Michael Hudson: A Philosophy for a Fair Society

Economic Warfare

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
June 28, 2022

Shepheard-Walwyn Publishers on Jun 16, 2022

Welcome to the Shepheard Walwyn podcast and a two part interview with Michael Hudson, perhaps to the world’s most influential (but rarely acknowledged) economist. Michael has had a remarkable career starting off as a practical or reality-based economist working for a variety of institutions looking and how banks really behave.

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The Fed’s Austerity Program to Reduce Wages, by Michael Hudson

class warfare

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
June 20, 2022

To Wall Street and its backers, the solution to any price inflation is to reduce wages and public social spending. The orthodox way to do this is to push the economy into recession in order to reduce hiring. Rising unemployment will oblige labor to compete for jobs that pay less and less as the economy slows.

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Capitalism Is Working As Intended: The Madness of Capitalist Inequality, by Pete Dolack

"Smash Capitalism" - Student protests - Parliament Square, London 2010

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by Pete Dolack
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder, June 15, 2022
June 19, 2022

Many well-meaning people lament that our economic system is “not working.” But that isn’t true if we apply some historical context. What has capitalism wrought since its earliest days?

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The Chris Hedges Report: The Rise of Authoritarianism in the US and Around the Globe, with Vijay Prashad

Graffiti on the wall with the message "Fight Fascism"

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges and Vijay Prashad

TheRealNews on Jun 17, 2022

Chris Hedges speaks with historian Vijay Prashad on the rise of authoritarianism in the US and around the globe and what we must do to fight back.

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Will Griffin: 4 Characteristics of the Current Phase of Imperialism

Smash Imperialism!

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by Will Griffin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
June 14, 2022

The Peace Report on Jun 8, 2022

In the previous video, we discussed how the capitalist-imperialist system developed over the past century. Today, in the current phase, we will discuss its 4 main characteristics, as laid out by Pao-Yu Ching in the highly recommended book, Lenin’s Imperialism in the 21st Century published by the Institute of Political Economy.

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Eat the Rich! by Yanis Iqbal

Eat The Rich

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by Yanis Iqbal
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Aligarh, India
May 15, 2022

The contemporary neoliberal system is fundamentally unjust. It is filled with blood-sucking billionaires whose entire existence of grotesque opulence is structurally predicated on the continual exploitation of the working class – a powerful force in whose hands lie the productive powers of humanity.

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21st Century Fascism: The Bid For Survival By A Dying Capitalist Order, by Rainer Shea

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea’s Newsletter
May 7, 2022

In the midst of the threat of Roe V. Wade being overturned, and abortion being automatically banned in 13 states within the next two months, the calls from liberals to vote come across as totally vapid. This is because over the last several decades, we’ve seen dozens of times what happens whenever Democrats become the dominant party: they fail both due to their own lack of principles, and due to the reactionary nature of America’s political structures. Because of this, the paradigm is pushed further towards fascism regardless of which party is in charge. In the present moment, where U.S. hegemony is in decline and capitalism is the most unstable it’s ever been, this dynamic is intensifying.

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Corporate Greed Keeps The Pandemic Alive, by Pete Dolack

Communist Vegans - Covid-19 Exposes Capitalism

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by Pete Dolack
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder, April 12, 2022
April 13, 2022

More than two years on, it is hard to imagine there could be someone who is not sick of the pandemic. Although we can point to multiple reasons for the inability to bring Covid-19 under control, a prominent factor is corporate greed.

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Will Griffin: Imperialism After Lenin

Lenin's Statue in Star City, Russia

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by Will Griffin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
April 12, 2022

“Studying the contemporary expressions of monopoly-capitalism’s key features shows that the logic and dynamic of the monopoly capitalist system remains fundamentally unchanged from Lenin’s time. However, it shows that the forms and means of exploitation and oppression that characterize imperialism have evolved and intensified.” — Paul Quintos

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Russia’s Role in the Ukraine Conflict, by Yanis Iqbal

22-02-05 08 Say No War

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by Yanis Iqbal
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Aligarh, India
March 27, 2022

On March 21, 2022, Gilbert Achcar – a Professor at SOAS University of London – published a note on the Russia-Ukraine conflict, openly wishing for a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) victory. He enthusiastically expressed his support for Western arms deliveries to Ukraine and Western sanctions against Russia, which not only impact the well-being of the Russian people by blocking access to imported items but also plunder economic resources via the seizure of assets belonging to the sanctioned country. Achcar explained his full-blown pro-NATO advocacy by making vague references to “Russian imperialism”, which he considers to be worse than Western imperialism. Again, this judgement, too, is left unexplained; it is only garnished with a useless analogy pompously proclaiming the West’s “vassalization” of Ukraine to be “incomparably preferable” to Russia’s “enserfment” of the country.

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Michael Hudson: Sanctions: The Blowback

Economic Warfare

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
March 23, 2022

Ross [00:00:29] Welcome to Renegade Inc. Whatever the outcome in Ukraine, one thing is for sure the economic reverberations will be felt by everyone for years to come as the world divides between the West and a rapidly reshaping Eurasia.

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The American Empire Self-destructs, by Michael Hudson

Smash US Empire

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
March 8, 2022

But nobody thought that it would happen this fast.

Empires often follow the course of a Greek tragedy, bringing about precisely the fate that they sought to avoid. That certainly is the case with the American Empire as it dismantles itself in not-so-slow motion.

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We’re Not Talking Billions Here —We Are Talking Trillions, by Pete Dolack

Greed!

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by Pete Dolack
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder, Feb. 15, 2022
February 16, 2022

Noting that there is always money to be thrown at the finance industry but little for social needs is by now about as startling as noting the Sun rose in the east this morning. But what is eye-opening is the truly gargantuan amounts of money handed out to benefit the wealthy.

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The Workings of Commodified Education, by Yanis Iqbal

I hate standardized tests

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by Yanis Iqbal
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Aligarh, India
February 12, 2022

Under the neoliberal accumulation regime, a shift takes place in the internal dynamics of the educational system. Insofar as public education is either privatized or forced to operate along competitive lines through budgetary cuts, not only does the labour power of those who are the products of the education system remain a commodity, but also the knowledge itself that goes into the production of this commodity becomes a commodity. Education becomes, in other words, a process for the production of a commodity (the labour-power of those who receive education) by means of a commodity (the knowledge they receive).

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Chris Hedges: Temp: The Real Story of What Happened to Your Salary, Benefits and Job Security

One More Lost Soul

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Feb 5, 2022

Chris Hedges discusses the gig economy with Louis Hyman, professor of economic history at Cornell University.

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