Chris Hedges: China Is Not Our Enemy

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with Chris Hedges

CODEPINK on Feb 17, 2021

As we continue to dismantle the anti-China rhetoric we are uplifting stories through webinars, hosted by CODEPINK co-founder Jodie Evans, featuring guests from across the world that are working towards peace. This week on China Is Not Our Enemy we are excited to be in conversation with Chris Hedges, Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist, author, and TV host. Jodie and Chris will discuss how propaganda drives us to war as well as the true cost of war. As a witness to war and the failings of the US hegemony, capitalism, and imperialism, Chris Hedges has a lot to share.

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10 Key Points to Ending Wars in Yemen and Afghanistan, by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
February 15, 2021

1. Victories that are only partial are not fictional.

When a ruler, like Biden, finally announces the end of a war, like the war on Yemen, it is as important to recognize what it does mean as what it doesn’t. It doesn’t mean the U.S. military and U.S.-made weapons will vanish from the region or be replaced by actual aid or reparations (as opposed to “lethal aid” — a product that’s usually high on people’s Christmas lists only for other people). It does not mean we’ll see U.S. support for the rule of law and the prosecution of the worst crimes on earth, or encouragement for nonviolent movements for democracy. It apparently does not mean an end to providing information to the Saudi military on whom to kill where. It apparently does not mean the immediate lifting of the blockade on Yemen.

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Plutocracy I-V (must-see)

Class War graffiti, Shoreditch

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Part I originally published Jan. 2, 2016, Part II on Dec. 30, 2016, Part III on June 28, 2017, Part IV on Apr. 29, 2018, and Part V on June 4, 2019.

by Scott Noble
Dissident Voice
December 31, 2015

Plutocracy is the first documentary to comprehensively examine early American history through the lens of class. A multi-part series by filmmaker Scott Noble, Part I focuses on the the ways in which the American people have historically been divided on the basis of race, ethnicity, sex and skill level.

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Christian Sorensen: Seizing the War Industry, interviewed by Will Griffin

Understanding the War Industry by Christian Sorensen

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by Will Griffin and Christian Sorensen
Writers, Dandelion Salad
February 5, 2021

The Peace Report on Feb 4, 2021

The war industry is one of the largest and most powerful industries in the United States. This industry in currently in the hands of the imperialist class, who continue to manufacture weapons which influence US policy and the economy to a great degree. What would the industry look like if the working-class seized it?

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The Scale of Loss: 400,000 Dead, by Rivera Sun

The Scale of Loss: 400,000 Dead, by Rivera Sun

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by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
January 28, 2021

Four hundred lights stretch along the Reflecting Pool on the National Mall. Each represents one thousand people in America who have died of COVID-19. It is only in their absence that we have space to acknowledge the dead–there is not enough space beside the pool for that many people to stand. It is only by symbols that we can understand the enormity of what we’ve lost.

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Why Samantha Power Should Not Hold Public Office, by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
January 27, 2021

It took a variety of approaches to market the 2003 war on Iraq. For some it was to be a defense against an imagined threat. For others it was false revenge. But for Samantha Power it was philanthropy. She said at the time, “An American intervention likely will improve the lives of the Iraqis. Their lives could not get worse, I think it’s quite safe to say.” Needless to say, it wasn’t safe to say that.

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The Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex Study Guide, by Christian Sorensen

Understanding the War Industry by Christian Sorensen

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by Christian Sorensen
Writer, Dandelion Salad
January 21, 2021

INTRODUCTION

Capitalism—the system by which a relatively tiny group owns the means of production and enriches themselves through hoarding the workers’ surplus value, transforming the natural world into goods and services—is inherently destructive, exploitative, and polluting. Capital is concentrated in very few hands. The richest one percent own half of the world’s wealth (Frank, CNBC, 14 Nov 2017), and the three wealthiest humans in the United States own more wealth than the bottom fifty percent of the population of the country (Kirsch, Forbes, 9 Nov 2017). This trend of the rich getting richer only accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Billionaire wealth skyrocketed while the masses suffered.

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Danny Haiphong, Margaret Kimberley and Ajamu Baraka: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the American Empire

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with Danny Haiphong and Margaret Kimberley

Black Agenda Report Presents: The Left Lens on Jan 18, 2021

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday is often celebrated without any regard for his radical political legacy.

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Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Three Evils of Society: Racism, Militarism and Capitalism

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Previously published Jan. 17, 2016

“What they truly advocate is Socialism for the rich and Capitalism for the poor.” — Martin Luther King, Jr., Address Delivered at the National Conference on New Politics, August 31, 1967

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The Radicalization of Martin Luther King, Jr. + Dr. Martin Luther King: Where Do We Go From Here?

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Originally posted on Jan. 20, 2013

“One day we must ask the question, “Why are there forty million poor people in America?” And when you begin to ask that question, you’re raising a question about the economic system, about a broader distribution of wealth. When you ask that question, you begin to question the capitalistic economy.” — “Where Do We Go From Here?” Martin Luther King, Jr., Aug. 16, 1967

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Exploiting the Chaos to Impose More Surveillance and Censorship, by Rainer Shea

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist
January 12, 2021

Welcome to the latest stage in the process of reaction that’s occurring within the U.S. ruling class amid Washington’s imperial decline. This is the stage where after Trump’s personality cult has escalated a petty political dispute into violence, the liberal technocrats who will soon have control over the White House are escalating their war against dissent.

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Top 10 Questions for Avril Haines, Neera Tanden and Antony Blinken, by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Dec. 30, 2020
January 2, 2021

Before Avril Haines can become Director of National Intelligence, Senators must approve. And before that, they must ask questions. Here are some suggestions for what they should ask.

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

Happy New Year! The Radical Martin Luther King, Jr. 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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Drone Murder Has Been Normalized, by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Dec. 29, 2020
December 30, 2020

If I search on Google for the words “drones” and “morality” most of the results are from 2012 through 2016. If I search for “drones” and “ethics” I get a bunch of articles from 2017 to 2020. Reading the various websites confirms the obvious hypothesis that (as a rule, with plenty of exceptions) “morality” is what people mention when an evil practice is still shocking and objectionable, whereas “ethics” is what they use when talking about a normal, inevitable part of life that has to be tweaked into the very most proper shape.

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The War at Home: Part 1: Rebellion

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

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“The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and all to lose—especially their lives.” — Eugene Debs

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