Richard Wolff: The Economics of the War and the Crisis Ahead

"SMASH CAPITALISM"

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“We have, after World War II, systematically destroyed the Left: Communists, Socialists, Marxists, Anarchists, Labor Union activists, all of it. It is logical and not a surprise that an angry American working class goes to the right, it looks to the right to give them the explanation.” — Richard Wolff

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Debate: Can War Ever Be Justified? Arnold August vs. David Swanson

Protest: No War in Iraq 2003

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Sept. 21, 2022
September 22, 2022

Debate set up by World BEYOND War on September 21, 2022, International Day of Peace.

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The “American Experiment” Is Dying. What Will Replace It? by Rainer Shea

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

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea’s Newsletter, Sept. 18, 2022
September 19, 2022

The United States is considered the longest standing “democracy” by bourgeois thinkers because it’s never actually been a democracy, and has survived so long by undemocratically suppressing its proletariat. The jingoists who say it’s a republic and not a democracy are at least being honest about the nature of the social order they support. The USA was designed to be a modern version of Rome, an empire that only represented the interests of those who most directly benefit from the violence against the oppressed nations. Those being the rich, and the social base that’s bribed to align with the interests of the rich.

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Michael Parenti: How To Think About Class

Class War

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with Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally posted Jan. 31, 2019
September 17, 2022

“But you can’t do that with Class. By definition, you can’t say we’ll have a society where the rich capitalists and workers are equal together.” — Michael Parenti

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Labor History: The Pullman Strike of 1894 + Fight for Your Rights! The Pullman Strike

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Originally published Sept. 4, 2017
September 4, 2022

The Pullman Strike of 1894 Explained: US History Review

Keith Hughes on Jun 3, 2014

Join me as we take a look at a pivot strike in US History, the Pullman Strike of 1894. Perfect for inquisitive learners, students of the social studies and the cray cray on the internets.

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Brian Becker: How the State Attacked Socialism in the US: Infiltration, Violence, Deportation

Unions Behind Labor Day

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BreakThrough News on Aug 25, 2022

Welcome to a special crossover of Dispatches with Rania Khalek and The Socialist Program with Brian Becker!

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The Chris Hedges Report: W.E.B Du Bois: One of America’s Most Important Intellectuals

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Aug 26, 2022

W.E.B Du Bois was the first Black to earn a doctorate from Harvard University, one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, or NAACP, and the Niagara Movement, and one of the seminal scholars of American history.

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William I. Robinson: Capitalism’s Structural Crisis and the Global Revolt

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theAnalysis-news on Aug 22, 2022

According to William I. Robinson, the COVID pandemic has further intensified the structural crisis of global capitalism and has caused numerous uprisings and revolts around the world, which global elites are trying to suppress via militarization, police repression, and surveillance.

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Michael Hudson: The Nature of Financialization and Neoliberalism, Interviewed by Eric Draitser

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
August 8, 2022

This time Eric welcomes back author and economist Michael Hudson to discuss his new book The Destiny of Civilization: Finance Capitalism, Industrial Capitalism, or Socialism available from CounterPunch.

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Yanis Iqbal: Understanding the Bourgeois State + Full Transcript

Self-Portrait in a group (José Almada Negreiros), 1925

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by Yanis Iqbal
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Aligarh, India
August 7, 2022

“Every state in which private ownership of the land and means of production exists, in which capital dominates, however democratic it may be, is a capitalist state, a machine used by the capitalists to keep the working class and the poor peasants in subjection.” — Vladimir I. Lenin

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American Diplomacy as a Tragic Drama, by Michael Hudson

World War 3 - XV

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
August 1, 2022

As in a Greek tragedy whose protagonist brings about precisely the fate that he has sought to avoid, the US/NATO confrontation with Russia in Ukraine is achieving just the opposite of America’s aim of preventing China, Russia and their allies from acting independently of U.S. control over their trade and investment policy. Naming China as America’s main long-term adversary, the Biden Administration’s plan was to split Russia away from China and then cripple China’s own military and economic viability. But the effect of American diplomacy has been to drive Russia and China together, joining with Iran, India and other allies. For the first time since the Bandung Conference of Non-Aligned Nations in 1955, a critical mass is able to be mutually self-sufficient to start the process of achieving independence from Dollar Diplomacy.

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Michael Hudson: Finance Capitalism’s Self-Destructive Nature

Capitalism = economic terrorism

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
July 21, 2022

Empire of Inflation: Economist Michael Hudson on U.S. Economic Warfare and Super Imperialism

The Left Lens on May 25, 2022

Economist Michael Hudson joins the Left Lens to discuss the rise of inflation, the weakening of the U.S. dollar, and the consequences of U.S. economic warfare in the Ukraine crisis.

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The End of Western Civilization, by Michael Hudson

The way of the civilizations

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
July 16, 2022

Why it lacks resilience, and What will take its place

Paper presented on July 11, 2022 to The Ninth South-South Forum on Sustainability.

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John Bellamy Foster: The Financialization of Nature

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theAnalysis-news on Jul 8, 2022

John Bellamy Foster explains the ‘solution’ master-minded by global finance to resolve the imminent environmental crisis: create a multi-quadrillion dollar’s worth of assets on the back of everything nature does and expropriate it from the global commons to make a profit. Worse still: it is already happening.

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Must Collapse Be Inevitable? Imagining A “Half-Earth” Sustainable Economy, by Pete Dolack

Bollards To Everything

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by Pete Dolack
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder, July 6, 2022
July 9, 2022

It seems vastly easier to imagine the future as a dystopian nightmare than as a time when today’s problems are mostly behind humanity. For every work of optimism, such as Star Trek, there are dozens of works imagining a nightmare world of deprivation, environmental destruction and severe repression amidst a world of people scrambling to survive anyway they can in a war of all against all.

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