As We Dethrone The Corporate State And Rule Of The Rich, We Must Also Rebuild

DEMOCRACY

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
January 18, 2018

The United States is a laboratory for democracy – a centuries-long experiment in what does and does not work for people making decisions together. Moments of abject failure and soaring success punctuate long periods of disruption, shut-downs, and the regular ransacking of our laboratory. Our experimental efforts have often been thwarted by undemocratic interests. The equipment has been smashed or corrupted. The results ripped to shreds. The data distorted. The facilities destroyed. The funding cut off. Every aspect of our experiment in democracy has been tampered with by those who fear the will of the people.

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Chris Hedges and David North: Organizing Resistance To Internet Censorship

Unions Behind Labor Day

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

WSWS on Jan 16, 2018

On January 16, 2018, the World Socialist Web Site will video livestream a discussion on Internet censorship, featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges and WSWS International Editorial Board Chairperson David North. WSWS reporter Andre Damon will moderate the discussion. The webinar will explore the political context of the efforts to censor the Internet and abolish net neutrality, examine the pretexts used to justify the suppression of free speech (i.e., “fake news”), and discuss political strategies to defend democratic rights. Hedges and North will also field questions from on-line listeners.

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“An Idiot Surrounded by Clowns”: Why Trump (Still) Sits in the White House by Paul Street + Max Blumenthal on Fire and Fury, Clinton Probe, and Russiagate

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
Previously published at Counterpunch
January 6, 2018

Most of the media’s attention on journalist Michael Wolff’s “explosive” new book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House has focused on the disclosure that Trump’s former political strategist Steve Bannon used the words “treasonous” and “unpatriotic” to describe Donald Trump, Jr. and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner’s infamous June 2016 meeting with Russians claiming to possess damaging information on Hillary Clinton.

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There Is No Democracy In The US Empire!

Democracy Spring March Arrives In DC 20

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
January 3, 2018

The empire has no clothes. Be the boy who dares to speak the truth: there is no democracy. All around you, the courtiers are clapping and cheering, but their trembling hands are showing. They are terrified to admit the truth. There is no democracy in the US empire; rich people and corporations run the show. Study after study has shown this. The courtiers of power have been applauding the empire for so long, they’re afraid to speak the truth. But you cannot afford to let yourself be fooled. The empire has no clothes. There is no democracy in the Unites States.

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Paul Street: We Live In An Abject Authoritarian Plutocracy

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with Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
December 20, 2017

OpenUnivoftheLeft on Dec 17, 2017

Dr. Paul Street, “Trumped? How the United States Became a Banana Republic”, Open University of the Left, 12-16-2017, Chicago, Illinois

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Censorship: The Death Knell of Democracy

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
November 21, 2017

Censorship is the foe of freedom. It comes in many forms. The choking grip of control silences dissent. The bullhorns of propaganda blare out lies and fictions of consent. The maddened clench of greed stifles outlets for a diversity of expression, creativity, opportunity, and invention. The lurking spies of mass surveillance send chills down once-fearless spines. The data collectors of corporations mine our lives for ways to shrink-wrap our worldviews into commoditized sales pitches.

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Michael Parenti: Capitalism vs. Reality (2015)

Josiah Says Defeat Capitalism

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with Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
November 20, 2017

anti-imperialism on Oct 31, 2017

Springfield, Illinois, 6th October 2015.

This took ages to upload and the audio might be a bit loud or quiet at some points, sorry.

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What If Workers Ran Society? by Elizabeth Schulte

Capitalism Isn't Working

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Dandelion Salad

by Elizabeth Schulte
Socialist Worker
October 18, 2017

If capitalism is a system that concentrates power in the hands of a small minority, the alternative of socialism is exactly the opposite.

CAPITALISM IS, among other things, a system of “experts.”

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How Big Corporations Game Our Democracy Into Their Plutocracy by Ralph Nader

Citizens United Carpet Bombing Democracy - Cartoon

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
October 4, 2017

A major chapter in American history – rarely taught in our schools – is how ever larger corporations have moved to game, neutralize and undermine the people’s continual efforts to protect our touted democratic society. It is a fascinating story of the relentless exercise of power conceived or seized by corporations, with the strategic guidance of corporate lawyers.

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Pull Down That Statue of the U.S. Constitution by David Swanson

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with David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
September 17, 2017

Nobody, not racist warmakers, not imaginary non-racist warmakers, not founding fathers, not radical protesters should be made into a deity, larger than life, in marble or bronze, on horseback or otherwise. Nobody is that flawless, and nobody’s story so withstands the test of time. We need human-sized statues and memorials of whole movements.

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Michael Parenti: The Threat of US Imperialism (2013) + Capitalism’s Self-Inflicted Apocalypse by Michael Parenti (2009)

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

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with Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
September 16, 2017

SNC Political Education on Dec 14, 2014

Here’s the long-awaited video of Michael Parenti’s speech on the threat of US imperialism which he gave at the Revolution Banquet held in Vancouver in November 2013.

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Wonder if the Arch-authoritarian Racist Idiot Donald Trump will Make it to 2020? by Paul Street

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street, August 25, 2017
Previously published at Counterpunch, August 18, 2017
August 26, 2017

A story that appeared in the leading inside-Washington political journal The Hill last week bore a headline that ought to send a chill down the spine of anyone who believes in democracy: “Half of Republicans Would Back Postponing 2020 Election if Trump Proposed It.” Read the report’s opening 90 words and let them sink in:
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Chris Hedges: Educational Apartheid

Chris Hedges: Educational Apartheid

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Aug 13, 2017

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges is joined by Diane Ravitch, former assistant secretary of education under President George H.W. Bush and author of Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the growth of the charter school industry.

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Howard Zinn and Michael Parenti: Liberty Bound

The patriot act is watching you

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with Howard Zinn and
Writers, Dandelion Salad
Originally posted April 10, 2010
August 12, 2017

Christine Rose on Jun 13, 2012

A US Citizen’s journey of discovery into the lies, oppression, and corruption that has invaded her country since 9/11.

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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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