How We Pay For Medicare For All

Medicare for All Rally

Image by Molly Adams via Flickr

Dandelion Salad

TheRealNews on Dec 29, 2018

Prof. Robert Pollin and Michael Lighty discuss the findings of a new study by the Political Economy Research Institute at UMass Amherst. The study finds Medicare for All could reduce total healthcare spending by 10 percent, while creating stable access to good care and improving the health of all U.S. residents.
Continue reading

Creeping Fascism by Paul Street

Democrats and Republicans

Image by Matt Katzenberger via Flickr

by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
December 30, 2018

The talking heads I saw on cable news last week seemed baffled and disgusted by Donald Trump’s response to a black female reporter’s comment during his angry press conference following the midterm elections.

Continue reading

Why A Universal Basic Income Need Not Be Inflationary by Ellen Brown

Demonstration BGE

Image by Generation Grundeinkommen via Flickr

by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
December 29, 2018

Calls for a Universal Basic Income have been increasing, most recently as part of the Green New Deal introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and supported in the last month by at least 40 members of Congress. A Universal Basic Income (UBI) is a monthly payment to all adults with no strings attached, similar to Social Security. Critics say the Green New Deal asks too much of the rich and upper-middle-class taxpayers who will have to pay for it, but taxing the rich is not what the resolution proposes. It says funding would primarily come from the federal government, “using a combination of the Federal Reserve, a new public bank or system of regional and specialized public banks,” and other vehicles.

Continue reading

Peter Phillips: The Global Power Elite: A Transnational Class

Capitalism Kills

Image by Infinite Ache via Flickr

Dandelion Salad

TheRealNews on Dec 26, 2018

Peter Phillips, the author of the book, “Giants: The Global Power Elite,” examines the roles and networks of the world’s richest and most powerful. This class is no longer bound to national concerns, only to the expansion of its own power, says Phillips.

Continue reading

John Pilger: Julian Assange Needs Public Popular Support, interviewed by Joe Lauria

Free Julian Assange!

Screenshot by Dandelion Salad via Flickr
Watch the video below

Dandelion Salad

with John Pilger and Joe Lauria

Consortium News on Dec 22, 2018

John Pilger says Julian Assange called Guardian report he met Paul Manafort a “fabrication.” He discusses Assange’s health, legal situation and the need for public protests to free him.

Continue reading

Happy Birthday to Jesus, the Anti-Imperialist Socialist! by The Anti-Social Socialist

Happy Birthday to Jesus, the Anti-Imperialist Socialist!

Screenshot by Dandelion Salad via Flickr
Watch the video below

Merry Christmas!

“All I want for Christmas is the abolition of imperialist white supremacist capitalist heteropatriarchy!”

by
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published Dec. 24, 2017
December 24, 2018

Continue reading

Christmas 1914: When Rank and File Imposed Truce During Imperialist War by Henry Hagins + Balls To War

Christmas 1914: When Rank and File Imposed Truce During Imperialist War by Henry Hagins + Balls To War

Screenshot by Dandelion Salad via Flickr
Watch the videos below

Dandelion Salad

by Henry Hagins
Workers World, Dec. 16, 2014
Originally published Dec. 24, 2015
December 23, 2018

The “Christmas Truce of 1914” was a short-lived, unofficial lull in combat between two antagonistic rival forces, determined to exercise military, political and economic supremacy over each other in Europe and in the colonized world, to which these imperial powers lay arrogant false claim. One of the bloodiest episodes in human history, World War I was largely played out on the battle-scarred lands of France and Belgium, starting in August of 1914.

Continue reading

John Pilger: William Blum Was One Of The Great American Renegades

John Pilger: William Blum Was One Of The Great American Renegades

Screenshot by Dandelion Salad via Flickr
Watch the video below

Dandelion Salad

with John Pilger

goingundergroundRT on Dec 22, 2018

On this episode of Going Underground, legendary journalist and filmmaker John Pilger discusses the events of 2018, including the world’s worst humanitarian crisis in Yemen, events in Syria, Brexit, the Integrity Initiative, and more!

Continue reading

The Yellow Vests and the Left by Jim Kavanagh + Yellow Vests Shift to the Left

Paris, 08/12/18 - Gilets jaunes "acte 4"

Image by Olivier Ortelpa via Flickr

by Jim Kavanagh
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Polemicist, Dec. 19, 2018
December 21, 2018

Something’s happening here…

Class Act

The “yellow vest” (gilets jaunes) movement has upended French politics, at least.

Continue reading

Chris Hedges: Israel Can No Longer Hide The Brutality Of Their Apartheid System + Phyllis Bennis: Senators Sneak Amendment to Make Israel Boycott Illegal

Confront Zionism, Boycott Israel

Image by dignidadrebelde via Flickr

Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Dec 19, 2018

Award-winning author and host of “On Contact” Chris Hedges joins Rick Sanchez to discuss the anti-BDS legislation sweeping the US, an effort to protect Israel’s public image by muzzling the Boycott, Divestment & Sanction (BDS) movement, which seeks to put economic pressure on Israel and bring attention to the plight of the Palestinians. Hedges says “Israel can no longer control its narrative or hide the brutality of their apartheid system.”

Continue reading

Rev. Chris Hedges: Christmas, Charity, Anti-Empire and the Revolutionary Jesus

Happy Birthday to Jesus, the Anti-Imperialist Socialist!

Screenshot by Dandelion Salad via Flickr
Watch the video below

Dandelion Salad

Originally published Dec. 24, 2014

with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Dec 24, 2014

Rev. Chris Hedges and Rev. David Bullock discuss the real meaning of Christmas with Paul Jay.
Continue reading

Truth in Recruiting

Military Counter-Recruitment

Image by Justin Norman via Flickr

Sent to Dandelion Salad by Antiwar Comedy Shorts

Antiwar Comedy Shorts on Dec 8, 2017

A poster at an Army recruiting office reveals: “You might die, or get your arms or legs blown off.” From a series of 8 antiwar comedy shorts shot in 2016 and 2017. Two of these did the festival circuit, winning 11 awards and being selected in 79 festivals.

Continue reading

When the World Crumbles, I’ll Blame the Democrats + A Marxist Perspective on Bernie Sanders’ Yemen Bill + Caleb Maupin: Who are “Houthis”?

The Biggest Political Delusion Of All Is In The U.S. Electoral Politics Itself by Paul Street

Screenshot by Dandelion Salad via Flickr
Watch the videos below

With Will Griffin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Peace Report
December 17, 2018

Clearly, the Republican party is one of the most dangerous organizations on this planet so I won’t need to convince any reasonable minded person of that argument. Yet, I see an American populace swept up in the Blue Wave in another attempt to reform the Democrat Party. But the Dems are the problem because they pacify the nation and we keep forgetting that they are capitalists. It is fundamental to understand that capitalists will never give up their power, especially through elections. […]

Continue reading

I Call For A Constitution 2.0

Untitled

Image by Brad Dougherty via Flickr

The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
December 16, 2018

If we, the people, wrote a constitution now, what would go in it? Equal rights for women, men, non-binary, and undefined? Caps on wealth tied to poverty levels? Rights of nature? Reparations for past crimes, wrongs, and thefts? Limits on military spending? A free and open Internet? Abolition of mass incarceration, or the entire prison system; replaced with restorative and community justice? Free healthcare for all? Living wages or universal basic income? Would we keep corporate personhood or the electoral college?

Continue reading