Category Archives: History

Cornel West and Richard Wolff: Marxism, Capitalism and Wage Slavery

Unions Behind Labor Day

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GRITtv on Jul 28, 2015

A conversation about capitalism with two brilliant minds, Cornel West and Richard D. Wolff, together in a rare joint appearance. Richard D. Wolff is Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, and author most recently of Capitalism’s Crisis Deepens: Essays on the Global Economic Meltdown 2010- 2014/ Dr. Cornel West has written or edited dozens of books, including classics like Race Matters, and Democracy Matters. His most recent is Black Prophetic Fire, written in conversation with Christa Buschendorf. Also in the show, activist Manju Rajendran tells us about a small business that is successfully operating under an anti-capitalist economic paradigm. And Laura raises questions about the record-setting settlement with BP over drilling disaster in the Gulf Coast.

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Socialism According to Eugene V. Debs by Elizabeth Schulte

Eugene V. Debs Museum

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by Elizabeth Schulte
socialistworker.org
July 9, 2015

What did the man who Bernie Sanders today claims as his personal hero really stand for? Elizabeth Schulte tells the story of American socialism’s best-known figure.

IT’S NOT your typical presidential candidate who identifies as a socialist, but Bernie Sanders does. A poster of Eugene V. Debs, the popular Socialist Party leader of the early 20th century, hangs on his office wall as a tribute to Sanders’ self-proclaimed hero.

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Chris Hedges: Liberals are a Dead Force, Part 1

"Stop Bitching - Start a Revolution"

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Jul 6, 2015

On Reality Asserts Itself, Chris Hedges discusses his new book with Paul Jay. In part one, they focus on the revolutionary significance of the life of Tom Paine, a man who understood the moral imperative of revolt and was willing to pay the price.

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Noam Chomsky: The US Empire: “We Own The World”

THE FACE OF IMPERIALISM

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Brave New Films on Jul 6, 2015

Many Americans are not accustomed to the idea that America sits atop a global empire, but with military bases and forces spread out across the world, interventions in dozens of countries – there’s simply no other way to describe our “empire.” Expansion is the path to security, and to achieve security you have to control everything of value. This is the blueprint that has guided US leaders for decades, but is this empire worth building – and at what cost?

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Untold Truths About the American Revolution by Howard Zinn (2009)

Howard Zinn

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Repost from July 4, 2009

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Excerpt from The Progressive July 3, 2009
July 5, 2015

There are things that happen in the world that are bad, and you want to do something about them. You have a just cause. But our culture is so war prone that we immediately jump from, “This is a good cause” to “This deserves a war.”

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Put Away The Flags by Howard Zinn

Repost from July 3, 2010

God Bless America!

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crossposted at The Progressive (2006)
July 4, 2015

On this July 4, we would do well to renounce nationalism and all its symbols: its flags, its pledges of allegiance, its anthems, its insistence in song that God must single out America to be blessed.

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A Revolutionary Pope Calls for Rethinking the Outdated Criteria That Rule the World by Ellen Brown

Pope Francis rips capitalism and trickle-down economics

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
July 3, 2015

Pope Francis’ revolutionary encyclical addresses not just climate change but the banking crisis. Interestingly, the solution to that crisis may have been modeled in the Middle Ages by Franciscan monks following the Saint from whom the Pope took his name.

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Setting the Record Straight About the Apostle Paul by Rocket Kirchner

English: Saint paul arrested

Saint Paul arrested (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

by Rocket Kirchner
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rocket Kirchner (blog)
Rocket Kirchner (youtube channel)
June 26, 2015

The quest for the historic Jesus is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. It is tough. However, Paul the Apostle is a different matter entirely because Paul was just as much of a known quantity in the Ancient world first century A.D. as the Stoic philosopher Seneca, and the Jewish historian Philo.

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War – Parts 5-7: Keeping the Old Game Alive-Conventional War + Notes on Nuclear War + Goodbye War (1983)

Nuclear Extinction

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

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War – Part 5: Keeping the Old Game Alive-Conventional War

RonRbc on Jun 25, 2013

Part 5 of the award-winning 1983 series, written, produced, and presented by renowned Canadian historian Gwynne Dyer. This episode concerns the interaction of conventional and nuclear war, and how one becomes another.

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War – Part 4: The Deadly Game of Nations (1983)

Rally and March for Gaza 8/2/14

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

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RonRbc on Jun 24, 2013

Part 4 of the brilliant seven-part miniseries on war by renowned Canadian historian Gwynne Dyer. Originally broadcast in 1983. This episode investigates how the structure and operation of the international system interacts with war.

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War – Part 3: The Profession of Arms (1983)

Rusty Antiwar Sculpture

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

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RonRbc on Jun 24, 2013

Part 3 of the award winning series on the relationship of war, culture, and society, written and hosted by Canadian historian Gwynne Dyer. This episode focuses on the role of officers in the military, and the relationships between soldiers, officers, and society.

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War – Part 1: The Road to Total War (1983)

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

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

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RonRbc on Aug 28, 2012

Part 1 of the outstanding National Film Board of Canada/Gwynne Dyer series shown on PBS in 1983, in which renowned historian Gwynne Dyer traces the evolution of warfare from earlier ages to the Total War of the Twentieth Century.

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Chris Hedges and Richard D. Wolff at the Left Forum 2015: Marx: The System is the Problem

Unions Behind Labor Day

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with and Chris Hedges

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Left Forum 2015 on May 30, 2015

In past revolutions – for example, against slavery or feudalism – the revolutionaries defined their goals in terms of freedom, liberty, equality, democracy, and so on. At the same time, they often allied those goals to actively supporting the newly emerging capitalist system. Capitalism, many hoped and expected, would secure, in the words of the French Revolution, “liberty, equality and fraternity.” Marx’s work says “no, capitalism did not and cannot secure liberty, equality, fraternity or democracy; indeed capitalism’s social dominance is now the systemic obstacle to their achievement.” Marx’s critical analysis of capitalism as a system informs and invites the next necessary step in realizing the greatest social goals of modern history.

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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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