The “American Experiment” Is Dying. What Will Replace It? by Rainer Shea

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

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea’s Newsletter, Sept. 18, 2022
September 19, 2022

The United States is considered the longest standing “democracy” by bourgeois thinkers because it’s never actually been a democracy, and has survived so long by undemocratically suppressing its proletariat. The jingoists who say it’s a republic and not a democracy are at least being honest about the nature of the social order they support. The USA was designed to be a modern version of Rome, an empire that only represented the interests of those who most directly benefit from the violence against the oppressed nations. Those being the rich, and the social base that’s bribed to align with the interests of the rich.

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Capitalism Is Destroying Us

Bollards To Everything

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Second Thought on Aug 26, 2022

It’s never good to hear the words “total societal collapse” from a scholarly paper, but that’s exactly the phrasing used in the new UN climate report.

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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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American Diplomacy as a Tragic Drama, by Michael Hudson

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
August 1, 2022

As in a Greek tragedy whose protagonist brings about precisely the fate that he has sought to avoid, the US/NATO confrontation with Russia in Ukraine is achieving just the opposite of America’s aim of preventing China, Russia and their allies from acting independently of U.S. control over their trade and investment policy. Naming China as America’s main long-term adversary, the Biden Administration’s plan was to split Russia away from China and then cripple China’s own military and economic viability. But the effect of American diplomacy has been to drive Russia and China together, joining with Iran, India and other allies. For the first time since the Bandung Conference of Non-Aligned Nations in 1955, a critical mass is able to be mutually self-sufficient to start the process of achieving independence from Dollar Diplomacy.

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The Chris Hedges Report: Herman Melville’s Moby Dick and the Soul of American Capitalism

Moby Dick

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Jul 29, 2022

Moby Dick, which explores the self-destructive forces that define America and the collapse of a civilization, is our greatest and most prescient novel.

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The End of Western Civilization, by Michael Hudson

The way of the civilizations

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
July 16, 2022

Why it lacks resilience, and What will take its place

Paper presented on July 11, 2022 to The Ninth South-South Forum on Sustainability.

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Must Collapse Be Inevitable? Imagining A “Half-Earth” Sustainable Economy, by Pete Dolack

Bollards To Everything

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by Pete Dolack
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder, July 6, 2022
July 9, 2022

It seems vastly easier to imagine the future as a dystopian nightmare than as a time when today’s problems are mostly behind humanity. For every work of optimism, such as Star Trek, there are dozens of works imagining a nightmare world of deprivation, environmental destruction and severe repression amidst a world of people scrambling to survive anyway they can in a war of all against all.

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The Chris Hedges Report: Splinterlands’ Climate Dystopia, with John Feffer

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Jul 8, 2022

In his dystopian novel Splinterlands, John Feffer looks ahead to life on planet earth in the year 2050. The signs of societal breakdown in the not-so-distant future, if we look, are already apparent in our world today. Feffer follows them to their logical conclusion.

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This Is What It Looks Like When An Empire Cannibalizes Itself, by Rainer Shea

Smash fascism

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea’s Newsletter, June 30, 2022
July 2, 2022

In front of us, something is unfolding that we don’t want to properly see, but that we subconsciously recognize. The warning signs for a fascist crackdown in America have been here for years, if not decades. It’s now that they’ve become too big for much of this country’s complacent left to ignore. We’re accelerating towards a level of direness which people living under fascism so often can’t perceive at first, until the reality of their situation has finished creeping up onto them. By George Jackson’s definition of fascism, which is when capitalism forcibly maintains itself through reform, we’ve already been living under fascism for generations. With the Supreme Court’s decision and its ramifications, this is becoming more visible to more people.

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Vijay Prashad: The Coming Food Crisis: Ukraine War Is Wake-Up Call for Global South

Freeze Prices - Not the Poor.

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BreakThrough News on Apr 4, 2022

As the war continues in Ukraine, food prices are going up worldwide – because the world is interdependent on others for food and energy. Peace talks between Russia and Ukraine took place this week in Turkey. Is there hope for peace? What’s coming next?

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Chris Hedges and Richard Wolff: The Precarious State of the US Economy

"SMASH CAPITALISM"

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with Chris Hedges

Originally on RT America on Feb 13, 2022

The Chris Hedges YouTube Channel on Jun 29, 2022

On the show, Chris Hedges interviews economist Richard Wolff on the precarious state of the US economy and its consequences.

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The Growing U.S. Military and Intelligence Worries of Civil War, Part III, by Rainer Shea

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, Nov. 26, 2021
December 20, 2021

This is part three in a series on U.S. collapse and the potential for civil war. Read part one for how I think propaganda factors into this instability, and part two for the role that I think neoliberalism has.

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Chris Hedges: To Govern the Globe: World Orders and Catastrophic Change

Climate change = more climate refugees. #Melbourneclimatestrike September 20, 2019

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Dec 4, 2021

On the show, Chris Hedges discusses the decline of the American empire and the new global order with Professor Alfred McCoy, who holds the Harrington Chair in History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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U.S. Doesn’t Fear “Foreign Meddling,” It Fears Internal Revolt, Part I, by Rainer Shea

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, Nov. 20, 2021
December 2, 2021

This article is Part One in a series I’m doing on American collapse, and on how this has the potential to lead to a civil war within U.S. borders.

The “imperial boomerang” effect—where the types of violence an empire commits abroad inevitably become directed at that empire’s own people—is caused by the fact that actions have consequences. When a country subjugates other peoples, this has repercussions for those within that country. A society built on exploitation and violence can’t last. Whether that society wants to face it or not, its greed comes at a cost.

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Imperialism is the Source of our Society’s Growing Misery and Death, by Rainer Shea

Resist Imperialism

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, Nov. 12, 2021
November 13, 2021

Collapse is a political phenomenon. It’s inextricably tied into the global class war, and into this war’s related factors of imperialism and colonialism. This is because the civilizational breakdowns that the world is experiencing, and that it’s on track to experience in the coming decades, are not natural occurrences; they’re the outcomes of capital’s designs. Therefore when we think about collapse, and about the survivalist steps we plan to take in response to it, we must frame things within a context of war. A war where the ruling class is engineering crises to preserve its own interests, and where these crises can in turn only be addressed by countering their maneuvers.

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