Imperialism 101 by Michael Parenti + Crumbling US Empire

Smash US Empire

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by Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published Sept. 23, 2010
May 24, 2018

Chapter 1 of Against Empire, 1995

Imperialism has been the most powerful force in world history over the last four or five centuries, carving up whole continents while oppressing indigenous peoples and obliterating entire civilizations. Yet, it is seldom accorded any serious attention by our academics, media commentators, and political leaders. When not ignored outright, the subject of imperialism has been sanitized, so that empires become “commonwealths,” and colonies become “territories” or “dominions” (or, as in the case of Puerto Rico, “commonwealths” too). Imperialist military interventions become matters of “national defense,” “national security,” and maintaining “stability” in one or another region. In this book I want to look at imperialism for what it really is.

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The Injustice and Crime of Extreme Inequality by Graham Peebles

Ways of Thinking - Feudalism is very much alive

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
May 13, 2018

Poverty is the greatest cause of death and illness globally; it strangles the lives of billions of people, denying the expression of innate potential, condemning men, women and children to live stunted uncreative lives of interminable suffering and drudgery.

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Happy 200th Birthday Karl Marx!

Karl Marx by Robert Diedrichs, 1970. Courtesy WikiCommons

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International May Day 2018

WSWS on May 5, 2018

The 2018 International Online May Day Rally will begin at 5:30 PM EDT on Saturday, May 5. This event is hosted by the International Committee of the Fourth International.

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Chris Hedges and Frances Moore Lappé: The Struggle to Wrest Back Control of Our Democracy

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Apr 28, 2018

Frances Moore Lappé, author of Daring Democracy, discusses the struggle for democracy in the United States.

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Chris Hedges: Hard Work and Ambition Are Not the Secrets of Success, Privilege and Capitalism Are

Caleb Maupin: The American Socialist Awakening

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Apr 23, 2018

Khalil Muhammad, professor of history, race and public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, discusses the rise of racialized hatred in the United States.

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David Swanson: Debunking the Myth of American Exceptionalism + The Day DC Was Bombed

American Exceptionalism Exceptions

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
April 20, 2018

TheRealNews on Apr 19, 2018

Anti-war writer and activist David Swanson discusses his new book Curing Exceptionalism, and picks apart the chauvinistic idea that the United States of America is the greatest country on the planet.

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Michael Roberts: OECD Advises Countries to Curb Extreme Inequality

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TheRealNews on Apr 14, 2018

Economist Michael Roberts says the change of tone within the OECD is interesting, but there are no takers ready to implement estate taxes to reduce inequality.

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Mystery: How Wealth Creates Poverty in the World by Michael Parenti

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by Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Previously posted July 31, 2011
April 7, 2018

There is a “mystery” we must explain: How is it that as corporate investments and foreign aid and international loans to poor countries have increased dramatically throughout the world over the last half century, so has poverty? The number of people living in poverty is growing at a faster rate than the world’s population. What do we make of this?

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Chris Hedges and Richard Wolff: Capitalism Does Not Work for the Majority of the People

Capitalism IS the Crisis

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Apr 1, 2018

Economist Richard Wolff discusses the coming economic collapse of the United States of America.

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Capitalism Careens in the Direction of Fascism by Paul Street

If voting changed anything...

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
March 26, 2018

World peace is none of your business
You must not tamper with arrangements
Work hard and simply pay your taxes
Never asking what for
Oh, you poor little fool
Oh, you fool

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Chris Hedges: The Illusion of Democracy

Madison, Wisc. March 12, 2011

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Mar 25, 2018

Peter L. P. Simpson, a Professor of Classics & Philosophy at the City University of New York, discusses the nature of democracy by deconstructing the political philosophy of liberalism.

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The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger + How Economic Inequality Harms Societies (must see)

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Previously published July 4, 2010

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January 23, 2010

Talk by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett co-authors of The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger recorded January 8, 2010 at Hogness Auditorium, University of Washington, Seattle.

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Chris Hedges: The Radical Transformation of Jackson, Mississippi

Chris Hedges: The Radical Transformation of Jackson, Mississippi

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“Cooperation Jackson is an emerging network of cooperatives and grassroots institutions that aim to build a “solidarity economy.” By seizing on the crisis and weak links of modern capitalism and building on the historic struggles for racial equality by the black people of Mississippi, Cooperation Jackson has created a model we can all learn from.” — Richard Moser, “Jackson Rising: At Last, a Real Strategic Plan“, Black Agenda Report, Jan. 30, 2018

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Chris Hedges: The Rise of Fascism in India

Chris Hedges: The Rise of Fascism in India

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Feb 19, 2018

Shehla Rashid Shora, Indian Activist, discusses Hindu fascism through religious and political unrest and classism in India.

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Make No Mistake: The Rule Of The Rich Has Been A Deadly Epoch For Humanity

Capitalism Kills

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
February 15, 2018

Rich people rule, make no mistake. They have ruled for centuries, and the toll of their reign has been high. At their feet can be laid the bodies of every child starved in a world with surplus food; every person who freezes to death in the streets while there are six empty houses for every homeless person; every death from lack of affordable healthcare; and the incalculable casualties of the world’s wars – which have all had the wealthy at the helm. Colonization’s genocides, slavery’s murders, and the living death of mass incarceration can all be added to the oligarchy’s tally.

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