Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges writes a regular column for Truthdig.com. Hedges graduated from Harvard Divinity School and was for nearly two decades a foreign correspondent for The New York Times. He is the author of many books, including: War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning, What Every Person Should Know About War, and American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America.  His most recent book is Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle.

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Monday, November 30, 2015 - 10:30am
The Age of the Demagogues
The increase in nihilistic violence such as school shootings and Friday’s lethal assault on a Planned Parenthood clinic , the frequent executions of poor people of color by police, and the rise of thuggish demagogues such as Donald Trump are symptoms of the collapse of our political and cultural...
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Monday, November 9, 2015 - 8:45am
The Most Brazen Corporate Power Grab in American History
The release Thursday of the 5,544-page text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership —a trade and investment agreement involving 12 countries comprising nearly 40 percent of global output—confirms what even its most apocalyptic critics feared. “The TPP, along with the WTO [World Trade Organization] and...
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Monday, November 2, 2015 - 8:15am
Sheldon Wolin and Inverted Totalitarianism
Sheldon Wolin, our most important contemporary political theorist, died Oct. 21 at the age of 93. In his books “ Democracy Incorporated : Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism” and “ Politics and Vision ,” a massive survey of Western political thought that his former student...
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Monday, October 19, 2015 - 8:30am
Death by Fracking
DENVER—The maniacal drive by the human species to extinguish itself includes a variety of lethal pursuits. One of the most efficient is fracking. One day, courtesy of corporations such as Halliburton, BP and ExxonMobil, a gallon of water will cost more than a gallon of gasoline. Fracking , which...
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Monday, October 12, 2015 - 8:15am
‘A Pipeline Straight to Jail’
The defeat of the Harvard University debate team by a team from the Eastern New York Correctional Facility in the Catskills elucidates a truth known intimately by those of us who teach in prisons: that the failure of the American educational system to offer opportunities to the poor and the...
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Monday, September 14, 2015 - 7:15am
Where Is Our Jeremy Corbyn?
The politics of Jeremy Corbyn, elected by a landslide Saturday to lead Britain’s Labour Party after its defeat at the polls last May, are part of the global revolt against corporate tyranny. He had spent his long career as a pariah within his country’s political establishment. But because he held...
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Monday, August 31, 2015 - 7:15am
The Great Unraveling
The ideological and physical hold of American imperial power, buttressed by the utopian ideology of neoliberalism and global capitalism, is unraveling. Most, including many of those at the heart of the American empire, recognize that every promise made by the proponents of neoliberalism is a lie...
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Monday, August 24, 2015 - 8:30am
Eulogy for a Friend
On Wednesday, Chris Hedges delivered this eulogy at the funeral of his friend and former divinity school classmate, the Rev. Terry Burke, who spent 31 years as the pastor of the First Church Jamaica Plain, a Unitarian Universalist church in a working-class neighborhood of Boston. The service was...
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Monday, August 17, 2015 - 7:30am
Amnesty International: Protecting the ‘Human Rights’ of Johns, Pimps and Human Traffickers
The decision by Amnesty International’s decision-making forum, the International Council Meeting, to call for the decriminalization of prostitution is another in a long line of triumphs for heartless neoliberal economics and the grotesque commodification of human beings that defines predatory...
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Monday, August 10, 2015 - 6:45am
Evoking the Wrath of Nature
MOUNT WASHINGTON, N.H.—The wind on the peak of Mount Washington—the East Coast’s highest point, where some of the most erratic and treacherous weather in the world occurs—reached 60 miles an hour the day I was there with my family. Backpackers huddled in the biting chill next to large boulders or...
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