As Long as Capitalism Exists, The Threat of Fascism Exists, by Pete Dolack

Poster on a pole with the message "Smash fascism"

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by Pete Dolack
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder, Jan. 10, 2022
January 11, 2022

Six years is an eternity in politics. Consider what was common opinion at the start of 2016: That changing demographics in the United States favored the Democratic Party; it would soon be impossible for Republicans to win a national election unless they sharply changed from their primary strategy of sending dog whistles to their base of conservative white people, a dwindling percentage of the U.S. population.

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Envisioning A World With No Bosses, by Pete Dolack + Michael Albert: What Kind of Economy Comes After a Socialist Revolution?

Capitalism Isn't Working

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by Pete Dolack
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder, Dec. 15, 2021
December 16, 2021

Many people, especially those with eyes open to the ravages of capitalism, know what they don’t want. Fewer know what they do want. That is understandable, given that the task of building mass movements on so many fronts is daunting. But while what is meant by the creation of a better world can’t be precisely the same for everybody, movements nonetheless have to have some basic concepts of what a better world might look like.

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Working Conditions are Getting Worse in the US, by Pete Dolack

One More Lost Soul

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by Pete Dolack
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder, Sept. 22, 2021
September 23, 2021

It’s no secret that United Statesians are more ignorant of the world beyond their national borders than the peoples of other countries. That ignorance serves a purpose. How can you keep screaming “We’re Number One” and believing you have it better than the rest of the world if you are in possession of accurate information?

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Earth Burns and the Capitalist World Talks, by Pete Dolack

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by Pete Dolack
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder, Aug. 25, 2021
August 26, 2021

Yes, the time for talk is well past and one more report isn’t likely to change minds or induce new action. Nonetheless, it is always useful to have the latest information when dealing with an ongoing emergency. The world’s governments shouldn’t need the latest United Nations report on the state of Earth’s climate to act but if some do care to pay proper attention, the situation is ever more dire.

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Changes In Consciousness and Belief Systems Don’t Need Decades, Much Less Centuries, To Change, by Pete Dolack

One solution, revolution..

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by Pete Dolack
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder, July 21, 2021
July 22, 2021

A crucial argument for the incessantly promoted idea that capitalism will be with us for a long time to come is the idea of inertia in human understanding. Ideas are stubbornly persistent and can only be changed over long periods of time. Slow evolutionary change is the best we can hope for, and the prospects even for that are uncertain and fragile.

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Foretelling the End of Capitalism, reviewed by Pete Dolack

Capitalism is the crisis

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by Pete Dolack
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder, June 16, 2021
June 17, 2021

Predictions are difficult to make, especially, as the old joke goes, when they are about the future. Particularly fraught have been predictions of the demise of capitalism. Conventional wisdom would have us believe that because capitalism remains the world’s dominant economic system, predictions of the system’s demise are not only wrong, but destined to be wrong in the future.

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The “Innocence” Of Early Capitalism Is Another Fantastical Myth, by Pete Dolack

by Pete Dolack
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder, Apr. 7, 2021
April 8, 2021

It is not unusual for critics of United States foreign policy, whether or not they feel free to use the term “imperialism,” to express regret that a previously rational system has soured. Such sentiments are routine for liberals and hardly unknown among social democrats.

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How the U.S. is Able to Dictate to the Rest of the World, by Pete Dolack

Sanctions Kill

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by Pete Dolack
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder, Mar. 3, 2021
March 5, 2021

The United States government is able to impose its will on all the world’s countries. The rest of the world, even some of the strongest imperialist countries of the Global North, lie prostrate at the feet of the U.S. What is the source of this seemingly impregnable power? Which of course leads to the next question: How long can it last?

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Riots Don’t Change Systems, by Pete Dolack

Rise up, capitalism IS the crisis

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by Pete Dolack
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder, Feb. 3, 2021
February 4, 2021

You say you want a revolution? There are no “lessons” for anyone on the Left to draw from the January 6 insurrection on the Capitol building in Washington.

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The Threat of Fascism Rears its Head in Washington, by Pete Dolack + PSL Statement: Trump Incites Fascist Insurrection Against Congress — What Comes Next?

Capitol Breach 3

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by Pete Dolack
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder
January 7, 2021

Let’s not mince words: Wednesday’s storming of the United States Capitol building was the work of fascism. That it didn’t and couldn’t succeed, and that Donald Trump is days from being out of the White House, should not blind us to the reality of larger social forces at work.

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Don’t Let Up: Fascism Isn’t Dead Yet, by Pete Dolack

smash fascism

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by Pete Dolack
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder
November 5, 2020

Even if Joe Biden had won the U.S. presidency by the expected landslide, the threat of fascism would remain. And not simply because Trumpites are not going away anytime soon.

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We Can Do Better Than Capitalist Formal “Democracy” by Pete Dolack

Vote

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by Pete Dolack
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder
October 22, 2020

An article I read shortly after Jacinda Ardern’s re-election in New Zealand noted, with a touch of weariness, that Labour’s victory came after a campaign measured in “weeks.” Folks there ought to count themselves lucky — the United States has endured years of campaigning in what has proved, to the surprise of no one, its nastiest presidential contest in memory.

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Those Least Responsible For Global Warming Will Pay The Highest Price For It, by Pete Dolack

Earth on Fire

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by Pete Dolack
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder
August 12, 2020

Is it already too late to stop global warming? That question is not asked with thoughts of throwing up hands in despair and giving up. Rather, that question must be asked in the context of mitigating future damage to whatever degree might yet be possible.

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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

Make Capitalism History - Politics For A Real Change *

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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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