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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

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Sunday, January 6, 2013

The "conscience of a liberal" or Obama apologist?

Here we go again; more confusion created using words and confusing "class."

Krugman http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/02/that-bad-ceiling-feeling/ referring to forthcoming confrontations with the Repubs after his “fiscal cliff” cave:

“The only thing that might save this situation is the fact that Obama has to be aware just how much is now riding on his willingness to finally stand up for his side; if he doesn’t, nobody will ever trust him again, and he will go down in history as the wimp who threw it all away.”

Always the "hope" brought forward by these over-paid, well-heeled muddle-headed upper-middle class economists and intellectuals confusing which side Obama is on.

Here is how Krugman confuses "class"--- which side are you on?:

"...finally stand up for his side;..."

Obama was, and remains, on Wall Street's side. Obama never was, and isn't, and never will be, a "President of the people."

Krugman is a Nobel recipient just like Obama--- Paul Krugman awarded for economics; Barack Obama awarded for peace.

This entire gaggle of muddle-headed upper-middle class intellectuals intent is to provide us with nothing in the way of suggested legislation directed towards the urgency of solving the pressing problems being experienced by working people whose lives can only be characterized as a crisis of everyday living.

How convenient that these muddle-headed well-heeled middle class economists and intellectuals from Paul Krugman to Dean Baker to Joe Stiglitz to Robert Reich all guided in the language provided by George Lakoff would be the agents of confusion, a confusion whose intent is to prevent and disrupt any grassroots and rank-and-file initiatives to challenge Wall Street for power.

Let's be very clear on this point: We need to free ourselves from Wall Street's two-party trap not for the purpose of defeating the candidates like Obama brought forward; we need to understand that in creating alternatives to the Democrats and Republicans what we will be doing is challenging Wall Street for political and economic power.

In order to accomplish freeing ourselves from this two-party trap we will have to challenge the thinking of these apologists for the Democrats like Paul Krugman by being able to sort out the "kernels of truth" they use to package their deceit in.

Krugman even defines himself as being "The Conscience of A Liberal" when in fact his ideas serve the neo-liberal agenda packaged very deceptively to appear to be "liberal" so as to sow confusion.

Look at this article (Part 2) and Krugman's preceding article (Part 1):

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/01/perspective-on-the-deal/

Krugman is talking about the budget, deficits and debt--- BUT, what does he intentionally omit?

The huge portion of the budget directed towards militarism and wars.

How does any honest economists or intellectual omit any reference or discussion to what is more than half of the budget?

Also missing is any discussion of creating full employment.

If we want to get rid of "that bad ceiling feeling" we are going to have to fight for peace and full employment.

In order to guide our struggles we need working class ideas aware of "class" because when all is said and done, this is a class struggle in which we have to challenge Wall Street for political and economic power; otherwise we are in for endless imperialist wars paid for with our jobs, our lives, our rights and our livelihoods.

We now have over 50,000 closed mines, mills and factories and more jobs being moved to cheap labor markets daily with the only expanding industry being Goodwill Industries.

Is this the future you want for your families?