Two Right-Wing Coups in the Americas by Paul Street

The Trump & Clinton Show

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
April 18, 2018

You’ve got to hand it to Hillary Clinton. In 2016, she helped put the right-wing racist, sexist, nativist, authoritarian, and nationalist oligarch Donald Trump in the White House. She and her operatives did this in two ways: (1) by rigging the presidential primaries against the popular progressive Democrat Bernie Sanders, the Democrats’ best chance to prevail over Trump; (2) by mounting a dreadfully uninspiring and transparently tone-deaf, neoliberal general election campaign – a reflection of her massive funding by the nation’s corporate and financial establishment, including big business money normally slated for Republican presidential candidates.

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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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Corporate, State-Capitalist and Imperialist Media, Not “Mainstream Media” and Other Terminology by Paul Street

Grafs in Hof

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
March 20, 2018

Climate Crisis, Not “Climate Change”

My next-to-last CounterPunch essay (“Someone Tell a Reporter: the Rich Are Destroying the Earth”) elicited a smart criticism from a senior scientist:
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Someone Tell A Reporter: The Rich Are Destroying The Earth by Paul Street + 20,000 Scientists Warn Human Beings Are On A Collision Course With Nature

Hot as Hell

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
March 12, 2018

“I Said Why? They Said They Didn’t Know”

Let history record that on Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 14 days after climate change-fueled Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas and 4 days before Hurricane Irma hit southern Florida, the climate-denying President of the United States Donald Trump went to North Dakota to deliver a “tax reform” speech before hundreds of workers and managers at a major oil refinery. The president made comments so senseless and stupid that one must read them twice to believe they were uttered:
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The World Will Not Mourn the Decline of U.S. Hegemony by Paul Street

U.S. Out Of Everywhere

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
March 7, 2018

There are good reasons for any good progressive to bemoan the presence of the childish, racist, sexist and ecocidal, right-wing plutocrat Donald Trump in the White House. One complaint about Trump that should be held at arm’s-length by anyone on the left, however, is the charge that Trump is contributing to the decline of U.S. global power—to the erosion of the United States’ superpower status and the emergence of a more multipolar world.

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Beyond the Endless Soap Opera and Superficial Coverage of the Reigning Media-Politics Culture by Paul Street

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

With the news cycle taken over by the latest madness emerging from the mouth or Twitter feed of the childish “orange one” in the White House, could we step back from the circus to reflect like adults on the social and historical forces that produced the clown presidency? Haymarket Books’ new collection of essays by leading left political analysts, US Politics in an Age of Uncertainty: Essays on a New Reality, is required reading for anyone interested in such reflections on Donald Trump.

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Lazy-Minded Liberals and “The Trump Effect” by Paul Street

Political Art

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
January 13, 2018

*This essay (below) was published on Counterpunch on Friday, January 12, 2018. It was written and submitted before I learned about Donald Trump’s sickening racist comments calling Haiti and Africa (home to 48 nations) “shithole countries.” Trump’s racist remarks have led me to alter and add text (seen in italics) in this essay’s next-to-last paragraph.

Liberals and other Democrats are getting dumber by the day. I keep running into them and hearing the same story over and over: things are bad because Trump is the president.

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“An Idiot Surrounded by Clowns”: Why Trump (Still) Sits in the White House by Paul Street + Max Blumenthal on Fire and Fury, Clinton Probe, and Russiagate

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
Previously published at Counterpunch
January 6, 2018

Most of the media’s attention on journalist Michael Wolff’s “explosive” new book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House has focused on the disclosure that Trump’s former political strategist Steve Bannon used the words “treasonous” and “unpatriotic” to describe Donald Trump, Jr. and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner’s infamous June 2016 meeting with Russians claiming to possess damaging information on Hillary Clinton.

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Against Identitarian and Generational Divide and Rule by Paul Street

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
Previously published at Counterpunch, December 29, 2017
December 31, 2017

The Occupy Wall Street movement that spread across the country six-plus years ago lacked proper organization and strategy, but it deserves credit for having the right enemy – the corporate and financial ruling class. The same can be said to no small degree about the sadly Democratic Party-captive Bernie Sanders campaign, which targeted “the billionaire class” as the main culprit behind the miseries of life in the brutally class-disparate United States. Both populist phenomena – Occupy and the Sanders “movement” – failed to build lasting people’s organizations and failed to properly situate the “One Percent”/“Billionaire Class” within the specific historical contexts of capitalist class rule and capitalism’s “evil twin” imperialism. Neither offered anything like a revolutionary alternative to the nation’s unelected and interrelated dictatorships of wealth and empire. Still, both demonstrated a reasonable opening understanding of who calls the shots under what Noam Chomsky is right to sardonically call “really existing [U.S.] capitalist democracy, or RECD, pronounced as ‘wrecked’”: the U.S. corporate and financial oligarchy.

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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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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

Bernie Sanders - Painting

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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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