Under His Eye in the Republic of Texas, by Kenn Orphan

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
June 23, 2022

If you’ve never traveled around the state of Texas, you won’t really get an accurate picture of this odd land of extremes. The cities, especially Austin and Houston, are islands of relative sanity surrounded by a sea of crazy. All this considered, the unveiling of the Texas GOP’s platform should come as no surprise. They have merely tapped into the paranoid, hyper-nationalist, fascist zeitgeist so prevalent among a large swath of its white, Christian population.

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Lee Camp: New Docs Relating to 911 Finally Reveal the Truth

9/11 Was an Inside Job

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“But when you get into the details of it, it’s pretty goddamn mind-blowing. I mean, not that most people watching us right now, you were like, yeah, I knew Saudi Arabia was involved in shit but for you to see the evidence, to see the proof, to see literally drawings of planes hitting buildings is still mind-blowing.” — Lee Camp

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Neoliberal Misery and Its Destabilizing Consequences, Part II, by Rainer Shea

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, Nov. 23, 2021
December 12, 2021

This article is Part Two in a series on American collapse and the potential for a U.S. civil war. Read part one for a detailed explanation of the ideas I’ll mention here about the U.S. empire’s internal cognitive warfare.

The imperialists are the architects of their own demise. Through reacting to the decline of U.S. hegemony by domestically applying Washington’s tactics abroad—highly militarized policing, exploitative policies, covert CIA propaganda, clampdowns on journalism, paramilitarism—the imperialists are ultimately accelerating this unraveling. This is because when these and other imperialist tactics are used abroad, they have the effect of making the places they target more unstable.

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America’s Instinctive Fascism Creeps On, by Paul Street

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street, Nov. 4, 2021
November 7, 2021

Recently Norman Ornstein told Salon’s Chauncy de Vega that the United States is mired in a crisis of democracy that shows parallels with Germany’s descent into Nazism during the 1930s. Ornstein is right to worry about the nation’s ongoing lethal rightward drift beyond “normal” bourgeois democracy. That is how the United States’ political life is shaping up. The signs are ominous indeed. As de Vega writes, “the coup attempt of January is only a prelude to similar events in the future, when Republicans and their allies fully intend to overthrow any election they lose, and therefore deem illegitimate.”

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A Time of Plague in an Era of Corruption, Distrust and Irrationality, by Kenn Orphan

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
September 27, 2021

Over the past couple years of this pandemic, it has been breathtaking to see the depth of the rabbit hole so many have fallen into. And that many of them purport to be on the left is both fascinating and terrifying. For far too many people, masks requirements, vaccine mandates or any kind of public health measure is looked at solely through the lens of conspiracy. To them, anything that might come from government or “Big Pharma” is to be distrusted or discounted. A virus that continues to bring healthcare systems to their knees and send millions to their premature deaths is still being referred to as a hoax or the flu. And despite decades of documentation on the effectiveness of eradicating or controlling deadly diseases through vaccines, there is a persistent paranoia when it comes to medical advances and science. It is worth examining what led us to this point in history.

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America: Land of the Free… and Conspiracy Nuts, by Finian Cunningham

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Ireland
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
September 16, 2020

The United States has hit a dangerous threshold when a senior member of the Trump administration is warning citizens to arm themselves because “leftwing hit squads” are about to seek retribution.

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Sowing Distrust in America… Who Needs Russia? + Trump’s Toxic Lies on ‘China Virus’ Collapse, by Finian Cunningham

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Ireland
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation, Sept. 10, 2020
September 13, 2020

This is shaping up to be the most ugly election in U.S. history with fiery consequences. Could the nation be heading for civil war, a century and a half after the last one?

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Conspiracy Theorist-in-Chief + It’s Reckoning, Not Wrecking, by Finian Cunningham

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Sputnik, June 10, 2020
June 12, 2020

Donald Trump’s indulgence in conspiracy theories is running amok. The latest is his speculation that a 75-year-old man who had his skull split open by police was a “provocateur”.

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A Pandemic and a Plague of Absurdity, by Kenn Orphan

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
May 22, 2020

At a certain point in an age of absurdity the normalization of madness becomes so common that it is almost indiscernible to most in the thick of it. Indeed, late capitalism, the stage which is undoubtedly preceding complete barbarism, has produced an endless stream of absurdities which not only insult the senses of those who possess a conscience and a modicum of critical thinking skills, but can also deliver a fatal injury as we are seeing unfold in real time with tepid or reckless responses to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Beneath Conspiracy Theories: The Class War, by Aragorn Eloff

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by Aragorn Eloff
New Frame, May 4, 2020
May 13, 2020

The danger of conspiracy theories is their ability to breed apathy and resignation, offering an easy narrative that makes people susceptible to influence and limits social change. There is another way.

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Chris Hedges Responds to Rachel Maddow’s Latest Conspiratorial Spasm

Chris Hedges Responds to Rachel Maddow’s Latest Conspiratorial Spasm

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Apr 29, 2019

Rachel Maddow smugly tweeted “death by algorithm” with a link to a recent Washington Post article lamenting that an Aaron Maté interview conducted by Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges, host of RT America’s “On Contact,” was recommended to people in the wake of the Mueller Report. Hedges joins Rick Sanchez to respond to Maddow’s latest conspiratorial spasm. He argues that she “functions to keep viewers glued to the set” and that her claims “aren’t tied to any verifiable reality.”

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Chris Hedges and Aaron Mate: Russiagate–One of the Most Shameful Periods in Modern American Journalism

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Apr 20, 2019

On this week’s show, Chris Hedges discusses with Nation reporter, Aaron Mate, how despite Robert Mueller’s report categorical statement that Donald Trump and his campaign did not collude with Russia, the conspiracy theories by the nation’s mainstream media show little sign of diminishing.

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Ray McGovern and Jason Leopold: 9/11 Not an “Intelligence Failure” + Ralph Nader on 9/11: The Empire’s Overkill + Abby Martin: 9/11 and the Belligerent Empire

9/11 Was an Inside Job

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Originally posted Sept. 11, 2011

on Sep 11, 2011

Ray McGovern and Jason Leopold: The intelligence agencies had the information, the question is why didn’t they use it?

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Abby Martin and Mark Crispin Miller: Propaganda and the Engineering of Consent

Abby Martin and Mark Crispin Miller: Propaganda and the Engineering of Consent

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Originally posted June 5, 2016

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Empire Files on Jun 4 2016

With thousands of advertisements seen by Americans everyday, and a corporate media that reinforces the needs of Empire, propaganda in the U.S. is more pervasive and effective than ever before. The manipulation of public opinion through suggestion can be traced back to the father of modern propaganda, Edward Bernays, who discovered that preying on the subconscious mind was the best way to sell products people don’t need, and wars people don’t want. To get a deeper understanding of how propaganda functions in today’s society, Abby Martin interviews Dr. Mark Crispin Miller, professor of Media Studies at New York University.

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US Homeland Security Wants to Track Journalists Worldwide

US Homeland Security Wants to Track Journalists Worldwide

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Updated: April 18, 2018

RT on Apr 8, 2018

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is recruiting staff to compile a database, aimed at monitoring journalists around the world.

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