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

Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial

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Originally posted Jan. 21, 2013
January 17, 2022

TheRealNews on Jan 21, 2013

Glen Ford: Black upper class took advantage of legal victories won by MLK and the Civil Rights Movement and then helped to undermine the movement.

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Caleb Maupin: Martin Luther King Was A Socialist!

Today capitalism has outlived its usefulness. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Originally published Jan. 17, 2019
January 16, 2022

Caleb Maupin on Jun 2, 2010

Your history textbooks may have you convinced he was a blind patriot and arch conservative. They were wrong. Martin Luther King was a socialist, and the following clips show him talking extensively about the need to redistribute wealth and “economic power,” the right to a job, and the dignity of the working class.

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The U.S. Military Is Registering 15-Year-Olds for the Draft, by David Swanson

Repeal the U.S. Military Selective Service Act

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by David Swanson
Writers, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
December 19, 2021

Most U.S. states still have excuses when asked to make voter registration automatic, but in various states — including here in Virginia — draft registration is automatic even for 15-year-olds who want a learner’s permit to drive a car. (This is still only for males, as Congress did not, in the end, extend draft registration to females, at least until next year — once in a while Democrats’ obeisance to Republicans works out well.) The application for the learner’s permit in Virginia, for which you must be 15-and-a-half-years-old, says:
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The Dangerous Myth of “Left Woke Fascism,” by Kenn Orphan

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
December 9, 2021

How anyone could believe that “left woke fascism” is actually a thing is staggering. But I have encountered this line of thinking many more times than I am comfortable with lately, primarily among Americans. Sadly, it has become very fashionable in some corners on the internet to bemoan and decry the supposed scourge of leftist “wokeness” and to equate it with the real menace of far-right authoritarianism, violence and brutality. It is a myth that has gained alarming traction.

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Censorship, the Myth of Free Data, and the False Solutions on the Table, by Kenn Orphan

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
December 5, 2021

There is a line I keep seeing repeated on social media. It goes something like this: “They are allowed to decide what is acceptable to post and what is not. It’s free, after all.” Things like that may make snappy and snarky comebacks to people complaining about internet censorship. Only it isn’t true. Not by a long shot.

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Chris Hedges: The Young Lords: A Radical History

Chris Hedges: The Young Lords: A Radical History

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Nov 4, 2021

On the show, Chris Hedges discusses the legacy of the radical group the Young Lords with Professor Johanna Fernández.

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David Swanson and Carissa Byrne Hessick: Punishment Without Trial: Why Plea Bargaining Is a Bad Deal

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Oct. 5, 2021
October 6, 2021

This week on Talk World Radio: a new book called Punishment Without Trial: Why Plea Bargaining Is a Bad Deal.

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Chris Hedges: The Legacy of the Obama-Biden Administration

Political Art

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RT America on Sep 30, 2021

On the show, Chris Hedges speaks with the author Robert Eisenberg, about the legacy of the Obama/Biden administration and how it lead to the election of Donald Trump.

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Chris Hedges: The Second American Revolution

They say Revolution

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Sep 18, 2021

On the show, Chris Hedges discusses the Second American Revolution with author David Talbot.

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They’re About to Add Women to Military Draft in the Name of Feminism, by David Swanson

Repeal the U.S. Military Selective Service Act

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by David Swanson
Writers, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Aug. 30, 2021
September 2, 2021

In some future lovely little war, perhaps with China or some other demonized target, some percentage of the U.S. public may suddenly exclaim: “Hey, since when does a draft include young women as well as men?!” Old tunes will be revised and sung in protest with lyrics about being the first one on your block to have your daughter come home in a box. The tragedies will be played out in tears and screams and flag-covered propaganda-regurgitating rationalizations. Dead women and men will be thanked for the service of stirring up World War III before being dumped in the ground to rot, as some of the living begin to envy them and wonder about the merits of the service they’ve provided.

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Rivera Sun: Is It Unfair To Young Women Not To Force Them To Kill and Die For Weapons Profits? Interviewed by David Swanson

Rivera Sun: Is It Unfair To Young Women Not To Force Them To Kill and Die For Weapons Profits, interviewed by David Swanson

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Interviewed by David Swanson
Writers, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, June 15, 2021
June 16, 2021

This week on Talk World Radio: draft registration. Is it unfair to young women not to force them to kill and die for weapons profits? Our guest Rivera Sun is the Editor of Nonviolence News, a nationwide trainer in strategy for nonviolent movements, and the author of many books and novels, including The Dandelion Insurrection and The Way Between. She serves on the Advisory Boards of World BEYOND War and the Backbone Campaign. Her essays on nonviolence are syndicated by Peace Voice and published in hundreds of journals.

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Ditch The Draft, Once and For All, by Rivera Sun

Ditch The Draft, Once and For All, by Rivera Sun

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by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
April 22, 2021

It’s outdated. It’s dysfunctional. It’s hated by most of the populace. No, we’re not talking about the line at the DMV. We’re talking about the Selective Service and the military draft. For decades, young men have had to register. Now, congress is considering expanding draft registration to women.

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The Anti-Social Socialist: How Do We Rent Our Lives?

How Do We Rent Our Lives? by The Anti-Social Socialist

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“The radical capitalist social revolution in which sovereignty in economic affairs passed from the community as a whole into the hands of special class of masters often remote from production, a group alien to the producers.” — Norman Ware

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Chris Hedges: Michael Ratner’s Memoir, Moving the Bar – My Life as A Radical Lawyer

Michael Ratner at #FreeHammond061

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jan 30, 2021

On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to Michael Smith, civil rights attorney about Michael Ratner’s recently published memoir, Moving the Bar – My Life as A Radical Lawyer. Smith was a close friend and collaborator of Ratner’s for over three decades.

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