America: Land of the Free… and Conspiracy Nuts, by Finian Cunningham

Donald Trump

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Ireland
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
September 16, 2020

The United States has hit a dangerous threshold when a senior member of the Trump administration is warning citizens to arm themselves because “leftwing hit squads” are about to seek retribution.

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How a Pandemic is Destroying the West, by Michael Hudson

Where's my bailout?

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
September 14, 2020

The U.S. is Saving the Financial Sector, not the Economy

Before juxtaposing the U.S. and alternative responses to the coronavirus’ economic effects, I would like to step back in time to show how the pandemic has revealed a deep underlying problem. We are seeing the consequences of Western societies painting themselves into a debt corner by their creditor-oriented philosophy of law. Neoliberal anti-government (or more accurately, anti-democratic) ideology has centralized social planning and state power in “the market,” meaning specifically the financial market on Wall Street and in other financial centers.

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Sowing Distrust in America… Who Needs Russia? + Trump’s Toxic Lies on ‘China Virus’ Collapse, by Finian Cunningham

Let Us Now Prey To Make America Great Again

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Ireland
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation, Sept. 10, 2020
September 13, 2020

This is shaping up to be the most ugly election in U.S. history with fiery consequences. Could the nation be heading for civil war, a century and a half after the last one?

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Julian Assange and Charlatan Trump, by Finian Cunningham + Julian Assange Extradition Hearing – Sept. 9, 2020

Free Julian Assange

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Ireland
Crossposted from Sputnik, Sept. 8, 2020
September 9, 2020

If Donald Trump was genuinely against “endless wars” – as he claims to be – then he would do the decent thing and call off the persecution of Julian Assange.

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US Style Fascism Is A Bipartisan Effort, by Phil Rockstroh

Graffiti "4 More Years of Fascism"

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by Phil Rockstroh
Writer, Dandelion Salad
September 2, 2020

Glaring sign of intellectual dishonesty of a society that has sunken into a psychical pit of fascist depravity: Terming an armed, racist terrorist, intent on murder, a “vigilante.”

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Chris Hedges: The Signs of the Declining Empire

No Oligarchy

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with Chris Hedges

The Democracy At Work on Aug 31, 2020

On this week’s Economic Update, Prof. Wolff discusses the following: Denmark’s new taxes on banks and rich people to help workers doing dangerous jobs; West Virginia AG sues Walmart and CVS for complicity in opioid scandal; and US State Department urges universities to sell shares in Chinese corporations. On the second half of the show, Prof. Wolff interviews author and journalist Chris Hedges on signs of the declining US empire.

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Why the US is Doomed, by Finian Cunningham

Democrats and Republicans

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Sputnik
August 31, 2020

The fatal trouble with the US is that it has a chronic political disease. But none of the political class, including “populist” President Donald Trump, have a diagnosis to offer. And any remedial action always requires accurate diagnosis.

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Fascism and the Quickening of History + The Empty Theatre, by Kenn Orphan

Charlottesville "Unite the Right" Rally

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
August 30, 2020

Over the last few months I have been revisiting research I did a long time ago on fascism. Pinochet’s Chile, Sukarno’s Indonesia, Montt’s Guatemala, Hitler’s Germany and beyond. I’ve spent time poring over the accounts of the survivors, the details of the crimes, the descriptions of the torture, of the camps, of the dehumanization, the cruelty, the terror, the photos of the train cars headed to concentration camps, the mass graves, the massacres, the piles of corpses. And reading through the accounts of people who knew things were going in this direction, that something ghastly was being done to other people, yet did nothing, not even raised their voice when they had the chance.

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Kamala Harris Is Not A “Left Radical” Or A “Marxist”, By Paul Street

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
August 28, 2020

Within moments of Joe Biden announcing Kamala Harris as his running mate, the Trump campaign and the American right-wing propaganda machine began portraying the California senator as a “far-left radical” of the “Marxist” variety.

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Danny Haiphong and Margaret Kimberley: Kamala Harris Negates Black Freedom Movement

BLM March, Springfield, Oregon

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Black Agenda Report Presents: The Left Lens on Aug 24, 2020

On this episode of The Left Lens, co-hosts, Danny Haiphong and Margaret Kimberley analyze the record of Kamala Harris and why she represents a negation of everything that the Black liberation movement and U.S. political prisoners currently fighting for freedom stand for.

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Late-Stage Capitalism Deprives Us Of Meaning + The Capitalist Class Is Bringing America Towards Fascism, by Rainer Shea

Nazi Donald Trump, Loretto street art

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, Aug. 17, 2020
August 24, 2020

Consumerism, and the capitalist mentality more broadly, are equivalent to nihilism. They strip the human experience of meaning beyond what serves the market. When a culture revolves around this monetary and commercialist view of the world, it ceases to bring true fulfillment.

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Defund Fascism, Blue and Orange, by Paul Street

Racism Is A Virus-Zabou graffiti, Shoreditch

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
August 23, 2020

The American ruling class says it is opposed to “big government.” It isn’t. The wealthy Few are only against what the French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu called “the left hand of the state” – those parts of government that reflect the victories of past and ongoing social movements by serving the common good, regulating Big Business, and offering support, protection, inclusion and empowerment to the lower and working classes. That is the “big government” the rich and powerful don’t like. That is the big bad State they want to “starve” and “drown.”

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Payroll Taxes Are the Achilles Heel of Social Security, by Jim Kavanagh

to the order of me

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by Jim Kavanagh
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Polemicist
August 21, 2020

On August 8th, Donald Trump took four executive actions on coronavirus relief. One was a memorandum deferring, to the end of the year, payment of the employee portion of the payroll tax for employees making less than $4000 biweekly. (Employer payments had already been deferred in the CARES act.)

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Danny Haiphong and Margaret Kimberley: Why Trump Can Still Win and Why We Must Oppose U.S.’ New Cold War Against China

China Industry

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Black Agenda Report Presents: The Left Lens on Aug 17, 2020

In the fourth of the Left Lens, co-hosts, Danny Haiphong and Margaret Kimberley discuss why Donald Trump’s re-election is not as unlikely as the Biden/Democratic Party let on. Also, Danny and Margaret discuss just some of the reasons we should oppose the U.S.’ New Cold War against China.

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US Snapback From Humiliation, by Finian Cunningham

No War On Iran NYC March

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Sputnik, Aug. 17, 2020
August 18, 2020

American President Donald Trump has darkly warned of something big this week, vowing to apply “snapback” international sanctions on Iran. It would be a drastic move and likely to further isolate Washington in the eyes of the world.

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