The Debt Before the Storm by Lance Selfa + Puerto Rico Devastated By Hurricanes, Colonialism by Berta Joubert-Ceci

The Debt Before the Storm

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by Lance Selfa
Socialist Worker, Sept. 26, 2017
September 30, 2017

THE SOCIALIST German playwright Bertolt Brecht once wrote that “famines do not simply occur; they are organized by the grain trade.”

A similar observation could be made about Puerto Rico today. Replace “famine” with “natural disaster,” and the “grain trade” with “U.S. colonialism,” and you have a succinct summation of the human disaster that is unfolding on the island today.

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Hurricane Irma’s Devastation: Nothing “Natural” About It by Deirdre Griswold + Video Reports

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by Deirdre Griswold
Workers World, Sept. 11, 2017
September 12, 2017

Sept. 11 — Scientists know it. The rash of powerful storms to hit the Caribbean and the Southern states of the U.S. in the last month was not “natural.” It was directly related to human-caused climate change and the “new normal” of warmer ocean temperatures and higher seas.

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There Really Is No Alternative – To The Truth by William Bowles

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by William Bowles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Investigating Imperialism
London, England
July 23, 2017

But then I think, no! This can’t be so, how can life be so cruel?

But then I think, we have so little power but so much comprehension, so maybe that’s it;

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Disastrous Capitalism – But is a Labour Government the Solution? by William Bowles

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by William Bowles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Investigating Imperialism
London, England
July 16, 2017

Class War

Consider the Grenfell Tower inferno as an expression of a new kind of class war, but not a class war as we have known it–between organised workers, political parties and capital–but between ordinary citizens and the local fiefdoms of the capitalist state as increasingly, big business has taken over the running of what’s left of our public and collective life, through ‘outsourcing’, public-private-partnerships and what have you, where making a profit is the bottom line, not serving the public.[1]

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The Poison of Commercialization Where Everything Is Regarded As A Commodity by Graham Peebles + Kate Tempest: Tunnel Vision

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
June 30, 2017

In cities and towns from New Delhi to New York the socio-political policies that led to the Grenfell Tower disaster in west London are being repeated; redevelopment and gentrification, the influx of corporate money and the expelling of the poor, including families that have lived in an area for generations. To this, add austerity, the privatization of public services and the annihilation of social housing and a cocktail of interconnected causes takes shape. Communities break up, independent businesses gradually close down, diversity disappears and another neighbourhood is absorbed within the expensive homogenized collective.

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Grenfell Tower: A Disaster Waiting to Happen by Graham Peebles

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
June 23, 2017

Charred, lifeless and brutal, the hollowed out remains of Grenfell Tower in west London screams of the human agony inflicted when, on 14th June, the building became an inferno.

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Grenfell Tower: This Is What Austerity Looks Like by William Bowles

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by William Bowles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Investigating Imperialism
London, England
June 17, 2017

‘The Prime Minister, Theresa May, had to [flee] the site of Grenfell Tower yesterday under police guard, BBC News, 17 June 2017

The Abandonment of a Community

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Michael Hudson: The Orwellian Double-Think That Is Used To Confuse People And Make Them Think That Poverty Is Wealth (Parts 1-5)

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with Michael Hudson
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March 5, 2017

TheRealNews on Feb 26, 2017

Michael Hudson, author of the newly released J is for Junk Economics, says the media and academia use well-crafted euphemisms to conceal how the economy really works.

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Michael Hudson: Finance Really is a Mode of Warfare

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with Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Michael Hudson
February 17, 2017

TheRealNews on Feb 16, 2017

There’s a real need for international debtor rights, says economist Michael Hudson.

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Chris Hedges: The Wreckage of Neoliberalism

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Dec 11, 2016

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses the damage done to Europe by neoliberal policies with Philipp Ther, author of “Europe Since 1989: A History”. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the current rise of the far right in Europe spawned by neoliberalism.

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Michael Hudson: Donald Trump Wants to Make the 1% Even Richer (Part 2)

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with Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
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November 18, 2016

TheRealNews on Nov 17, 2016

Economist Michael Hudson explains how economic terms like capital gains are deployed to mislead the public about who is benefiting from economic policy and where wealth is going.

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Michael Hudson: How Long are People Going to be Willing to Live in this Illusion?

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with Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
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October 7, 2016

TheRealNews on Oct 7, 2016

The IMF foretells of vulnerable banks in US and EU while enabling unsustainable debt-leveraging, says economist Michael Hudson.

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Chris Hedges: The Cost of Austerity

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Sep 10, 2016

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges sits down with economist Mark Blyth to discuss the detrimental ramifications of austerity programs following the 2008 financial crisis. Professor Blyth, author of “Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea” addresses the political effects of the spending cuts and considers why the elites will not take responsibility for the fallout. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil examines the impact austerity measures have had on the American working class and the poor since 2008.

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Chris Hedges and Richard Wolff: Capitalism in Crisis

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RT America on Jul 23, 2016

In this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges explores capitalism in crisis with Richard Wolff, professor of economics emeritus at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. From Brexit, to labor protests in France, to Italy’s financial woes, they discuss the effects of austerity on the working class. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the fallout of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.

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Brexit and the Derivatives Time Bomb by Ellen Brown

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
July 1, 2016

Brexit could trigger a $500 trillion derivatives meltdown, by forcing the EU to allow insolvent member governments and banks to write down debt. Italy is in financial crisis and is already petitioning for that concession. How to avoid collapse of the massive derivatives house of cards? Alternatives are considered.

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