Put Away The Flags by Howard Zinn

God Bless America!

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by Howard Zinn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Repost from July 3, 2010
crossposted at The Progressive (2006)
July 4, 2017

On this July 4, we would do well to renounce nationalism and all its symbols: its flags, its pledges of allegiance, its anthems, its insistence in song that God must single out America to be blessed.

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Where Is Your Loyalty?

I Will Stand With The Most Vulnerable

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
May 1, 2017

For all the avowed patriots who demand my Pledge of Allegiance and salutes on Loyalty Day, Fourth of July, and other patriotic, militarized holidays, I fling this question to your hearts: how deep and far does your loyalty to your country run?

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Put Away The Flags by Howard Zinn

Repost from July 3, 2010

God Bless America!

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by
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at The Progressive (2006)
July 4, 2015

On this July 4, we would do well to renounce nationalism and all its symbols: its flags, its pledges of allegiance, its anthems, its insistence in song that God must single out America to be blessed.

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Put Away The Flags by Howard Zinn (repost; 2006)

Repost from July 3, 2010

God Bless America!

Image by dfbm via Flickr

by
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at The Progressive (2006)
July 4, 2014

On this July 4, we would do well to renounce nationalism and all its symbols: its flags, its pledges of allegiance, its anthems, its insistence in song that God must single out America to be blessed.

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Dead Poppies: When Remembrance Becomes Militarism by Lesley Docksey

by Lesley Docksey
Writer, Dandelion Salad
England
November 30, 2013

Red and White Remembrance Poppies

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In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
— From In Flanders Fields by John McCrae, May 1915

It was that time of year again, when sellers of poppies knock at the door and veterans line the streets of the local town with collecting tins and trays of fake red flowers sold in aid of the Royal British Legion; a time when, if you don’t buy or wear a poppy you would be made to feel ‘unpatriotic’.  But times they are a-changing.

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Put Away The Flags by Howard Zinn (2006; repost)

Repost from July 3, 2010

God Bless America!

Image by dfbm via Flickr

by
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at The Progressive (2006)
July 4, 2013

On this July 4, we would do well to renounce nationalism and all its symbols: its flags, its pledges of allegiance, its anthems, its insistence in song that God must single out America to be blessed.

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Patriotic Yardsticks for Unpatriotic Giant Corporations by Ralph Nader

Dandelion Salad

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
May 16, 2013

Corporate welfare corrupts democracy

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Why are big, global U.S. corporations so unpatriotic? After all, they were created in the U.S.A., rose to immense profit because of the toil of American workers, are bailed out by American taxpayers whenever they’re in trouble, and are safeguarded abroad by the U.S. military.

Yet these corporate goliaths work their tax lawyers overtime to escape U.S. taxes. Many pay less than you do in federal income taxes. Imagine corporations, like General Electric, have not paid federal income taxes on U.S. profits for years.

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How Big Corporations Are Unpatriotic by Ralph Nader

Dandelion Salad

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
March 28, 2013

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Many giant profitable U.S. corporations are increasingly abandoning America while draining it at the same time.

General Electric, for example, has paid no federal income taxes for a decade while becoming a net job exporter and fighting its hard-pressed workers who want collective bargaining through unions like the United Electrical Workers Union (UE). GE’s boss, Jeffrey Immelt, makes about $12,400 an hour on an 8-hour day, plus benefits and perks, presiding over this global corporate empire.

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Time for Corporate Patriotism! by Ralph Nader

Dandelion Salad

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
June 20, 2012

Corporate States of America Day 12 Occupy Wall Street September 28 2011 Shankbone 54

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What would happen if we asked the executives of the giant U.S. corporations, whose products constantly surround us, to show some corporate patriotism?

After all, General Electric, DuPont, Citigroup, Pfizer and others demand that they be treated as “persons” under our Constitution and our laws. And, they expect unfiltered loyalty from American workers even to the point of blocking the organization of unions so workers can band together for collective bargaining.

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The Purpose of Education: Social Uplift or Social Control? by Andrew Gavin Marshall

by Andrew Gavin Marshall
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
http://andrewgavinmarshall.com
April 9, 2012

This is part 2 of the series, “Class War and the College Crisis.”

Part 1: The “Crisis of Democracy” and the Attack on Education

In Part 1 of this series, I examined the elite assault on education – through the Chamber of Commerce, right-wing think tanks, and the Trilateral Commission – which arose in response to the massive social and political activist movements of the 1960s. The threat of popular democratic participation – that is, active and activist participation of the population in the decision-making process of a community or nation – was too much to bear. The fact that a significant degree of this activism had been mobilizing from the universities was enough reason for elites to declare a “crisis of democracy” and demand more apathy, complacency, and pacification from the population, more authority for themselves, and more control over the society as a whole. Continue reading

Patriot’s Game by William T. Hathaway

by William T. Hathaway
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
April 4, 2012

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Once again in election season the drums of patriotism are being beaten. Politicians on the stump and their Madison Avenue flacks are exhorting us to rally around the tattered flag. Their drumming sounds feeble and hollow, though, like cheerleaders trying to rouse the fans while the team goes down to defeat.

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Exclusive: Nationalism separates us by Shawn S. Grandstaff

by Shawn S. Grandstaff
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
February 27, 2012

I believe the problem is it’s just very difficult for some people to grasp the concept that there is only one race and that is the human race. I think our battle with the powers that be which is in the hands of a few multinational corporations and banks would be much easier to overcome if we could just get over loving a nation more than loving people.

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The True Patriot by Ed Ciaccio

by Ed Ciaccio
Dandelion Salad
Featured Writer
February 6, 2012

occupy dont divide and conquer

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We’re really all in this together,
Every color, gender and age,
To help each other survive
The fierce storms which will soon rage.

Storms of money and climate and fear
Will threaten to drive us apart,
So we must always remember
Deep in both mind and heart

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Michael Parenti: Superpatriotism (1988)

by Michael Parenti
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.michaelparenti.org
July 5, 2011

Patriotic Christmas light display in Virginia ...

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City Lights Books, 2004

How hype, fear, and mindless flag-waving are supplanting informed debate, commitment to democracy, and real patriotism.

“In this skillfully argued book . . . with wit and humor and penetrating analysis, Parenti invites the reader to connect the dots.”  — Rufus Browning, co-author of Protest Is Not Enough

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