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

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Trump's threats directed towards North Korea are total insanity.

What is this display of Wall Street's U.S. imperialist might trying to bully and badger North Korea costing us?

Two aircraft carriers accompanied by a massive strike group armed with nuclear weapons; what Trump refers to as "armadas."

All of this is costing us billions of dollars; and for what? To prove we are the world's biggest bully?

This at a time when the new liberal South Korean government is saying they don't want any of this; that they seek peaceful resolution of problems between them and North Korea.

And the price we pay for all this militarism and threatening of war is not having decent health care, education, housing and jobs right here at home.

Total insanity.

It isn't just Trump who is crazy. The whole bunch of these politicians in Washington are off their rocker... there isn't a sane person sitting in the United States Congress. Not one single one of these Wall Street bribed politicians is going to stand up and raise their voice in opposition to this imperialist aggression directed towards North Korea.

Every single member of Congress needs to have their head examined.

What we need is some kind of "New Broom Electoral Coalition" backed by a massive people's front for peace, social and economic justice mobilizing people in the streets--- a good stiff "new broom" to sweep the entire Congress clean.

People's power must replace Wall Street dictate maintained through bribery and corruption.

While Trump targets North Korea he wines and dines with a bunch of Saudi sheiks robbing us at the gas pump... go figure.

Friday, May 19, 2017

What would Lincoln say?

"The people are the rightful masters of the Congress and the courts."

President Abraham Lincoln

I wonder what Lincoln would have thought about the parasitical and corrupt Wall Street merchants of death and destruction becoming the masters of the President, Congress and the Courts?

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Building the people's front.

I'm not buying into this line that the firing of James Comey as head of the FBI is part of some great big division in the ruling class--- those who want war with the Russians and good guys like Trump being maligned because he wants to peacefully work with the Russians.


things There is no doubt the Wall Street ruling class is in disarray and divided on many questions--- apparently they are having a great deal of trouble sorting through their own lies meant to disorient us.
But, Wall Street does remain united in carrying out its thoroughly reactionary imperialist agenda of wars abroad paid for by shoving austerity measures down our throats to pay for these dirty wars which are waged for the same reason these capitalists do anything and everything--- for maximum profits derived from the exploitation of labor and the rape of Mother Nature, the only two things, together, capable of creating wealth.


Wall Street has no intent of getting along with anyone--- everyone, including its junior partners who are also imperialist powers, are its enemy to the extent they stand in the way of Wall Street hogging all the profits.


The fact is, there are no peace loving sections of the Wall Street ruling class... greed drives them all towards war. Capitalism has grown into a barbaric and savage monster known as imperialism--- and this is why we need socialism.


There are no "nice guys" in Wall Street's ruling class or among its many well paid servants which includes both Republicans and Democrats along with all of these over-paid pundits and the many well-heeled muddle-headed upper middle class intellectuals, the millionaire labor leaders and the foundation-funded "think tanks." There goal and objective is to make sure their rotten system survives epitomized and embodied by crooked and corrupt scumbags like Roger Stone.


Wall Street along with its junior partners is our enemy; there are no others. Without building a massive united people's front that is both anti-imperialist and anti-monopoly for peace, social and economic justice capable of mobilizing people in the streets and at the ballot box intent on taking political and economic power away from Wall Street we are doomed.


A defense of democracy demands Trump and his entourage, a gaggle of goose-stepping fascist bastards, be driven from office in one way or another in order to strengthen and steel the people's front. The people's front will be built and strengthened as we move forward in the struggle to defend, expand and strengthen democracy, for real reforms and socialism.


There is no other way out of this mess we are in.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

So, "In These Times" magazine doesn't like the word "activist"...

But, its editor and writers love the word "Democrat."

Al Gore missed this inconvenient truth, again, in his new movie…



Al Gore missed this inconvenient truth, again… see the trailer here.

Climate change and the military-industrial complex



From Canadian Dimension Magazine: This was written in reply to our recently published interview with Noam Chomsky about climate change. You can read the original Chomsky interview at: https://canadiandimension.com/articles/view/the-greening-of-noam-chomsky-a-conversation.

The one important aspect of climate change the Left keeps missing is the fact that Wall Street’s very lucrative military-industrial complex leaves the largest carbon footprint of any industry.


So, why have the peace and environmental movements, along with most of the Left, failed to make this important connection?


I’m surprised neither Chomsky nor Canadian Dimension brought this important connection forward in this interview.


How much of what is produced from the Tar Sands will be consumed by the Military-Industrial Complex?


One aircraft carrier of the Nimitz class carries three million gallons of aircraft fuel. Fuel for just 80 aircraft. The U.S. typically deploys six of these aircraft carriers during manoeuvres, conflicts and wars. This alone is one heck of a carbon footprint and we still have to figure out what kind of carbon footprint is created manufacturing these aircraft carriers and planes.


And this example is just the tip of the melting iceberg.


Consider all the mining and manufacturing which goes into producing for militarism and wars – what kind of carbon footprint is created in preparation for wars, by wars and rebuilding in the aftermath of wars?


There is a point to be made about global warming and militarism and wars which leads me to conclude that the most effective way to fight global warming and climate change is to fight for peace by “beating swords into plowshares.”


For some reason all these foundation-funded peace organizations and environmental organizations don’t want to acknowledge that the Military-Industrial Complex bears primary responsibility for global warming and climate change. Perhaps because the “great philanthropists” funding the foundations profit so handsomely from militarism and wars?


If changing out light bulbs contributes to ending global warming and climate change, can you imagine the contribution peace would make towards this effort?


It seems our environmental and peace movements could use what the great labour leader and working class revolutionary, William Z. Foster, advised “a good strong dose of anti-imperialist education,” connecting all the dots.

Feel free to copy this and pass it out to people when you go see the movie.


Alan Maki
is a labor, peace and environmental activist.


 Blog: Thoughts from Podunk: http://thepodunkblog.blogspot.com/


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Friday, May 12, 2017

We need a massive "people's front" to save us from Trump

David Gergen a high-paid CNN pundit, who worked for both Republican and Democratic presidents, made an important point--- unless millions of Americans had not taken to the streets, Johnson and Nixon would not have been forced from office... Johnson in not seeking re-election and Nixon resigning from office.

The same is true today and both Democrats and Republicans are doing everything possible to prevent people from mobilizing in the streets to run Trump and his Administration from office.

Trump and his administration should be driven from office not for anything they did with the Russians but because of the way they have undermined the Constitution and Bill of Rights and using lie after lie to continue to wage these dirty imperialist wars and the attacks on the rights and livelihoods of the American people.

It is disgusting and shameful Democrats are willing to put us through four more years of Trump in order to try to win elections--- and we all know that even if the Democrats win in 2018 and 2020 the wars will continue just as the attacks on the rights and livelihoods will continue.

We should move into the streets calling for the entire Trump Administration to clear out of Washington while advancing an agenda intended to strengthen our democratic rights, improve our livelihoods while, most importantly, calling for an end to these dirty imperialist wars--- the Democrats and their partners, the millionaire labor leaders and their foundation-funded front groups will never advance such a progressive people's agenda.

All we get is lie after lie from Trump followed by more lies and deceit from the Democrats... all part of Wall Street's agenda which includes this two-party trap.

Peace will never be on their agenda.

Our rights will never be defended and strengthened and our lives and livelihoods will never be improved by Republicans or Democrats who want to suck us into defending a rotten capitalist system breeding all this graft, greed, corruption and wars defended by a stream of never ending lies and deceit.

And make no mistake about this... the rot permeates the entire political system--- local, state and national--- all intended to maintain this rotten capitalist economic system; the political and economic are inseparable and Democrats and Republicans representing Wall Street's interests don't want us to catch on to this.

Lyndon Johnson did not simply make a decision not to run for re-election; the massive movements of the people forced him out of office over his continued pressing of the Vietnam War.

Richard Nixon did not resign from office because he thought he was doing the right thing for the country; he resigned because millions of Americans in motion pushed him out of office.

Trump will never resign of his own volition; there is no one to lead the drive to impeach Trump from the Democratic "opposition."

If we are going to rid our Nation of this rogue Trump Administration there will need to be a groundswell of popular opposition from the grassroots... we will have to rise up like dandelions after a warm spring rain intent on driving Trump and his Administration from the White House intent on cleaning up this mess in Congress, too.

Here is what we are faced with:

Trump won't resign; nor will he be impeached.

And the Democrats will keep trying to shove candidates like Hillary Clinton down our throats.

The way forward should seem very clear...

We need a massive people's movement in the streets along with a new political party not afraid to advance an agenda of peace, social and economic justice.

Don't get caught up in this bullshit about Russian intervention in the 2016 Election, and don't get caught up defending morons like FBI Director James Comey who is just as evil and corrupt as Trump. We need to move beyond this crap.

By the way, I started out quoting David Gergen... I can't stand him either. He is no friend of democracy. He advised Congressman Gerald Ford not to publicly debate me when I was running against Ford for Congress. It just so happens David Gergen accidentally let the truth slip through his lips even though he hopes "the system" will work to rid us of Trump.

Well, why would a system that forced Johnson to push forward with a war he never wanted and a system which wouldn't impeach and prosecute Nixon for his crimes want "the system" to rid us of Trump?

Getting rid of Trump and his Administration is a job that can only be accomplished by a powerful people's movement... some kind of massive, militant and united "people's front."

Sunday, May 7, 2017

A Standing Ovation for Barack Obama?

Today former President Barack Obama will receive the "Profiles in Courage Award" at the JFK Library in Boston.
How much "courage" does it take to attack people with drones?

Barack Obama lacks all ethical, moral and political courage; this warmonger deserves this honor about as much as he deserved the Nobel Peace Prize... not at all.

Tell Trump: Hands Off Venezuela!

What do we do to stop Trump's Wall Street government from meddling in the affairs of Venezuela to steal its oil, engage in the super-exploitation of its workers; and, what I think is at least as equally as important as its oil, stopping the building of socialism?

And where does the AFL-CIO stand in all of this? Supposedly when John Sweeney was elected president, the AFL-CIO disentangled itself from the CIA. Yet, today, the AFL-CIO doesn't seem to be supporting this government of the working people headed up by Nicolás Maduro, a bus driver.

There are probably many reasons people can find to disagree with Maduro; but, like the leader of the Venezuelan Communist Party has stated, his Party "is not about about to part ways with Chavismo" over these differences.

We really need a mass anti-imperialist organization in this country similar to the "Anti-imperialist League" Mark Twain was a part of in order to oppose Wall Street's imperialist agenda and to actively support people in other countries standing up to imperialism--- which includes most countries in the world.

William Z. Foster the great U.S. working class leader when asked what the U.S. working class needed most, responded: "A good strong dose of anti-imperialist education."

This remains true today.

Perhaps we should begin this anti-imperialist education by building committees in solidarity with Venezuela calling for ending all U.S. meddling and interference?

Monday, May 1, 2017

Trump, the Democrats and North Korea

Trump says he would like to meet face to face with North Korean leaders.

But, the Democrats don't like that idea; they would rather "isolate" North Korea and destroy its socialist society and economy.

The corporate controlled mainstream news media is doing everything it can to demonize Kim Jong-un; but why when they have so many fascist dictators being propped up by the United States to go after?

But, then Trump gets attacked by the Democrats and right away he calls for "isolating" North Korea.

All the while Wall Street is exploiting cheap South Korean labor as Trump and his hypocrites call for a "non-nuclear North Korea" all the while building the Jeju Naval Base that will host nuclear armed U.S. Naval vessels.

Back in 1982 millions of people marched and demonstrated for nuclear disarmament... its time to get this movement going in full swing again in order to prevent World War III which will be a nuclear war where there will be a long, horrible nuclear winter not even the Wall Street billionaires with their ten year bunkers can survive even though they are dumb enough to think they can.

There is only one way to win peace and nuclear disarmament and that is by taking to the streets since we have been left with no other solutions.

We need a sane and just foreign policy and this is too much to expect from Trump or the Democrats who are beholden to the Wall Street merchants of death and destruction who reap super-profits from militarism and wars.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Twitler Trump was selected; not elected.

When we look at the political developments taking place around the world in the G-7 (and in Russia) I think we have to conclude that Wall Street and its junior partners have decided that their requirements are such that only extremely right-wing and even fascist governments are required to head off the people taking political and economic power away from them.

There is no doubt in my mind that Donald Trump, Twitler, was selected by Wall Street and not elected by the people.

These Wall Street overlords knew full well this would leave us in a quandary not knowing what to do to stop Twitler Trump.

And they are right.

The only thing people seem to be able to do is shake their heads and wring their hands wondering how we ever got stuck in such a mess.

These Wall Street merchants of death and destruction who aren't satisfied with their "normal profits" derived from the exploitation and rape of Mother Nature seek the fabulous super-profits derived from militarism and wars.

These Wall Street parasites fully understood people were reaching the point of being fully fed up considering the socialist alternative to their rotten capitalist system and they have made the decision to put Twitler in charge operating out of Mar-A-Lago instead of the White House... Hitler did the exact same thing operating out of the Berghof which was Adolf Hitler's home in the Obersalzberg of the Bavarian Alps near Berchtesgaden, Bavaria, Germany.

We are now left with but two choices and we had better exercise both options:

1. Exert extreme pressure on the Democrats to resist the drive to war (and I wouldn't count on the Democrats stopping Trump).

2. Figure out how we are going to organize for socialist revolution.

Organizing to pressure the Democrats and their partners to throw their full resources into fighting Trump will prepare us for socialism by strengthening a mass movement to resist this sharp turn towards fascism we are now facing.

Our only other option is to sit wringing our hands wondering how we got into this mess... and anyone who has any understanding of history knows where this will leave us.

Trump is no fluke; he was selected by Wall Street to do their dirty work... he was not elected by the people.

An elected president would be conducting the business from the White House not his own personal resort--- Mar-A-Lago. Twitler Trump does this to show he is in power and he is going to do what he wants to do irrespective of anything Congress does or what the American people want.

We are in a very precarious and dangerous situation which will take a very powerful mass movement of the people to restore democracy... waiting for the next election is not an option because we can't even rely on the Democrats to prevent war/s.

We have never been is such a dangerous situation in this country... the last time humanity experienced anything like this was when Hitler, Mussolini, Franco and Tojo tried to dictate people had to live under their terms and we know the result of not stopping these fascist bastards in their tracks.

It is no coincidence that we see others like Twitler Trump coming to power in places like France--- Marine Le Pen is a fascist just like Twitler Trump. The big money people are pulling the strings... the time has come for working people to flex their muscles and say "No" to this drive towards fascism and World War III.

Let us face reality; we have been had: Twitler Trump was selected not elected.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Demand no attack on North Korea... speak up now! We are headed towards World War III, nuclear war and nuclear winter.

This might be one of those times when the only real immediate "action" we can take is to bombard our U.S. Senators and members of the House with phone calls demanding no military actions against North Korea.

Also demand the United States open up full diplomatic relations with North Korea.

Follow up your phone call with a written letter to both Senators and your member of Congress so there is a paper trail..

And let them know you intend to be involved in protests demanding an end to militarism and wars and you expect a Peace Dividend in the form of a National Public Health Care System.

In addition to making the calls and writing letters as follow-up, write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper... and join with, or if need be initiate, protests... protest. protest, protest because out of sight is out of mind.

We are in very dangerous times with Trump together with the Republicans and Democrats pushing us into World War III and a nuclear winter and such times demand swift and vigorous citizen-activists.

If ever there was a time for citizen-activism that time is NOW!

Don't procrastinate; don't delay... make your voice heard loud and clear...TODAY!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Where were the voices for peace, social and economic justice and in defense of public education at the Science Marches?

I'm wondering where the voices like those of Einstein, Oppenheimer, Steinmetz, Pauling are who would have opened up their speeches condemning science being used for war and not for peace, people and the planet; science used to improve the lives of the people instead of to maximize corporate profits.

Quite frankly, I don't think most of these professors give two-hoots about how science has been used to create so much misery for working people in the workplace by pushing workers through speed-up to keep up with the pace of highly automated equipment and machinery.... the result of modern science and technology being used against the people.

You know, I couldn't find one single professor in the sciences to side with casino workers trying to win smoke-free workplaces.

And furthermore, where have these millions who marched on Science Day been in the struggle over defending the integrity of public education by insisting that the core of public education is centered around modern scientific materialism?

In my opinion, once again we see a huge march that will be used by the Democrats to pick up votes rather than advance peace, a defense of public education, a defense of workers' rights and livelihoods.

We are on the verge of World War III which we all know will result in nuclear war followed by nuclear winter and this point isn't even front and center at any of these Science Marches? Really; what the heck is going on?

And what about science and Monsanto?

We need science for peace, the people and the planet... not for Wall Street profits.

Yes; science must be defended but not as some kind of classless undertaking.

Confusion on the "left" over Syria

There is a lot of confusion as to what is going on in Syria.

I am sharing here what I posted on another Facebook page in response to some leftists supporting the U.S. backed Syrian "rebels:"

When we end this Wall Street tyranny with its imperialist agenda right here in our own country people everywhere will be able to achieve liberty, justice and democracy and all the two-bit half-assed fascist dictators all over the world will come tumbling down.

The Syrian people never asked for the United States to meddle in their affairs and throw their country into violence.

The Syrians had large and very influential Marxist parties. I don't see any of the Syrian Communist Parties supporting these so-called "rebels" intent on doing the same thing in Syria the SPLA has done in Sudan; are you even aware of what has happened in Sudan?

You conveniently ignore the influence of the United Arab Republic which included Syria--- which the Wall Street imperialists opposed. There is a lot more to history than just Assad. I never see any of you supporters of the "rebels" who are concerned about history mention the anti-imperialist Nasser years.

I'm wondering if you don't fear that Assad may be moving in the direction Nasser was moving?

We do know from history that it is possible for those like Assad to move with the people in opposition to U.S. imperialism... more so than these so-called "rebels" financed, armed and provided military support by U.S. imperialism.

General Wesley Clark long ago exposed the fact that the U.S. generals and politicians were itching for wars in seven countries and Syria is one of those countries, as is the Sudan; and Iraq, Iran, etc.

Isn't our goal and objective to stop U.S. imperialist intervention in these countries so the people of these countries can determine their own destinies?

I really don't think those of you who support these "rebels" have given full thought to what is going on.

If you support the U.S. backed Syrian "rebels" do you also back the SPLA and the violence and mayhem George Bush instigated which led, very conveniently, to oil rich South Sudan breaking away from Sudan and now Exxon-Mobil just signed "agreements" for oil with South Sudan--- the oil Sudan wanted to nationalize for the benefit of the people of all Sudan?

And don't you feel kind of strange supporting the same "rebels" Donald Trump is supporting?

When and where has U.S. imperialism ever supported the legitimate democratic will of any people? Wall Street does not even acknowledge such for our own people.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Why does Trump support the fascist Marine Le Pen?

Why does Trump support Marine Le Pen and all of these other two-bit, half-assed fascist bastards around the world?


The answer is very simple:


Trump wants to establish the same kind of right-wing alliance Hitler, Franco, Mannerheim, Mussolini and Tojo had in order to destroy their working class opposition and impose rule over the entire world to make the world "free" for Wall Street and its junior partners to rape Mother Nature and exploit labor in quest of maximum profits. Wall Street brought Trump to power to do this.


We should remember that it was the Democrats who refuse to support the anti-fascists in Spain which led to World War II as Hitler brought his fascist coalition together.


We are going to pay a very heavy price, most probably nuclear war and the entailing nuclear winter, if we don't unite to stop this right wing cabal Wall Street is assembling.


I would recommend reading "The People's Front" written by the primary architect, organizer and leader of this most important coalition of liberals, progressives and leftists ever assembled in this country which won the New Deal and tried to prevent World War II... Earl Browder. You can get the book through your local public library or purchase a copy on line. Anyone interested in building a huge coalition to defeat Trump and drive him and his fascist cabal out of the White House should give this book a thorough study. Even if you don't agree with all of Browder's ideas, there is much to learn about coalition building. Reading a book can't hurt you; what you don't learn might hurt all of us. I don't think anyone disputes the fact that "The People's Front" of the 1930's was the most powerful coalition ever built to oppose our common enemy: Wall Street... and many reforms were won in the process of trying to challenge Wall Street for political and economic power. Browder, in his book, identified Wall Street as "our common enemy."

Bernie Sanders is promoting voting for Democrats; voting for Democrats is not the basis of unity.

I think most of Bernie Sanders' supporters now feel the same way I do after watching Bernie Sanders take to the road with a creep like Tom Perez trying to re-build the Democratic Party after the fiasco of Hillary Clinton which Bernie Sanders contributed to in a big way which delivered us into Trump's hands.

If Bernie Sanders was honest he would open up a discussion asking about how his supporters feel about all of this.

Sanders has a massive mailing list.

Political honesty requires Bernie Sanders to open up this discussion. That he refuses to open up this discussion to his supporters and the much broader liberal/progressive/left tells me he is nothing but a shill for the Democrats; Democrats most people in this country are as fed up with as they are with the Republicans.

Bernie Sanders refuses to open up this question about the need for a new party because he is a shill for the Democrats; who else would choose to work for "unity" with a creep like Tom Perez who is as corrupt, lying and deceitful as they come?

Unity of liberals, progressives and leftists--- the majority of the working class and a very sizeable section of the middle class--- can not be achieved by working with these kinds of sleazy Democratic Party hacks. And, these sleazy Democratic Party hacks will never push for peace and the kind of real reforms required to solve our problems.

Let us be clear about this:

Uniting people to vote for Democrats who bring forward nothing but platitudes to trick people out of their precious votes is not the basis for "unity."

Anyone who still believes what Tom Perez does, that this government can continue to squander the wealth of our Nation on militarism and wars and then have the needed funding for reforms, is a complete fool. Why would Bernie Sanders even contemplate, much less participate, in such a farce with the likes of Tom Perez if he wasn't a shill for the Democratic Party?

No one is saying don't work with grassroots Democrats; but, it is important to understand that drumming up support for people to vote for Democrats is not the same thing as uniting people behind a real progressive agenda that will pay for large-scale reforms with a Peace Dividend derived from ending these dirty imperialist wars and this insane drive towards World War III and a nuclear winter.

We must remember that it was because Franklin D. Roosevelt had to fight his own party dominated by reactionary Truman type Wall Street Democrats that all of his reforms were too late and too little to help many suffering people.

These corporate Democrats have never cared that people need to eat when they are hungry and get medical care when they are sick instead of waiting for reforms to be dished out in "baby steps" and "incrementally."

Here is the basis for unity--- interesting is the fact that it has been real progressive Democrats who brought forward all of these things and they couldn't win the support of their own Democratic Party which should cause people to think in terms of why we need a new working class based people's party to achieve peace and these reforms:

Campaign for a “21st Century Full Employment Act for Peace and Prosperity”

We are fed up with politicians campaigning on promises of “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs” and then failing to make themselves legislatively responsible for attaining and maintaining full employment.

We are fed up with our tax dollars being squandered on militarism and wars instead of being used to create jobs by solving the problems of the people and defending our living environment… its time to beat swords into plowshares. Put people to work solving the problems of the people.

A National Public Health Care System would create over twelve-million new jobs paying real living wages providing people with free health care--- general medical, eyes, ears, dental, family planning and mental health--- through a network of neighborhood and community health care centers; this is a better use of our tax-dollars than wasting our human and financial resources on a far flung empire of over 800 U.S. military bases around the world. Or, it could be financed the same way Social Security is financed. Or paid for with a tax on Wall Street transactions. Or financed with a combination of these methods. Public funding. Public administration. Public delivery… nothing controversial; just like public education.

A National Public Child Care System would create over three-million new jobs providing working class families with free child care.

We need to restore the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (C.E.T.A.), Works Progress Administration (WPA) and Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).

“At Will Employment” legislation in states across the country needs to be rescinded and repealed to expand democracy in the workplace and provide workers with the right to freely participate in the communities where they live.

All attacks on immigrant workers, documented and undocumented, need to end.

Planned Parenthood needs to be defended and programs expanded.

We insist Congress and the president enact full employment legislation which makes them legislatively responsible for attaining and maintaining full employment; assure everyone who wants a job employment at real living wages in line with the actual cost-of-living.

Full employment would provide stability for Social Security; everyone paying in; everyone getting something out. A Basic Income for All must be guaranteed. Pensions must be honored and protected. The Wall Street swindle of pension funds must end; restore the Glass-Steagall Act.

Turn Habitat for Humanity into a massive public works project to create jobs and assure everyone has a decent home.

Free education through university; cancel student debt. End military recruitment in the high schools.

Unemployment and lack of a National Public Health Care System is the price we pay for militarism and wars. We are entitled to a Peace Dividend……... Let’s talk about the politics and economics of livelihood.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Harper's Magazine poses an important question... unfortunately their answer is wrong.

Harper's Magazine asks:


Is Donald Trump a fascist or plutocrat?


For the record; this is what Trump officially is:


Trump is an anti-labor, warmongering, racist, fascist, capitalist plutocrat intentionally selected and chosen by a small secretive oligarchy of the most parasitic financiers, the biggest bankers, oilmen and monopolists from every industry to carry out Wall Street's imperialist agenda--- through Donald Trump the Military-Industrial Complex, the merchants of death and destruction, are in full control of OUR government's apparatus and control all levers of power.


There you have it very accurately in capsule form.


If anyone disagrees, I would be interested in hearing what your disagreement with this assessment is.

My thoughts about Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders woke a lot of people up... plus, most important, he shook things up. But, also important to understand... once he woke people up and shook things up he then betrayed those he woke up and left people hang out to dry because he moved to the right in supporting Hillary Clinton and the Democrats when he should have moved to the left by helping to start a new working class-based people's party with peace and disarmament at the top of an anti-monopoly/anti-imperialist agenda that included real reforms intending to solve our problems while challenging Wall Street for political and economic power.

History has shown many such betrayals--- there was the betrayal by Norman Thomas that led to the decimation of the Socialist Party; and, there was the betrayal of Earl Browder which led to the decimation of the Communist Party USA... both Thomas and Browder had built much larger and more powerful movements than Bernie Sanders has, but we shouldn't minimize what Bernie Sanders contributed because it has been important.

Bernie Sanders now joins the legacy of these betrayals--- those who built large and powerful movements only to take the wrong turn and destroy what they helped to create.

But, life--- just like the class struggle--- does go on and people will find their way to doing what needs to be done... with or without Bernie Sanders.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Citizen diplomacy can stop war against North Korea.

The Trump Administration is trying to find every excuse possible to attack North Korea.


What I don't understand is why a large group of diverse American citizens don't go over to North Korea as a group to sit down and talk with Kim Jong-un and Pak Pong-ju to find out what exactly it is going to take to resolve things.


Citizen diplomacy is what we need now because we have, not only this moron Donald Trump and his goose-stepping Administration; but a bunch of worthless Democrats equally as warmongering working together to inflame bad relations between our two countries at a time when South Koreans and North Koreans are eager for the reunification of Korea as one socialist country. Neither South Koreans nor North Koreans want this Jeju Naval Base to go into operation with nuclear armed U.S. Naval ships always present always trying to inflame tensions.


It would seem to me we could put together a group of concerned citizens to go to North Korea to find a peaceful resolution to this problem.


I would be willing to go. Anyone else?


Maybe a group of labor activists, civil rights activists, peace activists, attorneys, clergy, etc.


President Bill Clinton undermined negotiations with North Korea after Jimmy Carter opened the way for dialog and peaceful diplomacy in 1994.


Now, why can't a group of concerned American citizens take up citizen-diplomacy where Jimmy  Carter left off.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

What is Bernie Sanders up to now?

Bernie Sanders says he is not a Democrat yet he is on a nine state tour with Tom Perez to build the Democratic Party. I'm having a very hard time figuring this out.

I'm guessing many other people can't figure out what Bernie Sanders is up to.

Why isn't Bernie Sanders on a tour with people trying to build a new party?

Look at the United Kingdom... the socialist Arthur Scargill has been engaged in building the non-sectarian explicitly anti-monopoly/anti-capitalist/anti-imperialist Socialist Labour Party; wouldn't this kind of initiative work in this country since we now have millions of people supporting socialism?

We could be pushing an agenda like this:


Campaign for a “21st Century Full Employment Act for Peace and Prosperity”

We are fed up with politicians campaigning on promises of “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs” and then failing to make themselves legislatively responsible for attaining and maintaining full employment.

We are fed up with our tax dollars being squandered on militarism and wars instead of being used to create jobs by solving the problems of the people and defending our living environment… its time to beat swords into plowshares. Put people to work solving the problems of the people.

A National Public Health Care System would create over twelve-million new jobs paying real living wages providing people with free health care---  general medical, eyes, ears, dental, family planning and mental health--- through a network of neighborhood and community health care centers; this is a better use of our tax-dollars than wasting our human and financial resources on a far flung empire of over 800 U.S. military bases around the world. Or, it could be financed the same way Social Security is financed. Or paid for with  a tax on Wall Street transactions. Or financed with a combination of these methods. Public funding. Public administration. Public delivery… nothing controversial; just like public education.

A National Public Child Care System would create over three-million new jobs providing working class families with free child care.

We need to restore the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (C.E.T.A.), Works Progress Administration (WPA) and Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).

“At Will Employment” legislation in states across the country needs to be rescinded and repealed to expand democracy in the workplace and provide workers with the right to freely participate in the communities where they live.

All attacks on immigrant workers, documented and undocumented, need to end.

Planned Parenthood needs to be defended and programs expanded.

We insist Congress and the president enact full employment legislation which makes them legislatively responsible for attaining and maintaining full employment; assure everyone who wants a job employment at real living wages in line with the actual cost-of-living.

Full employment would provide stability for Social Security; everyone paying in; everyone getting something out. A Basic Income for All must be guaranteed. Pensions must be honored and protected. The Wall Street swindle of pension funds must end; restore the Glass-Steagall Act.

Turn Habitat for Humanity into a massive public works project to create jobs and assure everyone has a decent home.

Free education through university; cancel student debt. End military recruitment in the high schools.

Unemployment and lack of a National Public Health Care System is the price we pay for militarism and wars. We are entitled to a Peace Dividend……... Let’s talk about the politics and economics of livelihood.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Socialist Labour Party founded in the spirit of James Connolly by Arthur Scargill...

The Socialist Labour Party in Great Britain was founded in the spirit of James Connolly by the socialist former leader of the mineworkers, Arthur Scargill... there is no reason we shouldn't have a similar party here in the United States.
Check it out:

http://www.socialist-labour-party.org.uk/index.html

Monday, April 17, 2017

The staff of the LBJ Library and Museum has taken note... now will they provide the information I have requested?


So, my blog and my Facebook page have come to the attention of the staff of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum.

Perhaps now there will be some movement in opening up to the public the recordings and notes of the meeting LBJ and his staff held with George McGovern and Sargent Shriver at the Johnson Ranch at which time LBJ endorsed the McGovern-Shriver ticket.

Now, more than ever, we need to have this discussion made available to the public.

LBJ was a "New Deal" politician who bought into the imperialist politics of "pragmatism" only to find that the Vietnam War halted his attempt to create the "Great Society."

Johnson shamefully bought into the politics of "anti-Communism" late into his political career even though he never really had his heart in it because he understood Communist were leaders and activists in labor and civil rights struggles and he found out very quickly Communists opposed his dirty war in Vietnam. But, even during the war Johnson never severed his ties with Communists which his political handlers hated to no ends.

At the end of his life, Johnson was returning to his liberal New Deal roots and the LBJ Library and Museum seeks to cover this up under the guise that this aspect of Johnson's later life after the presidency is not really of interest to the LBJ Library and Museum.

Also, the LBJ Library holds the archives of liberal populist Congressman Wright Patman and is trying to hide Patman's drafting and introduction of the "Full Employment Act of 1945" which would have made the president and Congress responsible for attaining and maintaining full employment at real living wages.

In fact, very little is available at the LBJ Library and Museum regarding LBJ's activities and allies during the period of the "New Deal."

And even less information is being made available regarding the progressive populist politics of LBJ's father from whom LBJ learned his politics.

I am glad my pushing and prodding while doing research has forced the LBJ Library and Museum to release a number of documents and materials not previously made available to researchers and the public.

It is a disgrace university professors, journalists and researchers are not joining the effort to get access to the Johnson-McGovern meeting so the American people more fully understand how squandering resources and wealth on militarism and wars robs us of a better life while creating so much misery, death and destruction in other countries.

It is time, long over-due, to find out how Johnson and McGovern discussed this issue which led to Johnson endorsing McGovern.

This is a big part of the anti-imperialist education the American people require in order to stop these dirty wars.

Quite frankly, I think the content of this discussion between LBJ and McGovern will show that LBJ would never have supported these other wars for oil in Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Sudan--- nor would he have supported this jingoism and national chauvinism putting us on the path to war with North Korea which will quickly expand to World War III.

George McGovern in his book is on record as being adamantly opposed to these wars for oil and there is no doubt he would have been among the first to forcefully oppose Trump's belligerence towards North Korea.

George McGovern died vindicated in his quest for peace.

Those in power are trying to prevent LBJ's vindication after leaving the presidency. And in doing so deny the American people a powerful weapon in the fight for peace although LBJ's endorsement of McGovern should be such a vindication.

We do know that LBJ's friend and selection as Attorney General, Ramsey Clark, has long ago vindicated himself, too.

And even Robert McNamara in his dying days admitted the Vietnam war was wrong. It is interesting to note that the LBJ Library and Museum places a major focus on a meeting between Johnson and his top Administration discussing waging the Vietnam War under the same old oak tree on the Johnson Ranch where he later endorsed George McGovern.

I have heard through the grapevine, that legendary journalist Walter Cronkite engaged LBJ in conversation about the Vietnam War while interviewing him about racism and civil rights during which time Johnson pooh-poohed his opponents, many of whom were Democrats, who called him a "Communist."

While Johnson never was a Communist, he certainly maintained friendships with many Communists in the labor and civil rights movement.

Just an interesting point: The staff at the LBJ Library and Museum have told me they have never thought of trying to obtain the file J. Edgar Hoover maintained on LBJ during his long political career. I am told I am the first person to ever suggest these files be sought even though everyone has acknowledged such a "file" does exist.

Previously I have made public a vicious anti-Communist letter from a leader of the United Steelworkers Union seeking Johnson's participation in conducting a witch-hunt against Communist labor activist, organizer and leader Clinton Jencks and the Mine-Mill union which Johnson refused to participate in.

There is a whole lot about LBJ powerful people want to keep hidden from the American people.

This is the kind of information that has long been buried by the LBJ Library and Museum:


It would be helpful if the LBJ Library and Museum would make available correspondence between LBJ and Communist Party USA leader Earl Browder during the New Deal era.