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

Democracy Not Plutocracy

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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

Election Boycott Graffito - Old City - Srinagar - Jammu & Kashmir - India

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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

Manifestantes durante ato contra impeachment

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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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Brexit, Trump and Lots of Anger by Graham Peebles

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
August 1, 2016

There can be little doubt that we are living through an extraordinary, and in many ways unprecedented era. Times of uncertainty and tremendous upheaval for sure, but also positive times, in which large numbers of people are becoming energised and politically engaged. Political parties in many countries are fracturing, as internal differences surface and the old dualities of left and right fail to respond to the needs and demands of the people.

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Commercializing Elections to Destroy Our Democracy by Ralph Nader

US Capitol For Sale (Washington, DC)

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
June 18, 2016

Our political economy – a wonderfully embracing phrase much used a century ago – has three main components: The electoral/governmental powers, the marketplace, and the civil society, which is composed of we the citizens.

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Who Stole The 2000 Election? (Hint: Not Nader) by Eric Ruder

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by Eric Ruder
socialistworker.org
June 2, 2016

The myth that Ralph Nader “spoiled” the 2000 election and put George W. Bush in the White House is being resurrected. Eric Ruder remembers how it really happened.

WITH POLLS showing a much closer race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump than was originally expected, Clinton supporters are resorting to frantic warnings that Bernie Sanders could cause a replay of the 2000 elections–when, according to the standard narrative of what went down, Ralph Nader’s Green Party campaign put Bush in the White House.

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Exiled on Main Street: Urban Utopian Insurrection by Mark Mason and Susan Cain

Defeat Capitalism!

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by Mark Mason and Susan Cain
Guest Writers, Dandelion Salad
Mark Mason, PhD
crossposted from Dissident Voice, May 18, 2016
May 23, 2016

The dynamics of capitalism is postponement of enjoyment to the constantly postponed future.
— Norman O. Brown, Life Against Death: The Psychoanalytical Meaning of History, 1959

Is There No Alternative? Thinking Outside the Ballot Box

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Goodbye to Democracy if Transatlantic Partnership is Passed by Pete Dolack (#TTIP)

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by Pete Dolack
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder
May 4, 2016

Corporate control on both sides of the Atlantic will be solidified should the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership be passed. Any doubt about that was removed when Greenpeace Netherlands released 13 chapters of the TTIP text, although the secrecy of the text and that only corporate representatives have regular access to negotiators had already made intentions clear.

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The Road to Democracy by Rudo de Ruijter

DEMOCRACY

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by Rudo de Ruijter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Independent researcher
www.courtfool.info
Netherlands
March 11, 2016

The word ‘democracy’ is derived from the Greek words ‘demos’, = people, and ‘cratein’, = rule. Democracy would be the best possible form of governance. In a complete democracy all citizens have the right to speak. Anyone can call attention to problems. Anyone can propose solutions. And all may express arguments in favor or against these solutions, so all interests in play can be discussed. This way decisions can be taken, based on all available knowledge and insight. Supplementary advantages are, that when people participate in the process, they know why the decisions are taken and will respect them more easily. Also, they acquire insight in other peoples’ interests, which contributes to mutual comprehension and peaceful living together.

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What Might A Cooperative Economy Look Like? by Pete Dolack

this shop is controlled by its workers

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by Pete Dolack
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder
February 24, 2016

In any country in which a model of worker cooperation or self-management (in which enterprises are run collectively and with an eye on benefiting the community) is the predominant model, there would need to be regulations to augment good will. Constitutional guarantees would be necessary as well. Some industries are simply much larger than others. In a complex, industrialized society, some enterprises are going to be much larger than others. Minimizing the problems that would derive from size imbalances would be a constant concern.

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The Devastating Cost of Monetized Elections by Ralph Nader

Corporate States of America

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
January 21, 2016

Corporatized and commercialized elections reach a point where they stand outside and erode our democracy. Every four years the presidential and Congressional elections become more of a marketplace where the wealthy paymasters turn a civic process into a spectacle of vacuous rhetorical contests, distraction and stupefaction.

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