The Brief Origins of May Day, by Eric Chase

Occupy May Day 2012

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Dandelion Salad
Originally published May 1, 2015

Republished with permission from IWW

by Eric Chase
IWW, 1993
April 30, 2023

Most people living in the United States know little about the International Workers’ Day of May Day. For many others there is an assumption that it is a holiday celebrated in state communist countries like Cuba or the former Soviet Union. Most Americans don’t realize that May Day has its origins here in this country and is as “American” as baseball and apple pie, and stemmed from the pre-Christian holiday of Beltane, a celebration of rebirth and fertility.

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Courage on the Picket Line, by Andrew Moss

Lufthansa business class BOS to FRA

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by Andrew Moss
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
April 20, 2023

They prepare in-flight meals for carriers like Air France, Singapore Airlines, and Lufthansa.

But not right now.

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Michael Hudson and Radhika Desai: Russia Leaves Neoliberal West To Join World Majority

Moscow August 2011

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
April 17, 2023

Geopolitical Economy Report on Apr 13, 2023

In this episode of their program Geopolitical Economy Hour, economists Radhika Desai and Michael Hudson discuss Russia’s economic transition away from the neoliberal West and integration with what it calls the “World Majority” in the Global South.

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Finian Cunningham and Clara Mattei: The Capital Order: How Economists Invented Austerity and Paved the Way to Fascism

Fascism

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Ireland
April 13, 2023

Finian Cunningham on Apr 12, 2023

Western liberal democracy and its ubiquitous “austerity economics” is a euphemism for fascism. And the charade is finally coming to an end.

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Lee Camp and David Cobb: Imagining A World Beyond Capitalism

Capitalism Is Over!

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Dandelion Salad
April 8, 2023

“We have to come to terms with the fact that these transnational corporations globally and the empire for which the U.S is the capital of corporate Empire—they’re literally going to destroy the planet if we do not stop, interrupt, and transition. And to be clear, the window to do that is literally closing before our very eyes.” — David Cobb

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The Real Paul Makinen? by David R. Yale, Reviewed by Diane Donovan

The Real Paul Makinen by David R. Yale

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Dandelion Salad

Sent to DS by the author, David R. Yale

by Diane Donovan
Midwest Book Review Bookwatch, Aug. 10, 2022
April 3, 2023

The Real Paul Makinen?
By David R. Yale
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Michael Hudson and Radhika Desai: Did Big Banks Take Over the Treasury?

US Treasury

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
April 1, 2023

Geopolitical Economy Report on Mar 25, 2023

Economists Radhika Desai and Michael Hudson discuss the US banking crisis in this episode of their program Geopolitical Economy Hour.

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Striking Education Workers Help Teach a City about Inequality, by Andrew Moss

We Stand with LA Teachers on Strike, 2019

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by Andrew Moss
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
March 28, 2023

For three days, 30,000 education workers struck the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the second-largest in the nation. Bus drivers, special education assistants, custodians, food service workers, and gardeners stayed off the job, joined in solidarity by the 35,000 members of the United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA). By Friday, March 24, the workers’ union, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 99, had attained a tentative agreement with the district, securing 30 percent wage or more increases for the lowest paid workers.

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Society’s Collapse Has Already Begun, by Rainer Shea

20110928 Class War

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer’s Newsletter, Mar. 10, 2023
March 20, 2023

American workers are stuck in a prison, a prison that they’re kept in through the perpetual threat of homelessness. This isn’t truly a rhetorical point, it’s an empirically proven reality. Nearly two-thirds of the country’s workers are now living paycheck to paycheck, meaning this last year’s inflation has made them easier to coerce. That’s the directly stated goal of the capitalist ruling class at this stage. A Bank of America memo from last year said decreased worker living standards will represent greater leverage for employers. The consequences of this are the destruction of these people’s mental and physical wellbeing. They’re being strained, abused, and exploited while having to choose between this and living on the streets.

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Finian Cunningham and Jodi Dean: Western Capitalism’s Historic Crisis: There’s Actually A Socialist Alternative

Occupy May Day 2012

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Ireland
March 14, 2023

Finian Cunningham on Mar 9, 2023

Western capitalism and its supposed democracy are in terminal crisis as increasing numbers of people reject the system’s abysmal economic failure: record levels of poverty, inequality and relentless militarism and warmongering.

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Chris Hedges and Kshama Sawant: Workers Strike Back

Geneva, 1 May 2014 (general strike)

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Dandelion Salad
March 10, 2023

with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Mar 10, 2023

After over a decade on Seattle City Council, socialist Kshama Sawant is launching a national coalition called Workers Strike Back to fight for wages, universal healthcare, LGBTQ rights, a clean energy transition, and more.

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Ralph Nader: Failing (Red)States

depression people and hat

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Dandelion Salad
March 5, 2023

with Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader Radio Hour on Mar 4, 2023

Ralph welcomes William Kleinknecht, author of States of Neglect: How Red-State Leaders Have Failed Their Citizens and Undermined America about how red state governors and legislatures fight culture wars while starving education and health care, empowering polluters, engaging in voter suppression, and neglecting their citizens’ well-being in the interest of cutting taxes for their wealthy donors.

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Brian Becker: Why You Should Read The Communist Manifesto

The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx

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Dandelion Salad
March 4, 2023

BreakThrough News on Mar 1, 2023

The Communist Manifesto was a short but world-changing text that, despite being written in 1848, is a vital read for anyone who wants a better and more equal society. Brian Becker discusses the importance of the book, the historical context, and what it brought to the world.

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Chris Hedges and Maximillian Alvarez: Workers are Essential, Capitalists are Not

Communist Vegans - Covid-19 Exposes Capitalism

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Mar 3, 2023

TRNN Editor-in-Chief Maximillian Alvarez joins The Chris Hedges Report to discuss his recent book on the lives of frontline workers in the COVID-19 pandemic, The Work of Living.

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How Does An Economic System So Hostile To Life Endure For Centuries? by Pete Dolack

How Do We Rent Our Lives? by The Anti-Social Socialist

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by Pete Dolack
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder, Feb. 28, 2023
March 2, 2023

When we conceptualize the power that maintains capitalism, violence and ideology readily come to mind. Despite the vast inequality, grotesque exploitation, contempt for life and the environment, chronic instability and the rebellions that repeatedly arise and sometimes take power, capitalism seems firmer in the saddle than ever, spreading its suffocating tentacles to virtually every place on Earth.

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