Caleb Maupin: Martin Luther King Was A Socialist!

Today capitalism has outlived its usefulness. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

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with Caleb Maupin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published Jan. 17, 2019
January 16, 2022

Caleb Maupin on Jun 2, 2010

Your history textbooks may have you convinced he was a blind patriot and arch conservative. They were wrong. Martin Luther King was a socialist, and the following clips show him talking extensively about the need to redistribute wealth and “economic power,” the right to a job, and the dignity of the working class.

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A Falling Rate of Learning? Commodification and Neoliberal Education, by Yanis Iqbal

Slaves to Money, Solidarity (9 of 25)

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by Yanis Iqbal
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Aligarh, India
January 12, 2022

Under neoliberal capitalism, the commodification of education has accelerated. Before the establishment of the current accumulation regime, the educational sector was predominantly controlled by an interventionist state, committed to countercyclical macroeconomic management. The labour process of teaching within a state-owned domain followed the general pattern of any other production process. According to Michael Heinrich, such a general form – which is independent of any social determinations – comprises a distinction “among functional activity (labour), the object of labour (which is modified by labour), and the means of labour (the tools with which this process of modification is made possible) as elements of the labour process.”

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As Long as Capitalism Exists, The Threat of Fascism Exists, by Pete Dolack

Poster on a pole with the message "Smash fascism"

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by Pete Dolack
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder, Jan. 10, 2022
January 11, 2022

Six years is an eternity in politics. Consider what was common opinion at the start of 2016: That changing demographics in the United States favored the Democratic Party; it would soon be impossible for Republicans to win a national election unless they sharply changed from their primary strategy of sending dog whistles to their base of conservative white people, a dwindling percentage of the U.S. population.

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Eugene Puryear: US in 2021: Crisis at Home, Chaos Warriors Abroad

"Smash Capitalism" - Student protests - Parliament Square, London 2010

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Peoples Dispatch on Jan 1, 2022

Eugene Puryear of BreakThrough News analyzes 2021 for the United States as Joe Biden took over after an uprising by Trump supporters. Hopes of a turnaround were soon to be belied as political gridlock and corporate agenda slowed down and even derailed chances of government spending for the poor.

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Chris Hedges: Exploitation

MURDER CAPITALISM

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with Chris Hedges

John N. Campbell on Nov. 25, 2021

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author, Chris Hedges discusses the defining characteristic of capitalism: exploitation. He explains how capitalism elevates sociopathic values, destroys the environment, degrades human life, and how the internal logic of capitalism ultimately destroys itself.

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Envisioning A World With No Bosses, by Pete Dolack + Michael Albert: What Kind of Economy Comes After a Socialist Revolution?

Capitalism Isn't Working

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by Pete Dolack
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder, Dec. 15, 2021
December 16, 2021

Many people, especially those with eyes open to the ravages of capitalism, know what they don’t want. Fewer know what they do want. That is understandable, given that the task of building mass movements on so many fronts is daunting. But while what is meant by the creation of a better world can’t be precisely the same for everybody, movements nonetheless have to have some basic concepts of what a better world might look like.

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Revival of Class Politics in the U.S.… Will It Be Socialism or Fascism? by Finian Cunningham

Unions Behind Labor Day

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Ireland
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation, Dec. 2, 2021
December 7, 2021

The U.S. empire, like the USSR, is imploding out of its own corruption, says Harriet Fraad in an interview with Finian Cunningham.

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Thoughts on the Left’s Response to Capitalism’s Global Death Spiral, by Gary Olson

"SMASH CAPITALISM"

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by Gary Olson
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
December 6, 2021

For those whose personal and political identities are virtually indistinguishable, these are especially vexing times. Specifically, during this historical stage of capitalism it’s challenging to abide by Gramsci’s optimism of the will and heart and not acquiesce to pessimism of the mind, to the intellect’s awareness of certain recalcitrant realities in our world. And residing in the belly of the global beast also compounds one’s sense of personal responsibility.

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Chris Hedges: The Pathology of the Rich

Ways of Thinking - Feudalism is very much alive

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Nov 25, 2021

On the show this week, Chris Hedges discusses the peculiar pathology of the rich and our oligarchic state with Chris Lehmann, editor-at-large for The New Republic.

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‘Tis the Season To Wage Boycotts! + Shopping as an Act of Resistance

Commercial Capitalism for Christmas

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published November 24, 2013
November 25, 2021

Boycott Season is now upon us. Let every citizen take careful aim. Your target is the corporate empire. Your weapon is your wallet.

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When America Was “Great”… by Paul Street + Indigenous Peoples’ History is More Complicated Than a Holiday Myth

Edgewood

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
Originally published November 21, 2018
November 24, 2021

“Your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings… are… a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of these United States, at this very hour.” – Frederick Douglass, July 4th, 1852

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Chris Hedges: In the Struggle: Scholars and the Fight Against Industrial Agribusiness in California

Farm Workers Feed the World

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Nov 18, 2021

On the show, Chris Hedges discusses the struggle against industrial agriculture with author Daniel J. O’Connell.

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James Connolly – Marxist, Irish Republican Socialist, by Alex McGuigan

EASTER WEEKEND IN DUBLIN [JAMES CONNOLLY 5 JUNE 1868 - 12 MAY 1916]-112715

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by Alex McGuigan
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Belfast, Northern Ireland
November 18, 2021

James Connolly is one of Irish Republicanism’s best known revolutionary figures, and upwards of twenty political parties in contemporary Ireland claim Connolly as their primary ideologue. Many more claim Connolly as at least a significant figure in their own particular, and often unlikely, political tradition. Even successive right-wing, Free Stater administrations have paid tokenistic lip-service to Connolly’s legacy by christening utilities after him and commissioning grand statues, akin to corporate art, to the Marxist brought up in the slums of Edinburgh.

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