Chris Hedges and Michael Hudson: How We Got to Junk Economics, Part 1

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with Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com
March 21, 2016

teleSUR English on Mar 21, 2016

In this episode of Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges interviews Michael Hudson, UMKC economics professor and author of Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Bondage Destroy the Global Economy. In the first half of their conversation, Hedges and Hudson trace the history of classical economics and explore Marx’s interpretation of capitalism as exploitation.

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U.S. Air Force’s Ability to Deliver Death But Not Food Is A Choice by David Swanson

Food Not Bombs

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
American Herald Tribune
March 20, 2016

According to news reports, there are areas of Syria where people are literally starving to death, and where the United Nations is attempting to drop food from the air but missing its target so wildly that the food is damaged or simply cannot be found.

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Abby Martin and Richard Wolff: Understanding Marxism and Socialism

Occupy May Day 2012

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Dandelion Salad

with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Mar 18, 2016

Despite a concerted effort by the U.S. Empire to snuff out the ideology, a 2016 poll found young Americans have a much more favorable view of socialism than capitalism.

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Progressives That Became More Progressive After Their Conversion To Christ by Rocket Kirchner

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by Rocket Kirchner
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rocket Kirchner (blog)
Rocket Kirchner (youtube channel)
Originally published November 21, 2009
March 18, 2016

It is one of those pesky little paradoxes in history that to the chagrin of many, shatters stereotypes, kicks ass, and takes names. Yes, you guessed it: the radical who becomes more radical after becoming a legit follower of Jesus. The names are impressive and they add up to confront any honest thinking progressive as to one hell of a challenge and begs the question: what in the world is really going on here?

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Uncontrollable—Pentagon and Corporate Contractors Too Big to Audit by Ralph Nader

What a Lovely War

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Dandelion Salad

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
March 18, 2016

The Reuters report put this colossal dereliction simply: “A law in effect since 1992 requires annual audits of all federal agencies—and the Pentagon alone has never complied.”

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The SCOTUS Quandary by Rob Hager + Merrick Garland: Where Does Supreme Court Pick Stand on Guantánamo, Death Penalty, Abortion?

Supreme Court

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by Rob Hager
Writer, Dandelion Salad
March 17, 2016

Obama Nominates a Conservative to Court: Sanders Still Missing Strategic Opportunity

Obama Writes Nomination Insurance for Plutocrats

Obama has decided that, to fill Scalia’s vacant seat for radicals on the Supreme Court the country needs another former partner of a Wall Street law firm, turned prosecutor, and then appellate judge. Another judge obscures the highly political work of the contemporary Supreme Court beneath a veneer of technocratic competence. Just the opposite is required at this time. We need a politician who will make a political case against decisions like the Court’s most important ruling of the past half century that “money is speech,” which was pure politics when decided but has become part of the ordinary technology of plutocracy that a judge like Merrick B. Garland administers with exquisite technical competence to the satisfaction of plutocrats. Chief Judge Garland is a continuation of business as usual. What is demanded by the times is a justice that will eradicate the politicized judicial doctrines that sustain the corrupt business as usual.

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“We Need Dissent From the Dubious Thesis That Military Power Alone Can Change the Map of the World” by Gaither Stewart

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
March 16, 2016

Edward Said wrote a new preface for the twenty-fifth anniversary edition of his classic book, Orientalism, originally published in the USA by Random House in 1978. In the following pages I have quoted some of the author’s major thoughts and added my own ideas about Said’s preface written in 2003 for the last Vintage Books edition of his magnificent work.

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Chris Hedges and Mr. Fish: Art As A Language and A Form of Truth-Telling

The Uprising

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

teleSUR English on Mar 15, 2016

In this episode of Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges sits down with political cartoonist Dwayne “Mr. Fish” Booth to discuss the use of art as a language to tell truth in an age of corporate domination of information. With his cartoons, Mr. Fish confronts systems of power, exposing their brutality and folly in a way that words cannot.

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Exposing the Libyan Agenda: A Closer Look at Hillary’s Emails by Ellen Brown

US, Keep Your Hands Off Libya

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
March 13, 2016

Critics have long questioned why violent intervention was necessary in Libya. Hillary Clinton’s recently published emails confirm that it was less about protecting the people from a dictator than about money, banking, and preventing African economic sovereignty.

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An Election Made in Hell: Clinton VS Trump by William Blum

The Trump & Clinton Show

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by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.killinghope.org
March 12, 2015

American exceptionalism presents an election made in hell

If the American presidential election winds up with Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump, and my passport is confiscated, and I’m somehow FORCED to choose one or the other, or I’m PAID to do so, paid well … I would vote for Trump.

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Greg Palast: How The 2016 Election WILL Be Stolen!

Ballot Box, Broadway, Seattle, WA

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with Greg Palast
Writer, Dandelion Salad
gregpalast.com
March 11, 2016

Redacted Tonight on Mar 10, 2016

Lee Camp talks to Greg Palast, New York Times bestselling author and investigative journalist, about how he knows the 2016 election will be stolen and by whom.

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The Road to Democracy by Rudo de Ruijter

DEMOCRACY

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by Rudo de Ruijter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Independent researcher
www.courtfool.info
Netherlands
March 11, 2016

The word ‘democracy’ is derived from the Greek words ‘demos’, = people, and ‘cratein’, = rule. Democracy would be the best possible form of governance. In a complete democracy all citizens have the right to speak. Anyone can call attention to problems. Anyone can propose solutions. And all may express arguments in favor or against these solutions, so all interests in play can be discussed. This way decisions can be taken, based on all available knowledge and insight. Supplementary advantages are, that when people participate in the process, they know why the decisions are taken and will respect them more easily. Also, they acquire insight in other peoples’ interests, which contributes to mutual comprehension and peaceful living together.

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Awakening the Movement of Movements by Rivera Sun

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by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
March 10, 2016

As the crises we face intensify, so does the cry for the Movement of Movements to coalesce into one mass movement for change. But herein lies a seeming paradox: This revolution will not be organized under one umbrella – its diversity is part of its revolution. We are wandering in the woods, looking for the revolution of the Movement of Movements, not seeing the forest for the trees.

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Compromise and Commitment in Literature by Gaither Stewart

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
March 9, 2016

No more than you can choose the age in which you live, can you live without the age in which you are born; we are all children of our times … and to some degree consonant. The laws of the age of science and technology demand agreement if not homogeneity as a condition of existence: to work and exist means to collaborate within a system in which the actions of each are prescribed. Action is homogeneous when it conforms to the requirements of the system.

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How Would Knowing the Truth Change U.S. Policy on ISIS? by David Swanson + War Is A Total Lie!

No war on Syria protest in San Francisco - August 29

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
American Herald Tribune
March 8, 2016

Scholars have documented the consistent pattern. What makes a country far more likely to be invaded, attacked, “intervened in,” or in other words, bombed, is not its lack of democracy or its government’s crimes and abuses, or the crimes and abuses of some non-governmental group, but its possession of oil. Yet, with each new war, we are told to imagine that this one is different.

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