How Capitalism Controls You by The Anti-Social Socialist

How Capitalism Controls You by The Anti-Social Socialist

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September 12, 2018

“Capitalism keeps us in a state of panic. Most of us are just one medical bill away from bankruptcy. It keeps us overworked and underpaid so we don’t have time to question its dominance over our lives. It takes the fruits produced by the many and gives them to the few. Concentrated wealth means concentrated power, concentrated power means less democracy, less democracy means less freedom, and less freedom means you are reduced to a precarious life of servitude.” —

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Howard Zinn: Hidden History of The American Working Class

Diego Rivera Mural at the DIA

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with Howard Zinn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
September 9, 2018

“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.

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Labor History: The Pullman Strike of 1894

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Originally published Sept. 4, 2017
September 2, 2018

The Pullman Strike of 1894 Explained: US History Review

Keith Hughes on Jun 3, 2014

Join me as we take a look at a pivot strike in US History, the Pullman Strike of 1894. Perfect for inquisitive learners, students of the social studies and the cray cray on the internets.

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Debate: Max Blumenthal VS Mary Ellsberg: Who Is Behind Nicaragua’s Turmoil? Parts 1-3

Debate: Max Blumenthal VS Mary Ellsberg: Who Is Behind Nicaragua's Turmoil? Parts 1-3

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TheRealNews on Aug 22, 2018

Recent months of deadly unrest in Nicaragua have fractured splits in the Sandinista movement, with critics accusing President Daniel Ortega of autocratic rule, and supporters accusing the opposition of attempting a US-backed soft coup. We host a debate between Dr. Mary Ellsberg of George Washington University and Max Blumenthal of the Grayzone Project.

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US Sanctions on Venezuela Shut Down Abby Martin’s “The Empire Files” + Insurgency and US Threats in Venezuela + Abby Martin On the Deadly Front Lines of the Anti-Government Protests (Updated)

Abby Martin On the Deadly Front Lines of the Anti-Government Protests

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Last Update: Sept. 3, 2018

Updated: Aug. 29, 2018; added an interview with Abby Martin and Mike Prysner

with Abby Martin

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For immediate release – Aug 22, 2018

The Empire Files is temporarily appealing for donations on a one-time and monthly basis to continue production in the midst of US attacks on the TeleSUR Network.

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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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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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The Life and Times of Michael Hudson: From Trotsky’s Godson to Modern Monetary Theory

Capitalism Kills

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
August 11, 2018

Global University for Sustainability on Jul 11, 2018

The interview with Professor Michael Hudson was conducted on 7 May 2018 in Beijing, by Professor Lau Kin Chi and Professor Sit Tsui Jade. Professor Hudson talked about his formative years, and his turn to economics from music as he found his mentor Terence McCarthy’s speech about economics beautiful and aesthetic. He recalled his experiences in research and teaching, and the background leading to his writing the many books on imperialism, balance of payment, history of debt, and fictitious capital. The interview was edited by George Lee, and produced by the Global University for Sustainability, July 2018.

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David Harvey: The Crises of Capitalism + The Contradictions of Capitalism

Capitalism is Crisis - occupation, St Paul's, London

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Originally posted July 5, 2010

theRSAorg on May 6, 2010

Marxist geographer David Harvey asks: is it time to look beyond capitalism towards a new social order that would allow us to live within a system that really could be responsible, just, and humane?

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Leo Panitch: Obama Defends Global Capitalism in Mandela Lecture, Parts 1-2

Overthrow Your Capitalist Masters

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Obama Joins Club of the Super-Rich – Defends Global Capitalism in Lecture (1/2)

TheRealNews on Jul 29, 2018

Prof. Leo Panitch and Paul Jay discuss Obama’s Mandela lecture; Obama wants the impossible – a world where the super-rich give up “a little” and there is no massive inequality.

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Abby Martin: Capitalism–America’s Unofficial Religion + Understanding Marxism and Socialism

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Originally posted Oct. 10, 2015

with Abby Martin

Empire Files on Oct 10, 2015

The Empire has a range of weapons to maintain its power: from its courts to its military. But it also has effective ideological weapons.

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

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

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The Peace Report on Jun 28, 2018

“Canton, Ohio” speech made on June 16, 1918 by Eugene Debs. Eugene Debs made his famous anti-war speech in Canton, Ohio, protesting World War I which was raging in Europe. For this speech he was arrested and convicted in federal court in Cleveland, Ohio under the war-time espionage law. He was his own attorney. His appeal to the jury and his statement to the court before sentencing are regarded as two of the great classic statements ever made in a court of law. He was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison.

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