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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.