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

Democracy

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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

Exploiting the Chaos to Impose More Surveillance and Censorship, by Rainer Shea

censorship

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist
January 12, 2021

Welcome to the latest stage in the process of reaction that’s occurring within the U.S. ruling class amid Washington’s imperial decline. This is the stage where after Trump’s personality cult has escalated a petty political dispute into violence, the liberal technocrats who will soon have control over the White House are escalating their war against dissent.

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US War Machine Masquerading as Country, by Finian Cunningham

Hacker IT Computer Security

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Ireland
Crossposted from Sputnik, Dec. 21, 2020
December 22, 2020

The late and not-so-great Republican Senator John McCain once provocatively described Russia as “a giant gas station masquerading as a country”.

Mitt Romney, the former presidential candidate and fellow Republican Senator, was quoted in US media over the weekend channeling McCain’s contemptuous description of Russia.

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Chris Hedges: America’s Problem is not Russia nor China — It’s Us!

Rudy Giuliani Stop The Steal Syrupy Voter Fraud Pancake (revised)

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with Chris Hedges

Dandelion Salad

RT America on Nov 25, 2020

Pulitzer-winning journalist Chris Hedges weighs in on the “ludicrous” finger-pointing as Republican leaders seek to blame President Trump’s failure to secure re-election on anyone but themselves and their candidate.

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Chris Hedges: Shredding Journalistic Credibility

"FREE SPEECH*"

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Oct 31, 2020

On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to Matt Taibbi journalist and author, about the rapidly disintegrating media landscape and its consequences.

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Russia’s Threat… Of Peace, by Finian Cunningham

Russia’s Threat… Of Peace, by Finian Cunningham

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Ireland
Crossposted from Sputnik
October 26, 2020

Here we go again. Joe Biden is whipping up Russophobia by claiming that Russia is the “biggest threat” to American security.

In a media interview at the weekend, the Democrat politician said: “I think the biggest threat to America right now in terms of breaking up our – our security and our alliances is Russia.”

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Top 12 Reasons Biden Is Not My Fault, by David Swanson

Joe Biden - Caricature

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Oct. 18, 2020
October 19, 2020

When the Democratic Party decided it preferred Trump to Bernie and would rather nominate to run against Trump a more corporate-friendly candidate who was polling more weakly against Trump, there were — in theory — at least two choices.

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The Dollar Crash Of 2021: The Next Step In Capitalist Collapse + 2020 Will End With The U.S. Moving Much Closer To Dictatorship, by Rainer Shea

Collapse text on calculator screen on the hundred dollar bills

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, Sept. 30, 2020
October 2, 2020

As this year’s economic crisis has developed, the U.S.-centered corporatocracy has desperately been trying to maintain the illusion of growth, or at the least the illusion that the current contraction is sure to end and things will return to normal. But as unemployment claims in the U.S. have continued to rise, and factors like the cold war with China have thrown the NATO countries into further economic chaos, it’s become clear that the stock market has been overly optimistic about a coming recovery. Market Watch wrote last month that “The rebound will be much more gradual than the V-shaped pattern investors are betting on.”

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The Banality of Evil of The Evil of Two Lessers + The Democratic Party’s Raison D’être Is To Co-Opt, Absorb, Marginalize, and Neutralize The Left, by Phil Rockstroh

The Banality of Evil of The Evil of Two Lessers + The Democratic Party's Raison D’être Is To Co-Opt, Absorb, Marginalize, and Neutralize The Left, by Phil Rockstroh

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by Phil Rockstroh
Writer, Dandelion Salad
August 25, 2020

“Not voting for Biden reveals your privilege.”

Only privileged people seem to believe the US possesses a viable democracy. The non-privileged live with the boot of the extant dictatorship of money/police state on their throats (of which, Biden has spent his life as an ardent operative). Withal, Biden has spent his political career in service to the profiteers of White privilege because, to quote the man himself, he did not “want his children to grow up in a racial jungle.”

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David Swanson, Alice Slater and Bruce Gagnon: Obstacles to Nuclear Abolition

Nuclear Nightmare - Open Your Eyes And Awake !

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with David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, July 24, 2020

with Bruce Gagnon
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Organizing Notes
July 30, 2020

WorldBeyondWar.org on Jul 24, 2020

David Swanson, Alice Slater, and Bruce Gagnon discuss obstacles to nuclear abolition and the U.S.-Russia relationship.

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The U.S. Ruling Class Will Never Allow America’s Wars To End + Neoliberalism Is Going To Keep Us In A Perpetual Health Crisis, by Rainer Shea

Capitalism Kills

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, July 1, 2020
July 6, 2020

This last week, U.S. intelligence officials and their allies in the corporate media spread the evidence-free claim that Russia has put bounties on American troops in Afghanistan. This propaganda campaign was both an attempt to reinforce anti-Russian sentiment, and a subtle way to manufacture consent for the ongoing Afghanistan war. Which prompts one to ask: why is the empire so committed to perpetuating war? Why haven’t any of the wars it’s started since 9/11 been ended, and why does it evidently have every intention of making sure they don’t end?

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Deep State Bounty Hunters + Russia Bounty-Hunter Story Another Pulp Fiction Release, by Finian Cunningham

Lies

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Sputnik, June 30, 2020
July 2, 2020

The media firestorm over alleged Russian intelligence collusion with Afghan militants to kill US troops has the hallmarks of a psy-ops orchestrated by America’s Deep State.

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The Russian Menace and the Dangers of Believing the New York Times, by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, June 28, 2020
June 29, 2020

The New York Times claims that Russia offered to pay Afghans to kill U.S. (and allied) troops. It does not claim that any payments were made. It does not claim that any troops were killed. It does not claim that any impact was had on anything. It does not name its sources. It does not offer any evidence other than the supposed assertions of nameless government officials. It does not offer any justification for not naming them. It does not provide the context of all the years the U.S. government spent arming and funding Afghans to kill Russians, nor all the more recent years during which the U.S. military has been both the enemy of the Taliban and its top funding source (or at least second to opium). It promotes the ridiculous and debunked Russiagate notion that Trump is too kind to Russia.

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Oligarchic Electoral Manipulations Continue, by Rainer Shea

Voter Suppression is Violence

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, Mar. 7, 2020
March 8, 2020

During this last week’s Democratic presidential primary contests, all of the familiar types of oligarchic electoral manipulations appeared. Voter suppression plagued the elections, with the GOP’s actions in Texas having led to many young people being forced to wait hours in voting booth lines. Mirroring the statistically impossible vote count discrepancies that happened in Clinton’s favor throughout the 2016 primaries, in Massachusetts the discrepancies between the vote count and exit poll for Biden and Sanders was 8.2%, which is double the 4% margin of error for exit poll discrepancies. The sudden decisions by Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg to drop out, as well as Elizabeth Warren’s refusal to drop out before Super Tuesday despite having been hopelessly behind, worked to shift the voting demographic advantage away from Sanders and towards the DNC favorite Biden.

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Chris Hedges: This Isn’t A Trial By Any Stretch Of The Imagination–It’s A Political Farce + Hedges: It’s Very Dangerous Because First It’s Julian Assange And Then It’s The Rest Of Us

Orange Trump The Charlottesville Terrorist, aka the Pittsburgh Terrorist; aka the El Paso Terrorist, etc.

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges calls out Dems lack of moral authority on impeachment

The Hill on Jan 23, 2020

Journalist Chris Hedges describes what’s happened so far in the Senate’s impeachment trial.

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