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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The corporate forces that have commodified the natural world for profit have also commodified human beings. (Photo: Mr. Fish) Views
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Confronting the Culture of Death
The issue before us is death. Not only our individual death, which is more imminent for some of us this morning than others, but our collective death. We have begun the sixth great mass extinction , driven by our 150-year binge on fossil fuel. The litany of grim statistics is not unfamiliar to many...
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American workers have never achieved the array of rights won by workers in other industrialized countries.(Photo: Mr. Fish) Views
Monday, January 14, 2019
The ‘Private Governments’ That Subjugate U.S. Workers
Corporate dictatorships—which strip employees of fundamental constitutional rights, including free speech, and which increasingly rely on temp or contract employees who receive no benefits and have no job security—rule the lives of perhaps 80 percent of working Americans. These corporations, with...
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The networks seek to attract viewers and increase profits, not disseminate information about political issues. (Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig) Views
Tuesday, January 08, 2019
The Election Circus Begins
It is January 2019. This signals the start of the 2020 election circus. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is the first big-name Democrat on stage. But we will soon be deluged with candidates, bizarre antics and endless commentary by fatuous TV and radio pundits. The hyperventilating, the constant polling, the...
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The Catonsville protest sparked a wave of break-ins at draft boards in which files were burned, mutilated, stolen or destroyed. (Photo: Mr.Fish) Views
Monday, December 31, 2018
Resistance Is the Supreme Act of Faith
Becket: It is not for me to win you round. I have only to say no to you. King: But you must be logical, Becket! Becket: No. That isn’t necessary, my liege. We must only do—absurdly—what we have been given to do—fight to the end. —From the play “Becket,” by Jean Anouilh The struggle against the...
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Monday, December 24, 2018
Banishing Truth
The investigative reporter Seymour Hersh , in his memoir “Reporter,” describes a moment when as a young reporter he overheard a Chicago cop admit to murdering an African-American man. The murdered man had been falsely described by police as a robbery suspect who had been shot while trying to avoid...
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The for-profit Trump University was denounced as a fraud and went out of business after being hit with lawsuits. (Photo: Google Images) Views
Monday, December 17, 2018
Trump, the Quintessential American
Donald Trump is part of the peculiar breed Herman Melville described in his novel “The Confidence-Man,” in which the main character uses protean personas, flattery and lies to gain the confidence of his fellow passengers to fleece them on a Mississippi River steamboat. “Confidence men,” as Melville...
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"Every Sunday morning, we went to church to exorcize hate—of ourselves and of white racists.” (Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig) Views
Monday, December 10, 2018
The Heresy of White Christianity
There are, as Cornel West has pointed out, only two African-Americans who rose from dirt-poor poverty to the highest levels of American intellectual life—the writer Richard Wright and the radical theologian James H. Cone. Cone, who died in April, grew up in segregated Bearden, Ark., the...
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“There’s an intensive effort by Israel and pro-Israel groups to get governments, universities, legislative bodies to adopt a definition of anti-Semitism that includes criticism of Israel and its state ideology, Zionism.”(Photo: Mr. Fish) Views
Tuesday, December 04, 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. The series is an inside look...
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Neoliberalism generates little wealth. Rather, it redistributes it upward into the hands of the ruling elites. (Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig) Views
Monday, November 26, 2018
Neoliberalism's Dark Path to Fascism
Neoliberalism as economic theory was always an absurdity. It had as much validity as past ruling ideologies such as the divine right of kings and fascism’s belief in the Übermensch . None of its vaunted promises were even remotely possible. Concentrating wealth in the hands of a global oligarchic...
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Tuesday, November 20, 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...
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