We Are Standing On The Sinking Titanic

Dear Capitalism...

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
December 13, 2017

Blockade the gangplanks of the Titanic! Shut down the boilers of the ship! Storm the stairs from steerage and seize the wheel!

We have passed the point where token victories, small handouts, and crumbs from banquet tables will help us. We have struck too many icebergs and the hull of our society has been breached. Band-Aids on shredded steel will not hold back the floodwaters of injustice.

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The Corporate State Will Kill Us–Rise Up!

Rise up

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
November 29, 2017

Stay asleep, by all means. If you wish to die, sleepwalking over the cliff edge of extinction is one way to go.

Stay afraid, by all means. If you wish to die, cowering in fear until poverty starves or the police state kills you is one way to go.

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Shopping as an Act of Resistance

Shop Local graffiti

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published December 1, 2013
November 25, 2017

The holidays are at hand. Boycott Season is in effect. As the snow starts to fall, the commercial war of the season asserts its dominance. Our identities as citizens are quickly buried in a blizzard of advertising that defines us as consumers.

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Tis the Season To Wage Boycotts!

Commercial Capitalism for Christmas

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published November 24, 2013
November 24, 2017

Boycott Season is now upon us. Let every citizen take careful aim. Your target is the corporate empire. Your weapon is your wallet.

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Censorship: The Death Knell of Democracy

Democracy

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
November 21, 2017

Censorship is the foe of freedom. It comes in many forms. The choking grip of control silences dissent. The bullhorns of propaganda blare out lies and fictions of consent. The maddened clench of greed stifles outlets for a diversity of expression, creativity, opportunity, and invention. The lurking spies of mass surveillance send chills down once-fearless spines. The data collectors of corporations mine our lives for ways to shrink-wrap our worldviews into commoditized sales pitches.

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Fling Back Despair!

Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
November 16, 2017

Despair rides in front of our opposition, an invisible wind that blows like plague through our hearts. Here, our stand begins. Moment-by-moment, day-by-day, we must keep despair at bay in the siege waged by the forces of destruction and greed.

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What Would Happen If We All Refused To Go Quietly To The Slaughterhouse? + The Roots of Resistance

Resistance is Fertile

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published December 14, 2016
November 14, 2017

We are serving ourselves up on silver platters to the oligarchs and giant corporations. We have apples of misinformation in our mouths and sprigs of patriotic parsley tucked behind our ears. Must we complacently acquiesce to being pot-roasted pigs? Rise up!

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Where Is Your Loyalty?

I Will Stand With The Most Vulnerable

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
May 1, 2017

For all the avowed patriots who demand my Pledge of Allegiance and salutes on Loyalty Day, Fourth of July, and other patriotic, militarized holidays, I fling this question to your hearts: how deep and far does your loyalty to your country run?

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Poverty Will Kill More Of Us Than Terrorism

Fight The Power, Occupy Oakland (17 of 20)

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
March 13, 2017

Curse the war culture! It leaves us at a loss for words, bereft of metaphors to describe our situation. Our minds become blank slates, unable to recognize dangers at the door unless they carry assault weapons or drop bombs on our heads.

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Polite and Apolitical? Repression By Another Name

Dissent is patriotic

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
March 5, 2017

There are those who would have us fold up our banners and take down our protest signs. They urge us to be reasonable and polite. They expect us to cram our dissent into narrow boxes of occasional grumbling comments and take our frustration out at the election box once every few years. These people write letters to the editor of small town newspapers claiming that the visible signs of dissatisfaction – pickets, protesters, political signs – are bad for business and distasteful.

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Schoolyard Bullies on Capitol Hill

Nonviolence

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
February 5, 2017

Politicians have devolved into nothing more than schoolyard bullies stealing lunch money from small children, harassing the defenseless, and expecting to receive rewards and gold stars of approval.

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Emergence: Revolution Within and Without

Revolutionary Love

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
January 30, 2017

A self-organizing movement like the Dandelion Insurrection relies on the collective and individual capacity of our participants. We are only as strong as the synergistic sum of our parts. The weaknesses of each person affect the effectiveness of the whole movement. The wisdom or folly of every individual contributes to either the intelligence or foolhardiness of our shared strategies and decisions.

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We Are Facing Dangers On All Sides

I Will Stand With The Most Vulnerable

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
January 22, 2017

The challenges that confront us loom imminent, yet still unknown. Like dangers in the dark, we can sense but not clearly see them. Our government is preparing new assaults upon our rights and maneuvering more regressive unjust legislation through the machine of the political apparatus. The wealthy scheme up new ways to rob and impoverish us. Corporations craft increasing ways to profit, even if it means destroying our water, air, land, and health. We are facing dangers on all sides, in shapes and sizes we can barely imagine.

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Not One Penny More to the Rich!

Enough is Enough!

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
January 15, 2017

When times are bleak and darkness deepens, ancient yearnings of humanity stir in our hearts. We long for the simple things that our ancestors always sought: safety for our families, roofs over our heads, food in our bellies, rest for our weary bodies. In other words, we yearn for the basic human rights have been denied to far too many generations over the course of human history.

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Pieces of Truth Forged Into Daggers of Deception + ‘Fake News’ Covers Up Domestic Propaganda Law

Question Everything

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
December 19, 2016

When truth and reality are shattered into a thousand shards of deception, skewed and slanted into vicious weapons for power and control, how can we in the Dandelion Insurrection move forward?

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