Category Archives: History

Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges: They Know Everything About You, Part 7

Unions Behind Labor Day

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on May 19, 2015

Chris Hedges and Bob Scheer conclude their conversation about Scheer’s latest book They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy.

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Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges: They Know Everything About You, Part 6

THE FACE OF IMPERIALISM

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on May 18, 2015

Chris Hedges and Bob Scheer discuss the centrality of violence to U.S. American culture.

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Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges: They Know Everything About You, Part 5

RISE UP - Fight austerity now, while you still can.

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on May 15, 2015

Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer discuss the Founding Fathers, FBI surveillance of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the persecution of Chelsea Manning in this sweeping conversation.

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The Brief Origins of May Day by Eric Chase

Occupy May Day 2012

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Republished with permission from IWW

by Eric Chase
IWW, 1993
May 1, 2015

Most people living in the United States know little about the International Workers’ Day of May Day. For many others there is an assumption that it is a holiday celebrated in state communist countries like Cuba or the former Soviet Union. Most Americans don’t realize that May Day has its origins here in this country and is as “American” as baseball and apple pie, and stemmed from the pre-Christian holiday of Beltane, a celebration of rebirth and fertility.

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William Shakespeare VS The United States Government by Rocket Kirchner

Courtroom One Gavel

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This one needs to be heard. Scroll down to view the video of the speech. ~ Lo

by Rocket Kirchner
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April 26, 2015

Your Honor and Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury, I represent the case for William Shakespeare versus the United States Government. Shakespeare wrote during the Aristocratic Age of literature. His audience was living under Aristocracy. His words bit hard and penetrated the depth and deception of the Aristocratic mindset.

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How America Became an Oligarchy by Ellen Brown

by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
April 6, 2015

Oligarchy

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The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don’t…. You have owners. — George Carlin, The American Dream

According to a new study from Princeton University, American democracy no longer exists. Using data from over 1,800 policy initiatives from 1981 to 2002, researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page concluded that rich, well-connected individuals on the political scene now steer the direction of the country, regardless of – or even against – the will of the majority of voters. America’s political system has transformed from a democracy into an oligarchy, where power is wielded by wealthy elites.

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Dear President Obama: Easter Has Nothing To Do With War (repost)

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Warning

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

Christians cannot love their enemies and kill them, too

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April 04, 2010 — In his weekly address, President Obama strangely introduces a war theme into a message ostensibly about a holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ…y’know, the Prince of Peace.

Mr. President, Easter has nothing to do with war. Please stop trying to make Jesus fit with your outlook on war and international relations. You just cheapen both.

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Multidimensional and Complex Nature and Effects of Imperialism On Democracy, Society, Nature, and Human Nature by Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.

This is an updated version of The Nature and Effects of Imperialism.

by Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published on imperialismandthethirdworld, updated on March 29, 2015
April 1, 2015

THE FACE OF IMPERIALISM

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“At the same pace that mankind masters nature, man seems to become enslaved to other men or to his own infamy. Even the pure light of science seems unable to shine but on the dark background of ignorance. All our invention and progress seem to result in endowing material forces with intellectual life, and in stultifying human life into a material force.” Karl Marx. Selected Works, Vol. 1, p. 500. Continue reading

Dorothy Day: Our Problems Stem From Our Acceptance of This Filthy, Rotten System by Richard Sahn

by Richard Sahn
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
First published at The Contrary Perspective
March 24, 2015

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In 1933 Dorothy Day, a progressive journalist and Catholic convert, and Peter Maurin, a French peasant and philosopher, founded an anarchist-pacifist movement and newspaper they called the “Catholic Worker.” The paper was meant to be the Christian answer to the Communist Party paper, “The Daily Worker.” Not affiliated with the Catholic Church, the movement aimed to follow the Christian gospels by promoting peace—nationally and internationally—and serving the poor and homeless. It urged a culture where the scholar could be a worker and the worker a scholar. It advocated non-violent changes in the very structure of society, based on social justice and economic equality.

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Noam Chomsky: All Are Trapped By An Institutional Logic That Is Deeply Pathological And That Must Be Cured And Quickly If We Are Not To Put An End To The Human Race

Doomsday Clock: 3 Minutes to Midnight

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Lannan Foundation on Mar 19, 2015

Noam Chomsky was introduced by David Barsamian, then talked about his work.

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The Making of Norman Finkelstein

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Is Israel Unfairly Held to a Higher Standard? Norman Finkelstein on Reality Asserts Itself (1/8)

TheRealNews on Dec 24, 2014

Norman Finkelstein and Paul Jay discuss a full page ad in the NYT that says Israel is condemned by liberals for human rights violations while it defends gay rights, and less is said about the persecution of gays by Iran, Hamas and ISIS

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Newly Discovered 1964 MLK Speech on Civil Rights, Segregation and Apartheid South Africa (must-read/listen)

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I highly recommend listening to the entire speech on the audio player below or reading the entire transcript. ~ DS

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

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Democracy Now! on Jan 19, 2015

On Dec. 7, 1964, days before he received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, King gave a major address in London on segregation, the fight for civil rights and his support for Nelson Mandela and the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa. The speech was recorded by Saul Bernstein, who was working as the European correspondent for Pacifica Radio. Bernstein’s recording was recently discovered by Brian DeShazor, director of the Pacifica Radio Archives. Today is the federal holiday that honors King.

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The Radicalization of Martin Luther King + MLK: Where Do We Go From Here?

Martin Luther King, Jr. Portrait

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Repost from Jan. 20, 2013

The Radicalization of Martin Luther King

·Jan 20, 2013

Anthony Monteiro: Obama’s presidency has nothing to do with the legacy of King, it’s actually the opposite

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The Year of the Pig: Should Workers Support Police Strikes? (must-read) + Caleb Maupin: Low Wages, Police Terror & the Necessity of Revolution

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Updated: Jan. 12, 2015

Workers.org
January 10, 2015

This updated article first appeared in the Jan. 29, 1971, issue of Workers World newspaper.  The writer was a founding member and chairperson of Workers World Party.

Are strikes by the police to be regarded approximately the same way as strikes by ordinary workers? A reading of the treatment accorded to the New York police strike by the Daily World (the paper of the Communist Party which professes to be Marxist-Leninist) clearly conveys this impression. A column by George Morris, the Daily World’s labor analyst, waxes eloquent about the cops’ strike and says “it is in the spirit of rebellion we see everywhere today as in unions against the long entrenched bureaucracy.” He further says that the cops are “beginning to see themselves as in much the same position as other city employees and workers.” Finally, he admonishes his readers that “fire should not be blunderbussed against all on the police force.”

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Balls To War – When A World War Stopped To Play Football (Christmas Truce 1914)

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In case you missed this from last year posted at the end of an article. Merry Christmas!

World War 1 - War of destruction

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StoptheWarCoalition on Sep 8, 2013

http://noglory.org/ Video by Heathcote Williams and Alan Cox. On Christmas 1914 in the first world war, thousands of troops on both sides unilaterally declared a truce and played football friendlies instead of trying to kill each other. Their officers moved quickly to stamp out such peaceful developments and in the following four years 16 million people were slaughtered.

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