What is Wage Slavery? by The Anti-Social Socialist

What is Wage Slavery?

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“When a man is placed in a position where he is compelled to give the benefit of his labor to another, he is in a condition of slavery, whether the slave is held in chattel bondage or in wages bondage, he is equally a slave.” — Quentin Skinner

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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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The Early Christians and the Military by Roman A. Montero

Christians Cannot Love Their Enemies and Kill Them, Too

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by Roman A. Montero
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Oslo, Norway
May 23, 2018

In modern times it may not even seem like an issue if a Christian can or cannot serve in the military, clearly Christians today and for many centuries do, so what would the issue be? On the other hand, anyone who has honestly read the gospels must recognize that the issue of violence is at the very least problematic in Jesus’s teachings. One would simply have to point to the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:38–47) or the Sermon on the Plain (Luke 6:27–31), or his teaching on the one taking the sword dying by the sword (Matthew 26:52), to recognize that Jesus tended to reject violence.

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“Creating Wealth” through Debt: The West’s Finance-Capitalist Road by Michael Hudson

Swimming With the Debt Sharks

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Michael Hudson, May 2, 2018
May 7, 2018

Peking University, School of Marxist Studies
May 5-6, 2018

Volumes II and III of Marx’s Capital describe how debt grows exponentially, burdening the economy with carrying charges. This overhead is subjecting today’s Western finance-capitalist economies to austerity, shrinking living standards and capital investment while increasing their cost of living and doing business. That is the main reason why they are losing their export markets and becoming de-industrialized.

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Happy 200th Birthday Karl Marx!

Karl Marx by Robert Diedrichs, 1970. Courtesy WikiCommons

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International May Day 2018

WSWS on May 5, 2018

The 2018 International Online May Day Rally will begin at 5:30 PM EDT on Saturday, May 5. This event is hosted by the International Committee of the Fourth International.

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The Incomplete and Wonderful History of May Day

Occupy May Day 2012

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Dandelion Salad
Originally published May 1, 2016

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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The Haymarket Riot: “It is a Subterranean Fire” by Elizabeth Schulte

Geneva, 1 May 2014 (general strike)

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Dandelion Salad
Originally published on April 30, 2011

by Elizabeth Schulte
SocialistWorker.org, April 29, 2011
April 30, 2018

ON MAY 1, 1886–125 years ago this month–hundreds of thousands of workers were taking the streets of cities around the U.S. to demand an eight-hour day.

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Capitalism Is Always At War by William T. Hathaway

Why Is War A Permanent Feature of Capitalism?

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by William T. Hathaway
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published September 9, 2012
April 27, 2018

Vicious fanatics are trying to kill us and destroy our country. They’re blowing up our soldiers overseas. They’ve infiltrated our country. We must defend ourselves against these mad-dog berserkers before it’s too late.

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Michael Parenti: Free Speech In The Face Of Oppression + Free Speech – At A Price by Michael Parenti

"FREE SPEECH*"

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by Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published Sept. 4, 2011
April 26, 2018

on Aug 31, 2011

Author Michael Parenti challenges his audience to learn about and advocate free speech in the face of oppression. From the origins of the Bill of Rights up to today’s challenges by the FBI and other government entities, Parenti says, it is essential to stand up for one’s rights. He spoke at an event sponsored by the South Bay Committee Against Political Repression.

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The Occupation of the American Mind (must-see)

Massive DC Rally And March For Gaza 2

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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.

[Film made in 2016]

The Real News Network on April 6, 2018

A documentary film narrated by legendary musician and activist Roger Waters of Pink Floyd trains a harsh light on Israel’s decades-long propaganda war in the U.S.

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Chris Hedges: Hard Work and Ambition Are Not the Secrets of Success, Privilege and Capitalism Are

Caleb Maupin: The American Socialist Awakening

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Apr 23, 2018

Khalil Muhammad, professor of history, race and public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, discusses the rise of racialized hatred in the United States.

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The Moral Mask by Gregory Barrett

"anche il 9 aprile" "per un piano alternativo di rifiuti.... SMASH IMPERIALISM!"

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by Gregory Barrett
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Aichtal, Germany
April 21, 2018

It feels as if world events are in overdrive, and sometimes it’s hard to escape the thought that that there is no longer much point in trying to analyse, or make sense of, a trajectory increasingly out of control.

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Another of the Many Charming Examples of Cold War Anti-Communism by William Blum

CCCP USSR in Moscow

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by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Killing Hope
April 19, 2018

Unpersons

One reason it’s so easy to get an American administration, the mainstream media, and the American people to jump on an anti-Russian bandwagon is of course the legacy of the Soviet Union. To all the real crimes and shortcomings of that period the US regularly added many fictitious claims to agitate the American public against Moscow. That has not come to a halt. During a debate in the 2016 Republican presidential primary, candidate Ben Carson (now the head of the US Housing and Urban Development agency) allowed the following to pass his lips: “Joseph Stalin said if you want to bring America down, you have to undermine three things: Our spiritual life, our patriotism, and our morality.” This is a variation on many Stalinist “quotes” over the years designed to deprecate both the Soviet leader and any American who can be made to sound like him. The quote was quite false, but the debate moderators and the other candidates didn’t raise any question about its accuracy. Of course not.

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Chris Hedges and Mark Crispin Miller: Corporate Media’s Hurricane of Propaganda + American Media Wrong On Syria Coverage

Lies

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Apr 16, 2018

Mark Crispin Miller, professor of media studies at New York University, discusses the destruction of the independent press in the United States.

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