Thom Hartmann

Thom Hartmann
Thom Hartmann is a talk-show host and the author of The Hidden History of the Supreme Court and the Betrayal of America and more than 25 other books in print. He is a writing fellow at the Independent Media Institute.

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In nation after nation throughout modern history, every time government has been taken over by oligarchs and corporations, democracy has died—usually to be replaced by a strongman form of oligarchy or outright fascism. (Photo:  Stephen Melkisethian/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
A Democracy-Killing Duo: How the Supreme Court and the Morbidly Rich Are Ruining Democracy in America
People being killed by wildfires in California and people dying because they can’t afford their insulin are the same thing. Both represent the capture of government by corporations—in other words, both are symptoms of democracy in the United States being replaced by a corporate state with little...
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Kurdish activists wears a mask of the American president Donald Trump during demonstration against the ongoing Turkish military operation in the northeastern Syria on October 19,2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Dutch Kurdish community demonstrated in the streets of Amsterdam to protest against the offensive launched by the army of Turkey in the region of Rovaja, Syrian Kurdistan region, the last bulwark against Daesh. (Photo: Paulo Amorim/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Views
Monday, October 21, 2019
Is War on the Menu for 2020 Elections?
We complain that democracy is under assault from Donald Trump, but he’s just a cog in a much larger worldwide machine that is tearing down democratic self-governance. Purely to enhance profits, the transnational corporate community literally works every day to more deeply intertwine our economic,...
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Democracies will only begin to revive when we reverse the Reagan Revolution and return to the classical economic and political systems that existed in the Western world before the neoliberal 1980s. (Photo: Marion Ross/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, October 02, 2019
If We Want US Democracy Back, We Must Undo Attack on Middle Class Launched by Reagan
The destruction of the middle class is destroying democracies and paving the way for authoritarian rule. In 2016, Roberto Stefan Foa and Yascha Mounk published a paper in the Journal of Democracy showing how, in the era since Reagan led America out of classical economic policy and into...
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A much bigger bribery scandal is played out every day in America with nary a peep from the media. It’s the way billionaires and big corporations buy not just college admissions but tax cuts, deregulation, and hundreds of billions in government subsidies paid for with our taxes. (Photo: Paul Marotta/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
The Big American Bribery Scandal Isn't Felicity Huffman's $15,000
The American media world—both social media and "news" media—is afire with the news that actor Felicity Huffman is going to jail for spending $15,000 to bribe her daughter’s way into college. But a much bigger bribery scandal is played out every day in America with nary a peep from the media. It’s...
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Trump and his cronies have shown present and future politicians how much corruption the Republican Party and the public will tolerate, and it’s a very bad sign for the future of the American experiment. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
To Save the Republic, Some of Trump’s Allies and Appointees Will Have to Face Federal Prosecution
To save our republic, some of Trump’s enablers and political appointees may have to go to jail, just like happened with Nixon’s people. Trump’s policies are inflicting massive damage on the working class, the environment, minorities, and our economy. And the damage he’s doing to our body politic...
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Tuesday, August 13, 2019
The Right-Wing American Love Affair With One of the Most Disturbing Serial Killers
There’s a direct link between a sociopathic killer in 1927 and the GOP’s willingness to embrace a sociopathic president like Trump. That link runs through the work of Ayn Rand. When Donald Trump was running for the GOP nomination, he told USA Today ’s Kirsten Powers that Ayn Rand’s raped-girl-...
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U.S. President Donald Trump, beneath a portrait of populist President Andrew Jackson, speaks before the swearing-in of Rex Tillerson as 69th secretary of state in the Oval Office of the White House on February 1, 2017 in Washington, DC. Tillerson was confirmed by the Senate earlier in the day in a 56-43 vote. (Photo: Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images) Views
Monday, August 05, 2019
The Latest Massacre Shows the Second Amendment Model of ‘Slave Patrols’ Is Still in Effect
While, in the wake of the El Paso murders, the media and most of our politicians are acting shocked—“shocked, I tell you!”—that there are armed racists in America who are trying to terrify people of color, the reality is that it’s pretty much always been that way here in the United States. And...
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how could Trump get reelected, and how could democracy get wiped out in the USA? (Photo: AP) Views
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
How a Trojan Horse Project to Rewrite Our Constitution Could Actually Happen if Trump Wins in 2020
It’s often said that if Trump is reelected, it’ll be the end of democracy in America. But how could Trump get reelected, and how could democracy get wiped out in the USA? Turns out, there’s an actual project to rewrite our Constitution, turning America into a corporate-run oligarchy. They’d end the...
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Trump and the GOP will still need a little help from their overseas friends, just as Trump Jr. reached out to or tried to take help from the Russians, Saudis and Emiratis in 2016. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, July 09, 2019
Trump and GOP Are Blatantly Encouraging Foreign Dictators to Hack the 2020 Election
It looks like Donald Trump and the leadership of the GOP are encouraging other countries to hack our upcoming 2020 election. Donald Trump is sucking up to dictators, strongman oligarchs, and autocrats around the world , while Mitch McConnell is using political brute force to prevent individual...
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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan looks on as President Donald Trump speaks about tax reform legislation in the Cabinet Room at the White House, November 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. On Thursday, Republican lawmakers unveiled their plans for a massive rewrite of the U.S. tax code. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Can Donald Trump Hold Off an Economic Crash Until the Election?
If he times it right, Donald Trump might set back the Democratic Party for a generation or more; if he misses, he’ll go down in history along with Herbert Hoover as the guy who brought the nation an economic disaster. Back in 2007 and early 2008, many of us were convinced that an economic crash was...
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