You Can’t Have a Progressive Movement Without Peace by David Swanson + Desmond Tutu on #NoWar

Veterans for Peace Banner Drop: "How is the War Economy Working for You?" (Pittsburgh, PA)

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
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September 9, 2017

Remarks at People’s Convergence Conference, Sept. 8, 2017

Here’s my five-minute case for why you can’t have an effective progressive movement in the United States that doesn’t include working for peace. War and militarism and bases and ships and missiles and sanctions and nuclear threats and hostility make up the filter through which much of the other 96% of humanity experiences this 4%. The U.S. Congress chooses how to spend a great deal of money each year, and chooses to put 54% of it into war and preparations for war. The wars demonstrably increase rather than reduce or eliminate anti-U.S. sentiment and violence. They endanger us rather than protect us. The wars are a top cause of death and injury in the world, and a top cause of famines and disease epidemics and refugee crises that cause massive additional suffering. But war kills most by diverting resources. Small fractions of U.S. military spending could end starvation, provide clean water, end diseases, even end the use of fossil fuels worldwide. Military spending also reduces jobs in comparison to other spending or not taxing working people in the first place.

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“Progressive”: Does its Meaning Depend on Whatever the Clintons Think is “Progress”? by Rob Hager

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by Rob Hager
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Older version published February 10, 2016
September 20, 2016

The battle between Sanders and Clinton over the term “progressive” presented an opportunity to discuss some history. Now that Sanders is supporting the very person who misappropriated the term it is even more important to define what does progressive mean, if it is more than a euphemism for the vague term “liberal.” This article argues on the contrary that “progressive” has a very precise meaning conferred by its history.

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The Battle Over the Term “Progressive” by Rob Hager

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Please see revised version: “Progressive”: Does its Meaning Depend on Whatever the Clintons Think is “Progress”? by Rob Hager

by Rob Hager
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
February 10, 2016

The battle between Sanders and Clinton over the term “progressive” presents an opportunity to discuss some history relevant to the campaign. The meaning of the term gains importance from new thinking that “people of color and progressive whites add up to a new majority” comprising 23% and 28% of the electorate respectively. See Steve Phillips, Brown is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority (2016). These Americans are those most strongly committed to America’s republican traditions. Today’s progressives represent the same fraction who fought to establish the republic envisaged by the two Toms, Paine and Jefferson.

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Jeff Cohen: New Netroots Organization Founded Independent of Dems

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There is no “Professional Left” on Cable By Timothy V. Gatto

By Timothy V. Gatto
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Aug. 13, 2010

The arguments between the Progressives on the left and the Conservatives on the right are mostly straw-man arguments when it comes to cable shows. FOX News on one hand can’t bash the Democrats enough, while MSNBC can’t stop taking the Republicans to task. Still, the content of both cable stations is Republican against Democrat without much meaningful criticism of American polices and direction.

Once in awhile we get a gem from MSNBC like Rachel Maddow’s report on “Don’t ask, Don’t tell”. I’d just like to add that when I was stationed in Germany, a gay friend of mine took me to a gay bar in Kaiserslautern and when I walked in I saw about 15 guys from my unit if 240 guys there. Nobody knew and if they did, the soldiers in my unit didn’t give a damn.

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Professional Center-Right Attacks Progressives by Sean Fenley

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Featured Writer
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The Anything and Everything
Aug 12, 2010

The mouthpiece for “New” Democratic president Barack Obama, apparently felt the need to take a shot at a sleeping dog that was out cold — and near death — and has probably been that way since at least the late 1960s, early 1970s. It would stand to reason that after decades of both sides of the aisle handing over the keys to the family vehicle, to all sorts of avaricious and rapacious, beastly corporate predators, that there might be some push back against the “New” Democratic ancien regime. Said mouthpiece, to the “New” Democratic ancien administration, cited a giveaway to the health insurance industry, and a toothless Wall Street “reform” bill; as achievements of the “New” Democratic ancien administration that should have assuaged “intransigent” progressive agitators.

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As Gibbs Attacks Progressive Critics, ACLU Says Obama White House Enshrining Bush-Era Policies

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Excuse The American Left, Mr. Gibbs By Timothy V. Gatto

By Timothy V. Gatto
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Aug. 11, 2010

Robert Gibbs complaining about the left shouldn’t come as any big surprise. The Obama administration has ignored the left since its inception and will continue to do so. So Gibbs thinks we shouldn’t complain that he’s too centrist? What is that, double speak for waging war in faraway places? Is that a “centrist” thing to do? In this day and age I guess it is. Centrism among the politicians means far right to the real left.

How do I know what the left wants? I AM the left. I eat it, I drink it, I spend my days thinking about it. I recently joined the Democratic Socialists of America. I am a card carrying member of the American left. I don’t need Gibbs telling me that I’m pushing Obama too fast. I couldn’t be bothered. Obama is just what the powers that be want him to be. He preached to the choir and the choir fell for it, this after he reneged on the FISA Bill and gave immunity to the telecoms after promising to filibuster the bill. He also said that he wouldn’t take money for his campaign from special interests. Do I have to tell you that Goldman Sachs was one of his biggest contributors? So when will the left get wise to Obama?

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Left-Leaning Despisers of the 9/11 Truth Movement: Do You Really Believe in Miracles? by David Ray Griffin

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by David Ray Griffin
Global Research, July 6, 2010

An Open Letter to Terry Allen, Noam Chomsky, Alexander Cockburn, David Corn, Chris Hayes, George Monbiot, Matthew Rothschild, and Matt Taibbi.1

According to several left-leaning critics of the 9/11 Truth Movement, some of its central claims, especially about the destruction of the World Trade Center, show its members to be scientifically challenged. In the opinion of some of these critics, moreover, claims made by members of this movement are sometimes unscientific in the strongest possible sense, implying an acceptance of magic and miracles. Continue reading

It Ain’t Gonna Happen, Frank by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
crossposted on Buzzflash.com
July 2, 2010

With his usual magnificent rhetoric, Frank Rich, Op-Ed columnist extraordinaire of The New York Times, recently laid out a grand agenda for President Obama and his administration, in order to deal with the mass disaster left behind for our nation by eight years of Bush-Cheney.  Frank said, in part:

[T]he debate over how to raise the president’s emotional thermostat is not an entirely innocuous distraction. It allows Obama to duck the more serious doubts about his leadership that have resurfaced along with BP’s oil.  Unlike his unflappable temperament, his lingering failings should and could be corrected . . . Continue reading

Why not join us, your natural allies? by Jason Miller

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by Jason Miller
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Thomas Paine’s Corner
March 25, 2010

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“Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.” —Sun Tzu

Most of the so-called “progressives” (like the impotent keyboard warriors at Daily Kos and the myriad other smug and self-satisfied “liberal” blogs littering the Internet landscape) don’t even know themselves, let alone knowing their enemies. They are oblivious to the fact that they are centrists on the political spectrum in a nation teeming with seething social conservatives–patriarchal, “Christian” (read institutionalized hijackers and subverters of Christ’s messages of love and compassion), racist (whether it be overt or covert), speciesist, homophobic caricatures of human beings who sold their souls for God, country, and the almighty DOLLAR and who are pissed off at the wrong people for the wrong reasons.

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