The Problem is Civil Obedience by Howard Zinn + Matt Damon Reads from Howard Zinn’s Speech


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by Howard Zinn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Previously published on November 25, 2013
March 22, 2018

[By the latter part of May, 1970, feelings about the war in Vietnam had become almost unbearably intense. In Boston, about a hundred of us decided to sit down at the Boston Army Base and block the road used by buses carrying draftees off to military duty. We were not so daft that we thought we were stopping the flow of soldiers to Vietnam; it was a symbolic act, a statement, a piece of guerrilla the after. We were all arrested and charged, in the quaint language of an old statute, with “sauntering and loitering” in such a way as to obstruct traffic.

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Cambridge Analytica Ain’t Nuthin: Look Out For i360 and DataTrust by Greg Palast + Cambridge Analytica Uncovered

Cambridge Analytica Ain’t Nuthin: Look Out For i360 and DataTrust by Greg Palast + Cambridge Analytica Uncovered

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by Greg Palast
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Greg Palast’s website, Mar. 19, 2018
March 21, 2018

These companies have thousands of data points on YOU!!!

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Corporate, State-Capitalist and Imperialist Media, Not “Mainstream Media” and Other Terminology by Paul Street

Grafs in Hof

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
March 20, 2018

Climate Crisis, Not “Climate Change”

My next-to-last CounterPunch essay (“Someone Tell a Reporter: the Rich Are Destroying the Earth”) elicited a smart criticism from a senior scientist:
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The Post Office Has Been Intentionally Targeted For Takedown by Ellen Brown

Post Office & Savings Bank

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by Ellen Brown
Writers, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
March 18, 2018

The US Postal Service, under attack from a manufactured crisis designed to force its privatization, needs a new source of funding to survive. Postal banking could fill that need.

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Chris Hedges: The New Gig Economy–Uber VS Yellow Cab + Richard Wolff: Uber: Innovator or Business Destroyer?

PULL AND SLIDE>> | on Lexington

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Mar 18, 2018

John McDonagh, a NYC Taxi Cab Driver for 40 years, discusses the new gig economy by addressing the decline of the NYC Yellow Cab Industry.

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The Roots of Resistance: An Intense Journey Into The Vibrant Complexity Of Nonviolent Change by Tom Atlee

The Roots of Resistance by Rivera Sun

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by Tom Atlee
March 17, 2018

Rivera Sun always gifts us with usefully creative fiction in the face of daunting challenges to future generations, to current society, to marginalized communities, and to all of us as citizens of our planet. Her Roots of Resistance – the second novel of her Dandelion Trilogy – offers an inspiring story to help guide love-based strategic change efforts during what promises to be a very messy transition to a better world. The novel imagines deeply human responses to our civilizational predicament and to the challenges we (especially as change agents) will face as we try to put such responses into practice.

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All Must Be Unleashed To Rouse Our Fellow Humanity From Their Stupor As They Sleepwalk Toward The Cliff Edge

Toronto, ON

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
March 16, 2018

Not every problem we face can be solved by the magic wands of benevolent legislators. In those halls of power, you’re more likely to encounter twisted curses than blessings and cures. Instead, you must study the interconnected web that weaves our world together. There you will find effective pivot points of change. Every piece of the destructive system is tied to people, workers, supplies, knowledge, money, social behaviors, opinions, profits, transportation and more. Each of these sectors offers many places to push for change.

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A Majority of the People Don’t Believe a Word the Government Utters by Graham Peebles

#OromoProtests Solidarity Hunger-Strike in Seattle

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
March 16, 2018

Tadesse is a 28-year-old Ethiopian from the capital, Addis Ababa. Like thousands of others he took part in demonstrations over the last three years, and together with family members, refused to pledge support for the Ethiopian government. Such displays of political dissent led to him being repeatedly imprisoned, tortured and cruelly mistreated. Now safe in Europe, he is in physical pain and psychological anguish as a result of the barbaric way he was treated in prison.

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Now Here’s Some Real Interference In Election Campaigns by William Blum

On the walls of the former American embassy

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by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Killing Hope
March 15, 2018

Shakespeare said it best, much ado about nothing.

That’s the “Russian interference” in the 2016 American election.

A group of Russians operating from a building in St. Petersburg, we are told in a February 16 US government indictment, sent out tweets, Facebook and YouTube postings, etc. to gain support for Trump and hurt Clinton even though most of these messages did not even mention Trump or Clinton; and many were sent out before Trump was even a candidate.

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Leo Panitch: I Think I’m a Marxist, Parts 1-4

Karl Marx by Robert Diedrichs, 1970. Courtesy WikiCommons

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The Radical Ferment of Winnipeg’s Jewish Socialist Politics – Leo Panitch on RAI (1/4)

TheRealNews on Mar 5, 2018

On Reality Asserts Itself, Prof. Leo Panitch talks about the political culture of his family, shaped in Winnipeg’s radical Jewish community before and after World War Two; Labor Zionists, Social Democrats and Communists debated and organized within the Jewish working class movement – with host Paul Jay. Continue reading

Larry Wilkerson: Trump Won’t Make Peace with North Korea

No War, Negotiate Peace

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Dandelion Salad

TheRealNews on Mar 12, 2018

It is possible to make a peace deal that would denuclearize North Korea, but don’t expect Donald Trump to deliver it, says Col. Lawrence Wilkerson.

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Someone Tell A Reporter: The Rich Are Destroying The Earth by Paul Street + 20,000 Scientists Warn Human Beings Are On A Collision Course With Nature

Hot as Hell

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
March 12, 2018

“I Said Why? They Said They Didn’t Know”

Let history record that on Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 14 days after climate change-fueled Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas and 4 days before Hurricane Irma hit southern Florida, the climate-denying President of the United States Donald Trump went to North Dakota to deliver a “tax reform” speech before hundreds of workers and managers at a major oil refinery. The president made comments so senseless and stupid that one must read them twice to believe they were uttered:
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Chris Hedges: The Fight Against Fascism

Fuck Fascism!

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Dandelion Salad

“In Fascism, the proletariat is confronted by an extraordinarily dangerous enemy. Fascism is the concentrated expression of the general offensive undertaken by the world bourgeoisie against the proletariat. Its overthrow is therefore an absolute necessity, nay, it is even a question of the every-day existence and of the bread and butter of every ordinary worker. On these grounds the whole of the proletariat must concentrate on the fight against Fascism. It will be much easier for us to defeat Fascism if we clearly and distinctly study its nature.” — Clara Zetkin, Labour Monthly, August 1923

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A Travesty of Protectionism by Michael Hudson

Midvale Company mechanic Larson, medium grinding on Noton Machine roll for Thomas Steel, July 1932

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Michael Hudson
March 10, 2018

Trump’s series of threats this week was a one-two punch. First, he threatened to impose national security tariffs on steel and aluminum, primarily against Canada and Mexico (along with Korea and Japan). Then, he suggested an alternative: He would exempt these countries IF they agree to certain U.S. demands.

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A Revolution By Any Other Name

Fear Nøt!

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
March 9, 2018

There are some who mince their steps and words, who hush the bold and outspoken, who advise moderation. But, a revolution by any other name does not smell as sweet. Reform does not cut it. Resistance is not enough. Massive change is vague. Transformation calls to mind change, yet does not invoke the burning urgency, the gritty intensity of the tsunami of change we need. Evolution implies an unrealistic image of our corporate political pawns awakening, growing, evolving.

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