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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Boston Red Sox fans lean over "the Green Monster" to touch an American flag covering the wall during pregame ceremonies on Memorial Day in 2011. (Photo by Winslow Townson) Views
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 7:30am
Kneeling in Fenway Park to the Gods of War
BOSTON—On Saturday I went to one of the massive temples across the country where we celebrate our state religion. The temple I visited was Boston’s Fenway Park. I was inspired to go by reading Andrew Bacevich’s thoughtful book “Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country...
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An Afghan child looks toward the site of a suicide bombing that occurred near a NATO convoy in Kabul, Afghanistan's capital, last February. Views
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 6:15am
Pity the Children
For the United States, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will be over soon. We will leave behind, after our defeats, wreckage and death, the contagion of violence and hatred, unending grief, and millions of children who were brutalized and robbed of their childhood. Americans who did not suffer will...
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Anti-war protesters, wearing masks depicting former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, right, former U.S. President George W. Bush, center, and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, pose for photographers. (Photo: AP/Lefteris Pitarakis) Views
Monday, June 23, 2014 - 10:45am
The Ghoulish Face of Empire
The black-clad fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, sweeping a collapsing army and terrified Iraqis before them as they advance toward Baghdad , reflect back to us the ghoulish face of American empire. They are the specters of the hundreds of thousands of people we murdered in our...
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Noam Chomsky speaks to the media at a friend’s house in Amman, Jordan, in 2010. (AP/Nader Daoud) Views
Monday, June 16, 2014 - 11:30am
American Socrates
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.— Noam Chomsky , whom I interviewed last Thursday at his office at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has influenced intellectuals in the United States and abroad in incalculable ways. His explications of empire, mass propaganda, the hypocrisy and pliability of the liberal...
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A long view of the 'Tank Man' near Tiananmen Square in 1989. (Credit: Stuart Franklin / cc / wikimedia) Views
Monday, June 9, 2014 - 6:45am
The Rules of Revolt
There are some essential lessons we can learn from the student occupation of Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, which took place 25 years ago. The 1989 protests began as a demonstration by university students to mourn the death of Hu Yaobang, the reformist Communist Party chief who had been forced out by...
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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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