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

Video Lectures
March 14, 2005

Running Time: 1:32:02

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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Coups R US: American Regime Changes and Their Aftermaths

Coups R US: American Regime Changes and Their Aftermaths

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RT Documentary on May 16, 2018

In March of 1951, Jacobo Arbenz came to power in Guatemala after having been resoundingly elected by the people. A little more than three years later, he was forced to resign in the midst of armed intervention. His reforms to redistribute unused land to poor peasants had fallen afoul of the United Fruit Company, which owned and warehoused vast tracts of Guatemalan land. The American corporation solicited the US government to overthrow the populist president and the Eisenhower administration delivered with the help of the Department of State and CIA, which happened to be led by the Dulles brothers, who had strong ties to the company. Arbenz’ ousting put an end to democracy in Guatemala for decades and replaced it by military rule. A civil war followed several years later, resulting in the deaths of over 200,000 people. The country remains one of Latin America’s most impoverished to this day.

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Imperialism 101 by Michael Parenti + Crumbling US Empire

Smash US Empire

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by Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published Sept. 23, 2010
May 24, 2018

Chapter 1 of Against Empire, 1995

Imperialism has been the most powerful force in world history over the last four or five centuries, carving up whole continents while oppressing indigenous peoples and obliterating entire civilizations. Yet, it is seldom accorded any serious attention by our academics, media commentators, and political leaders. When not ignored outright, the subject of imperialism has been sanitized, so that empires become “commonwealths,” and colonies become “territories” or “dominions” (or, as in the case of Puerto Rico, “commonwealths” too). Imperialist military interventions become matters of “national defense,” “national security,” and maintaining “stability” in one or another region. In this book I want to look at imperialism for what it really is.

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War Profiteers and The Plunder of the U.S. Treasury by David DeGraw + Lee Camp: New Proof About $21 Trillion Missing

War Profiteers and The Plunder of the U.S. Treasury by David DeGraw + Lee Camp: New Proof About $21 Trillion Missing

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by David DeGraw
Changemaker Media, April 18, 2018
May 12, 2018

OPENING STATEMENT

According to United States government documents, since 1998, the Office of the Inspector General has reported on $21 Trillion in unaccounted for taxpayer money.

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Abby Martin: Israel Would Not Survive Without the United States + Ilan Pappe: We Need Sustained International Pressure on Israel

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with Abby Martin

Empire Files on Apr 29, 2018

Abby Martin goes on the The Joe Rogan Experience to talk about the Israeli lobby smear campaign for her previous appearance and the Great March of Return massacre of nonviolent protesters on the border, including the deliberate targeting of children, journalists and rescue workers.

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History of Capitalism in the United States: Exposing the Myth of America + Full Transcript

Fight Racism Fight Imperialism - Anti-Trump protesters start to gather in London's Trafalgar Square.

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Dandelion Salad
Previously posted Feb. 24, 2012

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This video may contain images depicting the reality and horror of war/violence and should only be viewed by a mature audience.

Let Your Life Be a Friction to Stop the Machine

on Feb 13, 2012

A brief and crucial history of the United States

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Noam Chomsky: The Decline of the U.S. Empire

Nuclear Extinction

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with Noam Chomsky

teleSUR English on Feb 17, 2018

Noam Chomsky on the decline of the U.S. empire in an interview with teleSUR.

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Lawrence Wilkerson: An Invasion of Iran Could Be Significantly Worse for the US Empire + Has Trump Launched a New Nuclear Arms Race?

Don't Attack Iran

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TheRealNews on Feb 5, 2018

Fifteen years after he helped write the Colin Powell speech that made the false case for war on Iraq, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson says Trump is following a similar path on Iran — with the main difference being that the outcome now could “be significantly worse.”

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Mark Mason: Pakistan Is a Fractured Client State of the US Empire, Afghanistan a US Colony

Smash US Empire

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Interview with Mark Mason
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Mark Mason, PhD (his website)
The Citizen, Jan. 15, 2018
January 17, 2018

NEW DELHI/SAN FRANCISCO: Editors Note: US Domestic and Foreign Policy Analyst Mark Mason speaks to The Citizen on the current Trump administration and its world view, with specific focus on West (Iran) and South (India,Pakistan) Asia. Mark Mason offers analyses of United States domestic and foreign policies for the international news media. He was trained as a biological anthropologist educated at the University of California, Berkeley, and recently engaged in the Occupy and bioregional green and peace social movements. His recent publications include Demystifying US and Israeli Power. This interview is the first of an irregular series of conversations between The Citizen and scholars in different parts of the world. Feedback is very welcome at editor@thecitizen.in. [DS added the link.]

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Thus Spake Oprah as the New York Times Spots UFOs Over The Comb Over Empire by Phil Rockstroh

Are we alone?

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by Phil Rockstroh
Writer, Dandelion Salad
January 14, 2018

I remember my first impression of the Reality Television program American Idol. I cringed at the thought, what if, a young Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, or the members of The Clash had been forced to have their talents appraised by the sort of shallow celebrities, supercilious moderators, and gallery of lowest common denominator-giddy cretins attendant to the hype-driven fare.

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There Is No Democracy In The US Empire!

Democracy Spring March Arrives In DC 20

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
January 3, 2018

The empire has no clothes. Be the boy who dares to speak the truth: there is no democracy. All around you, the courtiers are clapping and cheering, but their trembling hands are showing. They are terrified to admit the truth. There is no democracy in the US empire; rich people and corporations run the show. Study after study has shown this. The courtiers of power have been applauding the empire for so long, they’re afraid to speak the truth. But you cannot afford to let yourself be fooled. The empire has no clothes. There is no democracy in the Unites States.

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Chris Hedges: A Recipe for an Emerging Dystopia + Q&A + Transcripts

utopia banished

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Updated: Dec. 30, 2017

with Chris Hedges

mediasanctuary on Dec 1, 2017

Journalist, author and war correspondent Chris Hedges spoke at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy NY on November 10, 2017 on fascism and empire in the age of Trump.

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Abby Martin: All This Shit Doesn’t Matter–Every Issue Must Be Seen Through the Lens of the US Empire

State of the Union

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with Abby Martin

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Four Horsemen

Four Horsemen

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with Michael Hudson, , , and

Renegade Inc. on Sep 13, 2013

RenegadeInc.com brings you FOUR HORSEMEN – an award winning independent feature documentary which lifts the lid on how the world really works.

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Howard Zinn and Michael Parenti: Liberty Bound

The patriot act is watching you

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with Howard Zinn and
Writers, Dandelion Salad
Originally posted April 10, 2010
August 12, 2017

Christine Rose on Jun 13, 2012

A US Citizen’s journey of discovery into the lies, oppression, and corruption that has invaded her country since 9/11.

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