The Instrument of Empire by Michael Hudson + Hudson: Even He Can’t Get Away With It

China Indusry

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
August 4, 2019

So, Canada, the Canadian people unfortunately are deprived of honest representation of provincial desires, provincial needs, by the fact that the financial sector, the banks, are pretty much running the country.” – Michael Hudson

On the weekend of July 19-21st, 2019, the University of Manitoba became the venue for the 14th Forum of the World Association for Political Economy (WAPE). This annual event represents a gathering of Marxist economists from around the globe, and aims to utilize current understandings on the subject to analyze and study the world economy, reveal its laws of development, and offer policies to promote economic and social progress on national and global levels.

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Fires in Arctic Ice, Exposed on Mountains of the Heart by Phil Rockstroh and Kenn Orphan

Hot as Hell

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by Phil Rockstroh and Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
August 4, 2019

PR: Recently, the temperature in Paris rose to 108.7 F (42.6 C) surpassing the previous record by 4 F (2.2 C) set on July 28, 1947 of 104.7 F (40.4 C).

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Chris Hedges: The Integrity Initiative: British Government Psyops

Chris Hedges: The Integrity Initiative: British Government Psyops

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Aug 3, 2019

On Contact host Chris Hedges and investigative journalist Mohamed Elmazzi discuss documents showing an alleged British government-financed propaganda mill, equivalent in scale to the CIA’s Operation Mockingbird psychological operations. Elmazzi’s work can be found at TheInterregnum.net.

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In Praise of Honey Bees by Shepherd Bliss

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by Shepherd Bliss
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Sebastopol, California
August 2, 2019

I attended a honeybee gathering recently at a wild place in rural Sebastopol. During my nearly 30 years of organic farming here, I have usually had honeybee hives on my farm. The berries need their pollination.

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Will Griffin: US Veterans Poll: Wars Not Worth Fighting + Sara Flounders: Sanctions Kill: Economic Warfare and the Migration Crisis

Will Griffin: US Veterans poll: Wars Not Worth Fighting + Sara Flounders: Sanctions Kill: Economic Warfare and the Migration Crisis

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by Will Griffin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Peace Report
August 1, 2019

The Peace Report on Jul 14, 2019

Will Griffin, an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, interviewed on RT to discuss the recent poll showing the majority of US veterans say the Middle East wars are “not worth fighting”.

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Abby Martin: “United States” to Imperial America: Our Hidden Empire

Abby Martin: "United States" to Imperial America: Our Hidden Empire

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with Abby Martin

Empire Files on Jul 28, 2019

The global expanse of US military bases is well-known; but its actual territorial empire is largely hidden. The true map of America is not taught in our schools.

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The Coming Savings Meltdown by Michael Hudson

cancel the debt

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
July 30, 2019

Debts that can’t be paid, won’t be. That point inevitably arrives on the liabilities side of the economy’s balance sheet.

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Abolish Terrorist Agencies by David Swanson

Abolish the CIA

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
July 29, 2019

Every government on earth, beginning with the United States, should shut down and be done with secret agencies, spy agencies, agencies used for murder, torture, bribery, election-manipulation, and coups.

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Inside the Submissive Void — Propaganda, Censorship, Power and Control by Greg Maybury

George Orwell's 1984

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by Greg Maybury
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Perth, Western Australia
July 28, 2019

Updated: July 29, 2019 to add the Author’s note

“Nothing appears more surprising to those who consider human affairs with a philosophical eye, than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few; and the implicit submission, with which men resign their own sentiments and passions to those of their rulers.” — David Hume, “Of the First Principles of Government”, 1768.

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Chris Hedges and Lowkey: The Wreckage of Imperialism and Neoliberalism

RIP Grenfell Tower

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jul 27, 2019

In this week’s On Contact program, Chris Hedges talks to the rapper, Lowkey, about his artistic work and political activism.

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Socialism: Creating a World to Change Our Lives by Sam Friedman (must-read)

Capitalism isn't working

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Republished with permission from Solidarity and Against The Current

by Sam Friedman
Solidarity and Against The Current, January-February 2017, #186
Originally posted Jan. 10, 2017
July 26, 2019

THERE IS A growing suspicion among many people involved in movements against war, for social justice, and for an ecologically sustainable society that capitalism can only create a world of war, injustice and environmental destruction. There is widespread and growing understanding that the current social order cannot continue without catastrophe occurring —yet we lack a vision of what might replace it.

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CIA: World’s Biggest Terrorist Organization, featuring William Blum

Smash State Sanctioned Terrorism

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with William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally posted January 27, 2013
July 25, 2019

Originally on PressTVGlobalNews on Jan 24, 2013
rightwithya1 on Jun 8, 2014

A close look at the history of the CIA from its initial mission of intelligence gathering during World War II to covert subversive, counterrevolutionary, assassination operations around the world to CIA-led coups and regime changes from its backyard of Latin America to Africa, Europe, Middle East/Near East, Far East, Central Asia, … to its present day War on Terror.

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Puerto Rico Rises Up by Jason Cohen + Corruption, Mismanagement, and Disrespect Fuel Puerto Rico Protests

Puerto Rico Rises Up by Jason Cohen + Corruption, Mismanagement, and Disrespect Fuel Puerto Rico Protests

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Updated: July 25, 2019

by Jason Cohen
Workers World
July 24, 2019

The souls of Puerto Ricans everywhere should burn with indignation as they read through the text messages by Gov. Ricardo Rossello and members of his administration written in a group chat. On July 13, the Center for Investigative Journalism in Puerto Rico published 900 pages of the messages.

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Landscape of Anguish and Palliatives: Predation, Addiction and LOL Emoticons in the Age of Late Stage Capitalism by Phil Rockstroh and Kenn Orphan

Enjoy Capitalism

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by Phil Rockstroh and Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
July 23, 2019

Kenn, I’ve noticed in your pieces you explore the topic of the myriad and perpetual degradations that capitalism inflicts on the powerless. Thus given the unfolding of recent events e.g., the arrest of Jeffrey Epstein, I’m curious as to your response to my (initial) take on the matter. Withal, the hyper-commodification of the bodies of young women is part and parcel of the economic dynamic of late stage capitalism whereby the earth is degraded to the point of global-wide ecocide and cities are rendered into vanilla cupcake zones of nada by hyper-gentrification.

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U.S. Economic Warfare and Likely Foreign Defenses by Michael Hudson

Smash US Empire

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
July 22, 2019

Keynote Paper delivered at the 14th Forum of the World Association for Political Economy, July 21, 2019.

Today’s world is at war on many fronts. The rules of international law and order put in place toward the end of World War II are being broken by U.S. foreign policy escalating its confrontation with countries that refrain from giving its companies control of their economic surpluses. Countries that do not give the United States control of their oil and financial sectors or privatize their key sectors are being isolated by a United States imposing trade sanctions and unilateral tariffs giving special advantages to U.S. producers in violation of free trade agreements with European, Asian and other countries.

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