Category Archives: Poverty

Chris Hedges: Protesting the DNC

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jul 16, 2016

In this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses the protests planned at the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia with two local organizers. Cheri Honkala, director of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, and Galen Tyler, leader of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union, are leading the March for Lives, raising awareness of poverty and homelessness. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the cost of security at the upcoming national conventions.

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Rivera Sun’s Billionaire Buddha, reviewed by Guadamour

Rivera Sun's Billionaire Buddha Book

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by Guadamour
Writer, Dandelion Salad
June 18, 2016

Billionaire Buddha is Rivera Sun‘s third novel. In it David Grant, a self-made billionaire, goes from the pinnacle of a most unfulfilling and emotionally deprived material success to homelessness, destitution and the spiritual contentment of knowing himself (which is the embodiment of Buddhahood). Sun describes the changes Grant goes through in a clear writing style which holds the reader and compels them to turn the pages to see what happens next in this book which should be read by all Americans with their general love of money.

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Chris Hedges: The Return of the Radical

May 2, 2015 Justice For Freddie Gray Baltimore Victory Rally 4

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with Chris Hedges

teleSUR English on Jun 1, 2016

In this episode of Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges interviews disbarred civil rights attorney Lynne Stewart and civil rights activist Ralph Poynter. They discuss the political radicalism of the 1960s and 1970s that Stewart and Poynter took part in, and debate where that political consciousness is today in the face of worsening social and economic conditions.

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Michael Parenti: The 1% Pathology and the Myth of Capitalism

It's Capitalism.

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with Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.michaelparenti.org
originally published October 28, 2012
May 19, 2016

freespeechtv on May 16, 2013

“A man who steals a goose from the commons is punished, while a man who steals the commons itself is rewarded.” -unknown-

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Wealth Belongs To All Of Us – Not Just To The Rich by Dariel Garner

Capitalism Kills

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by Dariel Garner
Writer, Dandelion Salad
May 9, 2016

Like Bill Gates, George Soros, Warren Buffett and H. Ross Perot, but not as lofty, I was once called a “self-made man”. I was an entrepreneur who had co-founded over forty businesses in my career and had accumulated wealth that put me well within the top 0.01 of 1%. If people had something good to say about me, they would say I was a “marketing genius” and that I had the “Midas touch”; everything I touched turned to gold.

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We Are So Poor Because They Are So Rich by Dariel Garner

Buzzword Bingo: Inequality

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by Dariel Garner
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
April 24, 2016

One day, my business partner leaned over to me and said, “Remember, we are so rich because they are so poor.” That is how he patiently explained to his younger partner why our workers should not get a raise above minimum wage. He could just as well have said, “They are so poor because we are so rich.” We were farming thousands of acres, had whole communities that worked for us and were making money faster than we could have ever dreamed. The plight of the workers just didn’t matter. What was important to my partner was that we lived in houses with marble floors while our farmworkers lived on dirt.

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The Intimately Oppressed by Howard Zinn (repost)

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Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at www.greanvillepost.com, July 20, 2011
Originally posted August 14, 2011
February 3, 2016

Chapter 6 from A People’s History of the United States.

It is possible, reading standard histories, to forget half the population of the country. The explorers were men, the landholders and merchants men, the political leaders men, the military figures men. The very invisibility of women, the overlooking of women, is a sign of their submerged status.

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Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr.: The Three Evils of Society: Racism, Militarism and Capitalism (must-see)

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What they truly advocate is Socialism for the rich and Capitalism for the poor.” — Martin Luther King, Jr., Address Delivered at the National Conference on New Politics, August 31, 1967

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The Lost Women by Michael Parenti

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by Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michaelparenti.org
December 25, 2015

For many poor women, welfare and family assistance was their primary means of escaping abusive mates. Such programs provided support for them and their children. Cutbacks in welfare have now caused a dramatic drop in the number who dare attempt to flee hurtful relationships. Low paying jobs, chronic unemployment, and poverty in general have left many impoverished women with few survival resources.

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Rev. Chris Hedges and Rev. David Bullock: Christmas, Charity and the Revolutionary Jesus

JESUS COMUNIST

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Originally published Dec. 24, 2014

with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Dec 24, 2014

Rev. Chris Hedges and Rev. David Bullock discuss the real meaning of Christmas with Paul Jay. Continue reading

Civilization and Relentless Volunteerism by Rocket Kirchner

Food Not Bombs Table

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by Rocket Kirchner
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rocket Kirchner (blog)
Rocket Kirchner (youtube channel)
October 27, 2015

Why do societies have to wait for floods, hurricanes, and tsunamis to go into an all hands on deck mode? It is a capital mistake in my estimation and a grand illusion that any civilized society is held together by emergencies, ideologies, and governments. It is held together by consistent and relentless volunteerism.

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Pope Francis’ Address to the UN General Assembly + Transcript

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PBS NewsHour on Sep 25, 2015

In his speech to the United Nations on Friday, Pope Francis said there is a “right of the environment” and that mankind didn’t have the authority to abuse it.

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Chris Hedges: Pope Francis and Bernie Sanders on Imperialism and Capitalism

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Sep 24, 2015

Paul Jay asks Chris Hedges if the Pope’s rhetoric on climate change and capitalism is a positive force or a dangerous illusion.

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Seven Ways Racism Is Built Into the System by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
August 27, 2015

1. WEALTH GAP: The playing field is not level. The median wealth of a white household in the United States is over 13 times that of a black household, and the gap is widening. Most black households have less than $350 in savings. It takes money not just to make money but to get a start, to live near good schools, to live free of lead paint poisoning, or to address the special needs that every person has.

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Three Evils of Capitalism

We are the 99% Defeat Capitalism!

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leftymathprof on Feb 15, 2015

Inequality, externalities, and alienation are inherent in any market economy, but they are not inherent in human nature.

Transcript at http://LeftyMathProf.org/3evils includes embedded links to related materials.

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