“Creating Wealth” through Debt: The West’s Finance-Capitalist Road by Michael Hudson

Swimming With the Debt Sharks

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Michael Hudson, May 2, 2018
May 7, 2018

Peking University, School of Marxist Studies
May 5-6, 2018

Volumes II and III of Marx’s Capital describe how debt grows exponentially, burdening the economy with carrying charges. This overhead is subjecting today’s Western finance-capitalist economies to austerity, shrinking living standards and capital investment while increasing their cost of living and doing business. That is the main reason why they are losing their export markets and becoming de-industrialized.

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Chris Hedges: The Struggle to Reintegrate into Society After Prison

Chris Hedges: The Struggle to Reintegrate into Society After Prison

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on May 5, 2018

David Rothenberg, Founder of The Fortune Society, and artist Guy Woodard discuss the struggle of the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated to reintegrate into society.

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The Post Office Has Been Intentionally Targeted For Takedown by Ellen Brown

Post Office & Savings Bank

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by Ellen Brown
Writers, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
March 18, 2018

The US Postal Service, under attack from a manufactured crisis designed to force its privatization, needs a new source of funding to survive. Postal banking could fill that need.

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Michael Hudson: Privatizing US Infrastructure Will Increase the Cost of Living

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with Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Michael Hudson
February 13, 2018

TheRealNews on Feb 12, 2018

Trump’s infrastructure privatization plan is a hat trick that optimistically turns $200 billion into $1.5 trillion, is designed to eliminate the public sector and to bankrupt cities and states, says economist Michael Hudson.

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Chris Hedges: Race and Class Inequality in Major Cities

20110928 Class War

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Feb 11, 2018

Juan Gonzalez, author of Reclaiming Gotham: Bill de Blasio and the Movement to End America’s Tale of Two Cities, discusses the structural inequality of cities through class and racial policies formed by the US government.

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Michael Hudson and Ellen Brown: Avoiding The Road To Serfdom

Swimming With the Debt Sharks

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by Michael Hudson, with Ellen Brown
Writers, Dandelion Salad
Michael Hudson, Jan. 28, 2018
The Web of Debt Blog
February 10, 2018

I appeared alongside Ellen Brown on Princetown Community Television in two parts. Enjoy!

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Industrializing Class War by William Bowles

George Orwell's 1984

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by William Bowles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Investigating Imperialism
London, England
February 3, 2018

Have you noticed that it’s no longer PC Dixon of Dock Green who mediates the relationship between the state and its citizens as he goes about his beat in your neighbourhood? Instead, it’s a Kevlar-armoured, video-monitored, taser-equipped, drone-surveilled, spit-masked supplied soldier, straight out of Star Wars, who now staggers along under the weight of an industrialized capitalism, visibly physically disconnected from the citizens they monitor by their bullet-proof uniforms, that more resemble a rack of tools in your local hardware store than the Bobby on the beat.

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Chris Hedges: The Torture of Solitary Confinement

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jan 21, 2018

Former inmate of New Jersey State Prison Ojore Lutalo and coordinator of the American Friends Service Committee’s Prison Watch Project Bonnie Kerness discuss solitary confinement in the United States.

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Immigrant Prisons

Immigrant Prisons

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Brave New Films on Oct 18, 2017

Few Americans know about our nation’s system of immigrant detention centers. Each year, the U.S. government locks up roughly 440,000 immigrants in over 200 immigrant prisons. Companies like the CCA and Geo Group, got started in the 1980s, and have since made over $12 billion in profits, largely from immigrant detention.

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Michael Parenti: The Threat of US Imperialism (2013) + Capitalism’s Self-Inflicted Apocalypse by Michael Parenti (2009)

Fight Racism Fight Imperialism - Anti-Trump protesters start to gather in London's Trafalgar Square.

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with Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
September 16, 2017

SNC Political Education on Dec 14, 2014

Here’s the long-awaited video of Michael Parenti’s speech on the threat of US imperialism which he gave at the Revolution Banquet held in Vancouver in November 2013.

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Chris Hedges: Educational Apartheid

Chris Hedges: Educational Apartheid

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Aug 13, 2017

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges is joined by Diane Ravitch, former assistant secretary of education under President George H.W. Bush and author of Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the growth of the charter school industry.

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Chris Hedges: The Collapse of the American Judicial System

Chris Hedges: The Collapse of the American Judicial System

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Aug 5, 2017

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses restoring America’s justice system with legal scholar Edgar Cahn. Cahn is a law professor, former counsel and speechwriter to Robert F. Kennedy, and co-founder of the Antioch School of Law which placed emphasis on serving the poor and trained prospective lawyers in social activism. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil examines the collapse of our legal system.

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Jayati Ghosh: Imperialism in the 21st Century: Capitalism, Globalization, Privatization

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TheRealNews on Jun 26, 2017

Imperialism, explains renowned economist Jayati Ghosh – whether explicit or implicit – is about the struggle to control economic territory such as markets, workers & labor, natural resources and new kinds of markets that are developed.

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Christopher Hitchens and Michael Parenti Debate: Iraq and the Future of US Foreign Policy (2005)

Smash US Empire

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by Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
originally published Dec. 23, 2011
June 24, 2017

Here is a debate held at Wesleyan University in 2005 between Christopher Hitchens and me. Hitchens went to his grave as a supporter of the Bush/Cheney venture. He supported Bush in 2004. His turn to the right (from weak leftish/center) won him the attention of all the mass media, especially Fox and the like, and lecture invitations at fat fees. Others of us were less enthralled about his anti-Islam warrior politics.

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If China Can Fund Infrastructure With Its Own Credit, So Can We by Ellen Brown

roads and railways series #2

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
May 17, 2017

May 15th-19th has been designated “National Infrastructure Week” by the US Chambers of Commerce, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and over 150 affiliates. Their message: “It’s time to rebuild.” Ever since ASCE began issuing its “National Infrastructure Report Card” in 1998, the nation has gotten a dismal grade of D or D+. In the meantime, the estimated cost of fixing its infrastructure has gone up from $1.3 trillion to $4.6 trillion.

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