Articles by Chris Hedges
Make America Ungovernable
Chris Hedges · Donald Trump’s regime is rapidly reconfiguring the United States into an authoritarian state. All forms of dissent will soon be criminalized. Civil liberties will no longer...
We Are All Deplorables
Chris Hedges · We can't battle the bigotry stoked by Trump without a strategy to alleviate the economic misery behind it, writes Chris Hedges.
The Revenge of the Lower Classes and the Rise of American Fascism
Chris Hedges · College-educated elites, on behalf of corporations, carried out the savage neoliberal assault on the working poor. Now they are being made to pay. Their duplicity—embodied in...
Post-Brexit, The Far Right Could Easily Ascend to Power, But There's One Way We Can Prevent That
Chris Hedges · Great Britain’s decision to leave the European Union has wiped out many bankers and global speculators. They will turn, as they did in 2008, to governments to rescue them from...
Con Vs. Con
Chris Hedges · During the presidential election cycle, liberals display their gutlessness. Liberal organizations, such as MoveOn.org, become cloyingly subservient to the Democratic Party...
Reform or Revolution
Chris Hedges · Chris Hedges on revolutionary socialist Rosa Luxemburg in the context of the upcoming US election.
Welcome to 1984
Chris Hedges · The façade of democracy and the disempowerment of the citizenry by corporations has sparked a nationwide revolt. Elites, fearing unrest, will soon become ruthless. We must...
The Lie of Patriotism
Chris Hedges · When Rory Fanning, a burly veteran who served in the 2nd Army Ranger Battalion and was deployed in Afghanistan in 2002 and 2004, appeared at the Donald Trump rally in Chicago...
The Illusion of Freedom - Why Corporate Systems of Power Must Be Destroyed
Chris Hedges · The seizure of political and economic power by corporations is unassailable. Who funds and manages our elections? Who writes our legislation and laws? Who determines our...
The Creeping Villainy of American Politics
Chris Hedges · The threefold rise in hate crimes against Muslims since the Paris and San Bernardino attacks and the acceptance of hate speech as a legitimate form of political discourse...
Apocalyptic Capitalism
Chris Hedges · The charade of the 21st United Nations climate summit will end, as past climate summits have ended, with lofty rhetoric and ineffectual cosmetic reforms. Since the first summit...
The Age of the Demagogues
Chris Hedges ·   Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at FreedomFest on July 11 in Las Vegas. (John Locher / AP) The increase in nihilistic violence such as school...
States of Terror
Chris Hedges · It is nearly certain that we will endure, sooner rather than later, another catastrophic terrorist attack on American soil. The blundering of our military into the Middle...
Where Is Our Jeremy Corbyn?
Chris Hedges · The politics of Jeremy Corbyn, elected by a landslide Saturday to lead Britain’s Labour Party after its defeat at the polls last May, are part of the global revolt against...
Noam Chomsky Has 'Never Seen Anything Like This'
Chris Hedges · Noam Chomsky is America’s greatest intellectual. His massive body of work, which includes nearly 100 books, has for decades deflated and exposed the lies of the power elite...
The Great Unraveling: In Times of National Crisis and Public Outrage, Strange and Dangerous Candidates Often Arise
Chris Hedges · The ideological and physical hold of American imperial power, buttressed by the utopian ideology of neoliberalism and global capitalism, is unraveling. Most, including many...
We Are All Greeks Now
Chris Hedges · The poor and the working class in the United States know what it is to be Greek. They know underemployment and unemployment. They know life without a pension. They know...
Corporate Capitalism Is the Foundation of Police Brutality and the Prison State
Chris Hedges · Our national conversation on race and crime is based on a fiction. It is the fiction that the organs of internal security, especially the judiciary and the police, can be...
The Electoral Farce
Chris Hedges · I intend to devote no more time to the upcoming presidential elections than walking to my local polling station on Election Day, voting for a third-party candidate, most...
"We Are In a Revolutionary Moment": Chris Hedges Explains Why An Uprising Is Coming, And Soon
Chris Hedges · The status quo is doomed but whether the future will be progressive or reactionary is uncertain, Hedges tells Salon
Marx Was Right
Chris Hedges · Karl Marx exposed the peculiar dynamics of capitalism, or what he called “the bourgeois mode of production.” He foresaw that capitalism had built within it the seeds of its...
Make the Rich Panic
Chris Hedges · It does not matter to the corporate rich who wins the presidential election. It does not matter who is elected to Congress. The rich have the power. They throw money at...
Choosing Life
Chris Hedges · MINISINK, N.Y.—The affable, soft-spoken dairy farmer stood outside his 70-stall milking barn on his 230-acre family farm. When his father started farming there in 1950 were...
The Time Is Right for a Palace Revolution
Chris Hedges · PRINCETON, N.J.—Tariq Ali is part of the royalty of the left. His more than 20 books on politics and history, his seven novels, his screenplays and plays and his journalism...
The Terror We Give Is the Terror We Get
Chris Hedges · We fire missiles from the sky that incinerate families huddled in their houses. They incinerate a pilot cowering in a cage. We torture hostages in our black sites and choke...
How America's Sporting Events Have Turned into Mass Religious Events to Bless Wars and Militarism
Chris Hedges · BOSTON, Jul 7, 2014 —On Saturday I went to one of the massive temples across the country where we celebrate our state religion. The temple I visited was Boston’s Fenway Park. I...
Killing Ragheads for Jesus: On Watching 'American Sniper'
Chris Hedges · “American Sniper” lionizes the most despicable aspects of U.S. society—the gun culture, the blind adoration of the military, the belief that we have an innate right as a...
Chris Hedges: A Message From the Dispossessed
Chris Hedges · The terrorist attack in France that took place at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo was not about free speech. It was not about radical Islam. It did not illustrate the...
The Coming Climate Revolt: Chris Hedges
Chris Hedges · Chris Hedges made these remarks Saturday at a panel discussion in New York City titled “The Climate Crisis: Which Way Out?” The other panelists were Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein...
Sacrificing the Vulnerable, From Gaza to America
Chris Hedges · Chris Hedges gave this speech Saturday at the Sauk County Fairgrounds in Baraboo, Wis., before a crowd of about 2,000. His address followed one there by U.S. Sen. Bernie...
How the Brutalized Become Brutal
Chris Hedges · The horrific pictures of the beheading of American reporter James Foley, the images of executions of alleged collaborators in Gaza and the bullet-ridden bodies left behind...
Chris Hedges: Why Israel Lies
Chris Hedges · All governments lie, as I.F. Stone pointed out, including Israel and Hamas. But Israel engages in the kinds of jaw-dropping lies that characterize despotic and totalitarian...
The Palestinians' Right to Self-Defense
Chris Hedges · If Israel insists, as the Bosnian Serbs did in Sarajevo, on using the weapons of industrial warfare against a helpless civilian population then that population has an...
Israel Is Captive to Its 'Destructive Process'
Chris Hedges · Raul Hilberg in his monumental work “The Destruction of the European Jews” chronicled a process of repression that at first was “relatively mild” but led, step by step, to the...
The Trouble With Chris Christie: Chris Hedges
Chris Hedges · The Trouble With Chris Christie http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_trouble_with_chris_christie_20140112/ Posted on Jan 13, 2014 By Chris Hedges New Jersey Gov. Chris...
Our Invisible Revolution
Chris Hedges · “Did you ever ask yourself how it happens that government and capitalism continue to exist in spite of all the evil and trouble they are causing in the world?” the...
Let's Get This Class War Started
Chris Hedges · “The rich are different from us,” F. Scott Fitzgerald is said to have remarked to Ernest Hemingway, to which Hemingway allegedly replied, “Yes, they have more money.” The...
What's Happening in Egypt is a Precursor to a Global War Between the World's Elites and the Poor
Chris Hedges · Radical Islam is the last refuge of the Muslim poor. The mandated five prayers a day give the only real structure to the lives of impoverished believers. The careful rituals...
The Persecution of Lynne Stewart - A Casualty of The War on Terror Witch Hunt
Chris Hedges · Lynne Stewart, in the vindictive and hysterical world of the war on terror, is one of its martyrs. A 73-year-old lawyer who spent her life defending the poor, the...
The Disease of Objectivity Is Killing The News
Chris Hedges · Reporters who witness the worst of human suffering and return to newsrooms angry see their compassion washed out or severely muted by the layers of editors who stand between...
Elites Will Make Gazans of Us All
Chris Hedges · Gaza is a window on our coming dystopia. The growing divide between the world’s elite and its miserable masses of humanity is maintained through spiraling violence. Many...
The Perversion of Scholarship
Chris Hedges · Fraternities, sororities and football, along with other outsized athletic programs, have decimated most major American universities. Scholarship, inquiry, self-criticism, moral...
Occupy Draws Strength From the Powerless
Chris Hedges · There is a recipe for breaking popular movements. I watched it play out over five years in the war in El Salvador. I now see these familiar patterns in the assault against the...
Why I’m Suing Barack Obama
Chris Hedges · Attorneys Carl J. Mayer and Bruce I. Afran filed a complaint Friday in the Southern U.S. District Court in New York City on my behalf as a plaintiff against Barack Obama and...
This Is What Revolution Looks Like
Chris Hedges · Welcome to the revolution. Our elites have exposed their hand. They have nothing to offer. They can destroy but they cannot build. They can repress but they cannot lead. They...
A Movement Too Big to Fail
Chris Hedges · There is no danger that the protesters who have occupied squares, parks and plazas across the nation in defiance of the corporate state will be co-opted by the Democratic Party...
Panache! Why We Must Fight
Chris Hedges · My three-year-old son’s favorite book is Out of the Blue. It has large color photographs of sea animals, from plankton to clownfish to orcas. I often find my son, dressed in...
The Obama Deception: Why Cornel West Went Ballistic
Chris Hedges · The moral philosopher Cornel West, if Barack Obama’s ascent to power was a morality play, would be the voice of conscience. Rahm Emanuel, a cynical product of the Chicago...
Huffington’s Plunder
Chris Hedges · I was in New York City on Thursday night at the Brecht Forum to discuss with the photographer Eugene Richards his powerful new book “War Is Personal” when I was approached...