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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“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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Dandelion Salad

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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Chris Hedges: The Struggle to Reintegrate into Society After Prison

Chris Hedges: The Struggle to Reintegrate into Society After Prison

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Watch the video below

Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on May 5, 2018

David Rothenberg, Founder of The Fortune Society, and artist Guy Woodard discuss the struggle of the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated to reintegrate into society.

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Capitalism is Killing the Planet by Eric Schechter

Manhattan

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by Eric Schechter aka LeftyMathProf
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Eric’s Rants and Videos blog
May 2, 2018

leftymathprof on Apr 30, 2018

Feedback loops such as albedo loss are accelerating global warming. Tipping points such as the release of polar methane may increasing warming very suddenly. Soon our crops will fail. Science might save us but isn’t being used. Plutocrats block any reforms that would cut their profits. Our democracy is a sham. Trade makes inevitable the increase of inequality, ecocidal side effects, and the alienation of people from each other. Only sharing might save us, and we won’t get there through reforms. The first stop is to talk about it.

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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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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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Why Interest Rates Are Rising by Ellen Brown

End the Fed march - 14

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by Ellen Brown
Writers, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
April 22, 2018

The Fed is aggressively raising interest rates, although inflation is contained, private debt is already at 150% of GDP, and rising variable rates could push borrowers into insolvency. So what is driving the Fed’s push to “tighten”?

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Michael Roberts: OECD Advises Countries to Curb Extreme Inequality

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Dandelion Salad

TheRealNews on Apr 14, 2018

Economist Michael Roberts says the change of tone within the OECD is interesting, but there are no takers ready to implement estate taxes to reduce inequality.

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Mystery: How Wealth Creates Poverty in the World by Michael Parenti

Ways of Thinking - Feudalism is very much alive

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by Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Previously posted July 31, 2011
April 7, 2018

There is a “mystery” we must explain: How is it that as corporate investments and foreign aid and international loans to poor countries have increased dramatically throughout the world over the last half century, so has poverty? The number of people living in poverty is growing at a faster rate than the world’s population. What do we make of this?

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Chris Hedges and Richard Wolff: Capitalism Does Not Work for the Majority of the People

Capitalism IS the Crisis

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Apr 1, 2018

Economist Richard Wolff discusses the coming economic collapse of the United States of America.

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Chris Hedges: The New Gig Economy–Uber VS Yellow Cab + Richard Wolff: Uber: Innovator or Business Destroyer?

PULL AND SLIDE>> | on Lexington

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Mar 18, 2018

John McDonagh, a NYC Taxi Cab Driver for 40 years, discusses the new gig economy by addressing the decline of the NYC Yellow Cab Industry.

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Leo Panitch: I Think I’m a Marxist, Parts 1-4

Karl Marx by Robert Diedrichs, 1970. Courtesy WikiCommons

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Dandelion Salad

The Radical Ferment of Winnipeg’s Jewish Socialist Politics – Leo Panitch on RAI (1/4)

TheRealNews on Mar 5, 2018

On Reality Asserts Itself, Prof. Leo Panitch talks about the political culture of his family, shaped in Winnipeg’s radical Jewish community before and after World War Two; Labor Zionists, Social Democrats and Communists debated and organized within the Jewish working class movement – with host Paul Jay. Continue reading