Articles by Chris Hedges

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Saving the Planet Means Overthrowing the Ruling Elites
Chris Hedges | Truthdig – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Sep 2019

Friday’s [20 Sep] climate strike by students across the globe will have no more impact than the mass mobilizations by women following the election of Donald Trump or the hundreds of thousands of protesters who took to the streets to denounce the Iraq War. This does not mean these protests should not have taken place. But such demonstrations need to be grounded in the bitter reality that in the corridors of power we do not count.

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Worshipping the Electronic Image
Chris Hedges | Truthdig – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Jul 2019

15 Jul 2019 – Our post-literate culture has crippled us intellectually and produced a president whose babble replicates the nonsensical diatribes of the age.

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The Coming Show Trial of Julian Assange
Chris Hedges | Truthdig – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Jun 2019

On Friday [14 Jun 2019] I was in a small courtroom at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London. Julian Assange, held in Belmarsh Prison, appeared on a video screen directly in front of me. He listened intently as Ben Brandon, the prosecutor, seated at a narrow wooden table, listed the crimes he allegedly had committed and called for his extradition to the United States to face charges that could result in a sentence of 175 years. The American, British and Swedish judicial systems have been manipulated and corrupted to ensure the publisher is extradited to the U.S.

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The Thought Police Are Coming
Chris Hedges | Truthdig – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Jun 2019

11 Jun 2019 – The oppression of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange heralds a frightening new totalitarianism.

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What Greed Has Done
Chris Hedges | Bill Moyers – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Jun 2019

1 May 2019 – Real Journalism (Must Watch): Bill Moyers interviews former correspondent of New York Times Chris Hedges about his new book, Days of Destruction–Days of Revolt, on the destruction of America’s manufacturing base and the effect that unfettered and unregulated capitalism has had on the poor and vulnerable.

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Manufacturing War with Russia
Chris Hedges | Truthdig – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Jun 2019

3 Jun 2019 – 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. The demonization of Putin and Russia was designed to poison bilateral relations, boost U.S. war industry profits and make détente impossible.

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Reckoning with Failure in the War on Terror
Chris Hedges | Truthdig - TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Apr 2019

8 Apr 2019 – The endless conflict is the final gasp of the American Empire, signaling the end of hegemony abroad and democracy at home.

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The Martyrdom of Julian Assange
Chris Hedges | Truthdig – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Apr 2019

11 Apr 2019 – The arrest today of Julian Assange eviscerates all pretense of the rule of law and the rights of a free press. His arrest by British police, a flagrant violation of international law, signals the final stage of the destruction of a free press.

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Gilets Jaunes/Yellow Vests: Only the Struggle Matters
Chris Hedges - Truthdig, 8 Apr 2019

1 Apr 2019 — The uprising in the streets of Paris illustrates the importance of resisting corporate oppression, no matter what the outcome.

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Chelsea Manning and the New Inquisition
Chris Hedges | Truthdig – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Apr 2019

18 Mar 2019 — The whistleblower is back behind bars as the government continues to try to hide its crimes.

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Worshipping the Electronic Image
Chris Hedges | Truthdig – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Feb 2019

17 Feb 2019 – Our post-literate culture has crippled us intellectually and produced a president whose babble replicates the nonsensical diatribes of the age.

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Confronting the Culture of Death
Chris Hedges – Truthdig, 28 Jan 2019

21 Jan 2019 – We must face down the corporate capitalism that is destroying humanity and the ecosystem itself. Salvation is in resistance. Chris Hedges, an ordained Presbyterian minister, gave this sermon Jan. 20 at Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria, British Columbia, in Canada.

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Resistance Is the Supreme Act of Faith
Chris Hedges | Truthdig – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Jan 2019

31 Dec 2018 – We can resist the radical evil enveloping our lives and our planet only when we acquire the faith that resistance always weakens the oppressor and empowers the oppressed.

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Banishing Truth
Chris Hedges - Truthdig, 31 Dec 2018

24 Dec 2018 – The decay of American journalism, captured by corporate power, has marginalized and often silenced its most courageous reporters. Investigative journalism depends not only on reporters such as Hersh, but as importantly on men and women inside the systems of power who have the moral courage to expose lies and make public crimes.

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Neoliberalism’s Dark Path to Fascism
Chris Hedges - Truthdig, 3 Dec 2018

26 Nov 2018 – The financial elites have engineered a monumental con job that threatens to rip away the remainder of our freedoms. Neoliberalism transforms freedom for the many into freedom for the few. Its logical result is neofascism, which abolishes civil liberties in the name of national security and brands whole groups as traitors and enemies of the people.

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Crucifying Julian Assange
Chris Hedges | Truthdig - TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Nov 2018

12 Nov 2018 – The media’s refusal to defend the WikiLeaks publisher is a betrayal of press freedom.

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Conjuring Up the Next Depression
Chris Hedges – Truthdig, 17 Sep 2018

10 Sep 2018 – This manufactured financial tsunami will transform the United States, already a failed democracy, into an authoritarian police state. Life will become very cheap, especially for the vulnerable—undocumented workers, Muslims, poor people of color, girls and women, anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist critics branded as agents of foreign powers—who will be demonized and persecuted for the collapse. The elites, in a desperate bid to cling to their unchecked power and obscene wealth, will disembowel what is left of the United States.

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Saying Goodbye to Planet Earth
Chris Hedges – Truthdig, 27 Aug 2018

19 Aug 2018 – Climate change is not simply an environmental problem—it is a planetary transition. We will survive only if we rapidly evolve to create new forms of civilization.

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The ‘Gig Economy’ Is the New Term for Serfdom
Chris Hedges | Truthdig – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Aug 2018

The corporate capitalist elites, which have seized control of ruling institutions including the government and destroyed labor unions, are re-establishing the inhumane labor conditions that characterized the 19th and early 20th centuries. They want everyone to be temp workers trapped in demeaning, low-paying, part-time, service-sector jobs without job security or benefits.

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The Useful Idiocy of Donald Trump
Chris Hedges | Truthdig – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Aug 2018

5 Aug 2018 – The problem with Donald Trump is not that he is imbecilic and inept—it is that he has surrendered total power to the oligarchic and military elites. They get what they want. They do what they want. Although the president is a one-man wrecking crew aimed at democratic norms and institutions, although he has turned the United States into a laughingstock around the globe, our national crisis is embodied not in Trump but the corporate state’s now unfettered pillage.

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The War on Assange Is a War on Press Freedom
Chris Hedges – Truthdig, 23 Jul 2018

15 Jul 2018 – The arrest of the WikiLeaks founder, which appears near, would be the first domino to fall. Afterward, thousands of publishers, editors and reporters in the U.S. would be in peril.

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The Con of Diversity
Chris Hedges – Truthdig, 16 Jul 2018

8 Jul 2018 – Racial diversity in the hands of the ruling elites—political and corporate—is a tool for preserving white privilege, wealth and power.

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A Quest for Truth with Investigative Journalist Seymour M. Hersh: The State of American Journalism
Chris Hedges - RT, 16 Jul 2018

30 Jun 2018 – In a conversation with Seymour Hersh, the Pulitzer prize-winning investigative reporter who broke several “seismic” stories throughout his career, reporting on U.S. involvement in Vietnam, Cambodia, Chile and Iraq, Chris Hedges wonders if the era of great journalism that Hersh embodies has passed.

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Scapegoating Iran
Chris Hedges | Truthdig – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jun 2018

The wars in the Middle East are the worst strategic blunders in American history. But don’t expect U.S. politicians and generals to accept responsibility for the mess when they can blame it on Iran.

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Killing Gaza
Chris Hedges – Truthdig, 14 May 2018

“Killing Gaza” will be released Tuesday 15 May, to coincide with what Palestinians call Nakba Day—“nakba” means catastrophe in Arabic—commemorating the 70th anniversary of the forced removal of some 750,000 Palestinians in 1948 by the Haganah, Jewish paramilitary forces, from their homes in modern-day Israel. The release of the documentary also coincides with the Trump administration’s opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.

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The Campaign to Exterminate Muslims
Chris Hedges – Truthdig, 16 Apr 2018

8 Apr 2018 – The Israeli massacre of Palestinians is a prelude to a dystopian, neocolonial world where global elites, hoarding wealth and controlling the mechanisms of power, resort to bloodshed to keep the oppressed at bay. What Israel is doing to Palestinians in the open-air prison that is Gaza, subject to repeated murderous assaults by the Israeli war machine, will be done to desperate climate refugees and citizens who rise up to protest the pillage by global oligarchs. Those who resist will be branded as terrorists. The global elites have a plan for the future. It is visible in the killing fields of Gaza.

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Building the Iron Wall
Chris Hedges – Truthdig, 2 Apr 2018

18 Mar 2018 – The ominous assault on the final redoubts of a free press, through an attempt to brand dissidents, independent journalists and critics of corporate power and imperialism as agents of a foreign power, has begun. Those who challenge the dominant corporate narrative already struggle on the margins of the media landscape. The handful of independent websites and news outlets are the few platforms left that examine corporate power and empire, the curtailment of our civil liberties, lethal police violence and the ecocide carried out by the fossil fuel and animal agriculture industries, as well as cover the war crimes committed by Israel and the U.S. military in the Middle East.

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Guns and Liberty
Chris Hedges | Truthdig – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Mar 2018

Guns do not protect us from tyranny. They are an instrument of tyranny.

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The Deadly Rule of the Oligarchs
Chris Hedges - Truthdig, 19 Feb 2018

Once oligarchs take power, rational, prudent and thoughtful responses to social, economic and political problems are ignored to feed insatiable greed.

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Thought Police for the 21st Century
Chris Hedges – Truthdig, 5 Feb 2018

The abolition of net neutrality and the use of algorithms by Facebook, Google, YouTube and Twitter to divert readers and viewers from progressive, left-wing and anti-war sites, along with demonizing as foreign agents the journalists who expose the crimes of corporate capitalism and imperialism, have given the corporate state the power to destroy freedom of speech.

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The Abuses of History
Chris Hedges - Truthdig, 2 Oct 2017

24 Sep 2017 – Historians, like journalists, are in the business of manipulating facts. Some use facts to tell truths, however unpleasant. But many more omit, highlight and at times distort them in ways that sustain national myths and buttress dominant narratives. History is what the present chooses to remember about the past.

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The Price of Resistance
Chris Hedges – Truthdig, 24 Apr 2017

Talk That Chris Hedges Gave on 17 April 2017 at Princeton University – In the conflicts I covered as a reporter in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and the Balkans, I encountered singular individuals of varying creeds, religions, races and nationalities who majestically rose up to defy the oppressor on behalf of the oppressed. Some of them are dead. Some of them are forgotten. Most of them are unknown.

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Real Purpose of Intel Report on Russian Hacking: With Abby Martin & Ben Norton
Chris Hedges | On Contact – RT America, 23 Jan 2017

Jan 15, 2017 – Chris Hedges is joined by journalists Abby Martin and Ben Norton to discuss the declassified U.S. intelligence report on Russia’s alleged “influence campaign” on the U.S. presidential election. They explore the allegations and why a large portion of the report is dedicated to RT America’s programming.

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The Mafia State
Chris Hedges - Truthdig, 12 Dec 2016

The later years—George W. Bush and Barack Obama—are marked by declarations that things are getting better even though they are getting worse. The final years—Donald Trump—see the lunatic trolls, hedge fund parasites, con artists, conspiracy theorists and criminals drop all pretense and carry out an orgy of looting and corruption… We will remove them from power or enter a new dark age.

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How Power Works
Chris Hedges | Truthdig – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Oct 2016

Thompson meticulously documents the innumerable ways the state oppresses the poor by discrediting their voices, turning the press into a megaphone for government propaganda and lies, stoking the negative stereotypes of black people, exalting white supremacy, ruining the lives of people who speak the truth, manipulating the courts and law enforcement, and pressuring state witnesses to lie to obstruct justice. Her book elucidates not only the past but also the present, which, she concedes, is worse.

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The Intellectuals We Abandon
Chris Hedges - Truthdig, 12 Sep 2016

The great writers—Marcel Proust, Anton Chekhov, Hannah Arendt, Simone Weil, Max Weber, Samuel Beckett, George Orwell, W.E.B. Du Bois, James Baldwin and others—knew that thought is subversive. They challenged and critiqued the dominant narrative, assumptions and structures that buttress power. They freed us. They did not cater to the latest fashion of the academy or popular culture. They did not seek adulation. They did not build pathetic monuments to themselves. They elucidated difficult and hard truths. They served humanity. They lifted up voices the power elites seek to discredit, marginalize or crush.

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The Great Ponzi Scheme of the Global Economy
Michael Hudson and Chris Hedges – CounterPunch, 28 Mar 2016

We’re going to be discussing a great Ponzi scheme that defines not only the U.S. but the global economy, how we got there and where we’re going. With economist Michael Hudson, a professor of economics who worked for many years on Wall Street, where you don’t succeed if you don’t grasp Marx’s dictum that capitalism is about exploitation. And he is also, I should mention, the godson of Leon Trotsky.

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The American Empire: Murder Inc.
Chris Hedges - Truthdig, 11 Jan 2016

The Bible says they sow the wind, they shall reap the whirlwind. Well, usually that isn’t true. It’s not true most of the time. It’s like the other slogan: The people united will never be defeated. Not true. The people united get defeated all the time. They get crushed. They get massacred. They get thrown into mass graves. But sometimes you sow the wind and you do reap the whirlwind. And that’s what’s happening now to the West with ISIS.

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A Nation of Snitches
Chris Hedges – Truthdig, 18 May 2015

“Freedom demands the destruction of the security and surveillance organs and the disempowering of the millions of informants who work for the state.” Are we living in a time bomb where informants keep a populace in a state of fear?

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Journalism as Subversion
Chris Hedges – Truthdig, 30 Mar 2015

Global capitalism seeks to erase our stories and our histories. Its systems of mass communication, which peddle a fake intimacy with manufactured celebrities and a false sense of belonging within a mercenary consumer culture, shut out our voices, hopes and dreams. Salacious gossip about the elites and entertainers, lurid tales of violence and inane trivia replace in national discourse the actual and the real.

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The Terror We Give Is the Terror We Get
Chris Hedges - Truthdig, 16 Feb 2015

Both ISIS and the West revel in brutality that feeds the fever for war. The line that separates us from our enemies is technological, not moral. We are those we fight.

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50 Years after His Death [21 Feb]: Malcolm X Was Right about America
Chris Hedges - Truthdig, 16 Feb 2015

Malcolm X is the best medicine against genocide. He showed us by example and prophetic preaching that one does not have to stay in the mud. We can wake up; we can stand up; and we can take that long walk toward freedom. Freedom is first and foremost an inner recognition of self-respect, a knowledge that one was not put on this earth to be a nobody. Using drugs and killing each other are the worst forms of nobodyness.

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All Forms of Life Are Sacred
Chris Hedges - Truthdig, 12 Jan 2015

What gives man the right to kill an animal, often torture it, so that he can fill his belly with its flesh? The battle for the rights of animals is not only about animals. It is about us. Once we desanctify animals we desanctify all life.

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ISIS—the New Israel
Chris Hedges - Truthdig, 22 Dec 2014

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is our Frankenstein. It is seeking to establish, as the Zionists did in Palestine, a utopian, religious state.

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The Myth of the Free Press
Chris Hedges – Truthdig, 3 Nov 2014

There is more truth about American journalism in the film “Kill the Messenger,” which chronicles the mainstream media’s discrediting of the work of the investigative journalist Gary Webb, than there is in the movie “All the President’s Men,” which celebrates the exploits of the reporters who uncovered the Watergate scandal.

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Gaza Rally in NYC: God’s Covenant in the Promised Land
Chris Hedges – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Aug 2014

On August 9, 2014 a rally supporting the people in Gaza took place at Columbus Circle in NYC. The rally lasted for 2 hours, followed by a march to the United Nations.

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Israel Is Captive to Its ‘Destructive Process’
Chris Hedges - Truthdig, 21 Jul 2014

A mass movement demanding boycotts, divestment and sanctions is the only hope now for the Palestinian people. Such a movement must work for imposition of an arms embargo on Israel; this is especially important for Americans because weapons systems and attack aircraft provided by the U.S. are being used to carry out the assault.

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The Power of Imagination
Chris Hedges - Truthdig, 19 May 2014

The lusts of capitalism will have to be tamed or destroyed. And there will have to be a recovery of reverence for the sacred, the bedrock of premodern society, so we can see each other and the earth not as objects to exploit but as living beings to be revered and protected.

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Feeding the Flame of Revolt
Chris Hedges - Truthdig, 25 Nov 2013

I was in federal court in NYC on 15 Nov 2013 for the sentencing of Jeremy Hammond to 10 years in prison.“The hypocrisy of ‘law and order’ and the injustices caused by capitalism cannot be cured by institutional reform but through civil disobedience and direct action,” Hammond told the court. “Yes, I broke the law, but I believe that sometimes laws must be broken in order to make room for change.”

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Imploding the Myth of Israel
Chris Hedges - Truthdig, 11 Nov 2013

Israel has been poisoned by the psychosis of permanent war. It has been morally bankrupted by the sanctification of victimhood, which it uses to justify an occupation that rivals the brutality and racism of apartheid South Africa. Its democracy—which was always exclusively for Jews—has been hijacked by extremists who are pushing the country toward fascism.

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Detention of Greenwald’s Partner for Terrorism is “Criminalization of Journalism”
Jaisal Noor interviewing Chris Hedges – The Real News Network, 11 Nov 2013

Nov 8, 2013 – Chris Hedges says David Miranda’s detention represents an assault on journalism by the US and its allies.

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The Folly of Empire
Chris Hedges – Truthdig, 14 Oct 2013

In dying empires like our own, the people glorify idiotic leaders and blissfully ignore the looming collapse.

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The Sparks of Rebellion
Chris Hedges - Truthdig, 7 Oct 2013

Emma Goldman, along with Kropotkin, came to be very wary of both the efficacy of violence and the revolutionary potential of the masses. “The mass,” Goldman wrote bitterly toward the end of her life in echoing Marx, “clings to its masters, loves the whip, and is the first to cry Crucify!”

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The Act of Killing
Chris Hedges - Truthdig, 30 Sep 2013

I have spent time with mass killers, warlords and death squad leaders as a reporter in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. Some are psychopaths who relish acts of sadism, torture and murder. But others, maybe most, see killing as a job, a profession, good for their careers and status. Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary “The Act of Killing,” which took eight years to make, is an important exploration of the complex psychology of mass murderers.

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USA 2013
Chris Hedges – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Sep 2013

We now live in a nation where
doctors destroy health

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The Origins of Our Police State
Chris Hedges - Truthdig, 23 Sep 2013

As in most police states, cops serve as judge and jury on city streets—“a long step down the totalitarian path,” in the words that U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas wrote in 1968 when he decried expanding police powers.

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Locking Out the Voices of Dissent
Chris Hedges - Truthdig, 22 Jul 2013

The rear-guard effort by a handful of activists to protect our rights to be heard and peaceably assemble is perhaps the most crucial, though unseen, struggle we currently are engaged in with the corporate state. It is a struggle to salvage what is left of our civil society and our right to nonviolent resistance against corporate tyranny.

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Calling All Rebels!
Chris Hedges – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Jul 2013

An amazing and powerful speech by activist and journalist Chris Hedges. We need to dissent through rebellion, civil disobedience, nonviolent actions. Actively!

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The Judicial Lynching of Bradley Manning
Chris Hedges – Truthdig, 17 Jun 2013

With a “Nuremberg defense” and other key avenues blocked by the judge in his trial, the Army private has been left with little option but to beg for mercy from the court. The erosion of judicial protection for those who expose state crimes is a dire development.

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Murder Is Our National Sport
Chris Hedges - Truthdig, 20 May 2013

The deeper our empire sinks under the weight of its own decay and depravity, the more we kill.

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The Persecution of Lynne Stewart
Chris Hedges – Truthdig, 13 May 2013

Lynne Stewart, in the vindictive and hysterical world of the war on terror, is one of its martyrs. A 73-year-old lawyer who spent her life defending the poor, the marginalized and the despised, including blind cleric Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, she fell afoul of the state apparatus because she dared to demand justice rather than acquiesce to state sponsored witch hunts.

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The Day That TV News Died
Chris Hedges - Truthdig, 1 Apr 2013

I am not sure exactly when the death of television news took place. The descent was gradual—a slide into the tawdry, the trivial and the inane, into the charade on cable news channels such as Fox and MSNBC in which hosts hold up corporate political puppets to laud or ridicule, and treat celebrity foibles as legitimate news.

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The Shame of America’s Gulag
Chris Hedges - Truthdig, 25 Mar 2013

If, as Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote, “the degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons” then we are a nation of barbarians. Our vast network of federal and state prisons, with some 2.3 million inmates, rivals the gulags of totalitarian states. Once you disappear behind prison walls you become prey.

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Mumia Abu-Jamal: The Unsilenced Voice of a ‘Long-Distance Revolutionary’
Chris Hedges - Truthdig, 10 Dec 2012

I am sitting in the visiting area of the SCI Mahanoy prison in Frackville, Pa., on a rainy, cold Friday morning with Mumia Abu-Jamal, America’s most famous political prisoner and one of its few authentic revolutionaries. “I didn’t see children for 30 years on death row,” he says softly. “It is a delight to see them here. They are what is most precious, what the struggle is finally about.”

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The War in the Shadows
Chris Hedges – Truthdig, 27 Aug 2012

… It exposed the cynicism of undercover operatives on all sides, men and women who lie and deceive for a living, who betray relationships, including between each other, who steal and who carry out murder. One knows them immediately. Their ideological allegiances do not matter. They have the faraway eyes of the disconnected, along with nebulous histories and suspicious and vague associations. They can be personable, even charming, but they are also invariably vain, dishonest and sinister. They cannot be trusted. It does not matter what side they are on.

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The Science of Genocide
Chris Hedges - Truthdig, 13 Aug 2012

It was science, industry and technology that made possible the 20th century’s industrial killing. These forces magnified innate human barbarity. They served the immoral. And there are numerous scientists who continue to work in labs across the country on weapons systems that have the capacity to exterminate millions of human beings. Is this a “rational” enterprise? Is it moral? Does it advance the human species? Does it protect life?

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The Careerists
Chris Hedges - Truthdig, 30 Jul 2012

The greatest crimes of human history are made possible by the most colorless human beings. They are the careerists. The bureaucrats. The cynics. They do the little chores that make vast, complicated systems of exploitation and death a reality. The droughts rage over cropland. The drones deliver death from the sky. The state moves inexorably forward to place us in chains. The sick die. The poor starve. The prisons fill. And the careerist, plodding forward, does his or her job.

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Northern Light
Chris Hedges - Truthdig, 11 Jun 2012

The streets of Montreal are clogged nightly with as many as 100,000 protesters banging pots and pans and demanding that the old systems of power be replaced. There still is time to act. There still are mass movements to join. If the street protests in Quebec, the most important resistance movement in the industrialized world, spread to all of Canada and reach the United States, there remains the possibility of hope.

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The War on Gays
Chris Hedges – Truthdig, 28 May 2012

The sentencing of Dharun Ravi for the hateful abuse that may have driven his gay roommate at Rutgers, Tyler Clementi, to commit suicide, or Barack Obama’s public acceptance of gay marriage, prevents many of us from seeing that life for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people is getting worse—much worse.

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The Best among Us
Chris Hedges - Trughdig, 3 Oct 2011

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 of a monstrous evil.

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This Hero Didn’t Stand a Chance
Chris Hedges - Truthdig, 20 Jun 2011

Tim DeChristopher is scheduled to be sentenced in a Salt Lake City courtroom by U.S. District Judge Dee Benson on July 26. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $750,000 fine for fraudulently bidding in December 2008 on parcels of land, including areas around eastern Utah’s national parks, which were being sold off by the Bush administration to the oil and natural gas industry.

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Throw Out the Money Changers
Chris Hedges - Truthdig, 25 Apr 2011

The two most destructive forces of human nature—greed and envy—drive the financiers, the bankers, the corporate mandarins and the leaders of our two major political parties, all of whom profit from this system. They place themselves at the center of creation. They view human beings and the natural world as mere commodities to exploit until exhaustion or collapse. Human suffering, wars, climate change, poverty, it is all the price of business. Nothing is sacred. The Lord of Profit is the Lord of Death. The Raskolnikovs of the world place unbridled and total faith in the human intellect. They disdain the attributes of compassion, empathy, beauty, justice and truth.

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Huffington’s Plunder
Chris Hedges - Truthdig, 28 Feb 2011

The sale of The Huffington Post to AOL for $315 million, and the tidy profit of reportedly at least several million dollars made by principal owner and founder Arianna Huffington, who was already rich, is emblematic of this new paradigm of American journalism.

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Even Lost Wars Make Corporations Rich
Chris Hedges - Truthdig, 17 Jan 2011

Power does not rest with the electorate. It does not reside with either of the two major political parties. It is not represented by the press. It is not arbitrated by a judiciary that protects us from predators. Power rests with corporations. And corporations gain very lucrative profits from war, even wars we have no chance of winning. All polite appeals to the formal systems of power will not end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We must physically obstruct the war machine or accept a role as its accomplice.

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2011: A Brave New Dystopia
Chris Hedges - Truthdig, 3 Jan 2011

The two greatest visions of a future dystopia were George Orwell’s “1984” and Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World.” The debate, between those who watched our descent towards corporate totalitarianism, was who was right. Would we be, as Orwell wrote, dominated by a repressive surveillance and security state that used crude and violent forms of control? Or would we be, as Huxley envisioned, entranced by entertainment and spectacle, captivated by technology and seduced by profligate consumption to embrace our own oppression? It turns out Orwell and Huxley were both right. Huxley saw the first stage of our enslavement. Orwell saw the second.

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Happy as a Hangman
Chris Hedges - Truthdig, 13 Dec 2010

What is frightening in collapsing societies is not only the killers, sadists, murderers and psychopaths who rise up out of the moral swamp to take power, but the huge numbers of ordinary people who become complicit in state crimes.

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America: The Silence of a Nation
Chris Hedges - TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Nov 2010

The author spoke at the Revolution Books Town Hall Meeting at Ethical Culture Society on January 13, 2009 condemning Israel and USA complicity in Israel’s murderous destruction and genocide of the innocent men, women and children of GAZA and the West Bank.

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Calling All Future-Eaters
Chris Hedges - Truthdig, 26 Jul 2010

The human species during its brief time on Earth has exhibited a remarkable capacity to kill itself off. The Cro-Magnons dispatched the gentler Neanderthals. The conquistadors, with the help of smallpox, decimated the native populations in the Americas. Modern industrial warfare in the 20th century took at least 100 million lives, most of them civilians. And now we sit passive and dumb as corporations and the leaders of industrialized nations ensure that climate change will accelerate to levels that could mean the extinction of our species. Homo sapiens, as the biologist Tim Flannery points out, are the “future-eaters.”

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After Religion Fizzles, We’re Stuck with Nietzsche
Chris Hedges - Truthdig, 17 May 2010

We are rapidly losing the capacity for the moral life. We reject the anxiety of individual responsibility that laid the foundations for the open society. We are enjoined, after all, to love our neighbor, not our tribe. This empowerment of individual conscience was the starting point of the great ethical systems of all civilizations. Those who championed this radical individualism, from Confucius to Socrates to Jesus, fostered not obedience and conformity, but dissent and self-criticism. They initiated the separation of individual responsibility from the demands of the state.

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THE TERROR-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX
Chris Hedges – Global Research, 10 Feb 2010

The conviction of the Pakistani neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui in New York last week of trying to kill American military officers and FBI agents illustrates that the greatest danger to our security comes not from al-Qaida but the thousands of shadowy mercenaries, kidnappers, killers and torturers our government employs around the globe. The bizarre story surrounding Siddiqui, […]

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THE CREED OF OBJECTIVITY KILLED THE NEWS
Chris Hedges – Truthdig, 5 Feb 2010

The symbiotic relationship between the press and the power elite worked for nearly a century. It worked as long as our power elite, no matter how ruthless or insensitive, was competent. But once our power elite became incompetent and morally bankrupt, the press, along with the power elite, lost its final vestige of credibility. The […]

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ONE DAY WE’LL ALL BE TERRORISTS
Chris Hedges, Truthdig, 2 Jan 2010

Our descent is the familiar disease of decaying empires. Dissent is starting to become defined as an act of terrorism.Syed Fahad Hashmi can tell you about the dark heart of America. He knows that our First Amendment rights have become a joke, that habeas corpus no longer exists and that we torture, not only in […]

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CELEBRATING SLAUGHTER: WAR AND COLLECTIVE AMNESIA
Chris Hedges, 6 Oct 2009

War memorials and museums are temples to the god of war. The hushed voices, the well-tended grass, the flapping of the flags allow us to ignore how and why our young died. They hide the futility and waste of war. They sanitize the savage instruments of death that turn young soldiers and Marines into killers, […]

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THE WAR ON LANGUAGE
Chris Hedges, 3 Oct 2009

There is a scene in “Othello” when the Moor is so consumed by jealousy and rage that he loses the eloquence and poetry that make him the most articulate man in Venice. He turns to the audience, shortly before he murders Desdemona, and sputters, “Goats and monkeys!” Othello fell prey to wild self-delusion and unchecked […]

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WITH GLOBAL CAPITALISM EXPOSED AS A SHAM, ALL THE GLOBAL ELITE HAVE IS PURE FORCE
Chris Hedges, 22 Sep 2009

Delegates from the world’s wealthiest nations gather this week for G-20, walled off from protesters by a National Guard combat battalion recently returned from Iraq.The rage of the disposed is fracturing the country, dividing it into camps that are unmoored from the political mainstream. Movements are building on the ends of the political spectrum that […]

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IRAN HAD A DEMOCRACY BEFORE WE TOOK IT AWAY
Chris Hedges, 22 Jun 2009

Iranians do not need or want us to teach them about liberty and representative government. They have long embodied this struggle. It is we who need to be taught. It was Washington that orchestrated the 1953 coup to topple Iran’s democratically elected government, the first in the Middle East, and install the compliant shah in […]

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THE DISEASE OF PERMANENT WAR
Chris Hedges, 19 May 2009

The embrace by any society of permanent war is a parasite that devours the heart and soul of a nation. Permanent war extinguishes liberal, democratic movements. It turns culture into nationalist cant. It degrades and corrupts education and the media, and wrecks the economy. The liberal, democratic forces, tasked with maintaining an open society, become […]

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WHO ARE THE REAL PSYCHOPATHS IN AFGHANISTAN?
Chris Hedges, 13 May 2009

The U.S. has killed twice as many Afghan civilians as the Taliban this year and that number is sure to rise. The bodies of dozens, perhaps well over a hundred, women, children and men, their corpses blown into bits of human flesh by iron fragmentation bombs dropped by U.S. warplanes in a village in the […]

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MAN IS A CRUEL ANIMAL
Chris Hedges, 23 Dec 2008

    It was Joseph Conrad I thought of when I read an article in The Nation magazine this month about white vigilante groups that rose up out of the chaos of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans to terrorize and murder blacks. It was Conrad I thought of when I saw the ominous statements by authorities, […]

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CONFRONTING THE TERRORIST WITHIN
Chris Hedges, 2 Dec 2008

The Hindu-Muslim communal violence that led to the attacks in Mumbai, as well as the warnings that the New York City transit system may have been targeted by al-Qaida, are one form of terrorism. There are other forms. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, when viewed from the receiving end, are state-sponsored acts of terrorism. […]

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AMERICA’S WARS OF SELF-DESTRUCTION
Chris Hedges, 17 Nov 2008

    War is a poison. It is a poison that nations and groups must at times ingest to ensure their survival. But, like any poison, it can kill you just as surely as the disease it is meant to eradicate. The poison of war courses unchecked through the body politic of the United States. We […]

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