“Taxpayer Money” Threatens Medicare-for-All (And Every Other Social Program) by Jim Kavanagh

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by Jim Kavanagh
The Polemicist, Sept. 18, 2018
September 20, 2018

Three assertions:

  • There is no such thing as “taxpayer money.”
  • Taxes do not pay for government spending. (Nor does debt. No revenue is needed.)
  • Leftists who continue to talk as if “taxpayer dollars” must be collected to “pay for” government programs are undermining Medicare-for-all and every other progressive policy initiative.

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What Is COINTELPRO? by The Anti-Social Socialist

What Is COINTELPRO? by The Anti-Social Socialist

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“We don’t think you fight fire with fire best; we think you fight fire with water best. We’re going to fight racism not with racism, but we’re going to fight with solidarity. We say we’re not going to fight capitalism with black capitalism, but we’re going to fight it with socialism. We’ve stood up and said we’re not going to fight reactionary pigs and reactionary state’s attorneys like this and reactionary state’s attorneys like Hanrahan with any other reactions on our part. We’re going to fight their reactions with all of us people getting together and having an international proletarian revolution.” — Fred Hampton, Speech delivered at Olivet Church, 1969

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David Swanson: We Need a New Armistice Day + Transcript

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Oct. 13, 2018
October 15, 2018

David Swanson on Oct 13, 2018

David Swanson’s Remarks at the Resource Center for Nonviolence in Santa Cruz, Calif., on October 12, 2018. Video by LB Johnson.

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Did Saudis, CIA Fear Khashoggi 9/11 Bombshell? by Finian Cunningham

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
October 14, 2018

The macabre case of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi raises the question: did Saudi rulers fear him revealing highly damaging information on their secret dealings? In particular, possible involvement in the 9/11 terror attacks on New York in 2001.

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Chris Hedges: Manufacturing Culture or Consent

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Oct 13, 2018

Liza Featherstone in Divining Desire: Focus Groups & the Culture of Consultation shares with journalist Chris Hedges how advertising techniques developed by early Viennese intellectual elites were adapted and coopted by US elites to control politics, consumption and opinion.

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Caleb Maupin: Socialism Will Save America!

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with Caleb Maupin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Caleb Maupin (website)
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October 12, 2018

“This notion that the Pentagon is a humanitarian rescue organization that goes around the world saving people is a fiction. And how many more times are we going to fall for this?”

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Michael Parenti: The Supremely Political Court

U.S. Supreme Court For Sale (Washington, DC)

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with Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
October 11, 2018

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Archival, updated 2018 to reflect Trump’s Supreme Court – In his extraordinary 26 minute history of the Supreme Court Dr. Michael Parenti warned us in 1995 that this partisan, aristocratic institution might one day empower an autocratic president. It seems that time has come and two Trump appointees, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, can push the scales of justice in favor of their politics unless there is a groundswell to question and change the legal rules of that institution. Why is so much power being given to 9 unelected, non term-limited judges?

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We’re Addressing the Climate Crisis the Wrong Way

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“Every time the IPCC publishes a new report, they always seem to target governments to make changes. But the real targets should be these mega-regions which are ultimately dominated by the corporate elite. The corporate elite and their institutions are the ones responsible for how this world has been shaped.” — Chris Smiley of The Peace Report

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To the US Churches: Be Moved With Compassion Like Christ by Shawn S. Grandstaff

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by Shawn S. Grandstaff
Writer, Dandelion Salad
October 9, 2018

This is me on my soap box to people who want to Christianize government. I’m all about calling down the darkness and rolling over it with the kingdom of God. How did Christ defeat the kingdoms of this world? It’s very powerful and deep when you understand it. He built his kingdom by laying his life down for us instead of taking it up. He was showing us what his kingdom looks like and how it’s different than this world. It was upside down to them but in the Book of Acts the church was starting to turn it right side up. That doesn’t mean we’re sitting idly by just letting the world walk on us. What I believe it means we take a stand for life calling out that which is taking it. Showing people our love for what’s created in God’s image and likeness. We will win their souls in the process.

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Macabre Saudi Disappearance Shatters Western Media’s Illusion of “Reforming” Crown Prince by Finian Cunningham + Turkey Says Critical Saudi Journalist Was Killed in Saudi Consulate”

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
October 8, 2018

The reported gruesome murder of a well-known, respected Saudi journalist while visiting Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul has sent shockwaves through Western media outlets.

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Columbus, the Indians, and Human Progress by Howard Zinn

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It’s that time of the year again. In case you missed reading this, here it is again.

by Howard Zinn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published October 13, 2009
October 9, 2017

An excerpt from A People’s History of the United States.

Arawak men and women, naked, tawny, and full of wonder, emerged from their villages onto the island’s beaches and swam out to get a closer look at the strange big boat. When Columbus and his sailors came ashore, carrying swords, speaking oddly, the Arawaks ran to greet them, brought them food, water, gifts. He later wrote of this in his log:
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Chris Hedges: Digital Monitoring Of The Poor

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Oct 6, 2018

Author, Virginia Eubanks, explains to Chris Hedges how the goals of Victorian-era poorhouses have evolved with 21st Century high-tech to exert control and surveillance of needy, poor and homeless people. Eubanks is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University Albany, SUNY. She is the author of Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police and Punish the Poor.

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Michael Parenti: When you had the Crisis of Capitalism, Fascism is an Attempt at a Final Solution to the Class Struggle

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with Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
October 5, 2018

Our Hidden History on Oct 11, 2017

Michael Parenti (http://www.michaelparenti.org/) interviewed by Dave Emory (http://spitfirelist.com/) on the synergies between fascism and capitalism.

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Brendan M. Cooney’s Law of Value Series: Part 1: Introduction + Marx Quiz

Brendan M. Cooney's Law of Value Series: Part 1: Introduction + Marx Quiz

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Originally published Sept. 23, 2010

Law of Value 1: Intro (Addendum)

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This is a brief Addendum to the Introduction to my Law of Value video series. It gives some advice on how to watch these videos, cautioning to think critically about the way we contextualize information online.

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John Pilger: America and the Presidency Without a Mask is Trump

John Pilger: America and the Presidency Without a Mask is Trump

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with John Pilger

goingundergroundRT on Oct 3, 2018

On this episode of Going Underground, legendary journalist John Pilger discusses Syria and it’s ally Iran and the Trump administration’s policies towards the two countries, the Venezuela crisis, Julian Assange, austerity and the concept of approved news and unapproved opinions!

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Who Is Karl Marx, The Critic? by The Anti-Social Socialist

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“The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.” — Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto, 1848

“Marx was keenly aware of capitalism’s ability to innovate and adapt. But he also knew that capitalist expansion was not eternally sustainable. And as we witness the denouement of capitalism and the disintegration of globalism, Karl Marx is vindicated as capitalism’s most prescient and important critic.” — Chris Hedges, Left Forum, May 30, 2015

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