How The War Machine ‘Recruits’ Poor, Oppressed Youth, by Richie Merino

Occupy Military Recruiters!

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by Richie Merino
Workers World, Dec. 20, 2022
December 21, 2022

A Dec. 11 New York Times report highlighted how thousands of public high school students in majority poor, Black and Brown districts are funneled into the U.S. military’s Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program. Students are automatically enrolled and forced to participate as an explicit requirement without parental consent. Some high schools have saved money by using JROTC, which is ostensibly a feeder system for children to ultimately enlist in the military, as an alternative to hiring physical education or health teachers. (NY Times, Dec. 11)

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The Powell Memo Revisited, by Brad Wolf

No Oligarchy

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by Brad Wolf
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
December 12, 2022

Justice, it seems, is hard to find. Thousands of grassroots organizations across the country seek justice for their concerns. In the US, some 13,785 nonprofits work for civil rights and social justice. Organizations focused on international justice such as peace, refugees, and international aid number 23,532. There are 27,402 environmental groups.

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The Racists Return to Kindergarten, by Robert C. Koehler

3rd Floor Display - Critical Race Theory

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by Robert C. Koehler
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
December 1, 2022

Damn those Marxists!

You know their game, right? They want to spew truth and real history at our kids. No doubt they’re also in favor of dropping charges against Julian Assange, who (as all real Americans know) deserves 175 years in prison for exposing — with the help of the New York Times, The Guardian. Le Monde, Der Spiegel and El País — embarrassing realities about U.S. foreign policy.

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Supporters of Peace on Earth Should Support Free College in the United States, by David Swanson

Closed for peace

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Nov. 15, 2022
November 16, 2022

The one nation on Earth that has not ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the leading hold-out on basic human rights treaties in general, and the wealthy nation that imposes the biggest hurdles on young people seeking an education has a reason that’s seldom talked about for making college expensive and keeping the chains of student debt wrapped tightly around millions of ankles — and it’s a reason related to the militarized spreading of the Rules Based Order.

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The Military to American Youth: You Belong to Me, by Robert C. Koehler

Closed for peace

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by Robert C. Koehler
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
September 26, 2022

Ah, the children!

They belong to us, sayeth the Department of Defense. At least some of them do.

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Michael Hudson: A Short History of Inflation in Modern Times

For All Debts...

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
September 14, 2022

Multipolarista on Sep 8, 2022

Economist Michael Hudson discusses partial student debt relief in the US, inflation and the Fed, disaster capitalism in Ukraine, and China’s challenge to the petrodollar.

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The Chris Hedges Report: The Bankrupt Liberalism and Gilded Absurdities of the Democratic Party, with Paul Street

Graffiti on the wall with the message "Fight Fascism"

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with Chris Hedges and Paul Street

TheRealNews on Sep 9, 2022

What are we to make of a Democratic Party that has embraces an election strategy that includes demobilizing the majority working-class non-Republican electorate; legitimizing right-wing agendas and narratives; seeks bipartisan cooperation with right-wing politicians such as Liz Cheney; refuses to attack archaic minority rule institutions including the Electoral College and the Senate filibuster; repeatedly backs down from hauling Donald Trump into court and funds far-right Republican candidates in this year’s primary elections, repeating the disastrous Hillary Clinton campaign’s “Pied Piper” ploy of promoting the supposedly “more beatable” Trump in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries?

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Fund Student Debt Relief and Defund War Profiteers’ Contracts, by Tom H. Hastings

Slaves to Money, Solidarity (9 of 25)

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by Tom H. Hastings
Writer, Dandelion Salad
August 21, 2022

My friend Gary left Michigan, went to Sweden years ago, and earned his PhD. He’s a research professor. He was not charged any tuition as long as he continued to qualify and thus held no student debt. That’s how it’s done in much of Europe, at least for public universities.

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David Swanson and Carmen Wilson: Demilitarising Education + Higher Defence Spending DOES NOT Equal Higher Security

2015 DC Spring Rising Against War 12

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
August 16, 2022

This week on Talk World Radio we’re speaking with Carmen Wilson, a community development expert and the Community Manager at Demilitarise Education, a world renowned organisation that envisions a world where universities champion peace.

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Students, Campuses and Dominant Corporate Power, by Ralph Nader

NYPIRG Student Action Meeting Sign

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, July 16, 2022
July 18, 2022

When it comes to corporate power and control over their lives, now and into the future, today’s college students are perilously dormant. When it comes to putting pressure on Congress to counter the various dictates of corporatism, there is little activity other than some stalwarts contacting their lawmakers on climate violence.

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Chris Hedges: Teaching in Prisons

Caged

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Jul 11, 2022

In a special crossover episode, Chris Hedges joins Mansa Musa on Rattling the Bars to discuss his new book, Our Class: Trauma and Transformation in an American Prison.

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The Chris Hedges Report: The Long Road Home, Part 2

Witness Against Torture: Captive Hands

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Jun 10, 2022

Today in Part Two of The Long Road Home, we look at the numerous hurdles faced by prisoners released into society, the toll on their families, the importance of educational programs in restoring self-esteem and setting goals and the difficult process of even being granted parole.

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The Dis-United States, by David Swanson

by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
May 10, 2022

[Note to DS readers: Please check out the links on 7 of the 8 maps for “take action” or for more info. ~DS]

A map of the U.S. states that might serve as safe havens for abortion rights . . .

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The Workings of Commodified Education, by Yanis Iqbal

I hate standardized tests

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by Yanis Iqbal
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Aligarh, India
February 12, 2022

Under the neoliberal accumulation regime, a shift takes place in the internal dynamics of the educational system. Insofar as public education is either privatized or forced to operate along competitive lines through budgetary cuts, not only does the labour power of those who are the products of the education system remain a commodity, but also the knowledge itself that goes into the production of this commodity becomes a commodity. Education becomes, in other words, a process for the production of a commodity (the labour-power of those who receive education) by means of a commodity (the knowledge they receive).

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A Falling Rate of Learning? Commodification and Neoliberal Education, by Yanis Iqbal

Slaves to Money, Solidarity (9 of 25)

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by Yanis Iqbal
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Aligarh, India
January 12, 2022

Under neoliberal capitalism, the commodification of education has accelerated. Before the establishment of the current accumulation regime, the educational sector was predominantly controlled by an interventionist state, committed to countercyclical macroeconomic management. The labour process of teaching within a state-owned domain followed the general pattern of any other production process. According to Michael Heinrich, such a general form – which is independent of any social determinations – comprises a distinction “among functional activity (labour), the object of labour (which is modified by labour), and the means of labour (the tools with which this process of modification is made possible) as elements of the labour process.”

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