Alex Vitale: Defunding The Police Is The Future + Anya Parampil and Frank Chapman: What Does Community Control Of Police Look Like?

Graffiti, George Floyd protest, Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 2020

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TheRealNews on Jul 8, 2020

Police and police unions have proven incapable of ensuring public safety, argues Alex Vitale, author of The End of Policing.

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Aspects of Russian Communism and Why Communism in the West Would Be Different, by Gaither Stewart

CCCP USSR in Moscow

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
June 17, 2020

“A civilization reveals itself as fruitful by its ability to incite others to imitate it: when it no longer dazzles them it is reduced to a mere collection of odds and ends and vestiges of former worldly greatness. The successive attempts of Napoleon and Hitler to create a world empire failed, as the United States of North America has failed in our time because any initial attraction they might have exerted on the conquered transformed into resistance and hate as a result of their genocidal policies or military occupation and/or exploitation of the resources of the conquered lands instead of gradual absorption and acceptance of different peoples and the furthering of local cultures.” (Paraphrased from Cioran’s Histoire et Utopie)

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Caleb Maupin: What is the Lumpenproletariat? + Will Griffin: What Are The Principles of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism?

by Caleb Maupin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Caleb Maupin (website)
Caleb Maupin (Facebook Page)
May 10, 2020

“Well also within the working-class, Marx talked about you have the lumpenproletariat and what the lumpenproletariat is, is people that are part of the working class but they’re never really allowed to be part of the working class. Their income comes from criminal activities mostly. They’re barely employed, they’re barely surviving, they’re desperately poor and they’re just completely locked out.” — Caleb Maupin

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Caleb Maupin: Social Democracy: What It Is and How Communists Relate To It

Marxist Art, Mexico City

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with Caleb Maupin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Caleb Maupin (website)
Caleb Maupin (Facebook Page)
April 17, 2020

“When Lenin came back from exile to Russia that was in its revolutionary crisis, he urged the Bolsheviks to stop calling themselves Socialists and Social Democrats because he didn’t want them to be confused with the sellout parties of the Second International. The parties that had supported World War I and sold out the revolution. So the Bolsheviks started calling themselves Communists to distinguish themselves from the parties of the Second International.” — Caleb Maupin

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Michael Parenti: Marxists vs Liberals on Capitalism

Michael Parenti: Marxists vs Liberals on Capitalism

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with Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally posted Sept. 25, 2018
April 15, 2020

The Peace Report on Sep 17, 2018

A liberal complaint versus a Marxist analysis of capitalism is beautifully and passionately explained by Professor Michael Parenti.

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Coronavirus Pandemic, Economic and Political Crises, and Revolutionary Situations by Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.

Islands Brygge, Copenhagen (1998)

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by Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published on imperialismandthethirdworld, Apr. 7, 2020
April 8, 2020

The novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is devastating the lives, cultures, mass psychologies, and economies of countries around the world. Here, I will not reproduce the damages it has inflicted in various countries. The news media are overflowing with such information. In this article, I will briefly outline the developing politico-economic effects, crises, and consequences of this pandemic.

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Will Griffin: Bernie Did Not Make Socialism Popular, Capitalism Did!

20110928 Class War

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by Will Griffin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Peace Report
March 27, 2020

“As Marxists, we understand that it is the material conditions that create our reality. It is the material conditions, the objective material conditions in which we understand, we analyze and that is where we go forward to create strategies and tactics to change society and to understand society.” — Will Griffin

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Will Griffin: The Mass Line: A Communist Method of Organizing + What is the Mass Line?

Communism - Hanoi

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by Will Griffin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Peace Report
March 15, 2020

“From the masses to the masses simply means to absorb the ideas from the masses and then bring them back to the masses in the form of a revolutionary theory.”

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Consequences of the Decay of American Capitalist Democracy, Imperialism, and Human Nature: Socialism Or Fascism? by Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.

Stars&Sickles wallpaper

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by Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published on imperialismandthethirdworld, Mar. 2, 2020
March 3, 2020

“To leave error unrefuted is to encourage intellectual immorality.” — Karl Marx

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I am not sure about the universe.” — Albert Einstein

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Bloomberg’s Game by Jim Kavanagh

Democrats and Republicans

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by Jim Kavanagh
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Polemicist
February 26, 2020

There are two things I feel compelled to say about Mike Bloomberg and his candidacy.

Thing One: Thank you, Mike!

In a few weeks, Mike Bloomberg—along with the Democratic Party and its allied media—has demonstrated the reality of class rule more clearly than reams of Marxist analysis could.

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The Science of Marxism

Karl Marx by Robert Diedrichs, 1970. Courtesy WikiCommons

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“We’re gonna focus on two core philosophical components of Marxism: Dialectical Materialism and Historical Materialism. We’re going to show how both of these can be used to better understand the world and change it for the good of all poor and colonized people like ourselves. And in doing so we can debunk this widespread narrative in mainstream media that Marxism is somehow an outdated dogmatic religion. We can demonstrate that Marxism is truly a science and a weapon for revolutionary change.” — Ramiro Fúnez

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Chris Hedges and Richard Wolff: Understanding Socialism

Long Live Socialism -- Occupy May Day 2012

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with Chris Hedges and Richard D. Wolff

RT America on Feb 8, 2020

On the show this week Chris Hedges talks to economist Richard Wolff about his new book Understanding Socialism. Wolff explains how in the socialist dream work is something we should want to engage in, that means something to us, that brings us into relationships with other people that we value, that make us better people as we interact with them, “it’s a transformation of life.”

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The Proletariat In Search Of A Class by Gaither Stewart

One More Lost Soul

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
February 3, 2020

The super-indoctrinated, Trump-voting American working class, dulled by the mass media and the “American dream”, has changed very little since the crushing of the great textile strikes that swept the United States in the 1920s. Not an iota of class-consciousness has it absorbed. (Nor has it been explained and offered to all wage earners in sufficient doses.) For also the middle classes, crushed by an ever more desperate, an “end of times” form of capitalism, has not yet grasped that they too are now part of the American proletariat. In that respect it seems that the old, often criticized word proletariat is still quite adequate.

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Will Griffin: Ideology of the US Peace Movement and its Failures + Will Griffin and John Rachel: The Peace Dividend

no more endless wars fueled by capitalism

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by Will Griffin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Peace Report
January 27, 2020

“99% of the radicals are divorced from the masses. They attend rallies and protests but lock their doors when driving through oppressed neighborhoods. They don’t know how to do mass work, how to agitate and organize. They think it’s their opinions that matter, that they fulfill their political duty by expressing them. Whereas, they need to create a presence on the street, amongst the oppressed workers and nationalities, and time is of the essence.” — Kevin Rashid Johnson, New Afrikan Black Panther Party Prison Chapter

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The Imperialist Motives Behind Sanders’ Attacks On Chavismo by Rainer Shea

The Imperialist Motives Behind Sanders’ Attacks On Chavismo by Rainer Shea

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist
September 18, 2019

It’s no wonder why Bernie Sanders’ supporters are so loyal to him in spite of his pro-imperialist tendencies. He’s offering them universal healthcare and adequate social benefits at a time when neoliberalism has made half of the country effectively poor. Many Americans have gravitated towards Sanders simply out of the desire to attain adequate living standards, which his policies would indeed create for them. What anti-imperialists must do is shatter the illusion that Sanders’ agenda of bettering life for Americans equates to an agenda of bettering life for the world’s colonized people, which Sanders has shown he doesn’t want to do.

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