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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Chris Hedges: The Illusion of Democracy

Madison, Wisc. March 12, 2011

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Mar 25, 2018

Peter L. P. Simpson, a Professor of Classics & Philosophy at the City University of New York, discusses the nature of democracy by deconstructing the political philosophy of liberalism.

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Paul Street: We Live In An Abject Authoritarian Plutocracy

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with Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
December 20, 2017

OpenUnivoftheLeft on Dec 17, 2017

Dr. Paul Street, “Trumped? How the United States Became a Banana Republic”, Open University of the Left, 12-16-2017, Chicago, Illinois

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Slashing and Burning In Every Direction by Ralph Nader

#occupyboston

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Dandelion Salad

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
December 6, 2017

Have the Republican greed-hound toadies gone too far? How much are the American people going to take before they replace the reckless Republicans in the next election? Low and middle-income Americans are bracing for the likely passage of a Trump-supported tax bill that deviously redistributes even more of the people’s income to the richest one percent (including a big tax cut for Trump) and the unpatriotic giant corporations.

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Liberty and Justice for Some by Paul Street

Fuck Wars

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street, Dec. 2, 2017
Previously published at Counterpunch, Nov. 17, 2017
December 2, 2017

Big Brother in the Aisles of HyVee

Repeat a lie often enough, the conventional Nazi propaganda wisdom ran, and it will become an accepted truth.

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Abby Martin: Russia’s Transformation From an American “Colony” to it’s “Number One Threat”

Saint Basil's Cathedral, Red Square, Moscow

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Dandelion Salad

with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Jan 23, 2017

The increased aggression towards Russia from US politicians and media is made more clear when taking into account the real history of the post-Soviet period. The hidden story of Boris Yeltsin’s presidency explains how deeply the US government, along with Western capitalist institutions, cheered, shaped and exploited the country after the fall of the Soviet Union, paving the way for the political system they all condemn today.

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Chris Hedges and Jill Stein: The Whole Political System is a Scam, Part 1

Green Party Presidential Candidate & Massachusetts resident Jill Stein

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Feb 15, 2016

In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges and Green Party candidate Jill Stein diagnose the problems plaguing US politics, highlighting the dysfunction of a two-party system dominated by corporate interests.

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The Devastating Cost of Monetized Elections by Ralph Nader

Corporate States of America

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
January 21, 2016

Corporatized and commercialized elections reach a point where they stand outside and erode our democracy. Every four years the presidential and Congressional elections become more of a marketplace where the wealthy paymasters turn a civic process into a spectacle of vacuous rhetorical contests, distraction and stupefaction.

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How America Became an Oligarchy by Ellen Brown

by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
April 6, 2015

Oligarchy

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The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don’t…. You have owners. — George Carlin, The American Dream

According to a new study from Princeton University, American democracy no longer exists. Using data from over 1,800 policy initiatives from 1981 to 2002, researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page concluded that rich, well-connected individuals on the political scene now steer the direction of the country, regardless of – or even against – the will of the majority of voters. America’s political system has transformed from a democracy into an oligarchy, where power is wielded by wealthy elites.

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The Koch Brothers’ Governors by Jeffery Sommers and Michael Hudson

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by Jeffery Sommers and Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com
December 12, 2014

Butlers Selling the Public’s Silver…. A Dress Rehearsal for Hillary?

The Koch Brothers are the closest thing the United States has to Russia’s oligarchs. They fuse ownership of the economy and state, using the latter to enrich themselves while making private gains through the public’s losses. Their idea of a “market economy” is to buy government officials and the assets they privatize at giveaway prices. Continue reading

Finian Cunningham on Crosstalk: Ukrainian Crucible + Michael Hudson: Austerity in Ukraine

Updated: see below

with Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Belfast, Ireland
June 27, 2014

RT on Jun 27, 2014

Ukraine continues to be divided and there is no evidence of a ceasefire in the country. What is Poroshenko’s “peace plan”? Is a political compromise possible? Or economic suicide in Ukraine is imminent? CrossTalking with Finian Cunningham, Jonathan Steele and Mark Sleboda.

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American Democracy Now An Oligarchy by Joel S. Hirschhorn + Ivy League Study Says the General Public Has Virtually No Influence on Policy

by Joel S. Hirschhorn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.foavc.org
April 24, 2014

Oligarchy

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History has been made. But few Americans are aware of it or angry about it. I say: Wake up Americans. A war has been waged against US democracy, from the inside. Time to pick a side and fight back.

If you are not totally brain dead, distracted by pain or pleasure, or consumed by narcissistic obsessions, face the ugly, painful truth. Continue reading