What Would We Do Without Police, Prisons, Surveillance, Borders, Wars, Nukes, and Capitalism? by David Swanson

Abolish the Police sign in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 27, 2020

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Sept. 27, 2022
October 1, 2022

What would we do in a world lacking police, prisons, surveillance, borders, wars, nuclear weapons, and capitalism? Well, we might survive. We might sustain life on this little blue dot a little longer. That — in contrast to the status quo — ought to be sufficient. We might, in addition, do a lot more than sustain life. We might transform the lives of billions of people including each person reading these words. We might have lives with less fear and worry, more joy and accomplishment, more control and cooperation.

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We Have A Violence Problem — Campaign Nonviolence Strives To Solve It, by Rivera Sun

Campaign Nonviolence Action Days

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by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
September 13, 2022

We have a violence problem. It runs through our nation like an invisible road system, touching every front door, cutting through each town and city. Mass shootings kill our children in their schools. Forty-five thousand people will take their own lives this year. An additional 14,000 are likely to be killed by gun violence. Twelve million of our fellow citizens will experience intimate partner violence this year. More than ten million children face violence in the forms of maltreatment, verbal abuse, sexual assault, extreme neglect, and physical abuse.

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The Chris Hedges Report: Inside the Minds of White Nationalists

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Aug 19, 2022

On Jan. 9, 1966, the White Knights of the Mississippi Ku Klux Klan murdered the Black civil rights activist Vernon Dahmer in Hattiesburg, Mississippi after fire-bombing and shooting into his house. It was one of thousands of hate crimes conducted in the south by whites who waged a reign of terror against Blacks to frighten them from abandoning calls for desegregation and voting rights.

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The Chris Hedges Report: Breaking the Cycle of American Violence, with James Gilligan

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Jul 22, 2022

Chris Hedges speaks with the Psychiatrist Dr. James Gilligan about our rash of mass shootings and his book Violence: Our Deadly Epidemic and it’s Causes.

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The Chris Hedges Report: The Rise of Authoritarianism in the US and Around the Globe, with Vijay Prashad

Graffiti on the wall with the message "Fight Fascism"

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with Chris Hedges and Vijay Prashad

TheRealNews on Jun 17, 2022

Chris Hedges speaks with historian Vijay Prashad on the rise of authoritarianism in the US and around the globe and what we must do to fight back.

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At Least 36% of Mass Shooters Have Been Trained By the U.S. Military, by David Swanson

March For Our Lives DC March 24, 2018

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
March 23, 2021

It is extremely easy in the United States to obtain guns, to find places to practice using them, and to find trainers willing to teach you to use them. There’s no need to have any contact with the U.S. military in order to dress and act as if you’re in the military, as many mass-shooters do, some of them waging their own delusional wars against immigrants or other groups. But it is remarkable that at least 36% of U.S. mass shooters (and quite possibly more) have in fact been trained by the U.S. military.

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Drawing Links Between US Militarism Abroad and Gun Violence at Home + Militarizing US Schools and Society Only Creates More Gun Violence and Police Brutality

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TheRealNews on Jun 18, 2018

Boston teacher Nino Brown, of the ANSWER Coalition, speaks with TRNN’s Ben Norton about the links between US militarism, gun violence, and police brutality. He connects the epidemic of school shootings domestically to the endless wars internationally.

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John Pilger, et al: Australia’s Guns: Control, Culture, Bias

John Pilger, et al: Australia’s Guns: Control, Culture, Bias

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with John Pilger

goingundergroundRT on Jun 8, 2018

Co-hosts Tyrel Ventura and Tabetha Wallace venture down under to Australia to interview a number of experts, including Pulitzer Prize winner John Pilger, on gun violence, gun culture, and the differences between gun ownership in the US and Australia.

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Socialism: Change Has to Begin at the Roots by William T. Hathaway

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by William T. Hathaway
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Germany
August 3, 2013

Terrorists, serial killers, domestic murderers — their ghoulish deeds fill our news and popular entertainment, interspersed with wars, riots, and brutal repressions. Violence surrounds us.

Where does it come from?

The answer propagated by the mass media is that violence is human nature. It’s just the way people are.

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The English Defence League uncovered

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Formed less than a year ago, the English Defence League has become the most significant far-right street movement since the National Front. The Guardian spent four months undercover with the movement, and found them growing in strength and planning to target some of the UK’s biggest Muslim communities • Warning: video contains very strong language

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Violence flares in Thai capital

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April 10, 2010 — Clashes have turned increasingly violent between anti-government protesters and troops in Thailand

The soldiers fired rubber-coated steel bullets on Saturday at the so-called red-shirts, who want parliament immediately dissolved and fresh elections called.

Al Jazeera’s Wayne Hay reports from Bangkok.

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Dagestan Explosion: New blasts rock Russia two days after Moscow metro bombing – 12 policemen dead

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RussiaToday
March 31, 2010

12 policemen are dead and more than twenty people injured after twin explosions a city in Russia’s southern republic of Dagestan. The republic’s in the North Caucasus, from where militants are thought to have orchestrated Monday’s suicide bombings in Moscow.

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END:CIV Premise 3 of Derrick Jensen’s Endgame

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March 29, 2010

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This short piece explores the third premise of Derrick Jensen’s “Endgame”

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China’s Report on U.S. Human Rights Record in 2009

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Xinhuanet
Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010

Editor’s Note: Every year, the U.S. Department of State designs a report on human rights record of other countries, presenting favorable conditions among those who cooperate with U.S. foreign policies and damning those countries who are “uncooperative”. In the meantime, the U.S. government and it’s compliant corporate media present the U.S. as a model of democracy where civil and human rights are honored. Their annual reports consistently portray China as having one of the worst human rights records on the planet. In response, China has issued its first annual report on the human rights record of the United States. The full text follows.

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