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Once Upon a Time in the US of A: An Unfairness Tale by Ed Ciaccio

by Ed Ciaccio
Writer, Dandelion Salad
September 28, 2014

2014 People's Climate March NYC 89

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Once upon a time in the US of A, the Plundering Class told their lackeys in the White House and Congress that huge war budgets would be necessary to provide the hundreds of thousands of unquestioning, expendable bodies to act as security guards to national (corporate) “interests” (as they called them) all over the planet, because those “national interests” would regularly be extracting precious natural resources which should have belonged to the people of all those countries, instead of to corporations and Wall Street; and those extractions would be exploiting local labor at slave wages with no workers’ rights and health protections, while polluting the water, ground and air of the very workers being exploited. And, of course, those ungrateful, anti-American workers would irrationally hate the US of A and its corporations which had gone to so much trouble to give them jobs. And so those corporate “interests” would need protection. Lots of protection. Continue reading

Conditioned Consciousness: How The .01% Gets Away With Trillions by David DeGraw + The Economics of Revolution

I own you.

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by David DeGraw
daviddegraw.org
Sept. 25, 2014 Continue reading

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

Barry

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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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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

letter S

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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