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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, July 19, 2017

Unity

I'm wondering why it is so difficult for people to figure out that the solutions to our problems are the basis of unity?

It would seem to me it should be rather simple to build a huge movement capable of winning change in this country under the theme:

Americans united for prosperity for all through peace and disarmament...

And then articulate our problems and their solutions...

And how a Peace Dividend would pay for these reforms.

One of the big problems I view as an impediment to this kind of unity is that we are allowing these politicians to define our problems which they don't understand to begin with because they have no connection to our problems and then they turn around and arrogantly tell us what solutions to our problems are required and even these lame solutions are nothing more than campaign gimmicks they have no intent on implementing anyways...

A perfect example is health care.

These politicians keep insisting that we must maintain a system of health care based on the scheme, and scam, of free market for-profit health care when everyone knows this doesn't work--- except for those getting rich.

Not one single politician in Washington has the moral or political integrity to even tolerate a discussion about a National Public Health Care System based on the model of public education.

And the media suppresses all discussion of socialized health care even though millions of people in this country support socialist solutions to our problems.

Even Bernie Sanders who claims to be a socialist refuses to bring forward the socialist solution to this health care mess.

To achieve unity we need to bring forward issues, problems and very specific solutions to our problems.

Unity is key; we can not afford to remain splintered along sectarian lines.

Education.

Organization.

And Unity in struggle has always been the key to working people solving our problems.

This means a huge broad-based people's front movement made up of liberals, progressives and leftists.

It all starts with small groups of people getting together around the kitchen table... writing letters to the editor, passing out leaflets, circulating petitions, demonstrating.

No one will do this for us; we must take the initiative. We must become the catalysts for united action in the streets and at the ballot box.