Please note I have a new phone number...

512-517-2708

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, November 15, 2017

The movie "LBJ;" what is missing?

The liberal Rob Reiner had the perfect opportunity to include this very important event in his movie, "LBJ," starring Woody Harrelson.

But, Rob Reiner being a very loyal Democrat dutifully ignored this historic event while portraying Johnson as a buffoon compared to the Kennedy's.

The Democrats just hate to talk about and acknowledge two politicians:

Lyndon Johnson and George McGovern.

George McGovern opposed Johnson's war in Vietnam and Johnson ended up endorsing George McGovern for president... a point Rob Reiner completely omitted from his movie even though this meeting would have made for a perfect conclusion to the movie.

In many ways Lyndon Johnson was both the best president ever and one of the worst; while George McGovern was the Democrat's best candidate ever... bar none.

One would think this meeting on its own would be worthy of study and discussion... even a movie or a play.

This is a photo of the Johnson-McGovern meeting at the Johnson Ranch in Texas Hill Country but the LBJ Library refuses to make the notes, audio and video recordings of the meeting public. Why? Because Johnson with his hair grown long acknowledged by supporting McGovern that we can not have war and a "Great Society" at the same time?

The Democrats just hate to talk about and acknowledge two politicians:

Lyndon Johnson and George McGovern.

George McGovern opposed Johnson's war in Vietnam and Johnson ended up endorsing George McGovern for president.

One would think this would be worthy of study and discussion... even a movie or a play.

This is a photo of the Johnson-McGovern meeting at the Johnson Ranch in Texas Hill Country but the LBJ Library refuses to make the notes, audio and video recordings of the meeting public. Why? Because Johnson with his hair grown long acknowledged by supporting McGovern that we can not have war and a "Great Society" at the same time?

















Why is it no other researchers have insisted this material be made public?

Certainly Rob Reiner's researchers for the movie "LBJ" must have been aware of this important meeting?

According to the New York Times their meeting lasted over three hours. Certainly the American people are entitled to know the content of this discussion; aren't we?

Are we being denied what transpired at this meeting between Johnson and McGovern because of this ongoing debate?



Sunday, November 12, 2017

One of my blog posts hits an all time high for The Podunk Blog

My blog post on health care hit an all time high for my blog posts. People continue to read and share this post:


The hits on this post have reached 1,729,234.

This leads me to conclude there is tremendous interest in a National Public Health Care System... socialized health care.

So, why aren't more people talking about a National Public Health Care System as an alternative to the mess we have now with this for-profit health care system?

It seems people are afraid to venture beyond what is considered appropriate to talk about with-in Democratic Party circles... "affordable health care (Obamacare)," single-payer universal health care and Medicare for All... all of which leave the for-profit system of health care intact... and each leaves us with private delivery of health care intact.

I encourage more people to join me in speaking out for a National Public Health Care System... don't be bullied by the Democratic Party hacks.

The Democrats have no intention of delivering single-payer or Medicare for All. They have been using both to get votes and then once elected, these Dumb Donkeys capitulate to the health care industry which includes a bunch of greedy insurance companies, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment manufacturers, hospitals and nursing homes, credit card companies and doctors.

There are those who peddle the lie that socialist Tommy Douglas fought for single-payer universal health care in Canada... this is another great big fat lie. Canadians won single-payer as a compromise while fighting for socialized health care and even after winning the single-payer reform, Tommy Douglas urged Canadians to continue the struggle for socialized health care because he realized the short-comings of allowing the for-profit crowd to feed at this huge public trough and leaving health care delivery in the hands of greedy doctors seeking to make their fortunes from people who are sick.

I appreciate you continuing to share my blog post on National Public Health Care... I encourage you to pick up your pen and write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper today. The letter need not be long. Just hit on the main points as I did in this letter to the editor:


Real health-care reform

Health-care reform discussion is being manipulated with the choices — Ryancare versus Obamacare — being dictated to us just like the candidates placed before us in the last election. We are supposed to select the lesser evil and be happy.

What we need is a national public health-care system based on the model of public education. Publicly financed. Publicly administered. And publicly delivered.

Alan Maki, Lakeway


Or, if you want to get further into it, something like this letter which I wrote that was published previously in the Austin American-Statesman:


I do not understand how it is that people who call themselves socialists and revolutionaries can be bullied, badgered and intimidated into allowing Democratic Party hacks and politicians to manipulate and control this health care debate when the whole idea behind the need for socialism is solving the problems of working people... problems like health care.

It would seem to me advocating socialized health care would be the best way to show people WHY we need socialism... I don't understand how you explain the need for socialism by advocating capitalist "solutions" to our problems... and make no mistake--- "affordable health care," single-payer universal health care and Medicare for All are capitalist "solutions" to this health care mess... all of which only alleviate part of the problem/s for very short periods of time before very severe problems inherent in the for-profit health care system arise.

Compare the speech by Xi Jinping to Trump’s “America First” speech delivered in Vietnam

Compare this speech by Xi Jinping to Trump’s “America First” speech delivered in Vietnam:


http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2017-11/12/content_34425873.htm

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/11/10/remarks-president-trump-apec-ceo-summit-da-nang-vietnam

Two speeches; two different political and economic systems.


What do you make of these speeches?


Have the American people been invited to participate in this discussion?


Do you have a say in the economic decision-making process?


How do we as working people have a say?


What has been the role of Wall Street and its junior partners in all of this?


Do we understand the nature of imperialism, the most advanced stage of capitalism?


Do we understand socialism?


How do these two views fit in with the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the anti-imperialist struggles and the struggle for socialism?


Must we wait, like Immanuel Wallerstein the anti-globalization intellectual says, to analyze what is taking place in China before we draw conclusions?


Do we as working people understand politics and economics from an anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist pro-socialist perspective in a way which enables us to work towards solutions to our own pressing problems which includes ending militarism and these dirty imperialist wars so we can implement legislation for real health care reform, to defend the integrity and future of public education, to win full-employment and a real living Minimum Wage, to break the back of racist discrimination by implementing and enforcing Affirmative Action, for decent and affordable housing for all, for affordable transportation, for a public banking system, in defense of Social Security and expanding benefits to include real living incomes, for a Basic Income Guarantee that assures everyone a real living income, for protection of our living environment and combating global warming?


Do we understand Wall Street and its international junior partners including Bay Street, the Square Mile and the money bags of Germany and Japan are our common enemies?


Do we as working people understand who are friends and enemies are?


Do we understand we can’t have an economy which works for all of us as long as Wall Street drags us into never-ending costly war after war?


Do we as working people have a common understanding these wars are making us all poor?


No matter what one thinks of China’s Xi Jinping... there is no doubt China is determined to better its own country through peace while both the Democrats and Republicans Working for Wall Street push us towards World War III.


I am wondering why the Chinese and Vietnamese did not insist on the right of North Korea to participate in this Asia-Pacific Conference that was key-noted by Xi Jinping and Donald Trump since North Korea is part of this community?


In my opinion, it is way past time for the working class to weigh in on all of these concerns because billionaires like Trump should not be allowed to do our thinking for us let alone speak for us.


The time is now to bring our Working class voices into the public square through leaflets, petitions, statements, forums, letters to the editor, protests and demonstrations...


And what is with this timid labor leadership of the AFL-CIO which lacks the ability to initiate and lead working class struggles to improve our lives at a time when Wall Street profits are at an all time high while pissing away millions of dollars supporting a bunch of Dumb Donkeys? Where is the accountability?


Why would any union leader join Trump in attacking China? Yet Trumka and Leo Gerard and James Hoffa do just this... they align themselves with our class enemies instead of our friends.


We need these Wall Street parasites and their bribed politicians about as much as our dogs and cats need ticks and fleas.


President Xi Jinping delivered a speech titled Working Together for a New Chapter of Win-Win Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific here Saturday at the first session of the 25th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting.

Monday, November 6, 2017

It is almost impossible for most people to understand people actually sit around figuring these things out.

You have to read this to believe it:

https://lieu.house.gov/sites/lieu.house.gov/files/Response%20to%20TWL-RG%20Letter%20on%20NK.pdf

North Korea: Trump condems "strategic patience;" Jimmy Carter offers to negotiate the peace. Others calculate the costs of war.

Here we go, again, with Trump's attacks--- from threatening war to sanctioning the people to death--- on North Korea claiming "strategic patience" is a "failed policy."


What right does Trump have to dictate anything to North Korea when he won't even sit down and have face to face talks with the North Koreans--- in spite of his often stated campaign promises to do just that?


Where is Trump's response to Jimmy Carter who publicly made an offer to help resolve this situation by going to North Korea?


"Jimmy Carter offers to talk peace with North Korea's Kim, says academic"...


https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/10/jimmy-carter-offers-to-talk-peace-with-north-koreas-kim-says-academic


And this from Carter himself:


"Guest editorial: What I've learned from North Korea's leaders"...


http://napavalleyregister.com/opinion/editorial/guest-editorial-what-i-ve-learned-from-north-korea-s/article_71d62e37-d495-5be5-a748-b3974c58aa8b.html


Trump has a lot of unmitigated arrogant gall disdaining "strategic patience" when the only alternative may be war and nuclear annihilation.


Obviously there are those imbeciles and morons in the United States government hard at work calculating the costs of war:


https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/ground-invasion-only-way-destroy-north-korea-s-nuclear-arsenal-n817651


Sanctions against North Korea intended to cause the people of North Korea extreme hardships are acts of war.



Make sure you check this out at the link above...

Guest editorial by Jimmy Carter: What I've learned from North Korea's leaders


Friday, November 3, 2017

"What about China?"

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Commentary No. 460, November 1, 2017
"What about China?"

Very often, when I write about the structural crisis of the modern world-system, and therefore of capitalism as an historical system, I receive objections saying that I have neglected the strength of Chinese economic growth and its ability to serve as an economic replacement for the clearly waning strength of the United States plus western Europe, the so-called North.

This is a perfectly reasonable argument, but one that misses the fundamental difficulties of the existing historical system. In addition, it paints a far rosier picture of China's realities than is justified by a closer look. Let me address this question then in two parts - one, the historical development of the world-system as a whole, and two, the empirical situation of China at the present time.

The analysis of what I call the structural crisis of the modern world-system is one that I have made many times, in these commentaries and in my other writings. It is nonetheless worth repeating in condensed form. This is all the more necessary in that even persons who say that they are very sympathetic to the concept of structural crisis nonetheless seem in practice resistant to accept the idea of a demise of capitalism, however strong the case.

There are a number of elements of the argument to put together. One is the assertion that all systems (whatever their scope and without exception) have lives and cannot be eternal. The explanation of this eventual demise of any system is that systems operate with both cyclical rhythms and secular trends.

Cyclical rhythms refer to the constant swings away from and back to moving equilibria, a perfectly normal reality. When however various phenomena expand according to their systemic rules and then contract, they do not return after contracting exactly to where they were before the upward cyclical shift. They return instead to a somewhat higher point. This is the result of resistance to the loss of gains achieved in the upward phase.

It follows that their curve over the long run is upward. This is what we mean by a secular trend. If one measures this activity on the abscissa, or y-axis of the graph, one sees that over time they approach an asymptote of 100 percent, which cannot be crossed. It seems that when important factors reach an earlier point of about 80% on the abscissa, they begin to waver erratically.

When cyclical curves arrive at this point, they cease utilizing the so-called normal means of resolving the constant strains in the functioning of the system and enter, therefore, into a structural crisis of the system.

A structural crisis is chaotic. This means that instead of the normal standard set of combinations or alliances that were previously used to maintain the stability of the system, they constantly shift these alliances in search of short-term gains. This only makes the situation worse. We notice here a paradox - the certainty of the end of the existing system and the intrinsic uncertainty of what will eventually replace it and create thereby a new system (or new systems) to stabilize realities.

During the longish period of structural crisis, we observe a bifurcation between two alternative modes of resolving the crisis - one by replacing it with a different system that somehow preserves the essential elements of the dying system and one that transforms it radically.

Concretely, in our present capitalist system, there are those who seek to found a non-capitalist system that nonetheless maintains capitalism's worst features: hierarchy, exploitation, and polarization. And there are those who wish to establish a system that is relatively democratic and egalitarian, a type of historical system that has never existed before. We are in the midst of this political battle.

Now, let us look at China's role in what is going on. In terms of the present system, China seems to be gaining much advantage. To argue that this means the continuing functioning of capitalism as a system is basically to (re)assert the invalid point that systems are eternal and that China is replacing the United States in the same way as the United States replaced Great Britain as the hegemonic power. Were this true, in another 20-30 years China (or perhaps northeast Asia) would be able to set its rules for the capitalist world-system.

But is this really happening? First of all, China's economic edge, while still greater than that of the North, has been declining significantly. And this decline may well amplify soon, as political resistance to China's attempts to control neighboring countries and entice (that is, buy) the support of faraway countries grows, which seems to be occurring.

Can China then depend on widening internal demand to maintain its global edge? There are two reasons why not. The present authorities worry that a widening middle stratum could jeopardize their political control and seek to limit it.

The second reason, more important, is that much of the internal demand is the result of reckless borrowing by regional banks, which are facing an inability to sustain their investments. If they collapse, even partially, this could end the entire economic edge of China.

In addition, there have been, and will continue to be, wild swings in geopolitical alliances. In a sense, the key zones are not in the North, but in areas such as Russia, India, Iran, Turkey, and southeastern Europe, all of them pursuing their own roles by a game of swiftly and repeatedly changing sides. The bottom line is that, though China plays a very big role in the short run, it is not as big a role as China would wish and that some in the rest of the world-system fear. It is not possible for China to stop the disintegration of the capitalist system. It can only try to secure its place in a future world-system.

by Immanuel Wallerstein

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Trump taps Jerome Powell, a Wall Street investment banker and Bush/Obama appointee, to head up the Federal Reserve... its a rocky, dangerous road ahead for you and me.

At a time when we are on the verge of a major recession as capitalism remains on a rocky road to oblivion.

Powell is tasked with the job of keeping Wall Street a bull market which is causing a bigger gap between the rich and the poor with the rich getting richer because the poor are getting poorer.

Powell is also tasked with the impossible task of trying to stabilize a sick capitalist economy plagued with increased spending on militarization and never-ending wars instead of creating social programs intended to solve the problems of the people.

It is not ironic Powell was first tapped by George H.W. Bush since they are both partners in crime with Powell having been a partner in the Carlyle Group: https://www.carlyle.com/

It is those like Jerome Powell that Wall Street uses to make sure there is continuity between Democratic and Republican administrations.

Not surprising, Powell will oppose funding human needs which is the best job creator.

Hold on... with Jerome Powell heading up the Federal Reserve--- get ready for a roller coaster ride that will surely derail placing us on the road hell.

We can expect interest rates to rise on everything from home mortgages to credit cards and health care costs to soar as health insurance premiums rise with a huge increase in everything from food to rents and electric bills as college tuition climbs... and wages get dragged down by the increased cost of living.

One has to wonder how it is that organized labor has not demanded a bigger slice of the pie while we have been subjected to Wall Street's profit orgy the direct result of the working class creating this massive wealth.

Its time for the working class to trade the ideology of pragmatism for a Marxist analysis of where we have been and where we are going and what needs to be done.

Something to think about:

A National Public Health Care System based on the model of public education would create over twelve-million new jobs in this country and cost much less than these dirty imperialist wars our Nation's wealth is presently being squandered on... only such socialist solutions to our many problems can get us out of the mess we are mired in.

Publicly Financed.

Publicly Administered.

Publicly Delivered.

Instead of over 800 U.S. military bases on foreign soil dotting the globe involved in armed interventions and wars in over fifty countries... put public health care centers in every neighborhood and community in this country providing everyone living in this country with free health care.

The working class needs a new political party to bring forward real solutions to our problems... an anti-monopoly/anti-imperialist/anti-capitalist party not afraid to challenge Wall Street for political and economic power and bring forward the socialist alternative while fighting for major reforms required to solve our most pressing immediate problems.

Any fool can understand and see that the solution to creating an economy based on prosperity for all begins with ending this insane militarism and all of these never-ending dirty imperialist wars making us all poor... peace and disarmament needs to be at the top of our working class agenda. We never could afford a guns-and-butter economy and we certainly can't afford it now... we don't need the likes of a Wall Street investment banker like Jerome Powell who doesn't understand this making the economic decisions for our country as we head into a major recession which will further shift wealth from the working class to our Wall Street employers.

At some point working people are going to have to come to a common understanding that capitalism is Wall Street's system and socialism is the worker's system--- the sooner we come to this common understanding the more likely it will be we save ourselves from what is in store fore us... more wars, more unemployment, lower wages--- in general a sharply lower standard of living while these greedy Wall Street parasites live high on the hog.

We need these Wall Street parasites like Trump and Jerome Powell running our country and dictating to the world about as much as our dogs need ticks and fleas.

Don't let any of these so-called economists and over-paid pundits tell you everything is rosy with this capitalist economy simply because Wall Street is doing so well right now... it is precisely because Wall Street is doing so well now that economic danger lies ahead in the immediate future simply because this is the nature of the capitalist economic cycle which can never be escaped... the big bust is coming.


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Dennis Banks passes and the racists in power insist on having the last word about his life.

The New York Times ran this very sleazy obituary... but had to take note of the struggles he led.


https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/30/obituaries/dennis-banks-dead.html

Dennis Banks, American Indian Civil Rights Leader, Dies at 80

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

All politics is local... the price we pay for Wall Street's imperialist agenda

One thing we can always count on from Democrats and Republicans:

They will always increase funding for militarism and wars at the national level... then slash funding for public education at the national level while pushing for increases in the most regressive tax of all at the local level, the property tax, to pay for education...

This is how they are crippling and killing public education.

And as their bombs drop destroying schools in other countries both Democrats and Republicans unite locally to push all kinds of millages and bond proposals down our throats to pay for public education as they offer vouchers from public tax dollars to send the children of the wealthy to private schools.

And then when people balk at having to pay higher taxes at the local level they say people are "hurting the children" even though their bombing of children in other countries never even phases them as anything other than "unfortunate collateral damage."

Do you have any idea how many public schools could be properly maintained and constructed right here in our own country with what it has cost us to leave Raqqa, Syria in ruins?

But, here again, both Democrats and Republicans will argue none of this has anything to do with local millage and bond proposals even as they argue "all politics is local."

I agree, imperialism makes "all politics local"... but, then again, both Democrats and Republicans shrug off the idea that they are Wall Street imperialists... even though both parties are, in fact, imperialist war parties.

The price we pay for these dirty imperialist wars from which the Wall Street merchants of death and destruction profit is the destruction of public education and going without health care--- as these wars make all but the Wall Street parasites poor... and how do poor people pay ever increasing property taxes?

Imperialism breeds a vicious for which all pay a very heavy price in so many ways.

Local tax increases are war taxes... make no mistake about this... don't withhold your vote--- Vote "No" to higher taxes every single chance you get.

It is imperialism punishing the children, not your "No" vote.

Did you have any say in creating this mess? No. Here again it is the Club of the Rich which has been making the decisions... let them pay through the nose to clean up their mess.

We need progressive, not regressive, taxes to fund public education in order to save it.

The solution to funding public education is to place a good hefty tax on the wealthy at the national level and fund public education from these taxes so every child receives a quality, integrated public education. I can hear the rich cry now over this solution--- they don't care about your kids anymore than they care about the children they bombed, but whose faces they don't want you to see, in Raqqa, Syria.

And let us examine the huge salaries of public school administrators; the profits architectural firms and contractors derive from public education; the huge profits the bond investors, mostly the bankers, derive from bond proposals...

Here again, we pay; they profit... at the expense of our children.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Are you considering voting “YES” on any bond proposals?


Are you considering voting “YES” on any bond proposals?

If so, you might want to check this out before you vote:

https://www.facebook.com/statesman/videos/10156039452884208/


It’s amazing how they are always telling us how small the increase will be in our property taxes but for some reason our property taxes keep going up and up. I don’t think these politicians know the difference between “fare” and “fair.” Vote “NO” on all of these bond proposals and when these politicians come up for re-election give them a dictionary and not your vote. As fewer and fewer of our federal tax dollars go for education and other human needs while these never-ending dirty wars cost more and more the burden of higher taxes is shifted to the state and local level... let the politicians get their priorities in order. It is costing us trillions of dollars to bomb schools and level a city like Raqqa, Syria with bombs when we should be funding education here in our own country. Maybe instead of sending school children out door-to-door selling candy and coupon books the generals should try selling candy bars to finance their stupid wars? How come we never get to vote on if our country should go to war? All politics ends up being local especially when politicians in Congress have messed up priorities.

Drone base in Niger gives U.S. a strategic foothold in West Africa







Not one single member of Congress knows how many U.S. troops are in Niger although these same politicians are making the ridiculous and unsubstantiated claim that these soldiers are "defending America" in Niger... how are these soldiers defending us in Niger? They are defending Wall Street's interests in using cheap labor to extract and steal natural resources--- oil, gold and uranium.





Why do we, as a people, need a "strategic foothold in West Africa?" We don't; Wall Street does.
It is not worth one single American life defending Wall Street's drive for maximum profits in Niger or any other country in Africa or any other place in the world:


https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/drone-base-in-niger-gives-us-a-strategic-foothold-in-west-africa/2013/03/21/700ee8d0-9170-11e2-9c4d-798c073d7ec8_story.html?utm_term=.2b9d7bf94efe


Let us heed General Smedley Butler's advice:


Excerpt from a speech delivered in 1933, by Major General Smedley Butler, USMC who became a fervent anti-imperialist.


War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses.


I believe in adequate defense at the coastline and nothing else. If a nation comes over here to fight, then we'll fight. The trouble with America is that when the dollar only earns 6 percent over here, then it gets restless and goes overseas to get 100 percent. Then the flag follows the dollar and the soldiers follow the flag.


I wouldn't go to war again as I have done to protect some lousy investment of the bankers. There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket.


There isn't a trick in the racketeering bag that the military gang is blind to. It has its "finger men" to point out enemies, its "muscle men" to destroy enemies, its "brain men" to plan war preparations, and a "Big Boss" Super-Nationalistic-Capitalism.


It may seem odd for me, a military man to adopt such a comparison. Truthfulness compels me to. I spent thirty- three years and four months in active military service as a member of this country's most agile military force, the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle- man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.


I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all the members of the military profession, I never had a thought of my own until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service.


I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912 (where have I heard that name before?). I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.


During those years, I had, as the boys in the back room would say, a swell racket. Looking back on it, I feel that I could have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Here we are... it is that time of year when voters are having "bond proposals" thrown at them for everything from garbge collection to education...

By the same politicians who are intent on squandering our Nation's wealth created by our labor on militarism and senseless, illegal, unconstitutional and barbaric imperialist wars with over 800 U.S. military bases dotting the globe protecting Wall Street's interests when these funds should be going to finance human needs like education, health care, child care, infrastructure and creating a society where every single person has the human rights embodied in the United Nation's Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

We cannot have a government wasting our resources on militarism and fighting these dirty never-ending imperialist wars and expect human needs to be met--- this has never been accomplished.

These dirty imperialist wars thoroughly corrupt the politics of the Nation from top to bottom--- local, state and national.

We see how the Wall Street merchants of death and destruction distribute the bribes throughout the entire political system in a way that assures they will continue to profit from death and destruction.

Everything is based of the greed driven profit system.

These politicians tell us to "vote yes" on their bond proposals or the children will suffer--- like they care about children; their bombs are killing children all over the world as they even get dropped on schools with children in attendance. These politicians don't care about children or anyone else... they only care about how much money they will make and it doesn't make any difference if they make money charging tax-payers interest on bonds to build schools or manufacturing bombs to blow schools to smithereens like they have done in Raqqa, Syria.

I won't vote for bond proposals for schools or anything else; let politicians get their priorities in order.

As our country creeps towards fascism as a means by those presently in power, this creep towards fascism is intended to stifle the voices of the people in the decision-making process over all things and all matters pertaining to life and death and yet these crooked and corrupt politicians driven by greed and graft with such a disdain for the rights of the people to participate in the decision-making process in a way that our voices really matter hypocritically shout to the world that this country is the world's greatest bastion of democracy.

These politicians involved in brow-beating us into voting for these bond proposals which push us further into debt tell us each time it is such a small amount you will not even notice it on your property tax bill... if this is the case, why are property taxes soaring out of sight beyond the ability of many people to pay... especially people forced to live on miserly and meager Social Security, unemployment benefits and poverty wages. Do you see these politicians offering any property tax relief for those unable to pay?

The time has come to set new priorities for our country and this means beating swords into plowshares... it is time to learn to live in peace and friendship with the rest of the world instead of walking around with a big stick ready to clobber people of other lands who just want the rights guaranteed to them by the United Nation's Universal Declaration of Human Rights just like we do.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Trump just loves the Puerto Rican people... as only an imperialist could love a colonized people

http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/13/us/puerto-rico-superfund-water/index.html

Desperate Puerto Ricans are drinking water from a hazardous-waste site


Monday, October 9, 2017

Don't just vote for Dumb Donkeys, engage them...

Here we go, again; with Democrats telling us we must vote for them in 2018 in order to protect ourselves from Trump even though these Democrats have not raised their voices in a way to protect us.


In fact, Republicans like Bob Corker have spoken out more vigorously, and this isn’t saying much for Corker, than Democrats to warn us about Trump’s marching us into World War III.


Peace is the most important issue and the fact of the matter is, Democrats are complicit in pushing us into World War III.
For those urging us to vote for Democrats as a way to save us from Trump, I would suggest they get involved in the Democratic Party at the grassroots level where they will find their neighbors and fellow workers and submit resolutions of substance on issues of peace and disarmament, full employment, a National Public Health Care System, a National Public Child Care System, for Trump’s impeachment, and a resolution to explain the relationship between the carbon footprint left by the Military Industrial Complex and global warming.


I think it is important to engage with grassroots Democrats on the local level as a way to influence Congress.


And make your resolutions very public through letters to the editor, leafleting your neighborhood and tabling and petitioning.


Doing all of this with the intent to bring millions of people into the streets to back up our demands for peace, social and economic justice.


But simply calling on people to vote for these Dumb Donkeys without mustering the power of the people to push these politicians to do what is right is just asking for more of the same from these worthless Democrats.


You can get all the information you need to put together resolutions, letters to the editor, leaflets and educational materials from my blog posts like this:


https://thepodunkblog.blogspot.com/2017/10/a-fucking-moron-sits-in-oval-office.html
I would encourage you to get together with a few other people to work on this. Meet in living rooms, union halls, church basements or a park.


Maybe start a monthly book discussion group. There are lots of good books on these topics.
You might want to start with a discussion of Ken Fuller’s New book, “Hardboiled Activist” about the life of writer and activist Dashiell Hammett.


On the one hand we need a new political party; on the other hand, we have to make due using the Democrats to get rid of Trump.


I will be posting resolutions on these issues you can take before your local Democratic Party organizations.


The thing is, I don’t want people lecturing me about how I have to vote for a bunch of Dumb Donkeys in order to save ourselves who in the final analysis are no better than the Republicans when you are not willing to put in the kind of effort that will push these Democrats to do what is right.


Check out what Elmer Benson had to say:
https://www.pdffiller.com/282034-v47i04p154-161-Politics-in-my-lifetime--Elmer-A-Benson---Collections---Minnesota--Various-Fillable-Forms-collections-mnhs

Sunday, October 8, 2017

A "fucking moron" sits in the Oval Office according to his own selected Secretary of State

There is no question Donald Trump is a moron.

The question is:

What are we going to do about it?

At some point we need to be united in answering this question.

The Democrats are content to let Trump continue on thinking his follies will result in Democratic Party victories at the polls but this doesn't do us or the world much good as Trump destroys everything.

Donald Trump's chosen Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, called Trump a "fucking moron" because Trump wants to use military mite and wars to accomplish what Tillerson believes can be accomplished through a perverted form of imperialist "diplomacy."



Notice in criticizing the Republican budget recommendations the Democrats say not one word about the increase in the budget for militarism and wars they voted along with Republicans for...


“With a razor-thin 219-206 margin, House Republicans have passed their FY2018 budget, a $4.2 trillion spending and cuts measure that sets up their tax cut bill to progress through the Senate without being subject to a filibuster, provided they come up with a tax cut bill. This is a non-binding resolution that would set spending—and slashing—priorities for the Congress. Those priorities are a big problem, not just for Democrats but for the health of the nation.
The bill not only instructs congress to do massive tax cuts for the rich through the budget reconciliation process, it instructs lawmakers to reduce Medicaid spending by $1 trillion and Medicare by $473 billion. That's along with the $37 billion in cuts for affordable housing, $100 billion for Pell Grants, cutting Head Start by $3 billion, and essentially gutting the WIC program that provides food assistance to 1.25 million women, infants, and children.
That's so they can get $1.5 trillion in tax cuts for the rich.”


When it comes to squandering our Nation’s wealth on militarism and wars the Democrats and Republicans find common ground.


The Democrats had the chance to tax the hell out of the rich and they took no action because the Democrats and Republicans, in spite of rhetoric to the contrary of both- the Republican claim of helping ease the tax burden on the middle class and the Democrats claiming they are for taxing the rich, both Democrats and Republicans come together in shoving austerity measures down the throats of working people to pay for militarism and wars... this is the bottom line.


Prosperity for ALL is only achievable by ending militarism and wars. Militarism and these never-ending dirty imperialist wars are making us all poor.


It is dishonest of the Democrats to deride the Republican budget when they vote with the Republicans for increased military spending and to fund these dirty wars... or, is it the other way around; the Republicans vote with the Democrats to increase funding for militarism and wars... either way, the Wall Street merchants of death and destruction get rich. Working people pay through the nose in every conceivable way while people all over the world continue to die in these dirty wars... many of which our great free media doesn’t even tell us are going on like in Niger where we hear because four Green Berets are dead but we never hear about the civilian death toll.


We have a “fucking moron” for president and a Wall Street corrupted Congress.


Trump said he was going to drain the swamp and instead of draining the swamp Trump turned the swamp into a stinking cesspool contaminated with racism and anti-Communism.


The Democrats refuse to stop Trump choosing instead to give him free reign for political expediency thinking all of his blundering follies will give them a political victory at the polls when this kind of approach to politics only results in people staying home on Election Day.


Because working people don’t have our own political party we have no choice but to try to push the Democrats to do what is right... Take up impeachment and prosecution of Trump and his crooked and corrupt cronies consisting of his Cabinet.


This will take moving millions of people into the streets.

Only complete morons believe it is possible to fund militarism and wars and have a "Great Society."





How do we get rid of a moron occupying the Oval Office who is pushing us towards World War Three and nuclear annihilation when all we have is an "opposition" party seeking political opportunity at our expense?

Militarism and wars corrupt the political process as Wall Street uses some of its ill begotten wealth derived from militarism and wars to further bribe and corrupt Democrats and Republicans.

We need to build a new working class based people's party that is anti-monopoly and anti-imperialist which understands prosperity for all will only be derived from ending spending on militarism and these dirty imperialist wars which isn't afraid to declare its intent to challenge Wall Street for political and economic power.

We need a new political party which isn't shy about declaring itself for a National Public Health Care System--- socialized health care.

For what we are spending on militarism and these dirty wars we could have a National Public Health Care System instead...


Publicly funded.


Publicly administered.


Publicly delivered.


Nothing any more controversial than public education...


And everyone would be fully covered from pre-natal through burial...


General medical.


Dental.


Vision.


Hearing.


Mental.


And the right to abortion.


All medications included.


No fees.


No premiums.


No deductibles.


No co-pays.


Instead of foreign U.S. military bases dotting the globe protecting Wall Street's interests we could have a network of public community and neighborhood health care centers delivering free world-class health care to everyone living in this country.

A National Public Health Care System would create over twelve-million living wage jobs.

In addition, for all those Democrats and Republicans who claim to be so interested in controlling health care costs, there is no less expensive, more affordable and cost-effective way to provide the American people with health care.

We can not expect these politicians bribed by Wall Street's Military-Industrial Complex to stand in opposition to capitalist market-driven, for-profit health care any more than we can expect them to stand in opposition to militarism and these never-ending unconstitutional, illegal, dirty imperialist wars.

This moron in the White House who finds friends among the KKK and the Nazis is going goose-stepping backwards in the footprints of Joe McCarthy as he tramples the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights as he "leads" us into World War Three and a from global warming into a nuclear winter.

Key to achieving an economy that works for all which provides prosperity for all is ending Wall Street's militarism and its dirty imperialist wars. The time has come to take up the struggle to beat swords into plowshares and make the United Nation's Universal Declaration of Human Rights a reality for all people everywhere.

We need a new working class party that is both anti-monopoly and anti-imperialist with peace at the very top of its agenda unafraid to declare it is challenging Wall Street for political and economic power.

We nee a broad-based people's united front to impeach Trump, defend our Constitution and Bill of Rights while fighting for reforms in the streets and at the ballot box.

Education. Organization. Unity in Action is the only way we will win against our common powerful Wall Street enemy.






Saturday, August 26, 2017

The working class struggle

The class struggle does not begin or end at the ballot box for the working class.

We need to learn to initiate united, militant mass struggles in the streets with the intent of winning what we can't win at the ballot box.

We need to explore concepts of struggle like the general strike.

We are struggling for our rights, our livelihoods, in defense of democracy and for peace, social and economic justice.

Don't be tricked into believing everything hinges on "the next election."

Wall Street, our enemy, would like us to believe our only avenue is voting; on the other hand, some phony leftists would have us believe participating in the electoral process is futile.

Working people must learn to master all methods of struggle if we are going to improve our lives.

Why would we allow our common Wall Street enemies to dictate our course of struggle?

We need working class think tanks and working class political action committees.

We need a new party; a working class based people's party that is anti-imperialist/anti-monopoly with the understanding that peace and disarmament is the way to prosperity for all and we need to be explicit that we are challenging Wall Street for political and economic power.

Building a huge movement to impeach Trump could be the catalyst for organizing a new political party.

It is time for working people to tell the Republicans and Democrats to go to hell.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Racism and corruption go hand-in-hand

Racist discrimination is raising its ugly head all across this country and it is usually combined with corruption and a complete contempt for the democratic process.

I posted this in response to a planning controversy in the community Lakeway, Texas where we live:

In my opinion, every community should be planned to include all incomes with complete racial integration.

One could probably halt this development in the courts with a lawsuit challenging the intentional racial and income segregation with a lack of environmental protection being maintained with public funds.

We have already seen in the news where a person of color has been viciously discriminated against by city committees. Quite honestly, I don't understand why the City of Lakeway isn't being slapped with a huge civil rights lawsuit by an organization like the NAACP after what was described in the news.

Racist bigotry and corruption seem to go hand-in-hand here in Lakeway when it comes to the way these politicians behave.

Let this development company come forward with a plan for a racially and income considerate plan that is as diverse as the incomes of the people working in this community.

I would like to hear from each and every member of the Lakeway City Council and it's planning and zoning committees why such an approach to planning is not being taken.

The great playwright Bertolt Brecht once observed that the wealthy create the poor and then can not stand to look at them.

Quite honestly, I have to wonder if this is not what is taking place here in Lakeway by these noble "volunteers" selected for us by a small clique of "retired" corporate executives who dictate when people can clap at a City Council meeting.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Impeach Trump now

Trump is mentally, morally, ethically and politically unfit to hold any public office.

The ruling class has assigned three thoroughly reactionary fascist imperialist warmongers to keep Trump in line...

General James Kelly
James "Mad Dog" Mattice
General H.R. McMaster

These three are masters at lies and deceit.

All three loath democracy.

There is no doubt these three have discussed the possibility and feasibility of a military coup.

The Military-Industrial Complex is the government.

Militarism and these dirty wars are making us all poor as the Wall Street merchants of death and destruction profit as people die in these illegal, immoral and unconstitutional wars.

All the while, Trump and these generals have their hands on the nuclear codes.

And then we have this corporate owned mainstream media using these over-paid pundits trained by corporate sponsored "think-tanks" beholden to the Wall Street parasites "explaining" to us what is going on.

And to complicate matters there are the foundation-funded outfits pretending to look after our interests when their funding is coming from those posing as philanthropists but are the very people exploiting us and profiting from militarism and wars.

As working people we need our own Marxist study clubs and political action committees based on class struggle politics.

It was Karl Marx who correctly noted that when a nation uses its wealth for armaments and fighting wars this is tantamount to dumping the nation's wealth into the deepest depths of the ocean.

It was Karl Marx who noted that labor with quite a little help from Mother Nature creates all wealth--- these are the only two sources of wealth.

Wall Street parasites exploit labor and rape Mother Nature.

Figure it out; how long can this continue?

These capitalist politicians talk about "jobs, jobs, jobs" when their only motivation is "profits, profits, profits."

If ever there was a time for working people to check out revolutionary socialist thinking the time is now.

Pick up a book by Karl Marx today.

Capitalism is Wall Street's system; the socialist cooperative commonwealth is the system of the working class.

Don't let Trump and these generals dominate the politics of our country.