The Incomplete and Wonderful History of May Day + Chris Smalls: Support May Day Strikers

Geneva, 1 May 2014 (general strike)

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Updated: April 30, 2020
Originally published May 1, 2016

The Laura Flanders Show on Apr 26, 2016

Author and professor Peter Linebaugh discusses his new book, The Incomplete, True, Authentic, and Wonderful History of May Day. Later in the show filmmaker Avi Lewis discusses worker-owned factories in Argentina, and Laura focuses on the intersectional feminism of 19th Century Anarchist Lucy Parsons.

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The Fascistic Restructuring of American Capitalism, by Rainer Shea

Donald Trump, Loretto street art

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist
April 29, 2020

Since the United States became the main world power in the 1940s, opening corporations up to the countries the U.S. empire would come to exploit in the following decades, working class people in America have filled a role more disposable than had previously been the case. Labor could be easily extracted by U.S. corporations from the Third World, because capitalism was now centered around the largest empire in world history. But now the economic order is changing, and the U.S. capitalist class is needing to adapt.

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US is a Washed-up Empire + US Concocting Intel to Frame China for COVID-19 Crisis, by Finian Cunningham

end u.s. imperialism

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Sputnik, Apr. 27, 2020
April 28, 2020

The harder they come, the harder they fall, as reggae singer Jimmy Cliff once put it. No nation has come harder than the United States with its history of relentless wars and mass destruction, nauseatingly dressed up with virtuous rhetoric about supposedly leading the free world.

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Chris Hedges: It’s the System of Corporate Power and That Is Not Going To Get Better Unless We Make War Against the System

Occupy Wall Street - 11/3/11 - 006

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“The Democratic Party know they’re safe with Biden. Look, it’s the fact, it’s all of these programs of austerity, the evisceration of our constitutional rights and civil liberties, the right to privacy, the complete control of the legislative process by corporate lobbyists and corporate money. The massive amounts of money it takes to run which comes from the oligarchs which is only a form of legalized bribery.” — Chris Hedges

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Michael Hudson: US Coronavirus Bailout Scam is $6 Trillion Giveaway to Wall Street + How The US Makes Countries Pay For Its Wars: Economics of American Imperialism

Education Collage

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
April 26, 2020

Moderate Rebels on Apr 20, 2020

Facing the Covid-19 pandemic, the US Congress rammed through the CARES Act — which economist Michael Hudson explains is not a “bailout” but a massive, $6 trillion giveaway to Wall Street, banks, large corporations, and stockholders.

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Chris Hedges: The History of Populism in America

no war but class war

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Apr 25, 2020

On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to D. D. Guttenplan, editor, The Nation, about the history of populism in America, its current rise and the problem of democracy.

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Joe or No? by Jim Kavanagh

Joe Biden - Caricature

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by Jim Kavanagh
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Polemicist, Apr. 22, 2020
April 24, 2020

Here we go again. Now that Bernie Sanders has completed his predictable circuit of loss and capitulation, leftists—those who stand for socialist and anti-imperialist, or even serious social-democratic and antiwar, politics—again confront the quadrennial quandary: Must one vote for the thoroughly neo-liberal and imperialist Democratic presidential nominee?

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Planet of the Humans

Ende Gelände: Day 1 - Climate activists shut down one of Europe's largest opencast lignite mines

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Updated: May 30, 2020; Youtube removed the video. Replaced video.

Michael Moore on Apr 21, 2020

Michael Moore presents Planet of the Humans, a documentary that dares to say what no one else will this Earth Day — that we are losing the battle to stop climate change on planet earth because we are following leaders who have taken us down the wrong road — selling out the green movement to wealthy interests and corporate America. This film is the wake-up call to the reality we are afraid to face: that in the midst of a human-caused extinction event, the environmental movement’s answer is to push for techno-fixes and band-aids. It’s too little, too late.

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HR 6415: The Dumbest Idea in Congress + Now Do You See How Evil They Are? by David Swanson

"HR 6415: The Dumbest Idea in Congress + Now Do You See How Evil They Are? by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Apr. 20, 2020
April 22, 2020

I know it’s stiff competition, but hear me out.

The threat of nuclear apocalypse is higher than ever. The threat of irreversible climate collapse is higher than ever and massively contributed to by militarism. The trillions of dollars being dumped into militarism are desperately needed for actual defense against these dangers including spin-off catastrophes like coronavirus. But military jobs and weapons production jobs (producing weapons for dictatorships and so-called democracies around the world; the U.S. handles 80% of the globe’s foreign weapons sales) are being deemed “essential” and actually being boosted with more funding.

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When The Revolution Comes by Gaither Stewart

One solution, revolution..

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
Previously published August 8, 2011
April 21, 2020

The Historical Gastonia Textile Mill Strikes Are Not Forgotten

When in the early part of this millennium I was writing a rather surrealistic novel, ASHEVILLE, about the town in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina where I started out my life, I ran into the story of the Asheville-based self-professed Communist writer, Olive Tilford Dargan, of whom I had never heard before. Visiting then her gravesite in the little known Green Hills Cemetery in West Asheville and researching her and her activities I fell into a gossamer review of early 19th century labor struggles in the good old U.S. South.

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How A Universal Basic Income Will Work, by Ellen Brown

Where's my bailout?

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog, Apr. 19, 2020
April 20, 2020

A central bank-financed UBI can fill the debt gap, providing a vital safety net while preventing cyclical recessions.

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John Pilger, Stefania Maurizi and Charles Glass: Journalists Speak Out For Julian Assange

Free Assange

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with John Pilger

Consortium News on Apr 18, 2020

With imprisoned WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange facing the twin dangers of extradition to the U.S. and Coronavirus in Belmarsh prison, watch a panel discussion on the state of Assange’s legal process, the state of his health and the health of press freedom with John Pilger, Italian reporter and WikiLeaks partner Stefania Maurizi and journalist and author Charles Glass.

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Chris Hedges: Segregation in Education

Minority Serving Institute Partnership Program

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Apr 18, 2020

On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to Cornell University Professor, Noliwe Rooks about how America’s public education system, under successive administrations, continues to be segregated along racial lines, and what is taught often shaped by business goals and ideas.

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Why Trump Scapegoats China, by Finian Cunningham

Communism - Hanoi

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Sputnik, Apr. 17, 2020
April 18, 2020

President Trump this week said no-one believes China’s official figures on Covid-19 casualties. Along with his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Trump accused Beijing of a cover-up on the scale of the disease.

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Caleb Maupin: Social Democracy: What It Is and How Communists Relate To It

Marxist Art, Mexico City

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with Caleb Maupin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Caleb Maupin (website)
Caleb Maupin (Facebook Page)
April 17, 2020

“When Lenin came back from exile to Russia that was in its revolutionary crisis, he urged the Bolsheviks to stop calling themselves Socialists and Social Democrats because he didn’t want them to be confused with the sellout parties of the Second International. The parties that had supported World War I and sold out the revolution. So the Bolsheviks started calling themselves Communists to distinguish themselves from the parties of the Second International.” — Caleb Maupin

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