Why You Should Be A Socialist In 2023

Occupy May Day 2012

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Second Thought on Dec 23, 2022

You’ve probably heard a lot of talk about socialism becoming more popular over the past few years. There’s a reason for that! The capitalist system has shown itself to be incapable of solving the problems it creates, and more and more people are living a worse life than their parents or grandparents. What’s going on here, and is socialism the way forward?

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I Have a Dream, a Blurred Vision, by Michael Parenti

Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial

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by Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published August 29, 2013
January 12, 2023

The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington—in which Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. made his famed “I Have a Dream” speech—has recently won renewed attention from various print and electronic media in the United States. But the more attention given to King’s extraordinary speech, the less we seem to know about King himself, the less aware we are about the serious challenges he was presenting, challenges that remain urgent and ignored to this very day.

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Michael Parenti: Does Capitalism Work?

Capitalism Isn't Working - Anti-cuts March

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with Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Previously posted Oct. 12, 2010
December 28, 2022

buddhagem on August 07, 2007

The myth that capitalism works conveniently ignores reality. In this video, political scientist and activist Michael Parenti debunks this popular myth.

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Chris Hedges and Richard D. Wolff: The Looming Disasters Built Into The U.S. Economic System

Police Pay protest march, London IMG_3641

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Dec 2, 2022

Chris Hedges speaks with the economist Richard Wolff about inflation, growing income inequality and the looming disasters built into the U.S. economic system.

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‘Tis the Season To Wage Boycotts! + Shopping as an Act of Resistance

Commercial Capitalism for Christmas

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published November 24, 2013
November 24, 2022

Boycott Season is now upon us. Let every citizen take careful aim. Your target is the corporate empire. Your weapon is your wallet.

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There Is No Country On Earth That Fully Protects Workers’ Rights, by Pete Dolack

Class War #occupyboston

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by Pete Dolack
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder, Oct. 12, 2022
October 13, 2022

There is no respite from class warfare. Past annual Global Rights Index reports issued by the International Trade Union Confederation have invariably shown that there is no country on Earth that fully protects workers’ rights and the 2022 edition is not only not an exception but finds that repression of labor organizing is increasing.

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The “American Experiment” Is Dying. What Will Replace It? by Rainer Shea

"Smash Capitalism" - Student protests - Parliament Square, London 2010

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea’s Newsletter, Sept. 18, 2022
September 19, 2022

The United States is considered the longest standing “democracy” by bourgeois thinkers because it’s never actually been a democracy, and has survived so long by undemocratically suppressing its proletariat. The jingoists who say it’s a republic and not a democracy are at least being honest about the nature of the social order they support. The USA was designed to be a modern version of Rome, an empire that only represented the interests of those who most directly benefit from the violence against the oppressed nations. Those being the rich, and the social base that’s bribed to align with the interests of the rich.

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Ten Days of Bloated Pageantry and Ritual Overkill: It’s Time for the Monarchy to Go, by Andy Worthington

Queen Elizabeth II Coffin Transferred to Palace Of Westminster

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by Andy Worthington
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Andy Worthington website, Sept. 17, 2022
September 18, 2022

In 2022, when it’s often difficult to get people to pay attention to anything for more than a few minutes, when the country faces an economic crisis unprecedented in our lifetimes, and the spectre of total environmental collapse looms ever closer, it seems to be extraordinarily anachronistic for the British establishment to insist that there must a ten-day period of national mourning following the death of Queen Elizabeth II last Thursday, at the age of 96, after 70 years on the throne.

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Michael Parenti: How To Think About Class

Class War

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with Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally posted Jan. 31, 2019
September 17, 2022

“But you can’t do that with Class. By definition, you can’t say we’ll have a society where the rich capitalists and workers are equal together.” — Michael Parenti

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Will Griffin: Conflicts with Asteroid Mining

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by Will Griffin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
September 6, 2022

“In reality space imperialism will serve the interests of a small number of capitalists while the overwhelming majority of humanity continues to suffer under poverty, structural violence and the lack of access to resources.” — Will Griffin

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William I. Robinson: Capitalism’s Structural Crisis and the Global Revolt

DC George Floyd Protest (II)

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theAnalysis-news on Aug 22, 2022

According to William I. Robinson, the COVID pandemic has further intensified the structural crisis of global capitalism and has caused numerous uprisings and revolts around the world, which global elites are trying to suppress via militarization, police repression, and surveillance.

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The Chris Hedges Report: Splinterlands’ Climate Dystopia, with John Feffer

Abandoned Factory

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Jul 8, 2022

In his dystopian novel Splinterlands, John Feffer looks ahead to life on planet earth in the year 2050. The signs of societal breakdown in the not-so-distant future, if we look, are already apparent in our world today. Feffer follows them to their logical conclusion.

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The American Nightmare, by Kenn Orphan

2022 March For Our Lives 19

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
July 5, 2022

A father hid his young son in a dumpster as he searched for the rest of his family amid rapid gun fire…

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What Must Be Done To End The Pandemic

Communist Vegans - Covid-19 Exposes Capitalism

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World Socialist Web Site on Jun 28, 2022

In this video, WSWS writer Evan Blake describes the current surge of the COVID-19 pandemic, the immense impacts of Long COVID, and what must be done to end the pandemic worldwide.

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Where Is Your Loyalty? by The Man From the North

I Will Stand With The Most Vulnerable

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published May 1, 2017
June 27, 2022

For all the avowed patriots who demand my Pledge of Allegiance and salutes on Loyalty Day, Fourth of July, and other patriotic, militarized holidays, I fling this question to your hearts: how deep and far does your loyalty to your country run?

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