We Now Live Under The Rule Of A Rentier Capitalism by Paul Street

Make Capitalism Extinct

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
August 17, 2018

“Workers of the world unite, you have nothing to lose but your chains.” This famous socialist slogan, adapted from Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels’ “The Communist Manifesto,” struck Noam Chomsky as a poor fit for most people in the world’s rich nations almost half a century ago.

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What Would Socialism Be Like? by Leela Yellesetty (must-read)

Occupy May Day 2012

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by Leela Yellesetty
SocialistWorker.org
Originally posted July 23, 2010
December 30, 2017

Part 1: A crying need for change

At the Socialism 2010 conference in Oakland, Calif., SocialistWorker.org contributor Leela Yellesetty spoke on “What Would Socialism Be Like?” This three-part article is based on her talk. In the first part, she answers the time-worn charge that socialism wouldn’t work with this question–who can say that capitalism is working?

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Michael Lebowitz: What is Socialism in the 21st Century?

Occupy May Day 2012

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GreenLeftTV on Jun 14, 2016

At the ‘Socialism in the 21st Century’ Conference held in Sydney in May 2016 and organised by the Socialist Alliance, Michael Lebowitz, a world leading Marxist author who writes and researches the problems and possibilities of building a socialist alternative, here presents a paper on what Socialism might look like in this century and the differences with 20th Century Socialism as represented by the developments in the Soviet Union.

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Exiled on Main Street: Urban Utopian Insurrection by Mark Mason and Susan Cain

Defeat Capitalism!

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by Mark Mason and Susan Cain
Guest Writers, Dandelion Salad
Mark Mason, PhD
crossposted from Dissident Voice, May 18, 2016
May 23, 2016

The dynamics of capitalism is postponement of enjoyment to the constantly postponed future.
— Norman O. Brown, Life Against Death: The Psychoanalytical Meaning of History, 1959

Is There No Alternative? Thinking Outside the Ballot Box

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The Downsides of Cheap Abundance by Ralph Nader

Never Let Me Go

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
October 22, 2015

In college, Economics 101 is often described as the social science discipline that deals with the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services. MIT Economist Paul Samuelson liked to focus on scarcity, or more specifically, the allocation of scarce resources. “Abundance” was always a pretty word with an idyllic connotation for Professor Samuelson. I often wonder why there weren’t a few classes about the real-life consequences of abundance, along with scarcity and people’s material welfare.

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Noam Chomsky on TPP Secrecy, Terrorism and Google Glass

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Note: replaced video Oct. 26, 2015

with Noam Chomsky

tpp why so secret?

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Laura Flanders
grittv.org
June 18, 2013

What do Takism Square, Google Glass, Trans Pacific Partnership and NSA have in common? Find out in this interview with Noam Chomsky.

On the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the pending trade deal critics are calling “NAFTA on steroids”:

These are patent rules so high, if they’d existed in 19th century the US would be an agricultural producer today… What we now call “piracy” is the way the rich countries developed. There’s a phrase for it in trade theory: kicking away the ladder. First you violate all the rules, then by the time you get rich you kick away the ladder so others can’t do it too and you preach about “free trade.”

[…]

This conversation was recorded backstage at the Left Forum in New York, June 8, 2013.

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Raj Patel on Changing the Global Food System by David Bollier

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by David Bollier
www.bollier.org
July 13, 2012

Collard Greens

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Raj Patel has been tracking the pathologies of the global food system for many years.  An activist and academic who teaches at the UC Berkeley Center for African Studies, Patel has just published a second, updated edition of his 2008 book, Stuffed and Starved The Hidden Battle for the World Food System.

The problem with the food system is not that we don’t produce enough calories to eradicate hunger, Patel notes.  It’s that the food system has its own priorities of institutional consolidation and profit, which means that more than 1 billion people in the world are malnourished and 2 billion are overweight – which is worse than when the first edition of Patel’s book came out.

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Welcome to the Asylum by Chris Hedges

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Nader: Getting Steamed to Overcome Corporatism + Ralph Nader VS James Fly: Future of Military Force in International Peace and Security

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Ralph Nader after the speech - Green Lecture

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on Apr 10, 2012

Ralph Nader comes to Portland! Nader gave a powerful lecture and released his new book “Getting Steamed to Overcome Corporatism” for a Q & A and signing at Powell’s City of Books in downtown Portland. Look for Joe Anybody’s video of Nader’s lecture/symposium at Lewis & Clark College in southwest Portland to follow this event on the same day. [see video below]

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Occupy DC: Ralph Nader: “Freedom is Participation in Power” + Q&A

Ralph Nader after the speech - Green Lecture

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Updated: Nov. 7, 2011; added the Q&A video

on Nov 4, 2011

Consumer-advocate-turned-presidential-candidate Ralph Nader speaks to “occupiers” at Washington, DC’s Freedom Plaza about the “Occupy movement”.

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Claiming the Commons – Food for All on Haultain Boulevard

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peakmoment | November 20, 2010

Growing Red Raspberries

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Peak Moment 185: Rainey Hopewell’s crazy idea has ended up feeding a neighborhood and creating community. She and Margot Johnston planted vegetables in the parking strip in front of their house. They offer them free for the taking ? to anyone, anytime ? with messages chalked on the sidewalk noting when particular vegies are ready to pick. Neighboring children and adults are joining in to work on the garden, harvesting fun along with food, and even handing fresh-picked vegies to passers-by.

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What Would Socialism Be Like? by Leela Yellesetty

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by Leela Yellesetty
SocialistWorker.org
July 20, 2010

Part 1: A crying need for change

At the Socialism 2010 conference in Oakland, Calif., SocialistWorker.org contributor Leela Yellesetty spoke on “What Would Socialism Be Like?” This three-part article is based on her talk. In the first part, she answers the time-worn charge that socialism wouldn’t work with this question–who can say that capitalism is working?

I OFTEN think that one of the tremendous tricks of capitalism is getting us to accept an absurd state of affairs as normal–inevitable even. But to quote one of my favorite poets, Naomi Shihab Nye, “If you tilt your head just slightly, it’s ridiculous.”

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Local Food – By and For the People

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Yummy Juliet Tomatoes

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peakmoment
January 30, 2010

Peak Moment 161: What if the food system benefited local producers, nourished nearby people, and built a stronger community? Krishna Khalsa of Eugene, Oregon wants to turn the food system on its head. He wants it to be run by, and for the benefit of, ordinary people – not corporate profit. He’s exploring models of local cooperative, entrepreneurial organizations where people provide the labor, share and hire resources, caretake the land, use all of nature’s abundance, support farmers and food producers, distribute food so that no one goes hungry, and build strong social bonds. Empower people, not profits!

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The Lost Science of Classical Political Economy By Michael Hudson

By Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com
Economic Perspectives from Kansas City
December 20, 2009

There is a seeming riddle in the recent evolution of economic thought. It has become more otherworldly and abstract, more detached from the reality of how economies are running deeper into debt to a financial oligarchy. The global economy itself is polarizing between creditor and debtor nations, financial core and periphery (even as the United States manages to play both sides of this street). Yet academic orthodoxy treats this as anomalous, side-stepping the two key features of today’s economic crisis: the “magic of compound interest” multiplying debts owed by the bottom 90 percent of the population to savers among the top 10 percent, while industrial capitalism is turned into a “tollbooth economy” by privatizing rent-extracting privileges on what used to be the public domain.

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Peter Linebaugh: Magna Carta and the Commons

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talkingsticktv
June 05, 2009

Talk by Peter Linebaugh, Professor of History at the University of Toledo on “Magna Carta and the Commons” given March 13, 2009 at the Law of the Commons Conference at Seattle University and sponsored by the Seattle Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.

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