Stories by Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, writes a regular column for Truthdig every Monday. Hedges' most recent book is "Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle." subscribe to Chris Hedges's feed

Posted on: Aug 21, 2012, Source: TomDispatch

In a new book Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco explore the poorest pockets of the United States. In West Virginia they found communities ravaged by drugs.

Posted on: Aug 20, 2012, Source: Truthdig

There are now many thousands of clandestine operatives, nearly all of them armed and equipped with a license to kidnap, torture and kill, working overseas or domestically with little or no oversight and virtually no transparency.

Posted on: Jul 30, 2012, Source: Truthdig

Four years of college has been turned into a mindless quest for collective euphoria and athletic dominance.

Posted on: Jul 26, 2012, Source: Truthdig

The greatest crimes of human history are made possible by people with the blandest occupations.

Posted on: Jul 26, 2012, Source: Truthdig

A reminder that all the openings of our democracy were achieved with the toil, anguish and sometimes blood of radicals and popular fronts.

Posted on: Jul 21, 2012, Source: Bill Moyers

Hedges discusses his new book with Moyers and the totally unchecked corporate power that is destroying our democracy.

Posted on: Jul 9, 2012, Source: Truthdig

Artists, writers, poets, activists, journalists, philosophers, dancers, musicians, actors, and renegades must be tolerated if a culture is to be pulled back from disaster.

Posted on: Jul 8, 2012, Source: Truthdig

The ideologues of rapacious capitalism, like members of a primitive cult, chant the false mantra that natural resources and expansion are infinite.

Posted on: May 29, 2012, Source: Truthdig

The money available to the Christian right is solidifying institutions -- from right-wing universities to media outlets -- that propagate a culture of hate.

Posted on: May 15, 2012, Source: Truthdig

A change of power requires a destruction of corporate domination and a new mechanism of governance to distribute wealth and foster the common good.

Posted on: May 14, 2012, Source: Truthdig

When civilizations start to die they go insane. Let the ice sheets in the Arctic melt. Let the temperatures rise. Let the air, soil and water be poisoned. Let the forests die.

Posted on: Apr 28, 2012, Source: Truthdig

The emptying of content in political discourse in an age as precarious and volatile as ours will have very dangerous consequences.

Posted on: Feb 6, 2012, Source: Truthdig

Black Bloc adherents detest those of us on the organized left and seek, quite consciously, to take away our tools of empowerment.

Posted on: Jan 22, 2012, Source: Truthdig

With the latest National Defense Authorization Act, the military can indefinitely detain without trial any U.S. citizen deemed to be a terrorist or an accessory to terrorism.

Posted on: Oct 17, 2011, Source: Truthdig

The movement spreading around the United States and the world is simply too big and too radical to be co-opted by political parties or establishment groups.

Posted on: Oct 10, 2011, Source: Truthdig

The occupation of Wall Street has formed an alternative community that defies the profit-driven hierarchical structures of corporate capitalism.

Posted on: Sep 30, 2011, Source: Truthdig

Either you obstruct the plundering by the criminal class on Wall Street or become the passive enabler.

Posted on: Sep 5, 2011, Source: Truthdig

Once our seizure of Libyan oil becomes clear it will only ramp up the jihadist hatred for America that has spread like wildfire across the Middle East.

Posted on: Aug 29, 2011, Source: Truthdig

The only commodity our state offers is fear.

Posted on: Jul 11, 2011, Source: Truthdig

The widening use of militarized police units effectively nullifies the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, which prohibits the use of the armed forces for civilian policing.

Posted on: Jun 27, 2011, Source: Truthdig

The loss of print journalism is impoverishing our civil discourse and leaving us less and less connected to the city, the nation and the world around us.

Posted on: Jun 20, 2011, Source: Truthdig

How an environmental advocate faces jail time for peacefully derailing the government's auction of Utah land.

Posted on: Jun 13, 2011, Source: Truthdig

The program, renewed by Barack Obama in October, severely isolates the prisoner, cutting them off from family, friends and the outside world.

Posted on: May 31, 2011, Source: Truthdig

The rapid and terrifying acceleration of global warming has been confronted by the power elite with self-delusion.

Posted on: May 25, 2011, Source: Truthdig

Liberals often prefer comfort and privilege to justice, truth, and confrontation.

Posted on: Apr 29, 2011, Source: Truthdig

They will continue to exploit the nation, the global economy and the ecosystem. And they will use their money to hide in gated compounds when it all implodes.

Posted on: Apr 18, 2011, Source: Truthdig

Once we demand that a society serve the needs of citizens and the ecosystem that sustains life, rather than the needs of the marketplace, we make hope visible.

Posted on: Apr 11, 2011, Source: Truthdig

Unconscious civilizations become totalitarian wastelands.

Posted on: Apr 3, 2011, Source: Truthdig

There is no way to vote against the interests of Goldman Sachs. Civil Disobedience is the only tool we have left.

Posted on: Mar 21, 2011, Source: Truthdig

Those who die end up in the care of fellow servicemen and women who have to carry out gruesome work while struggling to hold on to their own sanity.

Posted on: Mar 14, 2011, Source: Truthdig

If enough of us say "no," if enough of us refuse to cooperate, the despots are in trouble.

Posted on: Feb 15, 2011, Source: Truthdig

Philosopher Wendell Berry helped stop the building of the Louisville International Jetport, the damming of the Red River Gorge, and the nuclear power plant on the Ohio River.

Posted on: Feb 7, 2011, Source: Truthdig

The corporate state does not have a Politburo. It does not dress its Homeland Security agents in jackboots. There is no raving dictator.

Posted on: Jan 10, 2011, Source: Truthdig

Power rests with corporations. And corporations gain very lucrative profits from war.

Posted on: Dec 13, 2010, Source: Truthdig

Hope and justice live when people, even in tiny numbers, stand up and fight for them.

Posted on: Nov 15, 2010, Source: Truthdig

True intellectual dissent was wiped out long ago. For the most part, universities stand cowardly, silent accomplices of the corporate state, doing corporate bidding.

Posted on: Nov 8, 2010, Source: Truthdig

American politics, as the midterm elections demonstrated, have descended into the irrational.

Posted on: Oct 18, 2010, Source: Truthdig

The Lynds, a progressive activist couple, have spent their lives among the oppressed.

Posted on: Oct 14, 2010, Source: Truthdig

There will be no swastikas this time but seas of red, white and blue flags and Christian crosses. There will be no stiff-armed salutes, but recitations of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Posted on: Oct 8, 2010, Source: Truthdig

We do not shake ourselves awake quickly from our electronic hallucinations and defy the elites who are ruining the country and trashing the planet.

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