Texas Longhorns with newborn calf in Bluebonnets

Texas Longhorns with newborn calf in Bluebonnets

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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...

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Could we learn something from North Korea?

What can we learn from North Korea?

How to provide every person with free health care.

In 2001 North Korea spent 3% of its gross domestic product on health care.

Beginning in the 1950s, the DPRK put great emphasis on healthcare, and between 1955 and 1986, the number of hospitals grew from 285 to 2,401, and the number of clinics – from 1,020 to 5,644.

There are hospitals attached to factories and mines.

Since 1979 more emphasis has been put on traditional Korean medicine, based on treatment with herbs and acupuncture.

A national telemedicine network was launched in 2010. It connects the Kim Man Yu Hospital in Pyongyang with 10 provincial medical facilities.

Patriotism on Parade

There is something a bit perverted when a bunch of corrupt Wall Street warmongers talk about putting "Patriotism on Parade" for the Fourth of July... I kind of doubt those founders like Thomas Paine who fought to have the Bill of Rights included as part of our Constitution would be too thrilled with a bunch of politicians who hypocritically boast to the world that the United States is the greatest bastion of democracy as these same two-bit, half-assed fascist bastards like Trump go goose-stepping backwards in the footprints of Joe McCarthy and his ilk.

On this Fourth of July corruption and unethical conduct by the politicians has become the norm rather than an aberration.

All hands on deck to defend democracy and the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

We need to press forward in driving Trump and his Cabinet of Wall Street serving scumbags from office as we build a movement of Americans united to obtain prosperity through peace and disarmament.

The price we are paying for these dirty imperialist wars is costing us a National Public Health Care System and our youth the right to free education through university and working class families the right to free child care as our youth are deprived of sports and recreation.

On this Fourth of July our country has as many burial grounds for democracy as contaminated super-fund sites.

Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson must be twisting and turning in their graves reeling with disgust on this Fourth of July.

We need a massive people's front movement mobilizing people in the streets and a new working class based people's party that is both anti-monopoly and anti-imperialist militantly advancing an agenda of very specific reforms solving the problems of the people intent on challenging Wall Street for political and economic power while advancing the socialist alternative to capitalism which means public ownership of the mines, mills, factories, the energy complex, banking, communications and transportation... a movement of the people to save ourselves and Mother Earth.