Michael Roberts: OECD Advises Countries to Curb Extreme Inequality

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TheRealNews on Apr 14, 2018

Economist Michael Roberts says the change of tone within the OECD is interesting, but there are no takers ready to implement estate taxes to reduce inequality.

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Living in an Age of Desire and Anxiety by Graham Peebles

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
April 6, 2018

Overwhelmed by anxiety and image insecurity a friend’s 20-year-old daughter recently quit her university course and withdrew to her bedroom where she took to self-harming. Company and environments in which she felt emotionally secure became harder to find, until she stopped venturing out all together.

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Corporate, State-Capitalist and Imperialist Media, Not “Mainstream Media” and Other Terminology by Paul Street

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
March 20, 2018

Climate Crisis, Not “Climate Change”

My next-to-last CounterPunch essay (“Someone Tell a Reporter: the Rich Are Destroying the Earth”) elicited a smart criticism from a senior scientist:
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Traditional Libertarianism VS American Libertarianism by The Anti-Social Socialist

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“One gratifying aspect of our rise to some prominence is that, for the first time in my memory, we, ‘our side,’ had captured a crucial word from the enemy… ‘Libertarians’… had long been simply a polite word for left-wing anarchists, that is for anti-private property anarchists, either of the communist or syndicalist variety. But now we had taken it over.” — Murray N. Rothbard, The Betrayal Of The American Right, 2009

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Chris Hedges: Race and Class Inequality in Major Cities

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Feb 11, 2018

Juan Gonzalez, author of Reclaiming Gotham: Bill de Blasio and the Movement to End America’s Tale of Two Cities, discusses the structural inequality of cities through class and racial policies formed by the US government.

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David Harvey: What is Neoliberalism? + Marx, Capital and the Madness of Economic Reason

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Democracy At Work on Jan 21, 2018

David Harvey defines Neoliberalism in less than 6 minutes.

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Beyond the Endless Soap Opera and Superficial Coverage of the Reigning Media-Politics Culture by Paul Street

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
January 26, 2018

With the news cycle taken over by the latest madness emerging from the mouth or Twitter feed of the childish “orange one” in the White House, could we step back from the circus to reflect like adults on the social and historical forces that produced the clown presidency? Haymarket Books’ new collection of essays by leading left political analysts, US Politics in an Age of Uncertainty: Essays on a New Reality, is required reading for anyone interested in such reflections on Donald Trump.

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The End Of The Road For Capitalism Or For Us All? by William Bowles

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by William Bowles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Investigating Imperialism
London, England
January 16, 2018

“…we have the certainty that matter remains eternally the same in all its transformations, that none of its attributes can ever be lost, and therefore, also, that with the same iron necessity that it will exterminate on the earth its highest creation, the thinking mind, it must somewhere else and at another time again produce it”. — Frederick Engels, from the introduction to ‘The Dialectics of Nature’, 1883

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Thus Spake Oprah as the New York Times Spots UFOs Over The Comb Over Empire by Phil Rockstroh

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by Phil Rockstroh
Writer, Dandelion Salad
January 14, 2018

I remember my first impression of the Reality Television program American Idol. I cringed at the thought, what if, a young Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, or the members of The Clash had been forced to have their talents appraised by the sort of shallow celebrities, supercilious moderators, and gallery of lowest common denominator-giddy cretins attendant to the hype-driven fare.

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Michael Hudson: There’s Going To Be A Bloodbath That Is Probably Going To Take More Than Four Years

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with Michael Hudson
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Michael Hudson
January 2, 2018

TheRealNews on Jan 1, 2018

Low interest rates, “quantitative easing,” and the mitigation of antitrust laws led to more mergers and acquisitions in 2017, but that’s only going to fuel greater wealth inequality and tighten the corporate grip on the political system, explains economist Michael Hudson.

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Against Identitarian and Generational Divide and Rule by Paul Street

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
Previously published at Counterpunch, December 29, 2017
December 31, 2017

The Occupy Wall Street movement that spread across the country six-plus years ago lacked proper organization and strategy, but it deserves credit for having the right enemy – the corporate and financial ruling class. The same can be said to no small degree about the sadly Democratic Party-captive Bernie Sanders campaign, which targeted “the billionaire class” as the main culprit behind the miseries of life in the brutally class-disparate United States. Both populist phenomena – Occupy and the Sanders “movement” – failed to build lasting people’s organizations and failed to properly situate the “One Percent”/“Billionaire Class” within the specific historical contexts of capitalist class rule and capitalism’s “evil twin” imperialism. Neither offered anything like a revolutionary alternative to the nation’s unelected and interrelated dictatorships of wealth and empire. Still, both demonstrated a reasonable opening understanding of who calls the shots under what Noam Chomsky is right to sardonically call “really existing [U.S.] capitalist democracy, or RECD, pronounced as ‘wrecked’”: the U.S. corporate and financial oligarchy.

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The Powell Memo

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“The clinical definition of “fascism” is when private concentrated economic power takes government away from the people, turns government into a guarantor, a subsidizer, a covering of corporate power.” — Ralph Nader

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Chaos Reigns by Graham Peebles

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
November 24, 2017

Born in Sudan, Asima fled violent conflict in her homeland and sought asylum in Britain. Poorly educated, unemployed and vulnerable, she relies on state benefits, which are conditional and inadequate, to survive.

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Michael Hudson: The Class War is Still in Business

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with Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Michael Hudson
November 19, 2017

RT on Nov 7, 2017

In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy discuss 100 years of humiliation and unintentional self-parody as one empire goes and another, perhaps, rises again. In the second half, Max interviews Dr. Michael Hudson of michael-hudson.com to discuss the Democratic party in an era of dodgy pee-pee dossiers and no economic policies.

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Michael Roberts: The IMF Is Worried That With The Huge Increase In Inequality There Is Serious Danger Of Social And Political Unrest

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TheRealNews on Oct 27, 2017

All income growth of the past few years is going to the top 10 percent, without paying more in taxes. IMF says that higher taxation of the top earners would not impinge on economic growth, explains economist Michael Roberts.

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