Gaslight by the Ruling Class

by Chris Hedges edited by O Society June 17, 2020 Police take the knee. NASCAR and the U.S. Marine Corps ban the display of the Confederate flag. Nancy Pelosi uses a kente scarf as a political prop. Joe Biden, one of the driving forces behind militarized police, the massive expansion of mass incarceration and the doubling … Continue reading Gaslight by the Ruling Class

The Treason of the Rulers

by Chris Hedges edited by O Society June 5, 2020 The rulers no longer have legitimacy. They destroyed our capitalist democracy and replaced it with a mafia state. What the Roman philosopher Cicero called a commonwealth, a res publica, a “public thing” or the “property of a people,” is transformed into an instrument of naked pillage … Continue reading The Treason of the Rulers

America: Land of Make-Believe

by Chris Hedges edited by O Society 02 02, 2020 If what happens in courtrooms across the country to poor people of color is justice, then what is happening in the Senate right now is a fair trial. If the blood-drenched debacles and endless quagmires in the Middle East are victories in the war on terror, … Continue reading America: Land of Make-Believe

The Disaster of Utopian Engineering

by Chris Hedges edited by O Society Jan 31, 2020 In “The Open Society and Its Enemies,” Karl Popper warns against utopian engineering, massive social transformations led by those who believe they found a revealed truth. These utopian engineers carry out the wholesale destruction of systems, institutions, and social and cultural structures in a vain … Continue reading The Disaster of Utopian Engineering

How American Mass Media Poisons Us with Hate

Chris Hedges interviews Matt Taibbi  Truthdig edited by O Society June 11, 2019 In the latest episode of "On Contact," host and Truthdig contributor Chris Hedges sits down with Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone for a two-part series on American media, which Hedges calls a "purveyor of hate." They explore the ways in which Fox … Continue reading How American Mass Media Poisons Us with Hate

Giving the Bomb to Saudi Arabia’s Dr. Strangelove

by Chris Hedges Truthdig Mar 3, 2019 The most dangerous foreign policy decision of the Trump administration—and I know this is saying a lot—is its decision to share sensitive nuclear technology with Saudi Arabia and authorize U.S. companies to build nuclear reactors in that country. I spent seven years in the Middle East. I covered … Continue reading Giving the Bomb to Saudi Arabia’s Dr. Strangelove

The World to Come

by Chris Hedges Truthdig Jan 28, 2019 The ruling elites are painfully aware that the foundations of American power are rotting. The outsourcing of manufacturing in the United States and the plunging of over half the population into poverty will, they know, not be reversed. The self-destructive government shutdown has been only one of numerous … Continue reading The World to Come

Bordering on Fascism: Reflecting on Dangerous Times

by Paul Street Counterpunch Jan 11, 2019 My fellow U.S.-Americans, we stand at a moment of no small peril. Contrary to much of what one hears from liberals, Donald Trump’s “insane” border-wall gambit may be something of a winning play for him. Yes, the whole stunt is built on a fetid pile of falsehoods. The … Continue reading Bordering on Fascism: Reflecting on Dangerous Times

The Election Circus Begins

by Chris Hedges Truthdig Jan 7, 2019 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 … Continue reading The Election Circus Begins