I’m Sick and Tired of This Thing Called “Patriotism” by William Blum

Patriotism

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by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published July 5, 2010
July 3, 2018

Some thoughts on “patriotism” written on July 4

Most important thought: I’m sick and tired of this thing called “patriotism”.

The Japanese pilots who bombed Pearl Harbor were being patriotic. The German people who supported Hitler and his conquests were being patriotic, fighting for the Fatherland. All the Latin American military dictators who overthrew democratically-elected governments and routinely tortured people were being patriotic — saving their beloved country from “communism”.

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Two Right-Wing Coups in the Americas by Paul Street

The Trump & Clinton Show

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
April 18, 2018

You’ve got to hand it to Hillary Clinton. In 2016, she helped put the right-wing racist, sexist, nativist, authoritarian, and nationalist oligarch Donald Trump in the White House. She and her operatives did this in two ways: (1) by rigging the presidential primaries against the popular progressive Democrat Bernie Sanders, the Democrats’ best chance to prevail over Trump; (2) by mounting a dreadfully uninspiring and transparently tone-deaf, neoliberal general election campaign – a reflection of her massive funding by the nation’s corporate and financial establishment, including big business money normally slated for Republican presidential candidates.

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Denial and Mass Hysteria: The Liberal Loses It by Arthur D. Robbins

Barack Obama - Second Term Flare-Ups

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by Arthur D. Robbins
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained
April 16, 2018

If one had wanted to create a psychosocial experiment to study the liberal political mentality, one could not have come up with a better solution than to have Donald Trump follow Barack Obama as president of the United States: one a blank screen, the Archangel, the other, the Antichrist, a raging volcano. The Archangel departed from office to a fond and teary-eyed farewell. The Antichrist was greeted with anger and outrage. There were protests around the country. There were attempts to prevent his election. He is probably the first president in American history to be docketed for impeachment before he even took office.

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Bring H.R. 676 into Reality Land by Ralph Nader

Single Payer now! tshirt

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Dandelion Salad

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, Mar. 22, 2018
March 25, 2018

Polls show that over 125 million adults in our country already favor full Medicare for all, with free choice of doctor and hospital without stifling networks. I say ‘already’ because, as of yet, there is no major national campaign underway showing that an ‘everybody in, nobody out’ system of health insurance costs less, with better outcomes, is simpler, without maddeningly inscrutable or fraudulent bills, co-pays, deductibles and additional trap doors set by a bunch of greedy corporations. The campaigns that exist today are receiving too little on-the-ground assistance for such a widely-supported issue.

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Zac Corrigan: Socialists Support the West Virginia Teachers’ Strike

Zac Corrigan: Socialists Support the West Virginia Teachers' Strike

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WSWS reporter Zac Corrigan addresses rally of West Virginia students

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Abby Martin: The US Opioid Crisis

Fuck Heroin

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Dandelion Salad

with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Nov 29, 2017

A new phenomenon has emerged in the United States: 64,000 people died in 2016 of a drug overdose—with 80% from opioids—with levels of addiction nearly 500% higher over the last six years.

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The Not-Radical “Socialist” From Vermont by Paul Street

Bernie Sanders - Painting

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street, Oct. 23, 2017
Previously published at Counterpunch, Oct. 20, 2017
October 29, 2017

Time as a Democracy and Socialist Movement Issue

Working-class and pro-working-class socialists and left anarchists have long fought for shorter working hours (with no reductions in pay) for some very good radically democratic reasons. It isn’t just that workers’ everyday lives and collective marketplace and workplace bargaining power are enhanced when they are freed from the scourge of over-work and when working hours are spread more evenly across the workforce. Beyond these real and meaningful gains, rank-and-file socialists and left anarchists have long supported decent working hours so that workers can have enough time to develop tastes and build knowledge and organizations to fight for a world beyond the rule of capitalism, the profit- and accumulation-addicted system that, in Karl Marx’s famous 1848 words, “resolve[s] personal worth into exchange value” and “le[aves] no other nexus between man and man than naked self-interest, than callous ‘cash payment.’”

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Big Institutions—Immunities, Impunities and Insanities by Ralph Nader

Solidarity (2 of 25)

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Dandelion Salad

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, Sept. 26, 2017
September 28, 2017

One of the first times I used the phrase “institutional insanity” was in 1973 to describe the behavior of scientist Dixy Lee Ray, chairperson of the presumed regulatory agency, the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC). I pointed out that her personal and academic roles were quite normal. But her running of the AEC—pressing for 1,000 nuclear plants in the U.S. by the year 2000 (there are 99 reactors left in operation now), and going easy on a deadly, taxpayer subsidized technology that was privately uninsurable, lacked a place to put its lethal radioactive wastes, a national security risk, replete with vast cost over-runs, immunities and impunities shielding culpable officials and executives, should a meltdown occur and take out a city or region (all to boil water to produce steam to make electricity)—was a case study in “institutional insanity.”

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Without Adequate Health Insurance, The Choice Is Morbidly Clear: Pay Or Die by Ralph Nader

Medicare for All Rally

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Dandelion Salad

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
August 2, 2017

Before recommending a practical way to reverse the devastating impact of Congressional Republicans’ attempts to strip tens of millions of Americans of health insurance coverage, and the non-stop anxiety and dread that comes with such cruel and vicious legislation, note the impact of having gerrymandered (the politicians pick the voters) Washington rulers.

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A Clarion Call for our Country’s Pillars to Demand Justice by Ralph Nader

justice for all

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Dandelion Salad

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, July 12, 2017
July 14, 2017

It is time for an urgent clarion call.

Given the retrograde pits inhabited by our ruling politicians and the avaricious over-reach of myopic big-business bosses, the self-described pillars of our society must step up to reverse the decline of our country. Here is my advice to each pillar:
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Closing the Doors of Democracy, by Ralph Nader

End of Democracy in Detroit

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Dandelion Salad

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
June 21, 2017

In 2006 a book was published called Losing Our Democracy by civic leader, Mark Green. His 21st book, it was the usual Mark Green brand of meticulous research with memorable examples. One would have thought such an important subject would have received wide coverage and circulation. In fact, it was almost completely ignored by reviewers and the media interviewers. In 2017, the danger of having the door shut on the practice of democracy by its citizens is more important than at any other time in recent history.

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Chris Hedges: The Fatal Addiction + How Big Pharma Created the Heroin Epidemic

Fuck Heroin

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jun 10, 2017

Heroin is now the leading cause of death in Americans under 50. In a special edition of On Contact, Chris Hedges travels to Sayerville, New Jersey to share the story of one of those victims, Shannon Miller, who died of an overdose at the age of 23.

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End the Greedy Silence by Ralph Nader

Single Payer now! tshirt

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Dandelion Salad

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
May 30, 2017

It is time Americans rise up against the corruption, inefficiency, and cruelty of our healthcare system and tell its corporate captors and Congress – Enough Already!

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Chris Hedges and Mumia Abu-Jamal: 32nd Anniversary of MOVE Bombing

Chris Hedges and Mumia Abu-Jamal: 32nd Anniversary of MOVE Bombing

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on May 13, 2017

This week, imprisoned writer and activist Mumia Abu Jamal joins On Contact by phone from prison to discuss the new-slave narrative and state persecution. And on the 32nd anniversary of the Philadelphia police bombing of the radical MOVE organization headquarters, Chris Hedges is joined by MOVE members Ramona and Pam Africa. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the trial of Mumia Abu-Jamal.

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Trump’s Hundred Days of Rage and Rapacity by Ralph Nader + Nader Accepts Gandhi Peace Award: All Wars Are Preventable

Bully Culprit - Trump

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Dandelion Salad

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, April 26, 2017
April 28, 2017

The Lawless-loving corporatists have worked overtime to besmirch the word “regulation” (or law and order for corporations) and edify the word “deregulation,” to help bring about their dream state of dismantled or weakened regulation.

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