Chris Hedges: Corporate Oligarchs Have Trashed The Economy (video no longer available)


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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Apr 8, 2019

Rick Sanchez explains the economic impact of migrants on the US. Then Pulitzer prize-winning Chris Hedges, host of “On Contact,” joins Rick Sanchez to discuss the “penny capitalism” and “regional capitalism” that the US Hispanic population engages in and which fuels true wealth creation. He contrasts these forms with the “corporate capitalism” that decimates communities as well as the planet. They also discuss the dearth of critical reporting on the topic in corporate media and the reasons behind it.

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A Basic Income Is Less Than Meets The Eye by Pete Dolack

Capitalism isn't working

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by Pete Dolack
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder, December 1, 2016
April 24, 2017

A basic income — the concept of everybody getting a regular check from the government regardless of circumstance — is one of those ideas that sound wonderful on the surface but proves to be much less so once we examine the details.

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Vanishing the People’s Wealth to Make the Bosses Richer, by Ralph Nader

Street Art heidelberg Juni 2013 (9)

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, July 11, 2016
July 14, 2016

Imagine you are a shareholder in a big company and the top executives are sitting on huge amounts of cash and are not interested in putting it to work through productive capital investments, research and development, reducing company debt or paying employees a higher wage. What would you want done about it? Since you and other shareholders are the owners of the company, you’d likely say “give us back our money in cash dividends.”

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Ch. 14: The Transformer: Sabotage for Peace by William T. Hathaway

by William T. Hathaway
Writer, Dandelion Salad
March 1, 2015


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The Transformer: Sabotage for Peace
From the book
Radical Peace: People Refusing War
By William T. Hathaway
Published by Trine Day

A former student of mine works as a janitor. After graduating from college he worked as a market researcher and an advertising salesperson, but both jobs soured him on the corporate world. He hated being a junior suit, and the thought of becoming a senior suit was even worse.

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Wal-Mart Workers Arrested at Yahoo! Headquarters After Civil Disobedience

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videonation on Jun 24, 2013

Five activists were arrested at Yahoo! headquarters in Sunnyvale, California, June 24, 2013, in a protest over the firing of eleven Walmart employees who this month went on strike. The planned civil disobedience action followed an hour-long demonstration in the Yahoo! lobby; about thirty workers and supporters gathered to demand a meeting with Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer, who joined Walmart’s board last year.

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Who’s To blame As Hundreds Die In Bangladeshi Factory Collapse by Kathy Durkin + Cheap Clothes for Mass Deaths

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My condolences to all the families of those killed and injured.

by Kathy Durkin
Workers World
April 26, 2013

A man stands atop the rubble holding a sign that reads "HELP THEY BANGLADESH"

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In Savar, an industrial suburb of Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital, at least 300 workers, mostly women, died at the Rana Plaza garment factory building collapse on April 24. In addition to the appalling number of deaths, more than 1,200 were injured there in the worst industrial disaster ever to befall this country.

The search continues to find survivors trapped in the rubble. Emergency crews have heard cries of workers pleading to be rescued, many crying out that their children need them.

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Ralph Nader: Income Inequality and The Minimum Wage (HR 1346)


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with Ralph Nader

March 25, 2013

Ralph Nader talked about his Huffington Post piece on income inequality and the growing gap between chief executive officers’ pay and that of the typical wage earner. He responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.

Nancy Calo read news headlines from C-SPAN Radio at the end of the program.

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It’s time for a raise to $10.50 now! + Getting Congress to End Wage Slavery by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
March 5, 2013

July 24:

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The Harkin/Miller bill to increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 by 2016 (in three years) still does not catch up with the federal minimum wage in 1968, adjusted for inflation, which should be at least $10.50 per hour in 2013.

Since 1968, worker productivity has doubled and all workers have received for this effort is a shrinking minimum wage. In other words, one Walmart worker today does the work that two Walmart workers did in 1968 and receives less pay, inflation adjusted, than either of those workers 45 years ago.

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Class Struggles in Crisis: From Wal-Mart to the State

Walmart Sucks NIMBY

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LeftStreamed·Mar 2, 2013

Arun Gupta is a co-founder of The Indypendent and The Occupied Wall Street Journal, and has covered the Occupy movement for The Guardian, Salon and many other publications around the world. Recorded in Toronto, 22 February 2013.

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Unlivable Wages by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
February 15, 2013

#workers #unite in #solidarity with striking people around #europe// #14n #strike #fightback #fuck #troika #hueglageneral #spain #greece #portugal #italy #amm

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How could Barack Obama say, in his State of the Union speech, “let’s declare that in the wealthiest nation on earth no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty, and raise the federal minimum wage to $9.00 an hour”?

Back in 2008, Obama campaigned to have a $9.50 per hour minimum wage by 2011. Now he’s settling for $9.00 by 2015! Going backward into the future is the price that poverty groups and labor unions are paying by giving Mr. Obama a free ride last year on this moral imperative. How can leaders of poverty groups and unions accept this back-of-the-hand response to the plight of thirty million workers who make less today than what workers made 45 years ago in 1968, inflation adjusted?

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Chris Hedges: NDAA: All These Laws Are Being Put Through By Design

by Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
February 6, 2013

Trickle Down Economics

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Atiq Zabinski· Feb 4, 2013

Chris Hedges speaks at the People’s Recovery Summit organized by Occupy Sandy. The Church of St. Luke & St. Matthew, Brooklyn, NY, February 2, 2013.

Text of speech at Breaking the Chains of Debt Peonage by Chris Hedges (transcript).

Recorded from the audience by three videographers. Audio and image quality improve after the first few minutes, please bear with it at the beginning.

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Breaking the Chains of Debt Peonage by Chris Hedges

See: Video + Q&A

by Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
February 4, 2013

Day 9 Occupy Wall Street September 25 2011 Shankbone 25

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Chris Hedges gave this talk Saturday night in Brooklyn at the People’s Recovery Summit.

The corporate state has made it clear there will be no more Occupy encampments. The corporate state is seeking through the persistent harassment of activists and the passage of draconian laws such as Section 1021(b)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act—and we will be in court next Wednesday to fight the Obama administration’s appeal of the Southern District Court of New York’s ruling declaring Section 1021 unconstitutional—to shut down all legitimate dissent. The corporate state is counting, most importantly, on its system of debt peonage to keep citizens—especially the 30 million people who make up the working poor—from joining our revolt.


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Open Letter to Mike Duke, CEO of Walmart by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
Jan. 17, 2013

Big box sucks

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Mike Duke, CEO
Walmart Corporation
Bentonville, Arkansas

Dear Mr. Duke,

Walmart, your gigantic company, is increasingly being challenged by your workers, government prosecutors, civil lawsuits, communities (that do not want a Walmart), taxpayers learning about your drain on government services and corporate welfare, and small businesses and groups working with unions such as SEIU and UFCW. Thus far, Walmart is successfully playing rope-a-dope, conceding little while expecting to wear down its opposition.

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Fight Back, Live Better by Alan Maass + Wal-Mart Workers in 12 States Stage Historic Strikes

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Alan Maass reports on the surge of struggles around the U.S. against Wal-Mart, including the outcome of a strike at the company’s giant distribution center in Illinois.
October 10, 2012

Wal-Mart Strike, October 4 2012

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IN WAREHOUSES and stores around the country, Wal-Mart workers are putting a new spin on the company’s famous slogan “Save money, live better.” Best of all, they’re beginning to see some concrete victories.

In a high-profile battle in Elwood, Ill., southwest of Chicago, workers at the largest warehouse in the Wal-Mart distribution chain returned to their jobs victorious after a three-week strike. The 38 workers won promises that their demands about harassment and management retaliation will be addressed–and they will get full wages for the time they were on strike.

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