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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Subcomandante Marcos of the Zapatistas in the resort city of Playa del Carmen, Mexico, in 2006. (Photo: AP/Israel Leal) Views
Monday, June 2, 2014 - 6:45am
We All Must Become Zapatistas
Subcomandante Marcos, the spokesman for the Zapatistas (Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional, or EZLN), has announced that his rebel persona no longer exists. He had gone from being a “spokesman to a distraction,” he said last week. His persona, he said, fed an easy and cheap media narrative...
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Portrait of Thomas Paine by Auguste Millière (1880). Views
Monday, May 26, 2014 - 9:00am
Thomas Paine, Our Contemporary
Cornel West , Richard D. Wolff and I , along with moderator Laura Flanders , next Sunday will inaugurate “The Anatomy of Revolution,” a series of panel discussions focusing on modern revolutionary theorists. This first event will be part of a two-day conference in New York City sponsored by the...
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Cecily McMillan. (Photo by Lucy Parks CC-BY) Views
Monday, May 19, 2014 - 7:00am
They Can’t Outlaw the Revolution
RIKERS ISLAND, N.Y.— Cecily McMillan , the Occupy activist who on Monday morning will appear before a criminal court in New York City to be sentenced to up to seven years on a charge of assaulting a police officer, sat in a plastic chair wearing a baggy, oversized gray jumpsuit, cheap brown plastic...
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John William Waterhouse’s painting “Miranda—The Tempest” portrays a moment from the Shakespearean play “The Tempest,” in which Miranda is Prospero’s daughter. Views
Monday, May 12, 2014 - 7:15am
The Power of Imagination
Those in the premodern world who hoarded possessions and refused to redistribute supplies and food, who turned their backs on the weak and the sick, who lived exclusively for hedonism and their own power, were despised. Those in modern society who are shunned as odd, neurotic or eccentric, who are...
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Activist Lauren DiGioia is arrested Jan. 3, 2012, during a demonstration in New York City’s Grand Central Station held to call attention to the National Defense Authorization Act, signed by President Barack Obama on the previous New Year’s Eve. (AP/Mary Altaffer) Views
Monday, May 5, 2014 - 6:45am
The Post-Constitutional Era
The U.S. Supreme Court decision to refuse to hear our case concerning Section 1021(b)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which permits the military to seize U.S. citizens and hold them indefinitely in military detention centers without due process, means that this provision will...
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Occupy Wall Street activists Eric Linkser, center left, and Cecily McMillan, far right, take turns shouting information to fellow protesters preparing to return to Zuccotti Park on Nov. 15, 2011. (Photo: AP/Bebeto Matthews) Views
Monday, April 28, 2014 - 6:45am
The Crime of Peaceful Protest
NEW YORK— Cecily McMillan , wearing a red dress and high heels, her dark, shoulder-length hair stylishly curled, sat behind a table with her two lawyers Friday morning facing Judge Ronald A. Zweibel in Room 1116 at the Manhattan Criminal Court. The judge seems to have alternated between boredom and...
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Photo: Tom Magliery/cc/flickr Views
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 7:45am
The Rhetoric of Violence
At least nine people were killed and at least 35 others were wounded in shootings across Chicago on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On Thursday police announced that a man had been arrested on charges of firing on a number of motorists recently, wounding three of them, on Kansas City-area highways. On...
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Iraqi civilians are seen through the broken window of an automobile destroyed in a car bomb explosion that killed more than 20 in Baghdad’s northern Qahirah neighborhood last month. (Photo: AP/Khalid Mohammed) Views
Monday, April 7, 2014 - 7:15am
The Crucible of Iraq
“The Corpse Exhibition: And Other Stories of Iraq,” by Hassan Blasim , is the most important book to come out of the Iraq War. Blasim, whom I met with last week in Princeton, N.J., has a faultless eye for revealing detail, a ribald black humor and a psychological brilliance that makes every story...
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Monday, March 31, 2014 - 7:40am
Fighting the Militarized State
The Barack Obama administration, determined to thwart the attempt by other plaintiffs and myself to have the courts void a law that permits the military to arrest U.S.
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Monday, March 17, 2014 - 6:57am
Israel’s War on American Universities
The banning of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at Northeastern University in Boston on March 7, along with a university threat of disciplinary measures against some of its members, replicates sanctions being imposed against numerous student Palestinian rights groups across the country.
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