Beneath Conspiracy Theories: The Class War, by Aragorn Eloff

Class War graffiti, Shoreditch

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by Aragorn Eloff
New Frame, May 4, 2020
May 13, 2020

The danger of conspiracy theories is their ability to breed apathy and resignation, offering an easy narrative that makes people susceptible to influence and limits social change. There is another way.

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Do Not Meet With Mike Pence, Go to Jail, or Join the Military, by David Swanson

resist don't enlist

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
May 12, 2020

We don’t know what the long-term damage is of coronavirus in those who recover. We don’t know who will die among those who catch it. We do know that we each have a responsibility to avoid catching it and avoid spreading it. Here are some ways to do that.

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Coronavirus Capitalism and “Exceptional” America, by Paul Street

Capitalism is the crisis

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street, Apr. 29, 2020
May 11, 2020

As the global coronavirus public health and economic crisis of 2020 approaches the international workers’ day May 1st, let us consider 23 ways in which it is a crisis of and by capital and its class rule profits system:

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Caleb Maupin: What is the Lumpenproletariat? + Will Griffin: What Are The Principles of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism?

by Caleb Maupin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Caleb Maupin (website)
Caleb Maupin (Facebook Page)
May 10, 2020

“Well also within the working-class, Marx talked about you have the lumpenproletariat and what the lumpenproletariat is, is people that are part of the working class but they’re never really allowed to be part of the working class. Their income comes from criminal activities mostly. They’re barely employed, they’re barely surviving, they’re desperately poor and they’re just completely locked out.” — Caleb Maupin

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Chris Hedges and Matthew Hoh: The High Rate of Suicide Among Veterans

The Intensity of PTSD

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on May 9, 2020

On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to Matthew Hoh, former U.S. Marine Company Commander, about the high rates of veteran suicides. Hoh served two tours in Iraq as a Marine and with the State Department. He resigned his position as a State Department political officer in Afghanistan in 2009 in protest over the Obama Administration’s escalation of the war.

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Bay of Pigs – Not, by Finian Cunningham

Bay of Pigs – Not, by Finian Cunningham

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Sputnik, May 7, 2020
May 8, 2020

Official White House denials of involvement in a coup plot against Venezuela are in themselves worth nothing but contempt. With Washington’s decades-long record of blood-soaked dirty tricks in Latin America, inciting armed coups and aggression is what we should expect.

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The Virus is a Mirror, by Andrew Gavin Marshall

Coronavirus graffiti, Leake Street

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by Andrew Gavin Marshall
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Toronto, Canada
Empire and Economics
May 7, 2020

Let us see that the virus allows us to reflect on ourselves, not simply at a national level, but at a civilizational level – at the level of the human species.

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Chris Hedges: The Whole Consent Of The Governed Is A Joke + Hedges on Noam Chomsky Favouring Biden Over Trump

Democrats and Republicans

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with Chris Hedges

acTVism Munich on May 5, 2020

In this interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New York Times best-selling author Chris Hedges, we discuss his past work as a foreign correspondent with the New York Times and why he chose to quit. In addition, we compare Donald Trump and Joe Biden in the context of domestic and foreign policy with a focus on Europe. Lastly we explore the importance of economic policy solutions, activism and independent media in this day and age.

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David Swanson: Free Ourselves From the Virus of War

No War

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Apr. 26, 2020, recorded on Mar. 27, 2020
May 5, 2020

David Swanson was to speak at a conference in Florence, Italy, on April 25, 2020. The conference became a video instead. Below is the video and text of Swanson’s portion. As soon as we receive the video or text of the whole, in Italian or English, we will post it at worldbeyondwar.org. The video aired on April 25 on PandoraTV and on ByoBlu. Details on the full conference are here.

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The Economic Collapse Is Going To Get A Lot Worse, by Rainer Shea

Climate Change is Class War 22nd May 2019

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, May 1, 2020
May 4, 2020

The United States and the other core imperialist countries haven’t had socialist revolutions because the masses within them have been kept complacent. They’ve directly or indirectly benefited from the exploitation of colonized peoples, enjoying relative economic advantages despite their being subordinate to the capitalist class. Even as inequality has increased in the last generation or so, this has let the system keep them from taking action. They’ve been told that they need to be loyal to their country, that they can get ahead if they try, that capitalism gives them a better lifestyle than socialism would.

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Crushing the States, Saving the Banks: The Fed’s Generous New Rules, by Ellen Brown

Capitalism Is Crisis

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog, May 2, 2020
May 3, 2020

Congress seems to be at war with the states. Only $150 billion of its nearly $3 trillion coronavirus relief package – a mere 5% – has been allocated to the 50 states; and they are not allowed to use it where they need it most, to plug the holes in their budgets caused by the mandatory shutdown. On April 22, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he was opposed to additional federal aid to the states, and that his preference was to allow states to go bankrupt.

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Chris Hedges: The Colonial War on Palestine

Massive DC Rally And March For Gaza 2

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on May 2, 2020

On the show this week, Chris Hedges discusses the long, disingenuous role the USA has played in the Israel/Palestine conflict with Professor Rashid Khalidi.

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Nothing Is Going Back To Normal — May Day 2020

Occupy May Day 2012

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Dandelion Salad

sub.Media on Apr 30, 2020

This May Day finds us at an important historic crossroads. Amidst a global pandemic, this year the streets will be eerily silent as people forgo the marches, rallies and riots that are the annual rituals of international workers day.

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The Incomplete and Wonderful History of May Day + Chris Smalls: Support May Day Strikers

Geneva, 1 May 2014 (general strike)

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Updated: April 30, 2020
Originally published May 1, 2016

The Laura Flanders Show on Apr 26, 2016

Author and professor Peter Linebaugh discusses his new book, The Incomplete, True, Authentic, and Wonderful History of May Day. Later in the show filmmaker Avi Lewis discusses worker-owned factories in Argentina, and Laura focuses on the intersectional feminism of 19th Century Anarchist Lucy Parsons.

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The Fascistic Restructuring of American Capitalism, by Rainer Shea

Donald Trump, Loretto street art

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist
April 29, 2020

Since the United States became the main world power in the 1940s, opening corporations up to the countries the U.S. empire would come to exploit in the following decades, working class people in America have filled a role more disposable than had previously been the case. Labor could be easily extracted by U.S. corporations from the Third World, because capitalism was now centered around the largest empire in world history. But now the economic order is changing, and the U.S. capitalist class is needing to adapt.

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