Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA

Occupy May Day 2012

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Dandelion Salad

originally posted Feb. 11, 2014

Joe Friendly on May 30, 2014

Editors Frances Goldin, Debby Smith, and Michael Steven Smith, join with 2 of the many contributing authors, Clifford D. Conner and Mat Callahan to discuss their book, Imagine Living In A Socialist USA, how it got published, how it has been received, and wondering how socialism might happen in the USA and what it would look like, for example how it would impact the arts and sciences. May 29, 2014 at Alwan For The Arts. video: Joe Friendly.

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No More Wars for Oil by David Swanson + 200,000 Rally For Climate Justice in DC + Avi Lewis

People's Climate March DC 2017

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
April 30, 2017

What I Said at the Peace Hub of the Climate March:

Most countries on earth have the U.S. military in them.

Most countries on earth burn less fossil fuel than does the U.S. military.

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Capitalism: The Systematic Poverty and Exploitation of Human Beings by Finian Cunningham

capitalism

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Originally posted April 26, 2014
April 29, 2017

Workers in Western countries are now paid so badly that businesses are reportedly finding it profitable to return from China – having relocated to Asia in the first place to exploit cheap labor there.

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Chris Hedges: Artists As Prophets

Guernica - Picasso

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Apr 29, 2017

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses the role of the artist with Enrique Martinez Celaya. The sculptor, painter, physicist and philosopher’s work focuses on the struggle of individuals to navigate the inner and outer realms of darkness that negate our individuality. RT correspondent Anya Parampil looks at Pablo Picasso’s Guernica, one of the most controversial paintings of the 20th century.

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Trump’s Hundred Days of Rage and Rapacity by Ralph Nader + Nader Accepts Gandhi Peace Award: All Wars Are Preventable

Bully Culprit - Trump

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, April 26, 2017
April 28, 2017

The Lawless-loving corporatists have worked overtime to besmirch the word “regulation” (or law and order for corporations) and edify the word “deregulation,” to help bring about their dream state of dismantled or weakened regulation.

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A U.S. Guide: 7 Steps to Kill a Revolution

A U.S. Guide: 7 Steps to Kill a Revolution

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teleSUR English on Apr 25, 2017

The same plan used in the 1970s to overthrow Salvador Allende in Chile, is being used by the U.S. today in Venezuela against the Bolivarian Revolution. These are the steps to kill a revolution.

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The Omnipresent Pressure to Conform by Graham Peebles

Mobile Phones And Abercrombie

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
April 26, 2017

It was the school holidays and there were lots of teenagers in my local park. I sometimes spot them meandering home, but I rarely see them en masse as it were. Blind to the bluebells, peacocks and glories of nature all around us, they were glued to their palm-sized screens. What were they so engrossed in – some kind of game or trivial video, a map of the park perhaps, unnecessary given the proliferation of signs? Are they texting, e-mailing, or trawling through the Internet, or all of the above? If one did not know what these shiny seductive objects were, one might think that they controlled the person, rather than the other way round. And to a large degree they do.

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End Game: The War Machine Goes On, Part 4 by Arthur D. Robbins

War is Money (Encourage people to consider how our socio-economic-cultural system incentivizes and rewards aggressions and other harmful behaviors/activities.)

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by Arthur D. Robbins
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained
April 19, 2017

War has indeed become perpetual and peace no longer even a fleeting wish nor a distant memory. We have become habituated to the rumblings of war and the steady drum beat of propaganda about war’s necessity and the noble motives that inspire it. We will close hospitals. We will close schools. We will close libraries and museums. We will sell off our parklands and water supply. People will sleep on the streets and go hungry. The war machine will go on.

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Abby Martin and Greg Palast: The Hidden Purging of Millions of Voters

Abby Martin and Greg Palast: The Hidden Purging of Millions of Voters

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with Greg Palast
Writer, Dandelion Salad
gregpalast.com
April 25, 2017

with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Apr 25, 2017

With all the discussion of the contentious 2016 election, the most shocking fact is often ignored: that millions of people had their votes stolen through malicious, means. The Republican Party is currently working to purge millions more voters leading up to the 2018 election.

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A Basic Income Is Less Than Meets The Eye by Pete Dolack

Capitalism isn't working

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by Pete Dolack
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder, December 1, 2016
April 24, 2017

A basic income — the concept of everybody getting a regular check from the government regardless of circumstance — is one of those ideas that sound wonderful on the surface but proves to be much less so once we examine the details.

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How U.S. Race Laws Inspired Nazis by David Swanson

That was then, it's now somewhere else

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, April 21, 2017
April 23, 2017

James Q. Whitman’s new book is called Hitler’s American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law. It is understated and overdocumented, difficult to argue with. No doubt some will try.

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US ‘Deep State’ Sold Out Counter-Terrorism To Keep Itself In Business by Gareth Porter

Parliament Square sit-in against Syria airstrikes.

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by Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at Middle East Eye, April 21, 2017
Washington
April 23, 2017

Since 2001, senior Pentagon and CIA officials have sacrificed American interests in weakening al-Qaeda to pursue their own interests

New York Times columnist Tom Friedman outraged many readers when he wrote an opinion piece on 12 April calling on President Trump to “back off fighting territorial ISIS in Syria”. The reason he gave for that recommendation was not that US wars in the Middle East are inevitably self-defeating and endless, but that it would reduce the “pressure on Assad, Iran, Russia and Hezbollah”.

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May Day General Strike by James E. Rabbit III

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by James E. Rabbit III
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Founder/Administrator of the Solidarity Facebook Page
April 22, 2017

This May Day (Monday, May 1st, 2017), workers worldwide are invited to participate in an unprecedented call for global unity demanding that all full-time workers are paid a living wage by means of a May Day General Strike, which transcends borders and all other divides among fellow workers. The success of this event is dependent upon word of mouth and social media to invite others who will collectively stand together in solidarity to end the unjustifiable inhumane suffering and exploitation of underpaid workers everywhere.

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Chris Hedges: Confronting the Evil Within Us–The Twin Foundations of Genocide and Slavery

Chris Hedges: Confronting the Evil Within Us–The Twin Foundations of Genocide and Slavery

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Apr 22, 2017

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses playwright Eugene O’Neill’s shattering of the American myth in the play “Mourning Becomes Electra”. Hedges is joined by his wife Eunice Wong who is playing Lavinia Mannon in Target Margin Theater’s production of the play and director David Herskovits.

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Glenn Greenwald: Prosecuting Julian Assange and WikiLeaks Threatens Press Freedom for All

Glenn Greenwald Julian Assange

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Democracy Now! on Apr 21, 2017

http://democracynow.org – Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald responds to reports that the Trump administration has prepared an arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Attorney General Jeff Sessions confirmed the report at a news conference Thursday. Last week, CIA chief Mike Pompeo blasted WikiLeaks as a “hostile intelligence service,” in a stark reversal from his previous praise for the group.

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