Capitalism Is Always At War by William T. Hathaway

Why Is War A Permanent Feature of Capitalism?

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by William T. Hathaway
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published September 9, 2012
April 27, 2018

Vicious fanatics are trying to kill us and destroy our country. They’re blowing up our soldiers overseas. They’ve infiltrated our country. We must defend ourselves against these mad-dog berserkers before it’s too late.

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Wolf Country by William T. Hathaway

Wolf in Lamar Valley

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by William T. Hathaway
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Germany
February 6, 2016

This year marks the 20th anniversary of wolf reintroduction in Yellowstone National Park. From 66 released originally they’ve increased to over 300 and are no longer endangered. That they thrive here is not surprising, for they are creatures of this raw land in a way that we aren’t. Wolves are fitted to this environment, and so to understand them, we have to know the country that nurtures them.

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Radical Peace: People Refusing War, Ch. 15: Coming Home by William T. Hathaway

No War Collage

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Warning: for mature readers only

by William T. Hathaway
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Germany
August 21, 2015

Coming Home
From the book
Radical Peace: People Refusing War
By William T. Hathaway
Published by Trine Day

RADICAL PEACE is a collection of reports from antiwar activists, the true stories of their efforts to change our warrior culture. In this chapter a mother tells of her son’s return from combat. She wishes to remain anonymous.

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“The System Must Be Overthrown, and That Requires Revolution” by William T. Hathaway

Occupy May Day 2012

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by William T. Hathaway
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Germany
August 6, 2015

Review of
Recollection of Things Learned
By Gaither Stewart

Gaither Stewart is a man of passions. In The Europe Trilogy he shared with us his passion for international espionage and intrigue. In Voices from Pisalocca he shared his passion for village life in his adoptive country, Italy. In The Fifth Sun he shared his passion for Native-American mythology. Now in Recollection of Things Learned he shares his passion for socialism, both the complexity of its theory and the clash of its praxis.

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Capitalism Kills by William T. Hathaway

Ducks and Chickens Living Together!

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by William T. Hathaway
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Germany
June 29, 2015

“The world can only be changed by people who don’t like it,” wrote Bertolt Brecht in explaining why radicals have a negative attitude about the society we live in. We don’t like the way things are. Sometimes our dislike can even become loathing.

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The Realpolitik of Revolution by William T. Hathaway

2014 Peoples Climate March NYC 90

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by William T. Hathaway
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Germany
June 9, 2015

What will it take to end this ghastly cycle of violence and bring lasting peace, not just end this current war but create a peaceful society in which humanity lives cooperatively and harmoniously? The socialist answer is we must overthrow capitalism, a system that inevitably generates conflict and inequality. And overthrowing it will require a revolution.

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Jump Out of the Pot! Capitalism Can’t Be Fixed From the Inside by William T. Hathaway

Boiling Frog

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by William T. Hathaway
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Germany
April 9, 2015

“I’m getting hot,” croaked the frog as he floated in a pot of water from which steam was beginning to rise.

“Me too,” croaked the other frog as she paddled listlessly. “This water used to be warm. Now it’s too hot.”

“Oh well…nothing we can do about it. Maybe it’ll get better.”

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

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

Sabotage

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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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Understanding Marx by William T. Hathaway

what is marxism?

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by William T. Hathaway
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Germany
April 7, 2014

Review of Crisis and Change Today
By Peter Knapp and Alan J. Spector

Knapp and Spector have written a superb introduction to Marxist thought, a much-needed one, since reading Marx can be a daunting task. The grand old man’s prose is often ponderous, abstract, and complex, so many readers can’t discern his full meaning. Continue reading

Forging a Socialist-Islamist Alliance by William T. Hathaway

by William T. Hathaway
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Germany
February 6, 2014

Review of Eric Walberg, From Postmodernism to Postsecularism: Re-emerging Islamic Civilization, Clarity Press, 2013

Most western Middle East experts see Islam as a problem for the West — a source of terrorism, religious fanaticism, unwanted immigrants — and they see their job as helping to change the Middle East so it’s no longer a problem for us. Eric Walberg, however, recognizes that this is another instance of the Big Lie.

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The American Dream is Built on the American Nightmare by William T. Hathaway

by William T. Hathaway
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Germany
January 14, 2014

momdadThis photo of my parents reveals much about their personalities (hers vivacious and outgoing, his withdrawn and closed off), their relationship (little real contact), and also the times (could be captioned Gender Roles in the 1950s: The Bathing Beauty and the Soldier).

The typicality of their lives reveals much about the USA. My mother was a farmer’s daughter whose father lost the farm to the banks, and they had to scrabble along in the slums of the big city, St. Louis. All her life she yearned for her bucolic childhood when everything was “nice.” My father was a coal miner and the son of a coal miner from West Virginia. He hated the mines so much that after the Second World War he stayed in the military as a professional soldier.

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Climate Change Requires Consciousness Change by William T. Hathaway

Wellspring by Wm T Hathawayby William T. Hathaway
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Germany
November 28, 2013

To paraphrase Mark Twain, everyone talks about climate change but no one does anything about it. No one, particularly those in power, wants to make the necessary sacrifices. For example, the latest round of negotiations served mainly to postpone decisions and action. The Japanese government announced that CO2 emissions there would be increasing rather than decreasing as promised. The US government still refuses to comply with international environmental agreements.

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William T. Hathaway’s Wellspring reviewed by Guadamour

Wellspring by Wm T Hathawayby Guadamour
Writer, Dandelion Salad
October 17, 2013

In the 30,000 word dystopian novella, Wellspring (Cosmic Egg Books, 2013), William T. Hathaway describes the drought devastated California of 2026. “The 18-year-old new high school graduate, Bob Parks, escaping from LA meets up with the 77-year-old retired public interest lawyer, Jane Catherine Willoughby while hitchhiking. The two of them go on a Quixotic search for water which they believe exists underground.

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

Build a Peace Economy!

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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 Indian Uprising — The Fall of Empire by William T. Hathaway

THE FACE OF IMPERIALISM

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by William T. Hathaway
Writer, Dandelion Salad
July 26, 2013

“The Indian Uprising” by Donald Barthelme is an iconic short story of the 1960s heralding the defeat of the US empire and the end of white male dominance. Written as the USA was mired in a hopeless war, as Native-Americans and African-Americans were rebelling against oppression, and as women were breaking out of the traditional roles they had been confined to, the story predicted the victory of these insurgents over the feeble old order. Its experimental style full of dislocations and dissolutions captured the postmodern zeitgeist.

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