The Radicalization of Martin Luther King + Dr. Martin Luther King: Where Do We Go From Here?

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

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Dandelion Salad

Originally posted on Jan. 20, 2013

“One day we must ask the question, “Why are there forty million poor people in America?” And when you begin to ask that question, you’re raising a question about the economic system, about a broader distribution of wealth. When you ask that question, you begin to question the capitalistic economy.” — “Where Do We Go From Here?” Martin Luther King, Jr., Aug. 16, 1967

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Caleb Maupin: Martin Luther King Was A Socialist!

Caleb Maupin: Martin Luther King Was A Socialist!

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with Caleb Maupin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published Jan. 17, 2019
January 18, 2020

Caleb Maupin on Jun 2, 2010

Your history textbooks may have you convinced he was a blind patriot and arch conservative. They were wrong. Martin Luther King was a socialist, and the following clips show him talking extensively about the need to redistribute wealth and “economic power”, the right to a job, and the dignity of the working class.

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Chris Hedges: Ayn Rand and the Culture of Greed

d ayn rand institute demotivator

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jan 18, 2020

On the show this week, Chris Hedges, discusses the outsized influence of the writer, Ayn Rand, on America’s business and financial elite with New York University professor and author, Lisa Duggan.

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I Have a Dream, a Blurred Vision by Michael Parenti

Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial

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by Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published August 29, 2013
January 17, 2020

The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington—in which Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. made his famed “I Have a Dream” speech—has recently won renewed attention from various print and electronic media in the United States. But the more attention given to King’s extraordinary speech, the less we seem to know about King himself, the less aware we are about the serious challenges he was presenting, challenges that remain urgent and ignored to this very day.

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Being Anti-Imperialist Means Supporting Proletarian Revolution + As Capitalism Collapses Into Fascism, Socialist Revolution Looms by Rainer Shea

no war but class war

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, Jan. 13, 2019
January 16, 2020

Being anti-war does not equate to being anti-imperialist. Being anti-imperialist means supporting the only justifiable type of war, which is class war, while consistently opposing the wars that serve the capitalist class.

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Repo Madness by Ellen Brown

Rich Uncle Pennybags

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
January 12, 2020

Although the repo market is little known to most people, it is a $1-trillion-a-day credit machine, in which not just banks but hedge funds and other “shadow banks” borrow to finance their trades. Under the Federal Reserve Act, the central bank’s lending window is open only to licensed depository banks; but the Fed is now pouring billions of dollars into the repo (repurchase agreements) market, in effect making risk-free loans to speculators at less than 2%.

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Chris Hedges: How Mindfulness Became the New Capitalist Spirituality

Shadow Side of the Mindfulness Revolution

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jan 11, 2020

Chris Hedges talks to Ron Purser, professor of management at San Francisco State University, about the growth of mindfulness meditation in the mainstream. As meditation makes its way into schools, prisons and government agencies, Purser argues the booming cottage industry with its promises of “Buddhist-inspired” techniques tries to offer a universal panacea for resolving almost every area of daily concern. While it can be helpful, compartmentalizing the practice away from asking why there is so much stress in daily life and away from making challenges to corporate and political practices could do more harm than good.

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Trump’s War with Iran will be a Final Blow to the American Empire by Rainer Shea + Chris Hedges: Iran Hit Obvious Targets to Avoid Spiral of War + Will Griffin: No Evidence Iran Killed Americans in Iraq

Anti-War Demonstration at The White House 1/4/20

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, Jan. 6, 2019
January 9, 2020

When the imperialists carry out reckless actions like the recent assassination of a top Iranian military official, aren’t they at least partly conscious of the ways this endangers their power structure? Don’t they see that the more resources the American war machine consumes and the worse proletarian living conditions become as a result, the greater the likelihood becomes that a revolution will happen? Don’t they see the obvious and growing signs of the U.S. empire’s collapse? Don’t they see that the more the neoliberal order exacerbates climate change and destabilizes the economy, the more the bourgeois power structure comes under threat?

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Chris Hedges: Rebellion Is The Only Way To Stop The Ruling Elites, interviewed by Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese

Protesting youth, Madrid, Spain 2011, Juventud.

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with Chris Hedges

by Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese
Clearing the FOG
Popular Resistance
Dec. 30, 2019

As 2019 comes to a close and we enter a new decade, we look back at the major events and issues that shaped the year with Chris Hedges. We discuss the rise of the Right, in part due to the weaknesses of the Left, what the Sanders campaign means for activism and achieving meaningful social change and whether or not the United States is ready for a massive uprising against neo-liberalism, as is happening around the world. The next decade will be a time when major crises such as the climate, wealth inequality and militarism are devastating. At some point, a spark will be lit in the US, but in the current environment, that is likely to result in greater movement to the right unless we prepare now to build power on the left.

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Michael Hudson: The Beginning of the End of Super Imperialism in 2020?

Michael Hudson: The Beginning of the End of Super Imperialism in 2020?

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with Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
January 2, 2020

RT on Jan 2, 2020

Continuing with their New Year’s Eve celebrations, the Keiser Report is joined by Dr. Michael Hudson, author of Super Imperialism: The Origin and Fundamentals of US World Dominance. Will 2020 see further decline in that super imperialism about which he first wrote all those decades ago? They discuss this and then turn to the upcoming elections in the US and whether or not he believes the stock market numbers will aid Trump. Finally, the discussion takes in Hudson’s views on uprisings globally and whether they herald the end of the age of neoliberalism.

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Happy New Year! Who Was The Radical MLK? by The Anti-Social Socialist

Happy New Year! The Radical Martin Luther King, Jr. by The Anti-Social Socialist

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Happy New Year!

“I imagine you already know that I am much more socialistic in my economic theory than capitalistic. And yet I am not so opposed to capitalism that I have failed to see its relative merits. It started out with a noble and high motive, viz, to block the trade monopolies of nobles, but like most human systems it fell victim to the very thing it was revolting against. So today capitalism has outlived its usefulness. It has brought about a system that takes necessities from the masses to give luxuries to the classes.” — Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter to Coretta Scott, 1952

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The 2010s: America’s Self-Delusional Decade of Imperial Collapse by Rainer Shea

State of the Union

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, Dec. 28, 2019
December 31, 2019

Ten years ago, Americans were beginning to confront the reality that their nation was irrevocably in decline. The economy had entered into a downward spiral, the country had been in a nine-years-long war, and democratic rights were disappearing. Given the history of collapsing empires, it’s unsurprising that all of these trends have continued since then. And the geopolitical and cultural dynamics that have developed throughout the 2010s aren’t surprising either.

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Late-Stage Capitalism Is Creating A New Kind Of Global Despotism by Rainer Shea

Chemical Agents, Occupy Oakland Move In Day (30 of 31)

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, Dec. 23, 2019
December 26, 2019

The power structure that now dominates the globe is a logical extension of the project for colonizing Africa, Oceania, and the Americas that the European imperialist powers began over five centuries ago. From the start of this project, it’s been a constant rule for those in the colonizing powers that one’s society is at war with a weaker enemy. The indigenous people, who have been portrayed as not capable of running things, have had to be brought under the colonial boot according to the ideology of imperial conquest. And in accordance with the global rise of capitalism that colonialism precipitated, the same dynamic of subjugation has existed between the poor and the rich.

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Happy Birthday to Jesus, the Anti-Imperialist Socialist! by The Anti-Social Socialist

Happy Birthday to Jesus, the Anti-Imperialist Socialist!

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Merry Christmas!

“All I want for Christmas is the abolition of imperialist white supremacist capitalist heteropatriarchy!”

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Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published Dec. 24, 2017
December 24, 2019

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