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: Sep 30, 2014, Source: Truthdig

War and national security are used to justify the surrender of citizenship, the crushing of dissent and expanding the powers of the state.

Posted on: Sep 22, 2014, Source: Truthdig

Understanding the subtle ways democracy has been undermined in the US.

Posted on: Sep 15, 2014, Source: Truthdig

The people of Gaza are impoverished and powerless -- just like the poor people of color in this country whose bodies enrich the prison-industrial complex.

Posted on: Aug 12, 2014, Source: Truthdig

Peace in the area will come when we force the powerful to end the blockade of Gaza.

Posted on: Aug 4, 2014, Source: Truthdig

The Big Lie says Israelis are civilized and humane, and their Palestinian opponents are inhuman monsters.

Posted on: Jul 24, 2014, Source: Truthdig

Amid the dire crisis in Gaza, the failure of the international community to respond has left the Palestinians with no choice.

Posted on: Jul 16, 2014, Source: The Real News Network

It's an uphill climb for the campaign finance reform activist.

Posted on: Jul 16, 2014, Source: The Real News Network

A fascinating, wide-ranging interview on major issues facing the public.

Posted on: Jul 8, 2014, Source: Truthdig

The religious reverie—repeated in sports arenas—is used to justify our bloated war budget and endless wars.

Posted on: Jun 23, 2014, Source: Truthdig

Why are the cheerleaders of slaughter, who have been wrong about Iraq since before the invasion, still urging us toward ruin?

Posted on: Jun 16, 2014, Source: Truthdig

The force of Chomsky's intellect, combined with a ferocious independence continues to shift the debate.

Posted on: May 5, 2014, Source: Truthdig

History shows that a ruling elite which accrues for itself total power, eventually uses it.

Posted on: Mar 3, 2014, Source: Truthdig

The free market norm assumes a frictionless exchange maximizing everyone's well-being, but mass incarceration and a bloated military prove otherwise.

Posted on: Feb 17, 2014, Source: Truthdig

"Totalitarian states always invert the moral order. It is the wicked who rule. It is the just who are damned."

Posted on: Feb 6, 2014, Source: Truthdig

Aggressiveness is rewarded. Compassion is demeaned. Violence is the favorite form of communication. These qualities are an asset in war; they are a disaster in civil society.

Posted on: Jan 13, 2014, Source: Truthdig

The most retrograde capitalists love Christie because they understand they have a real vindictive bastard on their hands.

Posted on: Jan 6, 2014, Source: Truthdig

Any state that has the capacity to monitor all its citizenry, any state that has the tools to instantly shut down all dissent is totalitarian.

Posted on: Dec 31, 2013, Source: Truthdig

We can wrest back control of our economy through the creation of hundreds of publicly owned state, county and city banks.

Posted on: Dec 23, 2013, Source: Truthdig

Private companies such as Aramark have turned mass incarceration and misery into a lucrative business.

Posted on: Dec 2, 2013, Source: Truthdig

Wiebo Ludwig took his interpretations of God's laws quite seriously.

Posted on: Nov 18, 2013, Source: Truthdig

The powers that be are rapidly losing credibility and legitimacy—and are lashing out like a wounded animal. Hacker Jeremy Hammond's sentencing for 10 years is the latest sign.

Posted on: Nov 11, 2013, Source: Truthdig

Freedom of the press and legal protection for those who expose government abuses have been obliterated by the corporate state. Meet the brave men and women fighting back.

Posted on: Oct 30, 2013, Source: Truthdig

Popular revulsion for the ruling elite is nearly universal. Are we going to see an uprising?

Posted on: Aug 15, 2013, Source: Truthdig

The engine for this chaos is not religion but the collapsing global economy, a world where the wretched of the Earth are to be subjugated and starved or shot.

Posted on: Jul 30, 2013, Source: Truthdig

The murder of a teenage boy by an armed vigilante, George Zimmerman, is only one crime set within a legal and penal system that has criminalized poverty.

Posted on: Jul 22, 2013, Source: Truthdig

A former professional skier who sought help for alcoholism became locked in a cultish life that destroyed her self-esteem and independence in the name of Jesus.

Posted on: Jul 1, 2013, Source: Truthdig

Prisoners in an NJ jail, like prisoners across the country, have built a subterranean system of communication to defy the conditions of incarceration and keep themselves connected.

Posted on: Jun 18, 2013, Source: Democracy Now!

Hedges: "If there are no Snowdens, if there are no Mannings, if there are no Assanges, there will be no free press."

Posted on: May 15, 2013, Source: Democracy Now!

The Pulitzer-prize winning columnist calls the revelations "one more assault in a long series of assault against freedom of information and freedom of the press."

Posted on: May 13, 2013, Source: Truthdig

Strap the criminal into the gurney. Plunge the needles into veins. Haul away the corpse. God Bless America!

Posted on: Apr 22, 2013, Source: Truthdig

Lynne Stewart's "Crime?" Steadfastly fighting for justice in courts that have surrendered their independence to serve the security and surveillance state.

Posted on: Apr 15, 2013, Source: Truthdig

These are the worst conditions for mass transit since the Depression.

Posted on: Apr 8, 2013, Source: Truthdig

There is a campaign to turn U.S. human rights organizations into propagandists for pre-emptive war and apologists for empire.

Posted on: Apr 1, 2013, Source: Truthdig

And the rewards range from tenured professorships, to book contracts, television appearances, and generous lecture fees.

Posted on: Mar 28, 2013, Source: Truthdig

A good candidate would be Feb. 25, 2003, when MSNBC took Phil Donahue off the air because of his opposition to the calls for war in Iraq.

Posted on: Mar 18, 2013, Source: Truthdig

Until we slay the beast of corporate capitalism, our prison industry and the horror it perpetuates will only expand.

Posted on: Mar 14, 2013, Source: Truthdig

Nick Turse's Vietnam War book, 'Kill Anything That Moves,' shows how the trauma that plagues most veterans is tied to the horrors they inflicted.

Posted on: Mar 11, 2013, Source: Truthdig

Tomas Young is the face of war they do not want you to see.

Posted on: Feb 17, 2013, Source: Truthdig

If the corporate state is handed the tools to use deadly force to criminalize dissent, then our decline will be one of repression, blood and suffering.

Posted on: Feb 11, 2013, Source: Democracy Now!

Scary moves by the Government in the name of 'fighting terrorism."

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