Chris Hedges and Medea Benjamin: Threat of War with Iran + Anti-War Resistance?

Don't Attack Iran

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with Chris Hedges and Medea Benjamin

RT America on May 18, 2019

Chris Hedges discusses the threat of war with Iran and the US relationship with Saudi Arabia and Israel with anti-war activist Medea Benjamin of Codepink.

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What is the Relationship Between Loneliness and Capitalism? by The Anti-Social Socialist

What is the Relationship Between Loneliness and Capitalism? by The Anti-Social Socialist

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“However, the social, political, and economic organization of society must be recognized as a significant contributor to people’s mental health, with certain social structures being more advantageous to the emergence of mental well-being than others. Capitalism can never offer the conditions most conducive to achieving mental health. Oppression, exploitation, and inequality greatly repress the true realization of what it means to be human.” — David Matthews, 2019

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Who Really Gains from the Gulf Ship ‘Sabotage’? by Finian Cunningham + Wilkerson: Manufactured Iranian Threat in the Persian Gulf

peace in persia

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Note to Dandelion Salad readers: The post from yesterday has been updated as the remaining 4 activists have been arrested.

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
May 16, 2019

After dramatic and patently scripted warnings of “Iranian aggression” by bellicose US officials, there then follows – conveniently enough – an alleged sabotage incident in the Persian Gulf region implicating Iran.

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The USA Has Been A Plutocracy Thinly Disguised As Democracy Ever Since Its Founding by Eric Schechter

Capitalism isn't working

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by Eric Schechter aka LeftyMathProf
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Eric’s Rants and Videos blog
May 13, 2019

Progressives are fooled by the corporate news media, who are paid to lie about wars, climate, economics, everything. Progressives believe the abuses in capitalism can be removed through reforms; they haven’t realized that the abuses are capitalism. A simple analysis shows that inequality, externalities, and alienation are terrible evils inherent in every version of capitalism.

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Mother’s Day Proclamation 2019: Divest From War! by Rivera Sun

Women Say No to War

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Happy Mother’s Day

by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
May 12, 2019

Instead of flowers, give us peace. Instead of brunch, end the wars. Let no more mothers raise their children to kill other mothers’ children. Give us, instead, the abolition of war, the promotion of peace, and the care of people and planet.

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Chris Hedges and Matt Taibbi: The Deep Rot That Infects American Journalism, Part 2

Hate

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on May 11, 2019

Chris Hedges continues his discussion with reporter, Matt Taibbi, about the deep rot in American journalism.

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Albert Einstein: Why Socialism?

Detroit Institute of Art ~ Diego Rivera Mural

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“For the sake of simplicity, in the discussion that follows I shall call “workers” all those who do not share in the ownership of the means of production—although this does not quite correspond to the customary use of the term. The owner of the means of production is in a position to purchase the labor power of the worker. By using the means of production, the worker produces new goods which become the property of the capitalist. The essential point about this process is the relation between what the worker produces and what he is paid, both measured in terms of real value. Insofar as the labor contract is “free,” what the worker receives is determined not by the real value of the goods he produces, but by his minimum needs and by the capitalists’ requirements for labor power in relation to the number of workers competing for jobs. It is important to understand that even in theory the payment of the worker is not determined by the value of his product.” — Albert Einstein, Monthly Review, May 1949

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Step Right Up – to the Amazing American Quadrennial Electoral Extravaganza! by Paul Street

Step right up and knock me down!

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
May 5, 2019

Step Right Up! Step Right Up! It’s Uncle Sam’s Authoritarian Carnival, Featuring the Amazing American Quadrennial Electoral Extravaganza, the Greatest Show in the World!!!

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Chris Hedges and Matt Taibbi: The Deep Rot That Infects American Journalism, Part 1

Unplugged

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on May 4, 2019

Chris Hedges discusses the deep rot that infects American journalism with reporter Matt Taibbi. First of two parts.

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Exceptionally Innocent by David Swanson

American Exceptionalism Exceptions

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
May 3, 2019

Go right now and get yourself and the nearest house with a flag in front of it a copy of Roberto Sirvent’s and Danny Haiphong’s American Exceptionalism and American Innocence: A People’s History of Fake News — From the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror.

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The Brief Origins of May Day by Eric Chase

Occupy May Day 2012

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Originally published May 1, 2015

Republished with permission from IWW

by Eric Chase
IWW, 1993
May 1, 2019

Most people living in the United States know little about the International Workers’ Day of May Day. For many others there is an assumption that it is a holiday celebrated in state communist countries like Cuba or the former Soviet Union. Most Americans don’t realize that May Day has its origins here in this country and is as “American” as baseball and apple pie, and stemmed from the pre-Christian holiday of Beltane, a celebration of rebirth and fertility.

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Chris Hedges Responds to Rachel Maddow’s Latest Conspiratorial Spasm

Chris Hedges Responds to Rachel Maddow’s Latest Conspiratorial Spasm

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Apr 29, 2019

Rachel Maddow smugly tweeted “death by algorithm” with a link to a recent Washington Post article lamenting that an Aaron Maté interview conducted by Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges, host of RT America’s “On Contact,” was recommended to people in the wake of the Mueller Report. Hedges joins Rick Sanchez to respond to Maddow’s latest conspiratorial spasm. He argues that she “functions to keep viewers glued to the set” and that her claims “aren’t tied to any verifiable reality.”

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How Debs Became A Socialist by Paul D’Amato

Eugene V. Debs Museum

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by Paul D’Amato
SocialistWorker.org
Originally published Feb. 18, 2011
April 29, 2019

In 1920, Eugene V. Debs, ran for president on the Socialist Party ticket and received a million votes–even though he was serving a prison term for speaking out against the First World War.

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Chris Hedges: The Issue Before Us is Death

DISOBEY

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

“The corporate forces that have commodified the natural world for profit have also commodified human beings. We are as expendable to global corporations as the Barrier Reef or the great sequoias. These corporations and ruling elites, which have orchestrated the largest transference of wealth upward in human history, with globe’s richest 1 percent owning half the world’s wealth, kneel, and force us to kneel, before the dictates of the global marketplace. They have seized control of our governments, extinguishing democracy, corrupting law and building alliances with neofascists and authoritarians as the ruling ideology of neoliberalism is exposed as a con. They have constructed pervasive and sophisticated systems of internal security, wholesale surveillance and militarized police, along with criminalizing poverty, to crush dissent.” — Chris Hedges, Confronting the Culture of Death

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