Chris Hedges and Dennis Kucinich: How The Military-Industrial-Complex Has Become The Enemy From Within

Rep. Dennis Kucinich

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Dec 16, 2022

There was once a wing of the Democratic Party that stood up to the war industry. J. William Fulbright, George McGovern, Gene McCarthy, Mike Gravel, William Proxmire, and, of course, Dennis Kucinich. But that was largely decades ago.

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Right-wing Attempts To Eliminate Constitutional Protections Are No Joke, by Pete Dolack

We the People

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by Pete Dolack
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder, Dec. 8, 2022
December 10, 2022

Donald Trump’s recent rant that the U.S. Constitution should be “terminated” so that he can be installed as president for life merits no response, given the Orange one-man crime wave’s tenuous connection to reality. Laughter is the appropriate riposte as Trump’s futile attempts at becoming the fascist dictator he clearly aspires to be become ever more futile.

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PSL Editorial: Rail Industry Showdown: Joe Biden vs. The Right To Strike

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by Liberation Staff
LiberationNews.org, Nov. 29, 2022
November 30, 2022

Joe Biden has shown his true colors: he stands with corporate bosses over union workers. In a statement released last night, Biden stabbed rail workers in the back by calling on Congress to pass legislation imposing the terms of a tentative deal that was rejected by the members of key unions in the industry. Top Congressional leaders immediately announced their intention to do just that.

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Ralph Nader, Medea Benjamin and David Swanson: Ukraine: Senseless Conflict

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with Ralph Nader, Medea Benjamin and David Swanson

Ralph Nader Radio Hour on Nov 26, 2022

On this week of Thanksgiving, Ralph welcomes two distinguished anti-war activists and Nobel Peace Prize nominees, Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODE Pink to discuss her book War in Ukraine: Making Sense of a Senseless Conflict and David Swanson of World Beyond War to not only put the conflict in Ukraine in context but also to reveal the financial incentives that drive endless war.

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Chris Hedges and Ralph Nader: A Postmortem on the 2022 Midterm Elections

The End Of The Government Shutdown 2013

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Nov 25, 2022

The midterm elections are over, and two more years of Congressional gridlock are likely in store. Republicans have taken a narrow majority in the House, while Democrats have held the Senate. What do we make of the current political landscape, where rhetoric runs so hot but so little gets done? And what can we expect from the 2024 presidential elections?

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Ukraine Without Ukrainians, Earth Without Life, by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Nov. 5, 2022
November 6, 2022

After the U.S. has spent months privately telling Ukraine not to negotiate peace and publicly telling Ukraine to help itself to an all-you-can-eat weapons buffet with breaks to pose for heroic portraits, and not long at all after telling Congress Members to beat themselves with whips for suggesting negotiating peace, the White House has privately asked Ukraine to pretend to be open to peace negotiations because it looks bad to have Russia willing (or at least saying it’s willing) to discuss peace and Ukraine not saying that. Or, in the words of the Bezos Post:
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Kucinich Says Call for Diplomacy to End Ukraine-Russia War Must be Heard; Silencing of Congressional Progressive Caucus Casts Dems as the “War Party”

Rep. Dennis Kucinich

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Updated Oct. 28, 2022: added video interview with Kucinich

Republished with permission from David Swanson at World Beyond War

by Dennis Kucinich
World Beyond War, Oct. 26, 2022
October 27, 2022

CLEVELAND (Oct. 26) Weds — Dennis J. Kucinich, former Congressman and former Democratic Presidential candidate today called upon Congressional Democrats to “rethink their opposition to diplomacy” as a means to end the war between Russia and Ukraine.

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If We Can Find Just 238 More Congress Members Who Don’t Want Us All to Die…, by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Oct. 24, 2022
October 25, 2022

When an election has been very close, many factors can be pointed to as each having been enough to make the difference. One of those in 2016 was very suggestive and very much ignored by, as far as I know, every single major media outlet except this one. I mean the phenomenon of military families voting against Hillary Clinton, believing her more likely than Donald Trump to get their loved ones killed. It seems this factor decided the election.

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Ralph Nader: How to Fix Democracy

Democracy Is For People, Not Corporations

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With Ralph Nader

Bertelsmann Foundation on Oct 25, 2019

Consumer advocate, lawyer, and former U.S. presidential candidate Ralph Nader believes that democracy is about civic organization, not just public opinion.

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Whatever Happened to the Mass Rallies That Used to Command the Attention of Congress? by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, Sept. 23, 2022
September 24, 2022

Long before the Covid pandemic, it was important to ask, where are the mass movements to enact in Congress majoritarian-supported changes and reforms? Another question: Whatever happened to the mass rallies that used to command the attention of our 535 members of Congress to whom we have given our sovereign power?

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Every Single Member of Congress Is Willing to Let Yemeni Children Die, by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Aug. 24, 2022
August 25, 2022

Every Single Member of Congress Is Willing to Let Yemeni Children Die.

If you want to prove that statement wrong, I think you’ll want to start by proving wrong one or more of these five points:
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PSL Editorial: The ‘Inflation Reduction Act’ Doesn’t Even Come Close

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by Liberation Staff
LiberationNews.org, Aug. 16, 2022
August 17, 2022

Joe Biden signed into law today the “Inflation Reduction Act” — a package of environmental, health care and tax measures that the administration is trumpeting as one of its crowning legislative achievements. But in reality, it represents a drop in the bucket compared to the scale of social crises workers are facing on multiple fronts.

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If Democrats Didn’t Suck, by David Swanson

The End Of The Government Shutdown 2013

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, July 1, 2022
July 10, 2022

If Democrats threw out the filibuster today and rapidly passed legislation over the next 8 months as if they gave a damn — as if they were, oh, I don’t know, the Supreme Court — and if they put just what they’re increasing the military budget by into their Build Back Better bill, if they put through with majority votes just those items they were elected on that are favored by significant majorities in the country, they’d have done enough by 6 months from now to not lose those elections. And if they kept going, they’d need never lose an election again. The whole premise of keeping the filibuster around to restrain the Republicans is the plan to go on sucking badly for 6 more months in order to lose — combined with the delusion that Republicans are going to be restrained by something that THEY can and will choose to throw out. The Republicans will certainly plan on never losing an election again. Any elections they can’t win or rig, they can ask the Supreme Court to fix up for them — and hire Al Gore to explain to us that we should sit back and take it.

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Abby Martin: Millions Will Be Forced Into Motherhood + US Supreme Court Overturns Landmark Abortion Ruling + Expand the Supreme Court!

Keep Your Theology Off My Biology and other abortion rights signs at a Stop Abortion Bans Rally in St Paul, Minnesota, May 22, 2019

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BREAKING: Supreme Court Effectively Ends Abortion Access in Much of the United States

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June 24, 2022

Shortly after 10am E.T. this morning, in a devastating decision, the Supreme Court officially and effectively ended abortion access for people in about half of the United States.

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