Glen Ford: The Black Elite and the Legacy of MLK + Martin Luther King, Jr.: Organized Non-violent Resistance Is The Most Powerful Weapon

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Originally posted Jan. 21, 2013

“I think it’s just as bad to passively accept evil as it is to inflict it.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

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If You Really Love Your Country…

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
January 20, 2019

If you really love your country, you would not be satisfied with platitudes and flag-waving, national anthems and military parades. A truly patriotic citizen does not sit idle as the land and waters of his country are polluted by extractive industries. A true patriot does not sneer and scorn her fellow citizens who live in poverty or are unhoused. A true patriot does not place higher loyalties with corporations than human beings. A true patriot sees no glory in war, nor security in spending more on military than on peace and justice for all of humankind.

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Chris Hedges: Daniel Berrigan’s Play: The Trial of the Cantonsville Nine

Chris Hedges: Daniel Berrigan's Play: The Trial of the Cantonsville Nine

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jan 19, 2019

The nature and cost of civil disobedience is explored in the play “The Trial of the Cantonsville Nine,” written by the Catholic priest Dan Berrigan.

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Top 10 Reasons NOT to Love NATO by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
January 15, 2019

The New York Times loves NATO, but should you?

Judging by comments in social media and the real world, millions of people in the United States have gone from having little or no opinion on NATO, or from opposing NATO as the world’s biggest military force responsible for disastrous wars in places like Afghanistan (for Democrats) or Libya (for Republicans), to believing NATO to be a tremendous force for good in the world.

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Will Griffin: Michael Parenti’s The Face of Imperialism

Will Griffin: Michael Parenti's The Face of Imperialism

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With Will Griffin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Peace Report
January 14, 2019

Many content creators on YouTube produce collaborative content. Finally, I’m producing my first collaborative piece. For the past 2 weeks I’ve worked with the YouTuber Radical Reviewer (RR) who reviews leftist literature. I find his YouTube channel very important. If you can’t read an entire book, the least we can do is watch a video on the topic. Although reading a book is the best option for learning, watching videos helps save time and money. Also, if the video review is done well it could prompt someone to actually read the book!

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Anything War Can Do, Peace Can Do Better by David Swanson

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Note: David’s piece contains many pictures, so you may wish to read it in full on his website.

by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
January 9, 2019

William James’ idea of the need to create a moral equivalent of war first struck me, decades ago, when I read about it, as about as sensible an idea as inventing a new way to punch yourself in the face. This was not purely because times have changed, because weapons have become more powerful, because the earth’s climate is collapsing, or because nonviolent activism has become widely understood as requiring courage, sacrifice, camarderie, dedication, discipline, and strength, without any of the counterproductive murder, maiming, destroying, occupying, hating, looting, pillaging, or stupidity.

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Abby Martin and Chris Hedges: War, Propaganda and the Enemy Within

The Anti-War Speech That Jailed Eugene Debs For 10 Years

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Originally posted Sept. 26, 2015

with Abby Martin and Chris Hedges

Empire Files on Sep 26, 2015

Abby Martin interviews Chris Hedges on American myths, war and revolt. Hedges explains the ‘folly of Empire,’ the dangers posed by right-wing extremism and the urgent need for a new system.

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Happy New Year! The Radical MLK by The Anti-Social Socialist

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Happy New Year!

“I imagine you already know that I am much more socialistic in my economic theory than capitalistic. And yet I am not so opposed to capitalism that I have failed to see its relative merits. It started out with a noble and high motive, viz, to block the trade monopolies of nobles, but like most human systems it fell victim to the very thing it was revolting against. So today capitalism has outlived its usefulness. It has brought about a system that takes necessities from the masses to give luxuries to the classes.” — Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter to Coretta Scott, 1952

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

Free Julian Assange!

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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.

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

Happy Birthday to Jesus, the Anti-Imperialist Socialist!

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Merry Christmas!

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

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Originally published Dec. 24, 2017
December 24, 2018

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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

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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.

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Truth in Recruiting

Military Counter-Recruitment

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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.

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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

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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. […]

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What Should We Do Instead Of Bombing Yemen? Not Bomb Yemen! by David Swanson

Please No More War Love

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
December 13, 2018

WorldBeyondWar.org on Dec 13, 2018

David Swanson in Albuquerque NM December 12, 2018. Video by Brendon Jaramillo.

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They Went to Jail for Justice by David Swanson

"No Draft!" rally on Diag -- photo reversed to enhance sign's scrutability. (See adjacent photo for original view.)

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, July 9, 2018
December 12, 2018

C.J. Hinke has produced probably the best collection I’ve read of writings by and about conscientious objectors and war refusers behind bars. It’s called Free Radicals: War Resisters in Prison.

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