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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

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

What's all this talk about "deep state?"

There is a very bizarre line of thought making the rounds... that both Obama and Trump have been had by those inside the intelligence community working for the Wall Street merchants of death and destruction, the masters of war, who want to whip up animosities with Russia in order to keep the very profitable arms industry humming along.

The thinking goes that Trump wants peace with Russia and he is being undermined by this insidious intelligence community that is some kind of unelected government within the elected government.

This is being called a "deep state" government.

In fact, both Obama, Trump and Clinton--- just like all the presidents going back to, and including, Harry Truman--- have been part of Wall Street's state monopoly capitalist government in the era of imperialism.

There are no "good guys" and "bad guys" in these governments--- they are all bad guys to the extent they have carried out Wall Street's thoroughly reactionary agenda of wars abroad paid for by shoving austerity measures down the throats of working people.

We pay for these wars through the nose with higher taxes for which we get nothing in return except a crumbling public school system, no child care, going without decent housing and without health care and an entire infrastructure, from roads, bridges and highways to dams and public buildings, collapsing.

Obama's supporters would like us to believe there were hidden sinister forces at work who prevented him from doing what is right and now we are hearing the same thing about Trump--- not only from his supporters, but from those even claiming to be leftists who are willing to sit out the struggles against Trump because they claim he is for peace with Russia even though they make no mention of his drive to war with China.

We are supposed to trust Trump to work for peace with Russia. Trump was not brought to power by Wall Street to work for peace... Hillary Clinton would have faithfully carried out Wall Street's agenda, too.

Obama and Trump are part and parcel of this Wall Street government; they are enablers of these warmongers in the intelligence community.

There is no "hidden" government or "deep state" government that is not known.

What we know if presidents (and even former presidents like Lyndon Johnson) do go against Wall Street's interests, they get marginalized. Those like Franklin D. Roosevelt get ganged up on and replaced with morons like Harry Truman. Others like John F. Kennedy who thought he could challenge the merchants of death and destruction get assassinated... but none of this dirty work is carried out by some kind of secret cabal--- these dirty deeds are carried out by those committed to defending and protecting this Wall Street government which has ruled this country for over one-hundred years.

We heard the same kind of stuff from some Bernie Sanders supporters; they said he couldn't go against the military industrial complex because he would be killed.

Well, we know violence is a big part of how those in power maintain their power; no different from the union-busting thugs hired by Trump and other corporate executives to stop union organizing drives and put an end to strikes.

Of course we, the people, are not privy to how or why decisions are made because we are not part of Wall Street.

The thing is, for years phony liberals, phony progressives and even phony leftists have tried to sidestep the reality of capitalism in its most advanced decadent, barbaric, savage, cannibalistic stage of imperialism.

Make no mistake about this... we are all living atop what can only be considered a powder keg with a fuse ready to be lit.

We are dealing with huge and very powerful imperialist countries like our own country, Great Britain, France, Germany, Japan, Russia and weaker imperialist countries like Canada and Italy.

These capitalist countries can not be "democratized" to serve the interests of the people. These can be no "people's capitalism" or as some, like Robert Reich, who make pretenses to being liberal calling for a "return" to "stake-holder capitalism" or some kind of "conscious capitalism" or a "compassionate capitalism."

If we want to prevent the fuse from being lit we need to forge very powerful broad fronts of the people that are anti-monopoly and anti-imperialist with international bonds with the peoples of the world--- especially with people in these other imperialist countries and other people oppressed by these imperialist countries.

We have had many intellectual try to beat around the bush talking about anything and everything except imperialism and to try to escape this by inventing terms like "empire" or "deep state" only hinder the development of building a massive anti-monopoly/anti-imperialist people's front. The longer we put off building this kind of coalition the more dangerous the world becomes and the more likely it becomes that some of these powerful imperialist countries will come to blows causing World War Three and an all out nuclear war only those who can afford ten year bunkers will "survive."

Don't expect any capitalist politicians to work for peace because Wall Street has brought them forward to wage wars... there is nothing secret about this.

End capitalism by building socialism and we will have a world at peace. This is the only way out of the mess we are in.

Who would even think a stupid, lying, anti-worker, anti-woman, racist, goose-stepping fascist bastard like Trump who appoints a pathetic excuse for a human being like Steve Bannon and then boasts he is going to increase military spending to build the most ghastly armaments is capable of pursuing policies of peace?

Trump is not being undermined by any kind of "deep state" intelligence community--- he is part of this Wall Street imperialist cabal of merchants of death and destruction.

If we want to beat swords into plowshares to reap a Peace Dividend this is going to take united action by the people to challenge Wall Street for political and economic power--- there is no ferreting out some kind of secret hidden "deep state" government that will bring peace.

Robert McNamara told us how this rotten government works when it comes to war before he died... and in his own way, by endorsing George McGovern, Lyndon Johnson told us what was needed, too.