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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

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

What Happened

I find it interesting so many people would like us not to discuss Hillary Rodham Clinton's new book, "What Happened," even though it is being so widely hyped, pushed and sold.

In fact, Hillary Clinton's book is a message to our Wall Street ruling class that she and the Democrats are on the same page as Trump and the Republicans when it comes to just about everything from foreign relations to health care "reform," tax "reform" and student loans.

The language used by Clinton and Trump differs because they each pervert the English language to appeal to their very different voting bases, but, more often than not, even their voting bases are one and the same with the working class, the poor and the racially oppressed having been written off as both the Democrats and Republicans compete for the same votes from the racist suburbs and gated communities inhabited by the most loyal managers of the millionaires and extreme billionaires whose wealth now approaches them becoming trillionaires; but, their Wall Street base who they are accountable to is one and the same.

Democrats fear working people becoming engaged in a discussion of Hillary Clinton's book because such a discussion will open up the most important and fundamental question for the working class: Do we need a new working class based people's party that is both anti-monopoly and anti-imperialist stressing the need for very expensive immediate reforms that can be paid for by ending these dirty imperialist wars and severely curtailing arms spending--- beating swords into plowshares--- while challenging Wall Street for political and economic power as we bring forward the need for public ownership of the mines, mills, factories, banks, communication and power generating industries?

We need to increase Social Security payments to a living income while reducing the work-week and hours to something in keeping with what is appropriate for decent human conditions.

We need a Minimum Wage that is legislatively tied to the actual and real cost-of-living.

We need a National Public Health Care System based on the model of public education not this "affordable health care insurance" or this phony single-payer and Medicare for All because Medicare is nothing but a fiasco being used for a bunch of greedy doctors, pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and nursing homes to feed at the public trough with deductibles and co-pays only the well-heeled few can afford to pay.

While there are a few decent Democrats running for public office who share this progressive outlook to some extent or another, most Democrats are loyal to the Clinton Wall Street crowd which is the same crowd Trump is accountable too.

We can break free from the two-party trap in spite of all the obstacles in our way; workers in other countries have freed themselves from the parties of their employers and so should we.

I will be voting for a couple Democrats but not because I have any loyalty to a party which appreciates my vote--- because the Democrats don't... in fact, anyone reading my blog or FaceBook page can see that these Wall Street loyal Democrats don't even want my vote because they know they get my two-cents along with my vote.

Peace and climate change are the overriding issues but along with these two issues the immediate problems of working people must be resolved.

The capitalist system is on the skids to oblivion taking us down a very dangerous dark road with many deadly dead-man curves leading straight to hell... only a cooperative socialist commonwealth is going to be able to save us now--- but, even if you don't agree with this, the rest provides an action program we can unite around.

Hillary Clinton is still important to the Wall Street ruling class because she is establishing their line ahead that will be used by the next Democrat Wall Street selects for us... so we had better understand very clearly what she is saying, today. Unless you are content to let your employers do your thinking for you.

Tax reform: https://thepodunkblog.blogspot.com/2017/12/tax-rich-end-wars-and-cut-military.html

Health care reform: https://thepodunkblog.blogspot.com/2017/11/one-of-my-blog-posts-hits-all-time-high.html