The Monroe Doctrine Is 200 and Should Not Reach 201, by David Swanson + The Monroe Doctrine at 200 and What to Replace it With

The Monroe Doctrine at 200 and What to Replace it With, by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Jan. 17, 2023
January 19, 2023

David Swanson is the author of the new book The Monroe Doctrine at 200 and What to Replace It With.

The Monroe Doctrine was and is a justification for actions, some good, some indifferent, but the overwhelming bulk reprehensible. The Monroe Doctrine remains in place, both explicitly and dressed up in novel language. Additional doctrines have been built on its foundations. Here are the words of the Monroe Doctrine, as carefully selected from President James Monroe’s State of the Union Address 200 years ago on December 2, 1823:
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The Radicalization of Martin Luther King, Jr. + MLK: Where Do We Go From Here?

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Previously published on Jan. 20, 2013
January 16, 2023

“One day we must ask the question, “Why are there forty million poor people in America?” And when you begin to ask that question, you’re raising a question about the economic system, about a broader distribution of wealth. When you ask that question, you begin to question the capitalistic economy.” — Martin Luther King, Jr., “Where Do We Go From Here?” Aug. 16, 1967

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I Have a Dream, a Blurred Vision, by Michael Parenti

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by Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published August 29, 2013
January 12, 2023

The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington—in which Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. made his famed “I Have a Dream” speech—has recently won renewed attention from various print and electronic media in the United States. But the more attention given to King’s extraordinary speech, the less we seem to know about King himself, the less aware we are about the serious challenges he was presenting, challenges that remain urgent and ignored to this very day.

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Brian Becker and Lee Camp: What Next For The Anti-War Movement?

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“If Americans were dying like they were in Vietnam or in Iraq, we’d have a giant anti-war movement, but if you can get other people to do all the bleeding, if you can get Ukrainians to die, if you can get them to do all the suffering or the Russians, there’s no political blowback at home so the warmakers have all the advantages of war without the disadvantage of an anti-war movement.” — Brian Becker

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Christmas 1914: When Rank and File Imposed Truce During Imperialist War, by Henry Hagins + John McCutcheon: Christmas in the Trenches + Balls To War

Christmas 1914: When Rank and File Imposed Truce During Imperialist War by Henry Hagins + Balls To War

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by Henry Hagins
Workers World, Dec. 16, 2014
Originally published Dec. 24, 2015
December 22, 2022

The “Christmas Truce of 1914” was a short-lived, unofficial lull in combat between two antagonistic rival forces, determined to exercise military, political and economic supremacy over each other in Europe and in the colonized world, to which these imperial powers lay arrogant false claim. One of the bloodiest episodes in human history, World War I was largely played out on the battle-scarred lands of France and Belgium, starting in August of 1914.

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Christians as Dangerous Good Samaritans, by Gary Olson

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by Gary Olson
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published Dec. 22, 2021
December 14, 2022

Lately, I’ve been musing about religion and politics. And more specifically, the thought that keeps recurring to me is the following: Is the idea of born agains and other Christians becoming political radicals, a far-fetched one? Or, should the question be, how could they not become politically radical Christians?

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The Powell Memo Revisited, by Brad Wolf

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by Brad Wolf
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
December 12, 2022

Justice, it seems, is hard to find. Thousands of grassroots organizations across the country seek justice for their concerns. In the US, some 13,785 nonprofits work for civil rights and social justice. Organizations focused on international justice such as peace, refugees, and international aid number 23,532. There are 27,402 environmental groups.

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Chris Hedges: American Midnight: The Great War, A Violent Peace, and Democracy’s Forgotten Crisis

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Dec 9, 2022

High school history textbooks have as remarkable ability to leave out one of the most crucial moments in 20th century history that took place during World War I and its aftermath.

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David Swanson: Ukraine and the Anti-Communications System

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Dec. 1, 2022
December 3, 2022

Massachusetts Peace Action on Dec 1, 2022

The first casualty of war, and militarism, is the truth. And the corporate mainstream media works diligently hand-in-glove with the US military-industrial complex to make this happen. Through its unquestioning repetition of government propaganda, its lies of omission, and its ratings-hungry war mongering, the media have become an essential part of the information war so endemic to US imperialism.

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