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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The Not-Radical “Socialist” From Vermont by Paul Street

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street, Oct. 23, 2017
Previously published at Counterpunch, Oct. 20, 2017
October 29, 2017

Time as a Democracy and Socialist Movement Issue

Working-class and pro-working-class socialists and left anarchists have long fought for shorter working hours (with no reductions in pay) for some very good radically democratic reasons. It isn’t just that workers’ everyday lives and collective marketplace and workplace bargaining power are enhanced when they are freed from the scourge of over-work and when working hours are spread more evenly across the workforce. Beyond these real and meaningful gains, rank-and-file socialists and left anarchists have long supported decent working hours so that workers can have enough time to develop tastes and build knowledge and organizations to fight for a world beyond the rule of capitalism, the profit- and accumulation-addicted system that, in Karl Marx’s famous 1848 words, “resolve[s] personal worth into exchange value” and “le[aves] no other nexus between man and man than naked self-interest, than callous ‘cash payment.’”

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Race v. Class? More Brilliant Bourgeois Bullshit from Ta-Nehesi Coates by Paul Street

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street, Sept. 21, 2017
Previously published at Counterpunch, Sept. 15, 2017
September 25, 2017

Numerous correspondents sent me the latest lengthy Atlantic essay by the brilliant and eloquent but bourgeois Black Identitarian Ta-Nehesi Coates and asked for my reflections. I reluctantly agreed to read and comment on Coates’ long treatise.

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Global Capitalism’s Reckless Greenhouse-Gassing of the Planet by Paul Street + Are Irma-like Super Storms the ‘New Normal’? + ‘Hurricane Chevron’

2014 People's Climate March NYC 7-Capitalism Is Killing Our Planet

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street, Sept. 9, 2017
Previously published at ZNet, Sept. 9, 2017
September 10, 2017

In the late summer of 2017, the United States was hit by two epic hurricanes, each of which took lives and caused hundreds of billions of dollars in damage. Record-setting wildfires raged on the nation’s West coast and a devastating drought plagued much of the nation’s northern Great Plains.

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Imagining a Hillary Clinton Presidency So Far by Paul Street

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street, September 6, 2017
Previously published at Counterpunch, September 1, 2017
September 8, 2017

The Idiotic Lecture I Keep Getting

A recurrent problem with some who read Left essays on U.S. politics is that a writer of such essays can’t criticize a Republican policymaker or politician without some “radical” reader sending that writer a snotty lecture on the writer’s supposed failure to understand that Barack Obama, the Clintons, Nancy Pelosi, and rest of the top Democrats are terrible too.

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The Road to Charlottesville: Reflections on 21st Century U.S. Capitalist Racism by Paul Street

You can't have Capitalism without Racism

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street, September 4, 2017
Previously published at Counterpunch, August 25, 2017
September 6, 2017

Racism’s Surface and Deeper Levels

The United States, where median Black household wealth is less than 7 cents on the white household dollar and where the mild slogan “Black lives matter” is considered controversial, is still very much a racist nation. Grasping the nature of this national racism in 21stcentury means looking at the different levels on which race operates here. One level is at the nation’s discursive and symbolic surface. It is about language, imagery, signs, the color of elite personnel, representation, and, well, symbols.

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Wonder if the Arch-authoritarian Racist Idiot Donald Trump will Make it to 2020? by Paul Street

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street, August 25, 2017
Previously published at Counterpunch, August 18, 2017
August 26, 2017

A story that appeared in the leading inside-Washington political journal The Hill last week bore a headline that ought to send a chill down the spine of anyone who believes in democracy: “Half of Republicans Would Back Postponing 2020 Election if Trump Proposed It.” Read the report’s opening 90 words and let them sink in:
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RExxon Tillerson’s Petro-Imperially Perfect Regime Change Threat by Paul Street + Eva Golinger: Venezuela Stands Up To US Sanctions

A U.S. Guide: 7 Steps to Kill a Revolution

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Updated: August 26, 2017

by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street, August 23, 2017
Previously published at Counterpunch, August 3, 2017
August 25, 2017

It takes a lot for anything anybody in the Insane Clown Trump administration says to get my attention these days. The longtime Exxon-Mobil CEO and current United State Secretary of State Rex Tillerson did the trick with these 48 words two days ago: “We are evaluating all of our policy options as to what can we do to create a change of conditions where either Maduro decides he doesn’t have a future and wants to leave of his own accord or we can return the government processes back to their constitution.”

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Paul Street: This is the Most Inflammatory Rhetoric I’ve Heard From a US President in My Lifetime

Paul Street: This is the Most Inflammatory Rhetoric I’ve Heard From a US President in My Lifetime

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with Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
August 11, 2017

The Debate – Korean Peninsula Tensions

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Uncle Sam’s Grisly Record of Murder and Mayhem Since 1945 by Paul Street

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street, July 30, 2017
August 1, 2017

The United States has killed, maimed, displaced, and otherwise harmed an astonishing number of people in its 241-year record of murder and mayhem – including more than 20 million killed in 37 nations since 1945.

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The Democratic Party Stands for the Socio-pathological System of Class Rule Called Capitalism by Paul Street

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street, July 25, 2017
Previously published at Counterpunch, July 21, 2017
July 30, 2017

A recent Washington Post and ABC poll finds that just 37 percent of Americans think that the Democratic Party “stands for something.” Fifty two percent say it’s about nothing more than opposing Trump.

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Eleven Blasphemous Thoughts for the Current Russo-phobic Season by Paul Street

On the walls of the former American embassy

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street, June 9, 2017
June 10, 2017

Summer’s here and the time is right for sacrilege in the streets. Here are eleven blasphemous thoughts for the current Russo-phobic season, likely to be a real carbon-cooked scorcher.

Wouldn’t That Have Been Russia’s Job?

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Obama: A Hollow Man Filled With Ruling Class Ideas by Paul Street + Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama and the Limitations of Liberal Criticism

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street, June 6, 2017
June 8, 2017

A “Hollow” Man Who Was “Unwilling to Fight the Good Fight”

What on Earth motivated the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and law professor David J. Garrow to write an incredibly detailed 1078-page (1460 pages with endnotes and index included) biography of Barack Obama from conception through election to the White House? Not any great personal affinity for Obama on Garrow’s part, that’s for sure. Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama is no hagiography. On the last page of this remarkable tome, Garrow describes Obama at the end of his distinctly non-transformative and “failed presidency” as a man who had long ago had become a “vessel [that] was hollow at its core.”

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Totalitarianism: It Can Happen Here by Paul Street

Dandelion Salad

by Paul Street
Dissident Voice
August 23rd, 2008

Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism
By Sheldon Wolin
(Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2008)
ISBN-10: 0691135665
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Note to Liberals: The Right Does Not “Hate Government” by Paul Street

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by Paul Street
Dissident Voice
December 18th, 2007

“Progressive Victory”

Maybe it’s some sort of “progressive victory” that Daily Kos publisher Markos Moulitsas is a contributing columnist at the longstanding “mainstream” (corporate) media outlet Newsweek magazine. That’s what a liberal I know tells me.

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