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The Death of the Republic | Truthdig

The Death of the Republic | Truthdig

Chris Hedges compares the present political, judicial, and economic condition of the United States with the fall of the Roman Empire. Such a comparison is an old idea, but what is different now is that our democratic underpinnings are completely rotted away. The collapse is imminent.

Why share such a depressing message? Readers of this blog know I typically highlight committed, tireless people who fight the good fight, and share updates on progressive wins for democracy. Chris Hedges is too pessimistic to bear, to fit either of those categories.

Hedges is like an old-time prophet who hoarsely cries warnings into the wilderness — a wasteland of stubborn, deaf ears. Still, he continues to warn us. May there yet be a glimmer of hope?

Hedges, himself, has so such hope. He is simply telling us to be prepared, so that some remnant may survive.

“There would be five [Roman] emperors in A.D. 193, the year after the assassination of Commodus. Trump and our decaying empire have ominous historical precedents. If the deep state replaces Trump, whose ineptitude and imbecility are embarrassing to the empire, that action will not restore our democracy any more than replacing Commodus restored democracy in Rome. Our republic is dead…” ~ Chris Hedges

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If you’re figuring the odds on the future of our nation, how pessimistic or optimistic are you?

Be aware and objective.


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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends--with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.


  1. Robert A. Vella

    I’m a realist, and therefore pessimistic; however, I won’t give up.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      I’m glad you won’t give it.

  2. paulbern77

    Reblogged this on The 99% Blog and commented:
    Chris Hedges, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist, has some ominous predictions for the future of the United States….

  3. memadtwo

    If we continue to ravage the environment, no government anywhere will matter. That reversal of policy is the worst of Trump I think. (K)

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Agreed. Hedges didn’t mention climate crisis in this essay, but that’s the context we live in.

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