Imperialism 101 by Michael Parenti + Crumbling US Empire

Smash US Empire

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by Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published Sept. 23, 2010
May 24, 2018

Chapter 1 of Against Empire, 1995

Imperialism has been the most powerful force in world history over the last four or five centuries, carving up whole continents while oppressing indigenous peoples and obliterating entire civilizations. Yet, it is seldom accorded any serious attention by our academics, media commentators, and political leaders. When not ignored outright, the subject of imperialism has been sanitized, so that empires become “commonwealths,” and colonies become “territories” or “dominions” (or, as in the case of Puerto Rico, “commonwealths” too). Imperialist military interventions become matters of “national defense,” “national security,” and maintaining “stability” in one or another region. In this book I want to look at imperialism for what it really is.

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The Corbyn Effect by William Bowles

Jeremy Corbyn graffiti

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by William Bowles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Investigating Imperialism
London, England
May 23, 2018

Why should it be that in a climate that’s shifted so far to the right, that out of the morass that is contemporary Britain, there should emerge a politician who was shaped by and effectively still lives, in a world that no longer exists? It’s bizarre to say the least but how to explain it?

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The Injustice and Crime of Extreme Inequality by Graham Peebles

Ways of Thinking - Feudalism is very much alive

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
May 13, 2018

Poverty is the greatest cause of death and illness globally; it strangles the lives of billions of people, denying the expression of innate potential, condemning men, women and children to live stunted uncreative lives of interminable suffering and drudgery.

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Abby Martin, Jill Stein and Glenn Greenwald: Freedom and Democracy: Global Issues in Context 2.0

On the walls of the former American embassy

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“Voting is easy and marginally useful, but it is a poor substitute for democracy, which requires direct action by concerned citizens.” — Howard Zinn, (2012) The Historic Unfulfilled Promise, p.208, City Lights Publishers

acTVism Munich on May 9, 2018

On the 6th of May 2018 we organized an event in Munich with Glenn Greenwald, Jill Stein & Abby Martin under the title “Freedom & Democracy: Global Issues in Context 2.0”.

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Red Alert: Don’t Let The Internet Turn Into Cable TV (Updated)

Red Alert For Net Neutrality

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Updated: May 16, 2018 Great news!

TheRealNews on May 8, 2018

Several dozen websites and organizations are launching a campaign in support of net neutrality ahead of an upcoming US Senate vote on whether to rescind the FCC’s decision to get rid of net neutrality. Craig Aaron on Free Press discusses the plan and the prospects.

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“Creating Wealth” through Debt: The West’s Finance-Capitalist Road by Michael Hudson

Swimming With the Debt Sharks

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Michael Hudson, May 2, 2018
May 7, 2018

Peking University, School of Marxist Studies
May 5-6, 2018

Volumes II and III of Marx’s Capital describe how debt grows exponentially, burdening the economy with carrying charges. This overhead is subjecting today’s Western finance-capitalist economies to austerity, shrinking living standards and capital investment while increasing their cost of living and doing business. That is the main reason why they are losing their export markets and becoming de-industrialized.

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Capitalism is Killing the Planet by Eric Schechter

Manhattan

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by Eric Schechter aka LeftyMathProf
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Eric’s Rants and Videos blog
May 2, 2018

leftymathprof on Apr 30, 2018

Feedback loops such as albedo loss are accelerating global warming. Tipping points such as the release of polar methane may increasing warming very suddenly. Soon our crops will fail. Science might save us but isn’t being used. Plutocrats block any reforms that would cut their profits. Our democracy is a sham. Trade makes inevitable the increase of inequality, ecocidal side effects, and the alienation of people from each other. Only sharing might save us, and we won’t get there through reforms. The first stop is to talk about it.

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The Haymarket Riot: “It is a Subterranean Fire” by Elizabeth Schulte

Geneva, 1 May 2014 (general strike)

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Originally published on April 30, 2011

by Elizabeth Schulte
SocialistWorker.org, April 29, 2011
April 30, 2018

ON MAY 1, 1886–125 years ago this month–hundreds of thousands of workers were taking the streets of cities around the U.S. to demand an eight-hour day.

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Chris Hedges and Frances Moore Lappé: The Struggle to Wrest Back Control of Our Democracy

holiday liberty sign democracy not plutocracy

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Apr 28, 2018

Frances Moore Lappé, author of Daring Democracy, discusses the struggle for democracy in the United States.

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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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Capitalism Is Always At War by William T. Hathaway

Why Is War A Permanent Feature of Capitalism?

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by William T. Hathaway
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published September 9, 2012
April 27, 2018

Vicious fanatics are trying to kill us and destroy our country. They’re blowing up our soldiers overseas. They’ve infiltrated our country. We must defend ourselves against these mad-dog berserkers before it’s too late.

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Michael Parenti: Free Speech In The Face Of Oppression + Free Speech – At A Price by Michael Parenti

"FREE SPEECH*"

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by Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published Sept. 4, 2011
April 26, 2018

on Aug 31, 2011

Author Michael Parenti challenges his audience to learn about and advocate free speech in the face of oppression. From the origins of the Bill of Rights up to today’s challenges by the FBI and other government entities, Parenti says, it is essential to stand up for one’s rights. He spoke at an event sponsored by the South Bay Committee Against Political Repression.

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Chris Hedges: Hard Work and Ambition Are Not the Secrets of Success, Privilege and Capitalism Are

Caleb Maupin: The American Socialist Awakening

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Apr 23, 2018

Khalil Muhammad, professor of history, race and public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, discusses the rise of racialized hatred in the United States.

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Why Interest Rates Are Rising by Ellen Brown

End the Fed march - 14

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by Ellen Brown
Writers, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
April 22, 2018

The Fed is aggressively raising interest rates, although inflation is contained, private debt is already at 150% of GDP, and rising variable rates could push borrowers into insolvency. So what is driving the Fed’s push to “tighten”?

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