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Alan Maki

Alan Maki
Doing research at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

A program for real change...

http://peaceandsocialjustice.blogspot.com/2013/03/a-progressive-program-for-real-change.html


What we need is a "21st Century Full Employment Act for Peace and Prosperity" which would make it a mandatory requirement that the president and Congress attain and maintain full employment.


"Voting is easy and marginally useful, but it is a poor substitute for democracy, which requires direct action by concerned citizens"

- Ben Franklin

Let's talk...

Let's talk...

Friday, March 22, 2019

Democracy is for those who can afford to pay on Facebook

Facebook only allows you to “boost” your posts and pages if you pay them but they don’t tolerate digital leafleting; repeatedly sharing posts which they can’t profit from.


This is capitalist “democracy” in its finest and most hypocritical form: pay to participate.


To the millionaires and billionaires even democracy becomes a commodity to be bought and sold in the monopoly manipulated and controlled “free” market.

The wealthy have their kids working as legislative assistants for members of Congress

Did you ever wonder why when you contact your member of Congress you end up getting some arrogant creep on the line?


Well, it turns out most of these staff people are the children of the rich who are placed in these offices to make sure only those who are well-heeled and likely to make very substantial campaign contributions like themselves get any input.

Democracy U.S.A. style...

Democrats in Texas and around the country are complaining because they have been out gerrymandered by the Republicans.


And these Democrats have the nerve to talk about elections in other countries, like Venezuela, being undemocratic when there is all this gerrymandering taking place that creates rigged elections and outcomes right here in our own country.


Between big money influence in elections and the gerrymandering of districts one would be hard-pressed to find a country where the elections are more corrupt and undemocratic than right here in our own country.


Oh, but wait... then we have the Democrats and Republicans working together in collusion to deprive other parties and independents from obtaining ballot status.


And, on top of this, we have the local Democratic Party (just like the Republican Party) organizations conspiring to prevent democratic primaries where like we had with the Beto O’Rourke campaign for Senate where the local and state organizations protected Beto from having to debate his primary opponent Sema Hernandez thereby freezing voters out of the democratic process.


And then the voters are blamed for the losses because they don’t turn out to vote because they feel, and justifiably so, they have no say or a voice in anything.

Hands off Venezuela!

The imperialist think tanks never stop thinking about their next “humanitarian intervention” and war... its the Allen and John Foster Dulles mentality brought forward today by the likes of Donald Trump, Mike Pompeo, John Bolton, Steny Hoyer, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi who choose a guy like Elliot Abrams to carry out their dirty deeds.


  A military intervention would be worse than a “mistake.”

It would be a very well thought out and planned criminal endeavor... a crime against humanity.


I find it interesting these imperialists never contemplate normalizing mutually beneficial peaceful relations with other countries making the decision to take the path to socialism as the best way to encourage democracy.

They never consider the right to choose between capitalism and socialism a democratic right of a sovereign people who have the right to self determination.

I have yet to see one single article from these people at this think tank from the Council on Foreign Relations who publish Foreign Affairs ever suggest that taking the socialist road is a democratic right.

These Wall Street imperialists are such arrogant hypocrites such thinking, in relation to all their high-sounding and pious talk about democracy, never even crosses their minds; and they don’t even have the ethical and moral clarity in their thinking to understand that what they are plotting is a crime.



End the sanctions.



No military intervention.


Normalize all relations with Venezuela based on mutual respect and self-determination.



foreignaffairs.com

Getting in would be the easy part.


What a Military Intervention in Venezuela Would Look Like

Getting In Would Be the Easy Part


Monday, March 11, 2019

Pompeo peddles lie after lie

Today Mike Pompeo held a press conference to attack Venezuela and Cuba.

It was nothing but a litany of lies.

Lie after big lie and the lies got bigger the more he talked.

What a disgrace.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

What's new? Another day another scandal; another reason to impeach Trump.

Now there is a new scandal brewing around Trump with a madame who used to manage a brothel claiming she has been selling Chinese investors access to Trump.


Another reason to impeach.

A discussion were Bernie Sanders' supporters

A Sunday morning thought...


I will vote for Bernie Sanders when he is actually running for president but the Democrats will never allow him to get the nomination... that’s one reason so many Democrats each with their own constituencies are running... as they drop out they will endorse who the corporate Democrats have probably already chosen for us.


So, if Bernie Sanders really wants to run for president he will have to help start a new working class based people’s party.


But, I think it’s good people get involved in supporting Bernie Sanders because it will be an educational experience in how the Democratic Party is just another Wall Street party... the educational experience is good for people, especially for those who are slow learners.
I believe Bernie Sanders has entered this race to keep people trapped in the Democratic Party.
We are headed for Trump getting a second term and this is why he needs to be impeached and removed from office now; before he can do more harm.


Bernie Sanders isn’t very honest, either. He is pushing this scam of Medicare for All without telling people that it will come with its own huge monthly premium for most people... it will be publicly funded only to the extent everyone’s premiums are placed in a pool controlled by the government and paid out through a joint government-private administrator and the delivery will remain free-market for-profit.


Of course, none of his supporters will ask him this specifically just like they don’t ask him why he voted to fund a new generation of nuclear weapons and modernizing a military committed to imperialist interventions and wars.

I could go on and on and explain how his stands on other reforms are less than worthy of our support although they are packaged in a way they sound liberal, progressive and even left.


But, then again, Bernie Sanders has never initiated any kind of legitimate round-table discussions seeking input before bringing his schemes forward, has he?


If he did, he would get an earful; he would hear what he doesn’t want to hear... an honest discussion from grassroots and rank-and-file working class activists.


For instance; on health care he would hear about the need for a National Public Health Care System- publicly funded with a huge peace dividend together with a great big tax on corporate profits and a very small payroll tax, about one-tenth of the present Social Security tax, publicly administered without any corporations or banks profiting from the administration of the health care program... and publicly delivered by doctors, nurses and other health care professionals on the public payroll just like public school teachers- a system based on the model of public education but more progressively financed and with administrators committed to the National Public Health Care System not those constantly trying to undermine it. In fact, this is what any kind of socialist would be advocating and it would gain the support of the overwhelming majority of the people in this country and advocating such a health Care System would rebuild the historic coalition of liberals, progressives and leftists which would carry us forward to really solve many other problems and get us off this capitalist road to our demise and on the path to peace and socialism.


It is very telling that Bernie Sanders is so dishonest he doesn’t provide the particulars of funding for his so-called Medicare for All... and, besides, Bernie Sanders has been part of the Democratic Party caucus in Congress that has whittled away at Medicare with higher co-pays and allowing the doctors to establish their own fees... something Bernie Sanders has never so much as mentioned. Instead of improving on Medicare for All over the years the Democrats have made it more expensive for working people in their retirement years.


As far as Bernie Sanders and his stance on the Minimum Wage... he refuses to support making the Minimum Wage legislatively adjusted to the actual cost-of-living. This is the only fair solution.


On jobs, he is just like the other politicians... he talks about “jobs, jobs, jobs” but refuses to bring forward legislation that would make the President and Congress legislatively responsible for attaining and maintaining real full employment at real living wages... something Henry Wallace was advocating way back in the 1940’s when he broke free from the Democratic Party and ran for president as the candidate of the Progressive Party which brought together liberals, progressives and leftists.


Bernie Sanders has no solution to the crisis robotics, automation and now the merger of these with digitalization and artificial intelligence is about to have... how will worker’s losing their jobs live, what will be our quality of life and standard-of-living if we don’t nationalize the major corporations and bring them under public ownership and democratic control... which Bernie Sanders has adamantly stated he is opposed to doing?


We need real socialism not nice-sounding phony schemes if we are going to survive and live in a world at peace based on mutual respect and cooperation.


Bernie Sanders is playing a divisive role as he tries to separate socialists rather than bring us all together. There is a model in this regard and it was the very successful cooperation between socialists and Communists who built the Minnesota Farmer-Labor Party into a united working class based people’s party that took in liberals, progressives and leftists as it elected two governors and all kinds of other politicians from township supervisors to members of Congress... only the most sectarian leftists stayed aloof from this party and refused to participate... this is the way forward.


Bernie Sanders and his supporters, and grassroots Democrats seeking honest politics, should be encouraged and welcomed into such a movement... but this won’t happen on its own... it needs to be talked about, discussed and debated in public forums... we need to bring this discussion into the public square very forthrightly because it is in the public square where this discussion belongs.


Honest people will welcome this kind of discussion not try to shut it down.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Cuba's Ambassador to Canada responds to this CBC News

Cuba's Ambassador responds to this CBC News tendentious and manipulative article, "Canada at odds with Cuban 'ally' over Maduro's fate."


Ottawa, March 3, 2019


To the Editor of CBC News


I reject categorically and in the strongest terms the tendentious and manipulative article "Canada at odds with Cuba 'ally' over Maduro's fate", written by journalist Evan Dyer and published today, Sunday, March 3, 2019, by CBC News.


Good journalism does not speculate, it informs objectively.


The assertion that thousands of Cubans would allegedly be inserted into the structures of the armed and security forces of Venezuela, holding the government of (legitimate) President Nicolás Maduro, is a scandalous slander. I demand that CBC News present a proof, which evidently it does not have, since it does not appear in the whole article.


What Cuba has been offering Venezuela for many years is a modest cooperation, in which slightly more than 20,000 Cuban collaborators participate, 94% of them health workers, others in education, as they do in 83 countries around the world.


It is unfortunate that CBC News plays into the hands of the government of the United States, whose President happened to accuse Cuba a few days ago of maintaining a “private army” in Venezuela, a statement that is vile.


It is regrettable that CBC News does not denounce the US government's military aggression plans against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, and the fact that it openly declares that its ultimate objective is to overthrow the Cuban Revolution. What else to expect from a sinister character like John Bolton, who in 2002 organized the coup against Venezuela, while accusing Cuba of developing a biological weapons program at a time when the false pretext of the presence of WMD in Iraq was fabricated to launch the war against that country? The latter lie was quickly denied by the US Intelligence Community itself.


Let's hope that CBC News, with its biased coverage, does not support the aggression of the United States against the peoples of our America, and then apologize, as so many media organizations had to do after the war against Iraq. Our peoples will not forget.


As the Cuban Government recently stated, what is at stake today in Venezuela is “the sovereignty and dignity of Latin America and the Caribbean”…, “the survival of the rule of International Law and the UN Charter”… “and whether the legitimacy of a government emanates from the express and sovereign will of its people, or from the recognition of foreign powers”. “History will severely judge a new imperialist military intervention in the region and the complicity of those who might irresponsibly support it”.


Josefina Vidal
Ambassador of Cuba to Canada

"Dictator"... or anti-imperialist working class leader?

CNN and the rest of the media continue to refer to Nicolas Maduro and Kim Jong-un as “dictators” and Donald Trump as “President” even though Trump is nothing but a racist, con man, cheat, grifter, racketeering mobster, moron and all round despicable excuse for a human being who is pushing the country towards fascism and the world towards World War III which will be a nuclear holocaust resulting in a nuclear winter... the ultimate climate change.


Now, I ask:


How do Nicolas Maduro and Kim Jong-un compare to this authoritarian tyrant who is able to claim the Presidency only because the Democrats ran the only candidate they possibly could have who had no chance of winning because she was more disliked by the American people than Trump?


Neither Venezuela nor North Korea are dictatorships by any stretch of anyone’s imagination... in both countries the working people and farmers fully participate in the decision-making process over everything that affects their daily lives at work and in their communities.


What these two countries have in common is that every major capitalist country is trying to bring both of these countries to their knees in order to punish them for having the courage to break free from imperialist domination and build societies based on people’s needs using the wealth of their countries instead of allowing these resources to be stolen.



Keep in mind, there isn’t one single country which has broken free from capitalism, colonialism and imperialism where the leaders of those countries have not been described by those loyal to Wall Street as being “dictators.”


We have a “President;” they have “dictators.”


And what do these same loyal servants of Wall Street call any workers anywhere who rebel against capitalist exploitation?


“Dictators?”


I maintain from my working class view of things that these “dictators,” so described by this corporate media, are merely leaders of working class struggles having freed themselves from capitalist exploitation and pillage... these socialist and Communist leaders deserve our support and solidarity.


Kim Jong-un’s grandfather and Ho Chi Minh... leaders, along with Mao, of the anti-imperialist struggles in Asia... first routing the Japanese, then the U.S. imperialists. The Vietnamese, under the banner of socialism, successfully united their country divided by imperialism... the Koreans will eventually unite their country under the banner of socialism, too.

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Stand with Omar!

Stand with Illhan Omar... she has the courage to tell the truth.

No more money for the Israeli killing machine to slaughter Palestinians.

End the AIPAC bribery and corruption.


U.S. Representative

“What if there are new elections and Maduro wins again?”

Isn’t it interesting that when these over-paid Democratic Party hacks turned media pundits like CNN’s Jake Tapper question John Bolton and other politicians about Venezuela and this call for new elections...


They never ask them:


“What if there are new elections and Maduro wins again?”


Make no mistake, Maduro just won re-election and now anyone can see that since he has stood up to Trump, Pence, Bolton, Steny Hoyer and this Hitler loving piece of shit, Elliot Abrams... now the bus driver the people brought to power is more popular than ever.


Venezuela is a country of thirty-million people as compared to the United Sates with over three-hundred million people...


Now, I ask: Has anyone ever seen so many people in the streets of this country as the huge throngs of people who are turning out to show their support for Maduro?


Perhaps Trump would like to compare the number of people who turn out for his fascist rallies with the number of people who turn out to support Maduro and oppose U.S. imperialist sanctions and intervention through coup attempts and threats of war.


Now, let me remind you of how the United States ended up in a never-ending war in Afghanistan working in league with a bunch of poppy-growing drug peddlers...


Remember, the people of Afghanistan freely elected a revolutionary socialist to lead their country... a leader the United States summarily described as a “dictator” even though his most major “crime” was to enact legislation giving women the right to vote and go to school.


This “dictator” ended up being chained to a truck and dragged through the streets of Kabul only to end up being beheaded and having his genitals cut off and hung from a pole in the city center... this was the fate of the medical doctor, Dr. Najibullah Ahmadzai, who fulfilled his campaign promises of bringing education and health care to the people of Afghanistan...


Remember this great man, Dr. Najibullah Ahmadzai, and what happened to him at the direction of the CIA... oh, wait... it was Elliot Abrams who suggested Dr. Najibullah Ahmadzai should be beheaded and have his head hung from a pole with his dick shoved in his mouth.


I notice the media has never published a photo of Elliot Abrams’ handiwork in Afghanistan nor does anyone want to talk about this gruesome barbarity.

Cind

We need a Peace Dividend

Is there a better use for all this money?
businessinsider.com
American Military Dominance In One Staggering Chart
Defense spending accounts for about 20 percent of all U.S. federal spending.

Bernie Sanders and militarism and war and the Peace Dividend we are entitled to

After voting for defense budget after defense budget Bernie Sanders now declares as he announces another bid for the Democratic Party nomination for president:


“Today, we say to the military-industrial-complex that we will not continue to spend $700 billion a year on the military — more than the next 10 nations combined. We're going to invest in affordable housing, we're going to invest in public education, we're going to invest in rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure — not more nuclear weapons and never-ending wars."


I’m wondering if Bernie Sanders is serious or if he is just trying to keep peace voters and activists sucked into voting for Democrats?


After all, Bernie Sanders did vote FOR escalating the nuclear arms race by voting for a defense budget that funded this new round in the escalation of the nuclear arms race and his party, the Democratic Party, repeatedly supports more money for armaments and war while doing nothing to advance an agenda based on the kind of human needs he is calling for.


Bernie Sanders does not even support building a people’s lobby to effectively pressure Congress to pass the kind of legislation that would “beat swords into plowshares.”


I question whether Bernie Sanders has an altruistic motivation or a very hideous motive behind his new found “peace agenda” since he has previously been so adamant in not introducing this kind of idea to the politics of this country.


But, whatever is motivating Bernie Sanders in making this statement we should welcome this declaration and move forward in building some kind of massive people’s lobby for peace and social and economic justice that Bernie Sanders and the warmongering Democrats and Republicans who are bribed by Wall Street’s Military-Industrial Complex to support.


So, whether Bernie Sanders is now sincere or not shouldn’t really matter because his one voice is no more effective than any of our own if we speak on our own... we need a massive people’s lobby independent of the two Wall Street warmongering parties to fight for such an agenda.


I wonder why in the CNN Town Hall Bernie Sanders never mentioned that a Peace Dividend would be used to finance his reforms? Will he continue to repeat this? Hopefully so.

5G

A top executive of Cisco has admitted the world can’t move forward with 5G without the participation of Huawei.

“Left of Liberal” with hosts Alan and Debbie Maki

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U.S. household wealth posts record loss in fourth-quarter amid stock rout

Business News

March 7, 2019 / 11:14 AM / a day ago


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. household wealth fell by a record $3.8 trillion, or 3.5 percent, at the end of 2018, and corporate bond issuance plummeted as a global market rout threatened to weaken a near-decade old recovery, the Federal Reserve reported on Thursday.

In percentage terms, it was the worst quarterly blow to U.S. household finances since late 2008, when the U.S. was in the midst of a deep global recession and household net worth fell roughly 5.9 percent in one three-month span.



But in terms of the wealth lost on a dollar basis, at least on paper, it exceeded the $3.6 trillion decline in the fourth quarter of 2008 for the biggest loss on record.


Corporate bond issuance for the year also reflected crisis-era conditions, with the worst full-year performance since 2008 as well. Overall corporate borrowing did rise as credit flowed from other sources.


Still, those results from the Fed’s quarterly Flow of Funds report shed light on the financial sector tremors that prompted Fed policymakers to put further rate hikes on hold as they assessed the damage.


Amid widespread fears about the impact of a global trade war, slowing growth, rising central bank interest rates, and other risks, Fed officials also worried that declining household wealth would translate into less spending and slower economic growth.



Those fears appear at least partially warranted as retail sales and business investment weakened at year’s end.


Weak U.S. hiring adds to global slowdown fears

The report said household net worth fell from around $108 trillion to $104.3 trillion over the final months of the year, a drop that included a roughly 14 percent fall in the value of stocks and mutual funds. The value of household real estate rose slightly.


Stock prices, however, have significantly pared the losses from the fourth quarter, with the S&P index up about 9 percent this year.


About $300 billion disappeared from the cash and liquid holdings of nonfinancial corporations in the fourth quarter amid the equity slump and tightening credit conditions.



Reporting by Howard Schneider; Editing by Andrea Ricci

Tell House Democrats: Defend our democracy. Impeach Trump.

Were any of you on the CREDO impeach Trump call?


https://act.credoaction.com/sign/house_impeach_trump


What did you think?


I thought this group is moving in the right direction though I thought they missed a couple reasons, they stated eleven reasons for impeaching Trump but left these off...


* Trump’s daily litany of lie after lie about everything.


* Trump’s lies about why the Summit with North Korea ended without resolution.


* Trump’s threats and actions, including hiring a convicted liar and mass murdering monster and organizer of death squads- Elliot Abrams, to try to bring down the legitimate governments, people’s democracies, of Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua.


* The frame-up and arrest of Meng Wanzhou in an attempt to thwart China’s participation in building an international 5G Network.


* Imposing sanctions on Venezuela, Cuba, Iran in violation of all international norms and human rights.


* Pulling out of the nuclear agreement with Russia.


* Drone attacks killing civilians and then ordering that civilian deaths do not have to be accounted for. Trump has already carried out more drone attacks than Obama during his entire time in Office.
I appreciated the emphasis on mass action in the streets brought about by talking to people about why Trump should be impeached...


and they set March 19 as the first day of action to insist Congress open hearings to find out if there are grounds for impeachment with the specific suggestion people call and visit their members of Congress.


To this I would suggest a massive campaign of writing Letters to the Editor pushing for Trump’s impeachment and removal from office.


I especially liked that they stressed the urgency of impeaching Trump not just for what he has done but in order to stop him before he can do more harm.


I also liked that it was stated this was not a “party issue;” it is a Constitutional issue that we can’t, and shouldn’t, wait for the 2020 Election because elections aren’t about impeachment... you impeach, not wait to defeat, for the crimes involved.

Canada’s Huawei arrest lending support to rogue U.S. behaviour

Canada’s Huawei arrest lending support to rogue U.S. behaviour

The phrase “rule of law” has a nice, lofty ring to it, so it’s not surprising that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is invoking it to defend Canada’s detention of a Chinese business executive.
But while one can imagine many reasons why Canada decided to co-operate with the U.S. request to extradite Meng Wanzhou, it’s doubtful that the desire to uphold the “rule of law” was one of them.
Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, right, is escorted by a member of her private security detail while arriving at a parole office, in Vancouver, on Dec. 12.
Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, right, is escorted by a member of her private security detail while arriving at a parole office, in Vancouver, on Dec. 12.  (DARRYL DYCK / THE CANADIAN PRESS)




https://www.thestar.com/opinion/star-columnists/2018/12/19/canadas-huawei-arrest-lending-support-to-rogue-us-behaviour.html?fbclid=IwAR3EjFz8QEe8zND8kE9ZgY_pA2q9IU1kTWywz3HrRMkS2qAwYNM269o3Cdw



In fact, what Canada is really doing is lending support to rogue and reckless behaviour by the Trump administration.


The U.S. extradition case is based on allegations that Meng, a senior executive with China’s technology giant Huawei, committed fraud as part of a scheme to violate U.S. trade sanctions against Iran.


But Washington’s efforts to punish Huawei for trading with Iran are of dubious legality.
The UN Security Council (in Resolution 2231) called on all countries to drop sanctions against Iran as part of the 2015 treaty aimed at limiting Iran from developing nuclear weapons — a treaty that was welcomed around the world as a chance to reduce the risk of nuclear war.

That treaty, negotiated by the Obama administration, quickly became a target of U.S. Republicans, who were more interested in destroying Iran than in making the world a less perilous place. The treaty was particularly annoying to the wildly insecure Donald Trump who, as president, was keen to take a baseball bat to anything that could be seen as an accomplishment of his predecessor.


In addition to withdrawing from this important nuclear treaty — which had been endorsed by the UN Security Council as well as Germany and the EU — the Trump administration decided it has the right to unilaterally punish foreign countries, companies and individuals doing business with Iran (even though the UN treaty permits them to do so).

Washington’s actions amount to a kind of international thuggery. U.S. economist Jeffrey Sachs argues they pose a threat to the international rule of law. “The U.S. would certainly not tolerate China or any other country telling American companies with whom they can or cannot trade,” he maintains.


Another apparent motive behind the Meng extradition request was Washington’s interest in heating up its economic war against China by blocking Huawei from making further inroads into Western markets, where it already threatens the dominance of U.S. technology giants.


Given the questionable lawfulness and suspect motives of the U.S. extradition request, the appropriate Canadian response might have been to simply avoid making the arrest, by resorting to some “creative incompetence,” as former Foreign Affairs minister John Manley has suggested.
For that matter, we are not obliged to extradite Meng.


Robert J. Currie, a professor at Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law, writes that under Canada’s Extradition Act, the decision whether to extradite in a case like this “is made not by the courts, but by the federal Minister of Justice.” In other words, it’s not strictly a legal matter but ultimately a political decision to be made by the Trudeau government.


Currie also points out that Canada has a long history of co-operating with U.S. extradition requests “because such neighbourliness makes for smooth relations.”


Now we’re getting to the nub of the matter. Trudeau’s keenness to co-operate is likely rooted in his desire to try to restore some semblance of neighbourly relations, after the petulant U.S. president went out of his way last June to pick a fight with us.


There’s nothing wrong with trying to restore neighbourly feelings — except that in this case there are a lot of extremely negative consequences, such as China’s retaliatory detention of three innocent Canadians, and the major tensions that have now needlessly developed between China and Canada.


At least, Trudeau should drop the pretense that his compliance with the U.S. extradition request springs from a deep commitment to the “rule of law.”


If he really cared about that principle he’d be speaking up in defence of the UN treaty, not knuckling under to an administration that recently showed its concept of the “rule of law” by flashing a wink and a nod at the Saudi crown prince after he silenced an outspoken journalist with a bone-saw.



Linda McQuaig is an author and journalist whose column appears monthly. You can follow her on twitter @LindaMcQuaig.

Who are the real victims of crime?

Trump talks about all the crooks coming across the southern border; but, if the real truth was being told these new immigrants to our country are far more likely to be victims of crimes than perpetrators of crimes.

Democrats' Minimum Wage election gimmick

In five years fifteen dollars will be less than $7.25 in actual purchasing power.


Let these politicians live on the miserly Minimum Wage they expect us to live on.


These Democrats are real brave, though, knowing this will never pass.


It’s all part of the election gimmickry...


https://www.kvue.com/article/news/politics/bill-to-raise-minimum-wage-to-15-an-hour-by-2024-passes-house-committee/291-3189f9c6-30ba-41af-8f3a-d81740c16891?fbclid=IwAR22xXcPYuULCb2jLXECxFHxzD8tsl8nJd_89I2wIicV5YXE1Yb_OoCNjAg

The Minimum Wage should be legislatively tied to the actual cost-of-living and re-calculated quarterly.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Elliot Abrams

It is a disgrace that Elliot Abrams is speaking on behalf of the United States in the U.N. Security Council.


Abrams is akin to SS-Gruppenführer Karl Hermann Frank, the butcher of Lidice.

Corruption

The capitalist political world is riddled through and through with corruption...


Trump here in the United States.


Netanyahu in Israel.


Trudeau in Canada.


And on and on it goes.


And these corrupt creeps are going to overthrow the government of Venezuela?

Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump

Justin Trudeau in Canada is mired up to his eyeballs in a corruption scandal and refuses to resign yet he has the unmitigated gall to work in cahoots with Trump in trying to bring down the Maduro government in Venezuela...


These capitalist hypocrites working for Bay Street and Wall Street have no scruples and are willing to bring immeasurable harm upon other people in an attempt to cover up their own criminal conduct.

Friday, February 22, 2019

We need more public voices for socialism

Many who call themselves progressives and leftists, not just liberals, are failing to act in solidarity with Maduro and the Venezuelan people... and the people of Cuba and Nicaragua who Trump has in his cross-hairs, too.

The fact remains, without a very vocal, active and strong Marxist working class party leading mass organizations in all spheres this will continue to be a big problem. Just look at all these people who self-identify as various kinds of socialists who won't even stand in solidarity with Maduro and the Venezuelan people at the very time the Wall Street imperialists are actively trying to instigate a coup... shameful and disgusting.

We need to bring socialism out into the public square where it can be vigorously discussed and debated.

We need a discussion about what socialism is and why we need it.

We, as Marxists, need to struggle against this backwards thinking in our own ranks that socialism is some kind of long-term remedy when just the opposite is true if we are going to survive.

As we work to build solidarity with the people of Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua now defending their socialist revolutions we should be thinking about what kind of working class Marxist organization we need in our country and we should be laying solid foundations for such an organization in every community, school and workplace.

I would invite people to consider working to build locals of the Socialist Connection Action Network (Socialist C.A.N.)

Read and study about socialism.

Write wherever you can in support of socialism; explain what socialism is and why our very survival depends on replacing capitalism with socialism.

Speak out vigorously for socialism.

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Impeach Trump now! We can't take the chance Democrats will defeat Trump in 2020.

It is very selfish of the Democrats to not take up the need to impeach Trump and remove him from office through a massive mobilization of the American people right now; we can’t wait for Election Day... the stakes are too high.


Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats in Congress applauded Trump’s plan to remove Maduro from office through a violent murderous illegal coup funded by U.S. taxpayers but they won’t lift a finger to carry out their own Constitutional responsibility to remove Trump from office even though every single day they come up with another of his wrong-doings that they have splashed all over the media.
I can say right now, I will never vote for any Democrat for president backed by Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer or Steny Hoyer... all of whom are backing this coup now underway trying to oust the democratically elected president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, who has done a heck of a lot more for workers and farmers than these worthless Democrats like Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and Steny Hoyer have ever done for the workers and farmers in this country... in fact, by refusing to take up Trump’s impeachment they are enabling him to do irreparable harm to us and our living environment as he inflicts pain and suffering on the peoples of Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua.
By the time the Democrats get done working hand-in-hand with Trump, Pence, John Bolton and Eliot Abrams and the blood is flowing through the streets of Venezuela and the filled body bags return back to our country... these Democrats will have about as much chance of electing a Democrat in 2020 as Lyndon Johnson would have had should he have sought re-election after overseeing the carnage in Vietnam.


Don’t count on the Democrats defeating Trump in 2020... Trump needs to be impeached now... only massive movements of militant protests in the streets will force the Democrats to take up Trump’s impeachment.

Democrats shamefully support Trump's Venezuela coup

Did anyone see the performance on CNN of the biggest "liberal" in the U.S. Senate, Ben Cardin, who is owned by AIPAC and the Military-Industrial Complex?


Cardin said he supports Trump’s effort to oust Maduro in a coup.


Now, let me ask this question:


Is there anyone who thinks the Democrats have any chance of beating Trump when the biggest “liberal” in the U.S. Senate supports Trump’s illegal, unconstitutional coup against not only Venezuela, but his stated intent to overthrow the governments of Cuba and Nicaragua?


Will the required number of people needed to vote for Democrats to defeat Trump turn out to vote for these kinds of Democrats? I doubt it.

Poverty

Trump, Pence, Pompeo, John Bolton, Steny Hoyer and the Hitlerite Eliot Abrams are making the pitch to the world as their reason for orchestrating the overthrow of the governments of Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua ( by coup or direct war) that they have some kind of humanitarian interests in helping the poor.


Poverty, according to the United States government as defined by Lyndon Johnson when he pushed his “Great Society” initiative that became mired in the swamps of Vietnam, is a state of deprivation, lacking the usual or socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions. The most common measure of poverty in the U.S. is the "poverty threshold" set by the U.S. government. This measure recognizes poverty as a lack of those goods and services commonly taken for granted by members of mainstream society.


Over forty-million of our fellow citizens right here in our own country are forced to endure poverty because these same lying imperialist morons who claim to want to help people in poverty in Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua have never lifted one little finger to alleviate, let alone eliminate, poverty right here in our own country. Only a complete fool can fail to see the outright hypocrisy in all of this.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

What will those who refuse to back Trump's impeachment do....

... when the Democrats can't defeat Trump?

Trump's Miami speech: Trump Demands End to Maduro Regime in Broad Attack on Socialism

A must see and listen to speech:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7IjQc6PITw

Only a completely deranged moron billionaire would make such a warmongering imperialist speech.

It is the epitome of hypocrisy for Trump, himself a crooked and corrupt liar representing his fellow Wall Street imperialist monopolists, to be lecturing the peoples of the world about how capitalism is better than socialism and threatening the peoples of Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua with military intervention and invasion intended to topple their governments and replace these governments created according to his dictate if they don't accede to his demands and abandon their socialist path to progress.

This speech on its face is a violation of international law and requires Trump and his backers including Pence, John Bolton, Pompeo, Steny Hoyer, Stephen Miller and Eliot Abrams to be brought before the International Criminal Court. Trump's threats are crimes against humanity.

The claim that Juan Guaido is the President of Venezuela must be rejected as nuts, preposterous, crazy and outrageous; Nicholas Maduro is the only legitimate President of Venezuela- he was elected.

All sanctions against Venezuela must be dropped.

We must pursue normalized relations in all spheres of human endeavor- including development, trade, science and culture- with the peoples of Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua... these people are our friends, not our enemies.

The right to self-determination of the people's of Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua must be defended... and this includes their right to choose the socialist road of development.

We need to build solidarity with the peoples of Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua who have the moral and political courage to stand up for their rights in opposition to Trump and this bunch of Wall Street imperialists who think they can dictate how everyone must live.

Our own enemy is Wall Street; not the people of Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua with whom we share this common enemy: Wall Street.

We, the people of the United States, must join with the rest of the world's peoples and say "NO'' to this U.S. orchestrated and financed coup now underway in Venezuela; this subversion of the democratic rights of the Venezuelan people to choose their own government and economic system must end.

Trump made the most barbaric, jingoistic and chauvinistic speech in Miami riddled with a litany of lies about socialism intended to mislead and disorient people about what is going on in Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua.

Trump has launched into this attack on Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua largely to cover up his own corruption and his own trampling of our own Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Trump should be impeached, removed from office and prosecuted based on these threats and attacks on the peace loving peoples of Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua who pose no threat to anyone and just want the right to develop free from Wall Street's dictate.

These monstrous threats made by Trump are those of a raving moronic lunatic and are in complete violation of our own Constitution and run counter to all international laws intended to protect the peace, sovereignty of all nations and the right of all peoples to choose their own governments and paths of economic development... this is about the right of all nations to self determination.

No nations should ever be threatened by these imperialist bullies.

People have a fundamental human right to choose socialism over capitalism.

It is Trump and this Wall Street bribed cabal of Washington politicians who must be replaced.

These arrogant exploiting Wall Street billionaires like Trump can not stand to think that working people, farmers and peasants can run the government and the economy without them.

The Wall Street billionaires like Trump can not stand to think that people will choose to use the wealth created with their labor to better their own lives rather than fill the coffers of these greedy Wall Street exploiters and thieves.

With Wall Street billionaire monopolists using their wealth to select people like Trump to be the President of the United States this is what needs to be examined if we are going to talk about what constitutes democracy.

Wall Street's Military-Industrial Complex is at the center of this U.S. imperialist foreign policy gone so awry. When so much power is allowed to be placed in the hands of these Wall Street imperialist merchants of death and destruction this is where all problems arise.

It is long past time for us to consider the need for a new working class based people's party that is both anti-monopoly and anti-imperialist with the moral, ethical and political courage to challenge Wall Street for political and economic power which will get us on the road to socialism.

Now would be a good time to consider what Minnesota's former socialist governor, Elmer Benson, had to say:

http://collections.mnhs.org/MNHistoryMagazine/articles/47/v47i04p154-161.pdf

The "nationalism" of Trump's "America First" is a recipe for fascism, imperialist intervention and never-ending dirty imperialist wars. 

Each and everyone of us must ask ourselves if we want these creeps like Trump and the Hitlerite Eliot Abrams speaking for us and carrying out U.S. foreign policy.

Never has the mainstream corporate owned media been so unanimous in joining the call for imperialist intervention and war... lie after lie after lie in support of Trump's attempt to bring down the governments of Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua... and Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats join in beating the drums of war--- shameful and disgusting.

Capitalism is Wall Street's system; socialism is the system of workers, farmers and peasants.

A creep like John Bolton, his hands dripping with blood, who has picked up the baton from the long discredited likes of the murderous Allen Dulles of the CIA has the unmitigated gall to refer to the peace-loving peoples of Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua as the "Troika of Tyranny" when Bolton and Trump and this cabal pushing this coup in Venezuela are the real tyrants. And, what is Juan Guaido the self-proclaimed president of Venezuela if not the CIA's and Eliot Abrams' chosen and selected tryrant to rule over Venezuela for the purpose of restoring a vile and corrupt oligarchy managing Venezuela for Wall Street's greedy selfish interests of robbing Venezuelans of their wealth? Who but a crazed tyrant walks out into the street and proclaims them-self to be a president?

As the British trade unionist Arthur Scargill has stated: "Now is the time for all socialists to unite in solidarity with Nicolas Maduro and the people of Venezuela."

Trump's criminal imperialist intent was elaborated on and heralded here on the front page in the Wall Street Journal in late January: