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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.
(28 comments) SHARE 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.
(36 comments) SHARE 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.
(37 comments) SHARE 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.
(37 comments) SHARE 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.
(21 comments) SHARE 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.
(18 comments) SHARE 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.
(54 comments) SHARE 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.
(18 comments) SHARE 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.
(16 comments) SHARE 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.
(18 comments) SHARE 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.
(26 comments) SHARE 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.
(33 comments) SHARE 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.
(31 comments) SHARE 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
(10 comments) SHARE 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.
(89 comments) SHARE 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.
(43 comments) SHARE 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.
(53 comments) SHARE 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.
(31 comments) SHARE 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.
(74 comments) SHARE 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.
(59 comments) SHARE 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.
(7 comments) SHARE 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.
(59 comments) SHARE 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.
(26 comments) SHARE 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.
(27 comments) SHARE 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.
(61 comments) SHARE 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.
(15 comments) SHARE 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.
(22 comments) SHARE 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.
(37 comments) SHARE 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."
(25 comments) SHARE 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.
(34 comments) SHARE 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?
(16 comments) SHARE 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.
(85 comments) SHARE 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.
(19 comments) SHARE 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.
(5 comments) SHARE 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.
(76 comments) SHARE 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."
(27 comments) SHARE 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.
(8 comments) SHARE 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.
(40 comments) SHARE 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.
(13 comments) SHARE 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.
(52 comments) SHARE 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.
(10 comments) SHARE 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.
(61 comments) SHARE 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.
(31 comments) SHARE 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.
(11 comments) SHARE 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.
(36 comments) SHARE 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.
(39 comments) SHARE 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.
(15 comments) SHARE 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.
(10 comments) SHARE 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.
(235 comments) SHARE 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.
(17 comments) SHARE 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.
(19 comments) SHARE 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.
(50 comments) SHARE 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.
(26 comments) SHARE 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.
(26 comments) SHARE 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.
(24 comments) SHARE 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.
(38 comments) SHARE 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.
(44 comments) SHARE 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.
(35 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 4, 2020 War With Iran
We launch preemptive wars, which under international law is defined as a "crime of aggression," based on fabricated evidence. We, as citizens, must hold our government accountable for these crimes.
(59 comments) SHARE 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.
(11 comments) SHARE 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.
(44 comments) SHARE 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.
(8 comments) SHARE 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.
(42 comments) SHARE 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.
(33 comments) SHARE 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.
(24 comments) SHARE 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."
(31 comments) SHARE 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.
(19 comments) SHARE 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.
(11 comments) SHARE 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.
(13 comments) SHARE 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.
(15 comments) SHARE 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.
(30 comments) SHARE 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.
(63 comments) SHARE 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.
(13 comments) SHARE 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.
(43 comments) SHARE 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.
(43 comments) SHARE 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.
(22 comments) SHARE 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.
(9 comments) SHARE 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.
(9 comments) SHARE 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.
(7 comments) SHARE 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.
(12 comments) SHARE 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.
(15 comments) SHARE 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.
(39 comments) SHARE 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.
(22 comments) SHARE 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.
(20 comments) SHARE 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.
(16 comments) SHARE 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.
(12 comments) SHARE 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.
(23 comments) SHARE 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.
(34 comments) SHARE 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.
(61 comments) SHARE 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.
(27 comments) SHARE 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.
(30 comments) SHARE 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.
(18 comments) SHARE 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.
(20 comments) SHARE 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 . 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.
(18 comments) SHARE 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."
(36 comments) SHARE Friday, September 27, 2019 The Problem With Impeachment
It was the seizure of power by corporations that vomited up Trump. And it will be only by freeing ourselves from corporate rule, by rebuilding our democratic institutions, including the legislative bodies, the courts and the media, that we can roll back from the abyss.
(12 comments) SHARE 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.
(18 comments) SHARE 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.
(35 comments) SHARE 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.
(70 comments) SHARE 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.
(29 comments) SHARE 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.
(28 comments) SHARE 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.
(72 comments) SHARE 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.
(11 comments) SHARE 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!"
(24 comments) SHARE 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.
(15 comments) SHARE 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.
(20 comments) SHARE 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.
(29 comments) SHARE 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.
(21 comments) SHARE 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.
(6 comments) SHARE 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.
(44 comments) SHARE 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.
(85 comments) SHARE 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.
(27 comments) SHARE 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.
(9 comments) SHARE 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.
(17 comments) SHARE 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.
(9 comments) SHARE 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.
(20 comments) SHARE 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."
(15 comments) SHARE 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.
(12 comments) SHARE 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.
(55 comments) SHARE 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.
(9 comments) SHARE 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.
(26 comments) SHARE 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.
(13 comments) SHARE 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.
(23 comments) SHARE 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.
(2 comments) SHARE 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.
(3 comments) SHARE 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.
(54 comments) SHARE 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.
(16 comments) SHARE 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.
(23 comments) SHARE 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.
(14 comments) SHARE 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.
(19 comments) SHARE 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.
(54 comments) SHARE 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.
(5 comments) SHARE 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.
(16 comments) SHARE 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
(15 comments) SHARE 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.
(38 comments) SHARE 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.
(11 comments) SHARE 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.
(30 comments) SHARE 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.
(14 comments) SHARE 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.
(8 comments) SHARE 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.
(33 comments) SHARE 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.
(23 comments) SHARE 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.
(19 comments) SHARE 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.
(62 comments) SHARE 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.
(15 comments) SHARE 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.
(3 comments) SHARE 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.
(29 comments) SHARE 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.
(32 comments) SHARE 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.
(8 comments) SHARE 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.
(7 comments) SHARE 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...
(41 comments) SHARE 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.
(15 comments) SHARE 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.
(8 comments) SHARE 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.
(21 comments) SHARE 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.
(15 comments) SHARE 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.
(30 comments) SHARE 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.
(25 comments) SHARE 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.
(44 comments) SHARE 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.
(11 comments) SHARE 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.
(54 comments) SHARE 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.
(13 comments) SHARE 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.
(17 comments) SHARE 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.
(19 comments) SHARE 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.
(16 comments) SHARE 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.
(10 comments) SHARE 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...
(13 comments) SHARE 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.
(38 comments) SHARE Monday, September 9, 2019 The Capitalists Are Afraid
The capitalists have the power to destroy, but no longer to create. And out of their relentless destruction, which they are incapable of halting, will come the social unrest they fear and monstrosities more terrifying than Donald Trump.
(21 comments) SHARE 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.
(9 comments) SHARE 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.
(5 comments) SHARE 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.
(29 comments) SHARE 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.
(17 comments) SHARE 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.
(10 comments) SHARE 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.
(17 comments) SHARE 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.
(26 comments) SHARE 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.
(13 comments) SHARE 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.
(16 comments) SHARE 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.
(12 comments) SHARE 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.
(10 comments) SHARE 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.
(21 comments) SHARE Monday, December 9, 2019 The Great American Shakedown
There is zero chance Trump will be removed from office in a trial in the Senate. The Democratic Party elites have admitted as much. They carried out, they argue, their civic and constitutional duty.
(7 comments) SHARE 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.
(13 comments) SHARE 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.
(2 comments) SHARE 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.”
(17 comments) SHARE 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.
(27 comments) SHARE 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.
(9 comments) SHARE 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.
(17 comments) SHARE 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.
(26 comments) SHARE 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.
(9 comments) SHARE 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.
(7 comments) SHARE 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.
(6 comments) SHARE 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.
(13 comments) SHARE 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.
(27 comments) SHARE Monday, May 27, 2019 The Mass Media Is Poisoning Us With Hate
The sins of the old media, bad though they were, are nothing compared with the sins of the new media. Mass media has degenerated into not only a purveyor of gossip, conspiracy theories and salacious entertainment but, most ominously, a purveyor of hate.
(27 comments) SHARE 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.
(21 comments) SHARE 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.
(27 comments) SHARE 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.
SHARE Monday, December 2, 2019 The New "Black Codes"
The daily brutality and terror keep the poor, especially poor people of color, in bondage. On average, more than 1,100 people, or one every eight hours, almost all unarmed, are killed every year by police in the United States.
(17 comments) SHARE 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.
(27 comments) SHARE 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.
(16 comments) SHARE 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.
(10 comments) SHARE 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.
(36 comments) SHARE 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.
(8 comments) SHARE 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.
(9 comments) SHARE 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.
(13 comments) SHARE Monday, September 23, 2019 Saving the Planet Means Overthrowing the Ruling Elites
If we lived in a democracy, which we do not, our aspirations, rights and demands, especially the demand that we confront the climate emergency, would have an impact. We would be able to vote representatives into power in government to carry out change. We would be able to demand environmental justice from the courts. We would be able to divert resources to the elimination of carbon emissions.
(7 comments) SHARE 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.
(2 comments) SHARE 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.
(4 comments) SHARE 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.
(22 comments) SHARE 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.
(6 comments) SHARE 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.
(23 comments) SHARE 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.
(8 comments) SHARE 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.
(7 comments) SHARE 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."
(15 comments) SHARE 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.
(15 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 19, 2020 The New Rules of the Game
The ruling elites, once divided between Trump and Hillary Clinton, with most of the elites preferring Clinton, will be united against Sanders. They will back Trump as the least worst. The corporate media will turn its venom, now directed at Trump, toward Sanders. The Democratic Party's mask will come off. It will be open warfare between them and us.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, November 4, 2019 The Enemy Within
If the deep state fails to rid itself of Trump it will, however reluctantly, use him to carry out its dirty work. Trump, if he manages to survive in power, will get his military parades. We will get, with or without Trump, tyranny.
(28 comments) SHARE 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.
(27 comments) SHARE 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.
(21 comments) SHARE 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.
(14 comments) SHARE 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.
(6 comments) SHARE 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.
(23 comments) SHARE 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.
(6 comments) SHARE 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.
(14 comments) SHARE Monday, June 10, 2019 The Cult of Trump
The more outrageous the cult leaders become, the more they flout law and social conventions, the more they gain in popularity. Cult leaders are immune to the norms of established society. This is their appeal. Cult leaders demand a God-like power. Those who follow them grant them this power in the hope that the cult leaders will save them.
(31 comments) SHARE 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.
(2 comments) SHARE 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.
(2 comments) SHARE 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.
(39 comments) SHARE 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.
(12 comments) SHARE 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.
(13 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 8, 2020 Chris Hedges: American Bloodlands
Once people start being sacrificed for the cause, it takes little for demagogues of the radical left and the radical right to insist that self-preservation necessitates violence and is a prerequisite for victory.
(19 comments) SHARE 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.
(21 comments) SHARE 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.
(6 comments) SHARE 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.
(25 comments) SHARE 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.
(12 comments) SHARE 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
(55 comments) SHARE 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.
(3 comments) SHARE 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.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, August 26, 2019 The Curse of Moral Purity
The continued inability of America's liberal democratic establishment to address the ills besetting the country -- climate change, unregulated global capitalism, mounting social inequality, a bloated military, endless foreign wars, out-of-control deficits and gun violence -- means the inevitable snuffing out of our anemic democracy.
(5 comments) SHARE 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.
(49 comments) SHARE 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.
(43 comments) SHARE 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.
(2 comments) SHARE 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.
(30 comments) SHARE 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.
(13 comments) SHARE 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.
(14 comments) SHARE Monday, February 10, 2020 What Is Happening to Assange Will Happen to the Rest of Us
The extradition of Assange would mean the end of journalistic investigations into the inner workings of power. It would cement into place a terrifying global, corporate tyranny under which borders, nationality and law mean nothing.
(5 comments) SHARE 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.
(30 comments) SHARE 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.
(21 comments) SHARE 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.
(6 comments) SHARE 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.
(20 comments) SHARE 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.
(4 comments) SHARE 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.
(14 comments) SHARE Monday, September 16, 2019 Our Invisible Government
When an intelligence service resorts to torture, it has failed. When it relies on sadists and thugs, it has failed. All countries need good intelligence officials and agents, not the buffoons, gangsters, sadists and killers who, in the name of national security, do us so much damage.
(31 comments) SHARE 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.
(8 comments) SHARE 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.
(18 comments) SHARE 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.
(6 comments) SHARE 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.
(10 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 30, 2019 Great Flood
We are entering this final phase of civilization, one in which we are slashing the budgets of the very agencies that are vital to prepare for the devastation ahead. Hurricane after hurricane, monster storm after monster storm, flood after flood, wildfire after wildfire, drought after drought will cripple the empire, draining its wealth and resources and creating swathes of territory defined by lawlessness and squalor.
(6 comments) SHARE 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.
(8 comments) SHARE Monday, March 9, 2020 The One-Choice Election
There is only one choice in this election. The consolidation of oligarchic power under Donald Trump or the consolidation of oligarchic power under Joe Biden. The oligarchs, with Trump or Biden, will win again.
(19 comments) SHARE 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.
(10 comments) SHARE 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.
(6 comments) SHARE 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?
(9 comments) SHARE 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.
(20 comments) SHARE 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.
(24 comments) SHARE 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.
(13 comments) SHARE 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.
(6 comments) SHARE 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.
(13 comments) SHARE 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.
(5 comments) SHARE 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.
(11 comments) SHARE 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.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, November 25, 2019 The End of the Rule of Law
Trump has made presidential lies as routine as the rising and setting of the sun, confounding civil discourse, truth and public trust.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, June 3, 2019 Manufacturing War With Russia
Despite the Robert Mueller report's conclusion that Donald Trump and his campaign did not collude with Russia during the 2016 presidential race, the new Cold War with Moscow shows little sign of abating. Our inability to oversee or control senior intelligence officials and their agencies, which fabricate information to push through agendas embraced by the shadow state, signals the death of democracy.
(28 comments) SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, October 28, 2019 Saying Goodbye to Sam
Life is a voyage, a discovery, including the discovery of death. It is about seeking truth, but also about experiencing wonder and awe, the capacity to love. The most fortunate of us make this voyage with someone with whom we share an intellectual and emotional affinity.
(16 comments) SHARE Monday, December 30, 2019 Onward, Christian Fascists
The Christian fascists, by choice, have severed themselves from rational thought. We will not placate or disarm this movement, bent on our destruction, by attempting to claim that we too have Christian "values."
(13 comments) SHARE Monday, October 14, 2019 The Age of Radical Evil
We live in an age of radical evil. The architects of this evil are despoiling the earth and driving the human species toward extinction. They are stripping us of our most basic civil liberties and freedoms. They are orchestrating the growing social inequity, concentrating wealth and power in the hands of a cabal of global oligarchs.
(9 comments) SHARE 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.
(21 comments) SHARE 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.
(8 comments) SHARE Monday, August 12, 2019 Fear vs. Fear
The endless political shows, which turn presidential campaigns into mind-numbing, two-year-long marathons, are entertainment. Do not trust anyone in power. We will save ourselves by building mass movements to overthrow corporate power. I am not certain we will succeed. But I am certain that if we fail, we are doomed.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, July 22, 2019 Scapegoating Iran-2
Donald Trump's unilateral decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, although Iran was in compliance with the agreement, was the first salvo in this effort to divert attention from these failures to Iran. Bolton, the national security adviser, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, along with Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, advocate the overthrow of the Iranian government.
(21 comments) SHARE Monday, November 18, 2019 How to Save the Planet and Ourselves
If you read only one book this year, it should be Roger Hallam's "Common Sense for the 21st Century: Only Nonviolent Rebellion Can Now Stop Climate Breakdown and Social Collapse."
(11 comments) SHARE 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.
(19 comments) SHARE 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
(5 comments) SHARE 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.
(19 comments) SHARE 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.
(7 comments) SHARE 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.
(41 comments) SHARE 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.
(29 comments) SHARE 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.
(11 comments) SHARE 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.
(7 comments) SHARE 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."
(36 comments) SHARE 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.
(31 comments) SHARE 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.
(22 comments) SHARE 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.
(12 comments) SHARE 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."
(35 comments) SHARE Monday, October 7, 2019 Time to Rebel
The longer we live in denial, the worse it will get. There is no way out. Floods, droughts, monster hurricanes, cyclones, extreme heatwaves, crop failure, mass displacement and the breakdown of society are now inevitable. This is our future. All we have left is nonviolent, disruptive civil disobedience. A rebellion.
(7 comments) SHARE Monday, December 23, 2019 The Impeachment's Moral Hypocrisy
The impeachment process was a nauseating display of moral hypocrisy. The sound bites by Republicans and Democrats swiftly became predictable. The Democrats, despite applauding the announcement of the voting results before being quickly silenced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, sought to cloak themselves in gravitas and solemnity.
(8 comments) SHARE 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.
(11 comments) SHARE 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.
(10 comments) SHARE 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.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, December 16, 2019 Hope Lies in the Streets
Hope lies in the streets. Millions of people in Hong Kong, India, Chile, France, Iran, Iraq and Lebanon understand. It is time to join them.
(13 comments) SHARE 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.
(6 comments) SHARE 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.
(10 comments) SHARE 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.
(5 comments) SHARE 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.
(11 comments) SHARE 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.
(24 comments) SHARE 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.
(3 comments) SHARE 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.
(9 comments) SHARE 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.
(4 comments) SHARE 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.
(4 comments) SHARE 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.
(15 comments) SHARE Monday, May 20, 2019 America's Reproductive Slaves
The birthrate decline is an indicator of the despair and hopelessness that define the lives of tens of millions of young Americans who struggle financially and see little hope for the future. Only by addressing this financial insecurity and desperation, by integrating back into society those who have been pushed aside, can the nation's death spiral be reversed.
(17 comments) SHARE 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.
(4 comments) SHARE 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.
(10 comments) SHARE 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."
(18 comments) SHARE 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.
(17 comments) SHARE 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..
(7 comments) SHARE 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.
(15 comments) SHARE 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.
(23 comments) SHARE 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.
(11 comments) SHARE Monday, September 2, 2019 The Last Act of the Human Comedy
Human nature does not change. It follows its familiar and cyclical patterns. Yes, this time, when we go down, the whole planet will go with us. But until then we will be mesmerized by fools and con artists. What are demagogues like Donald Trump and Boris Johnson, positive psychologists and Candide-like prognosticators such as Steven Pinker other than charlatans who insist the tragedy facing us is not real?
(48 comments) SHARE 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.
(7 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 25, 2020 How Corporate Tyranny Works
Those, like environmental lawyer Steven Donziger, who fight the corporate control of our society on behalf of the vulnerable, find the institutions of power unite to crucify them.
(20 comments) SHARE 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.
(17 comments) SHARE 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.
(14 comments) SHARE 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.
(8 comments) SHARE 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.
(7 comments) SHARE 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.
(8 comments) SHARE Monday, November 11, 2019 Death by Oligarchy
We stand on the cusp of social and political disintegration, bequeathed to us by oligarchs who have seized total power. The ruling oligarchs will stymie all attempts at reform. This makes a crisis inevitable. Once we enter this crisis, the oligarchs will become the most potent enablers of despotism.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, March 2, 2020 Class: The Little Word the Elites Want You to Forget
Great wealth not only breeds contempt for those who do not have it but it empowers oligarchs to pay armies of lawyers, publicists, politicians, judges, academics and journalists to censor and control public debate and stifle dissent.
(14 comments) SHARE Monday, April 22, 2019 Our Ever-Deadlier Police State
Because of a failed court system, millions of young men and women are railroaded into prison, many for nonviolent offenses. SWAT teams with military weapons burst into homes often under warrants for nonviolent offenses, sometimes shooting those inside. Trigger-happy cops pump multiple rounds into the backs of unarmed men and women and are rarely charged with murder.
(11 comments) SHARE 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.
(9 comments) SHARE 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.
(11 comments) SHARE 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.
(24 comments) SHARE 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.
(3 comments) SHARE 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.
(27 comments) SHARE 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.
(15 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 3, 2021 Chris Hedges: The Age of Social Murder
This is the largest crime against humanity ever committed. It is being committed in front of us. And, with few exceptions, we are willfully being herded like sheep to the slaughter.
(3 comments) SHARE 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.
(9 comments) SHARE Monday, January 13, 2020 How Democracies Die
The norms, decorum, courtesy and mutual respect that are essential to a functioning democracy are replaced by vulgarity, insults, incitement to violence, racism, bigotry, contempt and lies. These ills of today's United States mirror the political and moral rot of Italy and Germany on the eve of fascism.
(20 comments) SHARE 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.
(6 comments) SHARE 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, August 19, 2019 The World According to George Galloway
There are few politicians in Britain who are attacked by the courtiers in the press and the mandarins in power more ferociously than George Galloway, a former member of Parliament and an icon of the left. He has long opposed the Western sanctions and the endless wars in the Middle East, generating charges that he is a defender of terrorists.
(14 comments) SHARE 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.
(3 comments) SHARE 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.
(2 comments) SHARE 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.
(2 comments) SHARE 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!
(9 comments) SHARE 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.
(4 comments) SHARE 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.
(12 comments) SHARE Monday, October 21, 2019 Pity the Kurds
Kurdistan, "land of the Kurds," is recorded as far back as the 15th century by European visitors. The Kurds, who speak Kurdish and are mostly Sunni Muslims, were promised a state by the victorious allies following World War I and the dismantling of the Ottoman Empire. Instead the Kurdish region was carved up among Turkey, Syria, Iran, Iraq and the Soviet Union.
(6 comments) SHARE 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.
(16 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 20, 2020 Chris Hedges: The Politics of Cultural Despair
The United States is a shadow of itself. It squanders its resources in futile military adventurism, a symptom of all empires in decay as they attempt to restore a lost hegemony by force.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, July 15, 2019 Worshiping the Electronic Image
There is nonstop stimulation. Seldom does anything occupy our attention for more than a few seconds. Nothing has context. Images overwhelm words. We are perpetually confused, but always entertained. We barely remember what we saw or heard a few minutes earlier. This is by design of the elites who manipulate us.
(3 comments) SHARE 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.
(8 comments) SHARE 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, February 24, 2020 The Zionist Colonization of Palestine
World War II saw 6 million Jews murdered. Israel was all that many impoverished and stateless survivors, robbed of their national rights, communities, homes and often most of their relatives, had left. It became the tragic fate of the Palestinians, who had no role in the European pogroms or the Holocaust, to be sacrificed on the altar of hate.
(6 comments) SHARE 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."
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, June 24, 2019 Burning Down the Future
The fanning of virulent racism and Islamophobia have been convenient weapons in the hands of the elites, who seek to deflect attention from the assault they are carrying out against the entire working class and the working poor, regardless of color or ethnicity.
(2 comments) SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE 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.
(7 comments) SHARE 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.
(8 comments) SHARE 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.
(6 comments) SHARE 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.
(19 comments) SHARE 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.
(12 comments) SHARE 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.
(7 comments) SHARE 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.
(7 comments) SHARE 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.
(5 comments) SHARE 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.
(13 comments) SHARE 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 ....
(4 comments) SHARE 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.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 29, 2020 The Disaster of Utopian Engineering
This column is drawn from notes that Chris Hedges wrote in preparing for a debate held today by the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. Hedges, speaking from Princeton, N.J., argued for the motion: "Be it resolved, politics isn't working as usual. It's time for a revolution." Opposed was David Brooks, an op-ed columnist for The New York Times who spoke from Washington, D.C.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, January 20, 2020 A Circus Then, a Circus Now
Trump's success as a candidate came, in large part, because of the constant media attention he received. Those like Sanders who attempt to defy the rules of the game are punished. The goal is entertainment.
(5 comments) SHARE 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.
SHARE Monday, July 1, 2019 The Dilemma of Vladimir Lenin
There is no denying Lenin's brilliance. He redefined the political landscape of the 20th century. Decades after the Russian Revolution, in Spain, China, Cuba, Vietnam and South Africa oppressed peoples looked to Lenin and the revolution for inspiration. The social inequality and destruction of democratic institutions wrought by neoliberalism and the corporate seizure of power in our own time give relevancy to Lenin.
(3 comments) SHARE 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.
(4 comments) SHARE 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.
(7 comments) SHARE 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 Chris Hedges: The Cost of Resistance
The governing elites, when truly threatened, turn the rule of law into farce. Dissent becomes treason. They use the state mechanisms of control -- intelligence agencies, police, courts, black propaganda and a compliant press that acts as their echo chamber, along with the jails and prisons, not only to marginalize and isolate rebels, but to psychologically and physically destroy them.
(1 comments) SHARE 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.
(12 comments) SHARE Monday, February 18, 2019 Worshipping the Electronic Image
Donald Trump, like much of the American public, is entranced by electronic images. He interprets reality through the distortions of digital media. He is a product of cultural decay, not an aberration. The way he speaks, acts and thinks is the way many Americans speak, act and think. He will one day disappear, but the cultural degeneracy that produced him will remain.
(7 comments) SHARE 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.
(52 comments) SHARE 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.
(14 comments) SHARE 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.
(6 comments) SHARE 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.
(17 comments) SHARE 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.
(3 comments) SHARE 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.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, December 7, 2020 Chris Hedges: The Collective Suicide of the Liberal Class
Liberals long ago sold their soul and abandoned their most basic principles to line up behind a bankrupt Democratic Party. They chant, with every election cycle, the mantra of the least worst and sit placidly on the sidelines as a Bill Clinton or a Barack Obama and the Democratic Party leadership betray every issue they claim to support.
(6 comments) SHARE 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.
(6 comments) SHARE 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.
(3 comments) SHARE 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.
(5 comments) SHARE 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.
(20 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 11, 2019 First Assange. Then Us.
We must build popular movements to force the Australian government to intervene on behalf of Julian. If Julian is extradited and tried, it will create a legal precedent that will terminate the ability of the press, which Donald Trump has attacked as "the enemy of the people," to hold power accountable. First Julian. Then us.
(11 comments) SHARE 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.
(4 comments) SHARE 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.
(12 comments) SHARE 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.
(29 comments) SHARE 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.
(11 comments) SHARE Monday, March 4, 2019 Giving the Bomb to Saudi Arabia's Dr. Strangelove
The drive to build nuclear reactors in Saudi Arabia is led by the half-wit son-in-law of the president, Jared Kushner, who met Tuesday with Salman in Riyadh, the Saudi capital, to discuss "ways to improve the condition of the entire region through economic investment," according to the White House.
(2 comments) SHARE 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.
(4 comments) SHARE 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.
(3 comments) SHARE 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.
(21 comments) SHARE 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.
(4 comments) SHARE 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 17, 2018 The Rats Revolt
There is no American who has fought with more tenacity, courage and integrity to expose the crimes of corporate power and to thwart the corporate coup d'e'tat that has destroyed our democracy than Ralph Nader. Not one. There is little he has not tried in that effort.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, July 8, 2019 War, Memory and Gettysburg
By focusing on battlefield exploits we too often blot out the suffering of the soldiers, the families that lost sons, brothers and husbands, and the hundreds of thousands of children left without fathers. We ignore the crippling physical and psychological wounds that plague veterans.
(8 comments) SHARE 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.
(2 comments) SHARE 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.
(3 comments) SHARE 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.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, November 6, 2017 The Cost of Resistance
Those who resist are free not because they have attained many things or high positions, but because they have so few needs. They sever the shackles used to keep most people enslaved. And this is why the elites fear them. The elites can crush them physically, but they cannot buy them off.
SHARE Monday, August 5, 2019 The Artist as Prophet-2
The artist, if true to his or her vocation, recovers the past and explains the present. The artist is the true chronicler of who we were and where we came from. Culture, in times of distress, is not a luxury but a life raft.
(12 comments) SHARE Friday, April 12, 2019 The Martyrdom of Julian Assange
Under what law did Moreno authorize British police to enter the Ecuadorian Embassy -- diplomatically sanctioned sovereign territory -- to arrest a naturalized citizen of Ecuador? Under what law did Prime Minister Theresa May order the British police to grab Assange, who has never committed a crime? Under what law did President Donald Trump demand the extradition of Assange, who is not a U.S. citizen?
(6 comments) SHARE Monday, October 5, 2020 Trump's Barrett Nomination Another Step Toward Christian Fascism
Since the Democratic Party is beholden to the same donor class as the Republican Party, and since the media long ago substituted the culture wars for politics, the most ominous threat Barrett's appointment to the court represents is going unmentioned.
(10 comments) SHARE 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.
(5 comments) SHARE 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.
(7 comments) SHARE 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.
(15 comments) SHARE 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.
(7 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 29, 2020 Chris Hedges: America's Social Hell
America has tens of millions of second-class citizens, most of whom are poor people of color, who have been stripped of basic civil and human rights and are subject to legalized discrimination for life. It is our America. And our shame.
(2 comments) SHARE 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.
(23 comments) SHARE Monday, April 15, 2019 Saying Goodbye to Planet Earth
The more that human societies evolve, according to Hanson, the more they become "energy intensive" and ensure their own obliteration. This is why, many astronomers theorize, we have not encountered other advanced civilizations in the universe. They destroyed themselves.
(19 comments) SHARE 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.
(13 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 17, 2019 First Julian Assange, Then Us
The arrest of Julian Assange eviscerates all pretense of the rule of law and the rights of a free press. The illegalities embraced by the Ecuadorian, British and U.S. governments, in the seizure of Assange, are ominous. They presage a world where the internal workings, abuses, corruption, lies and crimes, especially war crimes, carried out by the corporate states and the global ruling elite, will be masked from the public.
(4 comments) SHARE 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.
(9 comments) SHARE 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.
(10 comments) SHARE Monday, January 7, 2019 The Election Circus Begins
Managed democracy has transformed elections from the simple, straightforward process of voting for a party platform or party positions to vast, choreographed theatrical productions. Politicians run on "moral" issues and use public relations experts to create manufactured personalities. Trump, his image constructed by a reality television show, proved more adept than his rivals at playing this game the last time around.
(6 comments) SHARE 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?
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, June 17, 2019 The Coming Show Trial of Julian Assange
The publication of classified documents is not a crime in the United States, but if Assange is extradited and convicted it will become one. Assange is not an American citizen. WikiLeaks is not a U.S.-based publication. The message the U.S. government is sending is clear: No matter who or where you are, if you expose the inner workings of empire you will be hunted down, kidnapped and brought to the US to be tried as a spy.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 7, 2017 Zero Hour in Palestine
The United States is the only nation, with the exception of Israel, to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Trump's decision will enrage Muslims throughout the world. Palestinians in Gaza City, Bethlehem and Rafah have already marched through the streets chanting "Death to America," "Death to Israel" and "Down with Trump." They burned American and Israeli flags and photos of Trump.
(16 comments) SHARE 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.
(7 comments) SHARE Monday, June 3, 2013 "We Steal Secrets": State Agitprop
The persecution of Manning and Assange is not an isolated act. It is part of a terrifying assault against our most important civil liberties and a free press. Manning and Assange are the canaries in the mineshaft. They did not seek to sell the documents that WikiLeaks published or to profit personally from their release.
(7 comments) SHARE Monday, November 29, 2010 Real Hope Is About Doing Something
Hope knows that unless we physically defy government control we are complicit in the violence of the state. All who resist keep hope alive. All who succumb to fear, despair and apathy become enemies of hope. They become, in their passivity, agents of injustice.
(8 comments) SHARE 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 9, 2016 The New Slave Revolt
When prisoners are released they often owe the state thousands of dollars in debt they incurred while locked up. When they can't pay it back they are tossed back into prison. The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that 75 percent of released prisoners are rearrested within five years. This keeps the perpetual cycle of neoslavery lubricated.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, July 4, 2016 Mumia Abu-Jamal's Fourth of July
Abu-Jamal, a journalist and author of books such as "Live From Death Row" and a former member of the Black Panther Party, is serving a life sentence in the killing of a Philadelphia police officer. Despite flagrant irregularities in his trial and evidence tampering, he was sentenced to death in 1982. His sentence was later commuted to life without parole. He spent 30 years on death row.
(9 comments) SHARE Monday, November 2, 2009 Opium, Rape and the American Way
The warlords we champion in Afghanistan are as venal, as opposed to the rights of women and basic democratic freedoms, and as heavily involved in opium trafficking as the Taliban.
SHARE Wednesday, July 27, 2011 Fundamentalism Kills
All fundamentalists worship the same gods -- themselves. They worship the future prospect of their own empowerment. They view this empowerment as a necessity for the advancement and protection of civilization or the Christian state. Those who seek through violence the Garden of Eden usher in the apocalypse.
SHARE Sunday, July 17, 2016 Writing as Resistance
The archives detailed the depths to which people sank in the desperate struggle to survive, including the unearthing of corpses to extract gold teeth and steal burial shrouds. This dark descent is characteristic of all societies in disintegration. Those who rise above the mad scramble for survival, who assist the weak and the vulnerable, jeopardize their own existence.
(9 comments) SHARE Monday, September 16, 2013 The Origins of Our Police State
The tyranny of law enforcement in poor communities is a window into our emerging police state. These thuggish tactics are now being used against activists and dissidents. And as the nation unravels, as social unrest spreads, the naked face of police repression will become commonplace. Poor people of color know the truth. They were the first victims. The rest of us are about to find it out.
SHARE Monday, November 3, 2014 Joe Sacco: A Bomb in Every Comic
Sacco is perhaps best known for marrying his reporting with his graphic art to create serious and important nonfiction books about conflicts in places such as Palestine and Bosnia. And his graphic novels, especially "Palestine," have introduced a generation to the injustices and suffering inflicted on the Palestinians by Israel.
(9 comments) SHARE Monday, June 18, 2012 Occupy Will Be Back
Our dying corporate class, corrupt, engorged on obscene profits and indifferent to human suffering, is the guarantee that the mass movement will expand and flourish. No one knows when. No one knows how. The future movement may not resemble Occupy. It may not even bear the name Occupy. But it will come.
(17 comments) SHARE Monday, February 25, 2013 Rebels Stand Alone
Those who make a moral choice to physically defy evil teach us something extremely important about rebellion. It is, when it begins, not safe, comfortable or popular. Those rare individuals who have the moral and physical courage to resist must accept that they will be pariahs. They must live outside the law. And they must be prepared to be condemned.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 4, 2020 America: Land of Make-Believe
The longer we fail to name and confront our physical and moral decay, the more demagogues who peddle illusions and fantasies become empowered. Those who acknowledge the truth -- beginning with the stark fact that we are no longer a democracy -- wander like ghosts around the edges of society, reviled as enemies of hope.
(7 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 1, 2009 Obstruction of Justice
The trial of Al-Arian is a cause celebre in the Muslim world. A documentary film was made about the case in Europe. He has become the poster child for judicial abuse and persecution of Muslims in the United States by the Bush administration. The facts surrounding the trial and imprisonment of the former university professor have severely tarnished the integrity of the American judicial system.
(6 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 3, 2009 War Is Sin
We all have the capacity to commit evil. It takes little to unleash it. For those of us who have been to war this is the awful knowledge that is hardest to digest, the knowledge that the line between the victims and the victimizers is razor-thin, that human beings find a perverse delight in destruction and death, and that few can resist the pull. At best, most of us become silent accomplices.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, September 15, 2014 Sacrificing the Vulnerable, From Gaza to America
Israel's indiscriminate use of modern, industrial weapons to kill hundreds of innocents, wound thousands more and make tens of thousands of families homeless is not a war. It is state-sponsored terror. The tinder of revolt is piling up. No person or movement can ignite this tinder. No one knows when the eruption will take place. But it is certain that a popular revolt is coming.
SHARE Monday, May 13, 2019 Integrity Forged in Cages
If we do not work to eliminate the causes of poverty, the greatest of all crimes, the institutional structures that keep the poor poor, then we are responsible. There are issues of personal morality, and they are important, but they mean nothing without a commitment to social morality. Only those who have been there truly understand.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 14, 2018 Turning King's Dream Into a Nightmare
The fact that prison and urban ghettos are populated primarily with people of color is not an accident. It is a calculated decision by those who wield economic and political control. For the bottom third of African-Americans, many of whom live in these segregated enclaves of misery and deprivation, little has changed over the past few decades; indeed, life has often gotten worse.
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 24, 2018 The Soldier's Tale
Spenser Rapone, a second lieutenant, was given an "other than honorable" discharge June 18 for engaging in "conduct unbecoming an officer." He said, "I was blindly following orders. I was inflicting violence on the poorest people on earth. How is there any morality in that?"
(7 comments) SHARE Monday, July 7, 2014 Kneeling in Fenway Park to the Gods of War
War is not a sport. It is about killing. It is dirty, messy and deeply demoralizing. It brings with it trauma, lifelong wounds, loss and feelings of shame and guilt. It leaves bleeding or dead bodies on its fields. The pay is lousy. The working conditions are horrific. And those who come back from war are usually discarded.
(6 comments) SHARE Monday, August 24, 2009 This Isn't Reform, It's Robbery
This is an industry that hires doctors and analysts to deny care to patients in order to increase profits. It is an industry that causes half of all bankruptcies. And the 20,000 Americans who died last year because they did not receive adequate care condemn these corporations as complicit in murder.
(6 comments) SHARE Monday, December 17, 2018 Trump, the Quintessential American
Trump's get-rich-quick schemes and seminars, including his books, were a con. His casinos were a con. His paid speeches on behalf of self-help gurus such as Tony Robbins were a con. Tales of his sexual prowess, spread by himself masquerading over the phone as a Trump spokesperson, were a con. His building projects were a con.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, April 15, 2013 Sweatshops on Wheels
The deterioration of the nation's public transportation, like the deterioration of health care, education, social services, public utilities, bridges and roads, is part of the relentless seizing and harvesting of public resources and programs by corporations. These corporations are steadily stripping the American infrastructure.
(8 comments) SHARE Monday, August 11, 2014 Let My People Go
All tyrants fall under the weight of their own depravity. Justice does come. The captives are set free. There will be a day when the instruments of war will no longer leave our shores to be delivered into the hands of killers. Not one bullet. And those who have broken God's covenant will feel the blast of justice, the fury of the righteous who will rise up on behalf of the oppressed.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, December 21, 2020 Chris Hedges: The Great Delusion
The radical evil we face is as real under Trump as it will be under Biden. And if this radical evil is not smashed, then the world ahead will be one of torment and mass death.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, October 16, 2017 Only Nonviolent Resistance Will Destroy the Corporate State
While refusing to be baited into violent confrontations with the radical right, we must also be vigorous in using militant, nonviolent tactics to block hate speech. All propaganda and all organizations based on ideas or theories of racial or ethnic superiority should be illegal.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 26, 2009 "Clean" Energy and Poisoned Water
The New York City watershed lies within the Marcellus Shale. This watershed provides unfiltered water to more than 14 million people in New York City, upstate New York, Philadelphia and northern New Jersey. It is the largest unfiltered drinking water supply in the United States. And if the federal government does not intervene swiftly, it could become contaminated.
(8 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 18, 2009 The False Idol of Unfettered Capitalism
The German philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein said, "Tell me "how" you seek and I will tell you "what" you are seeking." [I]t is by recovering these moral questions, too often dismissed or ignored in universities and boardrooms across the country, laughed at on the stock exchange, ridiculed on reality television as an impediment to money and celebrity, that we will again find it possible to be whole.
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 19, 2021 Hedges: Why They Hate Us
Chris Hedges' Book excerpt explores the rupturing of social bonds, despair and rage that come from being cast aside by the ruling elites and that define the deep animus of the radical right.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 4, 2010 No One Cares
Right now in Afghanistan there are 104,000 Department of Defense contractors alongside 68,000 U.S. troops. There is almost a 2-to-1 ratio of private-sector for-profit forces that are on the U.S. government payroll versus the active-duty or actual military forces in the country.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, March 14, 2016 The Mexicanization of the United States
In Mexico, mayors and other municipal officials, law enforcement officers, judges and governors have become indistinguishable from the drug cartels. Similarly in the United States, financiers from big banks and firms such as Goldman Sachs -- many of whom launder huge sums of money for illicit activity and openly carry out billions of dollars in fraud -- are part of the inner circles of power.
(8 comments) SHARE Friday, November 6, 2020 Chris Hedges: American Requiem
The empty jousting between a bloviating Trump and a verbally impaired Joe Biden is designed to mask the truth. The oligarchs always win. The people always lose. It does not matter who sits in the White House. America is a failed state
(6 comments) SHARE Monday, May 7, 2018 The Danger of Leadership Cults
The building of consciousness and mass organizations will not be quick. But these mass movements cannot become public until they are strong enough to carry out sustained actions, including civil disobedience and campaigns of noncooperation. The response by the state will be vicious. Without a dedicated and organized base we will not succeed.
(9 comments) SHARE Monday, August 12, 2013 America's Disappeared
You try to pick up where you left off. You avoid the cops. You look for work. There is no work. It is a constant cat-and-mouse game the state plays with the poor. The hunters. The hunted. The poor, no matter what they do, are always potential prey, minnows in a sea of sharks. It is not only the masses in the Middle East and the jihadists who despise us for our purported "values."
(10 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 11, 2009 We Are Breeding Ourselves to Extinction
A world where 8 billion to 10 billion people are competing for diminishing resources will not be peaceful. The industrialized nations will, as we have done in Iraq, turn to their militaries to ensure a steady supply of fossil fuels, minerals and other nonrenewable resources in the vain effort to sustain a lifestyle that will, in the end, be unsustainable.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, March 12, 2021 Chris Hedges: Bandaging the Corpse
There will be no campaign finance reform to end our system of legalized bribery. The giant tech monopolies will remain intact. The fossil fuel companies will continue to ravage the ecosystem.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 11, 2009 What Price Hollywood?
We all have gods, Martin Luther said, it is just a question of which ones. And in American society, our gods are often celebrities. Religious belief and practice are commonly transferred to the adoration of celebrities. Our celebrity culture builds reliquaries and shrines to celebrities the way Romans built them for divine emperors, ancestors and household gods. We are a de facto polytheistic society.
SHARE Monday, May 4, 2020 ON CONTACT: Colonial War On Palestine
On the show this week, Chris Hedges discusses the long, disingenuous role the USA has played in the Israel-Palestine conflict with Professor Rashid Khalidi.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, May 8, 2017 Chris Hedges: Going to the Daytime Emmys
The soap operas of 2017 are quaint anachronisms: Who needs "make believe" when the news and the nation's political and cultural life are saturated with tawdry melodrama?
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, December 28, 2009 One Day We'll All Be Terrorists
The state has set up parallel legal and penal codes to railroad those it charges with links to terrorism. If it were a matter of evidence, activists like Hashmi, who is accused of facilitating the delivery of socks to al-Qaida, would probably never be brought to trial.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, July 14, 2014 Israel Is Captive to Its "Destructive Process"
When it becomes clear that the Palestinians once again have not become dormant and passive, Israel will take another step, more radical than the last. The "process of destruction" will be stopped only from outside Israel. Israel, captive to the process, is incapable of imposing self-restraint. A mass movement demanding boycotts, divestment and sanctions is the only hope now for the Palestinian people.
(8 comments) SHARE Monday, April 1, 2019 Only the Struggle Matters
The brutality of our corporate executioners grows by the day. They will stop at nothing, including wholesale murder, to consolidate power and amass greater profits. Blinded by hubris, driven by greed, disdainful of democracy, foolishly believing their wealth will protect them, they will herd us over the cliff unless they are overthrown.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, September 28, 2015 State Terror Against People of Color
The message this violence sends to poor people of color is this: We can kill you and your children with impunity. There is nothing you can do about it. You have no rights. You will never be safe. And if you attempt rise up and resist we will kill you and your children en masse.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, March 29, 2010 Is America "Yearning for Fascism'?
The longer we appeal to the Democrats, who are servants of corporate interests, the more stupid and ineffectual we become. Sixty-one percent of Americans believe the country is in decline, according to a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, and they are right. Only 25 percent of those polled said the government can be trusted to protect the interests of the American people.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, February 28, 2011 No Other Way Out
We will not stop the war in Afghanistan and Iraq, we will not end this slaughter of innocents, unless we are willing to rise up as have state workers in Wisconsin and citizens on the streets of Arab capitals. Repeated and sustained acts of civil disobedience are the only weapons that remain to us.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, May 28, 2012 The War on Gays
The culture of hate feeds off the frustrations and feelings of betrayal among the impoverished, the unemployed, the underemployed and the hopeless. And the longer the expanding underclass is ignored, the longer we refuse to define what is happening to us in our corporate state as a vicious class struggle, the more the culture of hate spreads.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, March 25, 2019 Guns and Liberty
The proliferation of guns in American society is not only profitable for gun manufacturers, it fools the disempowered into fetishizing weapons as a guarantor of political agency. Guns buttress the myth of a rugged individualism that atomizes Americans, disdains organization and obliterates community, compounding powerlessness.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, December 31, 2012 The Idol Smasher
Reed despairs of the decline of the black press, especially black newspapers, which once gave blacks a sense of their own identity. He believes something has to be done soon to fight against the rapid reconfiguration of the United States into a corporate, feudal state. But he is not sure the Occupy movement is the answer. He wants something more politically defined.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, February 14, 2011 Fight for a World Without Coal
writer and philosopher Wendell Berry, armed with little more than a copy of William Shakespeare's "The Tempest" and his conscience, has been camped out for three days with a handful of other activists in the governor's outer office in Frankfort, Ky, to protest the continued blasting of mountaintops and the poisoning of watersheds, soil and air by coal companies.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 27, 2018 Teaching "Les Misérables" in Prison
Hugo was aware that there are some who cannot be redeemed. They are incapable of empathy or remorse. They are driven by greed and ambition. They take a perverse joy in inflicting suffering on others. They are capable only of deceit. These people must be kept at bay.
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 6, 2009 Celebrating Slaughter: War and Collective Amnesia
Memorials, while they pay homage to those who made “the ultimate sacrifice,” dignify slaughter. They perpetuate the old lie of honor and glory. They set the ground for the next inferno. The myth of war manufactures a collective memory that ennobles the next war.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, December 10, 2018 The Heresy of White Christianity
Cone is often described as the father of black liberation theology, although he was also, maybe more importantly, one of the very few contemporary theologians who understood and championed the radical message of the Gospel. Cone's insight is an important means of recognizing and fighting systemic and institutionalized racism, especially in an age of Donald Trump.
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 1, 2010 This Country Needs a Few Good Communists
Capitalism was once viewed in America as a system that had to be fought. But capitalism is no longer challenged. And so, even as Wall Street steals billions of taxpayer dollars and the Gulf of Mexico is turned into a toxic swamp, we do not know what to do or say. Language is our first step toward salvation. We cannot fight what we cannot describe.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 3, 2021 Hedges: Papering Over the Rot
The staggering concentration of wealth at the top has deformed our governing institutions -- new window dressing will not end oligarchy.
(16 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 6, 2009 Lost in the Rubble
I often visited Nizar Rayan, who was killed Thursday in a targeted assassination by Israel, at his house in the Jabaliya refugee camp when I was in Gaza. His four wives and 11 children also were killed. Rayan's sons, according to their father, strove to be one thing: martyrs for Palestine.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 17, 2009 The New State Solution
The Israelis have orchestrated acute misery and poverty in the Palestinian territories over the past two decades in an effort to subdue and ethnically cleanse the captive population. They have reduced Palestinians, many of whom now live on less than $2 a day, to a subsistence level.
SHARE Monday, December 14, 2009 Gravel's Lament: Fighting Another Dumb War
Barack Obama, who is as mesmerized by the red, white and blue bunting draped around our vast killing machine as are the press, the two main political parties and our entertainment industry, will not halt our doomed imperial projects or renege on the $1 trillion in defense-related spending that is hollowing out the country from the inside.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, June 24, 2013 The Eternal Rebel: Ronnie Kasrils
Although Kasrils embraced violence against the apartheid state, he is very hesitant about employing violence against the corporate state. But he sees oppression, if finally left unchecked, as justifying the use of force by the rebel. He quoted John F. Kennedy's dictum: "Those who make peaceful change impossible make violent change inevitable."
SHARE Tuesday, April 27, 2010 The New Secessionists
Kirkpatrick Sale, an intellectual godfather of the secessionist movement, said "Secessionists have to be very careful not to be militaristic. You can be emphatic in your secessionism, but it won't happen by carrying guns. I don't know what the tea party people think they are going to accomplish with guns."
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, July 27, 2015 Why I Support the BDS Movement Against Israel
Justice for Palestine will never come from the traditional governmental institutions or political parties that administer power. These institutions have surrendered to moneyed interests. Justice will come only from us. And the sole mechanism left to ensure justice for Palestine is the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.
(10 comments) SHARE Monday, December 10, 2012 The Unsilenced Voice of a "Long-Distance Revolutionary"
Mumia Abu-Jamal, America's most famous political prisoner, continues his fight for social justice after three decades in prison. The United States has the highest documented incarceration rate in the world -- 742 adults per 100,000. There are some 2.2 million adults incarcerated in federal and state prisons and local jails. About 5 million are on probation or parole. Seventy percent of the inmates are nonwhite.
SHARE Monday, July 5, 2010 Freedom in the Grace of the World
We are helpless appendages of the corporate state. We are fooled by virtual mirages into mistaking the busy, corporate hives of human activity and the salacious images and gossip that clog our minds as real. The natural world, the real world, on which our life depends, is walled off from view as it is systematically slaughtered.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, December 24, 2012 The Final Battle
Since 9/11 Americans have been systematically stripped of their freedoms: Their phone calls are monitored under [George W.] Bush and Obama's warrantless wiretapping program, they are videotaped relentlessly in public places, there are drones over American soil and the police control protesters and dissenters with paramilitary gear and tactics.
SHARE Monday, November 8, 2010 A Recipe For Fascism
American politics, as the midterm elections demonstrated, have descended into the irrational. On one side stands a corrupt liberal class, bereft of ideas. On the other side stands a mass of increasingly bitter people whose alienation, desperation and rage fuel emotionally driven and incoherent political agendas.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, July 1, 2013 Bowl Phone Sex
Life behind bars in Union County jail and some other American penal institutions revolves around an improvised system of cell-to-cell communication through the plumbing. Known as the "bowl phone," it crudely replicates the speaking tubes in ships that sailors once shouted through.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, February 1, 2010 The Creed of Objectivity Killed the News
Reporters who witness the worst of human suffering and return to newsrooms angry see their compassion washed out or severely muted by the layers of editors who stand between the reporter and the reader. The tragedy is that the moral void of the news business contributed as much to its own annihilation as the protofascists who feed on its carcass.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, December 16, 2013 The Play's the Thing
The class, through the creation of the play, became an intense place of reflection, debate and self-discovery. Offhand comments, such as the one made by a student who has spent 22 years behind bars, that "just because your family doesn't visit you doesn't mean they don't love you," reflected the pain, loneliness and abandonment embedded in the lives of students.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, January 11, 2010 Wall Street Will Be Back for More
The corporation decides who has value and who does not, who advances and who is left behind. It rewards the most compliant, craven and manipulative, and discards the losers who can't play the game, those who do not accumulate wealth or status fast enough, or who fail to fully subsume their individuality into the corporate collective.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, June 30, 2014 Pity the Children
People maimed physically or psychologically by the violence, especially the Iraqi and Afghan children, will never escape. Time and memory will play their usual tricks. Those who endured war will begin to wonder, years from now, what was real and what was not. And those who did not taste of war's noxious poison will stop wondering at all.
(11 comments) SHARE Monday, April 8, 2019 Reckoning With Failure in the War on Terror
Those who oppose us are removed from the realm of the rational. They are seen as incomprehensible. Their hate has no justification. They are human embodiments of evil that must be eradicated. They hate us for our "values" or because they are driven by a perverted form of Islam.
SHARE Monday, August 27, 2012 Book Review -- The Mirage of Our Lives
The hologram becomes the perfect metaphor for the insubstantial nature of the American economy. None of it is real. It is a mirage. It is held up by credit, by debt, by the printing of endless amounts of new money and by vast schemes of financial speculation and casino capitalism that evaporate as swiftly as a hologram.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, September 27, 2010 Retribution for a World Lost in Screens
We believe that because we have the capacity to wage war we have the right to wage war. We believe that money, rather than manufactured products and goods, is real. We believe that no matter how much damage we do to the Earth or our society, science and technology will save us. we flick on a screen and are entranced.
(10 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 6, 2009 Buying Brand Obama
Brand Obama offers us an image that appears radically individualistic and new. It inoculates us from seeing that the old engines of corporate power and the vast military-industrial complex continue to plunder the country. Corporations, which control our politics, no longer produce products that are essentially different, but brands that are different.
(22 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 4, 2009 It's Obama's War Now
This is the text of a talk by Chris Hedges that will be read at anti-war gatherings to be held by The World Can't Wait in New York's Union Square, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Nashville, Louisville, Chicago and Berkeley on March 19 to protest the sixth anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq.
(6 comments) SHARE Monday, April 29, 2019 The Last Battle
The Cree have been under relentless assault since the arrival of the European colonialists in the 1500s. Now the 500 inhabitants of the Cree reserve, where many live in small, boxy prefabricated houses, are victims of a new iteration of colonial exploitation, one centered on the extraction of oil from the vast Alberta tar sands.
SHARE Monday, March 15, 2010 Israel Crackdown Puts Liberal Jews on the Spot
The campaign against Israeli dissidents has taken the form of venomous denunciations of activists and jurists, including Justice Goldstone. It includes a bill before the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, which will make it possible to imprison the leaders of Israeli human rights groups if they fail to comply with crippling new registration conditions.
(8 comments) SHARE Monday, November 23, 2020 Chris Hedges: The Ruling Elite's War on Truth
Joe Biden's victory instantly obliterated the Democratic Party's longstanding charge that Russia was hijacking and compromising US elections. The Biden victory, the Democratic Party leaders and their courtiers in the media now insist, is evidence that the democratic process is strong and untainted, that the system works. The elections ratified the will of the people.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, January 30, 2012 Corporations Have No Use for Borders
The Occupy movement reminds us that until the corporate superstructure is dismantled it does not matter which member of the native elite is elected or anointed to rule. The Canadian prime minister is as much a servant of corporate power as the American president. And replacing either will not alter corporate domination.
(6 comments) SHARE Monday, January 7, 2013 State of Fear
The combination of intimidation tactics by right-wing fringe groups, which speak in the language of violence and hate, with the state's massive intrusion into the personal affairs of the citizen is corporate fascism. And we are much farther down that road than many of us care to admit.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, March 18, 2013 The Shame of America's Gulag
Until we slay the beast of corporate capitalism, until we wrest power back from corporations, until we build social institutions and a system of governance designed not to profit the few but foster the common good, our prison industry and the horror it perpetuates will only expand.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 2, 2015 A Haven From the Animal Holocaust
The animals, which receive state-of-the-art medical care and are fed vegan food, roam the pastures unmolested. Cows are not impregnated in order to keep them producing milk. Eggs are not taken from chickens for human use. And all the creatures live out their natural lives liberated from the animal holocaust that defines the animal agriculture industry.
SHARE Monday, February 10, 2014 Crisis Zones, Collapse and the Antidote to Defeatism
Chris Hedges spoke with RT's Abby Martin on "Breaking the Set" about the forces driving the acceleration of global decline. In Abby Martin's interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Chris Hedges, they discuss the unsustainable nature of the economic system, the military mind in solving world problems, and the antidote to defeatism.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, March 19, 2012 Murder Is Not an Anomaly in War
If an American soldier had killed or wounded scores of civilians after the ignition of an improvised explosive device against his convoy, it would not have made the news. Units do not stick around to count their "collateral damage." But the Afghans know. They hate us for the murderous rampages. They hate us for our hypocrisy.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 19, 2011 Chris Hedges in Times Square
Occupy TVNY has this interview with Chris Hedges, who, during the major global protests on Saturday, compared Occupy Wall Street to the other movements he's covered around the world, from Eastern Europe to the Middle East.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, March 22, 2021 Hedges: The Evil Within Us
Millions of largely white Americans, hermetically sealed within the ideology of the Christian Right, yearn to destroy the "Satanic" forces they blame for the debacle of their lives. And one such evangelical just killed eight people in Atlanta.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, September 23, 2013 The Act of Killing
This campaign of mass murder is still mythologized in Indonesia as an epic battle against the forces of evil and barbarity, much as U.S. popular culture for many decades mythologized our genocide of Native Americans and held up our own killers, gunmen, outlaws and murderous cavalry units of the Old West as heroes.
SHARE Monday, December 13, 2010 No Act of Rebellion Is Wasted
To stand in a park on a cold December morning, to defy that which we must defy, to do this with others, brings us solace, and perhaps even peace. We will not find this if we allow ourselves to be disabled. We will not find this alone.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, December 3, 2012 Katrina, All Over Again
Hurricane Sandy, if you are poor, is the Katrina of the North. It illustrates the depraved mentality of an oligarchic and corporate elite that, as conditions worsen, retreats into self-contained gated communities, guts basic services and abandons the wider population.
SHARE Monday, April 12, 2010 One Marine's "Liberty Walk' for the Rest of Us
Bell, who lives in Lansing, N.Y., is the new face of resistance. He is young, at home in the culture of the military, deeply suspicious of the federal government, disgusted by the liberal elite, unable to find work and angry.
SHARE Wednesday, May 26, 2010 The Greeks Get It
Here's to the Greeks. They know what to do when they are told their pensions, benefits and jobs have to be cut to pay corporate banks, which screwed them in the first place. Call a general strike. Riot. Shut down the city centers. Toss the bastards out.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, July 6, 2009 The Crooks Get Cash While the Poor Get Screwed
The desperation is palpable. People don't know where to turn. Benefits are running out. More and more people are out of work.
"You see things getting worse and worse," he says. "You see people who wonder how they are going to eat & take care of themselves and their kids. You see people starting to do anything to get food, to hustle or rob, to go back to doing things they do not want to do. Good people start doin' bad things
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, August 16, 2010 Formalizing Israel's Land Grab
The demographic boom means that Palestinians in Israel and the occupied territories will soon outnumber Jews. And Israel's increasing status as a pariah nation means that informal and eventually formal state sanctions against the country are probably inevitable.
SHARE Monday, December 2, 2013 The Saboteurs
Oil and natural gas drilling in the province of Alberta has turned Calgary in a boomtown. Glittering skyscrapers, monuments to the obscene profits amassed by a fossil fuel industry that is exploiting the tar sands and the vast oil and natural gas fields in Alberta, have transformed Calgary into a mecca for money, dirty politics, greed and industry jobs.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 23, 2009 Iran Had a Democracy Before We Took It Away
We are the biggest problem in the Middle East. We have through our cruelty and violence created and legitimized the Mahmoud Ahmadinejads and the Osama bin Ladens. The longer we lurch around the region dropping iron fragmentation bombs and seizing Muslim land the more these monsters, reflections of our own distorted image, will proliferate.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 29, 2020 Book Review: "Out of Mesopotamia" Is a Great War Novel
Salar Abdoh's novel, "Out of Mesopotamia," is one of a handful of great modern war novels. It tells the story of Saleh, a jaded, middle-aged Iranian reporter -- one suspects a bit like Abdoh himself -- who accompanies Shia militias, as Abdoh did, in Iraq and Syria during the heavy fighting between 2014 and 2017.
(7 comments) SHARE Monday, May 6, 2019 Creeping Toward Tyranny
Capitalists, throughout history, have backed fascism to thwart even the most tepid forms of socialism. All the pieces are in place. The hollowing out of our democratic institutions, which cannot be blamed on Trump, makes tyranny inevitable.
SHARE Monday, December 17, 2012 Egypt's New Pharaoh
The lines are drawn. Morsi and the Brotherhood have been exposed as the heirs of the old dictatorship in new garb. The struggle for an open society is being waged by the betrayed on the streets of Egyptian cities. It will be a fight to the death. Those who oppose legitimacy and Islamic law, it goes without saying, are heretics.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, June 8, 2009 Hold Your Applause
...these are fantasies that divert us from facing the central dispute between us and the Muslim world, from facing our own responsibility for the virus of chaos and violence spreading throughout the Middle East. We can have peace when we shut down our bases, stay the hand of the Israelis to create a Palestinian state, and go home, or we can have long, costly and ultimately futile regional war. We cannot have both.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 25, 2009 America Is in Need of a Moral Bailout
Sadism is as much a part of popular culture as it is of corporate culture. It dominates pornography, runs like an electric current through reality television and trash-talk programs and is at the core of the compliant, corporate collective. Corporatism is about crushing the capacity for moral choice. And it has its logical fruition in Abu Ghraib, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and our lack of compassion for the homeless...
(18 comments) SHARE Friday, April 17, 2009 Israel's Racist in Chief
It was unthinkable, when I was based as a correspondent in Jerusalem two decades ago, that an Israeli politician who openly advocated ethnically cleansing the Palestinians from Israeli-controlled territory, as well as forcing Arabs in Israel to take loyalty oaths or be forcibly relocated to the West Bank, could sit on the Cabinet.
(10 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 30, 2009 The Truth Alone Will Not Set You Free
The old forms of journalism are dying or have sold their soul to corporate manipulation and celebrity culture. We must now wed fact to rhetoric. We must appeal to reason and emotion. We must not be afraid to openly take sides, to speak, photograph or write on behalf of the disempowered.
SHARE Monday, September 26, 2011 Tomatoes of Wrath
In Florida, collective bargaining is illegal, one of the legacies of Jim Crow practices designed to keep blacks poor and disempowered. Today the ban on collective bargaining serves the same purpose in thwarting the organizing efforts of the some 30,000 Hispanic, Mayan and Haitian agricultural laborers.
SHARE Wednesday, May 13, 2009 Becoming What We Seek to Destroy
The corrupt and unpopular regimes of Hamid Karzai in Afghanistan and Asif Ali Zardari are impotent allies. The longer they remain tethered to the United States, the weaker they become. And the weaker they become, the louder become the calls for intervention in Pakistan.
During the war in Vietnam, we invaded Cambodia to bring stability to the region and cut off rebel sanctuaries and supply routes. Tactics. Killing fields.
SHARE Wednesday, July 22, 2009 War Without Purpose
No one seems to be able to articulate why we are in Afghanistan. Is it to hunt down bin Laden and al-Qaida? Is it to consolidate progress? Have we declared war on the Taliban? Are we building democracy? Are we fighting terrorists there so we do not have to fight them here? Are we "liberating"- the women of Afghanistan? The absurdity of the questions, used as thought-terminating clichés, exposes the absurdity of the war.