Christopher Hitchens and Michael Parenti Debate: Iraq and the Future of US Foreign Policy (2005)

Smash US Empire

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by Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
originally published Dec. 23, 2011
June 24, 2017

Here is a debate held at Wesleyan University in 2005 between Christopher Hitchens and me. Hitchens went to his grave as a supporter of the Bush/Cheney venture. He supported Bush in 2004. His turn to the right (from weak leftish/center) won him the attention of all the mass media, especially Fox and the like, and lecture invitations at fat fees. Others of us were less enthralled about his anti-Islam warrior politics.

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Chris Hedges: My Goal Is The Utter Destruction Of This Corporate Kleptocracy, interviewed by Joe Sacco

I Will Stand With The Most Vulnerable

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

KBOO Radio on Jun 7, 2017

Truthdig columnist & Pulitzer Prize–winner Chris Hedges and Portland-based award-winning cartoonist and journalist Joe Sacco spoke at The Aladdin Theater in Portland, Oregon on May 27th, 2017 — the day after the horrific hate crime occurred on the MAX.

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Abby Martin and Chris Hedges: Donald Trump and Christianized Fascism

Resist fascism - demonstrators at London's anti-Trump rally.

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Dandelion Salad

with Abby Martin and Chris Hedges

teleSUR English on Feb 27, 2017

For the first time in modern history, a fringe wing of Christian extremists have obtained the highest seats of power in the US government—from Mike Pence to Betsy DeVos.

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Trump’s Cabinet: The Church of Neoliberal Evangelicals + Abby Martin: 2016–Year in Review

Democracy Not Plutocracy

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TheRealNews on Dec 26, 2016

Professor Henry Giroux says the appointments signal a future of more war and violent military interventions, and an embrace of Islamophobia.

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Chris Hedges: Crisis Cults and the Collapse of Industrial Civilization, Part I + Kshama Sawant’s Revolution

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with Chris Hedges

breakingtheset on Feb 6, 2014

Abby Martin features an exclusive interview with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Chris Hedges, concerning areas of extreme poverty that he refers to as crisis zones, as well as the reasons behind the collapse of complex societies.

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Chris Hedges: Beware the Tea Party Dominionists

Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

9-12 March in DC-4

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Howard Zinn: The Myth of American Exceptionalism (2005; repost)

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Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally posted June 9, 2010
September 26, 2013

mitworld.mit.edu
March 14, 2005

Howard Zinn

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Running Time: 1:32:02

Americans have long embraced a notion of superiority, claims Howard Zinn. Governor Winthrop of the Massachusetts Bay Colony described establishing “a city on a hill,” to serve the world as a beacon of liberty. So far, so good. But driving this sense of destiny, says Zinn, was an assumption of divine agency—“an association between what the government does and what God approves of.” Continue reading

Casting Out Demons by Chris Hedges

Missal of Eberhard von Greiffenklau, Harrowing of Hell, Walters Manuscript W.174, fol. 95r

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by Chris Hedges
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Truthdig
July 22, 2013

Noel Lyons, a member of the U.S. Ski Team from 1976 to 1981 and once one of the country’s top professional skiers, found herself in a Vail, Colo., hospital in the spring of 2010 after another round of binge drinking. “I had given up on myself,” she would say later. Her boyfriend and sister decided she needed rehabilitative help. Because their resources were limited, they turned to the free Total Freedom Program, a Florida ministry for women and men that identifies itself as Christian.

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“The 15% Solution,” Serialization, 30th Installment: Appendix V: On Poverty, Sin, Regulation, and Freedom

Note: The Preface and Chapters One through Twenty can be found here:

by Jonathan Westminster, Ph.D. aka Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
crossposted on TPJmagazine.us
October 14, 2012

A Simple Message for the Religious Right

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This is the thirtieth installment of the serialization of a book entitled The 15% Solution: A Political History of American Fascism, 2001-2022.  Herein you will find Appendix V.  This Appendix, purportedly written by the 20th century political analyst, (the fictional) “Dino Lewis” presents a discussion of the contrasting views of the right and the left on the correct role for government in regulating personal behavior, economic activity, and environmental health, safety and preservation, the relationship, if there is one, between poverty and “sin,” and the whole religious concept of “sin.” It is certainly fully relevant to the United States and what we might face in a future governed fully by the Republican Religious Right.

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“The 15% Solution,” Serialization, 29th Installment: Appendix IV: “On Morality and the Uses of the Law,” Dino Louis 1992

Note: The Preface and Chapters One through Twenty can be found here: The 15% Solution

by Jonathan Westminster, Ph.D. aka Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
crossposted on TPJmagazine.us
September 22, 2012

Morality

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This is the twenty-ninth installment of the serialization of a book entitled The 15% Solution: A Political History of American Fascism, 2001-2022.  Herein you will find Appendix IV.  This Appendix, purportedly written by the 20th century political analyst, (the fictional) “Dino Lewis” presents a comparison of the Religious Fundamentalist and he Jeffersonian/civil-libertarian positions on the subject: “Morality and the Uses of the Law. It is certainly fully relevant to the United States and what we might face in a future governed fully by the Republican Religious Right.

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The War on Gays by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Truthdig
May 28, 2012

More than Pride: Equality, equal rights

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The sentencing of Dharun Ravi for the hateful abuse that may have driven his gay roommate at Rutgers, Tyler Clementi, to commit suicide, or Barack Obama’s public acceptance of gay marriage, prevents many of us from seeing that life for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people is getting worse—much worse.

No one understands this better than the gay activist and pastor Mel White. White, along with his husband and partner of 30 years, Gary Nixon, founded Soulforce, an organization committed to using nonviolent resistance to end religion-based oppression.

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To Be a Disciple of Jesus: What Jesus Said About Following Him

Dandelion Salad

In case you missed this part, a partial repost from What Jesus Said About Who He Is, Life and Following Him.

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What Jesus Said About Following Him

Christians cannot love their enemies and kill them, too

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Along the shoreline of the Sea of Galilee, Jesus called His disciples to “take up your cross and follow Me.” After almost 2,000 years, there is still hesitancy among many to accept that same invitation to become a follower of Jesus. What kind of commitment was Jesus asking for? How is Jesus different from other religious leaders?

Gain insights from biblical scholars who have researched the life and teachings of Jesus. Examine the evidence for making a commitment and decide whether you have reason to believe what Jesus said about following Him.

via What Jesus Said About Following Him – Day of Discovery

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Exclusive: Blowback and the Religious Right by Shawn S. Grandstaff

by Shawn S. Grandstaff
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
February 24, 2012

Who Would Jesus Bomb?

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I really do care about the direction this country is heading and the way the church is trying to fix it.

These are just some thoughts to think on and issues that should be of concern to us as believers when dealing with a world that is rapidly growing with a scientific mentality denying all things pertaining to God while the church continues preaching to the choir, especially in the self help department. I don’t see the methods of Jesus’ teachings being applied in the religious right’s mentality. I think in many ways it is doing more damage than good and the blowback it could cause is making Jesus look like something He is not.  Continue reading

The Hour: Chris Hedges on Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris (2008)

Science and Religion are portrayed to be in ha...

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with Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Jan. 28, 2012

on Mar 18, 2008

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“The 15% Solution,” Serialization, 19th Installment: Chapter Eighteen: 2020: The Second Final Solution

Note: The Preface and Chapters One through Seventeen can be found here: The 15% Solution

by Jonathan Westminster, Ph.D. aka Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
crossposted on TPJmagazine.us
August 28, 2011

This is the nineteenth installment of the serialization of a book entitled The 15% Solution: A Political History of American Fascism, 2001-2022.  Continue reading