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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...

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Harper's Magazine poses an important question... unfortunately their answer is wrong.

Harper's Magazine asks:

Is Donald Trump a fascist or plutocrat?

For the record; this is what Trump officially is:

Trump is an anti-labor, warmongering, racist, fascist, capitalist plutocrat intentionally selected and chosen by a small secretive oligarchy of the most parasitic financiers, the biggest bankers, oilmen and monopolists from every industry to carry out Wall Street's imperialist agenda--- through Donald Trump the Military-Industrial Complex, the merchants of death and destruction, are in full control of OUR government's apparatus and control all levers of power.

There you have it very accurately in capsule form.

If anyone disagrees, I would be interested in hearing what your disagreement with this assessment is.

My thoughts about Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders woke a lot of people up... plus, most important, he shook things up. But, also important to understand... once he woke people up and shook things up he then betrayed those he woke up and left people hang out to dry because he moved to the right in supporting Hillary Clinton and the Democrats when he should have moved to the left by helping to start a new working class-based people's party with peace and disarmament at the top of an anti-monopoly/anti-imperialist agenda that included real reforms intending to solve our problems while challenging Wall Street for political and economic power.

History has shown many such betrayals--- there was the betrayal by Norman Thomas that led to the decimation of the Socialist Party; and, there was the betrayal of Earl Browder which led to the decimation of the Communist Party USA... both Thomas and Browder had built much larger and more powerful movements than Bernie Sanders has, but we shouldn't minimize what Bernie Sanders contributed because it has been important.

Bernie Sanders now joins the legacy of these betrayals--- those who built large and powerful movements only to take the wrong turn and destroy what they helped to create.

But, life--- just like the class struggle--- does go on and people will find their way to doing what needs to be done... with or without Bernie Sanders.