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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

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. provided us with a lot to think about.

Coming up in February is Black History Month:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in honoring W.E.B. DuBois:

"We cannot talk of Dr. Du Bois without recognizing that he was a radical all of his life. Some people would like to ignore the fact that he was a Communist in his later years.

It is time to cease muting the fact that Dr. Du Bois was a genius and chose to be a Communist. Our irrational, obsessive anti-communism has led us into too many quagmires to be retained as if it were a mode of scientific thinking."

A comment on the status of working class education...

It never ceases to amaze me the way these "progressives" for Obama write about things. Here is something from a publication which claims to be "left:"

"As for GOP Gov. John Kasich-still haunted by a 2010 declaration that "we need to break the back of organized labor" - all focus on his end is on gearing for a probable toss-up re-election campaign. With his approval ratings still well under 50%, he can't afford to lose any votes, particularly from the 30% of union members who tend to vote Republican, unless they have good reason not to."

Why would 30% of the union members in Ohio ever have any reason to vote Republican?

Doesn't this tell us something about the piss-poor job the "leaders" of organized labor who support Obama are doing when it comes to educating workers?

here in Minnesota the leaders of the teachers' union have actually initiated a caucus with in their union for Republican teachers. These same "leaders" endorsed the most right wing Minnesota Republican State Senator, Tony Cornish.

All of this helps to confuse, rather than educate, working people.

But not only is there this confusion being sown; simultaneously workers are strengthening the power of the very politicians who they have to fight in order to defend their rights and their livelihoods.

Never mind these labor "leaders" lacking the very basics of class consciousness, they don't even have any common sense.