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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...

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 14, 2017

Where is the left on health care reform?

Let me give an example of how the left has shirked its responsibility in becoming a catalyst for real health care reform.

The current issue of "In These Times" does not even have one single article on the health care issue even though the health care issue is front and center on the minds of everyone.

In this same issue there is a list of names of over 4,000 donors to the publication.

Wouldn't we be having a national discussion on the need for a National Public Health Care System if each and everyone of these 4,000 contributors took the time to write a Letter to the Editor of their local newspapers?

The question we need to be asking is why wouldn't a publication like "In These Times" which claims to be a socialist publication be using its resources to spark such a movement?

And what about the dozens of other left publications?

In fact, "In These Times" refused to publish a letter I wrote to them suggesting just such an initiative.

Sixteen pages listing all of its financial contributors and thanking them... but not one single word about the need for these contributors and its readers to build a movement for real health care reform while the entire country is focused on health care. How can this be? Would Eugene Debs have shirked such a responsibility to be the voice for a National Public Health Care System while the entire nation is focused on health care?

Once again we see where intellectuals can not relate to the problems of the working class in seeking out and advocating real solutions.

I am not picking on "In These Times;" I just happened to be reading it after having received it in the mail yesterday.

Are these "intellectuals" really so far out of touch with reality that they would evade the central issue of the here and now?

Or are these "intellectuals" who miss no opportunity telling us how we should think and how we must vote just accommodating the Democrats by trying to keep people out of this debate and out the struggle for real health care reform?

This is mind-boggling.