In Memory of William Blum: Persistent U.S. Attacks Against “Democracy and Freedom,” Past and Present

On the walls of the former American embassy

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Bill died Sunday, December 9, 2018. My sincere condolences and deepest sympathies to all his family, friends and readers. He will be missed by many. In his memory, here is his last video panel discussion. — Lo

with William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
December 11, 2018

CovertAction Magazine on Jul 25, 2018

In the decades long tradition of award-winning investigative journalism by writers for CovertAction Quarterly, this panel will address the secretive and nefarious activities of the U.S. government in their efforts to destabilize democratic processes, both past and present. It is now ever more critical to expose such ongoing efforts: efforts that further U.S. geopolitical regional and global control while creating favorable investment climates for U.S. multinational corporations. While their goals are invariably masked in the name of “democracy and freedom,” their efforts invariably strive to exploit cheap labor and natural resources.

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Why Do They Flee? & The US Seeks to Dominate the World! by William Blum

The Anti-War Protest Presence at the Philadelphia Democratic Convention

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by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Killing Hope
June 26, 2018

Why do they flee?

The current mass exodus of people from Central America to the United States, with the daily headline-grabbing stories of numerous children involuntarily separated from their parents, means it’s time to remind my readers once again of one of the primary causes of these periodic mass migrations.

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Michael Hudson, Stephanie Kelton, et al: Why Monetary Theory and Policy Is a Critical Terrain For the Left (Left Forum 2018)

Smash Capitalism!

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with Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
June 7, 2018

OpenUnivoftheLeft on June 5, 2018

Left Forum 2018: As our demands grow bolder—true full employment, the rebuilding of the social safety net starting with Medicare for All, an overdue green and just transition—so will the naysayers’ inevitable refrain: “How will you pay for it?” Developments in our understanding of monetary theory and the money system has, thankfully, illuminated a path forward out of the trap of austerity: when we understand how money actually works, we know that the obstacles to bold action at a national scale on jobs, healthcare, and climate are political, not economic.

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Chris Hedges, Richard D. Wolff and C. Jama Adams: W.E.B. DuBois: What His Life and Work Can Teach Us Today (Left Forum 2018)

Traditional Workers May Day Rally and March Chicago Illinois 5-1-18 1301

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges and

OpenUnivoftheLeft on June 4, 2018

Left Forum 2018, “W.E.B. DuBois: What His Life and Work Can Teach Us Today“. Left Forum, Democracy at Work, John Jay College, CUNY, 6-1-2018, New York City, NY, Richard Wolff, New School, Democracy at Work, Left Forum, Chris Hedges, C. Jama Adams, John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

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Paul Street, Glen Ford, Chris Hedges, Bruce Dixon: Imagining an Authentic 21st Century U.S. Left (Left Forum 2018)

Death to Capitalism

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with Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
June 5, 2018

and with Glen Ford, Chris Hedges, Bruce Dixon

Other Voices, Other Choices on June 4, 2018

Event Organizer: Paul L. Street

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Chris Hedges, Richard Wolff and Kate Crehan at The Left Forum 2017: Gramsci’s Importance for the Left Today

Thomas Hirschhorn, Gramsci Monument, 2013

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges, and

OpenUnivoftheLeft on Jun 5, 2017

Left Forum 2017, Gramsci’s Importance for the Left Today, John Jay College, CUNY, 6-2-2017, New York City, Laura Flanders, Chair, The Laura Flanders Show, Chris Hedges, Truthdig, On Contact RT, Richard D. Wolff, Democracy at Work; Left Forum, Kate Crehan, College of Staten Island, Graduate Center, CUNY

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Chris Hedges, Medea Benjamin, Jill Stein and Margaret Kimberley at The Left Forum 2017: Reality Check: Time for Radical Resistance and Green-Left Collaboration

Resist sign, Supreme Court news conference to call for the reversal of President Trump’s travel ban on refugees and immigrants from several Middle East countries

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris HedgesMedea Benjamin, Jill Stein and Margaret Kimberley

Other Voices, Other Choices on Jun 3, 2017

Session 4 Panel Abstract:

The converging crises of fascism, endless war, climate change, mass migrations, and economic/racial/gender oppression create unprecedented urgency for united, radical action – in the street and in the voting booth. At previous Left Forums – and over the past many decades – progressives have debated the merits of working to “reform” the Democratic Party versus building a united independent radical political front.

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Chris Hedges, Glen Ford and Jill Stein at the Left Forum 2016: Is Sanders the Answer to Building Left and Black Power?

Bernie Sanders - Caricature

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

OpenUnivoftheLeft on May 24, 2016

Left Forum 2016, Is Sanders the Answer to Building Left and Black Power? Linda Thompson, Chair, Left Elect Coalition, Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party USA, Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report, Chris Hedges, Truthdig.

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Chris Hedges and Richard D. Wolff at the Left Forum 2016: Rosa Luxemburg: Reform or Revolution?

Revolution Cross Stitch

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Luxemburg Saw Reform as a Means and Revolution as the Goal

strugglevideomedia on May 26, 2016

“Rosa Luxemburg: Reform or Revolution?” Luxemburg scholar Sandra Rein is the first speaker at the Left Forum 2016 panel. She is introduced by panel moderator Laura Flanders. Rein is associate professor of Political Studies at the University of Alberta (Canada) and holds a Social Sciences and Humanities Research grant to investigate the ideas of Rosa Luxemburg, Emma Goldman and Raya Dunayevskaya. She is also a member of the Editorial Board for the Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg.

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Chris Hedges and Richard D. Wolff at the Left Forum 2015: Marx: The System is the Problem

Unions Behind Labor Day

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Dandelion Salad

with and Chris Hedges

Left Forum 2015 on May 30, 2015

In past revolutions – for example, against slavery or feudalism – the revolutionaries defined their goals in terms of freedom, liberty, equality, democracy, and so on. At the same time, they often allied those goals to actively supporting the newly emerging capitalist system. Capitalism, many hoped and expected, would secure, in the words of the French Revolution, “liberty, equality and fraternity.” Marx’s work says “no, capitalism did not and cannot secure liberty, equality, fraternity or democracy; indeed capitalism’s social dominance is now the systemic obstacle to their achievement.” Marx’s critical analysis of capitalism as a system informs and invites the next necessary step in realizing the greatest social goals of modern history.

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Chris Hedges, Cornel West, Richard D. Wolff Respond to Thomas Paine’s Question: What Is To Be Done? by Jill Dalton

Cornel West, Chris Hedges, Richard D. Wolff: The Anatomy of Revolution: Thomas Paine by Jill Dalton

Cornel West, Chris Hedges, Richard D. Wolff photo by Jill Dalton

by Jill Dalton
Writer, Dandelion Salad
recoveringarmybrat
June 5, 2014

A Report from the Left Forum (6-1-14) with: Chris Hedges, Dr. Cornel West, and Richard Wolff

Moderated by: Laura Flanders

This seminar was part of the Left Forum’s three day symposium, Reform and/or Revolution: Imagining a World with Transformative Justice, held at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City (May 30 – June 1). The turn out at this conference was their largest to date, which I consider a very good sign. Continue reading

Chris Hedges, Cornel West, Richard D. Wolff: The Anatomy of Revolution: Thomas Paine

Start Over

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

Left Forum 2014
June 1, 2014

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Cornel West: We are Calling for Fundamental Transformation of U.S. Capitalist Society (Must-see)

Dandelion Salad

Cornel West at Calvin College 5

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strugglevideomedia on May 30, 2014

Full remarks of Cornel West at the Left Forum 5/30/2014. Cornel West is an American philosopher, academic, activist, author, public intellectual, and prominent member of the Democratic Socialists of America. He has taught at Harvard and Princeton and teaches at the Union Theological Seminary.

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Noam Chomsky on TPP Secrecy, Terrorism and Google Glass

Dandelion Salad

Note: replaced video Oct. 26, 2015

with Noam Chomsky

tpp why so secret?

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Laura Flanders
grittv.org
June 18, 2013

What do Takism Square, Google Glass, Trans Pacific Partnership and NSA have in common? Find out in this interview with Noam Chomsky.

On the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the pending trade deal critics are calling “NAFTA on steroids”:

These are patent rules so high, if they’d existed in 19th century the US would be an agricultural producer today… What we now call “piracy” is the way the rich countries developed. There’s a phrase for it in trade theory: kicking away the ladder. First you violate all the rules, then by the time you get rich you kick away the ladder so others can’t do it too and you preach about “free trade.”

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This conversation was recorded backstage at the Left Forum in New York, June 8, 2013.

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Bolivian VP, Alvaro Garcia Linera: Equality + Justice = Socialism

Dandelion Salad

Occupy May Day 2012

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breakingtheset on Jun 14, 2013

Manuel Rapalo talks to Bolivian Vice President, Alvaro García Linéra, about the 2013 left forum in New York, socialism in South America, and the implications of Colombia potentially joining NATO. Continue reading