Trump’s Trade Threats Are Really Cold War 2.0 by Michael Hudson + The American Dream Is Alive and Well—in China by Ellen Brown

China Indusry

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
June 16, 2019

President Trump has threatened China’s President Xi that if they don’t meet and talk at the upcoming G20 meetings in Japan, June 29-30, the United States will not soften its tariff war and economic sanctions against Chinese exports and technology.

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Chris Hedges and Kristinn Hrafnsson: The US Extradition Request for Julian Assange

Free Julian Assange!

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jun 15, 2019

Chris Hedges discusses the US extradition request for Julian Assange with WikiLeaks editor in chief, Kristinn Hrafnsson.

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Chris Hedges and John Pilger Reporting on Julian Assange’s Hearing from London + John Pilger: Julian Assange Extradition Case is a War on Journalism!

Chris Hedges and John Pilger Reporting on Julian Assange's Hearing from London

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with John Pilger and Chris Hedges

RT America on Jun 14, 2019

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared in court on Friday. Top independent journalists from the world over flocked to UK to cover his trial. Rick Sanchez explains what’s at stake. We’ll also hear from acclaimed documentarian John Pilger. Then host of “On Contact” Chris Hedges joins live from London, UK to discuss the case against Assange.

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Chris Hedges: The Radical Transformation of Jackson, MS

Chris Hedges: The Radical Transformation of Jackson, Mississippi

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Originally posted March 4, 2018; updated below

“Self-determination is not possible within the capitalist social framework, because the endless pursuit of profits that drives this system only empowers private ownership and the individual appropriation of wealth by design. The end result of this system is massive inequality and inequity.” — Kali Akuno, Jackson Rising: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Self-Determination in Jackson, Mississippi

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The Corporation (2003) (must-see)

Greedy Corporate America

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Originally posted Dec. 16, 2007

Documentary that looks at the concept of the corporation throughout recent history up to its present-day dominance. Since the late 18th century American legal decision that the business corporation organizational model is legally a person, it has become a dominant economic, political and social force around the globe.

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Americans Pay Price for Criminal Wars From Mass Shootings at Home by Finian Cunningham

March For Our Lives DC 25

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
June 11, 2019

America’s horrendous gun violence can be attributed to many factors, but there is one factor that is hardly talked about or explored in public discourse – the apparent link between mass shootings and the rampant culture of US militarism.

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Dandelions and Civilization

Dandelion and Violets

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Sent to Dandelion Salad by a friend; thanks, Jay!

The History Guy: History Deserves to Be Remembered on Jun 3, 2019

Dandelions are among the most populous and widespread plants on earth. The secret to their success has to do both with their unique characteristics, and their inextricable connection to humans. The history of humans and dandelions is forever linked in ways that may surprise you.

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To Survive: We Need A Global Awakening Much Bigger Than A “Revolution,” Much Deeper Than Just Ending Capitalism by Eric Schechter

Postapocalyptic

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by Eric Schechter aka LeftyMathProf
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Eric’s Rants and Videos blog
June 9, 2019

Paradise or Extinction

leftymathprof on Jun 8, 2019

The climate apocalypse will soon kill all of us (including the plutocrats), if we don’t take drastic measures right away. But the plutocrats are blocking those measures, because they don’t want anything cutting into their short-term profits. In this video I discuss the crazy culture that has us headed toward extinction. To survive, we need an immense cultural change.

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Chris Hedges and Nils Melzer: The Psychological Torture of Julian Assange

Julian Assange US Extradition Hearing: It Raises Massive Concerns About Free Speech

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jun 8, 2019

Chris Hedges discusses with Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, the conditions of Julian Assange’s detention, his psychological and physical health as well as the judicial proceedings against Assange.

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Chris Hedges’ Commencement Address: Integrity Forged in Cages

Ways of Thinking - Feudalism is very much alive

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with Chris Hedges

Nigrotime on May 21, 2019

On May 10, 2019, Chris Hedges gave this talk to 27 graduating students who were formerly incarcerated—several of whom he taught in prison—and their families at Rutgers University on Friday. The ceremony was held by the Mountainview Program at Rutgers, which helps students complete their degrees at Rutgers after they take college courses inside prisons through the New Jersey Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons Consortium (NJ-STEP) program.

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Wisdom: A Force Unstoppable

Wisdom - Seeds of Light

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published Dec. 15, 2013
June 6, 2019

“Look out upon this nation and tell me what you see,” a friend once said to me.

I told her I saw anger, hunger, poverty, senselessness, fear, sick and worried people, hatred twisting faces, greed stuffing overfull guts, ignorance regurgitating lies, well-intentioned impotence, self-centered passivity, and, beyond this roiling sea of humanity’s foibles, I saw my opponents lined up to massacre us all.

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Caleb Maupin: History and Overview of Marxism in 12 Minutes + Socialist Heroism in Our Time

Karl Marx by Robert Diedrichs, 1970. Courtesy WikiCommons

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with Caleb Maupin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Caleb Maupin (website)
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June 5, 2019

“Marxism and Karl Marx taught us there are two classes. There is the bourgeois and the proletariat. There are those who own the major centers of economic power, the factories, the banks, the means of transport, the means of communication and make profits from them. And then there are the rest of us who sell our labor power to those capitalists in order to survive. We get wages, we live by working, we’re proletarians. They live by owning, they’re capitalists.” — Caleb Maupin

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Plutocracy V: Subterranean Fire (must-see)

Diego Rivera mural at the Detroit Institute of Arts

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“If you think by hanging us you can stamp out the labor movement … the movement from which the down-trodden millions, the millions who toil in want and misery, expect salvation — if this is your opinion, then hang us!

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Edward Snowden: Maybe You’ve Heard About It–This Is Mass Surveillance

2013 DC Rally Against Mass Surrveillance 2

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“It is through this sort of unholy connection of technology and sort of an unusual interpretation of contract law that these institutions have been able to transform this greatest virtue of humanity—which is this desire to interact and to connect and to cooperate and to share—to transform all of that into a weakness.

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The Bankers’ “Power Revolution”: How the Government Got Shackled by Debt + New Book: Banking on the People by Ellen Brown

The Bankers’ "Power Revolution": How the Government Got Shackled by Debt + New Book: Banking on the People by Ellen Brown

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog, May 31, 2019
June 2, 2019

This article is excerpted from my new book Banking on the People: Democratizing Money in the Digital Age, available in paperback June 1.

The U.S. federal debt has more than doubled since the 2008 financial crisis, shooting up from $9.4 trillion in mid-2008 to over $22 trillion in April 2019. The debt is never paid off. The government just keeps paying the interest on it, and interest rates are rising.

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