A Basic Income Is Less Than Meets The Eye by Pete Dolack

Capitalism isn't working

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by Pete Dolack
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder, December 1, 2016
April 24, 2017

A basic income — the concept of everybody getting a regular check from the government regardless of circumstance — is one of those ideas that sound wonderful on the surface but proves to be much less so once we examine the details.

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Debate: Basic Income: A Way Forward for the Left?

Capitalism isn't working

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Socialist Project on Apr 15, 2017

The idea of a Universal Basic Income (UBI) has been championed by both progressives and conservatives. Not everyone on the left, however, is behind the idea. Is the UBI a means of redistributing wealth, attacking poverty and protecting workers from technological displacement? Or will basic income serve to advance an agenda of austerity and privatization?

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Chris Hedges: The Failing Education System

Chris Hedges: The Failing Education System

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Apr 8, 2017

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses how to salvage the American education system with Nikhil Goyal, author of “Schools on Trial: How Freedom and Creativity Can Fix Our Educational Malpractice”. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil explores the regimentation of education spurred by the No Child Left Behind Act.

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Chris Hedges: Casino Capitalism

Chris Hedges--Casino Capitalism

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Mar 25, 2017

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses the ramifications of casino culture in America with Professor Natasha Dow Schüll, author of “Addiction by Design: Machine Gambling in Las Vegas”. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil examines how gambling has become our premier form of entertainment and escape.

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Universal Basic Income–Not The Answer, Yet But Needs To Be Discussed by Graham Peebles

Christian Aid's Poverty can be eradicated poster

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
March 17, 2017

Poverty blights the lives of billions of people throughout the world: in developing countries, where it is acute, and industrialised nations, where it’s hidden but growing. It rises out of social injustice, makes exploitation and abuse inevitable, brings death and disease, robs people of opportunity and dignity, feeds anger and resentment.

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Trumpcare or Ryancare–Dead on Arrival? by Ellen Brown + Healthcare or Wealthcare?

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
March 14, 2017

“The Canadian plan also helps Canadians live longer and healthier than Americans…. We need, as a nation, to reexamine the single-payer plan, as many individual states are doing.”

— Donald Trump, The America We Deserve (2000)

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Chris Hedges: The Plight of the Underclass

Slaves to Money, Solidarity (9 of 25)

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Mar 12, 2017

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges is joined by Linh Dinh, author of “Postcards from the End of America”. Dinh traveled across the US to lift up the voices of those who have been disappeared by our corporate state. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil reveals the stark statistics of those living in poverty in America.

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If We Don’t Solve The Problem Of Economic Polarization, We’re Going To Go Into Another Dark Age by Michael Hudson

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Michael Hudson
January 27, 2017

Speech to Kairos group, Union, Columbia
[Edited version for clarification, January 23, 2017]

The focus of my talk today will be Jesus’ first sermon and the long background behind it that helps explain what he was talking about and what he sought to bring about. I’ve been associated with Harvard University’s Peabody Museum for over thirty years in Babylonian economic archeology. And for more than twenty years I’ve headed a group out of Harvard, the International Scholars Conference on Ancient Near Eastern Economies (ISCANEE), writing a new economic history of the ancient Near East.

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In the Midst of a World in Turmoil and Transition, What Do We Need to Do to Create Peace? by Graham Peebles

Stop Violence + Create Peace

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
January 26, 2017

Throughout his Christmas message and in keeping with the hymn of the time, Pope Francis repeatedly called for Peace in our World. “Not merely the word, but a real and concrete peace” brought about by changing those attitudes, patterns of behavior and socio-economic systems that bring about conflict. Peace not simply in relationship to armed conflict, but peace for all people in a range of situations.
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Dorothy Day: Our Problems Stem From Our Acceptance of This Filthy, Rotten System by Richard Sahn

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by Richard Sahn
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
First published at The Contrary Perspective
Originally posted March 24, 2015
January 17, 2017

In 1933 Dorothy Day, a progressive journalist and Catholic convert, and Peter Maurin, a French peasant and philosopher, founded an anarchist-pacifist movement and newspaper they called the “Catholic Worker.” The paper was meant to be the Christian answer to the Communist Party paper, “The Daily Worker.” Not affiliated with the Catholic Church, the movement aimed to follow the Christian gospels by promoting peace—nationally and internationally—and serving the poor and homeless. It urged a culture where the scholar could be a worker and the worker a scholar. It advocated non-violent changes in the very structure of society, based on social justice and economic equality.

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Not One Penny More to the Rich!

Enough is Enough!

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
January 15, 2017

When times are bleak and darkness deepens, ancient yearnings of humanity stir in our hearts. We long for the simple things that our ancestors always sought: safety for our families, roofs over our heads, food in our bellies, rest for our weary bodies. In other words, we yearn for the basic human rights have been denied to far too many generations over the course of human history.

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It’s The End of the World, But …

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replaced video and link to the transcript, Jan. 10, 2017

leftymathprof on Jan 1, 2017

Ecosystem collapse would kill us all. To avert that requires measures that are blocked by plutocracy. Ending plutocracy requires ending property and hierarchy, replacing them with a culture of sharing, caring, and networking that we all learned in kindergarten. It can’t be imposed by force. The first step is to talk about it.

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Rapacious Consumerism is the Life-blood of Capitalism by Graham Peebles

End Capitalism Before It Ends Us and the Planet

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
December 18, 2016

Commercialisation has poisoned all areas of contemporary life, and together with its partner in crime, consumerism, is the principle cause of man-made climate change.

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We Live in a World of Environmental Inequality by Graham Peebles

the GREEN

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
December 11, 2016

S.O.P. Save Our Planet–Worldwide Air Pollution is making us Ill

The man-made environmental catastrophe is the severest issue facing humanity. It should be the number one priority for governments, but despite repeated calls from scientists, environmental groups and concerned citizens for years, short-term policies and economic self-interest are consistently given priority over the integrity of the planet and the health of the population.

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