Driverless Cars: Hype, Hubris and Distractions by Ralph Nader

The Driverless Car Gets Stuck on a Curb

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
June 26, 2017

The hype and unsubstantiated hope behind the self-driving car movement continues unabated, distracting from addressing necessities of old “mobilities” such as inadequate public transit and upgrading highway and rail infrastructure.

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Closing the Doors of Democracy, by Ralph Nader

End of Democracy in Detroit

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
June 21, 2017

In 2006 a book was published called Losing Our Democracy by civic leader, Mark Green. His 21st book, it was the usual Mark Green brand of meticulous research with memorable examples. One would have thought such an important subject would have received wide coverage and circulation. In fact, it was almost completely ignored by reviewers and the media interviewers. In 2017, the danger of having the door shut on the practice of democracy by its citizens is more important than at any other time in recent history.

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Chris Hedges: Stop Fascism

Stop Fascism

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with Chris Hedges

KBOO Radio on Jun 7, 2017

Truthdig columnist & Pulitzer Prize–winner Chris Hedges speaks at the Aladdin Theater for KBOO Community Radio on May 26th, 2017. Hedges takes a provocative look at the current state of revolt in the United States and recounts the US’s continuing history of domestic terrorism while outlining ways for communities to resist before it’s too late.

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Chris Hedges: The Fatal Addiction + How Big Pharma Created the Heroin Epidemic

Fuck Heroin

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jun 10, 2017

Heroin is now the leading cause of death in Americans under 50. In a special edition of On Contact, Chris Hedges travels to Sayerville, New Jersey to share the story of one of those victims, Shannon Miller, who died of an overdose at the age of 23.

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Chris Hedges, Medea Benjamin, Jill Stein and Margaret Kimberley at The Left Forum 2017: Reality Check: Time for Radical Resistance and Green-Left Collaboration

Resist sign, Supreme Court news conference to call for the reversal of President Trump’s travel ban on refugees and immigrants from several Middle East countries

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with Chris HedgesMedea Benjamin, Jill Stein and Margaret Kimberley

Other Voices, Other Choices on Jun 3, 2017

Session 4 Panel Abstract:

The converging crises of fascism, endless war, climate change, mass migrations, and economic/racial/gender oppression create unprecedented urgency for united, radical action – in the street and in the voting booth. At previous Left Forums – and over the past many decades – progressives have debated the merits of working to “reform” the Democratic Party versus building a united independent radical political front.

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Today’s Students: From Debt Peons To Wage Slaves by Michael Hudson

Slaves to Money, Solidarity (9 of 25)

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Michael Hudson, May 31, 2017
June 3, 2017

Students usually don’t think of themselves as a class. They seem “pre-class,” because they have not yet entered the labor force. They can only hope to become part of the middle class after they graduate. And that means becoming a wage earner – what impolitely is called the working class.

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End the Greedy Silence by Ralph Nader

Single Payer now! tshirt

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
May 30, 2017

It is time Americans rise up against the corruption, inefficiency, and cruelty of our healthcare system and tell its corporate captors and Congress – Enough Already!

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War Is A Racket By Major General Smedley Butler

War is a racket - Smedley Butler

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Originally published January 16, 2011

numoleen on March 11, 2009

War is a Racket by Smedley Butler is a famous speech denouncing the military industrial complex. This anti-war speech by two-time Congressional Medal of Honor recipient exposes war profits that benefit few at the expense of many. Throughout his distinguished career in the Marines, Smedley Darlington Butler demonstrated that true patriotism does not mean blind allegiance to government policies with which one does not agree. To Hell with war.

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Chris Hedges: We Are All Complicit In The Crimes Of Empire

Chris Hedges: We Are All Complicit In The Crimes of Empire

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on May 28, 2017

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges is joined by actor, playwright and essayist Wallace Shawn. You way recognize Shawn from films such as Princess Bride, but he is also a thoughtful playwright and is out with a new book, “Night Thoughts”. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at how the American empire’s control of global resources has enriched us.

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Michael Parenti: The 1% Pathology and the Myth of Capitalism

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with Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
originally published October 28, 2012
May 23, 2017

freespeechtv on May 16, 2013

“A man who steals a goose from the commons is punished, while a man who steals the commons itself is rewarded.”–unknown

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Grand Theft Workers’ Wages by Steve Leigh

Fast Food Strikes, NYC, July 2013

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by Steve Leigh
Socialist Worker
May 18, 2017

A NEW report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) lays out in clear and horrifying detail the scale and spread of wage theft in the U.S.

The report focuses on workers who are cheated out of the already abysmally low minimum wage. Over the last 40 years, real wages have stagnated for most workers, and the situation of low-wage workers is even worse. The current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is, after adjusting for inflation, 25 percent lower than it was 50 years ago. It doesn’t adequately support a single person, even those who get full-time hours, much less families.

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The Deep History of US, Britain’s Never-Ending Cold War On Russia by Finian Cunningham

1389.4 Holocaust A

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation, May 4, 2017
May 6, 2017

After decades of delaying, the United Nations finally released archives from the Second World War-era war crimes commission investigating the Nazi Holocaust. The source of those archives on Nazi war crimes were Western governments, including those in exile at the time of the war, such as the Belgian, Polish and Czechoslovakian. The time period covered is 1943-1949. Washington and London had long sought to halt the release. Why?

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Michael Hudson: The Capitalist Way: Cheat, Lie and Steal

Occupy Wall St Sept 27, 2011

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with Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Michael Hudson
May 4, 2017

The Laura Flanders Show on Mar 28, 2017

We’re living in a time of economic babble, where politicians and economists throw out words like “reform,” “privatize,” and “austerity” to prop up corrupt capitalist opportunists. So says our guest this week, economist Michael Hudson, author of J is for Junk Economics.

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It’s About Bringing Your Congress Back Home, Citizens! by Ralph Nader

Washington DC - Capitol Building

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
May 3, 2017

The large marches, in Washington, DC and around the country, calling attention to importance of science and focusing on the calamitous impacts of climate change had impressive turnouts. But the protests would have been more productive if they concentrated more – in their slogans and signs – on 535 politicians to whom we have given immense power to influence policies relating to those issues, for ill or for good.

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Capitalism: The Systematic Poverty and Exploitation of Human Beings by Finian Cunningham

capitalism

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Originally posted April 26, 2014
April 29, 2017

Workers in Western countries are now paid so badly that businesses are reportedly finding it profitable to return from China – having relocated to Asia in the first place to exploit cheap labor there.

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