Debate: Basic Income: A Way Forward for the Left?

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Socialist Project on Apr 15, 2017

The idea of a Universal Basic Income (UBI) has been championed by both progressives and conservatives. Not everyone on the left, however, is behind the idea. Is the UBI a means of redistributing wealth, attacking poverty and protecting workers from technological displacement? Or will basic income serve to advance an agenda of austerity and privatization?

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Corporate Plunder–The Bait and Switch of Public-Private Partnerships by Pete Dolack

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by Pete Dolack
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder
February 22, 2017

This being the age of public relations, the genteel term “public-private partnership” is used instead of corporate plunder. A “partnership” such deals may be, but it isn’t the public who gets the benefits.

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Abby Martin: Native American Genocide + The Unist’ot’en Camp are Blocking Pipelines From Crossing Their Land

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Nov 20, 2015

Each November, Americans celebrate a mythical version of U.S. history. Thanksgiving Day’s portrayal of the experience of Native Americans under the boot of settler-colonialism is one of the Empire’s most cherished falsehoods.

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The Stimulator: Big Brother, eh?

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stimulator on May 30, 2015

This week we break Bill C-51, down Klanada’s sinister new law, that would give the Canucks increased spying powers over its population.

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The Stimulator: Solidarity Means Tabarnak! Quebec Students Strike Against Capitalism

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stimulator on Apr 11, 2015

This week we look at the student led mobilizations that have rocked the streets of Montreal and Quebec City. From large scale marches, to occupations of university buildings to direct actions, the spring 2015 coalition has re-energized radical organizing in so called Quebec. Continue reading

21 Ways the Canadian Health Care System is Better than Obamacare by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
November 21, 2013

Dear America:

Costly complexity is baked into Obamacare. No health insurance system is without problems but Canadian style single-payer full Medicare for all is simple, affordable, comprehensive and universal.

In the early 1960s, President Lyndon Johnson enrolled 20 million elderly Americans into Medicare in six months. There were no websites. They did it with index cards!

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Frackdown Day: Worldwide protest to end shale gas extraction + Romania villagers resist US energy giant Chevron

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RT on Oct 19, 2013

Global Frackdown Day is on – Saturday marks a worldwide protest, uniting all activists who want to put an end to shale gas extraction. ‘Fracktivists’, as they’re called, are urging their governments to stand up to the oil and gas lobby. However, in Britain the authorities see things very differently… Prime Minister has become a vigorous advocate of the risky technique, as Laura Smith reports. So why exactly are environmentalists so concerned about this particular form of oil and gas extraction? For more on this RT is joined by Vanessa Vine – she’s an anti-fracking campaigner for Britain and Ireland Frack Free group

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Greg Palast: The Halliburton Loophole + The Stimulator: Mi’kmaq Blockde

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with Greg Palast
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.gregpalast.com
October 16, 2013

TheRealNews on Oct 15, 2013

Greg Palast: Signs of radioactivity should be no surprise since Halliburton spent $25 Million to be excluded from Clean Water Act regulating fracking.  Continue reading

Chris Hedges: Only Way To Get Rich Is To Be Unethical #OWS

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with Chris Hedges

Jarett Myskiw on Sep 22, 2013

The question and answer session from Chris Hedges’ speaking engagement at the West End Cultural Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, on 21 September, 2013. Continue reading

Why Labor Unions Need to Join the Climate Fight by Naomi Klein

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by Naomi Klein
www.commondreams.org
Sept. 4, 2013

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The following remarks were delivered on September 1, 2013 at the founding convention of UNIFOR, a new mega union created by the Canadian Autoworkers and the Canadian Energy and Paper Workers Union, and provided to Common Dreams by the author for publication.

I’m so very happy and honoured to be able to share this historic day with you.

The energy in this room — and the hope the founding of this new union has inspired across the country – is contagious.

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Global Power Project, Part 10: TransCanada Corporation – Kings of the Keystone Pipeline

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by Andrew Gavin Marshall
Writer, Dandelion Salad
http://andrewgavinmarshall.com
Originally published on Occupy.com
September 5, 2013

TransCanada Corporation describes itself as “a leader in the responsible development and reliable and safe operation of North American energy infrastructure.” Beginning in 2005, the company announced plans for the Keystone XL pipeline. In 2010, Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) approved the full pipeline project, stating that it was in the “public interest” to transport Canadian tar sands oil to the Gulf Coast in the United States.

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Ralph Nader: It’s Easy To Be Resilient When the Alternative is Surrender

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with Ralph Nader

The Public on Aug 22, 2013

A conversation with Ralph Nader on his beginnings as an activist, the current state of American democracy, and the need to confront the challenges facing our society moving forward.

Recorded for The Public, in Toronto Canada. For more interviews with the likes of Noam Chomsky, David Sedaris, Jean Vanier, Chris Hedges and more visit http://www.thepublicradio.org.

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The Seeds of Hope by Tristan A. Shaw

by Tristan A. Shaw
Writer, Dandelion Salad
British Columbia, Canada
August 11, 2013

Dandelion Puff: Seeds of Hope!

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At no point in Canadian history have we faced such a precarious social and political stability. The profligate consumption that sustains a capitalist order will not last much longer; no matter how much faith we place in markets to rectify other means of renewable energy, transportation, housing, and production.

The popular perception of climate change as a problem projected into the future, a problem (we are told) faced only by our grandchildren, is rapidly being exposed as dangerous folly. Recent studies reveal Arctic sea ice – the so-called canary of climate change – has already collapsed to one fifth of its 1980 level and will likely exist for only one or perhaps two more summers.

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An Anarchistic Understanding of the Social Order: Environmental Degradation, Indigenous Resistance, and a Place for the Sciences by Andrew Gavin Marshall

by Andrew Gavin Marshall
Writer, Dandelion Salad
http://andrewgavinmarshall.com
Originally published on the Spanda Journal
July 21, 2013

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The following was an original essay published in the Spanda Journal (Vol. 4, No. 1, 2013: Anarchy and Non-Profit: An Emerging Affair), an open-access journal which you can download for free here.

FOR ROUGHLY FIVE HUNDRED YEARS, INDIGENOUS peoples have been struggling against the dominant institutions of society, against imperialism, colonialism, exploitation, impoverishment, segregation, racism, and genocide. Continue reading