I’m Sick and Tired of This Thing Called “Patriotism,” by William Blum

Patriotism

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by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published July 5, 2010
July 2, 2021

Some thoughts on “patriotism” written on July 4

Most important thought: I’m sick and tired of this thing called “patriotism”.

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How The U.S. Military Is Preparing For A Total War Scenario, by Rainer Shea

Washington DC Lockdown 27 - National Guard Troops and Capitol

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, June 24, 2021
June 25, 2021

It’s an open secret among U.S. military experts, corporate elites, and DC insiders that in the coming decades, the country is going to be faced with a war which causes unprecedented destabilization for the American empire—both externally and internally. This is to say it’s quite likely that the military is going to have to fight a potential World War II-level series of conflicts abroad, and a class-based confrontation within U.S. borders which matches or surpasses the Civil War.

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Abolishing Police and Abolishing Militaries, by David Swanson

Abolish the Police sign in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 27, 2020

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, June 10, 2021
June 11, 2021

The similarities between the movement to abolish war and the movement to abolish police and prisons jump out at me anew when reading Mariame Kaba’s We Do This ‘Til We Free Us, which is about police and prison abolition. The book has a foreword by Naomi Murakawa that includes this:
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David Swanson: We Can’t Save the Climate Without Ending War

David Swanson: We Can't Save the Climate Without Ending War

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
World Beyond War
Originally posted May 22, 2019
June 10, 2021

“War and preparations for war are not just the pit into which trillions of dollars that could be used to prevent environmental damage are dumped, but also a major direct cause of that environmental damage.

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Will Griffin: Dangerous US NATO Expansion in Norway

Will Griffin: Dangerous US NATO Expansion in Norway

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by Will Griffin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
June 1, 2021

GNspace4peace on Jun 1, 2021

In recent years, the US and NATO have been militarizing the Arctic through Norway as a means to confront Russia. This militarization is increasing tensions between nuclear-armed nations. As the Arctic melts away, these powerful nations are competing for dominance in the region as new routes are established, building new military bases, constructing new radars, and less efforts are placed in diplomacy.

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Larry Wilkerson: The US Should End Support For Israel and Saudi Arabia

Solidarity with Palestine 15 May 2021 London

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Dandelion Salad
May 27, 2021

theAnalysis-news on May 24, 2021

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson argues that American one-sided support for Israel is a danger to the region and U.S. interests. He says the U.S. should withdraw militarily from the Middle East and end support for Israel and Saudi Arabia. Doing so would encourage regional compromise, not war. Larry Wilkerson on theAnalysis.news with Paul Jay.

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Will Griffin: Exporting Capitalism to Outer Space

Will Griffin: Exporting Capitalism to Outer Space

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by Will Griffin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
May 18, 2021

GNspace4peace on May 6, 2021

The Pentagon and multinational corporations are privatizing outer space, placing profit over people. Laws are being implemented in order to benefit billionaires, compromising decades-long international treaties. Exporting American capitalism, colonizing Mars, privatizing asteroids and other celestial bodies are all a continuation of Westward Expansion, Manifest Destiny and American Exceptionalism. We must fight back to keep space for peace before it’s too late!

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Abby Martin: Biden’s Obscene Military Budget

Free Palestine - RMT Union.

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Dandelion Salad

with Abby Martin

Empire Files on Apr 24, 2021

Abby Martin’s Empire Update wraps up the last weeks in US imperialism: Possible military expansion in Kenya, Army re-focus on fighting over the North Pole, Biden’s obscene military budget, Yemen hunger strike, major Cuba policy announcement, and a historic pro-Palestine bill in Congress.

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Will Griffin: The Fight Against Raytheon

military industrial complex

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by Will Griffin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
March 30, 2021

GNspace4peace on Mar 29, 2021

Raytheon is the 4th largest weapons contractor in the world. Recently, a former Raytheon board member and retired four star general, was appointed as the Secretary of War under the Biden Administration, further highlighting the revolving door between the Pentagon, the war industry and Congress.

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The Cold War Truth Commission

DC Protests Trump's New Wars 17

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Dandelion Salad

CODEPINK on Mar 21, 2021

Witness For Peace Southwest Invites You To Join The COLD WAR TRUTH COMMISSION: A Day of Education, Testimonials & Action.

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U.S. Spends 11 Times What China Does on Military Per Capita, by David Swanson

Veterans for Peace Banner Drop: "How is the War Economy Working for You?" (Pittsburgh, PA)

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
February 24, 2021

NATO and various columnists employed by major U.S. newspapers and “think” tanks believe that military spending levels should be measured in comparison to nations’ financial economies. If you have more money, you should spend more money on wars and war preparations. I’m not sure if this is based on opinion polls in Afghanistan and Libya expressing gratitude for war as a public service or some other source of data less imaginary.

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Chris Hedges: China Is Not Our Enemy

end u.s. imperialism

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with Chris Hedges

CODEPINK on Feb 17, 2021

As we continue to dismantle the anti-China rhetoric we are uplifting stories through webinars, hosted by CODEPINK co-founder Jodie Evans, featuring guests from across the world that are working towards peace. This week on China Is Not Our Enemy we are excited to be in conversation with Chris Hedges, Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist, author, and TV host. Jodie and Chris will discuss how propaganda drives us to war as well as the true cost of war. As a witness to war and the failings of the US hegemony, capitalism, and imperialism, Chris Hedges has a lot to share.

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Impact of PFAS Contamination at the Burlington Air National Guard Base, Part 3, by Pat Elder

Backwash

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by Pat Elder
Writer, Dandelion Salad
February 8, 2021

This is the third article in a three-part series on the contamination caused by the use of per-and-poly fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at the Burlington, Vermont Air National Guard base. This work is made possible through the generous support from the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILFP-US Section), the WILPF Burlington Branch, and the Center for Health, Environment, and Justice – a project of the Peoples Action Institute.

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Christian Sorensen: Seizing the War Industry, interviewed by Will Griffin

Understanding the War Industry by Christian Sorensen

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by Will Griffin and Christian Sorensen
Writers, Dandelion Salad
February 5, 2021

The Peace Report on Feb 4, 2021

The war industry is one of the largest and most powerful industries in the United States. This industry in currently in the hands of the imperialist class, who continue to manufacture weapons which influence US policy and the economy to a great degree. What would the industry look like if the working-class seized it?

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