Category Archives: Civil Rights

Thought Crime: The Road To A Police State by Vashti Kenway

Detachment-88 Shock Troops

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by Vashti Kenway
Socialist Worker
May 26, 2016

The expansion of the Big Brother surveillance state in the U.S. has had greater scrutiny thanks to courageous whistleblowers like Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning and journalists like Glenn Greenwald. But the increase in state repression and violations of basic civil liberties–often carried out in the name of the “war on terror”–has gone global. In this article published at the Australian newspaper Red Flag, Vashti Kenway explains how “thought crime,” a concept once confined to science fiction, has become sufficient grounds to arrest and detain–and considers the ramifications of a strengthened state apparatus in Australia and beyond.


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The New “Improved” Supergrass System by Alex McGuigan

How to use anti-terror laws to protect corporate grandeur; a case study

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by Alex McGuigan
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Plough and The Stars, Nov. 7, 2013
April 18, 2016

The northern statelet’s recent unrolling of a new ‘improved’ version of the so-called ‘Supergrass’ legislation, officially termed the ‘Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005‘ after over 25 years gathering dust on the statute books, should be a cause of concern for Republicans, Socialists and activists of all hues possessed of a world view not shaped by neo-liberalism and the likes of the Murdoch media.

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Chris Hedges: The New Mexican Revolution

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with Chris Hedges

teleSUR English on Mar 8, 2016

In this episode of Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges sits down with two activists from Mexico, Pauline Luna and Jessica Alcazar. The two explain the effects of US-imposed neoliberalism on Mexico, particularly since the signing of 1994 trade agreement NAFTA. They highlight the abuse and “disappearance” of Mexican human rights advocates, activists, journalists, and laborers. Luna and Alcazar also lay out their project, “Concertación Ciudadana”, which demands a new constitution and uninhibited direct participation on a grassroots level.

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Abby Martin and Cornel West: Capitalism Cannot Exist Without Racism

You can't have Capitalism without Racism

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Feb 14, 2016

During Black History Month, as the U.S. pays homage to African Americans who have changed the course of history, the establishment shows us a revised version that omits a critical piece: the Black radical political tradition.

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The Battle Over the Term “Progressive” by Rob Hager

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton - Caricatures

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by Rob Hager
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
February 10, 2016

The battle between Sanders and Clinton over the term “progressive” presents an opportunity to discuss some history relevant to the campaign. The meaning of the term gains importance from new thinking that “people of color and progressive whites add up to a new majority” comprising 23% and 28% of the electorate respectively. See Steve Phillips, Brown is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority (2016). These Americans are those most strongly committed to America’s republican traditions. Today’s progressives represent the same fraction who fought to establish the republic envisaged by the two Toms, Paine and Jefferson.

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Chris Hedges and Cornel West: Faux Liberalism Serves the Oligarchic Cabal

Madison, Wisc. March 12, 2011

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with Chris Hedges and Cornel West

The New School on Oct 15, 2015

Sponsored by The Nation Institute and The New School, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and acclaimed author Chris Hedges sits down for a one-to-one interview with public intellectual, academic and activist Cornel West.

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Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr.: The Three Evils of Society: Racism, Militarism and Capitalism (must-see)

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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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Back To The Future: The Legacy Of Abraham Lincoln by Arthur D. Robbins

Chicago Protest Against Guantanamo Jan 11, 2012 - Photo by FJJ

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by Arthur D. Robbins
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, Sept. 30, 2015
December 17, 2015

A President of the United States would never operate outside the law, ignore the U.S. Constitution and the courts, shut down the presses, imprison his domestic adversaries or turn his guns on his own people. Well, Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president did of all of that and, curiously, has been turned into a national hero for his troubles. Lincoln ignored his closest advisors and the temper of the times to engage in the bloodiest war in American history, a war that could easily have been avoided. Single handedly Lincoln terrorized the entire nation. So let us take notice. What happened once could happen again.

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Chris Hedges Calls Out Corporate America for Their Complicity in Neoslavery + Quentin Tarantino, Cornel West, Victims’ Families Decry Police Violence

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with Chris Hedges

Democracy Now! on Oct 26, 2015

Democracynow.org – Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, activist and Presbyterian minister Chris Hedges, whose latest book is “Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle,” spoke Saturday at New York’s “Rise Up October” rally and march to end police violence. In his address, Hedges spoke about the effects that police violence and mass incarceration has on families. “There are husbands and wives severed, sometimes forever, from their spouses,” said Hedges. “There are sisters and brothers that have been torn apart, but this morning we remember most the children, those whose mothers and fathers are locked behind bars or whose parents will never come home again, whose tiny lives have been shattered, whose childhoods have been stolen, who endure the painful stigma of loss or of having a mother or father in prison and cannot comprehend the cruelty of this world.”

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Pope Tells World’s Top Arms Dealers to End Arms Trade by David Swanson + Pope Francis’ Speech to Congress + Transcript

Pope Francis rips capitalism and trickle-down economics

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
September 24, 2015

I lack patience. I admit it.

There’s my confession.

I couldn’t sit through the Pope’s slow and plodding and polite speech to Congress, waiting for him to say something against the primary thing that body does and spends our money on. But finally he got there:
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Chris Hedges: State Violence and Counter Violence

All power to the people

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Aug 24, 2015

In this episode of Days of Revolt, host Chris Hedges sits down with former Black Panther Eddie Conway and former member of the Black Liberation Army Ojore Lutalo to discuss their roles in the radical movements in the 1960s and early 1970s, and the state’s use of violence to crush them.

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Larry Hamm: The Long Distance Revolutionary, interviewed by Chris Hedges

Don't Shoot

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Aug 18, 2015

In this episode of Days of Revolt, Hedges sits down with founder of the People’s Organization for Progress Larry Hamm to dissect periods of American resistance, and explain how shifts in political climate have and will shape new modes of community organizing.

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Cornel West: The Betrayal By The Black Elite, interviewed by Chris Hedges

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with Chris Hedges and

TheRealNews on Aug 11, 2015

In this episode of Days of Revolt host Chris Hedges continues his conversation with Dr. Cornel West to discuss the way in which the black prophetic tradition has been supplanted by black elitism and individualism.

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Cornel West: The Black Prophetic Tradition, interviewed by Chris Hedges

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with Chris Hedges and

TheRealNews on Aug 5, 2015

In the premiere of teleSUR’s “Days of Revolt,” host Chris Hedges sits down with Dr. Cornel West to discuss the legacy of the black prophetic tradition and its relevance to movements today.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I Have Some Questions For You by Lo

Bernie Sanders - Painting

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by Lo
editor, Dandelion Salad
July 11, 2015

To anyone working on Bernie Sanders‘ campaign. These questions need answers:

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