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

Are we alone?

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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
Writer, Dandelion Salad
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

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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Beyond Neoliberal Consumerism by Graham Peebles

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
October 20, 2017

Irrespective of nationality, religion, race, or gender; whether stinking rich, desperately poor, or somewhere in between, happiness is the one thing everyone is seeking – consciously or not.

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The Debt Before the Storm by Lance Selfa + Puerto Rico Devastated By Hurricanes, Colonialism by Berta Joubert-Ceci

The Debt Before the Storm

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by Lance Selfa
Socialist Worker, Sept. 26, 2017
September 30, 2017

THE SOCIALIST German playwright Bertolt Brecht once wrote that “famines do not simply occur; they are organized by the grain trade.”

A similar observation could be made about Puerto Rico today. Replace “famine” with “natural disaster,” and the “grain trade” with “U.S. colonialism,” and you have a succinct summation of the human disaster that is unfolding on the island today.

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Wasted Lives: The Worldwide Tragedy of Youth Suicide by Graham Peebles

Say yes to life

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
September 29, 2017

The pressures of modern life are colossal; for young people — those under 25 years of age — they are perhaps greater than at any other time. Competition in virtually every aspect of contemporary life, a culture obsessed with image and material success, and the ever-increasing cost of living are creating a cocktail of anxiety and self-doubt that drives some people to take their own lives and many more to self-abuse of one kind or another.

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Race v. Class? More Brilliant Bourgeois Bullshit from Ta-Nehesi Coates by Paul Street

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street, Sept. 21, 2017
Previously published at Counterpunch, Sept. 15, 2017
September 25, 2017

Numerous correspondents sent me the latest lengthy Atlantic essay by the brilliant and eloquent but bourgeois Black Identitarian Ta-Nehesi Coates and asked for my reflections. I reluctantly agreed to read and comment on Coates’ long treatise.

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Chris Hedges and Ajamu Baraka: It’s Been A Bipartisan Effort To Control the Populations of People of Color

Chris Hedges and Ajamu Baraka: It's Been A Bipartisan Effort To Control the Populations of People of Color

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RT America on Aug 27, 2017

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges examines the rise of white, right-wing hate groups with Ajamu Baraka, Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and the Green Party’s nominee for Vice President in the 2016 election. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the profusion of white supremacist groups in America.

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The Democratic Party Stands for the Socio-pathological System of Class Rule Called Capitalism by Paul Street

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street, July 25, 2017
Previously published at Counterpunch, July 21, 2017
July 30, 2017

A recent Washington Post and ABC poll finds that just 37 percent of Americans think that the Democratic Party “stands for something.” Fifty two percent say it’s about nothing more than opposing Trump.

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Choices Based On Selfish Concerns Have Led Us To The Very Brink Of Disaster by Graham Peebles

I Will Stand With The Most Vulnerable

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
July 13, 2017

Every day we are faced with numerous choices, some relating to practical issues and others based on more complex psychological demands – how to react, what to say and do. Whilst on the face of it choices appear to have been made, in the main we react habitually; many if not all of our decisions proceed from the past, and are in fact unconscious, conditioned responses to the challenges of the day.

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