Corbyn or Bust? by William Bowles

Jeremy Corbyn graffiti, Camden

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by William Bowles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Investigating Imperialism
London, England
May 25, 2018

I need to continue my previous essay, it remains woefully incomplete. I kinda hinted at it in the last para but never completed the thought.

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The Corbyn Effect by William Bowles

Jeremy Corbyn graffiti

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by William Bowles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Investigating Imperialism
London, England
May 23, 2018

Why should it be that in a climate that’s shifted so far to the right, that out of the morass that is contemporary Britain, there should emerge a politician who was shaped by and effectively still lives, in a world that no longer exists? It’s bizarre to say the least but how to explain it?

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What Do We Mean By A “United Front”? by Tyler James

An Injury to One is an Injury to All

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by Tyler James
Socialist Worker
March 2, 2017

WHAT DOES it mean to be a revolutionary? Ultimately, it means you believe that capitalism can’t be fixed, and that we need a qualitatively different kind of system that prioritizes freedom, democracy and human need rather than profit and power for the few.

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Transformation by Gaither Stewart

Capitalism isn't working

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
September 21, 2016

“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
George Bernard Shaw

Change is a word that both intellectuals and the intelligentsia of America are discussing in these times. However, one is justified to wonder what kind of change they mean. As a rule when intellectuals/liberals speak of change, they mean reform (and not enough of it, at that: that is, the leisurely conforming of the lives of the collective with their own. The radical, politically-socially committed intelligentsia means something else and their thought and conclusions take another avenue of meaning: their aim is transformation or, if you prefer, radical change. However, it is an unfortunate paradox that no more than liberals, the intelligentsia does not always know what to do with its convictions.

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“Progressive”: Does its Meaning Depend on Whatever the Clintons Think is “Progress”? by Rob Hager

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by Rob Hager
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Older version published February 10, 2016
September 20, 2016

The battle between Sanders and Clinton over the term “progressive” presented an opportunity to discuss some history. Now that Sanders is supporting the very person who misappropriated the term it is even more important to define what does progressive mean, if it is more than a euphemism for the vague term “liberal.” This article argues on the contrary that “progressive” has a very precise meaning conferred by its history.

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Chris Hedges and Richard D. Wolff at the Left Forum 2016: Rosa Luxemburg: Reform or Revolution?

Revolution Cross Stitch

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Luxemburg Saw Reform as a Means and Revolution as the Goal

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“Rosa Luxemburg: Reform or Revolution?” Luxemburg scholar Sandra Rein is the first speaker at the Left Forum 2016 panel. She is introduced by panel moderator Laura Flanders. Rein is associate professor of Political Studies at the University of Alberta (Canada) and holds a Social Sciences and Humanities Research grant to investigate the ideas of Rosa Luxemburg, Emma Goldman and Raya Dunayevskaya. She is also a member of the Editorial Board for the Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg.

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The Battle Over the Term “Progressive” by Rob Hager

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Please see revised version: “Progressive”: Does its Meaning Depend on Whatever the Clintons Think is “Progress”? by Rob Hager

by Rob Hager
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
February 10, 2016

The battle between Sanders and Clinton over the term “progressive” presents an opportunity to discuss some history relevant to the campaign. The meaning of the term gains importance from new thinking that “people of color and progressive whites add up to a new majority” comprising 23% and 28% of the electorate respectively. See Steve Phillips, Brown is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority (2016). These Americans are those most strongly committed to America’s republican traditions. Today’s progressives represent the same fraction who fought to establish the republic envisaged by the two Toms, Paine and Jefferson.

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Could A Reborn Labour Party Lead To A New Call For An End To The Madness Of Capitalism? by William Bowles

Jeremy Corbyn, Labour MP for Islington North, speaking outside Iraq inquiry, London, Blair inside

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by William Bowles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
williambowles.info
September 20, 2015

I ended my last piece with this:

But assuming JC [Jeremy Corbyn] makes all the right calls, could it, a reborn Labour Party lead to a new call for an end to the madness of capitalism and exactly 130 years after Morris made his plea?

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Corbyn’s Dilemma by William Bowles

Protesting Osborne's Budget - Jeremy Corbyn - 3

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by William Bowles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
williambowles.info
September 18, 2015, revised Sept. 19, 2015

‘The road to hell is paved with good intentions.’

I’m really torn writing this, for on the one hand, Jeremy Corbyn’s (JC) sudden materialisation in the midst of a rampant, Victorian-style imperialist England, like Doctor Who landing in the Tardis, it’s difficult  not to join in the euphoria currently sweeping through what’s left of the left in England  (the current Media Lens has an excellent description of this) and bow down before JC, an almost Christ-like apparition right in the middle of the gangster capitalists in Armani suits who rule us.

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Ralph Nader: Are Reforms Still Possible?

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with Ralph Nader

TheRealNews on Dec 19, 2013

On RAI with Paul Jay, Ralph Nader says the reforms of the 1960’s and 70’s are no longer possible as Congress is bought and sold by a small number of very rich people and commercial interests.  Continue reading

Noam Chomsky: Reform Vs. Revolution

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Here is the talk by Prof. Chomsky: Noam Chomsky On The NDAA: The U.S. Constitution Is Being Scrapped.

We are the 99%!

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with Noam Chomsky

Nov 12, 2012 by

(CFPA) http://peacecoalition.org/ 33rd Annual Conference & Interfaith Service for Peace on Sunday, November 11 in Princeton featuring Noam Chomsky, Amy Goodman & Juan Cole.

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Who Needs Weapons of Mass Destruction? by Sean Fenley

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by Sean Fenley
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Dandelion Salad
The Anything and Everything
May 25, 2010

As Emma Goldman put it, “Ignorance is the most violent element in society.” But when you conjoin ignorance with a population willing to go to war at a pin drop, you’ve got violence to the nth degree squared. Combine a massively overinflated military budget, with a salesman in a flight jacket, and you’ve got a more than successful war making machine.

The uninformed and dis-informed American public, equals a weapon of mass destruction. If the United States didn’t have these virulent munitions; the U.S. government could still pursue all manner of sordid acts and deeds. It’s the ‘brilliance’ of keeping so many millions of people, so hunkered down, and so deeply in the dark. You don’t need thought police, when you’ve essentially got a moribund, and asleep at the wheel press.

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Bill Moyers Journal: John Nichols and Terry O’Neill + Gretchen Morgenson + What is Reform?

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Bill Moyers Journal
March 26, 2010

John Nichols and Terry O’Neill

Bill Moyers takes a closer look at the newly signed health bill and explores the future of health care reform with THE NATION’s John Nichols and National Organization for Women president Terry O’Neill.

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Dancing Inmates: Michael Jackson’s “They don’t care about us”

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January 22, 2010

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Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center

a maximum security prison in the Philippines

Michael Jackson’s long time choreographer Travis Payne and MJ dancers Performed with the Dancing inmates on January 19, 2010. Sony Studios made this event possible!

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Tea Party Express II: Rise Of The Tea Bags

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October 28, 2009

A short film of sorts, by Brad Friedman — We went out to Griffith Park out here in L.A. on Sunday 10/25/09 to check out the kick-off day for the new “Tea Party Express II” national tour. Thought we might meet some interesting people and file a quick video report, but instead ended up making a short film of sorts. Here’s Part 1. Enjoy…

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Pt 2

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