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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...

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Can Mark Schauer defeat Rick Snyder?

In Michigan a pretty decent liberal is mounting a campaign to challenge Rick Snyder; but Mark Schauer is doomed to defeat because of his own Democratic Party.

And here is why:

I doubt Schauer has a chance. I doubt the Democrats will give him any more support than they gave Virg Bernero. The corporate money which controls, dominates and manipulates the Democratic Party doesn't want to hear any talk about the plight of working people.

I traveled all over Michigan during the last gubernatorial election... I drove mile after mile without even seeing a yard sign for Virg Bernero which means there was an intent not to provide him with full Democratic Party support.

We used to see the same kind of Democratic Party campaigns "against" Gerald R. Ford during the many years he was in Congress.

Business interests make a "compact," in spite of political parties, that they will enable the best candidate for business to win while providing a show, a circus of sorts, with token opposition to make it appear there is a functioning democracy when in fact their isn't.

We are at a point where the only way change will come about is when people build some kind of anti-monopoly coalition capable of giving birth to a working class based anti-monopoly progressive people's party.

Decent liberals like Mark Schauer and Virg Bernero are going to have to be won over to this kind of position to become part of an anti-monopoly movement.

Personally, I wouldn't support anyone running as a Democrat. My time and resources are better spent in building movements for real reforms working in a way that will bring people to the conclusion that our lives, our livelihoods, our future and quite possibly our very existence requires successfully challenging Wall Street for political and economic power.