Bruce Gagnon: What Could Trigger Nuclear War with Russia and China?

"XX-34 BADGER" atmospheric nuclear test - April 1953

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by Bruce Gagnon
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Organizing Notes, Aug. 4, 2022
August 13, 2022

WorldBeyondWar.org on Aug 3, 2022

Washington has called Russia and China ‘existential threats’ to the US. NATO is expanding up to Russia’s border and the war in Ukraine is escalating as the US-UK-NATO continue to ship weapons to Kiev. At the same time NATO is expanding into the Asia-Pacific region closing the military circle around Beijing.

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Michael Hudson: The Nature of Financialization and Neoliberalism, Interviewed by Eric Draitser

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
August 8, 2022

This time Eric welcomes back author and economist Michael Hudson to discuss his new book The Destiny of Civilization: Finance Capitalism, Industrial Capitalism, or Socialism available from CounterPunch.

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American Diplomacy as a Tragic Drama, by Michael Hudson

World War 3 - XV

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
August 1, 2022

As in a Greek tragedy whose protagonist brings about precisely the fate that he has sought to avoid, the US/NATO confrontation with Russia in Ukraine is achieving just the opposite of America’s aim of preventing China, Russia and their allies from acting independently of U.S. control over their trade and investment policy. Naming China as America’s main long-term adversary, the Biden Administration’s plan was to split Russia away from China and then cripple China’s own military and economic viability. But the effect of American diplomacy has been to drive Russia and China together, joining with Iran, India and other allies. For the first time since the Bandung Conference of Non-Aligned Nations in 1955, a critical mass is able to be mutually self-sufficient to start the process of achieving independence from Dollar Diplomacy.

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Michael Hudson: Finance Capitalism’s Self-Destructive Nature

Capitalism = economic terrorism

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
July 21, 2022

Empire of Inflation: Economist Michael Hudson on U.S. Economic Warfare and Super Imperialism

The Left Lens on May 25, 2022

Economist Michael Hudson joins the Left Lens to discuss the rise of inflation, the weakening of the U.S. dollar, and the consequences of U.S. economic warfare in the Ukraine crisis.

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Banks Fueling Global Warming Is Business As Usual, by Pete Dolack

Financing Climate Change

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by Pete Dolack
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder, Apr. 27, 2022
April 28, 2022

The gap between what needs to be done to save the Earth from the environmental disaster of unchecked global warming and what is actually being done continues to widen. Yet another exemplar of this gap is the funding practices of the world’s biggest banks.

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Max Lawson: World’s Richest Doubled Their Wealth While Millions Fell Into Poverty

Tax The Rich

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goingundergroundRT on Jan 19, 2022

We speak to Max Lawson of Oxfam about the ‘Inequality Kills’ report, which details how while 99% of humanity’s income fell, 160 million were pushed into poverty and 1 person died every 4 seconds over the course of the Coronavirus pandemic…the top 10 richest men saw their wealth more than double from $700 billion to $1.5 trillion dollars, a rate of $1.2 billion a day.

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Michael Hudson: The Neoliberal Exploitation Under a Super-Imperialism Lens

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with Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
November 8, 2021

An interview on The Zero Hour to discuss the newly-released third edition of the 1971 book, Super-Imperialism: The Economic Strategy of American Empire.

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Michael Hudson: Super Imperialism: The Economic Strategy of American Empire

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with Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
October 24, 2021

The Grayzone on Oct 19, 2021

Economist Michael Hudson discusses the update of his book Super Imperialism: The Economic Strategy of American Empire and the financial motivations behind the US new cold war on China and Russia.

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U.S. Empire’s Final Collapse Draws Nearer, by Rainer Shea

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist
June 9, 2021

Modern imperialism, like the socioeconomic system it’s based upon, is a house of cards. Capitalism, the socioeconomic system that it depends on to continue functioning, wouldn’t be able to go on if its range of market control were to shrink too much. This is because capitalism’s natural tendency towards growth inevitably creates for it a crisis of overproduction, which can only be alleviated by perpetually expanding its market control. As Michael Parenti observed, there can be socialism in one country, but there can’t be capitalism in one country.

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Michael Hudson: Changes in Superimperialism: The Position of the USA and China in our Global Economic System

China Industry

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
February 10, 2021

Oxford Economics Society on Jan 23, 2021

Nearly 50 years after the original publication of “Superimperialism”, Michael Hudson revisits how the lucrative dollar-based economic system that the US set up after WWII has evolved with the rise of China and the Covid-19 pandemic. What financial weapons is the US likely to use, and does China’s de-dollarisation protect it from such attacks?

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Michael Hudson: Dollar Recycling and Military Encirclement

Smash US Empire

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
May 21, 2020

Global University for Sustainability on Apr 24, 2020

On 22-24 November 2019, International Seminar on Land, Finance, and De-dollarization was held in Macau, China, which was co-organized by Global University for Sustainability, Lingnan University, Southwest University, and the Federal University of Espirito Santo.

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Chris Hedges: Empire Striking Back In Latin America

Chris Hedges: Empire Striking Back In Latin America

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Dec. 6, 2019

Journalist and “On Contact” host Chris Hedges joins Rick Sanchez to discuss Washington’s continuing interference in Latin America. He explains how money, disinformation, false popular movements and even religion are used to keep the countries in the region under the yoke of “corporations and oligarchs.”

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A Crisis of Capitalism is Being Faced by Millennials in South Korea by Ellen Brown

Death to Capitalism

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
October 25, 2019

This 10-page paper was written for the Economics of Happiness Conference co-sponsored by Local Futures, held in Jeonju, Korea, on October 16-17, where I was the keynote speaker — a wonderful city and great experience!

Satisfaction in the workplace is a major component of the “happiness” index; but it is a satisfaction that young people joining the workforce today are not feeling. In a 2017 book titled Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials, Malcolm Harris asks why the millennial generation – those born between 1981 and 1996 – are so burned out. His answer is, “the economy.” Millennials are bearing the brunt of the economic damage wrought by late 20thcentury capitalism, with economic insecurities throwing them into a state of perpetual panic. Harris argues that if they want to meaningfully improve their lives and the lives of future generations, they will have to overthrow the system and rewrite the social contract.

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Desperate Central Bankers Grab for More Power by Ellen Brown

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
September 19, 2019

Conceding that their grip on the economy is slipping, central bankers are proposing a radical economic reset that would shift yet more power from government to themselves.

Central bankers are acknowledging that they are out of ammunition. Mark Carney, the soon-to-be-retiring head of the Bank of England, said in a speech at the annual meeting of central bankers in August in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, “In the longer-term, we need to change the game.” The same point was made by Philipp Hildebrand, former head of the Swiss National Bank, in an August 2019 interview with Bloomberg. “Really there is little if any ammunition left,” he said. “More of the same in terms of monetary policy is unlikely to be an appropriate response if we get into a recession or sharp downturn.”

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