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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Dandelion Salad

“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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Chris Hedges: Corporate Oligarchs Have Trashed The Economy

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Apr 8, 2019

Rick Sanchez explains the economic impact of migrants on the US. Then Pulitzer prize-winning Chris Hedges, host of “On Contact,” joins Rick Sanchez to discuss the “penny capitalism” and “regional capitalism” that the US Hispanic population engages in and which fuels true wealth creation. He contrasts these forms with the “corporate capitalism” that decimates communities as well as the planet. They also discuss the dearth of critical reporting on the topic in corporate media and the reasons behind it.

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Paul Street: Reflections on the Absurdity of the U.S. Constitution

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with Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
March 25, 2019

“The Democratic Party isn’t about social and economic justice, democracy or ecological survival. It isn’t even mainly about winning elections, it’s about serving and colluding with corporate sponsors and climbing the neoliberal capitalist oligarchy. Think Bill (NAFTA) Clinton, the multi-millionaire head of The Clinton Foundation, think Barack (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Obama who has entered the economic oligarchy now as a reward to his dutiful service to the nation’s unelected dictatorship of capital.”

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American Liberal Delusions on Trump by Finian Cunningham

Donald Trump, Loretto street art

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation, Jan. 17, 2019
January 25, 2019

The anti-Trump so-called “liberal” American politicians and media suffer from a cozy big delusion. The Democrats and their supportive media, such as CNN and New York Times, as well as the foreign policy establishment, including the CIA, promote the belief that all of America’s ills and problems will be solved if only President Trump could be impeached.

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The Tools Of Nonviolent Struggle Should Never Lose Their Edge

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
January 6, 2019

The tools of nonviolent action and the skills of struggle are as vital to these times as reading, writing, and arithmetic. Training to use them is as essential as learning how to use a computer. The ability to boycott and strike is as important as the ability to drive a car. Every citizen who knows how to use email should also know how to protest, walk-out, shut-down, occupy, blockade, and more. This is the only way the power of the people can hold the power of oligarchs in check.

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Chris Hedges and Michael Hudson: Putting the Interests of the 1% over the 99%, the Economies are Committing Financial Suicide

cancel the debt

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with Michael Hudson and Chris Hedges
Writer, Dandelion Salad
December 15, 2018

RT America on Dec 15, 2018

Economist and author, Michael Hudson, in his new book “…And Forgive Them Their Debts: Lending, Foreclosure and Redemption From Bronze Age Finance to the Jubilee Year,” shares with journalist Chris Hedges how Ancient cultures forgave debt cyclically to prevent debt peonage and the rise of an oligarch elite.

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Michael Parenti: The Supremely Political Court

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

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with Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
October 11, 2018

TUK Radio

Archival, updated 2018 to reflect Trump’s Supreme Court – In his extraordinary 26 minute history of the Supreme Court Dr. Michael Parenti warned us in 1995 that this partisan, aristocratic institution might one day empower an autocratic president. It seems that time has come and two Trump appointees, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, can push the scales of justice in favor of their politics unless there is a groundswell to question and change the legal rules of that institution. Why is so much power being given to 9 unelected, non term-limited judges?

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Chris Hedges and Ralph Nader: Liberals Are Not Progressives–They Are Into Empire and Corporate Welfare

Smash US Empire

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges and Ralph Nader

RT America on June 23, 2018

Ralph Nader, Consumer Advocate and former Presidential Candidate, discusses American Mythology with Chris Hedges.

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Capitalism Careens in the Direction of Fascism by Paul Street

If voting changed anything...

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

World peace is none of your business
You must not tamper with arrangements
Work hard and simply pay your taxes
Never asking what for
Oh, you poor little fool
Oh, you fool

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