Michael Parenti: How To Think About Class

Class War

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with Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally posted Jan. 31, 2019
September 17, 2022

“But you can’t do that with Class. By definition, you can’t say we’ll have a society where the rich capitalists and workers are equal together.” — Michael Parenti

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Michael Hudson: A Short History of Inflation in Modern Times

For All Debts...

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
September 14, 2022

Multipolarista on Sep 8, 2022

Economist Michael Hudson discusses partial student debt relief in the US, inflation and the Fed, disaster capitalism in Ukraine, and China’s challenge to the petrodollar.

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Yes, Gorbachev Was A Failure But Other Hands Helped Bring Down The Soviet Union, by Pete Dolack

Михаи́л Серге́евич

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by Pete Dolack
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder, Sept. 7, 2022
September 8, 2022

The reasons for the fall of the Soviet Union are myriad and can’t be laid solely at the feet of one person. Mikhail Gorbachev is widely despised by Russians as well as by activists and partisans of the Left. There are good reasons for that. It is impossible to imagine the collapse of a superpower and the catastrophic effects of imposing capitalism via “shock therapy” that immiserated a vast country without him.

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Labor Day: The Unknown Holiday, by Walter Brasch

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by Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published Sept. 7, 2009
September 5, 2022

It’s Labor Day, and that means millions of Americans are celebrating. Most Americans have no idea what Labor Day is, other than self-serving political speeches, hot dogs, burgers, a pool party, and the last day of a three-day holiday. Few even know that Labor Day exists to allow people to remember and honor the struggles for respect, dignity, and acceptable wages and working conditions for the rank-and-file employees.

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Labor History: The Pullman Strike of 1894 + Fight for Your Rights! The Pullman Strike

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Dandelion Salad
Originally published Sept. 4, 2017
September 4, 2022

The Pullman Strike of 1894 Explained: US History Review

Keith Hughes on Jun 3, 2014

Join me as we take a look at a pivot strike in US History, the Pullman Strike of 1894. Perfect for inquisitive learners, students of the social studies and the cray cray on the internets.

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Brian Becker: How the State Attacked Socialism in the US: Infiltration, Violence, Deportation

Unions Behind Labor Day

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Dandelion Salad

BreakThrough News on Aug 25, 2022

Welcome to a special crossover of Dispatches with Rania Khalek and The Socialist Program with Brian Becker!

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Howard Zinn: You Can’t Be Neutral On A Moving Train

Howard Zinn

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with Howard Zinn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally posted Feb. 6, 2010
August 28, 2022

S F on Dec 13, 2018

Documentary in which professor Howard Zinn recounts his life as a writer, educator, and leader in nonviolent social protest.

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The Chris Hedges Report: W.E.B Du Bois: One of America’s Most Important Intellectuals

Traditional Workers May Day Rally and March Chicago Illinois 5-1-18 1301

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Aug 26, 2022

W.E.B Du Bois was the first Black to earn a doctorate from Harvard University, one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, or NAACP, and the Niagara Movement, and one of the seminal scholars of American history.

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William I. Robinson: Capitalism’s Structural Crisis and the Global Revolt

DC George Floyd Protest (II)

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Dandelion Salad

theAnalysis-news on Aug 22, 2022

According to William I. Robinson, the COVID pandemic has further intensified the structural crisis of global capitalism and has caused numerous uprisings and revolts around the world, which global elites are trying to suppress via militarization, police repression, and surveillance.

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Chris Hedges: The Importance of Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn

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Dandelion Salad
August 22, 2022

Originally published Jan. 25, 2020

with Chris Hedges and Howard Zinn

The Chris Hedges YouTube Channel on Jul 6, 2022

On the show this week Chris Hedges discusses the importance of historian, Howard Zinn, for a fuller understanding of American history, with author and journalist, Ray Suarez.

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Michael Hudson: The Nature of Financialization and Neoliberalism, Interviewed by Eric Draitser

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
August 8, 2022

This time Eric welcomes back author and economist Michael Hudson to discuss his new book The Destiny of Civilization: Finance Capitalism, Industrial Capitalism, or Socialism available from CounterPunch.

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Yanis Iqbal: Understanding the Bourgeois State + Full Transcript

Self-Portrait in a group (José Almada Negreiros), 1925

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by Yanis Iqbal
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Aligarh, India
August 7, 2022

“Every state in which private ownership of the land and means of production exists, in which capital dominates, however democratic it may be, is a capitalist state, a machine used by the capitalists to keep the working class and the poor peasants in subjection.” — Vladimir I. Lenin

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American Diplomacy as a Tragic Drama, by Michael Hudson

World War 3 - XV

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
August 1, 2022

As in a Greek tragedy whose protagonist brings about precisely the fate that he has sought to avoid, the US/NATO confrontation with Russia in Ukraine is achieving just the opposite of America’s aim of preventing China, Russia and their allies from acting independently of U.S. control over their trade and investment policy. Naming China as America’s main long-term adversary, the Biden Administration’s plan was to split Russia away from China and then cripple China’s own military and economic viability. But the effect of American diplomacy has been to drive Russia and China together, joining with Iran, India and other allies. For the first time since the Bandung Conference of Non-Aligned Nations in 1955, a critical mass is able to be mutually self-sufficient to start the process of achieving independence from Dollar Diplomacy.

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Michael Hudson: Finance Capitalism’s Self-Destructive Nature

Capitalism = economic terrorism

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
July 21, 2022

Empire of Inflation: Economist Michael Hudson on U.S. Economic Warfare and Super Imperialism

The Left Lens on May 25, 2022

Economist Michael Hudson joins the Left Lens to discuss the rise of inflation, the weakening of the U.S. dollar, and the consequences of U.S. economic warfare in the Ukraine crisis.

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The End of Western Civilization, by Michael Hudson

The way of the civilizations

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
July 16, 2022

Why it lacks resilience, and What will take its place

Paper presented on July 11, 2022 to The Ninth South-South Forum on Sustainability.

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