Finian Cunningham and Clara Mattei: The Capital Order: How Economists Invented Austerity and Paved the Way to Fascism

Fascism

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Ireland
April 13, 2023

Finian Cunningham on Apr 12, 2023

Western liberal democracy and its ubiquitous “austerity economics” is a euphemism for fascism. And the charade is finally coming to an end.

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Society’s Collapse Has Already Begun, by Rainer Shea

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer’s Newsletter, Mar. 10, 2023
March 20, 2023

American workers are stuck in a prison, a prison that they’re kept in through the perpetual threat of homelessness. This isn’t truly a rhetorical point, it’s an empirically proven reality. Nearly two-thirds of the country’s workers are now living paycheck to paycheck, meaning this last year’s inflation has made them easier to coerce. That’s the directly stated goal of the capitalist ruling class at this stage. A Bank of America memo from last year said decreased worker living standards will represent greater leverage for employers. The consequences of this are the destruction of these people’s mental and physical wellbeing. They’re being strained, abused, and exploited while having to choose between this and living on the streets.

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Chris Hedges and Kshama Sawant: Workers Strike Back

Geneva, 1 May 2014 (general strike)

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Dandelion Salad
March 10, 2023

with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Mar 10, 2023

After over a decade on Seattle City Council, socialist Kshama Sawant is launching a national coalition called Workers Strike Back to fight for wages, universal healthcare, LGBTQ rights, a clean energy transition, and more.

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Brian Becker: Why You Should Read The Communist Manifesto

The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx

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Dandelion Salad
March 4, 2023

BreakThrough News on Mar 1, 2023

The Communist Manifesto was a short but world-changing text that, despite being written in 1848, is a vital read for anyone who wants a better and more equal society. Brian Becker discusses the importance of the book, the historical context, and what it brought to the world.

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Chris Hedges and Maximillian Alvarez: Workers are Essential, Capitalists are Not

Communist Vegans - Covid-19 Exposes Capitalism

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Mar 3, 2023

TRNN Editor-in-Chief Maximillian Alvarez joins The Chris Hedges Report to discuss his recent book on the lives of frontline workers in the COVID-19 pandemic, The Work of Living.

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How Does An Economic System So Hostile To Life Endure For Centuries? by Pete Dolack

How Do We Rent Our Lives? by The Anti-Social Socialist

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by Pete Dolack
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder, Feb. 28, 2023
March 2, 2023

When we conceptualize the power that maintains capitalism, violence and ideology readily come to mind. Despite the vast inequality, grotesque exploitation, contempt for life and the environment, chronic instability and the rebellions that repeatedly arise and sometimes take power, capitalism seems firmer in the saddle than ever, spreading its suffocating tentacles to virtually every place on Earth.

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American Capitalism’s Growing Dysfunction, by Rainer Shea

"Smash Capitalism" - Student protests - Parliament Square, London 2010

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer’s Newsletter
February 21, 2023

The systemic breakdown that our socioeconomic system is creating has the potential to do more than worsen the suffering of the people. Capitalism has survived so long because it’s been able to exploit the crises it creates, to profit off of wars, depressions, pandemics, and environmental catastrophes. Yet in certain instances, these crises have instead produced victories for the working class. World War I made the Russian revolution possible, World War II made the Chinese revolution possible, the living standards crisis that the IMF engineered across the Global South made the formation of many anti-imperialist governments possible. When the capitalists disrupt society, they do so with the risk that the outcome will be not greater profits but an end to their rule.

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Michael Hudson and Radhika Desai: What Causes Inflation?

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
February 6, 2023

Geopolitical Economy Report on Jan 27, 2023

In this episode of Geopolitical Economy Hour, economists Radhika Desai and Michael Hudson discuss inflation: what it is, what causes it, and what are the problems in how the Federal Reserve and other central banks respond to it.

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Why You Should Be A Socialist In 2023

Occupy May Day 2012

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Dandelion Salad

Second Thought on Dec 23, 2022

You’ve probably heard a lot of talk about socialism becoming more popular over the past few years. There’s a reason for that! The capitalist system has shown itself to be incapable of solving the problems it creates, and more and more people are living a worse life than their parents or grandparents. What’s going on here, and is socialism the way forward?

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Michael Hudson and Radhika Desai: Multipolarity and the Decline of US Hegemony

Smash US Empire

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
January 25, 2023

Geopolitical Economy Report on Jan 13, 2023

Introducing Geopolitical Economy Hour: This is the first episode of a show being hosted every two weeks by economists Radhika Desai and Michael Hudson. They present the program and discuss the rise of the multipolar world and decline of US hegemony.

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Chris Hedges: Political Revolution, War, Incarceration in America and More

The Greatest Evil is War by Chris Hedges

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

C-SPAN
In Depth/BookTV
Jan. 1, 2023

Author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges joined Book TV to talk and take calls about political revolution, war, incarceration in America and other topics. His books include America: The Farewell Tour and The Greatest Evil Is War.

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The Powell Memo Revisited, by Brad Wolf

No Oligarchy

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by Brad Wolf
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
December 12, 2022

Justice, it seems, is hard to find. Thousands of grassroots organizations across the country seek justice for their concerns. In the US, some 13,785 nonprofits work for civil rights and social justice. Organizations focused on international justice such as peace, refugees, and international aid number 23,532. There are 27,402 environmental groups.

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Chris Hedges: American Midnight: The Great War, A Violent Peace, and Democracy’s Forgotten Crisis

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Dec 9, 2022

High school history textbooks have as remarkable ability to leave out one of the most crucial moments in 20th century history that took place during World War I and its aftermath.

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Michael Hudson: European Union Pressures

Socialism or Barbarism?

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
December 6, 2022

Questions from Almayadeen TV, Lebanon by Mohammad Itmaizeh

1: In light of the conditions that Europe is experiencing, in terms of high energy prices and the repercussions on the industrial sector, like the closure of factories and the high cost of production. In your opinion do European countries have the capacity and resources to prevent industrial investments from “escaping”? Especially since the US plans in general to restore industry to its lands, thus, it may represent an opportunity to lure European industries to move to there and take advantage of cheap energy prices. This shift will have wide repercussions on Europe’s productive capacities and competitiveness, as well as on its trade balance. So, what happens to the position of Europe in the global economic system? Will it remain part of the capitalist center or deviate from it?

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Chris Hedges and Richard D. Wolff: The Looming Disasters Built Into The U.S. Economic System

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Dec 2, 2022

Chris Hedges speaks with the economist Richard Wolff about inflation, growing income inequality and the looming disasters built into the U.S. economic system.

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