What Waging War Is Really Like, by David Swanson

The Intensity of PTSD

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Oct. 2, 2020
October 4, 2020

The vast majority of people who experience war directly, first-hand, rather than through Hollywood movies or politicians’ speeches, are the people who live where wars are waged. In wars involving distant wealthy nations on one-side, some 95% of those killed or injured or traumatized, and 100% of those bombed out of their homes are people against whom war is waged, most of them civilians and the rest of them people doing exactly what any Hollywood movie or politician would tell them — have told them — to do: fight back.

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The Dollar Crash Of 2021: The Next Step In Capitalist Collapse + 2020 Will End With The U.S. Moving Much Closer To Dictatorship, by Rainer Shea

Collapse text on calculator screen on the hundred dollar bills

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, Sept. 30, 2020
October 2, 2020

As this year’s economic crisis has developed, the U.S.-centered corporatocracy has desperately been trying to maintain the illusion of growth, or at the least the illusion that the current contraction is sure to end and things will return to normal. But as unemployment claims in the U.S. have continued to rise, and factors like the cold war with China have thrown the NATO countries into further economic chaos, it’s become clear that the stock market has been overly optimistic about a coming recovery. Market Watch wrote last month that “The rebound will be much more gradual than the V-shaped pattern investors are betting on.”

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Trump’s License to Violence, by Finian Cunningham + An Appeal to Fascism for All to See, by Kenn Orphan

Donald Trump, Loretto street art

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Ireland
Crossposted from Sputnik, Sept. 30, 2020
October 1, 2020

The most remarkable moment in the 90-minute US presidential debate was President Trump’s refusal to outright condemn white supremacist groups.

Indeed, he went further by referring to one such group by name, Proud Boys, and then told them – apparently approvingly – to “stand back and stand by”.

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Phil Rockstroh: The Mythical, the Political and the Sublime

Phil Rockstroh: The Mythical, the Political and the Sublime

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Interview by Kollibri Terre Sonnenblume with Phil Rockstroh
Writer, Dandelion Salad
September 30, 2020

“You cannot have capitalism in a democratic society because the money class will always own and control not only cultural societal aspects that are dominant but they will own and control the political class.” — Phil Rockstroh

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Danny Haiphong and Margaret Kimberley: Why the United States is the World’s Worst Human Rights Abuser

Criminal Injustice

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Dandelion Salad

with Danny Haiphong and Margaret Kimberley

Black Agenda Report Presents: The Left Lens on Sep 28, 2020

The U.S. claims to hold a monopoly on human rights despite being the most egregious human rights violator on the planet. Margaret Kimberley and Danny Haiphong discuss the domestic and international scope of U.S. human rights abuses and the hypocrisy of the evidence-free claims made against China.

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Christian Sorensen: Introduction to U.S. Military Contracting Announcements

Understanding the War Industry by Christian Sorensen

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by Christian Sorensen
Writer, Dandelion Salad
September 28, 2020

C.P. Sorensen on Sep 25, 2020

Every duty day around 5PM Eastern, the Pentagon issues contracting announcements (www.defense.gov/Newsroom/Contracts). This video offers a brief introduction to these announcements.

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Capitalism is the Real Disease, by Finian Cunningham + Richard Wolff: COVID-19 and the End of Capitalism

Communist Vegans

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Ireland
Crossposted from Sputnik, Sept. 25, 2020
September 27, 2020

It’s hard not to agree with American professor Richard Wolff when he says the real disease facing the world is not Covid-19 but rather the failed economics of capitalism.

Wolff’s analysis is more cogent than ever.

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Chris Hedges: Origins of White Supremacy

Slavery

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Sep 26, 2020

On the show this week, Chris Hedges discusses the origin of white supremacy and how it plays out in contemporary society with historian, Gerald Horne.

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Chris Hedges: American Empire Collapse: It’s About To Get Much Worse

CAPiTALiSM KiLLS

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

act.tv on Sep 21, 2020

Julianna welcomes back Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author, Chris Hedges, to discuss how in his current book, America: The Farewell Tour. Hedges takes a close look at the array of pathologies that have arisen out of a profound malaise of hopelessness as the society disintegrates due to the “slow moving [corporate] Coup d’état” instituted by the ruling classes in the ’70s in reaction to the activist movements and reforms of the ’60s. And how this disintegration has resulted in an epidemic of diseases, despair, and a civil society that has ceased to function.

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WWII Was Not Fought To Save Anyone From Death Camps, by David Swanson

1389.4 Holocaust A

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Sept. 21, 2020
September 24, 2020

Excerpted from Leaving World War II Behind

If you were to listen to people justifying WWII today, and using WWII to justify the subsequent 75 years of wars and war preparations, the first thing you would expect to find in reading about what WWII actually was would be a war motivated by the need to save Jews from mass murder. There would be old photographs of posters with Uncle Sam pointing his finger, saying “I want you to save the Jews!”

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American Cultural Psychosis and Anti-Chinese War Propaganda, by Rainer Shea

“American Cultural Psychosis and Anti-Chinese War Propaganda, by Rainer Shea

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist
September 23, 2020

The Iraq invasion was a prelude to our current war run-up, the war run-up that the United States would experience when its global imperial hegemony came under threat during the 2020s. Like was the case in 2003, the empire’s propaganda machine has inculcated its narratives into the minds of a solid majority of the public. Like was the case in 2003, the main target of the empire’s violent rage is merely a scapegoat for the crises that the U.S. has been experiencing. The difference is that in 2020, America’s cultural psychosis is being directed towards preparing for a war far larger than the Iraq War, a war so destructive and costly that it could end up breaking U.S. hegemony for good.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg and America’s Priestly Class, by Kenn Orphan

U.S. Supreme Court For Sale (Washington, DC)

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
September 22, 2020

“It would be naive to depend on the Supreme Court to defend the rights of poor people, women, people of color, dissenters of all kinds. Those rights only come alive when citizens organize, protest, demonstrate, strike, boycott, rebel, and violate the law in order to uphold justice.” — Howard Zinn

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MFTN: I Call For A Constitution 2.0

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published Dec. 16, 2018
September 20, 2020

If we, the people, wrote a constitution now, what would go in it? Equal rights for women, men, non-binary, and undefined? Caps on wealth tied to poverty levels? Rights of nature? Reparations for past crimes, wrongs, and thefts? Limits on military spending? A free and open Internet? Abolition of mass incarceration, or the entire prison system; replaced with restorative and community justice? Free healthcare for all? Living wages or universal basic income? Would we keep corporate personhood or the electoral college?

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Chris Hedges: The Rise of the New Black Militancy

DC March for Mike Brown

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Sep 19, 2020

On the show this week, Chris Hedges discusses the rise of the new Black militancy with film director and producer, Mobolaji Olambiwonnu.

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America: Land of the Free… and Conspiracy Nuts, by Finian Cunningham

Donald Trump

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Ireland
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
September 16, 2020

The United States has hit a dangerous threshold when a senior member of the Trump administration is warning citizens to arm themselves because “leftwing hit squads” are about to seek retribution.

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