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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China’s Secret Source For Funding Infrastructure by Ellen Brown

roads and railways series #3

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by Ellen Brown
Writers, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
February 28, 2018

“One Belt, One Road,” China’s $1 trillion infrastructure initiative, is a massive undertaking of highways, pipelines, transmission lines, ports, power stations, fiber optics, and railroads connecting China to Central Asia, Europe and Africa. According to Dan Slane, a former advisor in President Trump’s transition team, “It is the largest infrastructure project initiated by one nation in the history of the world and is designed to enable China to become the dominant economic power in the world.” In a January 29th article titled “Trump’s Plan a Recipe for Failure, Former Infrastructure Advisor Says,” he added, “If we don’t get our act together very soon, we should all be brushing up on our Mandarin.”

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Michael Hudson: Privatizing US Infrastructure Will Increase the Cost of Living

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with Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Michael Hudson
February 13, 2018

TheRealNews on Feb 12, 2018

Trump’s infrastructure privatization plan is a hat trick that optimistically turns $200 billion into $1.5 trillion, is designed to eliminate the public sector and to bankrupt cities and states, says economist Michael Hudson.

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Michael Hudson and Ellen Brown: Avoiding The Road To Serfdom

Swimming With the Debt Sharks

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by Michael Hudson, with Ellen Brown
Writers, Dandelion Salad
Michael Hudson, Jan. 28, 2018
The Web of Debt Blog
February 10, 2018

I appeared alongside Ellen Brown on Princetown Community Television in two parts. Enjoy!

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The Debt Before the Storm by Lance Selfa + Puerto Rico Devastated By Hurricanes, Colonialism by Berta Joubert-Ceci

The Debt Before the Storm

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by Lance Selfa
Socialist Worker, Sept. 26, 2017
September 30, 2017

THE SOCIALIST German playwright Bertolt Brecht once wrote that “famines do not simply occur; they are organized by the grain trade.”

A similar observation could be made about Puerto Rico today. Replace “famine” with “natural disaster,” and the “grain trade” with “U.S. colonialism,” and you have a succinct summation of the human disaster that is unfolding on the island today.

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How Houston Was Left To Drown Under Hurricane Harvey by Seth Uzman

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by Seth Uzman
Socialist Worker, Aug. 30, 2017
September 1, 2017

STORMS ARE natural, but what happens in response to them is not. Flooding in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, which smashed into the Gulf Coast on August 25, has left at least nine people dead, thousands in need of rescue on rooftops or in boats, hundreds of thousands more without power and tens of thousands in need of shelter.

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We Must End the Empire of Militarism and Bring Our Taxpayer Dollars Home by Ralph Nader + Christian Parenti: We Need to Rip Away the Veil of the “Free Market”

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
August 30, 2017

Hovering Hurricane Harvey, loaded and reloading with trillions of gallons of water raining down on the greater Houston region—ironically the hub of the petroleum refining industry—is an unfolding, off the charts tragedy for millions of people. Many of those most affected are minorities and low-income families with no homes, health care or jobs to look forward to once the waters recede.

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Dr. Robert Bullard: Houston’s “Unrestrained Capitalism” Made Harvey “Catastrophe Waiting to Happen”

Dr. Robert Bullard

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Democracy Now! on Aug 29, 2017

https://democracynow.org – The death toll continues to rise as massive amounts of rain from Hurricane Harvey flood Houston and other parts of Texas and Louisiana. The Houston police and Coast Guard have rescued over 6,000 people from their homes, but many remain stranded. Meteorologists forecast another foot of rain could fall on the region in the coming days. While the National Hurricane Center is now calling Harvey the biggest rainstorm on record, scientists have been predicting for years that climate change would result in massive storms like Harvey. We speak with Dr. Robert Bullard, known as the “father of environmental justice.” He is currently a distinguished professor at Texas Southern University. Dr. Bullard speaks to us from his home in Houston, which he needs to evacuate later this morning due to the rising Brazos River.

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Hurricane Harvey Devastates Houston + Catastrophic Flooding Hits Houston (#AJustHarveyRecovery)

Hurricane Harvey Devastates Houston + Catastrophic Flooding Hits Houston

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Hurricane Harvey Devastates Houston as Scientists Warn of the Perils of Ignoring Climate Change

TheRealNews on Aug 28, 2017

Millions face flooding as nation’s 4th largest city faces another week of rain.

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If China Can Fund Infrastructure With Its Own Credit, So Can We by Ellen Brown

roads and railways series #2

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
May 17, 2017

May 15th-19th has been designated “National Infrastructure Week” by the US Chambers of Commerce, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and over 150 affiliates. Their message: “It’s time to rebuild.” Ever since ASCE began issuing its “National Infrastructure Report Card” in 1998, the nation has gotten a dismal grade of D or D+. In the meantime, the estimated cost of fixing its infrastructure has gone up from $1.3 trillion to $4.6 trillion.

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They Poisoned A City by Dorian Bon

Capitalism Kills

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by Dorian Bon
Socialist Worker
January 27, 2016

AFTER MORE than a year and a half of bitter protests, the people of Flint, Michigan, are finally getting some attention from America’s rulers and media for a water contamination crisis that has put thousands of children at risk of lifelong brain and developmental illnesses as a result of severe lead poisoning.

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The Citadel Is Breached by Ellen Brown

Minneapolis I-35W Bridge Collapse (Trusses)

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
January 16, 2016

In a landmark infrastructure bill passed in December, Congress finally penetrated the Fed’s “independence” by tapping its reserves and bank dividends for infrastructure funding.

The bill was a start. But some experts, including Congressional candidate Tim Canova, say Congress should go further and authorize funds to be issued for infrastructure directly.

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