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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...

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Rocky Anderson... another fake "progressive" comes out of the woodwork like a termite at work in the dark at election time in order to do a little red-baiting.

So, Rocky Anderson has taken to attacking me, again; what a fraud that guy has turned out to be but what can one expect from a former Democratic Party politician who helped his friends enrich themselves from lucrative real estate dealings in Salt Lake City when he was Mayor. Rocky Anderson says he can't work with someone like me (his code language for pernicious red-baiting)--- but he could work with Mitt Romney.


The dissension between me and the former Salt Lake City Mayor stems from my drafting what the position of the Justice Party should have been regarding full employment.


Rocky Anderson insists that it is good enough that he supports the Humphrey-Hawkins Full Employment Act which has nothing to do with full employment and everything to do with glossing over the fact that the Democrats want to be able to talk about "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs" at election time to trick workers out of their votes but then these same Democrats refuse to make themselves legislatively responsible for attaining and then maintaining full employment by putting millions to work solving the pressing problems of the people and fulfilling social needs through universal social programs like a National Public Health Care System, National Public Child Care System, re-establishment of WPA and CCC, etc.


And most of all, Rocky Anderson, just like the Democrats he only partially left, wants to be able to vaguely talk about peace without talking about the need to end militarism and imperialist interventions and wars while advocating beating swords into plowshares in order to pay for these universal social programs which would put tens of millions of people to work on real living wage jobs.


Just as Rocky Anderson, just like a Libertarian, doesn't believe government should be made legislatively responsible for attaining and maintaining full employment, he doesn't believe government should use its levers of power to put an end to this horrendous "Cost-of-Living Crisis" every single working class family is caught up in.


As Rocky Anderson himself admits, he is a follower of the advice offered to Democrats by their leading party hack, George Lakoff, who has written that in order to win votes issues must be "properly framed" but left without any specifics for alleviating and ending any problems because to suggest specific solutions to problems will lead to a rupture of Democratic Party unity--- read loss of support from Wall Street.


Wall Street profits from wars.


Wall Street profits from for-profit schemes like Obamacare and for-profit child care.


Wall Street reaps huge profits from this "Cost-of-Living Crisis" which sees prices on everything from food to fuel to college tuition to health care and child care spiraling out of control--- we pay; they profit.


These fake and phony "progressives" like Rocky Anderson are no better than the Democrats they claim they have come to resent but want to be every bit as corrupt and undemocratic as the Democrats and even though they claim to loathe the Republicans, when big money deals involving real estate are involved, Rocky Anderson can work with the likes of a Mitt Romney--- and when it comes to the rights and livelihoods of workers, Rocky Anderson demonstrated during his tenure as Mayor of Salt Lake City he could be every bit as callous and cold-hearted towards the rights and livelihoods of workers as Donald Trump as he glossed over his animosity towards the working class with the kind of self-serving language Hillary Clinton uses even though as she claims to support labor she doesn't mention she was the architect of a Wal-mart policy which included firing pregnant women and nursing mothers from their poverty waged jobs.


How much more of this kind of self-serving/Wall Street serving politics will people in this country put up with whether it comes from Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders or Rocky Anderson... who, in addition to having no problem working with Mitt Romney, has no problem working with the head of a Wall Street investment firm, Jonathan Ruga, and even the most crass Libertarians, one of whom openly supports genocide against the Palestinian people and another who had a link to David Duke's website at the time Rocky Anderson recruited him to be on the National Steering Committee of the Justice Party.


Some people want to re-organize the Justice Party but it seems to be a daunting task as long as an opportunist like Rocky Anderson is tolerated in trying to dictate what the Justice Party should stand for.


We simply won't be able to free ourselves from this two-party trap as long as we allow the likes of a Rocky Anderson to dominate the discussion... after all, Rocky Anderson is a big fan of Bernie Sanders and no doubt will go along with Bernie Sanders' decision to support Hillary Clinton as we get closer to Election Day even though at this time he says he won't. But what's new? We heard this line before only to have these phony "progressives" capitulate.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Who speaks for you?

As working people we are paying a very heavy price for allowing a few millionaire labor leaders and this huge crowd of muddle-headed upper-middle class intellectuals with their diplomas pinned to the wall dominate the political discourse when it comes to our problems.


For these people, politics has become the art and science intended to trick us out of our votes by making us think their nice sounding rhetoric is intended to be a solution to our problems when they are really looking out for their own interests without stating such.


Some examples:


Health care... the doctors lined up in support of single-payer universal health care and then went along with Obamacare because it kept them in the profit loop along with the pharmaceutical companies, the private for profit hospitals and nursing homes when the real solution to this health care mess, the only real solution, is National Public Health Care System.


When it comes to child care, here again they push the for profit system under the guise they want to make it "affordable" when in fact, the more expensive it is--- just like with health care--- the more profit they make off of us. The real solution is a National Public Child Care System.


Then we come to the issue of full employment; we have all heard the line, "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs" yet these charlatans posing as "progressives" won't go any further than supporting the Humphrey-Hawkins Full Employment Act which is no full employment act at all because it only establishes voluntary goals and objectives rather than it becoming mandatory that the president and Congress attain and maintain full employment... and, when the truth be told, even the very minimal standards established by Humphrey-Hawkins which allows for millions to remain unemployed have never been met.


We have the same thing when it comes to the most pressing and important issue facing humanity: peace--- ending militarism and these dirty imperialist wars robbing us of the wealth required to really solve our problems by putting people to work solving our problems. For these shysters who claim to be looking out for us when they are actually heavily invested in the arms industry, imperialism takes on the face of humanitarian intervention.


Just ask these muddle-headed upper-middle class "intellectuals" who so arrogantly insist on defining our problems and speaking for us to see their investment portfolios and it becomes clear why this grouping who Wall Street entrusts to look after its affairs would like us to believe they speak for us.


And keep in mind you won't hear any of these muddle-headed upper-middle-class intellectuals ever mention the fact that every single working class family is caught up in this very real "Cost-of-Living Crisis" which makes it a struggle for working class families to make ends meet from pay-check to pay-check never mind trying to make ends meet on an unemployment check, Social Security or the miserly Minimum Wage or welfare allotments.


Our world is the real world these well-heeled muddle-headed upper-middle class intellectuals and millionaire labor leaders will never understand simply because all the solutions to our problems will require they and their Wall Street crowd will have to cough up the wealth they have been stealing from us either through outright exploitation of our labor or through various crooked and corrupt schemes their politicians have devised for their benefit.


Their profits result in our poverty.


It really is this simple.


Speak up in defense of peace, your rights and your livelihood because if you don't no one else will.


We have seen how easy it was for Bernie Sanders to go from railing against Wall Street to supporting Wall Street's favorite candidate and don't think for a minute all these well-heeled muddle-headed upper-middle class intellectuals who profit from our problems right along with Wall Street won't be following Bernie Sanders' lead in voting for Hillary Clinton who helped Wal-mart devise a scheme to fire pregnant women and nursing mothers... any human being who would be this mean spirited in establishing a corporate line is beyond all hope of human redemption and should never be considered fit to hold any public office let alone the presidency.


Neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump are morally, ethically or intellectually qualified to be the next president of the United States because they both serve Wall Street's interests--- not our interests as working people.

Banned from "The People's Summit:" any talk about building a new progressive people's party.

We are still hearing a great deal about "The People's Summit."


What I do not understand is how an event can be billed as "The People's Summit" but any talk about organizing a new "people's party" is banned as a topic of discussion even though it is very clear the majority of the people in this country have no use for the Democrats or Republicans because there is an understanding that neither party will address the concerns and problems of the people in a way leading to solutions.


We need to organize a real people's summit that will lead to the creation of a new political party in this country.


Therefore, I have commented on all the YouTube videos promoting this "People's Summit" with this comment:


Check this out. It was written by Minnesota's second socialist Governor, Elmer Benson, who had been elected on the Minnesota Farmer-Labor ticket. Benson also Chaired the Progressive Party which ran Henry Wallace for president. We have to break free from this two-party trap.



http://collections.mnhs.org/MNHistoryMagazine/articles/47/v47i04p154-161.pdf

Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren on the campaign trail in Ohio...

...Feeding working people a line of crap in order to trick people out of votes while the Wall Street employers are financing this circus of the clowns.

Neither one of these Democrats offer real solutions to the problems working people are experiencing.

Millionaire labor leaders bus people in to create the crowds who applaud on cue.

Among Hillary Clinton's Wall Street financial backers are some of the worst poverty wage paying employers and union busters

Workers got nothing from Obama and the Democrats and workers will get even less from Hillary Clinton and her coalition of Wall Street bribed and serving Democrats and Republicans and millionaire labor leaders whose only connection to the working class is the dues they collect from the members that go to pay their big fat salaries.

The capitalist economy is on the skids to oblivion and this Wall Street crowd of Democrats and Republicans will intensify the exploitation of the working class while imposing the most heinous and Draconian austerity measures on working class families to pay for these dirty imperialist wars.

The "Cost-of-Living Crisis" will continue to deepen.

The cost of everything from food to child care and health care to college tuition will continue to rise as employers continue to squeeze more production from fewer and fewer workers paid even less to produce more as Social Security is intentionally sabotaged in order to set it up for privatization so the Wall Street vultures in quest of greater profits can impoverish even more people.

Hillary Clinton is a warmonger at a time when we need leaders who will fight for peace and disarmament; beating swords into plowshares so we can fund the solutions to the problems of the people should be at the very top of any honest politician's agenda and yet this is not even so much as mentioned by these politicians perverting the meaning of the word "progressive" as they peddle lie after lie in order to get the votes as they steal the rest of the votes they need to win--- by hook and by crook is what these Democrats and Republicans are all about and we are their victims so long as we refuse to break free from this two-party trap.

Socialism needs to be placed on the people's political agenda as an alternative to Wall Street's deadly course placing all humanity on the verge of extinction as poverty becomes a way of life for more and more people.

What a rotten stinking mess we are mired up to our necks in because we allow the Wall Street crowd to control and manipulate us with their little circus of donkeys and elephants complete with political clowns.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Notice: FaceBook has prevented me from logging into my FaceBook Account to make posts on my personal page.

FaceBook has retaliated against me because I am one of the Administrators of a page that has exposed widespread corruption on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation by publishing the documents proving the corruption.

FaceBook removed the documents from this page even though the documents are of the nature of being public records and the corruption includes the misuse of tribal funds along with state and federal funds.

For my part, I will not back down from supporting the publication of the documents FaceBook has removed.

The internet is supposed to be a way for such corruption to be brought to light for all to see.

Once again, Rocky Anderson, the former Mayor of Salt Lake City and the lackluster presidential candidate of the Justice Party who turned in a most embarassing vote total has turned to attacking me... and this is my response to him and members of the Justice Party.

My suggestion would be that we move on in organizing the Justice Party without Rocky Anderson since he and his arrogant multi-millionaire friend, Jonathan Ruga, along with a small group of right wing libertarians, have been the primary obstacles to moving forward in building the Justice Party as a viable progressive party.

We have seen how Rocky Anderson supported Bernie Sanders only to have Bernie Sanders come out and say he will be voting for Hillary Clinton who Rocky Anderson claims he could never support.

Rocky Anderson is responsible for sowing dissension in the Justice Party as a means to prevent it from moving forward.
We don't need Rocky Anderson, Jonathan Ruga or their small band of libertarians, some of whom have openly aligned themselves with KKK's David Duke and others with the Israeli Zionists perpetrating a campaign of genocide against the Palestinian people.

​Rocky Anderson has demonstrated a complete unwillingness to work in a way that fosters the kind of unity required to build a new progressive political party.

In fact, in the past, Rocky Anderson has arrogantly stated he expects the rest of us to do his "heavy lifting" as if the Justice Party centers around him and not the quest for peace, social and economic justice as was originally intended.

Instead of putting forward his reactionary anti-working class views in a forum for debate, which includes opposition to the government being responsible for attaining and maintaining full employment, he has put forward the view that full employment is a mere goal and objective of government rather than a responsibility of government while acting like a Democrat in trying to stifle dialog and discussion.

Making the president and Congress responsible for attaining and maintaining full employment with programs and projects financed by beating sword​s into plowshares has always been central to a progressive agenda.

Rocky Anderson, Jonathan Ruga and their little band of libertarians should be told to take a hike.

If Rocky Anderson is going to attack me for bringing forward for consideration in the Justice Party's Platform, full employment; who will his next target be?

I point out that I am a former member of the Justice Party's National Steering Committee

Bernie Sanders says he will vote for Hillary Clinton... but, will you vote for Wall Street's candidate?

Why would Bernie Sanders support Hillary Clinton when the majority of those who gave their support to him don't want to vote for Hillary Clinton?

This demonstrates a complete lack of respect and an arrogance that is mind-boggling on Bernie Sanders behalf towards those who went all out to support him thinking he was going to take on Wall Street only to have him turn around and support Wall Street's main candidate: Hillary Clinton.

This leaves us to wonder if both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders aren't ringers being used by Wall Street in order to trick us into believing we have choices when we really don't.

And the media, again, owned by Wall Street, has very cleverly manipulated the coverage of all three candidates with no toleration of any discussion about the need for a new political party similar to Canada's socialist New Democratic Party.

Might one of these 1,800 billionaires be your next door neighbor?

Ya, sure; you betcha...

They will all live and retire very comfortably...

At YOUR expense:

The World's Billionaires



http://www.forbes.com/billionaires/list/#version:static



New Rankings: The Richest People in America (And What They’re Doing that You’re Not)

What they never mention is the fact that the working class collectively creates all this wealth they are controlling and manipulating to work against us and for them... What are they doing? They are exploiting and then screwing you...

New Rankings: The Richest People in America (And What They’re Doing that You’re Not)

By MONEY MORNING STAFF REPORTS


http://moneymorning.com/acq/frontrunners/new-rankings-the-richest-people-in-america-and-what-theyre-doing-that-youre-not?advText=yes&ad=za1a-nrfarb-p4&iris=522029

Forbes just released their annual report on the richest people. And there’s only one real surprise on the list.


1,810 billionaires made this year’s World’s Billionaires List, with a total net worth of $6.48 trillion, down from $7.05 trillion last year. Altogether, 221 former billionaires dropped out of the rankings, while 198 newcomers joined for the first time.


Bill Gates is the front runner with a $75 billion net worth. Close behind him is Amancio Ortega with $67 billion, and Warren Buffett with a whopping $60.8 billion.


Hedge Fund Managers, George Soros and Carl Icahn fall in at numbers 23 and 43, with $24.5 billion and $17 billion respectively.


You may be asking yourself right now, “What investments are making these guys so rich?”
Or, “What are they doing that I’m not?”


We actually may have an answer for you…


Money Morning’s Executive Editor, Bill Patalon, is, for the first time ever, releasing his research on a group of 7,524 millionaires and billionaire hedge fund managers who are legally able to move stock prices.


As you’re about to see, with $2.3 trillion in collective buying power, this group has more wealth and political sway than most small countries.


They’ve recently seen prices jump by as much as 300%, 1,135% and 1,400% in just six months.


Most of us wouldn’t touch these stocks


They’re buying shares in companies like Celator, Energy Recovery and Uni-Pixel, all of which have already gone up nearly 500% in a matter of months.


Since his research started, Bill has been referred to as “The World’s Greatest Stock Picker,” roping in 2-3 double and triple-digit peak gain winners every month.


Bill has not released his research to the public.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Eliminate the national debt by nationalizing the banks.

So; the political discourse now centers on the national debt according to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.


But, neither one talks about how the Wall Street bankers get rich off of our debt--- whether it is the debt from home loans, college tuition, to pay for roads and highways of the national debt accumulated for financing these dirty imperialist wars.


Our debt is Wall Street's profits.


There is only one way to eliminate this debt; any of this debt; all of this debt:


Nationalize the banks and seize their assets with these assets used to fund a national public banking system to finance human needs.


The Wall Street bankers are criminals even if they are too big to prosecute; but their assets are just the right size to seize to compensate us for all their dirty criminal deeds.


Don't fall into the trap of breaking up the banks when the solution is to nationalize them and bring them under public ownership.


We can see what happened when Ma Bell was broken up into bits and pieces--- workers were given the shaft and consumers are being ripped off while the same Wall Street crowd who still owns all the smaller entities laughs--- all the way to the bank.


Nationalization under public ownership is the solution to "too big to fail" for workers and consumers.


Forgo the prosecutions of the bankers for their criminal deeds; just reclaim the wealth that is rightly ours which these bankers have stolen from us with the connivance of the politicians..

What are we voting for?

So, stopping Trump is the only thing this election boils down to now? What's the choice? War or war?

Poverty or poverty? Lies or lies? Corruption or corruption? Wall Street's agenda or Wall Street's agenda?


I would like the opportunity to vote for a "21st Century Full Employment Act for Peace and Prosperity."


I would like to be able to cast my vote for beating swords into plowshares.


I would like to be able to vote for nationalizing the banks and creating a national public bank with outlets in every post office.

Militarism and wars from the Democrats and Republicans

The greatest stress is being placed on the economy by Wall Street's Military-Industrial Complex with is wasteful spending on militarism and wars.


It just so happens that this same Wall Street Military-Industrial Complex leaves behind the largest carbon footprint when it comes to global warming and climate change...


Maybe we should be talking about "killing two birds with one stone?"

Sunday, June 19, 2016

The People's Summit 2016

Why did the organizers of the People's Summit refuse to make this available to all participants and attendees?

Check this out. It was written by Minnesota's second socialist Governor, Elmer Benson, who had been elected on the Minnesota Farmer-Labor ticket. Benson also Chaired the Progressive Party which ran Henry Wallace for president. We have to break free from this two-party trap.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Where is the movement?

Did you watch Bernie Sanders' speech that was live-streamed last night?

Obviously he is preparing to toss in the towel and throw his support to Hillary Clinton under the guise of defeating Trump and the Republicans.

But, why do we want to defeat Trump? Isn't the reason because we don't like, nor want, Wall Street's thoroughly reactionary agenda of wars abroad paid for with austerity measures shoved down our throats?

Well, Hillary Clinton is offering the same agenda... no more benign than Trumps.

Now, let us face reality. Bernie Sanders has built no movement. He would like us to believe he will take a stand in defense of his very dubious twelve point program and platform at the Democratic Party's National Convention but how will he do this with only a few delegates who will be vastly outnumbered?

This is no movement... not a movement capable of winning reforms; certainly not capable of ending these dirty imperialist wars nor stopping new ones from being started by Trump or Hillary. There is no movement for socialism which is required here and now in order to save the planet and improve the lives of working people and working class families caught up in this "Cost-of-Living Crisis" neither Sanders nor his "movement" nor Hillary Clinton have broached.

There is no talk about legislating a "21st Century Full-Employment Act for Peace and Prosperity" along the lines advocated by Congressman Wright Patman nor William Winpisinger, the socialist trade union leader, that would necessitate "beating swords into plowshares" so we could put millions to work solving the problems of the people like a National Public Health Care System which would create some twelve-million new jobs or the badly needed National Public Child Care System creating over three-million new jobs both publicly funded, publicly administered and publicly delivered without the greedy hands of private profiteers in the public trough.

We need an anti-monopoly/anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist and pro-socialist people's party based in the working class motivated to solve the problems of working people and with the intent, not to regulate Wall Street, but challenge Wall Street for political and economic power.

Our class and all humanity along with our planet cannot survive under capitalism in the near term so let us stop talking about socialism as if it is something many years down the road--- we must get our country onto the socialist road now, not later. This is a question of survival.

Working people require many reforms in order to solve pressing problems but socialism should not be tabled in order to wage a struggle for reforms--- the struggles for reforms are urgent and the struggle for socialism is urgent. There is no need to fight for one or the other when we should be struggling on both fronts simultaneously. Anyone advocating anything less is confusing and misleading people while putting us at risk.

I wouldn't expect the well-heeled muddle-headed upper middle class intellectuals who don't have to suffer the pain of a toothache because they can't afford to go to a dentist to understand any of this.

Only when grassroots and rank-and-file working class activists experiencing these pressing problems take the initiative to organize real movements for the kind of change we need in our neighborhoods, where we work and where we go to school will we begin to empower the working class... class action power is what this struggle is all about.