Chris Hedges and Richard D. Wolff at the Left Forum 2016: Rosa Luxemburg: Reform or Revolution?

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Luxemburg Saw Reform as a Means and Revolution as the Goal

strugglevideomedia on May 26, 2016

“Rosa Luxemburg: Reform or Revolution?” Luxemburg scholar Sandra Rein is the first speaker at the Left Forum 2016 panel. She is introduced by panel moderator Laura Flanders. Rein is associate professor of Political Studies at the University of Alberta (Canada) and holds a Social Sciences and Humanities Research grant to investigate the ideas of Rosa Luxemburg, Emma Goldman and Raya Dunayevskaya. She is also a member of the Editorial Board for the Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg.

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Abby Martin and Kshama Sawant: Fighting Hillary is How Progressives Win

Hillary Clinton - Caricature

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with Abby Martin

Empire Files on May 30, 2016

As the flailing Hillary Clinton camp steps-up its attacks on Bernie Sanders, her poll numbers continue to drop—and for the first time, have her losing to Donald Trump in a general election.

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Memorial Day Crocodile Tears from Those Who Create Wars by Walter Brasch


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by Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
May 29, 2016

A few million Americans may be thinking about it, but won’t be celebrating Memorial Day. For them, there’s not much to celebrate or to remember.

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Silencing the United States as It Prepares for War by John Pilger

MSM spotlights Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders

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by John Pilger
May 28, 2016

Returning to the United States in an election year, I am struck by the silence. I have covered four presidential campaigns, starting with 1968; I was with Robert Kennedy when he was shot and I saw his assassin, preparing to kill him. It was a baptism in the American way, along with the salivating violence of the Chicago police at the Democratic Party’s rigged convention. The great counter revolution had begun.

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Secret Guilt, Secret Wealth by Dariel Garner

Capitalism Kills Love

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by Dariel Garner
Writer, Dandelion Salad
May 27, 2016

Offshore companies and secret bank accounts not only conceal tax evasion, fraud and other illegal activities; they are also, where the wealthy hide their guilt.

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Russian Intellectuals and the Intelligentsia by Gaither Stewart

Moscow August 2011

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
May 27, 2016

The Determinant Class of Contemporary Russian History

Russia! What a marvelous phenomenon on the world scene! Russia!—a distance of ten thousand versts (about two-thirds of a mile) in length on a straight line from the virtually central European river, across all of Asia and the Eastern Ocean, down to the remote American lands! A distance of five thousand versts in width from Persia, one of the southern Asiatic states, to the end of the inhabited world—to the North Pole. What state can equal it? Its half? How many states can equal its twentieth, its fiftieth part? … Russia—a state which contains all types of soil, from the warmest to the coldest, from the burning environs of Erivan to icy Lapland, which abounds in all the products required for the needs, comforts, and pleasures of life, in accordance with its present state of development—a whole world, self-sufficient, independent, absolute. — Mikhail P. Pogodin- 1800-1875, Russian historian, journalist, intellectual of the Slavophile movement who held to the Norman theory that the Rus people from whom Russians descended, were Scandinavians.

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Thought Crime: The Road To A Police State by Vashti Kenway

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by Vashti Kenway
Socialist Worker
May 26, 2016

The expansion of the Big Brother surveillance state in the U.S. has had greater scrutiny thanks to courageous whistleblowers like Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning and journalists like Glenn Greenwald. But the increase in state repression and violations of basic civil liberties–often carried out in the name of the “war on terror”–has gone global. In this article published at the Australian newspaper Red Flag, Vashti Kenway explains how “thought crime,” a concept once confined to science fiction, has become sufficient grounds to arrest and detain–and considers the ramifications of a strengthened state apparatus in Australia and beyond.

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Top 12 Reasons the Good War was Bad – Hiroshima in Context by David Swanson

"XX-34 BADGER" atmospheric nuclear test - April 1953

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
American Herald Tribune, May 23, 2016
May 24, 2016

Consider this a friendly reminder to President Obama on his way to Hiroshima.

No matter how many years one writes books, does interviews, publishes columns, and speaks at events, it remains virtually impossible to make it out the door of an event in the United States at which you’ve advocated abolishing war without somebody hitting you with the what-about-the-good-war question.

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Abby Martin: 100 Years of US Troops as Lab Rats

Don't Enlist - Resist

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on May 23, 2016

On Memorial Day, politicians will speak at ceremonies all over the country and repeat their favorite mantra: “Support the troops.” This pledge is hammered into the American psyche at every turn. But there is a hidden, dark history that shows that the politicians are in fact no friend to service members–but their greatest enemy. An easy way to prove this truth is to look at how they so quickly betray and abandon their soldiers after purposely ruining their lives, and even after using them as literal lab rats.

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Exiled on Main Street: Urban Utopian Insurrection by Mark Mason and Susan Cain

Defeat Capitalism!

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by Mark Mason and Susan Cain
Guest Writers, Dandelion Salad
Mark Mason, PhD
crossposted from Dissident Voice, May 18, 2016
May 23, 2016

The dynamics of capitalism is postponement of enjoyment to the constantly postponed future.
— Norman O. Brown, Life Against Death: The Psychoanalytical Meaning of History, 1959

Is There No Alternative? Thinking Outside the Ballot Box

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Michael Parenti: The 1% Pathology and the Myth of Capitalism

It's Capitalism.

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with Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
originally published October 28, 2012
May 19, 2016

freespeechtv on May 16, 2013

“A man who steals a goose from the commons is punished, while a man who steals the commons itself is rewarded.” -unknown-

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The Molotov: Dum Dum (Me Down) XXX

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Sometimes we need to hear from a punk rocker. The obscenity is not the words used in the music video but the capitalist society in which we live. Capitalism kills. ~ Lo

Apr 25, 2012 by

WARNING: Contains Profanity.
Early solo project by SCART of The MOLOTOV ( Song & vid were written & created in 6 hours.

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What the Hell, It’s All Out in the Open Anyway by Daniel N. White

Stop the Wars! End The Afghan War Honk for Peace

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by Daniel N. White
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
May 17, 2016

Story from some actress about marriage and divorce always stuck with me, even if the actress’ name hasn’t. She talked about how if you are in head over heels in love with someone, or if you are pissed off at them and divorcing them, you still see everything about the person, good and bad. Your vision doesn’t change with emotion, she said. The only thing that changes, she said, is which aspects of that person you bring into focus. Everything is out in the open for you to see, and you just choose what you want to focus on. She’s right about that. Not just in love, but in world events, too.

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Noam Chomsky: Climate Change and Nuclear Proliferation Pose the Worst Threat Ever Faced by Humans

Republican Elephant & Democratic Donkey 2016

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with Noam Chomsky

Democracy Now! on May 16, 2016 – President Obama has just passed a little-noticed milestone, according to The New York Times: Obama has now been at war longer than any president in U.S. history—longer than George W. Bush, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. Obama has taken military action in at least seven countries: Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. Just last month, President Obama announced the deployment of 250 more Special Operations troops to Syria in a move that nearly doubles the official U.S. presence in the country.

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