The Age of the Demagogues Has Arrived

Chris Hedges (Courtesy of Truthdig) The increase in nihilistic violence such as school shootings and Friday’s lethal assault on a Planned Parenthood clinic, the frequent executions of poor people of color by police, and the rise of thuggish demagogues such as Donald Trump are symptoms of the collapse of our political and cultural institutions. These…

Where Is America’s Jeremy Corbyn?

Chris Hedges.  Courtesy of Truthdig. Introduction: The rise of Jeremy Corbyn to lead Britain’s Labour Party is heartening.  Here’s a man with a heartfelt contrary perspective.  Sadly, he has no American equivalent among the major parties’ candidates.  Bernie Sanders comes closest, but Sanders supports drone strikes and refuses to take a stand against Israeli aggression.…

The Persistence of War

W.J. Astore “[W]ar is a distressing, ghastly, harrowing, horrific, fearsome and deplorable business.  How can its actual awfulness be described to anyone?”  Stuart Hills, By Tank Into Normandy, p. 244 “[E]very generation is doomed to fight its war, to endure the same old experiences, suffer the loss of the same old illusions, and learn the…