End the Occupation of the Corporate State

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
January 31, 2018

It happened so subtly, we missed the corporate coup. Like shadows, corporations surrounded our country and slowly strangled it. They crept into Congress, the White House, the Supreme Court, the FDA, the military, the Department of the Interior: everywhere you look, a corporation controls the decisions of this nation. We have become the occupied territory of brand names, corporate logos, monopolistic power, and corporate greed.

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Who Was Lucy Parsons? by The Anti-Social Socialist

Who Was Lucy Parsons? by The Anti-Social Socialist

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“Lucy Parsons was famous and infamous. And she was prescient about what we’re facing today: the growing gap between rich and poor, the effect of technological innovation in the workplace, the inability of Democrats and Republicans to address gross injustice.” — Jacqueline Jones, New York Times, Dec. 31, 2017

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Chris Hedges and David North: The Working Class Has the Most Fundamental Interest in Ending the Capitalist System

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jan 28, 2018

David North, Chairman of the World Socialist Web Site’s International Editorial Board, discusses the capitalist crisis in the United States.

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Chris Hedges: When Are Journalists Foreign Agents? + Q&A

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with Chris Hedges

Columbia Journalism School on Jan 23, 2018

Columbia Journalism School and the Harriman Institute host a panel discussion with journalism experts on the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

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Beyond the Endless Soap Opera and Superficial Coverage of the Reigning Media-Politics Culture by Paul Street

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
January 26, 2018

With the news cycle taken over by the latest madness emerging from the mouth or Twitter feed of the childish “orange one” in the White House, could we step back from the circus to reflect like adults on the social and historical forces that produced the clown presidency? Haymarket Books’ new collection of essays by leading left political analysts, US Politics in an Age of Uncertainty: Essays on a New Reality, is required reading for anyone interested in such reflections on Donald Trump.

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Saint Corbyn? by William Bowles

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by William Bowles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Investigating Imperialism
London, England
January 25, 2018

It’s interesting reading comments on the essays I write that get published around the world on various websites (at least those that permit comments) regarding Jeremy Corbyn.

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Corporations Are A Mixture Of Humanity’s Greatest Nightmares

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
January 24, 2018

In ancient times, the unknown edges of maps held the words, Here be dragons. We’ve journeyed into those unexplored territories, and found not dragons, but monsters of our own creation, behemoths of the corporate state, which, like golems, rise to strength and power, undead and yet, not living.

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War = Capitalism, Capitalism = War by William Bowles

Why Is War A Permanent Feature of Capitalism?

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by William Bowles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Investigating Imperialism
London, England
January 22, 2018

Before I go any further with this let me state that I’m not a Trotskyist, or a Leninist, or a Stalinist or a Maoist (but I might have been all of the above, with exception of Maoist, at one time or another). However, I might be a Zapatista, at least in spirit, but I’m definitely a Socialist Revolutionary (or is that a Revolutionary Socialist?). I’m not sure if I’m a Marxist either, but I’m definitely an admirer of the old man, he was a great artist and thinker, and possibly, along with Charles Darwin, the greatest mind of the 19th century. Whatever you call it, we need a socialist revolution and we need one now, we are running out of time!

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Mark Mason: Pakistan Is a Fractured Client State of the US Empire, Afghanistan a US Colony

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Interview with Mark Mason
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Mark Mason, PhD (his website)
The Citizen, Jan. 15, 2018
January 17, 2018

NEW DELHI/SAN FRANCISCO: Editors Note: US Domestic and Foreign Policy Analyst Mark Mason speaks to The Citizen on the current Trump administration and its world view, with specific focus on West (Iran) and South (India,Pakistan) Asia. Mark Mason offers analyses of United States domestic and foreign policies for the international news media. He was trained as a biological anthropologist educated at the University of California, Berkeley, and recently engaged in the Occupy and bioregional green and peace social movements. His recent publications include Demystifying US and Israeli Power. This interview is the first of an irregular series of conversations between The Citizen and scholars in different parts of the world. Feedback is very welcome at editor@thecitizen.in. [DS added the link.]

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What Was The Creel Committee? by The Anti-Social Socialist

What Was The Creel Committee? by The Anti-Social Socialist

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“In its crusade to “make the world safe for democracy,” the Wilson administration took immediate steps at home to curtail one of the pillars of democracy – press freedom – by implementing a plan to control, manipulate and censor all news coverage, on a scale never seen in U.S. history.” — Christopher B. Daly, Smithsonian, April 28, 2017

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Chris Hedges and David North: Organizing Resistance To Internet Censorship

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with Chris Hedges

WSWS on Jan 16, 2018

On January 16, 2018, the World Socialist Web Site will video livestream a discussion on Internet censorship, featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges and WSWS International Editorial Board Chairperson David North. WSWS reporter Andre Damon will moderate the discussion. The webinar will explore the political context of the efforts to censor the Internet and abolish net neutrality, examine the pretexts used to justify the suppression of free speech (i.e., “fake news”), and discuss political strategies to defend democratic rights. Hedges and North will also field questions from on-line listeners.

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The End Of The Road For Capitalism Or For Us All? by William Bowles

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by William Bowles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Investigating Imperialism
London, England
January 16, 2018

“…we have the certainty that matter remains eternally the same in all its transformations, that none of its attributes can ever be lost, and therefore, also, that with the same iron necessity that it will exterminate on the earth its highest creation, the thinking mind, it must somewhere else and at another time again produce it”. — Frederick Engels, from the introduction to ‘The Dialectics of Nature’, 1883

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Martin Luther King Jr.: The Drum Major Instinct

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“God didn’t call America to do what she’s doing in the world now. God didn’t call America to engage in a senseless, unjust war as the war in Vietnam. And we are criminals in that war. We’ve committed more war crimes almost than any nation in the world, and I’m going to continue to say it. And we won’t stop it because of our pride and our arrogance as a nation.”  — Martin Luther King, Jr., The Drum Major Instinct, February 4, 1968
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Thus Spake Oprah as the New York Times Spots UFOs Over The Comb Over Empire by Phil Rockstroh

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by Phil Rockstroh
Writer, Dandelion Salad
January 14, 2018

I remember my first impression of the Reality Television program American Idol. I cringed at the thought, what if, a young Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, or the members of The Clash had been forced to have their talents appraised by the sort of shallow celebrities, supercilious moderators, and gallery of lowest common denominator-giddy cretins attendant to the hype-driven fare.

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Lazy-Minded Liberals and “The Trump Effect” by Paul Street

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
January 13, 2018

*This essay (below) was published on Counterpunch on Friday, January 12, 2018. It was written and submitted before I learned about Donald Trump’s sickening racist comments calling Haiti and Africa (home to 48 nations) “shithole countries.” Trump’s racist remarks have led me to alter and add text (seen in italics) in this essay’s next-to-last paragraph.

Liberals and other Democrats are getting dumber by the day. I keep running into them and hearing the same story over and over: things are bad because Trump is the president.

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