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: 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.

Posted on: Sep 13, 2010, Source: Truthdig

Don't fear Glenn Beck or Sarah Palin. Fear the underlying corporate power structure

Posted on: Sep 11, 2010, Source: Truthdig

The deaths and falling towers became iconographic. The ceremonies of remembrance were skillfully hijacked by the purveyors of war and hatred.

Posted on: Sep 8, 2010, Source: Truthdig

Carlos Arredondo never planned on becoming an activist. But when his son came home in a flag-draped casket, he had no choice.

Posted on: Aug 9, 2010, Source: Truthdig

Those who send tanks and fighter jets to bomb the concrete hovels in Gaza with families crouching, helpless, inside -- they are the terrorists.

Posted on: Jul 5, 2010, Source: Truthdig

It is in solitude, contemplation and a connection with nature that we transcend our frenzied and desperate existence.

Posted on: Jun 7, 2010, Source: Truthdig

Tens of millions of Americans, lumped into a diffuse and fractious movement known as the Christian right, are aiming for a theocracy.

Posted on: May 10, 2010, Source: Truthdig

As we devolve into a commodity culture, in which celebrity, power and money reign, the older, dimming values of another era are being replaced.

Posted on: May 3, 2010, Source: Truthdig

The voices of sanity, the voices of reason, those who have a moral core have little chance now to be heard. Peace has almost no audience.

Posted on: Apr 19, 2010, Source: Truthdig

"The mood of the country is frightening. The level of anger, frustration and hatred of institutions is not organized in a constructive way."

Posted on: Mar 30, 2010, Source: Truthdig

We can laugh at the desperate people who threaten violence against elected officials. But they are not the fools. We are.

Posted on: Mar 17, 2010, Source: Adbusters

We will have to resist the temptation to fold in on ourselves and to ignore the cruelty outside our door.

Posted on: Mar 15, 2010, Source: Truthdig

The Israeli government has implemented a series of draconian measures to silence and discredit dissidents, leading intellectuals and human rights organizations.

Posted on: Mar 4, 2010, Source: TruthDig and Tikkun

Hedges: "The damage Obama and the Democrats have done is immense." Michael Lerner responds.

Posted on: Mar 2, 2010, Source: Truthdig

Hedges argues that John Nichols' and Robert McChesney's new book on how to rescue our media assumes "that people still value and want traditional news. They do not."

Posted on: Feb 15, 2010, Source: Truthdig

Maybe the Internet isn't the panacea it's made out to be -- Hedges argues it has been hijacked by corporate interests and it's destroying our society.

Posted on: Feb 5, 2010, Source: Truthdig

Don’t blame the Internet. The bloodless and soulless journalism of the traditional media left newspapers on the wrong side of the growing class divide and their readers.

Posted on: Jan 24, 2010, Source: Nation Books

Brand Obama makes us hopeful. We like our president and we believe he's like us. But we're being duped into doing a lot of things that are not in our interest.

Posted on: Jan 13, 2010, Source: Nation Books

An excerpt from Chris Hedges' new book: A culture that cannot distinguish between reality and illusion dies.

Posted on: Jan 4, 2010, Source: Truthdig

If we really saw what war does to young minds and bodies, it would be harder to embrace the myths propagated by our warmongering government.

Posted on: Dec 28, 2009, Source: Truthdig

Our descent is the familiar disease of decaying empires. Dissent is starting to become defined as an act of terrorism.

Posted on: Dec 7, 2009, Source: Truthdig

Sterile posturing and cowardice have hollowed out the liberal cause.

Posted on: Dec 2, 2009, Source: Truthdig

The U.S. government won't shut down coal plants -- the nation's biggest global warming contributor. It's up to citizens to fix the damage that's been done.

Posted on: Nov 30, 2009, Source: Truthdig

Our obsessions revolve around the trivial and the absurd, while the course of human history is changing. Those who choose reality over fantasy are derided as pessimists.

Posted on: Nov 10, 2009, Source: Truthdig

Cultural barriers and naked corruption have rendered the Afghan National Army completely inept.

Posted on: Oct 23, 2009, Source: Yes! Magazine and TruthDig

Bill McKibben believes we must reduce our carbon emissions immediately, or else face disaster. Chris Hedges says that until we defeat corporate power, we can't address anything.

Posted on: Oct 5, 2009, Source: Truthdig

War memorials and museums sanitize the instruments of death that turn young soldiers into killers, and small villages in Vietnam or Afghanistan into hellish bonfires.

Posted on: Sep 21, 2009, Source: Truthdig

Delegates from the world's wealthiest nations gather this week for G-20, walled off from protesters by a National Guard combat battalion recently returned from Iraq.

Posted on: Aug 24, 2009, Source: Truthdig

The health plans rattling around Congress are designed to force you to buy a defective product: Bad private insurance.

Posted on: Jul 30, 2009, Source: Nation Books

A culture that cannot distinguish between reality and illusion dies. A visit to a Las Vegas porn convention reveals we are dying now.

Posted on: Jul 21, 2009, Source: Truthdig

The confusion of purpose in Afghanistan mirrors the confusion on the ground. We are embroiled in a civil war.

Posted on: Jul 15, 2009, Source: Truthdig

The hubbub around Michael Jackson's death was orchestrated by the same corporate forces that drove him insane.

Posted on: Jul 13, 2009, Source: Truthdig

If you defraud banks and customers of billions, you get taxpayer money. But if you are poor like Tearyan Brown of Trenton, N.J., you are in trouble.

Posted on: Jun 29, 2009, Source: Truthdig

Progressives must embrace emotion and passion to counter the force of corporate propaganda.

Posted on: Jun 22, 2009, Source: Truthdig

Iranians do not need or want us to teach them about liberty and representative government. It is we who need to be taught.

Posted on: Jun 8, 2009, Source: Truthdig

What do words of peace and cooperation mean from us when we torture -- yes, we still torture -- Muslims?

Posted on: May 25, 2009, Source: Truthdig

A massive natural gas project could pollute fresh water supplies for New York, Philadelphia, Camden and Trenton, and other areas.

Posted on: May 18, 2009, Source: Truthdig

The embrace by any society of permanent war is a parasite that devours the heart and soul of a nation.

Posted on: May 11, 2009, Source: Truthdig

The U.S. has killed twice as many Afghan civilians as the Taliban this year and that number is sure to rise.

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