David Swanson and Carissa Byrne Hessick: Punishment Without Trial: Why Plea Bargaining Is a Bad Deal

Prisoner

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Oct. 5, 2021
October 6, 2021

This week on Talk World Radio: a new book called Punishment Without Trial: Why Plea Bargaining Is a Bad Deal.

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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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Chris Hedges and Paul Street: Joe Biden is Not FDR

Occupy Wall Street, ca. 1934

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with Chris Hedges

and with Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
May 8, 2021

RT America on May 8, 2021

On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to Paul Street, history professor and author, about the Biden administration and its continuity with the Democratic and Republican administrations’ policies and programs to benefit the elite and corporate interests not working class Americans.

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A New Strategy For The American Left, by Yanis Iqbal

Socialism

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by Yanis Iqbal
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Aligarh, India
November 18, 2020

Joe Biden won the 2020 US Presidential Election after narrowly defeating the sitting president Donald Trump. This victory comes at a tremendous cost: the defeat of an incipient counter-hegemonic movement which embryonically expressed demands for an alternative future to capitalism. Even after the collective utterance of anger against police brutality and the nascent realization of the structural violence of capitalism, the electoral mechanisms of the American bourgeoisie state have been successful in thwarting the full-blown development of a distinctively socialist campaign. Following the ideological mutilation of massive protests against an inherently exploitative system, Americans have been rewarded with Biden – a dyed-in-the-wool bourgeoisie politician who once opposed de-segregation, called on police to shoot Black Lives Matter demonstrators in the leg, rejected the smallest of concessions to the working class, vehemently supported imperialist wars and refused to commit to even the minimal reforms of the Green New Deal.

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Caleb Maupin: Social Democracy: What It Is and How Communists Relate To It

Marxist Art, Mexico City

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with Caleb Maupin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Caleb Maupin (website)
Caleb Maupin (Facebook Page)
April 17, 2020

“When Lenin came back from exile to Russia that was in its revolutionary crisis, he urged the Bolsheviks to stop calling themselves Socialists and Social Democrats because he didn’t want them to be confused with the sellout parties of the Second International. The parties that had supported World War I and sold out the revolution. So the Bolsheviks started calling themselves Communists to distinguish themselves from the parties of the Second International.” — Caleb Maupin

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Chris Hedges: Many US Citizens Are Currently Denied The Right To Vote Due To State Laws That Disenfranchise Citizens Who Have Been Convicted Of A Felony

Chris Hedges: Many US Citizens Are Currently Denied The Right To Vote Due To State Laws That Disenfranchise Citizens Who Have Been Convicted Of A Felony

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Feb 9, 2019

More than 6 million United States citizens are currently denied the right to vote due to state laws that disenfranchise citizens who have been convicted of a felony. More than 75 percent of these disenfranchised citizens are not in prison, and more than half have completed all terms of parole and probation.

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Why I Defend Jeremy Corbyn But Don’t Support Him by William Bowles

Jeremy Corbyn graffiti, Camden

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by William Bowles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Investigating Imperialism
London, England
February 7, 2019

In Defence of Jeremy Corbyn

First off, let me get the ‘defending Corbyn’ bit out of the way. I do defend Corbyn’s defence of the downtrodden and the dispossessed, a rare quality in Britain’s despicable, dishonest and hypocritical political class. The attacks on him accusing him of anti-semitism are reprehensible and fundamentally originate with the Zionist entity, Israel, launched by Israel’s supporters inside the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) and reinforced by that other supporter of Israel, the BBC (with the able assistance from the rest of the corporate media).[1]

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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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Dandelion Salad

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

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton - Caricatures

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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

strugglevideomedia on May 26, 2016

“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

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton - Caricatures

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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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