Why Does The US Support Nigeria But Not Venezuela? A Socialist Perspective by The Anti-Social Socialist

A U.S. Guide: 7 Steps to Kill a Revolution

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“We’ve detected activity, and we have captured some U.S. citizens in undercover activities, in hidden activities, espionage, trying to win over people in towns along the Venezuelan coast, trying to win over people in some neighborhoods. In Táchira, we captured a pilot of a U.S. plane of Latin origin with all sorts of documentation.” — Nicolás Maduro, Democracy Now! March 3, 2015

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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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The USA: The Human Rights and Civil Rights Hypocrite by Paul Street

Criminal Injustice

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by Paul Street
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The Official Website of Paul Street
June 12, 2018

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Signed by the United States and adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on Dec. 10, 1948, the document was a great and shining step forward in the articulation of how human beings might organize their social and political systems in accord with democratic and civilized ideals.

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Howard Zinn: The Myth of American Exceptionalism

American Exceptionalism Exceptions

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by Howard Zinn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally posted June 9, 2010
June 11, 2018

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Americans have long embraced a notion of superiority, claims Howard Zinn. Governor Winthrop of the Massachusetts Bay Colony described establishing “a city on a hill,” to serve the world as a beacon of liberty. So far, so good. But driving this sense of destiny, says Zinn, was an assumption of divine agency—“an association between what the government does and what God approves of.” And too frequently, continues Zinn, Americans have invoked God to expand “into someone else’s territory, occupying and dealing harshly with people who resist occupation.”

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Inequality, Social Dysfunction and Misery by Graham Peebles

Class war

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
June 10, 2018

Year on year the economic divisions and sub-divisions in the world deepen, the associated social ills increase: The rich, comfortable, and the very extremely rich keep getting richer, and the rest, well, whilst some may be raised up out of crippling poverty into relative poverty, the majority of people continue to live under a blanket of economic insecurity and largely remain where they are.

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Chris Hedges and David Harvey: Enough is Enough of This Capitalist Fraud

Dear Capitalism...

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on June 9, 2018

David Harvey, author of Marx, Capital, and the Madness of Economic Reason, discusses the future of global capitalism.

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“Google Should Not Be In The Business of War”: Understanding the Weaponization of Artificial Intelligence by Marc Eliot Stein

End War

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Republished with permission from David Swanson at World Beyond War

by Marc Eliot Stein
World Beyond War
June 9, 2018

In early April, more than 3100 Google employees signed a letter that begins with the words “Google should not be in the business of war”. The letter is a response to the company’s participation in a new US Department of Defense artificial intelligence program called Project Maven, which it describes as a “customized AI surveillance engine” designed to interpret visual images from drones, and concludes with a powerful request from Google employees to their management:
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Capitalism on Mars by Lowell Flanders

Capitalism VS the Climate -- Bollards To Everything

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by Lowell Flanders
Writer, Dandelion Salad
June 8, 2018

“The idea of a self-adjusting market implies a stark Utopia. Such an institution can not exist for any length of time without annihilating the human and natural substance of society; it will physically destroy man and transform his surroundings into a wilderness.” — Karl Polanyi, The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time.

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Michael Hudson, Stephanie Kelton, et al: Why Monetary Theory and Policy Is a Critical Terrain For the Left (Left Forum 2018)

Smash Capitalism!

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with Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
June 7, 2018

OpenUnivoftheLeft on June 5, 2018

Left Forum 2018: As our demands grow bolder—true full employment, the rebuilding of the social safety net starting with Medicare for All, an overdue green and just transition—so will the naysayers’ inevitable refrain: “How will you pay for it?” Developments in our understanding of monetary theory and the money system has, thankfully, illuminated a path forward out of the trap of austerity: when we understand how money actually works, we know that the obstacles to bold action at a national scale on jobs, healthcare, and climate are political, not economic.

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Chris Hedges, Richard D. Wolff and C. Jama Adams: W.E.B. DuBois: What His Life and Work Can Teach Us Today (Left Forum 2018)

Traditional Workers May Day Rally and March Chicago Illinois 5-1-18 1301

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with Chris Hedges and

OpenUnivoftheLeft on June 4, 2018

Left Forum 2018, “W.E.B. DuBois: What His Life and Work Can Teach Us Today“. Left Forum, Democracy at Work, John Jay College, CUNY, 6-1-2018, New York City, NY, Richard Wolff, New School, Democracy at Work, Left Forum, Chris Hedges, C. Jama Adams, John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

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Paul Street, Glen Ford, Chris Hedges, Bruce Dixon: Imagining an Authentic 21st Century U.S. Left (Left Forum 2018)

Overthrow Your Capitalist Masters

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with Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
June 5, 2018

and with Glen Ford, Chris Hedges, Bruce Dixon

Other Voices, Other Choices on June 4, 2018

Event Organizer: Paul L. Street

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The Wobblies (1979)

Capitalism

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Originally posted July 10, 2012

Thoth Ibis on Jan 17, 2015

Documentary movie for “Industrial Workers of the World” (IWW, also referred to as The Wobblies), the largest union in the history of the labor movement in the United States.

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Socialism: Our Alternative To The Madness Of The Market by Eric Ruder

End Capitalism

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Originally published Sept. 2, 2012

by Eric Ruder
SocialistWorker.org, August 30, 2012
June 3, 2018

THE WORLD economy is still suffering from the worst crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Around the world, the consequences have been devastating–jobs wiped out, exploitation intensified for those who remain employed, social services eliminated or privatized.

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Chris Hedges: The Development and Nature of ISIS

Chris Hedges: The Development and Nature of ISIS

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on June 2, 2018

Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou, author of A Theory of ISIS: Political Violence and the Transformation of the Global Order, discusses the development and nature of ISIS.

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Chris Hedges and Richard Wolff: An Unsustainable System

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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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