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, May 22, 2019

A thought about democracy from Canada

Glen Wreggitt from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada wrote this comment on Facebook which I think we need to discuss very widely. I would encourage you to share this thought widely:

Democracy doesn't mean the same thing to them as it does to us. To them, a democracy is a country that is 'open for business', which means 'open for exploitation'. A 'dictator' to them is someone who was democratically elected and makes policies that raise the standard of living for their people instead of 'opening the country for business', the business of enriching American corporations at the expense of the people.


We just saw the movie “Tolkien.”

It was a good, but slow moving and often boring, love story and anti-war movie.

There was only a very slight hint that Tolkien built his own stories around the Finnish Kalevala... the epic rune of the Finnish people’s Long enduring struggle of good versus evil around which the Finns created their powerful Communist Party and revolution that was drenched in blood.

But, I guess we can’t expect the Hollywood crowd to provide reality and truth... especially when it comes to war and the people’s struggles against the evils of exploitation, war, the destruction of our living environment and oppression resulting from slavery, feudalism, capitalism and imperialism.

I would recommend, in addition to reading Tolkien people check out the Finnish “Kalevala” and the “Communist Manifesto.”

Will jobs ever "return?"

Trump has lied about “bringing factories back from China.”

In fact, the Chinese own at least 51% of these factories.

So, what this means is that American corporations can leave China but they can’t take the factories and machinery or technology with them.

The factories will continue producing the same products and these products would have a competitive edge against any similar products produced here... good luck with that.

In addition, these manufacturing facilities set up here will not require many workers as we can seen from the new Stanley plant which intends to produce Craftsman tools in Dallas, Texas... this plant will employ few workers while using a very automated production process based on Artificial Intelligence where automation, robotics, computers are brought together by Artificial Intelligence.

And China is light years ahead of the United States with Artificial Intelligence.

For our own good... We had better learn to get along with China.

Jobs aren't going to "come back."

New jobs may be created but if they are, workers are going to have to militantly assert their rights in the workplace... fewer hours, more pay; decent working conditions, etc.

Steve Bannon

Steve Bannon continues to speak for the Trump Administration when it comes to trade with China and the guy has a few loose screws upstairs.

The Hollywood scene

Since Weinstein stopped producing movies it seems the quality of movies regarding any social content has severely deteriorated.

Hollywood has had a very weird culture for years yet no one ever took to prosecuting any of the other culprits.

I’m wondering if censorship isn’t behind the attacks on Weinstein?

This is not to suggest anything Weinstein may have done is okay.

But what is with all this crap coming out of Hollywood? Are there no screenwriters capable of depicting how rotten this system is? Or, is Hollywood involved in a massive campaign to divert people’s attention from their real problems?

Something all socialist working class activists might want to think about...

People are wasting a lot of time with the Democrats.

We should be putting some efforts and our limited resources into building socialist clubs in our communities, neighborhoods and where we work.

These kinds of clubs composed of a few friends meeting once a week, every couple weeks or once a month working together in an organized way can accomplish quite a lot.

But let's not get sucked into building the party of our employers, the Democratic Party... let these Democrats fend for themselves the same way they let us workers fend for ourselves.