PSL Editorial: Democrats Deepen Embrace of the Cops with Police Funding Bills

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by Liberation Staff
LiberationNews.org, Sept. 22, 2022
September 25, 2022

Democrats in the House of Representatives today passed a police funding bill aimed at further distancing themselves from the movement against racist brutality that burst onto the scene in 2020. While many Democratic Party politicians cynically attempted to position themselves as supporters of the movement when it first emerged, now they are showing their true selves – loyal supporters of the cops.

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The Chris Hedges Report: The Bankrupt Liberalism and Gilded Absurdities of the Democratic Party, with Paul Street

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with Chris Hedges and Paul Street

TheRealNews on Sep 9, 2022

What are we to make of a Democratic Party that has embraces an election strategy that includes demobilizing the majority working-class non-Republican electorate; legitimizing right-wing agendas and narratives; seeks bipartisan cooperation with right-wing politicians such as Liz Cheney; refuses to attack archaic minority rule institutions including the Electoral College and the Senate filibuster; repeatedly backs down from hauling Donald Trump into court and funds far-right Republican candidates in this year’s primary elections, repeating the disastrous Hillary Clinton campaign’s “Pied Piper” ploy of promoting the supposedly “more beatable” Trump in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries?

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PSL Editorial: Reject Biden’s Plan For 100,000 More Cops On The Streets

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by Liberation Staff
LiberationNews.org, Aug. 30, 2022
August 31, 2022

President Biden gave a major speech in Pennsylvania Tuesday on crime and policing as part of the roll out of his “Safer America Plan” – and his ongoing effort to slander and distance himself from the historic 2020 mass movement that shook the racist foundations of this country. “When it comes to public safety in this nation, the answer is not defund the police, it’s fund the police” Biden proclaimed in his speech, positioning himself in opposition to a core demand of the movement for Black lives.

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PSL Editorial: The ‘Inflation Reduction Act’ Doesn’t Even Come Close

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by Liberation Staff
LiberationNews.org, Aug. 16, 2022
August 17, 2022

Joe Biden signed into law today the “Inflation Reduction Act” — a package of environmental, health care and tax measures that the administration is trumpeting as one of its crowning legislative achievements. But in reality, it represents a drop in the bucket compared to the scale of social crises workers are facing on multiple fronts.

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Heat Waves Tied To Big Energy Capitalism, by Scott Scheffer

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by Scott Scheffer
Struggle ★ La Lucha, July 14, 2022
July 28, 2022

The population of the world is enduring crises from climate change that, until recently, climatologists thought may only happen decades from now.

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If Democrats Didn’t Suck, by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, July 1, 2022
July 10, 2022

If Democrats threw out the filibuster today and rapidly passed legislation over the next 8 months as if they gave a damn — as if they were, oh, I don’t know, the Supreme Court — and if they put just what they’re increasing the military budget by into their Build Back Better bill, if they put through with majority votes just those items they were elected on that are favored by significant majorities in the country, they’d have done enough by 6 months from now to not lose those elections. And if they kept going, they’d need never lose an election again. The whole premise of keeping the filibuster around to restrain the Republicans is the plan to go on sucking badly for 6 more months in order to lose — combined with the delusion that Republicans are going to be restrained by something that THEY can and will choose to throw out. The Republicans will certainly plan on never losing an election again. Any elections they can’t win or rig, they can ask the Supreme Court to fix up for them — and hire Al Gore to explain to us that we should sit back and take it.

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Abby Martin: US Sanctions and Economic Gangsterism

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with Abby Martin

Empire Files on Jun 16, 2022

Abby’s speech at the People’s Summit for Democracy, the progressive counter to Biden’s imperialist ‘Summit of the Americas’ on June 9 2022.

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The Chris Hedges Report: How to Defeat the Billionaire Class, with Kshama Sawant

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on May 27, 2022

In December Socialist Alternative leader and Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant defeated a well-funded campaign by the city’s business community to remove her in a recall vote.

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The Chris Hedges Report: The Proxy War in Ukraine and the Danger of American Militarism, with Andrew Bacevich

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on May 13, 2022

In this episode Chris Hedges speaks with historian, retired Army Colonel and Vietnam veteran Andrew Bacevich about the proxy war in Ukraine and the danger of American militarism.

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Vijay Prashad: Ukraine a Pawn in a Larger Struggle

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theAnalysis-news on Mar 31, 2022

The U.S. wants to remain a dominant force in Europe, and sees the Russian invasion of Ukraine as strengthening NATO, weakening Russia and pushing back China. Russian aggression and U.S provocation are risking nuclear war. Vijay Prashad joins Paul Jay on theAnalysis.news.

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Chris Hedges: The Steady Decay That Is Not Going To End Well For Any Of Us

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with Chris Hedges

The Jimmy Dore Show on Mar 31, 2022

Award-winning journalist and bestselling author Chris Hedges has been effectively silenced by YouTube, with six years’ worth of Hedges’ show, ​​”On Contact,” deleted from the platform simply because the program appeared on the Russian-affiliated network RT [America]. As a result, hundreds of episodes featuring interviews with a wide range of guests, the vast majority of which had nothing to do with Russia, have been removed from public view.

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U.S. Spends Billions on War in Ukraine and the Working Class Pays the Price, by Natalia Marques

WAR IS GREED

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by Natalia Marques
Struggle ★ La Lucha
March 28, 2022

The largest national defense budget in the world just got larger. Earlier this month, the United States Congress passed $728.5 billion in discretionary funding for the Department of Defense for the 2022 fiscal year, a sharp 5% increase from the previous year. The budget contains a plan for $13.6 billion in aid to Ukraine for the Russia–Ukraine war.

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Biden Squawks Amid Headless Chickens, by Finian Cunningham + PSL Statement on Russia’s Military Intervention in Ukraine

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Ireland
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation, Feb. 24, 2022
February 25, 2022

There’s a whole lot of theatrical squawking and feathers in the surreal world of Western politicians.

U.S. President Joe Biden put on his best disdainful face to tell the American nation how unacceptable it was for Russia to recognize Ukraine’s breakaway republics.

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Spinning Victory From Fiasco as the U.S. Tries to Avoid Peace With Russia, by Finian Cunningham

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Ireland
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation, Feb. 22, 2022
February 23, 2022

The real danger is that the Ukrainian regime has been emboldened by Washington and NATO’s reckless indulgence. Its offensive against the Russian people of southeast Ukraine is becoming more frenzied in recent days.

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