The Brief Origins of May Day by Eric Chase

Occupy May Day 2012

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Dandelion Salad
Originally published May 1, 2015

Republished with permission from IWW

by Eric Chase
IWW, 1993
April 30, 2021

Most people living in the United States know little about the International Workers’ Day of May Day. For many others there is an assumption that it is a holiday celebrated in state communist countries like Cuba or the former Soviet Union. Most Americans don’t realize that May Day has its origins here in this country and is as “American” as baseball and apple pie, and stemmed from the pre-Christian holiday of Beltane, a celebration of rebirth and fertility.

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Abby Martin: Biden’s Obscene Military Budget

Free Palestine - RMT Union.

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Dandelion Salad

with Abby Martin

Empire Files on Apr 24, 2021

Abby Martin’s Empire Update wraps up the last weeks in US imperialism: Possible military expansion in Kenya, Army re-focus on fighting over the North Pole, Biden’s obscene military budget, Yemen hunger strike, major Cuba policy announcement, and a historic pro-Palestine bill in Congress.

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The Intensification of Colonial Genocide Will Blow Back, by Rainer Shea

Don't Shoot

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist
April 27, 2021

Escalation has consequences. When a government pushes its people too far, a revolt is going to happen that the government may not be able to contain. We’ve seen this in the last year, when the latest series of murders by police following the coming of a new Great Depression resulted in the largest protest movement in U.S. history. And U.S. military experts understand that over these next several decades of ongoing living standards deterioration within the capitalist world, further unrest will come about should the government take its repressive efforts too far; a 2016 Pentagon training video implies that when the U.S. Army gets sent in to suppress internal revolts, it will need to err on the side of caution if it wants to avoid killing civilians and consequently destroying the state’s perceived legitimacy.

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America’s Neoliberal Financialization Policy vs. China’s Industrial Socialism, by Michael Hudson

China Industry

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
April 25, 2021

Nearly half a millennium ago Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince described three options for how a conquering power might treat states that it defeated in war but that “have been accustomed to live under their own laws and in freedom: … the first is to ruin them, the next is to reside there in person, the third is to permit them to live under their own laws, drawing a tribute, and establishing within it an oligarchy which will keep it friendly to you.”[1]

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An Easy Test of Whether Democrats Are Faking It, by David Swanson + Abby Martin: US Retreats From Afghanistan: Truth Behind The Empire’s Defeat

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
April 23, 2021

When Democrats were handed the U.S. Congress in 2006 to end the war on Iraq, and they escalated it in order to “oppose” it in the 2008 elections, it’s possible some of them were not being completely forthright and respectful toward you, their loyal supporters.

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Ditch The Draft, Once and For All, by Rivera Sun

Ditch The Draft, Once and For All, by Rivera Sun

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by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
April 22, 2021

It’s outdated. It’s dysfunctional. It’s hated by most of the populace. No, we’re not talking about the line at the DMV. We’re talking about the Selective Service and the military draft. For decades, young men have had to register. Now, congress is considering expanding draft registration to women.

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Chris Hedges: Brazil Politics: Crypto-fascism, Corruption, Democracy

The Fight Against Climate Change Is An Anti-Colonialist Struggle by Rainer Shea + The Amazon is Burning at a Record Rate

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Apr 17, 2021

On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to the journalist Glenn Greenwald about his reporting exposing the corruption among Brazil’s political, judicial and economic elite.

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Chris Hedges: We Must Build A New Party

Chris Hedges: We Must Build A New Party

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

The People’s Party on Apr 8, 2021

The People’s Podcast host Nick Brana speaks with Chris Hedges, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and host of the Emmy award-winning show, On Contact.

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Visionary Inspiration and Practical Strategies for Direct Democracy: Winds of Change Book Review, by Marissa Mommaerts

Jere I. and The Winds of Change, by Rivera Sun

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Sent to Dandelion Salad by Rivera Sun

by Marissa Mommaerts
Transition US National Network Organizer
Transition US, March 19, 2021
April 13, 2021

Winds of Change, the third part of the trilogy that began with The Dandelion Insurrection, is so rich that I simultaneously want to share it with every visionary changemaker I know, while at the same time rereading it over and over until I absorb every drop of wisdom, hope and strategy into the fabric of my being.

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Abby Martin: Uganda Dictatorship: Imperialism’s Pearl of Africa

Abby Martin: Uganda Dictatorship: Imperialism's Pearl of Africa

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Dandelion Salad

with Abby Martin

Empire Files on Apr 11, 2021

Short documentary on Uganda’s US-backed dictatorship, the country’s freedom struggle from colonialism until today, and the geo-strategic role the regime plays for US Imperialism.

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How America’s Descent Into A Failed State Will Happen, by Rainer Shea

DC George Floyd Protest (II)

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, April 6, 2021
April 11, 2021

This essay comes with a caveat: that the process of descent into a failed state has already been very much at play. And for a long time, too. At least since the 2008 economic crash, the core of global imperialism has been transitioning into the kind of instability which its military has inflicted upon nations like Libya and Yugoslavia. And during this last year in particular, the collapse has been accelerating.

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Chris Hedges and Richard D. Wolff: American Economic Illusions

Communist Vegans - Covid-19 Exposes Capitalism

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Apr 10, 2021

On the show this week, Chris Hedges discusses the nearly $5 trillion being allocated by the Biden Administration for COVID-19 relief and infrastructure project with economist Richard Wolff.

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