America’s Political Illiteracy Sustains the Two-Party Tyranny, by Finian Cunningham

No Oligarchy

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Ireland
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation, Mar. 7, 2021
March 10, 2021

The superficial distortions propagated by many American politicians and pundits only serve to sustain the status quo of oligarchic tyranny.

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Chris Hedges and Noam Chomsky: The State of the American Empire

Terrorism definition

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jan 23, 2021

On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to Professor Noam Chomsky, the pioneering linguist, prolific author of numerous seminal political works, about the state of the American Empire.

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Chris Hedges: How Republicans, Democrats, and the Media Have Weakened US Democracy

Democracy

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

New Economic Thinking on Jan 19, 2021

Renowned journalist and author Chris Hedges talks about the many ways traditional media, digital media, and the two political parties have worked to prevent progressive movements and give rise to the growth of the extreme right. Continue reading

Chris Hedges and Cornel West: America’s Existential Crisis

Capitol Breach 5

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jan 9, 2021

On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to moral philosopher, Dr. Cornel West, about what we can learn about America’s existential crisis after witnessing enraged supporters of Donald Trump storming the Capitol to try and halt Congress’s counting of the electoral votes to confirm the victory of President-elect Joe Biden.

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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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Chris Hedges: The Global Economic Machine

Capitalism Kills - Kill Capitalism

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with Chris Hedges

Dandelion Salad

RT America on Dec 5, 2020

On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to Fabian Scheidler about how the global economic machine came to dominate our lives, and with looming social upheavals caused by predatory capitalism, what can be done to blunt its destructive power.

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Chris Hedges: American Fascist Christian Right

American Jesus

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with Chris Hedges

Dandelion Salad

RT America on Nov 14, 2020

On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to the Rev. Mel White about the Christian Right, “a homegrown fascist movement,” which has been organizing to take political power for decades, and during the Trump administration seized senior positions in the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government. A move violating US Constitutional powers of separation of church and state.

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Before the Champagne is Popped… by Kenn Orphan

Democracy

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
November 8, 2020

Biden won. Trump lost. I am pleased the orange proto-fascist lost. But before the champagne bottles start popping there are a few things we should remember.

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Chris Hedges and Paul Street: American Discontent

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with Chris Hedges

and with Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
November 7, 2020

RT America on Nov 7, 2020

On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to Professor Paul Street about the outcome of the US presidential election, and how despite likely losing, Donald Trump has solidified an angry, disposed working class that cuts across racial lines and has embraced a right-wing populism.

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Donald Trump was Never the Real Problem, by Kenn Orphan

Graffiti "4 More Years of Fascism"

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
November 4, 2020

As I write this I await, like everyone else on planet earth, the results of this spectacle called the US elections. I await the outcome of a sham that empires throughout history have foisted on their subjects. The illusion of choice. I also await the inevitable contention. I await the speculation that will likely stretch on for weeks or more. I await the unhinged machinations and chaos making from the sitting president, as well as his unbridled fascist putsch, an expected act born in desperation from a sociopathic narcissistic megalomaniac.

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Trump’s License to Violence, by Finian Cunningham + An Appeal to Fascism for All to See, by Kenn Orphan

Donald Trump, Loretto street art

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Ireland
Crossposted from Sputnik, Sept. 30, 2020
October 1, 2020

The most remarkable moment in the 90-minute US presidential debate was President Trump’s refusal to outright condemn white supremacist groups.

Indeed, he went further by referring to one such group by name, Proud Boys, and then told them – apparently approvingly – to “stand back and stand by”.

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America: Land of the Free… and Conspiracy Nuts, by Finian Cunningham

Donald Trump

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Ireland
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
September 16, 2020

The United States has hit a dangerous threshold when a senior member of the Trump administration is warning citizens to arm themselves because “leftwing hit squads” are about to seek retribution.

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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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A Pandemic and a Plague of Absurdity, by Kenn Orphan

Pandemic

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
May 22, 2020

At a certain point in an age of absurdity the normalization of madness becomes so common that it is almost indiscernible to most in the thick of it. Indeed, late capitalism, the stage which is undoubtedly preceding complete barbarism, has produced an endless stream of absurdities which not only insult the senses of those who possess a conscience and a modicum of critical thinking skills, but can also deliver a fatal injury as we are seeing unfold in real time with tepid or reckless responses to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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