Socialism, Land and Banking: 2017 Compared to 1917 by Michael Hudson

Communist Revolution Islands Brygge, Copenhagen (1998)

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Michael Hudson
October 23, 2017

An article written for the hundredth anniversary of the Russian Revolution, to be read in Beijing today.

Socialism a century ago seemed to be the wave of the future. There were various schools of socialism, but the common ideal was to guarantee support for basic needs, and for state ownership to free society from landlords, predatory banking and monopolies. In the West these hopes are now much further away than they seemed in 1917. Land and natural resources, basic infrastructure monopolies, health care and pensions have been increasingly privatized and financialized.

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Caleb Maupin in Red Square: Let’s Talk About Communism!

Caleb Maupin in Red Square: Let’s Talk About Communism!

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with Caleb Maupin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Caleb Maupin (website)
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October 14, 2017

Interview with Savvy Business Radio on Socialism and Communism

Caleb Maupin on Oct 13, 2017

Caleb Maupin is a radical journalist and political analyst who resides in New York City. Originally from Ohio, he studied political science at Baldwin-Wallace College.

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Dr. Najib — A Sketch of A Man and A Country by Gaither Stewart

Central Command Responsibility Map

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
October 9, 2017

When in 1978 the 31-year old Afghan Communist politician-activist, Mohammad Najibullah, arrived in Tehran, “exiled” to neighboring Iran as Afghanistan’s Ambassador, I had just left Iran where I had worked throughout the year of 1977. Najibullah’s political party, the People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA) had come to power in Kabul in April, 1978 in what is known as the Saur Revolution, the name of the month in the Afghan calendar when the Communist Revolution took place. Far from united, the PDPA was divided into two factions: the more revolutionary faction (Khalq-People’s) that first took power in Kabul in that crucial year of 1978 (crucial in both Afghanistan and Iran), preferred to have the charismatic Najibullah of the Parcham faction (Banner) of the PDPA far from the halls of power.

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John Pilger: The Truth Game (1983)

John Pilger: The Truth Game (1983)

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Originally published July 21, 2007

with John Pilger

by John Pilger
www.johnpilger.com

John Pilger looks at world-wide propaganda surrounding the nuclear arms race.

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The Deep History of US, Britain’s Never-Ending Cold War On Russia by Finian Cunningham

1389.4 Holocaust A

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation, May 4, 2017
May 6, 2017

After decades of delaying, the United Nations finally released archives from the Second World War-era war crimes commission investigating the Nazi Holocaust. The source of those archives on Nazi war crimes were Western governments, including those in exile at the time of the war, such as the Belgian, Polish and Czechoslovakian. The time period covered is 1943-1949. Washington and London had long sought to halt the release. Why?

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Lukomorye: Poets Pave the Road to the Golden Age by Gaither Stewart

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
April 13, 2017

The recent death of the Russian poet with whom I was acquainted, Yevgheny Yevtushenko, prompted these considerations of the role of poets in social-cultural-political progress in general and in a particularly spectacular fashion in Russia. In few other countries have poets played a more significant than in Russia. Nonetheless, for centuries Russian poets have been harassed, persecuted, and punished for their songs. Dostoevsky imprisoned, Pushkin exiled, Yesenin, Mayakovsky and Tsvetaeva suicides, Mandelshtam and others perished in the cultural events of 1937. Poets seldom lead easy lives anywhere. The poet sees the ideals but he must flee from the world in order to rejoice in them and he cannot remain unaffected by the caricatures of these ideals around him.

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The Power Principle: Empire – Propaganda – Apocalypse (must-see)

State of the Union

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Originally published May 27, 2012

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Michael Parenti: These Countries Are Not Underdeveloped, They Are Overexploited (1986)

State of the Union

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with Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michaelparenti.org
November 28, 2016

James Thompson on Oct 23, 2013

Michael Parenti speaks at the University of Colorado, Boulder: “US interventionism, the 3rd world, and the USSR” April 15, 1986

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Transformation by Gaither Stewart

Capitalism isn't working

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
September 21, 2016

“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
George Bernard Shaw

Change is a word that both intellectuals and the intelligentsia of America are discussing in these times. However, one is justified to wonder what kind of change they mean. As a rule when intellectuals/liberals speak of change, they mean reform (and not enough of it, at that: that is, the leisurely conforming of the lives of the collective with their own. The radical, politically-socially committed intelligentsia means something else and their thought and conclusions take another avenue of meaning: their aim is transformation or, if you prefer, radical change. However, it is an unfortunate paradox that no more than liberals, the intelligentsia does not always know what to do with its convictions.

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What Will A Socialist Society Be Like? by Jessica Hansen-Weaver

Brothers In Arms.

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by Jessica Hansen-Weaver
socialistworker.org
September 17, 2016

THE 2016 presidential election has created an environment where millions of people who are sympathetic to socialism will be pressured to choose between the revolting and ridiculous Republican bigot Donald Trump and the supposed “lesser evil” Hillary Clinton.

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

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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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Russian Intellectuals and the Intelligentsia by Gaither Stewart

Moscow August 2011

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
May 27, 2016

The Determinant Class of Contemporary Russian History

Russia! What a marvelous phenomenon on the world scene! Russia!—a distance of ten thousand versts (about two-thirds of a mile) in length on a straight line from the virtually central European river, across all of Asia and the Eastern Ocean, down to the remote American lands! A distance of five thousand versts in width from Persia, one of the southern Asiatic states, to the end of the inhabited world—to the North Pole. What state can equal it? Its half? How many states can equal its twentieth, its fiftieth part? … Russia—a state which contains all types of soil, from the warmest to the coldest, from the burning environs of Erivan to icy Lapland, which abounds in all the products required for the needs, comforts, and pleasures of life, in accordance with its present state of development—a whole world, self-sufficient, independent, absolute. — Mikhail P. Pogodin- 1800-1875, Russian historian, journalist, intellectual of the Slavophile movement who held to the Norman theory that the Rus people from whom Russians descended, were Scandinavians.

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Lenin on State and Revolution by Gaither Stewart, Part 5

Lenin

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
May 14, 2016

“The state is an organ of class domination, an organ of oppression of one class by another; its aim is the creation of ‘order’, which legalizes and perpetuates this oppression by moderating the collisions between the classes…”

The Marxist Theory of the State and the Tasks of the Proletariat in the Revolution

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Lenin on Imperialism and Capitalism by Gaither Stewart, Part 4

Lenin

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
May 5, 2016

First published in 1917, Lenin’s “Imperialism. The Highest Stage of Capitalism”, his major theoretical work, shows imperialism as a “direct continuation of the fundamental properties of capitalism,” a primary manifestation of capitalism in its late stages.

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Lenin: The Working Class as the Vanguard Fighter for Social Democracy by Gaither Stewart, Part 3

Lenin

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
April 27, 2016

Above all, due to the grave obstacles it must overcome, the party of the working class must be a party of disciplined, professional revolutionaries…nothing short of this can succeed in acquiring and defending people’s power…

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