Chris Hedges and Paul Street: The Problem is Not Trump. It is a Political System Dominated by Corporate Power and The Mandarins of the Two Major Political Parties

Chris Hedges and Paul Street: The Problem is Not Trump. It is a Political System Dominated by Corporate Power and The Mandarins of the Two Major Political Parties

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with Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
November 9, 2019

RT America on Nov 9, 2019

Journalist Chris Hedges talks to Paul Street, author and political commentator, about the failure of the American Left, new forms of resistance, democracy, and the deep roots of America’s ruling oligarchy.

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Notes on Inauthenticity in a Creeping Fascist Nuthouse by Paul Street

Donald Trump, Loretto street art

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street, Oct. 18, 2019
October 20, 2019

Among the suggestions I would have made to the Yale philosophy professor Jason Stanley had I been an editor of his important book How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them (Random House, 2018), two seem particularly relevant in the present political juncture.

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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
Originally posted Sept. 16, 2018
September 12, 2019

“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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Only Revolution Can Save Us by Paul Street

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street, Sept. 1, 2019
September 9, 2019

Is there no limit to the lethal and authoritarian absurdity of America, land of mass gun massacres like Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, Aurora, Orlando, Las Vegas, Parkland, and now El Paso and Dayton among other pockmarked sites?

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Greg Palast: Corporate Interests Use Voter Purges To Disenfranchise Citizens + King Koch is Gone–David Koch Dead at 79

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with Greg Palast
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Greg Palast’s website
August 25, 2019

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Chris Hedges: The Radical Transformation of Jackson, MS

Chris Hedges: The Radical Transformation of Jackson, Mississippi

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Originally posted March 4, 2018; updated below

“Self-determination is not possible within the capitalist social framework, because the endless pursuit of profits that drives this system only empowers private ownership and the individual appropriation of wealth by design. The end result of this system is massive inequality and inequity.” — Kali Akuno, Jackson Rising: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Self-Determination in Jackson, Mississippi

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Bruce Cockburn: Rumours of Glory, Parts 1-9

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If I Had a Rocket Launcher: RAI with Bruce Cockburn (1/9)

TheRealNews on May 28, 2019

Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn speaks with host Paul Jay about his memoir Rumours of Glory, and how growing up in Cold War-era Canada affected his understanding of community.

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Step Right Up – to the Amazing American Quadrennial Electoral Extravaganza! by Paul Street

Step right up and knock me down!

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
May 5, 2019

Step Right Up! Step Right Up! It’s Uncle Sam’s Authoritarian Carnival, Featuring the Amazing American Quadrennial Electoral Extravaganza, the Greatest Show in the World!!!

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Paul Street: Reflections on the Absurdity of the U.S. Constitution

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with Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
March 25, 2019

“The Democratic Party isn’t about social and economic justice, democracy or ecological survival. It isn’t even mainly about winning elections, it’s about serving and colluding with corporate sponsors and climbing the neoliberal capitalist oligarchy. Think Bill (NAFTA) Clinton, the multi-millionaire head of The Clinton Foundation, think Barack (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Obama who has entered the economic oligarchy now as a reward to his dutiful service to the nation’s unelected dictatorship of capital.”

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Michael Parenti: Capitalism vs. Reality (2015) + Michael Parenti on Bernie Sanders

MURDER CAPITALISM

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with Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published November 20, 2017
February 28, 2019

“Capitalism has given us neither democracy nor prosperity.” — Michael Parenti

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The Sabotage of Division

Solidarity

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published Feb. 23, 2014
February 25, 2019

Enough! Enough of this senseless criticizing of one another. A Dandelion Insurrectionist who is imprisoned and beaten by the police is no more revolutionary than the mother who gets up in the morning and feeds her child. We all have tasks that are imperatives of our times and we must do them with humility. Those of us trying to make change through civil resistance are no nobler than the plumber trying to clear the shit out of the pipes.

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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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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

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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

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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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