Rivera Sun’s The Way Between, by David Swanson

The Way Between by Rivera Sun

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, July 6, 2021
July 7, 2021

For decades I — and, no doubt, everybody else who points out the power and effectiveness of nonviolent action — have had the endlessly recurring experience of being asked “But shouldn’t people defend themselves with wars rather than do nothing?”

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Remember to Forget the Alamo, by David Swanson

The Alamo

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
June 21, 2021

Mexico once had a problem with a local provincial government promoting illegal immigration from the United States into Mexico in order to engage in the illegal slavery of illegally trafficked people. The locality involved was called Texas. For years, Mexico let Texas get away with its lawlessness and immorality, including not paying taxes, and including killing Mexican soldiers. Then it sent an army to lay down the law. Texans warned each other that soldiers were coming “to give liberty to our slaves, and to make slaves of ourselves” (meaning to end the actual enslavement of anyone and to require that people abide by laws and pay taxes).

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Foretelling the End of Capitalism, reviewed by Pete Dolack

Capitalism is the crisis

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by Pete Dolack
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder, June 16, 2021
June 17, 2021

Predictions are difficult to make, especially, as the old joke goes, when they are about the future. Particularly fraught have been predictions of the demise of capitalism. Conventional wisdom would have us believe that because capitalism remains the world’s dominant economic system, predictions of the system’s demise are not only wrong, but destined to be wrong in the future.

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Abolishing Police and Abolishing Militaries, by David Swanson

Abolish the Police sign in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 27, 2020

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, June 10, 2021
June 11, 2021

The similarities between the movement to abolish war and the movement to abolish police and prisons jump out at me anew when reading Mariame Kaba’s We Do This ‘Til We Free Us, which is about police and prison abolition. The book has a foreword by Naomi Murakawa that includes this:
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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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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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The Final Dance: A Conversation with Cheryl Deines on Death and Dying, the Pandemic, and Living Our Best Lives, by Kenn Orphan

Don’t grieve. Anything you Lose Comes Round in Another Form.

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
February 17, 2021

KO: I wanted to begin by disclosing that I had the great honour of working with Cheryl in hospice care as medical social workers and grief counselors for several years. Her compassion, intuitive empathy and healing manner taught me invaluable lessons on how to approach death and grief.

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Tell the Truth: Veterans Day Is A National Day of Lying, by David Swanson

LIES

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Nov. 2, 2018
Originally published Nov. 12, 2018
November 11, 2020

Some are inclined to recognize that Trumpies are dwelling in an alternative universe in which neither climate collapse nor nuclear apocalypse is a concern but terrifying wild hoards of Muslim Hondurans are skipping and dancing into the Fatherland armed with gang symbols, deadly rocks, and socialistic tendencies.

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The Top Driving Force Behind Wars Is The War Industry, by David Swanson

Understanding the War Industry by Christian Sorensen

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
May 29, 2020

I’m adding Christian Sorensen’s new book, Understanding the War Industry, to the list of books I think will convince you to help abolish war and militaries. See the list below.

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Lee Camp’s New Book, Bullet Points and Punch Lines, reviewed by David Swanson + Lee Camp: CNBC Anchor Nearly Chokes On Air When Told The Truth

Lee Camp’s New Book, Bullet Points and Punch Lines, reviewed by David Swanson + Lee Camp: CNBC Anchor Nearly Chokes On Air When Told The Truth

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
February 20, 2020

It’s often hard to report on U.S. politics and government with a straight face. It’s even harder to report on the usual reporting on U.S. politics and government with a straight face. So much of it is beyond the reach of parody. Yet it also opens up opportunities to shock people with basic facts.

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If You’re Not Busy Plotting Nonviolent Revolution for Peace and Climate, You’re Busy Dying by David Swanson

the revolution

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Dec. 10, 2019
December 29, 2019

Roger Hallam is of course right in his short book, Common Sense for the 21st Century: Only Nonviolent Rebellion Can Now Stop Climate Breakdown and Social Collapse. While some portion of humanity heaps scorn on the victims of the fossil fuel propaganda who deny climate science, only a much smaller portion points out the equally delusional and disastrous denial of the need for nonviolent revolution.

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Tell the Truth: Veterans Day Is A National Day of Lying by David Swanson

LIES

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Nov. 2, 2018
Originally published Nov. 12, 2018
November 10, 2019

Some are inclined to recognize that Trumpies are dwelling in an alternative universe in which neither climate collapse nor nuclear apocalypse is a concern but terrifying wild hoards of Muslim Hondurans are skipping and dancing into the Fatherland armed with gang symbols, deadly rocks, and socialistic tendencies.

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David Swanson and Jeffrey Sterling: What Was the Purpose of Operation Merlin? + Join the CIA: Travel the World Passing Out Nuclear Blueprints

Wikileaks _DDC1941

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
October 18, 2019

Jeffrey Sterling is a former CIA case officer who was convicted of violating the Espionage Act and was in federal prison in Colorado. Prior to this program, as far as we know, Sterling had not been asked whether he believes the stated purpose of the program he worked on. Does he really think the purpose of giving obviously flawed nuclear bomb-part plans to Iran was to slow down a nuclear weapons program that may not even have existed? Or does he believe the purpose was to plant evidence on the government of Iran? Listen to his answer.

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Unplugged For 14 Days by Lo

Unplugged

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by Lo
Editor, Dandelion Salad
October 12, 2019

Had a very unplanned trip to the computer shop and unfortunately it took 2 weeks. I apologize for disappearing so abruptly.

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The True Roots of Money & Banking and How to Pull Off a Modern Debt Jubilee by Ellen Brown

cancel the debt

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
September 1, 2019

We are again reaching the point in the business cycle known as “peak debt,” when debts have compounded to the point that their cumulative total cannot be paid. Student debt, credit card debt, auto loans, business debt and sovereign debt are all higher than they have ever been. As economist Michael Hudson writes in his provocative 2018 book, “…and forgive them their debts,” debts that can’t be paid won’t be paid. The question, he says, is how they won’t be paid.

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