A Dystopian Hellscape Beckons: 21 Dark Clouds Over 2021 Amerika, by Paul Street

Washington DC - Capitol Building

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street, Nov. 16, 2021
November 29, 2021

Some of those willing to look may have noticed that dark clouds of fascism are forming over the United States like never before. How so? Let me count the ways – 21 to be exact:

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PSL Statement: Rittenhouse Acquittal Hands Racist Vigilantes A License To Kill + Protests Erupt Across US Over Kyle Rittenhouse Verdict

Rittenhouse Acquittal Hands Racist Vigilantes A License To Kill

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by The Party for Socialism and Liberation
LiberationNews.org
November 22, 2021

The Party for Socialism and Liberation joins with millions of people across the country in expressing our complete outrage at the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse on all charges. Once again, the U.S. court system has functioned to protect a racist murderer, who went out into the streets of Kenosha on August 25, 2020 to wage war on people protesting the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man. The verdict is an infuriating reminder of the fundamentally white supremacist nature of the capitalist legal system in the United States.

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Chris Hedges and Matt Taibbi: The Business Secrets of Drug Dealing

Odeigorri II

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Nov 20, 2021

On the show, Chris Hedges discusses the business secrets of drug dealing with the investigative journalist, Matt Taibbi.

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Reflections on Political Violence and Terror, by Paul Street

That's The Sound of the Police, Occupy Oakland Move In Day (13 of 31)

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street, Nov. 4, 2021
November 14, 2021

Political physical violence and the threat and capacity to use such violence, enforce ruling class power and other and related forms of domination and oppression. Ideological indoctrination and informational bias to “manufacture consent” matter a great deal of course, but we should not forget the significant role of force.

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Chris Hedges: The Young Lords: A Radical History

Chris Hedges: The Young Lords: A Radical History

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Nov 4, 2021

On the show, Chris Hedges discusses the legacy of the radical group the Young Lords with Professor Johanna Fernández.

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Chris Hedges: The Legacy of the Obama-Biden Administration

Political Art

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Sep 30, 2021

On the show, Chris Hedges speaks with the author Robert Eisenberg, about the legacy of the Obama/Biden administration and how it lead to the election of Donald Trump.

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Chris Hedges: Undercurrents of American Fascism

Scene on the Stairs of the Capitol, Jan. 6, 2021

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Sep 16, 2021

On January 6, 2021, a mob incited by outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump, stormed the U.S. capital in an attempt to halt the congressional certification of the 2020 presidential election results. Within the mob, as the scholar Gabriel Rockhill points out, were many current members of the military and police. Some of the leaders of the organizations involved, such as Proud Boys Enrique Tarrio and Joseph Biggs, had direct ties to U.S. intelligence agencies, having served as FBI informants. Only one fifth of Capitol Police were on duty that day, and they were unprepared and under-equipped, even though the U.S. national security state had advance knowledge of the plot. Capitol Police were seen opening barricades and fraternizing with the mob.

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Geo Maher: A World Without Police + Nonviolence and Restorative Justice (Must-see)

Abolish the police

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Dandelion Salad
September 9, 2021

theAnalysis-news on Aug 26, 2021

Geo Maher, the author of the just-released book, A World Without Police, talks about why the police are actually designed not to do what we think they are supposed to do, to “serve and protect” the general public, but actually serve and protect property owners and more generally those who benefit from racism and inequality. He goes on to outline what a world without police could look like.

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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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No Time to Relax: Dark Clouds in Biden’s America, by Paul Street

The End Of The Government Shutdown 2013

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street, June 5, 2021
June 7, 2021

The sense of relief that came over many Americans after the malignant pandemo-fascist Donald Trump’s removal from power seems increasingly misplaced. The feeling of relaxation is understandable. The pandemic is in significant retreat inside the U.S. as summer dawns, thanks in part to the Biden administration’s vaccination efforts. The improved U.S. health outlook combined with Biden and the Congressional Democrats’ large opening stimulus package to spark some modest economic recovery and hiring expansion. Significantly vaccinated fans, shoppers, diners, vacationers, drinkers, entertainment seekers, and gamblers have returned to American major league baseball, basketball, and hockey games, beaches, bars, restaurants, hotels, casinos, movie theaters, concerts, and shopping malls.

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The Memorial Day Massacre by Sharon Smith + Labor History: Chicago Memorial Day Massacre 1937

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The Chicago Memorial Day Incident

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by Sharon Smith
SocialistWorker.org
Originally posted May 27, 2011, written in May 1989
May 31, 2021

The presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt changed the reputation of the Democratic Party from the party of the Southern slaveholders to that of “friend of the working people”—a reputation that the Democratic Party, undeservedly, continues to enjoy.

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Slaves to the Constitution, by Paul Street

We, the People

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street, May 21, 2021
May 28, 2021

Slavery lives on in U.S.-American life, crippling “our” supposed grand “democracy” in numerous ways. The massive wealth, income, and health gaps between Black and white Americans and the related persistent segregation and mass arrest and incarceration of Black Americans cannot be properly understood without reference to the two and a half centuries in which Black Americans were enslaved.

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The Spotlight on Israeli Apartheid Must Not Fade, by Kenn Orphan

Free Palestine

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
May 26, 2021

Unlike ever before, Israel is finally seeing some major pushback that is international in scope. With its ongoing ethnic cleansing campaign exemplified by the expulsion of Palestinian families from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah, its attacks on worshippers at one of the holiest sites in Islam, Al Aqsa, and on the holiest of holidays, and its murderous and criminal assault on the captive population of Gaza, Israel has been put in an uncomfortable spotlight. But the key to dismantling its entrenched apartheid system lies in keeping that spotlight fixed, especially now that a ceasefire has been implemented. If attention is diverted, as Israel desperately wants, then it will become even more intransigent, especially as the Biden administration continues its business-as-usual approach.

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Chris Hedges: The Torture Machine: Racism and Police Violence in Chicago

Criminal Injustice

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on May 1, 2021

On the show this week, Chris Hedges discusses police abuse and torture with civil rights attorney Flint Taylor.

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The Intensification of Colonial Genocide Will Blow Back, by Rainer Shea

Don't Shoot

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist
April 27, 2021

Escalation has consequences. When a government pushes its people too far, a revolt is going to happen that the government may not be able to contain. We’ve seen this in the last year, when the latest series of murders by police following the coming of a new Great Depression resulted in the largest protest movement in U.S. history. And U.S. military experts understand that over these next several decades of ongoing living standards deterioration within the capitalist world, further unrest will come about should the government take its repressive efforts too far; a 2016 Pentagon training video implies that when the U.S. Army gets sent in to suppress internal revolts, it will need to err on the side of caution if it wants to avoid killing civilians and consequently destroying the state’s perceived legitimacy.

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