Chris Hedges and Richard D. Wolff: American Economic Illusions

Communist Vegans - Covid-19 Exposes Capitalism

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Apr 10, 2021

On the show this week, Chris Hedges discusses the nearly $5 trillion being allocated by the Biden Administration for COVID-19 relief and infrastructure project with economist Richard Wolff.

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David Swanson, Bruce Gagnon and Rick Rozoff: Democracy vs Autocracy

end u.s. imperialism

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with David Swanson, Bruce Gagnon and Rick Rozoff
Writers, Dandelion Salad
April 2, 2021

RT on Apr 2, 2021

Historically speaking, the Cold War was a great ideological confrontation. Western liberalism vs Soviet communism. According to Joe Biden the great geopolitical struggle of our time is democracy vs autocracy. For Biden we are in another great ideological struggle. But there is a difference: the west, particularly the U.S. is the only ideological actor.

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America’s Political Illiteracy Sustains the Two-Party Tyranny, by Finian Cunningham

No Oligarchy

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Ireland
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation, Mar. 7, 2021
March 10, 2021

The superficial distortions propagated by many American politicians and pundits only serve to sustain the status quo of oligarchic tyranny.

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The Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex Study Guide, by Christian Sorensen

Understanding the War Industry by Christian Sorensen

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by Christian Sorensen
Writer, Dandelion Salad
January 21, 2021

INTRODUCTION

Capitalism—the system by which a relatively tiny group owns the means of production and enriches themselves through hoarding the workers’ surplus value, transforming the natural world into goods and services—is inherently destructive, exploitative, and polluting. Capital is concentrated in very few hands. The richest one percent own half of the world’s wealth (Frank, CNBC, 14 Nov 2017), and the three wealthiest humans in the United States own more wealth than the bottom fifty percent of the population of the country (Kirsch, Forbes, 9 Nov 2017). This trend of the rich getting richer only accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Billionaire wealth skyrocketed while the masses suffered.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg and America’s Priestly Class, by Kenn Orphan

U.S. Supreme Court For Sale (Washington, DC)

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
September 22, 2020

“It would be naive to depend on the Supreme Court to defend the rights of poor people, women, people of color, dissenters of all kinds. Those rights only come alive when citizens organize, protest, demonstrate, strike, boycott, rebel, and violate the law in order to uphold justice.” — Howard Zinn

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Chris Hedges: The Signs of the Declining Empire

No Oligarchy

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

The Democracy At Work on Aug 31, 2020

On this week’s Economic Update, Prof. Wolff discusses the following: Denmark’s new taxes on banks and rich people to help workers doing dangerous jobs; West Virginia AG sues Walmart and CVS for complicity in opioid scandal; and US State Department urges universities to sell shares in Chinese corporations. On the second half of the show, Prof. Wolff interviews author and journalist Chris Hedges on signs of the declining US empire.

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Chris Hedges and Glen Ford: Analysis of the George Floyd Protests

Defund the Police

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jun 13, 2020

On the show today, Chris Hedges discusses the George Floyd protests, erupting in over 140 American cities, with Glen Ford, executive editor, Black Agenda Report.

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Chris Hedges: The Capitalist Class Wants To Keep The Working Class In A State Of Constant Distress

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“The longer the ruling elites refuse to address the root causes behind these protests, the more they loot the treasury to enrich themselves and their fellow oligarchs, the more they engage in futile and absurd efforts to deflect blame, the more unrest will spread. The last desperate resort by the oligarchs to save themselves will be to stoke the fires of racialized violence between disenfranchised whites and disenfranchised people of color.” — Chris Hedges

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Chris Hedges: Americans Face A One-Choice Election—The Oligarchy

No Oligarchy

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Mar 10, 2020

Pulitzer-winning author and host of “On Contact” Chris Hedges joins Rick Sanchez to discuss the influence of lobbyists on establishment media in their coverage of politics and that donors, bankers and billionaires have on the US political process. He argues that the corporate elite sees Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) is a much greater threat to corporate power than President Trump, which is why they are uniting so stridently behind former Vice President Joe Biden in the Democratic presidential primary.

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In a Struggle Between Oligarchy and Democracy, Something Must Give by Michael Hudson

99% over 1%

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
February 27, 2020

The Democrats’ Quandary

To hear the candidates debate, you would think that their fight was over who could best beat Trump. But when Trump’s billionaire twin Mike Bloomberg throws a quarter-billion dollars into an ad campaign to bypass the candidates actually running for votes in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada, it’s obvious that what really is at issue is the future of the Democrat Party. Bloomberg is banking on a brokered convention held by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in which money votes. (If “corporations are people,” so is money in today’s political world.)

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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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With Bloomberg Entering Race, U.S. Oligarchy Takes The Stage by Finian Cunningham + Bloomberg’s Stop and Frisk Past Comes Back to Haunt Him

With Bloomberg Entering Race, U.S. Oligarchy Takes The Stage by Finian Cunningham

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
February 21, 2020

The American two-party system has always been an electoral front to conceal the reality of how big money buys U.S. politics. Now with media tycoon Mike Bloomberg entering the presidential race, U.S. “democracy” can be seen for what it is: it’s all about big money duking it out. Political parties are now manifestly irrelevant.

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Chris Hedges and Paul Street: The Problem is Not Trump. It is a Political System Dominated by Corporate Power and The Mandarins of the Two Major Political Parties

Chris Hedges and Paul Street: The Problem is Not Trump. It is a Political System Dominated by Corporate Power and The Mandarins of the Two Major Political Parties

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with Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
November 9, 2019

RT America on Nov 9, 2019

Journalist Chris Hedges talks to Paul Street, author and political commentator, about the failure of the American Left, new forms of resistance, democracy, and the deep roots of America’s ruling oligarchy.

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Chris Hedges: Huge Swathes of the US Really Struggle in Dire Circumstances

Capitalism is a war on the poor sign at Spring street - Melbourne May Day is May 1, 2012

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Sep 4, 2019

Why does the US tolerate levels of poverty comparable to the least developed parts of the world? Pulitzer-winning journalist, author and host of “On Contact” Chris Hedges joins Rick Sanchez to share his insights. He explains how vast swaths of the US and its people are “sacrifice zones” to rapacious capitalism.

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Albert Einstein: Why Socialism?

Detroit Institute of Art ~ Diego Rivera Mural

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“For the sake of simplicity, in the discussion that follows I shall call “workers” all those who do not share in the ownership of the means of production—although this does not quite correspond to the customary use of the term. The owner of the means of production is in a position to purchase the labor power of the worker. By using the means of production, the worker produces new goods which become the property of the capitalist. The essential point about this process is the relation between what the worker produces and what he is paid, both measured in terms of real value. Insofar as the labor contract is “free,” what the worker receives is determined not by the real value of the goods he produces, but by his minimum needs and by the capitalists’ requirements for labor power in relation to the number of workers competing for jobs. It is important to understand that even in theory the payment of the worker is not determined by the value of his product.” — Albert Einstein, Monthly Review, May 1949

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