Category Archives: Poverty

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

Capitalism Doesn't Work

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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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Michael Hudson: Inequality = Privatization of the Earth

with Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com
January 27, 2015

inequality = conflict patch

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CrossTalk: Wealth Abyss

RT on Jan 26, 2015

One percent already has half the world’s wealth under its thumb and at this rate is set to accumulate even more. As much of the world slowly recovers from severe recession, the rich are prospering and greatly so. Is the global system rigged to their advantage? CrossTalking with Max Lawson, Richard Wellings and Michael Hudson.

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

JESUS COMUNIST

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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

The Coming Revolution: Evolutionary Leap or Descent Into Chaos and Violence? by David DeGraw

Half The Pay - Twice The Work

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Updated: Oct. 17, 2014

by David DeGraw
daviddegraw.org
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Peak Inequality: The .01% And The Impoverishment Of Society by David DeGraw + The Economics of Revolution

Inequality Hurts Us All

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Updated: added video interviews

by David DeGraw
daviddegraw.org
August 18, 2014

This is an adapted excerpt from my new book, The Economics of Revolution. Continue reading

85 Billionaires and the Better Half by Michael Parenti

by Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Michael Parenti Blog
michaelparenti.org
February 18, 2014

Central African Republic: Torn Apart by Violence

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The world’s 85 richest individuals possess as much wealth as the 3.5 billion souls who compose the poorer half of the world’s population, or so it was announced in a report by Oxfam International. The assertion sounds implausible to me. I think the 85 richest individuals, who together are worth many hundreds of billions of dollars, must have far more wealth than the poorest half of our global population.

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The Oppressed 99.9% Have Had Enough by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rajasthan, India
February 16, 2014

Poverty

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You can see it glistening in colours red, white and blue, smell its choking fumes through the fogs of ambition and greed and mac-taste its convenient food; fast and furious, no time to waste, to pause, to question and wonder. Market fundamentalism pervades all areas of contemporary civilization, has saturated every corner of the world, and created what Pope Francis recently described as the “Globalisation of Indifference”, a world in which “we have become used to the suffering of others. Continue reading

Noam Chomsky: How to Ruin an Economy; Some Simple Ways + Q&A

Dandelion Salad

with Noam Chomsky

LeighaCohen on Feb 12, 2014

Noam Chomsky Mural

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Noam Chomsky spoke at Third Boston Symposium on Economics on February 10th 2014, sponsored by the Northeastern University Economics Society in Boston, MA.

Dr. Chomsky focuses on what economic actions that government, the super rich and corporations are taking that insures the US and other economies fail for the overwhelming majority of people. Continue reading

Even the Capitalists Worry that the System May Crash + The Planet’s Parasites + Poverty Punished

Income Inequality

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Editorial
www.workers.org
February 8, 2014

An editorial in our last issue [see below] ­explained how a simple statistic arrived at in an Oxfam study on wealth illuminates the immense problem facing ­humanity. The combined wealth of the world’s richest 85 individuals now equals that of the poorest half of the human race — 3.5 billion people.

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Howard Zinn: Historical Interpretation + Q&A (1997; must-see)

Howard Zinn

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Writer, Dandelion Salad
February 5, 2014

“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” — George Orwell, 1984

Noam Chomsky Videos on Feb 4, 2014

A people’s history, history from below, or folk history is a type of historical narrative which attempts to account for historical events from the perspective of common people rather than political and other leaders.

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Africa’s Bad Omen of World War by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
January 22, 2014

Central African Republic: Torn Apart by Violence

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This week the world rewound more than a century – with the announcement that the European Union is to send troops to Central Africa.

This development has ominous resonance with how imperial rivalry historically played out in Africa and which eventually led to world war.

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Glen Ford: Direct Action Must Be Remembered As Part of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Legacy + Dayvon Love: King’s Teachings on US Imperialism Opened My Eyes to Radical Thought

Martin Luther King, Jr. Portrait

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TheRealNews on Jan 19, 2014

Glen Ford: The Civil Rights Movement ended official racial discrimination in the U.S., but many of its leaders broke with grassroots organizing and direct action and instead chose to become business leaders or members of the Democratic party. Continue reading

Division and Injustice: Worldwide Inequality by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rajasthan, India
January 13, 2014

inequality = conflict patch

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Where and to whom one is born is, it seems, arbitrary, chance, fate or karma being the divine decision maker. Wake from innocence to middle class parents in one of the developed wealthy nations of the world, and be blessed with comfort, opportunity, good health care and education and a life of profitable possibilities. Find yourself in a slum in Nairobi, Kenya or the daughter of tea pickers in Assam, India, and see before you: poverty, uncertainty, suffering and the threat of extreme exploitation.

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The Man From the North: Send Me Your Blessings, Oh Angels of People! by Rivera Sun

The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
December 29, 2013

Love Wins

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The Man From the North is a fictional writer in Rivera Sun’s novel, The Dandelion Insurrection. The novel takes place in the near future, in “a time that looms around the corner of today”, when a rising police state controlled by the corporate-political elite have plunged the nation into the grip of a hidden dictatorship. Continue reading