“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
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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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A Travesty of Protectionism by Michael Hudson

Midvale Company mechanic Larson, medium grinding on Noton Machine roll for Thomas Steel, July 1932

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Michael Hudson
March 10, 2018

Trump’s series of threats this week was a one-two punch. First, he threatened to impose national security tariffs on steel and aluminum, primarily against Canada and Mexico (along with Korea and Japan). Then, he suggested an alternative: He would exempt these countries IF they agree to certain U.S. demands.

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Michael Hudson VS Lori Wallach on Trump’s Plan to Impose Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

Michael Hudson VS Lori Wallach on Trump’s Plan to Impose Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

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Michael Hudson
March 6, 2018

Democracy Now! on Mar 6, 2018

https://democracynow.org – “Trade wars are good, and easy to win.” That’s the message President Trump tweeted on Friday, sending shockwaves across the globe and sparking fear of impending economic volatility. On Thursday, world stock markets tumbled after Trump announced he plans to impose new tariffs on imports of foreign steel and aluminum.

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China’s Secret Source For Funding Infrastructure by Ellen Brown

roads and railways series #3

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by Ellen Brown
Writers, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
February 28, 2018

“One Belt, One Road,” China’s $1 trillion infrastructure initiative, is a massive undertaking of highways, pipelines, transmission lines, ports, power stations, fiber optics, and railroads connecting China to Central Asia, Europe and Africa. According to Dan Slane, a former advisor in President Trump’s transition team, “It is the largest infrastructure project initiated by one nation in the history of the world and is designed to enable China to become the dominant economic power in the world.” In a January 29th article titled “Trump’s Plan a Recipe for Failure, Former Infrastructure Advisor Says,” he added, “If we don’t get our act together very soon, we should all be brushing up on our Mandarin.”

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Caleb Maupin: Jordan Peterson is Wrong About Marxism

Karl Marx by Robert Diedrichs, 1970. Courtesy WikiCommons

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with Caleb Maupin
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February 23, 2018

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The US is Executing a Global War Plan for the Benefit of US Capitalism by Finian Cunningham

World War 3 - XXVIII

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
February 18, 2018

Washington is moving inevitably on a global war plan. That’s the grim conclusion one has to draw from three unfolding war scenarios.

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Caleb Maupin: The American Socialist Awakening + What is Leftism? Social-Democracy? Communism? Anarchism?

Caleb Maupin: The American Socialist Awakening

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February 12, 2018

 The American Socialist Awakening – A Presentation by Caleb Maupin, Jan. 27th, 2018

Caleb Maupin on Feb 3, 2018

Caleb Maupin is a widely acclaimed speaker, writer, journalist, and political analyst. He has traveled extensively in the Middle East and in Latin America. He was involved with the Occupy Wall Street movement from its early planning stages, and has been involved many struggles for social justice. He is an outspoken advocate of international friendship and cooperation, as well 21st Century Socialism.

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Lawrence Wilkerson: An Invasion of Iran Could Be Significantly Worse for the US Empire + Has Trump Launched a New Nuclear Arms Race?

Don't Attack Iran

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TheRealNews on Feb 5, 2018

Fifteen years after he helped write the Colin Powell speech that made the false case for war on Iraq, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson says Trump is following a similar path on Iran — with the main difference being that the outcome now could “be significantly worse.”

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The Gringo Wall by Gaither Stewart

Ni'llin's Weekly Protest 26/4/13

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
January 12, 2018

Some years ago an amusing satirical article in the Buenos Aires leftwing daily, Pagina 12, made me want to cry. In five thousand words the Argentinean journalist José Pablo Feinmann, ridiculed, among other things, the whole concept of the great wall the U.S. Bush government projected along the border with Mexico.

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Chris Hedges: The Decline of the American Empire and The Rise of China

Chris Hedges: The Decline of the American Empire and The Rise of China

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RT America on Nov 26, 2017

Alfred McCoy, Harrington Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, explains the decline of the United States as a global power and the rise of the Chinese empire.

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Socialism, Land and Banking: 2017 Compared to 1917 by Michael Hudson

Communist Revolution Islands Brygge, Copenhagen (1998)

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Michael Hudson
October 23, 2017

An article written for the hundredth anniversary of the Russian Revolution, to be read in Beijing today.

Socialism a century ago seemed to be the wave of the future. There were various schools of socialism, but the common ideal was to guarantee support for basic needs, and for state ownership to free society from landlords, predatory banking and monopolies. In the West these hopes are now much further away than they seemed in 1917. Land and natural resources, basic infrastructure monopolies, health care and pensions have been increasingly privatized and financialized.

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John Pilger: Propaganda and Censorship Is the Real Problem in the US

John Pilger: Propaganda and Censorship Is the Real Problem in the US

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Watching the Hawks RT on Sept 18, 2017

With all eyes on the nuclear standoff with North Korea, what is the over-arching agenda in play behind the politics of crisis? Tyrel Ventura sits down with documentary filmmaker and journalist John Pilger to learn more about the unfolding behind-the-scenes power play, and to discuss his latest documentary, “The Coming War on China.”

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John Pilger: The Problem is Not North Korea, Not Russia, Not China, The Problem is The United States

John Pilger: The Problem is Not North Korea, Not Russia, Not China, The Problem is The United States

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RT America on Sept 12, 2017

Investigative journalist and documentary filmmaker John Pilger tells RT America that US is to blame for putting the world on the brink of nuclear war. The rest of the world is mostly alarmed by the US, not North Korea. Sanctions will never work in deescalating the situation, he adds.

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Stop Allowing YOUR Emperor to Threaten Nuclear Apocalypse by David Swanson + Larry Wilkerson: North Korea is Not an Existential Threat

Nuclear Nightmare - Open Your Eyes And Awake !

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
September 5, 2017

North Korea is open to reasonable negotiations. The United States, as embodied in the buffoon whom we have allowed to hold more power than any royal monarch has ever known, would prefer Armageddon to reasonable negotiations.

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Can Another War in Korea Be Avoided? by Ariel Ky + Gareth Porter: The US has a Dominance Problem

Diplomacy Not War

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by Ariel Ky
Writer, Dandelion Salad
August 31, 2017

Let’s put some context into North Korea’s decision to keep on testing missiles in the face of U.S. threats.

First, the DPRK felt provoked by South Korea’s decision to further deploy THAAD, reported on August 20, 2017 in China’s Xinhua news article, “DPRK slams ROK’s decision to deploy additional THAAD launch pads.” From Pyongyang, “The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Sunday slammed the Republic of Korea’s decision to deploy four additional launch pads of the Terminal High Altitude Areas Defense (THAAD) system under alleged threat from DPRK missiles.”

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