The Corporate Origins of the Anti-Science “Reopen” Demonstrations, by Pete Dolack

Coronavirus graffiti, Leake Street

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by Pete Dolack
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder, June 10, 2020
June 11, 2020

Many of the same extreme right operatives who created the “Tea Party” are behind the anti-science and anti-intellectual spectacles opposing measures designed to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. And with much the same agenda.

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If Neoliberalism Is Crumbling, What Will Follow? by Pete Dolack

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by Pete Dolack
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder, Mar. 18, 2020
March 23, 2020

The biggest problem with the future is that you can’t know what it will be. When Ronald Reagan was elected United States president in 1980, we did not at the time realize a new era of capitalism had begun; that the ascension of Reagan in the U.S. and Margaret Thatcher in Britain a year earlier definitively brought the end of the Keynesian period. Less than a decade earlier Richard Nixon had said, “We’re all Keynesians now.”

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Cop25: Never Have So Many Governments Done So Little For So Many by Pete Dolack + Chris Hedges: Sustained Civil Disobedience Necessary To Respond To The Climate Crisis

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by Pete Dolack
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder, Dec. 18, 2019
December 22, 2019

It’s said that it is better to laugh than cry. But what do we do when a situation has become so beyond parody that laughter is impossible?

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Strengthening Corporate Power–New NAFTA Worse Than the TPP by Pete Dolack

Man on Sidewalk in Nikes (Buenos Aires, Argentina 2002)

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by Pete Dolack
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder
July 19, 2017

As a candidate for president, Donald Trump claimed he wanted a better deal for U.S. workers. Surprise! Oh, okay, that he was lying really isn’t a surprise at all. Far from a “better deal,” the Trump administration is now offering a North American version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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A Basic Income Is Less Than Meets The Eye by Pete Dolack

Capitalism isn't working

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by Pete Dolack
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder, December 1, 2016
April 24, 2017

A basic income — the concept of everybody getting a regular check from the government regardless of circumstance — is one of those ideas that sound wonderful on the surface but proves to be much less so once we examine the details.

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If This Is The Last Century Of Capitalism, What Will Replace It? by Pete Dolack

Capitalism isn't working

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by Pete Dolack
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder
March 9, 2017

Politely walking into pens set up by police, shaking our signs and gently dispersing will not build a movement serious about root-and-branch change. Even the more militant demonstrations, in which people — gasp! — actually take the streets in defiance of authorities, both legal and NGO, are far from sufficient.

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Corporate Plunder–The Bait and Switch of Public-Private Partnerships by Pete Dolack

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by Pete Dolack
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder
February 22, 2017

This being the age of public relations, the genteel term “public-private partnership” is used instead of corporate plunder. A “partnership” such deals may be, but it isn’t the public who gets the benefits.

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Goodbye to Democracy if Transatlantic Partnership is Passed by Pete Dolack (#TTIP)

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by Pete Dolack
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder
May 4, 2016

Corporate control on both sides of the Atlantic will be solidified should the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership be passed. Any doubt about that was removed when Greenpeace Netherlands released 13 chapters of the TTIP text, although the secrecy of the text and that only corporate representatives have regular access to negotiators had already made intentions clear.

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What Might A Cooperative Economy Look Like? by Pete Dolack

this shop is controlled by its workers

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by Pete Dolack
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder
February 24, 2016

In any country in which a model of worker cooperation or self-management (in which enterprises are run collectively and with an eye on benefiting the community) is the predominant model, there would need to be regulations to augment good will. Constitutional guarantees would be necessary as well. Some industries are simply much larger than others. In a complex, industrialized society, some enterprises are going to be much larger than others. Minimizing the problems that would derive from size imbalances would be a constant concern.

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Goodbye Privacy, Hello Censorship If Secret #TISA Pact Is Approved by Pete Dolack

If you don’t want to live in the world like the TV series, Continuum, please act now. ~ DS

by Pete Dolack
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder, Dec. 24, 2014
December 27, 2014

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Internet privacy and net neutrality would become things of the past if the secret Trade In Services Agreement comes to fruition. And on this one, the secrecy exceeds even that shrouding the two better-known corporate giveaways, the Trans-Pacific and Transatlantic partnerships. Continue reading

TPP: The Biggest Threat to the Internet You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

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Dandelion Salad

Updated: July 14, 2013

“The TPP, one of the highest trade priorities for President Obama’s second term….” — The White House

TPP’s Corporate Takeover

breakingtheset on Jul 10, 2013

On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin talks to Lori Wallach, director of Global Trade Watch at Public Citizen about why the TPP trade negotiations remain so secretive, and the dangerous implications this international agreement has on the rest of us.

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