Plutocracy III: Class War (must-see)

Plutocracy III: Class War

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Scott N June 2017

Income inequality has become a big issue in the modern day political spectrum. While these economic and class divides seem more pronounced than ever before, this documentary film Plutocracy: Political Repression in the USA reveals the main reasons of these struggles pre-date the beginnings of the industrialized labor force.

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Sovereign Debt Jubilee, Japanese-Style by Ellen Brown

Capitalism IS the Crisis

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
June 27, 2017

Japan has found a way to write off nearly half its national debt without creating inflation. We could do that too.

Let’s face it. There is no way the US government is ever going to pay back a $20 trillion federal debt. The taxpayers will just continue to pay interest on it, year after year.

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Grenfell Tower: A Disaster Waiting to Happen by Graham Peebles

Grenfell Tower after Fire

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
June 23, 2017

Charred, lifeless and brutal, the hollowed out remains of Grenfell Tower in west London screams of the human agony inflicted when, on 14th June, the building became an inferno.

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When The Revolution Comes by Gaither Stewart

LC-DIG-nclc-01342 Girl Warping Machine, Loray Mill, Gastonia, N.C.

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
Previously published August 8, 2011
June 22, 2017

The Historical Gastonia Textile Mill Strikes Are Not Forgotten

When in the early part of this millennium I was writing a rather surrealistic novel, ASHEVILLE, about the town in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina where I started out my life, I ran into the story of the Asheville-based self-professed Communist writer, Olive Tilford Dargan, of whom I had never heard before. Visiting then her gravesite in the little known Green Hills Cemetery in West Asheville and researching her and her activities I fell into a gossamer review of early 19th century labor struggles in the good old U.S. South.

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Chris Hedges and Christian Parenti: The Rising Threat of Climate Conflict

Chris Hedges and Christian Parenti

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jun 18, 2017

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses the geopolitical consequences of global change with Professor Christian Parenti, author of Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil explores how climate change is increasing tensions between the global north and the global south.

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Grenfell Tower: This Is What Austerity Looks Like by William Bowles

Grenfell Tower after Fire

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by William Bowles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Investigating Imperialism
London, England
June 17, 2017

‘The Prime Minister, Theresa May, had to [flee] the site of Grenfell Tower yesterday under police guard, BBC News, 17 June 2017

The Abandonment of a Community

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To the Barricades Comrades? by William Bowles

Jeremy Corbyn graffiti, Camden

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by William Bowles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Investigating Imperialism
London, England
June 16, 2017

“From nowhere, a grassroots power base of [60,000] left-wing activists overturned Blair’s 20-year “New Labour” project, which took the party into the Clintonite center ground, and ultimately to three straight general election victories, No.10 Downing Street, and government. As the leader of Britain’s main opposition, Corbyn is technically the next prime minister in waiting. This is not a trivial achievement.

“It has left his party’s establishment stunned.” –  ‘Momentum: The Inside story of how Corbyn took control of the Labour Party‘, Business Insider, March 3, 2016

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Saudi Attack on Qatar; U.S. Threat to Iran by Sara Flounders

Human rights campaigners protest against Farnborough International arms fair

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by Sara Flounders
Workers World, June 13, 2017
June 14, 2017

Two weeks after the grand pomp of President Trump’s visit, Saudi Arabia announced the complete blockade of small neighboring state Qatar on June 5. The blockade is an act of war.

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Chris Hedges: My Goal Is The Utter Destruction Of This Corporate Kleptocracy, interviewed by Joe Sacco

I Will Stand With The Most Vulnerable

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with Chris Hedges

KBOO Radio on Jun 7, 2017

Truthdig columnist & Pulitzer Prize–winner Chris Hedges and Portland-based award-winning cartoonist and journalist Joe Sacco spoke at The Aladdin Theater in Portland, Oregon on May 27th, 2017 — the day after the horrific hate crime occurred on the MAX.

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Chris Hedges: Stop Fascism

Stop Fascism

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with Chris Hedges

KBOO Radio on Jun 7, 2017

Truthdig columnist & Pulitzer Prize–winner Chris Hedges speaks at the Aladdin Theater for KBOO Community Radio on May 26th, 2017. Hedges takes a provocative look at the current state of revolt in the United States and recounts the US’s continuing history of domestic terrorism while outlining ways for communities to resist before it’s too late.

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Another Massive Subsidy To Wall Street by Ellen Brown

Boston GS Protest

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
June 11, 2017

Higher interest rates will triple the interest on the federal debt to $830 billion annually by 2026, will hurt workers and young voters, and could bankrupt over 20% of US corporations, according to the IMF. The move is not necessary to counteract inflation and shows that the Fed is operating from the wrong model.

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Eleven Blasphemous Thoughts for the Current Russo-phobic Season by Paul Street

On the walls of the former American embassy

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street, June 9, 2017
June 10, 2017

Summer’s here and the time is right for sacrilege in the streets. Here are eleven blasphemous thoughts for the current Russo-phobic season, likely to be a real carbon-cooked scorcher.

Wouldn’t That Have Been Russia’s Job?

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Chris Hedges, Richard Wolff and Kate Crehan at The Left Forum 2017: Gramsci’s Importance for the Left Today

Thomas Hirschhorn, Gramsci Monument, 2013

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with Chris Hedges, and

OpenUnivoftheLeft on Jun 5, 2017

Left Forum 2017, Gramsci’s Importance for the Left Today, John Jay College, CUNY, 6-2-2017, New York City, Laura Flanders, Chair, The Laura Flanders Show, Chris Hedges, Truthdig, On Contact RT, Richard D. Wolff, Democracy at Work; Left Forum, Kate Crehan, College of Staten Island, Graduate Center, CUNY

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Today’s Students: From Debt Peons To Wage Slaves by Michael Hudson

Slaves to Money, Solidarity (9 of 25)

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Michael Hudson, May 31, 2017
June 3, 2017

Students usually don’t think of themselves as a class. They seem “pre-class,” because they have not yet entered the labor force. They can only hope to become part of the middle class after they graduate. And that means becoming a wage earner – what impolitely is called the working class.

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War Is A Racket By Major General Smedley Butler

War is a racket - Smedley Butler

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Originally published January 16, 2011

numoleen on March 11, 2009

War is a Racket by Smedley Butler is a famous speech denouncing the military industrial complex. This anti-war speech by two-time Congressional Medal of Honor recipient exposes war profits that benefit few at the expense of many. Throughout his distinguished career in the Marines, Smedley Darlington Butler demonstrated that true patriotism does not mean blind allegiance to government policies with which one does not agree. To Hell with war.

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