Collapsing Federal Corporate Crime Enforcement, by Ralph Nader

Day 12 Occupy Wall Street September 28 2011 Shankbone 54

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, July 30, 2021
August 2, 2021

As the size and severity of the corporate crime wave surges, Congress is asleep at the switch. The mostly captive Capitol Hill Gang has sat on an antiquated federal criminal code, starved the budget of regulatory health, safety, and consumer/labor protection agencies, and let corporate crooks routinely get away with their crimes.

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Challenge Government’s Autocratic Incommunicados, by Ralph Nader

First Amendment to the US Constitution

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, July 9, 2021
July 14, 2021

The First Amendment to our Constitution declares that Congress cannot abridge the right of the people “…to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Unfortunately, this vital tool of our democracy is easily circumvented by Congress simply not responding whatsoever to “petitions” by the citizenry. This government undermining of our constitutional right is producing invincibly incommunicado government officials.

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The Resistance Remains Hollow: The Weimar Ways of the Dismal Democrats, by Paul Street

Democrats and Republicans

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street, July 3, 2021
July 6, 2021

The Republican Party – described by Noam Chomsky years ago as “the most dangerous organization on Earth” – is now a fascist party (I will develop this point further in a future report on the state-level Republican jihad against Critical Race Theory). The sheer equivalence some “radicals” posit between the dismal neoliberal Democratic and the white-nationalist Amerikaner GOP is false. Just for starters, try to imagine the self-described democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez or for that matter, the corporate liberal Nancy Pelosi winning a Congressional seat in Kentucky, Iowa, or Wyoming and the QANazi Marjorie Taylor Green being elected to the U.S. House from Brooklyn, Chicago, or San Francisco.

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No Time to Relax: Dark Clouds in Biden’s America, by Paul Street

The End Of The Government Shutdown 2013

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street, June 5, 2021
June 7, 2021

The sense of relief that came over many Americans after the malignant pandemo-fascist Donald Trump’s removal from power seems increasingly misplaced. The feeling of relaxation is understandable. The pandemic is in significant retreat inside the U.S. as summer dawns, thanks in part to the Biden administration’s vaccination efforts. The improved U.S. health outlook combined with Biden and the Congressional Democrats’ large opening stimulus package to spark some modest economic recovery and hiring expansion. Significantly vaccinated fans, shoppers, diners, vacationers, drinkers, entertainment seekers, and gamblers have returned to American major league baseball, basketball, and hockey games, beaches, bars, restaurants, hotels, casinos, movie theaters, concerts, and shopping malls.

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The Memorial Day Massacre by Sharon Smith + Labor History: Chicago Memorial Day Massacre 1937

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The Chicago Memorial Day Incident

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by Sharon Smith
SocialistWorker.org
Originally posted May 27, 2011, written in May 1989
May 31, 2021

The presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt changed the reputation of the Democratic Party from the party of the Southern slaveholders to that of “friend of the working people”—a reputation that the Democratic Party, undeservedly, continues to enjoy.

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Apartheid Does Not Have the Right To Defend Itself, Or To Exist, by Jim Kavanagh

Free Palestine - Melbourne Rally May 15, 2021

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by Jim Kavanagh
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Polemicist, May 19, 2021
May 21, 2021

With its latest attack on Gaza—on the families it drove from their homes in what is now Israeli territory—Israel is surpassing itself in viciousness. As of today, Israel has killed 212 Gazans, including at least 61 children and 36 women. It is “obliterate[ing] multiple generations of families” in the middle of the night—at least 21 members of the al-Qawlaq family, from 6 months to 90 years old. It is pulverizing residential towers and media offices, and bombing “civic infrastructure, businesses and the main roads leading to the city’s al-Shifa hospital.” Destroying the roads is an instructive example of Israel’s gratuitous, and clever, cruelty: It of course prevents ambulances and medics from moving where they’re needed; it also blocks the families who are fleeing to the hospitals for safety from the sudden explosion of their homes. But, We didn’t bomb the hospital!

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Chris Hedges and Paul Street: Joe Biden is Not FDR

Occupy Wall Street, ca. 1934

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with Chris Hedges

and with Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
May 8, 2021

RT America on May 8, 2021

On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to Paul Street, history professor and author, about the Biden administration and its continuity with the Democratic and Republican administrations’ policies and programs to benefit the elite and corporate interests not working class Americans.

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An Easy Test of Whether Democrats Are Faking It, by David Swanson + Abby Martin: US Retreats From Afghanistan: Truth Behind The Empire’s Defeat

Flag

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
April 23, 2021

When Democrats were handed the U.S. Congress in 2006 to end the war on Iraq, and they escalated it in order to “oppose” it in the 2008 elections, it’s possible some of them were not being completely forthright and respectful toward you, their loyal supporters.

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Chris Hedges: We Must Build A New Party

Chris Hedges: We Must Build A New Party

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with Chris Hedges

The People’s Party on Apr 8, 2021

The People’s Podcast host Nick Brana speaks with Chris Hedges, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and host of the Emmy award-winning show, On Contact.

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Medea Benjamin: Are Progressives Ignoring Foreign Policy?

US Military Largest consumer of Oil -- 2014 People's Climate March NYC 89

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theAnalysis-news on Mar 29, 2021

Many progressives are ignoring U.S. aggression around the world despite its involvement in many wars and expanding arsenal of nuclear weapons. Medea Benjamin joins Paul Jay on theAnalysis.news.

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Chris Hedges: Politics is a Game of Fear

BLM March, Springfield, Oregon

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“The Democratic Party has been quite effective in frightening progressives into backing a party that is a wholly owned subsidiary of corporate America.” — Chris Hedges

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Perfidy Meets Putty – Congressional Democrats Betray Voters, by Ralph Nader

Medicare for All Rally - Feb 2017

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, Mar. 12, 2021
March 16, 2021

Do you remember the promises made by the Democratic Party’s presidential and Congressional candidates on universal health insurance? You can forget their pledges and somber convictions now that your votes put the Democrats in charge of the House and the Senate. The Democrats’ leaders are abandoning their promises and retreating into a cowardly corporatist future.

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Chris Hedges: Politics After Trump

Chris Hedges: Politics After Trump

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with Chris Hedges

BC Student Government on Mar 11, 2021

The event features a keynote address by Chris Hedges, followed by a discussion with the host, and then ending with a Q&A session for the audience.

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Paul Street: Is Trumpism Fascism? + Paul Jay: Trump’s Treason and McConnell’s Mayhem

Donald Trump, Loretto street art

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with Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
February 22, 2021

theAnalysis-news on Feb 22, 2021

Paul Street argues that it’s wrong to call January 6th an “insurrection”; this wasn’t a grassroots rank and file populist uprising by the people, it was instigated from the top down and part of a larger organized fascist effort.

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Chris Hedges: Biden Will Shut Down Left Voices + Will Americans Rise Up?

Rise up

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Note: This is a partial repost of the Jan 14, 2021 interview.

“The Democratic Party has betrayed every principle the left claims to support which is why the self-identified left are a laughingstock.” — Chris Hedges

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