The Siege of Venezuela and The Travails of Empire by Jim Kavanagh (must-read)

Eva Golinger: Venezuela is in the Center of a Geopolitical Battlefield

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by Jim Kavanagh
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Polemicist
February 14, 2019

Here’s the bullet-point version:

  • It’s imperialism.
  • It’s American imperialism, a bipartisan national project.
  • American imperialism is the global management of capitalist class power.
  • It’s a binary situation in which one side or the other will win via the use and threat of armed force.
  • It’s trouble for Venezuela and for imperialism.
  • There’s no such thing as Progressive Except Imperialism.

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Chris Hedges: Many US Citizens Are Currently Denied The Right To Vote Due To State Laws That Disenfranchise Citizens Who Have Been Convicted Of A Felony

Chris Hedges: Many US Citizens Are Currently Denied The Right To Vote Due To State Laws That Disenfranchise Citizens Who Have Been Convicted Of A Felony

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Feb 9, 2019

More than 6 million United States citizens are currently denied the right to vote due to state laws that disenfranchise citizens who have been convicted of a felony. More than 75 percent of these disenfranchised citizens are not in prison, and more than half have completed all terms of parole and probation.

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Shadowboxing Delusions

Shadowboxing

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
February 4, 2019

Discussing politics in the United States is becoming a continuous boxing match with shadows of half-truths, distortions, misperceptions and wildly differing information streams. People meet in the street like aliens arriving from strange worlds that bear no resemblance to one another. Then they proceed to fight each other over whether the planets circle moons … or whether suns circle planets. It does not matter that they are discussing astronomical apples and oranges. Tensions escalate over who is right or wrong. Someone throws a punch. The fight is on.

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American Liberal Delusions on Trump by Finian Cunningham

Donald Trump, Loretto street art

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation, Jan. 17, 2019
January 25, 2019

The anti-Trump so-called “liberal” American politicians and media suffer from a cozy big delusion. The Democrats and their supportive media, such as CNN and New York Times, as well as the foreign policy establishment, including the CIA, promote the belief that all of America’s ills and problems will be solved if only President Trump could be impeached.

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The Tools Of Nonviolent Struggle Should Never Lose Their Edge

Trouble Maker w Sign

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
January 6, 2019

The tools of nonviolent action and the skills of struggle are as vital to these times as reading, writing, and arithmetic. Training to use them is as essential as learning how to use a computer. The ability to boycott and strike is as important as the ability to drive a car. Every citizen who knows how to use email should also know how to protest, walk-out, shut-down, occupy, blockade, and more. This is the only way the power of the people can hold the power of oligarchs in check.

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I Call For A Constitution 2.0

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
December 16, 2018

If we, the people, wrote a constitution now, what would go in it? Equal rights for women, men, non-binary, and undefined? Caps on wealth tied to poverty levels? Rights of nature? Reparations for past crimes, wrongs, and thefts? Limits on military spending? A free and open Internet? Abolition of mass incarceration, or the entire prison system; replaced with restorative and community justice? Free healthcare for all? Living wages or universal basic income? Would we keep corporate personhood or the electoral college?

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Your Corporate Overlords Are Delighted To Exploit You

20110928 Class War

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
December 2, 2018

If you like being a peon, a serf, or a slave, by all means, continue on with business-as-usual. Your corporate overlords are delighted to exploit you. They’re thrilled at the prospect of profiting off your descendants for all eternity. But their hourglass is running out of sand. The planet’s ecosystems are collapsing. We will not last long as underlings. This is a paltry comfort as we slide toward mass extinction.

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A Revolution of Democracy

"Stop Bitching - Start a Revolution"

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
November 8, 2018

What do we do when we finally understand that the elections really are stolen? Or rigged? Or thrust out of our reach by the manipulations of rich and powerful people? Corrupted by corporations? How long does it take before we call the bluff? Another disappointing election cycle? Two? Three? How much more gerrymandering, corporate buying of elections, voter disenfranchisement, and outright fraud can we stand? When will we take seriously the necessity of change?

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The USA: A Vast Sea of Fable, Deception, Ideological Selection and Flat-Out Propagandistic Falsification by Paul Street

Lies, lies, lies

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
October 28, 2018

Four days ago [Aug. 1, 2018], The Washington Post reported that the epic pathological liar Donald Trump made 4,229 false statements during his first 558 days as United States president. Trump spoke or tweeted falsely, on average, an astonishing 7.6 times per day during that time.

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Michael Parenti: The Supremely Political Court

U.S. Supreme Court For Sale (Washington, DC)

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with Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
October 11, 2018

TUK Radio

Archival, updated 2018 to reflect Trump’s Supreme Court – In his extraordinary 26 minute history of the Supreme Court Dr. Michael Parenti warned us in 1995 that this partisan, aristocratic institution might one day empower an autocratic president. It seems that time has come and two Trump appointees, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, can push the scales of justice in favor of their politics unless there is a groundswell to question and change the legal rules of that institution. Why is so much power being given to 9 unelected, non term-limited judges?

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Polite and Apolitical? Repression By Another Name + Pay to Protest: Government Cracks Down on D.C. Demonstrations + Take Action!

Polite and Apolitical? Repression By Another Name + Pay to Protest: Government Cracks Down on D.C. Demonstrations + Take Action!

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published March 5, 2017
September 28, 2018

There are those who would have us fold up our banners and take down our protest signs. They urge us to be reasonable and polite. They expect us to cram our dissent into narrow boxes of occasional grumbling comments and take our frustration out at the election box once every few years. These people write letters to the editor of small town newspapers claiming that the visible signs of dissatisfaction – pickets, protesters, political signs – are bad for business and distasteful.

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Howard Zinn: We Should Welcome the Collapse of the US Empire

U.S. Out Of Everywhere

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with Howard Zinn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
September 16, 2018

“Some day people will look back on 9/11 and sure they will see it as you know the first terrible act of terrorism committed in the United States by some foreign group but they may also see 9/11 as the beginning of the disintegration of the American Empire. Because from 9/11 came the war on terrorism, so-called, the bombing of Afghanistan and now the war on Iraq and the bloating of the American military machine and the war budget and the deprivation of civil liberties. And I believe that there will be a victory in the short run and defeat of the American government in the long run. And that defeat should be welcomed. We need regime change in the United States.” — Howard Zinn

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How Capitalism Controls You by The Anti-Social Socialist

How Capitalism Controls You by The Anti-Social Socialist

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Writer, Dandelion Salad
September 12, 2018

“Capitalism keeps us in a state of panic. Most of us are just one medical bill away from bankruptcy. It keeps us overworked and underpaid so we don’t have time to question its dominance over our lives. It takes the fruits produced by the many and gives them to the few. Concentrated wealth means concentrated power, concentrated power means less democracy, less democracy means less freedom, and less freedom means you are reduced to a precarious life of servitude.” —

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Chris Hedges and David Van Reybrouck: Democracy Only Can Survive If Innovation Occurs

DEMOCRACY

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Sep 1, 2018

Historian, David Van Reybrouck, in his new book Against Elections, identifies modern day examples of Aristotle’s “drawing lots” underway in Iceland, Ireland and Australia marking innovation in democracies. He thinks democracy only can survive if innovation occurs.

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MFTN: Corporate Demons Possess Our Nation’s Soul

Corporations Are Not People

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published Dec. 4, 2016
August 7, 2018

Corporate demons possess our nation’s soul. They crept in stealthily, full of trickery and deception, but now they’re lodged in place, as surely as if they had stormed our homes and halls of power with guns and tanks. Perhaps we’d recognize their coup if they had assassinated a flesh-and-blood president instead of merely stealing the souls of all our elected leaders.

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