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

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Where have all the flowers gone?

A lot of activists from the 60's and 70's seem to have become alienated and estranged from the struggles of today even though they remain intellectually connected but their activism ends like that of most liberals in that it doesn't go beyond empathy for those who suffer... and sometimes it doesn't even seem to reach the level of empathy... in fact, some seem to even be against empathy. I think this is too bad because many of these people have been through a lot and would have a lot to offer in helping to build and forge a massive all-people's coalition or some kind of people's front to oppose and stop Trump while re-shaping the priorities of our Nation.


And the once "super left wing revolutionaries" of the "New Left" who so despised those of us whose political home was in the "Old Left," are now supporting the likes of Obama and Hillary Clinton; their extreme far left ideas have morphed into counter-revolutionary ideas backing the very Wall Street imperialism they so despised in the past.


I'm thinking about Trump's proposed budget which is a Wall Street imperialist budget in that it transfers the 54 billion dollars slashed from social programs responding to human needs to militarism and war and will be used to fuel a new nuclear arms "race" even though this race has no opponent.


Obviously the Democrats are deathly afraid of a resurgence of left wing working class activism and they are doing everything possible to thwart the American people--- especially the working class, the youth, the seniors, and people of color--- from getting a good strong dose of anti-imperialist education that goes like:


The price we pay for these dirty imperialist wars is not having a decent National Public Health Care System based on the model of public education befitting the people living in the wealthiest country in the world.


Winning the peace and the reordering of our Nation's priorities is going to take all hands on deck and I sure hope my old friends from the 1960's and 1970's will begin to rethink their withdrawal from the struggle because we are up against a very powerful Wall Street enemy and we need them... but, if need be, I guess we can muddle our way through this without them, or even as adversaries supporting their new found Wall Street imperialist friends like Obama and Clinton and whoever they toss our way next, as they continue to bark and hide as the caravan passes.


Perhaps, from among the former activists, we will see a revival of activism this spring--- kind of the way dandelions pop up after a warm spring rain.