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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...

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Health Care is a Human Right

Today is the 69th anniversary of the United Nation's Universal Declaration of Human Rights:


http://unudhr.blogspot.com/


Notice that nothing was included to make its enforcement mandatory.


The only way we will ever get these articles enforced is through legislation yet not one single president since Lyndon Johnson has made any effort to bring forward legislation for enforcing this Declaration.


We will never get New Deal or Great Society type legislation unless we as a class, the working class, have our own political party with working class candidates.


In order to assure us of most of these rights we will probably have to get rid of capitalism and get our country on the road to socialism.


Half the people in this country say they are willing to consider the socialist alternative to capitalism so socialists are going to have to start bringing forward solutions to our most pressing problems in a way that demonstrates the superiority of socialist alternatives to the problems created by capitalism.
One of the best ways to do this, in my opinion, is with the health care issue.


We need to begin a campaign to win a National Public Health Care System... not Obamacare, not single-payer, not HR 676 nor Medicare for All--- all of which leave the for-profit, free market health care system intact... but a National Public Health Care System based on the model of public education:


Publicly Financed.


Publicly Administered.


Publicly Delivered.


The United Nation's Universal Declaration of Human Rights declares health care to be a human right.


Only a National Public Health Care System can fulfill this human right.


Martin Luther King Jr. on health care:


“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


King Berates Medical Care Given Negroes



Oshkosh Daily Northwestern (Oshkosh, Wis.), March 26, 1966


CHICAGO (AP) - Massive direct-action is needed to "raise the conscience of the nation" to the segregated and inferior medical care received by Negroes, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said Friday night.


Calling for court suits to force doctors and hospitals to comply with the Civil Rights Act, King and officers of the Medical Committee for Human Rights accused the American Medical Association of a "conspiracy of inaction" in civil rights.


At a press conference before his speech to the committee's annual meeting. King said: "We are concerned about the constant use of federal funds to support this most notorious expression of segregation. Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and the most inhuman because it often results in physical death.


"I see no alternative to direct action and creative nonviolence to raise the conscience of the nation."