Detecting What Unravels Our Society by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
July 20, 2017

The unraveling of a society’s institutions, stability and reasonable order does not sound alarms to forewarn the citizenry, apart from economic yardsticks measuring poverty, jobs, wages, health, savings, profits and other matters economic.

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Abby Martin: Dictatorship or Democracy in Venezuela?

Abby Martin: Dictatorship or Democracy in Venezuela?

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Jul 19, 2017

On July 30th, Venezuelans will elect a people’s body called the “Constituent Assembly” comprised of hundreds of representatives across the country with the power to redraft the constitution.

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Chris Hedges and Noam Chomsky: Requiem for the American Dream, Part 2

Chris Hedges and Noam Chomsky: Requiem for the American Dream, Part 2

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with Chris Hedges and Noam Chomsky

RT America on Jul 9, 2017

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges travels to Cambridge, Massachusetts for a conversation with America’s most important intellectual, Professor Noam Chomsky. In Part II of their conversation, Chomsky discusses the principles of concentration of wealth and power that are defined in his latest book, Requiem for the American Dream.

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Chris Hedges and Noam Chomsky: Requiem for the American Dream, Part 1 + Ralph Nader Interviews Noam Chomsky

Chris Hedges and Noam Chomsky- Requiem for the American Dream

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with Chris Hedges and Noam Chomsky

RT America on Jul 1, 2017

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges travels to Cambridge, Massachusetts for a conversation with America’s most important intellectual, Professor Noam Chomsky. In Part I of their conversation, Chomsky discusses the adverse effects of neoliberalism on the working class, as addressed in his book, Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power.

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Plutocracy III: Class War (must-see)

Plutocracy III: Class War

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This video may contain images depicting the reality and horror of war/violence and should only be viewed by a mature audience.

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Scott N June 2017

Income inequality has become a big issue in the modern day political spectrum. While these economic and class divides seem more pronounced than ever before, this documentary film Plutocracy: Political Repression in the USA reveals the main reasons of these struggles pre-date the beginnings of the industrialized labor force.

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Closing the Doors of Democracy, by Ralph Nader

End of Democracy in Detroit

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
June 21, 2017

In 2006 a book was published called Losing Our Democracy by civic leader, Mark Green. His 21st book, it was the usual Mark Green brand of meticulous research with memorable examples. One would have thought such an important subject would have received wide coverage and circulation. In fact, it was almost completely ignored by reviewers and the media interviewers. In 2017, the danger of having the door shut on the practice of democracy by its citizens is more important than at any other time in recent history.

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From Pseudo-Democracy to Real Participation by Graham Peebles

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
June 15, 2017

Imagine a country run along truly democratic lines. In such a mythical land, what would be the role of the politician, and the nature of his or her relationship with that amorphous group paraded under the banner: ‘the people’?

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Critical Thinking: A Bridge to the Future, Part 5 by Arthur D. Robbins

The End Of The Government Shutdown 2013

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by Arthur D. Robbins
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained
May 2, 2017

War has indeed become perpetual and peace no longer even a fleeting wish nor a distant memory. We have become habituated to the rumblings of war and the steady drum beat of propaganda about war’s necessity and the noble motives that inspire it. We will close hospitals. We will close schools. We will close libraries and museums. We will sell off our parklands and water supply. People will sleep on the streets and go hungry. The war machine will go on.

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Edward Snowden: Liberty VS Surveillance

Edward Snowden: Liberty VS Surveillance

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Ruptly TV on Apr 18, 2017

National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden is due to participate via a video link during an international conference at College of William & Mary in Williamsburg on Tuesday, April 18.

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Sheldon Wolin: Can Capitalism and Democracy Coexist? Parts 1-8, interviewed by Chris Hedges

Fight Racism Fight Imperialism - Anti-Trump protesters start to gather in London's Trafalgar Square.

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Posted previously Oct 22, 2014

Journalist Chris Hedges interviews political philosopher Sheldon Wolin, who says democracy cannot exist without continuous opposition and vigilance on the part of the citizenry.

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The Intelligence Community’s Dumb Isolated View of the Future by David Swanson

U.S. Out Of Everywhere

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
January 24, 2017

Thank you to Tom Engelhardt for pointing out that the people who couldn’t predict the end of the Soviet Union, the crimes of 9-11, the decency of numerous whistleblowers, the election of Donald Trump, the likelihood that utilities in Vermont would point out that they had not been hacked by Russians, or — I’m willing to bet — the timing of rush hour in Northern Virginia, have just predicted the shape of the future of everything. Of course they’ve gotten it all ridiculously wrong, but they have revealed things about themselves rather than about the world in the process.

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What Will A Socialist Society Be Like? by Jessica Hansen-Weaver

Brothers In Arms.

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by Jessica Hansen-Weaver
socialistworker.org
September 17, 2016

THE 2016 presidential election has created an environment where millions of people who are sympathetic to socialism will be pressured to choose between the revolting and ridiculous Republican bigot Donald Trump and the supposed “lesser evil” Hillary Clinton.

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Bill Moyers: The Soul of Democracy

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Chautauqua Institution on Jul 15, 2016

Broadcast journalist Bill Moyers talks about the need for equality and inclusion in our culture. For more information on Chautauqua Institution and our lecture platforms, visit www.ciweb.org.

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Welcome to Your Delusional Democracy–Boycott This Presidential Election by Joel S. Hirschhorn

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by Joel S. Hirschhorn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.foavc.org
September 11, 2016

For some years I have used the term “delusional democracy” to describe the condition of the US. It seemed obvious to me that the vast majority of Americans have deliberately chosen to fool themselves. They have been brainwashed to believe what no longer is true. Become convinced that you do not live in a true and terrific democracy, or that your democracy is the best in the world.

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Impeachment of Dilma Rousseff: A Parliamentary Coup

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RT America on Aug 31, 2016

After a nine-month impeachment process, the Brazilian parliament voted 61-20 to impeach Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff and remove her from office. University of Rio de Janeiro Professor Maria Luisa Mendonca tells RT America’s Anya Parampil that the lawmakers’ vote was a “parliamentary coup” and that there was “no legal basis for impeachment.”

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