US’ Futile Containment of China, by Finian Cunningham

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Ireland
Crossposted from Sputnik, Feb. 28, 2021
March 1, 2021

America’s global power depends on a strategy of “containment” towards China. Containment is just a euphemism for aggression, hostility and confrontation. And such a strategy is bound to fail.

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U.S. Spends 11 Times What China Does on Military Per Capita, by David Swanson

Veterans for Peace Banner Drop: "How is the War Economy Working for You?" (Pittsburgh, PA)

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
February 24, 2021

NATO and various columnists employed by major U.S. newspapers and “think” tanks believe that military spending levels should be measured in comparison to nations’ financial economies. If you have more money, you should spend more money on wars and war preparations. I’m not sure if this is based on opinion polls in Afghanistan and Libya expressing gratitude for war as a public service or some other source of data less imaginary.

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The U.S. Moves Closer Towards Revolutionary Crisis, by Rainer Shea

A Day in New York: 19th July 20

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, Feb. 18, 2021
February 19, 2021

In The Foundations of Leninism, Stalin concluded that “the chain of the imperialist front must, as a rule, break where the links are weaker and, at all events, not necessarily where capitalism is more developed, where there is such and such a percentage of proletarians and such and such a percentage of peasants, and so on.” In other words, the potential for proletarian revolution is increased more by the weakening of capital in a given country than by any other aspect of the material conditions.

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Michael Hudson: Changes in Superimperialism: The Position of the USA and China in our Global Economic System

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
February 10, 2021

Oxford Economics Society on Jan 23, 2021

Nearly 50 years after the original publication of “Superimperialism”, Michael Hudson revisits how the lucrative dollar-based economic system that the US set up after WWII has evolved with the rise of China and the Covid-19 pandemic. What financial weapons is the US likely to use, and does China’s de-dollarisation protect it from such attacks?

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Michael Hudson: Polarization, Then a Crash

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
December 27, 2020

theAnalysis-news on Dec 23, 2020

Allied with landlords and monopolists, the finance sector is extracting economic rents from the economy that’s impoverishing US government, industry and labor says Michael Hudson discussing the chokehold of pro-finance, pro-rentier capitalism reaching into the present COVID-19 crisis.

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Chris Hedges: The Global Economic Machine

Capitalism Kills - Kill Capitalism

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with Chris Hedges

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RT America on Dec 5, 2020

On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to Fabian Scheidler about how the global economic machine came to dominate our lives, and with looming social upheavals caused by predatory capitalism, what can be done to blunt its destructive power.

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Britain’s Class War On Children, by John Pilger + Pilger: Smashing Kids

Class War #occupyboston

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by John Pilger
John Pilger, Nov. 26, 2020
November 27, 2020

When I first reported on child poverty in Britain, I was struck by the faces of children I spoke to, especially the eyes. They were different: watchful, fearful.

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Sick Britain’s Orwellian Dystopia, by Finian Cunningham

1984 is now...

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Ireland
Crossposted from Sputnik
November 19, 2020

Britain’s sorry excuse for a leader, Boris Johnson, has proudly announced the biggest spending spree on the nation’s military in 30 years. This comes as the country is reeling from disease, a healthcare crisis and economic misery for millions of workers.

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Biden’s Coming Economic Reign of Terror + The Imperialists Fear the Next Global Wave of Revolutions, by Rainer Shea

Capitalism = economic terrorism

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, Nov. 10, 2020
November 16, 2020

Why is the global capitalist class refusing to give up neoliberalism, even as neoliberalism creates growing dissension among the lower classes and rising risk of proletarian revolution? Because in a paradigm where profits have overall been declining since the 1970s, neoliberalism serves as the way for the rich to push the costs of capitalism’s crises onto the backs of the poor. Neoliberalism was implemented because the 20th century model of social welfare states had become incompatible with the capitalist goal of endless growth.

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Michael Hudson: Financialization and Deindustrialization

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
November 10, 2020

theAnalysis-news on Nov 2, 2020

Trump’s economic policies have not addressed the fundamental forces that have gutted industrial jobs under the administrations of both parties, says economist Michael Hudson on theAnalysis.news podcast with Paul Jay.

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Chris Hedges and Christian Parenti: Radical Hamilton: Economic Lessons from a Misunderstood Founder

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Oct 24, 2020

On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to Christian Parenti, about Alexander Hamilton, the first Treasury Secretary of the United States who has been called the founding father of U.S. capitalism and imperialism.

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The Promise of a Shiny “Great Reset” Masks Our Terrifying Future + The 2020 Election: The Latest Step in the Loss of U.S. Stability, by Rainer Shea

Capitalism Kills

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, Oct. 14, 2020
October 20, 2020

In 1937, the storyteller H.P. Lovecraft wrote this about the direction that capitalism was taking:

“Capitalism is dying from internal as well as external causes, and its own leaders and beneficiaries are less and less able to kid themselves…The only avenue of survival for plutocracy is a military and emotional fascism whereby millions of persons will be withdrawn from the industrial arena and placed on a dole or in concentration camps with high sounding patriotic names. That or socialism—take your choice. In the long run it won’t be the New Deal but the mere facts of existence which will be recognized as the real and inevitable slayer of Hooverism.”

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Michael Hudson and Steve Keen: Permanent Inequality?

Death to Capitalism

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
October 15, 2020

RT on Oct 7, 2020

It remains unclear who will be the occupant of the White House next January. What can be easily predicted is the state of the economy for tens of millions of citizens. It appears what is called a K-shaped recovery is permanently dividing the country into the haves and have-nots. And this seems to be acceptable for those who are the haves!

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85 Billionaires and the Better Half by Michael Parenti

Ways of Thinking - Feudalism is very much alive

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by Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published February 18, 2014
October 8, 2020

The world’s 85 richest individuals possess as much wealth as the 3.5 billion souls who compose the poorer half of the world’s population, or so it was announced in a report by Oxfam International. The assertion sounds implausible to me. I think the 85 richest individuals, who together are worth many hundreds of billions of dollars, must have far more wealth than the poorest half of our global population.

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Luxury Eco-Communism: A Wonderful World is Possible

Luxury Eco-Communism: A Wonderful World is Possible

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Socialist Project – Left Streamed
August 23, 2020

This film is very much not a utopian vision of the future. In fact, the very different strategies of utopian and materialist thinking for imagining the future are discussed in the first part of the film. Instead of a utopia, the film presents a wide variety of issues, suffering and problems experienced by people, whose common source is the capitalist system itself. It then presents a vision of how things could be very different in each case, without the systemic priorities of the world capitalist system. This gives us a very different viewpoint upon ecology, technology and human flourishing.

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