Crisis in Consciousness by Graham Peebles

Capitalism Kills Love

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
April 28, 2018

Our society is besieged by a series of interconnected crises. Millions of people around the world know this and are crying out for change, for a different way of living, for justice, peace and freedom.

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Living in an Age of Desire and Anxiety by Graham Peebles

Consumerism Reflected (NYC 2007)

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
April 6, 2018

Overwhelmed by anxiety and image insecurity a friend’s 20-year-old daughter recently quit her university course and withdrew to her bedroom where she took to self-harming. Company and environments in which she felt emotionally secure became harder to find, until she stopped venturing out all together.

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Rebel Without a Clue: Autonomy and Authority in the American Public School by Susan Cain and Mark Mason + Caleb Maupin: After Florida…

Question authority

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by Susan Cain and Mark Mason
Guest Writers, Dandelion Salad
Mark Mason, PhD
crossposted from Dissident Voice Feb. 5, 2018
February 16, 2018

The American high school dropout is an unconscious revolutionary. Instead of casting aspersions upon the dropout, we should attempt to decode this behavior that is condemned by parents, school authorities, educational experts, religious leaders, politicians, and peers. To understand the distress of the American high school student requires us to examine the politics of quitting school. Leaving school is a political act. Its political causes cannot be investigated in a context of isolating and blaming the individual.

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Revolt Against The Shallow Deadliness Of Our Corn Syrup Nation

Refuse Revolt Resist

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
January 13, 2018

Reject the glossy and sensational for the gritty and educational. Wean your mind from corn syrup and eat your vegetables. We have become a diabetic, cancerous, obese, depressed, anxiety attack ridden culture from the consumption of glitter-sugary corn syrup politics, sound-bite news, vacuous entertainment, and catch-phrase economics. We are commercialized right down to our souls from our mega-churches to our worship of wealth to our brand cults. It is killing us and our world.

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Socialism: Creating a World to Change Our Lives by Sam Friedman (must-read)

Capitalism isn't working

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Republished with permission from Solidarity and Against The Current

by Sam Friedman
Solidarity and Against The Current, January-February 2017, #186
Originally posted Jan. 10, 2017
December 26, 2017

THERE IS A growing suspicion among many people involved in movements against war, for social justice, and for an ecologically sustainable society that capitalism can only create a world of war, injustice and environmental destruction. There is widespread and growing understanding that the current social order cannot continue without catastrophe occurring —yet we lack a vision of what might replace it.

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Chris Hedges: We Desperately Need the Clarion Call of the Radical Poet to Give Words to our Despair + The Wreckage of a Soul by Soraya Boyd

Reaching Out

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Dec 3, 2017

Gerald Stern, Poet and Author, discusses how poets and their poetry have lost the voice to “speak truth to power” in this digital society.

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Chris Hedges: The Power of Propaganda

Chris Hedges: The Power of Propaganda

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Nov 12, 2017

Stuart Ewen, Professor and Chair of the Department of Film & Media at Hunter College and author of Captains of Consciousness: Advertising and the Social Roots of the Consumer Culture joins Chris Hedges for a conversation on the power of mass propaganda. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the influence of the public relations industry.

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Vijay Prashad: The U.S. Celebrates The Culture of Death

World War 3 - III

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TheRealNews on Nov 8, 2017

President Trump’s presidency is so “annihilatonist” that it may very well be the last presidency of the United States says Professor Vijay Prashad at the CODEPINK Summit.

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Chris Hedges and Pankaj Mishra: The Only Antidote To This Culture Of Cruelty Is Socialism

Dan E. Says Defeat Capitalism

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Nov 6, 2017

Pankaj Mishra, author of Age of Anger: A History of the Present, discusses the poisoning of civil society and undermining of political liberty that is fueling “a global turn to authoritarianism and toxic forms of chauvinism.” RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at how the New Deal saved the U.S. from political anarchy.

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Beyond Neoliberal Consumerism by Graham Peebles

Consumerism

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
October 20, 2017

Irrespective of nationality, religion, race, or gender; whether stinking rich, desperately poor, or somewhere in between, happiness is the one thing everyone is seeking – consciously or not.

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Wasted Lives: The Worldwide Tragedy of Youth Suicide by Graham Peebles

Say yes to life

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
September 29, 2017

The pressures of modern life are colossal; for young people — those under 25 years of age — they are perhaps greater than at any other time. Competition in virtually every aspect of contemporary life, a culture obsessed with image and material success, and the ever-increasing cost of living are creating a cocktail of anxiety and self-doubt that drives some people to take their own lives and many more to self-abuse of one kind or another.

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Dr. Guido G. Preparata: They Want to Turn Us All into A Global Society of Termites by Mohsen Abdelmoumen

On the walls of the former American embassy

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by Mohsen Abdelmoumen
American Herald Tribune, July 23, 2017
July 26, 2017

Mohsen Abdelmoumen: Your book Conjuring Hitler received a laudatory criticism of our friend Peter Dale Scott. Moreover, I share the view of this great intellectual on the fact that this book is essential in the work of historical research. How did you arrive at conclusions against the flow of the historians of the establishment, namely that Hitler was made by the United States and Great Britain and that World War II was inevitable?

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Why the World is Crazy

Dear Capitalism...

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Note: replaced video with most current one

leftymathprof on Jul 26, 2017

“Love your neighbor” is not enough — it is subverted by hierarchy and property, which seem “normal” but are the causes of all our problems — war, poverty, alienation, the destruction of the ecosystem, etc. Hierarchy and the market both concentrate power, which corrupts. The solution begins with getting more people talking about it.

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Italy: The Weak Under-Belly of Europe–The Malfunctioning of the Bel Paese by Gaither Stewart

Piazza Venezia (Rome, Italy)

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
July 22, 2017

After World War II the USA and NATO labeled Italy the “soft under-belly of Europe”, chiefly because of the presence of The Italian Communist Party (PCI), Europe’s biggest political formation of the left. Because of capitalist Italy’s unpredictable and individualistic character existing like a Trojan Horse inside the European Union (EU), that label stuck even after the PCI died following the dissolution of the USSR. The party’s later iterations were reduced to rivulets as dry as the river Po in August and about which hardly a murmur is heard today. That label however has conditioned US-NATO relations with Italy since then. The Bel Paese became not only a US vassal state but an occupied country, an aircraft carrier jutting out toward North Africa and hosting dozens of US military bases. Today’s La Repubblica, Italy’s major newspaper, reported that 70 American atomic bombs are concealed on the US Airbase of Aviano in NE Italy, the greatest number in one country of the 180 atomic bombs scattered across Europe.

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Chris Hedges: The Humanity of the Marginalized

Chris Hedges: The Humanity of the Marginalized

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on May 21, 2017

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges is joined by Russell Banks, author of Cloudsplitter, The Sweet Hereafter and Lost Memory of Skin. In his books, screenplays and short stories, Banks uncovers the humanity of the marginalized. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil explores deindustrialization in the US.

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