Chris Hedges: Mass Incarceration is a Form of Social Control and the Police Function as Predators in Impoverished Communities

"Am I next?" - Justice for Philando Castile

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Sep 22, 2018

In a conversation about his new book America: The Farewell Tour, Chris Hedges tells journalist, Hugh Hamilton, about the political goals of the Christian Right and the prison-industrial complex. Second part of two-part interview.

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Warning Sign to Anti-war Movement: Behind the Assassination of Donetsk Leader Alexander Zakharchenko

Warning Sign to Anti-war Movement: Behind the Assassination of Donetsk Leader Alexander Zakharchenko

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by Greg Butterfield
Workers World, Sept. 3, 2018
September 4, 2018

Alexander Zakharchenko, prime minister of the anti-fascist Donetsk People’s Republic, was assassinated on Aug. 31 when an explosion ripped through the Separ restaurant in the capital city of Donetsk.

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Definitions: The Proletariat by Gaither Stewart

One More Lost Soul

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
Previously published Sept. 12, 2008
August 20, 2018

“Suppose that some great disaster were to sweep ten million families out to sea and leave ‘em on a desert island to starve and rot. That would be … an act of God, maybe. But suppose a manner of government that humans have set up and directed, drives ten million families into the pit of poverty and starvation? That’s no act of God. That’s our fool selves actin’ like lunatics. What humans have set up they can take down…. Whoever says we’ve got to have a capitalist government when we want a workers’ government, is givin’ the lie to the great founders of these United States….”

(A Stone Came Rolling, Olive Tilford Dargan)

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Abby Martin and Chris Hedges: Christianized Fascism Is More Dangerous Than The Alt-Right

American Jesus

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Dandelion Salad
Previously posted Feb. 27, 2017

with Abby Martin and Chris Hedges

teleSUR English on Feb 27, 2017

For the first time in modern history, a fringe wing of Christian extremists have obtained the highest seats of power in the US government—from Mike Pence to Betsy DeVos.

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Definitions: The Bourgeoisie by Gaither Stewart

Self-Portrait in a group (José Almada Negreiros), 1925

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
Previously published Oct. 12, 2008
August 15, 2018

“We are not fighting against men or a kind of politics but against the class which produces those politics and those men.” (from Dirty Hands, a political play by Jean Paul Sartre, first performed in Paris on April 2, 1948.)

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What Were George Orwell’s Political Views? by The Anti-Social Socialist

George Orwell's 1984

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“I have seen British Imperialism at work in Burma, and I have seen something of the effects of poverty and unemployment in Britain. In so far as I have struggled against the system, it has been mainly of writing books which I hoped would influence the reading public. I shall continue to do that, of course, but at a moment like the present writing books in not enough. The tempo of events is quickening; the dangers which once seemed a generation distant are staring us in the face. One has got to be actively a Socialist, not merely sympathetic to Socialism, or one plays into the hands of our always-active enemies.” — George Orwell, 1938

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Abby Martin and Mark Crispin Miller: Propaganda and the Engineering of Consent

Abby Martin and Mark Crispin Miller: Propaganda and the Engineering of Consent

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Originally posted June 5, 2016

with Abby Martin

Empire Files on Jun 4 2016

With thousands of advertisements seen by Americans everyday, and a corporate media that reinforces the needs of Empire, propaganda in the U.S. is more pervasive and effective than ever before. The manipulation of public opinion through suggestion can be traced back to the father of modern propaganda, Edward Bernays, who discovered that preying on the subconscious mind was the best way to sell products people don’t need, and wars people don’t want. To get a deeper understanding of how propaganda functions in today’s society, Abby Martin interviews Dr. Mark Crispin Miller, professor of Media Studies at New York University.

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New Israeli Law Bans Dissent in the Classroom by David Swanson + The Rules of Engagement + Israel Legislates Apartheid into Law

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
July 21, 2018

Israel has passed a law allowing its Minister of Education to ban from its schools any person or group who criticizes Israel — apparently something that no teachers or students in Israel are supposed to do either (though some do). The hasbara, or pro-war propaganda, spin on this is that it is protecting Israel’s brave Troops from (rhetorical) “attacks.” But one of the chief targets of the law is understood to be Israeli troops who speak about what it is they do. And the law explicitly identifies for banning from schools those who advocate “legal or political” actions, which tend to be taken against those who make laws and political decisions, not against Troops.

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Russiagate is not Pearl Harbor, 9/11 was not Pearl Harbor, and Pearl Harbor was not Pearl Harbor by David Swanson

No More War

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
July 17, 2018

The unproven allegation that the Russian government helped us find out how the DNC was screwing Bernie Sanders with his pants on is not actually a moral, legal, or practical reason to launch a spree of mass-killing of innocents, which is what every war since WWII has been.

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Matteo Salvini, Italy’s New Strongman by Gaither Stewart + Italian Government Closes Port to Migrants

Matteo Salvini, Italy’s New Strongman by Gaither Stewart

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
June 14, 2018

As shown in the permissive attitude of Italians toward Fascism last century, also contemporary Italians perceive of a strong and charismatic leader as a shield against disorder and their inherent inclination toward anarchy. Someone to protect them against their own nature. Promises of more police and more security are reassuring to those Italians who see today’s enemy in immigrants and in the European Union with all its rules … including its Euro currency. When a legitimate government to control their inclination toward anarchy goes missing, some form of servility to a powerful individual returns. Strongmen emerge from that conundrum deep in the Italian psyche: anarchy or a strongman at the helm. Italy today seems to be following the same familiar old script.

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Chris Hedges and Richard Wolff: An Unsustainable System

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges and

Democracy At Work on May 28, 2018

This week on Economic Update, Professor Wolff delivers updates on the decline of U.S. cities and the potential of “private cities”, the ever-growing freelancers’ economy, why the U.S. Supreme Court decided to legalize sports betting now, Fiat-Chrysler & Porsche added to the emissions cheating scandal, the new federal jobs guarantee and a Catholic University attacks the concept of tenure.

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Chris Hedges and Mark Crispin Miller: Corporate Media’s Hurricane of Propaganda + American Media Wrong On Syria Coverage

Lies

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Apr 16, 2018

Mark Crispin Miller, professor of media studies at New York University, discusses the destruction of the independent press in the United States.

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Capitalism Careens in the Direction of Fascism by Paul Street

If voting changed anything...

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

World peace is none of your business
You must not tamper with arrangements
Work hard and simply pay your taxes
Never asking what for
Oh, you poor little fool
Oh, you fool

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Corporate, State-Capitalist and Imperialist Media, Not “Mainstream Media” and Other Terminology by Paul Street

Grafs in Hof

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
March 20, 2018

Climate Crisis, Not “Climate Change”

My next-to-last CounterPunch essay (“Someone Tell a Reporter: the Rich Are Destroying the Earth”) elicited a smart criticism from a senior scientist:
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Chris Hedges: The Fight Against Fascism

Fuck Fascism!

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“In Fascism, the proletariat is confronted by an extraordinarily dangerous enemy. Fascism is the concentrated expression of the general offensive undertaken by the world bourgeoisie against the proletariat. Its overthrow is therefore an absolute necessity, nay, it is even a question of the every-day existence and of the bread and butter of every ordinary worker. On these grounds the whole of the proletariat must concentrate on the fight against Fascism. It will be much easier for us to defeat Fascism if we clearly and distinctly study its nature.” — Clara Zetkin, Labour Monthly, August 1923

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