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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...


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...

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Labor’s Turnaround The AFL-CIO has a plan to save the movement.

In response to this article published in In These Times:


I provided this comment:

Let's be honest here and not fall into the delusion that real change is taking place when all that is being done is Trumka is trying to make sure he gets all liberals, progressives and leftists further mired in the morass of the Democratic Party holding up the tail of Dumb Donkeys like Obama begging for the right to pick up what the sparrows leave behind.

What we need is a class struggle approach to working class problems that includes a working class based people's party like labor has in Canada with the socialist New Democratic Party combined with mass united struggles in the streets like P.A.M.E. (the All-Workers Militant Front), in Greece, is engaged in.

As long as the working class is hobbled by Democratic Party hacks and muddle-headed well-heeled middle class intellectuals like Robert Reich, Dean Baker, Joseph Stiglitz and George Lakoff who don't have to work for a living are doing our thinking for us, we will not move forward.

The AFL-CIO Executive Council refuses to acknowledge peace is central to solving most of our problems; we can't have guns and jobs because these dirty wars are killing our jobs just like they kill people.

The AFL-CIO refuses to consider that we need legislation mandating the president and Congress to be responsible to attain and maintain full employment with real living wage jobs in league with the defeated "Full Employment Act of 1945" instead of the nonsense that came with the phony "Full Employment Act of 1946" which has nothing at all to do with full employment.

In the area of health care reform what we need is a National Public Health Care System which would provide the American people with free health care while creating over twelve-million new jobs.

Forget Obama's phony "pre-school" proposal; what is needed is a National Public Child Care System providing working class families with free child care while creating some three-million new living wage jobs.

Instead of "covering Obama's backside," Trumka and the members of the AFL-CIO's Executive Council should be concerned about improving the standard of living of the working class; Obama is Wall Street's politician; Wall Street is our enemy.

We can't on the one hand strengthen Obama and the Democrats by supporting them and then have to fight them--- what sense does it make to weaken ourselves by strengthening our Wall Street enemies?

Trumka is already talking, "Elect more Democrats."

What do we expect to get out of electing more Democrats?

Here in Minnesota we have a Democratic super majority that won't even enact anti-scabbing and anti-lockout legislation.

Talking about organizing, the main impediment in this country to union organizing is "At-will Employment" legislation and the Democrats with their super majority here in Minnesota won't even consider repealing this most draconian and repressive anti-worker legislation.

Why continue to evade discussing what really needs to be done?