Michael Parenti: How To Think About Class

Class War

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with Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally posted Jan. 31, 2019
September 17, 2022

“But you can’t do that with Class. By definition, you can’t say we’ll have a society where the rich capitalists and workers are equal together.” — Michael Parenti

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Labor History: The Pullman Strike of 1894 + Fight for Your Rights! The Pullman Strike

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Originally published Sept. 4, 2017
September 4, 2022

The Pullman Strike of 1894 Explained: US History Review

Keith Hughes on Jun 3, 2014

Join me as we take a look at a pivot strike in US History, the Pullman Strike of 1894. Perfect for inquisitive learners, students of the social studies and the cray cray on the internets.

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William I. Robinson: Capitalism’s Structural Crisis and the Global Revolt

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theAnalysis-news on Aug 22, 2022

According to William I. Robinson, the COVID pandemic has further intensified the structural crisis of global capitalism and has caused numerous uprisings and revolts around the world, which global elites are trying to suppress via militarization, police repression, and surveillance.

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Chris Hedges: The Importance of Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn

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Dandelion Salad
August 22, 2022

Originally published Jan. 25, 2020

with Chris Hedges and Howard Zinn

The Chris Hedges YouTube Channel on Jul 6, 2022

On the show this week Chris Hedges discusses the importance of historian, Howard Zinn, for a fuller understanding of American history, with author and journalist, Ray Suarez.

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Yanis Iqbal: Understanding the Bourgeois State + Full Transcript

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by Yanis Iqbal
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Aligarh, India
August 7, 2022

“Every state in which private ownership of the land and means of production exists, in which capital dominates, however democratic it may be, is a capitalist state, a machine used by the capitalists to keep the working class and the poor peasants in subjection.” — Vladimir I. Lenin

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Will Griffin: Origins of the Modern Surveillance State

DC Rally Against Mass Surveillance

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by Will Griffin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
July 7, 2022

“Since the dawn of capitalism, the capitalist class has had to keep an eye on the working class in order to keep them in check. This surveillance has been around for a long time but the story of the modern surveillance state begins about a century ago.”

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The Fed’s Austerity Program to Reduce Wages, by Michael Hudson

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
June 20, 2022

To Wall Street and its backers, the solution to any price inflation is to reduce wages and public social spending. The orthodox way to do this is to push the economy into recession in order to reduce hiring. Rising unemployment will oblige labor to compete for jobs that pay less and less as the economy slows.

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Capitalism Is Working As Intended: The Madness of Capitalist Inequality, by Pete Dolack

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

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by Pete Dolack
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder, June 15, 2022
June 19, 2022

Many well-meaning people lament that our economic system is “not working.” But that isn’t true if we apply some historical context. What has capitalism wrought since its earliest days?

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The Memorial Day Massacre, by Sharon Smith + Chicago Memorial Day Massacre 1937

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The Chicago Memorial Day Incident

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by Sharon Smith
SocialistWorker.org
Originally posted May 27, 2011, written in May 1989
May 30, 2022

The presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt changed the reputation of the Democratic Party from the party of the Southern slaveholders to that of “friend of the working people”—a reputation that the Democratic Party, undeservedly, continues to enjoy.

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The Chris Hedges Report: How to Defeat the Billionaire Class, with Kshama Sawant

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on May 27, 2022

In December Socialist Alternative leader and Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant defeated a well-funded campaign by the city’s business community to remove her in a recall vote.

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Michael Parenti: Globalization, the New Imperialism

Class War

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with Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
May 23, 2022

“You can’t have rich corporate conglomerates unless you have wage and salary workers who will work a whole lifetime and at the end of that lifetime not know any kind of economic security of any sort, own nothing but maybe a mortgage on the house or whatever, if that. So the secret to getting rich, ladies and gentlemen, is not to work hard but to get others to work hard for you.” — Michael Parenti

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End the Occupation of the Corporate State, by The Man From the North

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published on Jan. 31, 2018
May 18, 2022

It happened so subtly, we missed the corporate coup. Like shadows, corporations surrounded our country and slowly strangled it. They crept into Congress, the White House, the Supreme Court, the FDA, the military, the Department of the Interior: everywhere you look, a corporation controls the decisions of this nation. We have become the occupied territory of brand names, corporate logos, monopolistic power, and corporate greed.

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Eat the Rich! by Yanis Iqbal

Eat The Rich

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by Yanis Iqbal
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Aligarh, India
May 15, 2022

The contemporary neoliberal system is fundamentally unjust. It is filled with blood-sucking billionaires whose entire existence of grotesque opulence is structurally predicated on the continual exploitation of the working class – a powerful force in whose hands lie the productive powers of humanity.

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The Incomplete and Wonderful History of May Day

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Originally published May 1, 2016

The Laura Flanders Show on Apr 26, 2016

Author and professor Peter Linebaugh discusses his new book, The Incomplete, True, Authentic, and Wonderful History of May Day. Later in the show filmmaker Avi Lewis discusses worker-owned factories in Argentina, and Laura focuses on the intersectional feminism of 19th Century Anarchist Lucy Parsons.

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The Revolutionist: Eugene V. Debs

The Anti-War Speech That Jailed Eugene Debs For 10 Years

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Flea Market Socialist on Nov 28, 2019

Alternately loved and reviled, Eugene Victor Debs was a passionate labor leader, a progressive political figure, and a formidable speaker in a time of great change in the United States.

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