent drug offenders of color to prison for life, making war on "welfare queens" and being "law-and-order" Democrats.
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       Monday, January 10, 2011
Even Lost Wars Make Corporations Rich More than a million Iraqi civilians have been killed. Nearly 5 million have been displaced from their homes or are refugees. The Mercer Quality of Living survey last year ranked Baghdad last among cities -- the least livable on the planet. Iraq, which once controlled its own oil, has been forced to turn its oil concessions over to foreign corporations. That is what we have bequeathed to Iraq -- violence, misery and theft.
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       Sunday, May 8, 2016
Bearing the Cross Dan saw the world for what it was. He had no illusions about it. He understood the power of evil. He knew how seductive it was. As a solitary individual, he could accomplish nothing without community. His duty was to bear the cross, even if it did not make sense, even if it did not seem to make a difference. He was sustained by others and majestically sustained those around him.
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       Monday, March 3, 2014
Suffering? Well, You Deserve It Equilibrium is only a truism for the well-off. There is money in the bank. The car is in the drive. The shops are full. The semesters follow each other. There is an overseas conference. The world seems to be OK. But if you look the other way, look at these other people, there is a world of hardship, misery and suffering.
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       Monday, September 17, 2012
We Won -- For Now Judge Forrest noted in her opinion that nothing is more fundamental in American law than the possibility that journalists, activists and citizens could lose their liberty, potentially forever, and the Obama administration has now lined up squarely with the most conservative elements of the Republican Party to undermine Americans' civil liberties.

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       Monday, June 20, 2011
This Hero Didn't Stand a Chance Civil disobedience puts us in a position where we are making a risk and possibly making a sacrifice to stand up against that injustice. It also puts us in a position where with that vulnerability we see how much we need other people.
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       Monday, April 7, 2014
The Crucible of Iraq Militarism and violence are diseases. It does not matter under what guise they appear. Renegade jihadists, Shiite death squads, Sunni militias, Saddam's Baathists and secret police, Kurdish Peshmerga rebels, al-Qaida cells, gangs of kidnappers and the U.S. Army 101st Airborne are all infected with the same virus.

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       Monday, November 30, 2009
Addicted to Nonsense Time is running out. The poor can dine out only so long on illusions. Once they grasp that they have been betrayed, once they match the bleak reality of their future with the fantasies they are fed, once their homes are foreclosed and they realize that the jobs they lost are never coming back, they will react with a fury and vengeance that will snuff out the remains of our anemic democracy and usher in a new dark age.

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       Thursday, April 23, 2009
Where's Rev. Wright When You Need Him? "Barack Obama knows full well that he risks nothing by disrespecting African Americans at will,"wrote Glen Ford, the executive editor of The Black Agenda Report. "Across the Black political spectrum, so-called leadership seems incapable of shame or of taking manly or womanly offense at even the most blatant insults to Black people when the source of the affront is Barack Hussein Obama."

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       Monday, September 5, 2011
Libya: Here We Go Again History is replete with conquering forces being cheered when they arrive, and then rapidly mutating from liberator to despised enemy. And once our seizure of Libyan oil becomes clear it will only ramp up the jihadist hatred for America that has spread like wildfire across the Middle East. We are recruiting the next generation of 9/11 hijackers, all waiting for their chance to do to us what we are doing to them.

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       Monday, April 25, 2011
The Corporate State Wins Again We live in a fragmented society. We are ignorant of what is being done to us. We are diverted by the absurd and political theater. We are afraid of terrorism, of losing our job and of carrying out acts of dissent. We are politically demobilized and paralyzed. The citizen's highest hope finally becomes to be secure and left alone.
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       Monday, September 9, 2013
Cornel West and the Fight to Save the Black Prophetic Tradition The wide swath of destruction Obama has overseen on behalf of the corporate state includes eradication of most of our civil liberties and our privacy, the expansion of imperial war, the use of kill lists, abject subservience to Wall Street's criminal class and the military-industrial complex, the relentless persecution of whistle-blowers, mass incarceration of poor people of color and distress of the poor and working class.

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       Monday, July 22, 2013
Mind Rape and the Christian Right Submission to authority becomes the only proper way to serve God. Critical judgment is abolished. Religious cliches shut down independent thought. All other ways of living become a compact with the demonic. A persecution mentality is pounded into adherents, making them deeply distrustful of outsiders. It is an ideology of fear and abject obedience to authority.
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       Monday, August 28, 2017
How "Antifa" Mirrors the "Alt-Right" There is no moral equivalency between antifa and the alt-right. But by brawling in the streets antifa allows the corporate state, which is terrified of a popular anti-capitalist uprising, to use the false argument of moral equivalency to criminalize the work of all anti-capitalists.
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       Sunday, July 15, 2018
The War on Assange Is a War on Press Freedom It is up to us to mobilize to protect Assange. His life is in jeopardy. The Ecuadorean government, violating his fundamental rights, has transformed his asylum into a form of incarceration. By cutting off his access to the internet, it has deprived him of the ability to communicate and follow world events. If we fail to protect Assange, we fail to protect ourselves.
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       Sunday, October 18, 2015
Death by Fracking Fracking, which involves putting chemicals into potable water and then injecting millions of gallons of the solution into the earth at high pressure to extract oil and gas, has become one of the primary engines, along with the animal agriculture industry, for accelerating global warming and climate change.

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       Sunday, October 21, 2012
McGovern: He Never Sold His Soul History books will tell you Richard Nixon won the 1972 election, that George McGovern went down to the worst defeat of any presidential candidate in history. But those who write history do not take into account the moral or the good, what is right or what is wrong, what endures and what does not. Nixon's victory was attained by lies and fraudulent propaganda, by dirty tricks, by state crimes and acts of theft and burglary.
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       Monday, December 19, 2016
"Fake News" in America: Homegrown, and Far From New Trump is adept at communicating through image, sound bites and spectacle. Fake news, which already dominates print and television reporting, will define the media under his administration. Those who call out the mendacity of fake news will be vilified and banished. The corporate state created this monstrous propaganda machine and bequeathed it to Trump. He will use it.
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       Monday, May 19, 2014
They Can't Outlaw the Revolution McMillan's case is as much about our right to nonviolent protest as it is about McMillan. It is about our right to carry out such protest without being subjected to police violence intended to crush peaceful and lawful dissent. It is about our right to engage in political organization without our groups being monitored and infiltrated by the security and surveillance state.
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       Monday, June 10, 2013
The Judicial Lynching of Bradley Manning The First Amendment is dead. There is no legal mechanism left to challenge the crimes of the power elite. We are bound and shackled. And those individuals who dare to resist face the prospect, if they remain in the country, of joining Manning in prison, perhaps the last refuge for the honest and the brave.
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       Monday, April 21, 2014
The Rhetoric of Violence In America, violence and the threat of lethal force are the ways we communicate. Violence -- the preferred form of control by the state -- is an expression of our hatred, self-loathing and lust for vengeance. And this bloodletting will increasingly mark a nation in terminal decline.
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       Thursday, August 15, 2013
Murdering the Wretched of the Earth Our enemy is not radical Islam. It is global capitalism. It is a world where the wretched of the earth are forced to bow before the dictates of the marketplace, where children go hungry as global corporate elites siphon away the world's wealth and natural resources and where our troops and U.S.-backed militaries carry out massacres on city streets.
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       Monday, May 29, 2017
Chris Hedges: The Artist as Prophet - Truthdig Artists who tell the truth are the mortal enemies of despots, who seek to distort the past, the present and the future.
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       Sunday, February 19, 2017
James Baldwin and the Meaning of Whiteness Whiteness is a dangerous concept. It is not about skin color. It is not even about race. It is about the willful blindness used to justify white supremacy. It is about using moral rhetoric to defend exploitation, racism, mass murder, reigns of terror and the crimes of empire.

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       Monday, September 10, 2012
Growth Is the Problem The quality of our lives will depend on the quality of our communities. If communal structures are strong we will be able to endure. If they are weak we will succumb to the bleakness. It is important that these structures be set in place before the onset of the crisis.
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       Sunday, October 11, 2015
"A Pipeline Straight to Jail" The failure of the American educational system to offer opportunities to the poor and the government's abandonment of children living in blighted communities condemn millions, often of color, to a life of suffering and early death. The income inequality, the trillions we divert to the war industry, the flight of manufacturing jobs overseas and the refusal to invest in our infrastructure wrecks life after innocent life.
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       Sunday, July 19, 2015
My Teacher I have always thought of myself as a preacher. This is not a vocation one proclaims openly if he or she works for The New York Times, as I did. Preachers, like artists, care more about the truth than they do about news. News and truth are not the same thing. The truth can get you into trouble.
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       Monday, February 10, 2014
Legalizing Oppression Stewart, who spent a decade in the Harlem school system as a librarian before going to law school, said working with those considered by society to be "throwaway kids" meant that she knew the injustices of the system. The system, she said, has "failed them [poor children] from beginning to end." Basic legal protections, stripped first from the poor and then from Muslims, have been stripped from us all.
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       Monday, July 15, 2013
Locking Out the Voices of Dissent The rear-guard effort by a handful of activists to protect our rights to be heard and peaceably assemble is perhaps the most crucial, though unseen, struggle we currently are engaged in with the corporate state. It is a struggle to salvage what is left of our civil society and our right to nonviolent resistance against corporate tyranny.

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       Monday, March 14, 2011
Power Concedes Nothing Without a Demand We have tolerated the intolerant -- from propaganda outlets such as Fox News to Christian fascists to lunatics in the Republican Party to Wall Street and corporations -- and we are paying the price. The only place left for us is on the street. We must occupy state and federal offices. We must foment general strikes.

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       Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Afghanistan's Sham Army In the end, no one benefits from this war, not America, not Afghans. Only the CEOs and executive officers of war-profiteering corporations find satisfactory returns on their investments.
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       Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Peter Jackson's Cartoon War When director-producer Peter Jackson's World War I film, "They Shall Not Grow Old," begins, he bombards us with the cliche's used to ennoble war. It must have taken some effort after the war to find the tiny minority of veterans willing to utter this rubbish. Military life is a form of servitude, prolonged exposure to combat leaves you broken, scarred for life by trauma and often so numb ....
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       Monday, April 30, 2018
The Crime of Being Poor and Black Mountainview staff, students, professors and families gathered Friday at Rutgers' Newark campus to speak of the struggles and hardships endured by students such as Mervilus and Pierce. Those at the two-hour meeting spent much of the time weeping or fighting back tears. If you are black and poor you are always one step away from being arbitrarily shot or arrested or tossed into jail.
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       Monday, December 9, 2013
Shooting the Messenger We live in a state where the rule of law no longer functions. We live in a state where those who commit crimes are the persecutors and those who expose them are the persecuted. This is the nature of all totalitarian states. Manning, Assange, Snowden and Hammond, whatever their differences, function as our prophets. They are the voices crying out in the wilderness.

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       Monday, December 20, 2010
Bitter Memories of War on the Way to Jail The tears and grief, the halting asides, the catch in the throat, the sudden breaking off of a sentence, is the only language that describes war. This faltering language of pain and atonement, even shame, was carried like great, heavy boulders by these veterans as they tromped slowly through the snow from Lafayette Park to the White House fence.

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       Sunday, March 27, 2016
We Are All Islamic State The merchants of death, the arms manufacturers, are among the few who profit. Most of the rest of us are caught in a cycle of violence that will not cease until we end the U.S. occupation of the Middle East, until we learn to speak in a language other than the primitive howl of war, death and annihilation.
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       Sunday, January 31, 2016
We Must Pity the Children The slashing of state and federal programs for children and the failure to address the poverty that now grips half the country are creating a vast underclass of the young who often live in constant insecurity and fear, at times terror, and are schooled daily in the language of violence.

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       Monday, June 11, 2012
America's Street Priest In a culture that lacks many authentic heroes, that continues to preach that military service is the highest good, Berrigan is a potent reminder of what we must seek to become. His is a life of constant agitation, constant defiance, constant disobedience to systems of power, a life of radical obedience to God.
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       Tuesday, December 25, 2018
Banishing Truth When we most urgently need Hersh and good investigative reporters like him, they have largely disappeared. A democracy, at best, tolerates them. A failed democracy, like ours, banishes them, and when it does, it kills its press.

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       Monday, September 13, 2010
Do Not Pity the Democrats Do not fear Glenn Beck or Sarah Palin. Do not fear the tea party movement, the birthers, the legions of conspiracy theorists or the militias. Fear the underlying corporate power structure, which no one, from Barack Obama to the right-wing nut cases who pollute the airwaves, can alter. If the hegemony of the corporate state is not soon broken we will descend into a technologically enhanced age of barbarism.

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       Tuesday, July 14, 2009
The Man in the Mirror The saturation coverage of Jackson's death is an example of our collective flight into illusion. It deflects the moral questions arising from mounting social injustice, growing inequalities, costly imperial wars, economic collapse and political corruption.

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       Monday, April 22, 2013
The Persecution of Lynne Stewart In 2000, during a visit with the sheik, he asked Stewart to release a statement from him to the press. The Clinton administration did not prosecute her for the press release, but the Bush administration in April 2002, the mood of the country altered by the attacks of 9/11, decided to go after her. She sits in a prison cell at the Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas, where she is serving a 10-year sentence.
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       Sunday, December 10, 2017
Looking Back on 40 Years of Occupation It is not in Israel's interest -- or our own -- to continue to fuel increased Palestinian strife and rising militancy. Economic sanctions and an arms ban against Israel are our last hope. A new regional conflict with Israel could spell the end of the Zionist experiment in the Middle East. It may be quixotic, perhaps even impossible, but it is the last measure left to save Israel from itself.

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       Monday, August 9, 2010
The Tears of Gaza Must Be Our Tears As Martin Luther King said, the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice, and that arc is descending with a righteous fury that is thundering down upon the Israeli government.
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       Monday, March 11, 2019
Israel's Stranglehold on American Politics srael's dominance of the Democratic Party is eroding. It is losing legitimacy in the eyes of the public. Israel's tactics, for this reason, will become more vicious and underhanded. Its interference in the democratic process will be characterized less by an attempt to persuade and more by the use of money to ensure fealty to its policies.
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       Monday, June 9, 2014
The Rules of Revolt Nonviolence does not protect demonstrators from violence. It also does not always succeed. Nonviolence requires -- despite what those who advocate violence contend -- deep reserves of physical and moral courage. State violence is defeated through the refusal to be afraid, even after violence is used by the state to stamp out protests.
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       Sunday, June 10, 2018
Scapegoating Iran The warmongers have no more of a plan for "regime change" in Iran than they had in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya or Syria. European allies, whom Trump alienated when he walked away from the Iranian nuclear agreement, are in no mood to cooperate with Washington.
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       Saturday, October 13, 2018
Homeless America It is 8 a.m. I am in the small offices of Street Roots, a weekly newspaper that prints 10,000 copies per edition. Those who sell the newspaper on the streets--all of them victims of extreme poverty and half of them homeless--have gathered before heading out with their bundles to spend hours in the cold and rain.

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       Friday, July 26, 2013
Chris Hedges: "The Horror, the Horror" In the final installment of Chris Hedges' appearance on "Reality Asserts Itself" with Real News Network senior editor Paul Jay, viewers ask the Truthdig columnist questions, including about the American public's complicity in the crimes of empire, if there's any hope for Bradley Manning and whether the U.S. or Israel will attack Iran.
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       Monday, November 5, 2018
Scum vs. Scum The Democratic Party knows there is no price to pay for selling us out and its abject service to corporations. It knows the left and liberals become supplicants in every election cycle. And this is why the Democratic Party drifts further and further to the right and we become more and more irrelevant. If you stand for something, you have to be willing to fight for it. But there is no fight in us.
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       Monday, July 21, 2014
The Actor and the Minister Being a minister is like being an actor. The work is ephemeral. It is about personal transformation, empathy and self-reflection. It does not define its worth by profit. It posits that our role in life is to make the world a better place, to protect the weak, to take care of the sick and to love our neighbor as ourself.
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       Monday, June 2, 2014
We All Must Become Zapatistas The Zapatistas form the most important resistance movement of the last two decades. They are a visible counterweight to the despoiling and rape of the planet and the subjugation of the poor by global capitalism. And they have repeatedly reinvented themselves -- as Marcos has now done -- to survive.

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       Monday, February 20, 2012
Acts of Love To live only for meaning -- indifferent to all happiness -- makes us fanatic, self-righteous and cold. It leaves us cut off from our own humanity and the humanity of others. We must hope for grace, for our lives to be sustained by moments of meaning and happiness, both equally worthy of human communion. And it is this grace, this love, which in our darkest moments allows us to endure.

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       Monday, February 8, 2010
The Terror-Industrial Complex Had Siddiqui, after years of imprisonment and torture, perhaps been at the U.S. detention center in Bagram and then dumped with one of her three children in Ghazi? And where are the other two children, one of whom also is an American citizen?
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       Monday, March 18, 2019
Chelsea Manning and the New Inquisition The prosecutions of government whistle-blowers under the Espionage Act, warrant-less wiretapping, monitoring of the communications of Americans and the persecution of Manning and Assange are parts of an interconnected process of preventing any of us from peering at the machinery of state. The resulting secrecy is vital for totalitarian systems.
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       Monday, May 30, 2016
Lock Up the Men, Evict the Women and Children There are generations being sacrificed to emotional and cognitive dysfunction because of poverty. They lack a basic education. They are rendered numb by trauma. They are crushed as human beings. There are numerous corporations and individuals that make money off this human sacrifice inside and outside prison walls. They have a vested interest in keeping the system intact.
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       Monday, January 20, 2014
What Obama Really Meant Was ... I have, along with our Congress and our highest courts, eradicated the Fourth Amendment, which once protected citizens from government intrusion into their persons, homes, papers and effects. The only reason I am talking to you today is because Edward Snowden has, through his leaked documents, illustrated that everything I have promised to do or told you about domestic and international surveillance is a lie.
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       Monday, February 17, 2014
Our Sinister Dual State In the dual state the government can convict citizens on secret evidence in secret courts. It can strip citizens of due process and detain, torture or assassinate them, serving as judge, jury and executioner. It rules according to its own arbitrary whims and prerogatives. Totalitarian states always invert the moral order. It is the wicked who rule. It is the just who are damned.
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