What If Governments Obeyed Laws? by David Swanson + Merchants of Death: How the Military-Industrial Complex Profits from Endless War

What If Governments Obeyed Laws? by David Swanson + Merchants of Death: How the Military-Industrial Complex Profits from Endless War

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
September 19, 2018

Do we need new laws or adherence to the old ones?

Yes.

Both.

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It Is All About Relative Power Of The One Percent by Michael Hudson + 10 Years Since Lehman Brothers Bankruptcy – Did the Economy Really Recover?

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Updated: Sept. 19, 2018

by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
September 18, 2018

Wall Street did not let the Lehman Brothers crisis go to waste. The banks that have paid the largest fines for financial fraud are now much bigger and more profitable. The victims of their junk mortgage loans are poorer, and the economy is facing debt deflation.

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Chris Hedges: Short of a Sudden and Widespread Popular Revolt, the Collapse of the American Empire Appears Unstoppable

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Sep 15, 2018

In a conversation about his new book America: The Farewell Tour, Chris Hedges tells journalist, Hugh Hamilton, the country’s institutions and practices rooted in an economic system of capitalism, are unraveling while also making a call for action. Two-part interview.

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How Capitalism Controls You by The Anti-Social Socialist

How Capitalism Controls You by The Anti-Social Socialist

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September 12, 2018

“Capitalism keeps us in a state of panic. Most of us are just one medical bill away from bankruptcy. It keeps us overworked and underpaid so we don’t have time to question its dominance over our lives. It takes the fruits produced by the many and gives them to the few. Concentrated wealth means concentrated power, concentrated power means less democracy, less democracy means less freedom, and less freedom means you are reduced to a precarious life of servitude.” —

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Chris Hedges: The Plight of the Vast Majority of Americans Goes Unrecognized and Unreported

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The Collapse of the American Empire – Lecture Featuring Chris Hedges

Centre for International Governance Innovation on Aug 30, 2018

Chris Hedges, a globally-renowned Pulitzer Prize-winning author, gives us an entirely new view of a nation in crisis in his recently released book, America: The Farewell Tour, which holds both liberals and conservatives to account — as is rousingly pertinent for Canada as for the disoriented US. Beautifully written, it clarifies vividly and unforgettably the forces at play in our times.

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Labor Day: The Unknown Holiday by Walter Brasch + History of Labor Day

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by Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published September 7, 2009
September 3, 2018

It’s Labor Day, and that means millions of Americans are celebrating. Most Americans have no idea what Labor Day is, other than self-serving political speeches, hot dogs, burgers, a pool party, and the last day of a three-day holiday. Few even know that Labor Day exists to allow people to remember and honor the struggles for respect, dignity, and acceptable wages and working conditions for the rank-and-file employees.

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Labor History: The Pullman Strike of 1894

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Originally published Sept. 4, 2017
September 2, 2018

The Pullman Strike of 1894 Explained: US History Review

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Join me as we take a look at a pivot strike in US History, the Pullman Strike of 1894. Perfect for inquisitive learners, students of the social studies and the cray cray on the internets.

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Chris Hedges: When The Ruling Ideology No Longer Has Any Credibility Then The Elites Only Have Violence Left In Order To Maintain Control

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with Chris Hedges

Deep Green Resistance on Aug 26, 2018

Chris Hedges is a New York Times Pulitzer-prize winning war correspondent who for two decades covered conflicts in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He returned to the United States to become a powerful social critic and critic of capitalism, and is the author of a dozen books, including War is a Force that Gives us Meaning; Death of the Liberal Class; and Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt. He is a columnist for Truthdig and the host of the Emmy-nominated show On Contact on RT America.

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Meet the One Percent: Peter Phillips’ Giants: The Global Power Elite by Marc Eliot Stein

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Republished with permission from David Swanson at World Beyond War

by Marc Eliot Stein
World Beyond War, Aug. 25, 2018
August 26, 2018

Peter Phillips, professor of Political Sociology at Sonoma State University and media researcher for Project Censored and Media Freedom Foundation, presented a summary of his groundbreaking new book Giants: The Global Power Elite last week at Fordham University’s campus in Manhattan. This was an information-packed session that explained the unique purpose of this new book: exposing to public view the private workings of the influential investment partnerships, global councils, think tanks, consortiums and other non-governmental organizations that translate the agenda of the wealthy one-percent into policy plans and proposals that the most powerful governments in the world can act on.

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Chris Hedges: The Falling of the American Empire, interviewed by Ralph Nader

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with Chris Hedges and Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader Radio Hour on Aug 18, 2018

Ralph spends the whole hour with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author, Chris Hedges, discussing his book “America: The Farewell Tour.”

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Chris Hedges and Nomi Prins: How Central Bankers Rigged the World

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Updated: Aug. 20, 2018

with Chris Hedges

Originally on RT America on Aug 18, 2018

Conscious on Aug 19, 2018

Nomi Prins, journalist and author of Collusion: How Central Bankers Rigged the World, talks to journalist Chris Hedges about how central bankers “overstepped their traditional mandates by directing the flow of epic sums of fabricated money without any checks and balances.”

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Apple’s CEO Tim Cook — Serf Labor, Overpriced iPhones, and Wasted Burning Profits by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, Aug. 7, 2018
August 9, 2018

The New York Times screamed its headline — “In 1997, Apple was 90 Days from Going Broke. On Thursday [Aug. 2, 2018], it became the first publicly traded American company to be valued at… $1,000,000,000,000.” The first trillion dollar company!

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MFTN: Corporate Demons Possess Our Nation’s Soul

Corporations Are Not People

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published Dec. 4, 2016
August 7, 2018

Corporate demons possess our nation’s soul. They crept in stealthily, full of trickery and deception, but now they’re lodged in place, as surely as if they had stormed our homes and halls of power with guns and tanks. Perhaps we’d recognize their coup if they had assassinated a flesh-and-blood president instead of merely stealing the souls of all our elected leaders.

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David Harvey: The Crises of Capitalism + The Contradictions of Capitalism

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Originally posted July 5, 2010

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Marxist geographer David Harvey asks: is it time to look beyond capitalism towards a new social order that would allow us to live within a system that really could be responsible, just, and humane?

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It Starts with the Lie that We’re Free by Shawn S. Grandstaff

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by Shawn S. Grandstaff
Writer, Dandelion Salad
July 24, 2018

Before I say anything I have to say, I’ve never been as free on the inside as I am now. Once I understood some things and let go of materialism I realized where freedom lies. Not that I was caught up with things or it’s wrong to have them but I had to see past it. It opened up a part of me that seemed turned off. I began to see the Human side of me that was disconnected. Please don’t take that the wrong way, it’s the only way I can describe it. And maybe it’s just for me and you’ve already been there.

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