Navigating the Digital Commons on Our Own Terms, by Kenn Orphan

267/365. Addicted.

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
June 18, 2021

The other day I made a Facebook post that referred to the arbitrary and, yet, purposefully designed algorithms of social media and how they are effectively silencing and censoring people, especially those on the left. I have noticed it myself. I get far less traffic to my page than in prior years. This makes the social media “experience” less desirable (I will go into the reason why a bit later), and so I said I would likely be spending less time here as a result.

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An Open Letter To President Joe Biden, As His Broken Promises Pile Up, by Greg Butterfield

Joe Biden - Caricature

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by Greg Butterfield
Struggle ★ La Lucha, June 7, 2021
June 8, 2021

Dear President Biden,

Your broken promises are piling up. I took note of these headlines in just the last couple of weeks: “Joe Biden Surrenders On Federal Unemployment Benefits,” “Biden Drops Student Loan Forgiveness From Latest Budget,” “Biden offers to keep 2017 Trump tax cuts intact in infrastructure counteroffer to GOP,” “U.S. Says It Will Not Rejoin Open Skies Treaty With Russia.”

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The Memorial Day Massacre by Sharon Smith + Labor History: Chicago Memorial Day Massacre 1937

Photograph titled "The Chicago Memorial Day Incident" - NARA - 306197

The Chicago Memorial Day Incident

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by Sharon Smith
SocialistWorker.org
Originally posted May 27, 2011, written in May 1989
May 31, 2021

The presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt changed the reputation of the Democratic Party from the party of the Southern slaveholders to that of “friend of the working people”—a reputation that the Democratic Party, undeservedly, continues to enjoy.

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Chris Hedges: Corporate Tyranny: Chevron VS Donziger

Chevron's Toxic Legacy in Ecuador's Amazon

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on May 29, 2021

On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to Steven Donziger, the human rights environmental justice attorney about the grim reality when we confront the real centers of power.

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Michael Hudson: Surprise: Corporate Junk Before Students?

Indentured Student - Cartoon

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
May 25, 2021

theAnalysis-news on May 24, 2021

Why is the Fed buying corporate junk bonds and debt but won’t buy out student debt? Michael Hudson on theAnalysis.news with Paul Jay.

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Will Griffin: Exporting Capitalism to Outer Space

Will Griffin: Exporting Capitalism to Outer Space

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by Will Griffin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
May 18, 2021

GNspace4peace on May 6, 2021

The Pentagon and multinational corporations are privatizing outer space, placing profit over people. Laws are being implemented in order to benefit billionaires, compromising decades-long international treaties. Exporting American capitalism, colonizing Mars, privatizing asteroids and other celestial bodies are all a continuation of Westward Expansion, Manifest Destiny and American Exceptionalism. We must fight back to keep space for peace before it’s too late!

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Chris Hedges and Paul Street: Joe Biden is Not FDR

Occupy Wall Street, ca. 1934

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with Chris Hedges

and with Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
May 8, 2021

RT America on May 8, 2021

On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to Paul Street, history professor and author, about the Biden administration and its continuity with the Democratic and Republican administrations’ policies and programs to benefit the elite and corporate interests not working class Americans.

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Chris Hedges: We Must Build A New Party

Chris Hedges: We Must Build A New Party

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with Chris Hedges

The People’s Party on Apr 8, 2021

The People’s Podcast host Nick Brana speaks with Chris Hedges, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and host of the Emmy award-winning show, On Contact.

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Chris Hedges and Richard D. Wolff: American Economic Illusions

Communist Vegans - Covid-19 Exposes Capitalism

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Apr 10, 2021

On the show this week, Chris Hedges discusses the nearly $5 trillion being allocated by the Biden Administration for COVID-19 relief and infrastructure project with economist Richard Wolff.

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How the Pandemic Laid Bare the Cruelty of Capitalism, by Kenn Orphan

Class War #occupyboston

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

One thing this pandemic has demonstrated in stark terms is class struggle. Those people deemed essential, though often applauded in public, have been treated as expendable. In truth, they were always treated this way. But this last year has made this struggle visible for anyone paying attention.

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The “Innocence” Of Early Capitalism Is Another Fantastical Myth, by Pete Dolack

Historia-del-cusco

The Conquest of the Incas (mural by FUEJXJDK) via Wikimedia Commons

by Pete Dolack
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder, Apr. 7, 2021
April 8, 2021

It is not unusual for critics of United States foreign policy, whether or not they feel free to use the term “imperialism,” to express regret that a previously rational system has soured. Such sentiments are routine for liberals and hardly unknown among social democrats.

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Humans, Nature and the Illusion of Separateness, by Kenn Orphan

KEEP the EARTH stay GREEN

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

“We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

One of the biggest lies that people in the global north were sold and have largely internalized is that we are separate from the biosphere from which we evolved and on which we depend upon for our very survival. Even as we stand on the precipice of ecological collapse, human supremacy over nature has been the unchallenged narrative. As a result, those who have taken up the struggle to protect this fragile arrangement of existence are often otherized. Their “cause” is treated as just one of many. The “treehugger?” The “environmentalist?” The person who “cares about the earth?” How noble. How non-threatening. It becomes just another cause in a myriad of causes.

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Will Griffin: The Fight Against Raytheon

military industrial complex

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by Will Griffin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
March 30, 2021

GNspace4peace on Mar 29, 2021

Raytheon is the 4th largest weapons contractor in the world. Recently, a former Raytheon board member and retired four star general, was appointed as the Secretary of War under the Biden Administration, further highlighting the revolving door between the Pentagon, the war industry and Congress.

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The Cold War Truth Commission

DC Protests Trump's New Wars 17

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CODEPINK on Mar 21, 2021

Witness For Peace Southwest Invites You To Join The COLD WAR TRUTH COMMISSION: A Day of Education, Testimonials & Action.

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The Anti-Social Socialist: 8 Myths about Socialism

Occupy May Day 2012

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“The dictionary definition of socialism is “a political and economic theory of social organization which advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.””

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