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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Teach Youngsters About Corporatism’s Harms, by Ralph Nader

Corporations are NOT People

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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.

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Chris Hedges and Henry Giroux: The Age of Manufactured Ignorance

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

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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.

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Michael Hudson: Global Financial Empire, Parts 1-3

Ways of Thinking - Feudalism is very much alive

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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.

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Chris Hedges: Debt Peonage Is Not Accidental

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

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jul 22, 2021

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

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The Anti-Social Socialist: What was the Trilateral Commission?

Dear Capitalism...

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by The Anti-Social Socialist
Writer, Dandelion Salad
February 16, 2021

The Bewildered Herd on Feb 15, 2021

The Trilateral Commission is responsible for today’s globalist economy. Here are its origins and effects.

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Chris Hedges: People’s History of West Virginia

West Virginia Coal Mining

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Feb 6, 2021

On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to filmmaker and journalist, Eleanor Goldfield about her documentary, Hard Road of Hope.

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Chris Hedges: Those Statues Are Statements Of White Supremacy, Part II

Albert Pike statue pedestal

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Aug 29, 2020

On the show this week, Chris Hedges, in his second interview with Professor James W. Loewen, discusses public monuments and statues, who put them up and why, and what may replace them.

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Chris Hedges: Segregation in Education

Minority Serving Institute Partnership Program

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Apr 18, 2020

On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to Cornell University Professor, Noliwe Rooks about how America’s public education system, under successive administrations, continues to be segregated along racial lines, and what is taught often shaped by business goals and ideas.

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Throw Off the Yoke of Indoctrination!

Unplugged

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
February 11, 2019

We say we want change. So every few years, we elect new officials, and they continue to churn out more of the same policies, legislation, and rhetoric. The rich continue to get richer. The poor slide deeper into poverty. Corporations and the wealthy see pet projects and sweet deals passed through Congress. The People receive yet another bitter slap in the face.

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Ellen Brown: The Unsustainable Burden of Student Debt

Indentured Student - Cartoon

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with Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
November 1, 2018

on Oct 31, 2018

The student debt problem is exploding, growing three times as fast as any other kind of debt, yet the Trump administration is making it more difficult for students to seek debt relief. Ellen Brown of the Public Banking Institute outlines the implications.

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