US Christianity VS Jesus, by Eric Schechter

Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro

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by Eric Schechter aka LeftyMathProf
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Eric’s Rants and Videos blog
January 26, 2021

The USA is a very religious nation, in this sense: Most of its people hold self-destructive values about society, politics, and economics that they are reluctant to question, because they believe that “faith” should outrank reason. Most of these people call themselves “Christians,” i.e., followers of Jesus Christ, but these basic values of theirs are just the opposite of the wise things that Jesus actually said. I am writing this essay in the hope of getting at least a few of these self-described “Christians” to reconsider.

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The Radicalization of Martin Luther King, Jr. + Dr. Martin Luther King: Where Do We Go From Here?

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

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Dandelion Salad

Originally posted on Jan. 20, 2013

“One day we must ask the question, “Why are there forty million poor people in America?” And when you begin to ask that question, you’re raising a question about the economic system, about a broader distribution of wealth. When you ask that question, you begin to question the capitalistic economy.” — “Where Do We Go From Here?” Martin Luther King, Jr., Aug. 16, 1967

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Happy New Year! Who Was The Radical MLK? by The Anti-Social Socialist

Happy New Year! The Radical Martin Luther King, Jr. by The Anti-Social Socialist

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“I imagine you already know that I am much more socialistic in my economic theory than capitalistic. And yet I am not so opposed to capitalism that I have failed to see its relative merits. It started out with a noble and high motive, viz, to block the trade monopolies of nobles, but like most human systems it fell victim to the very thing it was revolting against. So today capitalism has outlived its usefulness. It has brought about a system that takes necessities from the masses to give luxuries to the classes.” — Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter to Coretta Scott, 1952

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The War at Home: Part 1: Rebellion

The Anti-War Speech That Jailed Eugene Debs For 10 Years

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“The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and all to lose—especially their lives.” — Eugene Debs

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Chris Hedges: Christmas, Charity, Anti-Empire and the Revolutionary Jesus + Transcript

Final Judgment

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Originally published Dec. 24, 2014

with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Dec 24, 2014

Rev. Chris Hedges and Rev. David Bullock discuss the real meaning of Christmas with Paul Jay.
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America’s Role as the Imperial Core is What’s Causing the Growing Misery, by Rainer Shea

Protest against US wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, Dec. 14, 2020
December 17, 2020

As I see the United States become ravaged by globally unsurpassed amounts of pandemic deaths, along with unemployment, rising mental illness, growing hunger, and evictions, I keep thinking back to one of the books that I read during my politically formative teenage years: Addicted to War by Joel Andreas. In its updated 2002 version, it observed how war was draining the country’s resources, with the U.S. having been set to spend an unprecedented $396 billion on the military during the fiscal year of 2003. “Since 1948 the U.S. has spent more than $15 trillion to build up its military might,” it says. “Just how much is $15,000,000,000,000 worth? It adds up to more than the cumulative monetary value of all man-made wealth in the U.S.”

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Abby Martin: Why has Venezuela been in the Crosshairs of the US Empire for the Last 20 Years?

Abby Martin: Why has Venezuela been in the Crosshairs of the Empire for the Last 20 Years?

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with Abby Martin

Empire Files on Dec 10, 2020

Was the Venezuelan election rigged? Abby Martin speaks with an election observer.

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Revolution Soon, But Not Yet, by Eric Schechter

They say Revolution

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by Eric Schechter aka LeftyMathProf
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Eric’s Rants and Videos blog
December 4, 2020

leftymathprof on Nov 27, 2020

00:06 Part 1. BIG EXPLANATIONS. We need a revolution soon, but we’re not ready yet. We need more people explaining what’s what.

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Chris Hedges: The Undercurrents of Fascism in America’s DNA

smash fascism

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with Chris Hedges

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RT America on Nov 28, 2020

On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to Gabriel Rockhill about the undercurrents of fascism in America’s DNA, and the US role in internationalizing fascism after World War II through clandestine activities such as Operation Paperclip and Operation Gladio.

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A New Strategy For The American Left, by Yanis Iqbal

Socialism

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by Yanis Iqbal
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Aligarh, India
November 18, 2020

Joe Biden won the 2020 US Presidential Election after narrowly defeating the sitting president Donald Trump. This victory comes at a tremendous cost: the defeat of an incipient counter-hegemonic movement which embryonically expressed demands for an alternative future to capitalism. Even after the collective utterance of anger against police brutality and the nascent realization of the structural violence of capitalism, the electoral mechanisms of the American bourgeoisie state have been successful in thwarting the full-blown development of a distinctively socialist campaign. Following the ideological mutilation of massive protests against an inherently exploitative system, Americans have been rewarded with Biden – a dyed-in-the-wool bourgeoisie politician who once opposed de-segregation, called on police to shoot Black Lives Matter demonstrators in the leg, rejected the smallest of concessions to the working class, vehemently supported imperialist wars and refused to commit to even the minimal reforms of the Green New Deal.

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Biden’s Coming Economic Reign of Terror + The Imperialists Fear the Next Global Wave of Revolutions, by Rainer Shea

Capitalism = economic terrorism

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, Nov. 10, 2020
November 16, 2020

Why is the global capitalist class refusing to give up neoliberalism, even as neoliberalism creates growing dissension among the lower classes and rising risk of proletarian revolution? Because in a paradigm where profits have overall been declining since the 1970s, neoliberalism serves as the way for the rich to push the costs of capitalism’s crises onto the backs of the poor. Neoliberalism was implemented because the 20th century model of social welfare states had become incompatible with the capitalist goal of endless growth.

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Resurgence of Socialism in Bolivia, by Yanis Iqbal

Evo Morales

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by Yanis Iqbal
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Aligarh, India
October 29, 2020

In Bolivia, the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) – a major leftist political force – has returned to power following a thumping victory in the 2020 elections. The MAS presidential candidate Luis Arce obtained 55.09% of the votes, decisively ahead of the neoliberal candidate Carlos Mesa and the right-wing extremist Luis Fernando Camacho who garnered 28.83% and 14% of the votes, respectively. The triumph of MAS in Bolivia is highly significant since it follows hard on the heels of the 2019 US-backed coup which violently overthrew the MAS president Evo Morales and attempted to re-institute neoliberalism through blood and bullets. Headed by the de facto president Jeanine Áñez (a religious bigot), the fascist coup government genuflected to the American empire, joined the conservative Lima Bloc — a group of 12 Latin American nations determined to subvert the Bolivarian Revolution — exited leftist regional forums, kicked out Cuban doctors and re-established ties with Israel. With the re-election of the MAS, it has been demonstrably shown that Bolivians don’t have any liking for the barbaric blueprint of imperialism and socialism still throbs through the nation’s body.

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Thomas Sankara: An Icon of Revolution, by Yanis Iqbal

They say Revolution

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by Yanis Iqbal
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Aligarh, India
October 16, 2020

October 15, 2020, was Thomas Sankara’s 33rd death anniversary. On this day, he was murdered by imperialist forces at the tender age of 37. A Pan-Africanist, internationalist and Marxist, he was committed to the total liberation of the oppressed masses from the clutches of imperialism. Instead of bourgeoisie nationalism, Sankara believed in radical nationalism: a combination of anti-imperialist courage and unabashed humanism that pushes for revolution instead of neo-colonial settlement. Thus, he belonged to a pantheon of African revolutionaries like Amilcar Cabral, Samora Machel and Patrice Lumumba who understood the necessity of adopting socialism for the fundamental transformation of their respective societies. Looking at the short life of Sankara, one can’t help but be moved by the way in which he emerged through the anguish and aspirations of millions of Burkinabe civilians and commanded a radical project of socialist transformation.

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