Chris Hedges: The Politics of Cultural Despair

"Fight fascism" Erfurt 2020

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

mediasanctuary on Oct 16, 2020

Chris Hedges presents a new talk examining the cultural and social forces that have given rise to extremism in the United States. He will explore the myriad of factors that led to the proliferation of neofascist militias, extremist organizations, demagogic leaders, vast social divides defined by hate, a hyper nationalism and virulent racism as well as a mass media that has descended into burlesque and fans the flames of social disintegration.

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Chris Hedges: This Is The Unraveling Of The US Empire + The Childish Mania of Hope

Democrats and Republicans

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

Katie Halper on Oct 9, 2020

Journalist Chris Hedges and Historian Gerald Horne discuss the “perilous moment we’re facing,” which reminds Hedges of the disintegration of Yugoslavia and the wars in the Middle East, which he covered.

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Luxury Eco-Communism: A Wonderful World is Possible

Luxury Eco-Communism: A Wonderful World is Possible

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Dandelion Salad

Socialist Project – Left Streamed
August 23, 2020

This film is very much not a utopian vision of the future. In fact, the very different strategies of utopian and materialist thinking for imagining the future are discussed in the first part of the film. Instead of a utopia, the film presents a wide variety of issues, suffering and problems experienced by people, whose common source is the capitalist system itself. It then presents a vision of how things could be very different in each case, without the systemic priorities of the world capitalist system. This gives us a very different viewpoint upon ecology, technology and human flourishing.

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Those Least Responsible For Global Warming Will Pay The Highest Price For It, by Pete Dolack

Earth on Fire

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by Pete Dolack
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder
August 12, 2020

Is it already too late to stop global warming? That question is not asked with thoughts of throwing up hands in despair and giving up. Rather, that question must be asked in the context of mitigating future damage to whatever degree might yet be possible.

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Chris Hedges and Roger Hallam: Only Nonviolent Rebellion Can Now Stop Climate Breakdown and Social Collapse

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Aug 1, 2020

Chris Hedges discusses resistance with Roger Hallam, co-founder of Extinction Rebellion, and author of the new book Common Sense for the 21st Century: Only Nonviolent Rebellion Can Now Stop Climate Breakdown and Social Collapse.

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Revolt or Burn, by Eric Schechter

Earth on our Hands

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by Eric Schechter aka LeftyMathProf
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Eric’s Rants and Videos blog
August 1, 2020

[Note replaced video Oct. 10, 2020]

leftymathprof on Aug 21, 2020

Global warming is about to speed up abruptly, killing us all. Addressing it will require huge changes that the plutocrats are not making, so we must overthrow them.

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The Ravages of Lithium Extraction in Chile, by Yanis Iqbal

Llamas, towards Parque Nacional Volcán Isluga, Chile

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by Yanis Iqbal
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Aligarh, India
July 15, 2020

In Chile, the Covid-19 pandemic is raging with an unprecedented speed. There are more than 300,000 confirmed cases with one of the highest per capita infection rates of 13,000 cases for every 1 million people. The economy is severely experiencing the repercussions of Coronavirus-caused restrictions and the historically high national unemployment rate of 11.2% is an indicator of such damage. Chileans have took to the street to protest against the malfunctioning right-wing government of the billionaire president Sebastian Pinera and the police force has responded aggressively by shooting dead a young agitator.

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The Coffee Crisis in Colombia, by Yanis Iqbal

Colombia Coffee

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by Yanis Iqbal
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Aligarh, India
July 13, 2020

With the unabated march of the Covid-19 pandemic, the economic situation of Colombian coffee farmers is rapidly deteriorating. The price of Arabica coffee has reduced to an exceptionally low $0.9 per pound in June. Earlier, coffee production had fallen by 28% in April, 12% in March, 9% in February and 19% in January. Specialty coffee farmers too are experiencing difficulties in the form of shortage of experienced coffee pickers. In specialty coffee, coffee cherries are picked at the peak of ripeness. But with the absence of expert pickers, “Coffee cherries left on the tree will over-ripen or fall to the ground, effectively nullifying all the additional work put into the coffee to achieve the higher quality.” This labor shortage has been partly caused by the pandemic-necessitated closure of Colombia-Venezuela border which has significantly blocked the flow of Venezuelan migrants. 1.8 million Venezuelan migrants reside in Colombia and their contribution to Colombian coffee sector is indispensably important with nine out of ten coffee pickers in Colombia being Venezuelans.

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The Democrats’ Disastrous, Militarist Climate Plan, by David Swanson

US Military Largest consumer of Oil -- 2014 People's Climate March NYC 89

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
July 5, 2020

The habitability of the earth and the viability of lesser evilism are on the ropes, and incrementalism is thriving even in the current moment of increased activism for radical change. Just take a look at the new “Climate Crisis Action Plan” from the Democratic Party’s Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.

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Imperialism Won’t Be Over After The U.S. Empire Falls + Covid-19 Commercialism Is About Undermining Social Cohesion, by Rainer Shea

Imperialism Won't Be Over After The U.S. Empire Falls + Covid-19 Commercialism Is About Undermining Social Cohesion, by Rainer Shea

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, June 20, 2020
June 26, 2020

Underneath the bluster of a Trump administration that still acts like the United States is the world hegemon, the ruling class is working to pragmatically respond to the loss of America’s status as a dominant power. In 2017 the Pentagon put out a report that admitted American global influence is rapidly declining, and now that the U.S. is sure to soon lose its superpower status, the corporatocracy has to address this issue.

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Chris Hedges and Jeff Gibbs: Criticism and Censorship of Michael Moore’s Film “Planet of the Humans”

No Profit on a dead planet - Melbourne climate march for our future - #stopAdani - IMG_3792

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jun 20, 2020

On the show, Chris Hedges discusses the criticism and censorship surrounding Michael Moore’s film “Planet of the Humans,” with director, Jeff Gibbs.

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There Will Be No Social Or Racial Justice Worth Having On A Dead Planet, by Paul Street

BLM at Monroe Park, 20-06-11

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street, June 13, 2020
June 14, 2020

I have never heard it louder than I did this morning.

The Interstate highway, I-80, that is, two miles or so north of my abode in Iowa City.

It’s a highway to Hell in the heartland of the deranged Superpower that leads the world in per-capita Greenhouse Gassing.

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What U.S. Imperial Decline Means For the Future of Capitalism, by Rainer Shea

end u.s. imperialism

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, May 24, 2020
May 26, 2020

In 2014, the CIA-tied media outlet the Washington Post published an article titled “In the long run, wars make us safer and richer.” Its author Ian Morris reasoned that wars have been necessary to carry out what it called the “civilizing process,” wherein the European empires have grown through conquest and the United States has been created through the seizing of indigenous lands. Its argument was racist and biased in favor of Western capitalist interests, and this was the point. It acknowledged that the wars which brought the U.S. empire to power, and which the U.S. empire continues to wage, are good for “us”—the people in the imperial core who benefit from imperialist wars.

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Chris Hedges: The Prospect and Need For Ecosocialism

Ende Gelände: Day 1 - Climate activists shut down one of Europe's largest opencast lignite mines

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on May 23, 2020

On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to writer, teacher and activist Victor Wallis about the prospect and need for Ecosocialism.

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The Start Of The Great Meltdown For Industrial Civilization, by Rainer Shea

Abandoned Factory

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, May 17, 2020
May 20, 2020

Consumer society has tried to legitimize itself by making people believe that it represents a sustainable way of living. For those in the First World, all the evidence that a meltdown is coming—the deterioration of the climate, the decline of the biosphere, the diminishing of available resources—has usually existed outside of immediate view. Commercialism and the mass media, which have gained an unprecedented presence in our lives through the digital revolution, have distracted us from these realities while the machine of global capital has continued to run.

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