Category Archives: History

The Violent Seduction of Thomas Paine by Rocket Kirchner

Thomas Paine's Common Sense and a tomato weiner.

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by Rocket Kirchner
Writer, Dandelion Salad
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Rocket Kirchner (youtube channel)
August 25, 2016

I was recently rereading Thomas Paine’s Common Sense the other day, and it was making a great deal of common sense. Yes indeed it really was making a great deal of common sense until the very end where he addresses specifically his fellow Quakers. He is very diplomatic in his wording that seeks to assure his reader that he never dishonors religion in any way. However, by the time he was finished it hit me that he was attempting to seduce in a very sly and subtle manner his fellow Quakers to the unthinkable: Violent revolution.

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Michael Parenti: Terrorism, Globalism and Conspiracy


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Repost from June 16, 2008

with Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
August 24, 2016

DebatesAndLectures on Mar 1, 2012


Dr. Michael Parenti, one of North America’s leading radical writers on U.S. imperialism and interventionism, fascism, democracy and the media, spoke to several hundred people at St. Andrews Wesley Church in Vancouver. Dr. Parenti has taught political science at a number of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries. He has written 250 major magazine articles and 15 books and is frequently heard on public and alternative radio.

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Provoking Nuclear War by Media by John Pilger

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

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by John Pilger
August 23, 2016

The exoneration of a man accused of the worst of crimes, genocide, made no headlines. Neither the BBC nor CNN covered it. The Guardian allowed a brief commentary. Such a rare official admission was buried or suppressed, understandably. It would explain too much about how the rulers of the world rule.

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Abby Martin: Chevron vs. The Amazon – The Environmental Trial of the Century, Part 2

Chevron Faces Shareholder, Union and Community Revolt at Annual Meeting

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Aug 21, 2016

In Part II of this three-part series, The Empire Files continues the investigation into the battle between Chevron Texaco and Ecuador. [Watch Part I here:]

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Innocence by Gaither Stewart

Heaven in a wild flower

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
August 15, 2016

“Нужно иметь сердце, чтобы понять!”
(One needs heart to understand)

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John Pilger: Utopia (2013)

Survival Day #2

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from John Pilger on Vimeo

Drawing on John Pilger’s long association with the first people of his homeland Australia, Utopia (2013) is both an epic portrayal of the oldest continuous human culture, and an investigation into a suppressed colonial past and rapacious present.

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Howard Zinn: Myths of the Good Wars (Three Holy Wars) (must-see)

manning8 - Almost Gone by Graham Nash and James Raymond

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Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published January 8, 2010
August 11, 2016

September 15, 2009

Historian, Author, Playwright: Howard Zinn Sponsored by Cape Codders for Peace and Justice Filmed by Paul Hubbard at the Wellfleet Public Library on 9-13-09.

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The Gospel of John Annihilates Religious Legalism by Rocket Kirchner


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by Rocket Kirchner
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rocket Kirchner (blog)
Rocket Kirchner (youtube channel)
originally posted Sept. 10, 2013
July 21, 2016

As strange as it sounds, the Gospel of John annihilates religious legalism not by confronting it, but rather by ignoring it. It begins by stating, “In the beginning was the Word.”

Well, there goes the Genesis account as the beginning. Creationist beware. Then you got water turning into wine. Got to keep the party going. So belly up to the bar boys, the drinks are on Him.

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John Bellamy Foster: The Anthropocene and Socialist Politics + Tariq Ali: The American Empire and its Discontents

Burning Ourselves

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swpTvUk on Jul 12, 2016

John Bellamy Foster discusses the theoretical and programmatic challenges that the Anthropocene, a dangerous new epoch in planetary history, poses for socialists in the 21st century.

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Marxism in Noir By Alan Wald

another late night

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By Alan Wald
International Socialist Review
July 11, 2016

The culture and politics of race and class struggle in the 1940s

No one knows better than socialist activists of the twenty-first century that each generation must face its own “crisis” of Marxism. But we don’t face this challenge to our theory and social movements just as we please. The way we remember our past governs our own dreams for the future. Above all, at a moment like today, when thousands of newly radicalizing young people know pretty much what they are fighting against, but are unclear about what they are fighting for, there is no point in simply pummeling the gates of history with one’s fists. Sooner or later, we look to the past for shared, or at least recognizable, political experiences that might be retrofitted and rebooted; tactics and strategies that have succeeded or failed; causes and explanations for economic and social trends that have persisted or morphed; and even role models, candidly reported, for how to live our chosen lives as Marxists. Marxism doesn’t embalm history; it seeks to join a living past to present changes.

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Chris Hedges: Saudi Wahhabism a Tool of U.S. Foreign Policy

Chris Hedges

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Jul 6, 2016

Chris Hedges and Paul Jay discuss the history of Saudi promoted Jihadism and blowback as ISIS attacks their former allies.

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A Leftist Guide to the Fourth of July by Billy Wharton

Liberty's Symbols

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by Billy Wharton
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
originally published July 4, 2011
July 4, 2016

A neighbor illustrated the problem with the Fourth of July.  He broke out a new bumper sticker for his car just in time for the annual celebration.  The sticker promoted the US Navy with the slogan, “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of all those who oppose us.”  This twisted take on the spirit of the day is a perfect illustration of the worst American chauvinism that often pushes leftists and other progressives away from the holiday.  However, as historians such as Howard Zinn have demonstrated, there are alternatives – there is a counter-narrative to American history that represents ordinary people.  The Fourth of July is the perfect opportunity to discover it.

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Abby Martin and Peter Kuznick: The Untold History of Imperial Japan and the Bomb

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

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Jun 26, 2016

Obama’s high-profile trip to Hiroshima was accompanied by a media storm that gave endless justifications for the US use of the atomic bomb on Japanese civilians. The myths are widely accepted in society, and underpin the notion of American exceptionalism.

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The War on Weed Is Winding Down – But Will Monsanto Be the Winner? by Ellen Brown

Graffiti tunnel, XI

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
June 23, 2016

The war on cannabis that began in the 1930s seems to be coming to an end. Research shows that this natural plant, rather than posing a deadly danger to health, has a wide range of therapeutic benefits. But skeptics question the sudden push for legalization, which is largely funded by wealthy investors linked to Big Ag and Big Pharma.

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Abby Martin: Puerto Rico’s Debt to its Oppressors


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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Jun 23, 2016

Puerto Rico’s massive debt has been discussed at length in Congress and the media, all omitting the most important fact: the history of being a colonial subject for over 500 years, still owned and controlled by the United States.

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