The Realpolitik of Revolution by William T. Hathaway

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by William T. Hathaway
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Germany
June 9, 2015

What will it take to end this ghastly cycle of violence and bring lasting peace, not just end this current war but create a peaceful society in which humanity lives cooperatively and harmoniously? The socialist answer is we must overthrow capitalism, a system that inevitably generates conflict and inequality. And overthrowing it will require a revolution.

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War – Part 4: The Deadly Game of Nations (1983)

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RonRbc on Jun 24, 2013

Part 4 of the brilliant seven-part miniseries on war by renowned Canadian historian Gwynne Dyer. Originally broadcast in 1983. This episode investigates how the structure and operation of the international system interacts with war.

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Taxation Without Representation—Déjà Vu by William John Cox + Greg Palast: One Person, One Vote

by William John Cox
Writer, Dandelion Salad
williamjohncox.com
June 7, 2015

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The Supreme Court’s acceptance of a case about the allocation of voting districts will have consequences far beyond the millions of U.S. taxpayers its ruling may deprive of representation. A decision that only counts voters, rather than all persons, will undermine the very foundation of the Republic.

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War – Part 3: The Profession of Arms (1983)

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RonRbc on Jun 24, 2013

Part 3 of the award winning series on the relationship of war, culture, and society, written and hosted by Canadian historian Gwynne Dyer. This episode focuses on the role of officers in the military, and the relationships between soldiers, officers, and society.

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War – Part 1: The Road to Total War (1983)

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RonRbc on Aug 28, 2012

Part 1 of the outstanding National Film Board of Canada/Gwynne Dyer series shown on PBS in 1983, in which renowned historian Gwynne Dyer traces the evolution of warfare from earlier ages to the Total War of the Twentieth Century.

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WikiLeaks Launches Campaign to Offer $100,000 “Bounty” for Leaked Drafts of Secret #TPP Chapters + Take Action!

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Democracy Now! on Jun 2, 2015

Despite the Senate vote approving a measure to give President Obama fast-track authority to negotiate the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, opposition to the deal continues to mount ahead of this month’s House vote. Critics, including a number of Democratic lawmakers, oppose the TPP, saying it will fuel inequality, kill jobs, and undermine health, environmental and financial regulations. The negotiations have been secret, and the public has never seen most of the deal’s text. Well, this morning the whistleblowing group WikiLeaks launched a campaign to change that. The group is seeking to raise $100,000 to offer what they describe as a bounty for the leaking of the unseen chapters of the TPP. We speak to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Continue reading

Chris Hedges and Richard D. Wolff at the Left Forum 2015: Marx: The System is the Problem

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with and Chris Hedges

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Left Forum 2015 on May 30, 2015

In past revolutions – for example, against slavery or feudalism – the revolutionaries defined their goals in terms of freedom, liberty, equality, democracy, and so on. At the same time, they often allied those goals to actively supporting the newly emerging capitalist system. Capitalism, many hoped and expected, would secure, in the words of the French Revolution, “liberty, equality and fraternity.” Marx’s work says “no, capitalism did not and cannot secure liberty, equality, fraternity or democracy; indeed capitalism’s social dominance is now the systemic obstacle to their achievement.” Marx’s critical analysis of capitalism as a system informs and invites the next necessary step in realizing the greatest social goals of modern history.

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Chris Hedges on Book TV: Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt

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Updated: June 2, 2015

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BookTV on May 31, 2015

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges discusses the causes of revolution and resistences by looking at stories of rebels from around the world and throughout history. He examines what it takes to be a rebel in modern times.

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Richard D. Wolff: The Coming Crash and The Recession That Never Ended

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The Big Picture RT  on May 28, 2015

Thom discusses the state of the U.S. and world economies with economist and author Richard Wolff in tonight’s special hour-long discussion.

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The Stimulator: Big Brother, eh?

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stimulator on May 30, 2015

This week we break Bill C-51, down Klanada’s sinister new law, that would give the Canucks increased spying powers over its population.

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Bernie Sanders is no Eugene Debs by Howie Hawkins + Will Bernie Sanders Take on Hillary Clinton? by Ralph Nader

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by Howie Hawkins
socialistworker.org
May 26, 2015

Howie Hawkins is a veteran activist, working Teamster and leader of the Green Party nationally and in his home state of New York. Last November, his campaign for governor against incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo won 200,000 votes, nearly 5 percent of the total–the most successful left-wing independent campaign in New York in more than 50 years.

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Ukraine Labor Dares Operation Vulture by Michael Hudson

Mineworkers and members of the Independent Trade Union of Miners (NPGU) in Ukraine's Donetsk region. Through Solidarity Center support, union members participate in trainings and regional exchanges. Credit: Solidarity Center. 2014.

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com
May 28, 2015

Ukraine’s collapse since the February 2014 coup has become an umbrella for grabitization. Collateral damage in this free-for-all has been labor. Many workers are simply not getting paid, and what they actually is being paid is often illegally low. Employers are taking whatever money is in their business accounts and squirreling it away – preferably abroad, or at least in foreign currency.

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Michael Hudson: Fast-Track for Whom? + Julian Assange on the #TPP: Secretive Deal Isn’t About Trade, But Corporate Control

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

TheRealNews on May 26, 2015

Michael Hudson says fast track legislation takes decision-making power out of the hands of the legislators and puts it in the hands of corporate lobbyists.

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Don’t Enlist, But Don’t Just Take My Word For It by Lo (repost)

by Lo
Editor, Dandelion Salad
originally posted July 12, 2012
May 25, 2015

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This is the most important blog post on Dandelion Salad. Please pass this on to anyone you know who may be considering enlisting as a soldier (mercenary). Stop them from selling their souls.

First is a list of the best videos with a description of the video followed by the link. Next is a short list of article links, then the archive of posts for “Before You Enlist” and websites for more information.

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Romero (1989) + Chomsky on Oscar Romero + Massacre during Romero’s funeral (must-see)

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Repost from April 5, 2009; Updated: May 23, 2015

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San Francisco - Mission District: Balmy Alley - A Tribute to Archbishop Oscar Romero

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Shefqet Helsinger on Apr 24, 2015

1989 film about Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero. Stars Raul Julia and is directed by John Duigan.

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