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Chris Hedges: The State of Corporate Dominance in the World

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with Chris Hedges

Amendment Gazette on Sep 14, 2014

Pasadena, CA

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Interview with award-winning journalist and best-selling author Chris Hedges. Hedges spent fifteen years as a foreign correspondent for the NY Times, has written several books, including the 2002 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction finalist War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning. His most recent book, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt (2012) was written with cartoonist Joe Sacco.

The Amendment Gazette spoke with Chris about the state of corporate dominance in the world, the amendment movement, the burgeoning American populism and what, if anything, can be predicted about the future of the American experiment.

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Losing Credibility: The IMF’s New Cold War Loan to Ukraine by Michael Hudson

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com, September 9, 2014
September 16, 2014

In April 2014, fresh from riots in Maidan Square and the February 22 coup, and less than a month before the May 2 massacre in Odessa, the IMF approved a $17 billion loan program to Ukraine’s junta. Normal IMF practice is to lend only up to twice a country’s quote in one year. This was eight times as high. Continue reading

The Geopolitics of World War III + Transcript + US War on ISIL: Barrel of Volatile Lies by Finian Cunningham

08 no petrodollar warfare

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StormCloudsGathering on Sep 11, 2014

The real reason Russia and Syria are being targeted right now.

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Corporations Spy on Nonprofits with Impunity by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
August 22, 2014

Here’s a dirty little secret you won’t see in the daily papers: corporations conduct espionage against US nonprofit organizations without fear of being brought to justice.

Yes, that means using a great array of spycraft and snoopery, including planned electronic surveillance, wiretapping, information warfare, infiltration, dumpster diving and so much more.

The evidence abounds. Continue reading

Peak Inequality: The .01% And The Impoverishment Of Society by David DeGraw + The Economics of Revolution

Inequality Hurts Us All

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by David DeGraw
daviddegraw.org
August 18, 2014

This is an adapted excerpt from my new book, The Economics of Revolution. Continue reading

S for Saint Simon by Michael Hudson

by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com
August 4, 2014

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Part S in the .

S-curve: The typical shape of growth in nature, such as human beings whose height tapers off as they reach maturity. They also typify most business cycles, which taper off after an upswing as employment, raw-materials and resource limits are approached and wages and commodity prices rise, slowing profits. The demand for specific products likewise tapers off as markets become saturated. Meanwhile, the fact that financial claims and debts tend to grow at compound interest means that financial dynamics tend to outrun the S-curve of production and consumption, creating business crises which end the upswing. Continue reading

The New Cold War’s Ukraine Gambit by Michael Hudson + Rick Rozoff: CrossTalk: Nulandistan Update

Updated: May 16, 2014 Added video

Updated: May 14, 2014 Added video

by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com
May 13, 2014

Michael Hudson[1]

The following article is from a new book, Flashpoint in Ukraine, edited by Stephen Lendman. It is currently available from Clarity Press as an e-book, and soon to be printed.

Finance in today’s world has become war by non-military means. Its object is the same as that of military conquest: appropriation of land and basic infrastructure, and the rents that can be extracted as tribute. In today’s world this is taken mainly in the form of debt service and privatization. That is how neoliberalism works, subduing economies by indebting their governments and using unpayably high debts as a lever to pry away the public domain at distress prices. It is what today’s New Cold War is all about. Backed by the IMF and European Central Bank (ECB) as knee-breakers in what has become in effect a financial extension of NATO, the aim is for U.S. and allied investors to appropriate the plums that kleptocrats have taken from the public domain of Russia, Ukraine and other post-Soviet economies in these countries, as well as whatever assets remain. Continue reading