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

Closed for peace

Image by borderhacker via Flickr

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.

Continue reading

Michael Hudson: A Short History of Inflation in Modern Times

For All Debts...

Image by AK Rockefeller via Flickr

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.

Continue reading

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"

Image by Ivan Radic via Flickr

Dandelion Salad

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?

Continue reading

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

Slaves to Money, Solidarity (9 of 25)

Image by Glenn Halog via Flickr

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.

Continue reading

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

2015 DC Spring Rising Against War 12

Image by Stephen Melkisethian via Flickr

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.

Continue reading

Students, Campuses and Dominant Corporate Power, by Ralph Nader

NYPIRG Student Action Meeting Sign

Image by Leon Fishman via Flickr

Dandelion Salad

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.

Continue reading

Chris Hedges: Teaching in Prisons

Caged

Image by Truthout.org via Flickr

Dandelion Salad

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.

Continue reading

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

Witness Against Torture: Captive Hands

Image by Justin Norman via Flickr

Dandelion Salad

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.

Continue reading

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 . . .

Continue reading

The Workings of Commodified Education, by Yanis Iqbal

I hate standardized tests

Image by Jonathan Moore via Flickr

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).

Continue reading

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

Slaves to Money, Solidarity (9 of 25)

Image by Glenn Halog via Flickr

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.”

Continue reading

Teach Youngsters About Corporatism’s Harms, by Ralph Nader

Corporations are NOT People

Image by Catherine via Flickr

Dandelion Salad

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, Sept. 24, 2021
September 26, 2021

If you think elementary, middle, and high school students know too little history, geography, and government, try asking them about the corporations that command so many hours of their day, their attention, what they consume, and their personal horizons.

Continue reading

Chris Hedges and Henry Giroux: The Age of Manufactured Ignorance

June 12, 2021 Teach the Truth Pledge Day of Action in D.C.

Image by Allison Acosta via teachingforchange via Flickr

Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Sep 9, 2021

On the show Chris Hedges discusses the age of manufactured ignorance with the scholar Professor Henry A. Giroux.

Continue reading

Michael Hudson: Global Financial Empire, Parts 1-3

Ways of Thinking - Feudalism is very much alive

Image by Judite B via Flickr

by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
September 1, 2021

Prof Michael Hudson on Aug 19, 2021

A 3-part lecture series for the Global University for Sustainability, Hong Kong.

Continue reading

Chris Hedges: Debt Peonage Is Not Accidental

Look at it from the 1% Perspective: Debt Keeps You Subservient

Image by Occupy* Posters via Flickr

Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

Originally on RT America on Jul 22, 2021

The Chris Hedges YouTube Channel on Jul 1, 2022

On the show this week, Chris Hedges discuss economic disobedience and debt refusal with Thomas Gokey from The Debt Collective.

Continue reading