Category Archives: History

Silencing the United States as It Prepares for War by John Pilger

MSM spotlights Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders

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by John Pilger
johnpilger.com
May 28, 2016

Returning to the United States in an election year, I am struck by the silence. I have covered four presidential campaigns, starting with 1968; I was with Robert Kennedy when he was shot and I saw his assassin, preparing to kill him. It was a baptism in the American way, along with the salivating violence of the Chicago police at the Democratic Party’s rigged convention. The great counter revolution had begun.

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Secret Guilt, Secret Wealth by Dariel Garner

Capitalism Kills Love

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by Dariel Garner
Writer, Dandelion Salad
May 27, 2016

Offshore companies and secret bank accounts not only conceal tax evasion, fraud and other illegal activities; they are also, where the wealthy hide their guilt.

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Russian Intellectuals and the Intelligentsia by Gaither Stewart

Moscow August 2011

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
May 27, 2016

The Determinant Class of Contemporary Russian History

Russia! What a marvelous phenomenon on the world scene! Russia!—a distance of ten thousand versts (about two-thirds of a mile) in length on a straight line from the virtually central European river, across all of Asia and the Eastern Ocean, down to the remote American lands! A distance of five thousand versts in width from Persia, one of the southern Asiatic states, to the end of the inhabited world—to the North Pole. What state can equal it? Its half? How many states can equal its twentieth, its fiftieth part? … Russia—a state which contains all types of soil, from the warmest to the coldest, from the burning environs of Erivan to icy Lapland, which abounds in all the products required for the needs, comforts, and pleasures of life, in accordance with its present state of development—a whole world, self-sufficient, independent, absolute. — Mikhail P. Pogodin- 1800-1875, Russian historian, journalist, intellectual of the Slavophile movement who held to the Norman theory that the Rus people from whom Russians descended, were Scandinavians.

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Top 12 Reasons the Good War was Bad – Hiroshima in Context by David Swanson

"XX-34 BADGER" atmospheric nuclear test - April 1953

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
American Herald Tribune, May 23, 2016
May 24, 2016

Consider this a friendly reminder to President Obama on his way to Hiroshima.

No matter how many years one writes books, does interviews, publishes columns, and speaks at events, it remains virtually impossible to make it out the door of an event in the United States at which you’ve advocated abolishing war without somebody hitting you with the what-about-the-good-war question.

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The Gospel Of Mark VS The Imperial Mindset by Rocket Kirchner

St Mark

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by Rocket Kirchner
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rocket Kirchner (blog)
Rocket Kirchner (youtube channel)
Originally published March 30, 2009
May 21, 2016

Many literary critics have said that in the theocratic age of literature, that the gospel of Mark is the most radical and important work of antiquity.  It took me years to see that. I always saw Mark as a wallflower gospel, not yielding its secrets so easily. I mean there is no sermon on the mount, no Magnificat, no Pilate/Christ juicy repartee. And yet there is no doubt that Mark’s gospel was the first one to be written. The plethora of books on recent Markan studies, however, have convinced me that it is indeed the most revolutionary document against the imperial mindset in the common era. And for all eras. Continue reading

Michael Parenti: The 1% Pathology and the Myth of Capitalism

It's Capitalism.

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with Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.michaelparenti.org
originally published October 28, 2012
May 19, 2016

freespeechtv on May 16, 2013

“A man who steals a goose from the commons is punished, while a man who steals the commons itself is rewarded.” -unknown-

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From Cover to Cover The Bible is Anti-Empire by Rocket Kirchner

An old Bible

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by Rocket Kirchner
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rocket Kirchner (blog)
Rocket Kirchner (youtube channel)
Originally published February 2, 2014
May 14, 2016

I have always found it an interesting contradiction that some of those who oppose empire building also oppose the great document in world history that is anti-empire, namely the Bible. It is also just as contradicting that many who say they believe in the Bible are promoting empire. Something seems out of whack here.

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Lenin on State and Revolution by Gaither Stewart, Part 5

Lenin

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
May 14, 2016

“The state is an organ of class domination, an organ of oppression of one class by another; its aim is the creation of ‘order’, which legalizes and perpetuates this oppression by moderating the collisions between the classes…”

The Marxist Theory of the State and the Tasks of the Proletariat in the Revolution

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Chris Hedges and Miko Peled: Apartheid Israel

Massive DC Rally And March For Gaza 18

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on May 11, 2016

In this episode of Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges interviews Miko Peled, Israeli peace activist and author of The General’s Son: The Journey of an Israeli in Palestine. Together they walk through the construction of the state of Israel, tracing its legacy of ethnic cleansing and apartheid, and arriving at today’s Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

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Julia Ward Howe: Mother’s Day Proclamation (1870)

Pink Rose

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Happy Mother’s Day

Pearlsbefore Swine on May 24, 2012

This is perhaps the most heart-felt video I have ever put together. The second “Iraq War” was in full swing and George W. Bush was refusing to meet with Cindy Sheehan to justify sending her son Casey off to fight in a war built on false assumptions.

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What is Christian Anarchism, and Is It Useful Today? by Rocket Kirchner

White Flag on top of a snowy mountain and in f...

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by Rocket Kirchner
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rocket Kirchner (blog)
Rocket Kirchner (youtube channel)
Originally published April 26, 2011
May 7, 2016

First off, Anarchism is not anarchy. It is simply people living together in Anarcho-syndicalist communities as in the examples of Spain and Mexico in the last century, with no need for governments. It is as old as man. However, since the late 18th century six very different intelligent schools of Anarchism have developed that are distinct and worthy of examination, including Christian Anarchism.

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Lenin on Imperialism and Capitalism by Gaither Stewart, Part 4

Lenin

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
May 5, 2016

First published in 1917, Lenin’s “Imperialism. The Highest Stage of Capitalism”, his major theoretical work, shows imperialism as a “direct continuation of the fundamental properties of capitalism,” a primary manifestation of capitalism in its late stages.

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Chris Hedges: The Legacy of Father Daniel Berrigan

Justice for the 99% Rally, Liberty Park, NYC

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on May 2, 2016

Chris Hedges reflects on Berrigan’s legacy as a writer and activist.

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Antiwar Priest and Poet Father Daniel Berrigan Dead at Age 94

Father Daniel Berrigan

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RIP Father Daniel Berrigan: Remembering the Life and Legacy of the Antiwar Priest & Poet

Democracy Now! on May 2, 2016

http://democracynow.org – We spend the hour remembering the life and legacy of the legendary antiwar priest, Father Daniel Berrigan. He died on Saturday, just short of his 95th birthday. Berrigan was a poet, pacifist, educator, social activist, playwright and lifelong resister to what he called “American military imperialism.”

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The Incomplete and Wonderful History of May Day

Occupy May Day 2012

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The Laura Flanders Show on Apr 26, 2016

Author and professor Peter Linebaugh discusses his new book, The Incomplete, True, Authentic, and Wonderful History of May Day. Later in the show filmmaker Avi Lewis discusses worker-owned factories in Argentina, and Laura focuses on the intersectional feminism of 19th Century Anarchist Lucy Parsons.

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