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...

Monday, September 30, 2019

Some question I have about this climate crisis mess.

I’m curious what it takes to be qualified to participate in a movement these days?

When I see people trying to push people out of the climate change movement instead of trying to bring more people into it in order to force immediate action I begin to wonder what the heck is going on.

It appears to me those who profited from creating this mess are trying to evade a discussion about who should pay to clean this mess up... so they sow division and confusion.

Very legitimate questions arise:

What needs to be done to head off this pending disaster?

Will the working class be saddled with the financial burden to clean up this mess; or, will the big-business crowd who derived their wealth in the process of creating this mess foot the bill?

What is it we need to stop doing right now in order to prevent further damage? Does humanity need militarism and wars to resolve problems or do we put an end to this huge carbon footprint of the Military-Industrial Complex?

Should we be marching under the banner of “Socialism or Extinction” or accept the capitalist economic system which got us into this mess?

What technologies can be used to get us out of this mess?

Is carbon capture and storage the way we want to go?

Should capitalist monopolies be allowed to profit from carbon capture and storage technologies?

Is nationalization under public ownership and democratic control the solution to bringing the energy producing industries under control?

Is there any excuse for any energy producing enterprise not using carbon capture and storage technology... if so, what are the reasons?

We apparently know the one-hundred worst carbon producing offenders and most all are in the energy producing sector... how much of the energy being produced is really not needed and being produced by obsolete methods when the energy is really needed?

And, are we missing out on many very environmentally friendly methods of heating, cooling and producing electricity simply because monopoly corporations haven’t figured out a way to reap huge profits from these technologies?

Are our schools educating youth in a way that will bring them into society to solve these problems?

Why are so many schools antagonistic to involving students in climate change issues? Is it because the power generating industry is putting a damper on science and technology that serves people and the planet rather than their drive for maximum profits?

Do the selfish and greedy capitalist monopolies want to maintain the status quo until they figure out how to reap huge profits from environmentally sound methods of production with the rest of us bearing the burden and cost of saving the planet while they profit even though this procrastination will result in our demise?

Can a system that only “works” when there is massive waste, fraud and mismanagement be relied on to save us from destruction?

Albert Einstein pointed out long ago that the choice we would have to be making would be socialism or extinction. Apparently we must make this decision now.

Can Wall Street adequately respond to climate change in the timely manner required?

How can Wall Street ever be expected to deal with climate change when the hallmarks of these capitalist monopolies are three defining features of doing business?




Will the "money monsters" just "fade away?"

Some people suggest the Wall Street “money monsters” will just fade away and disappear and we will be able to solve the problems they created.

I disagree with this line of thinking.

In my opinion, these “money monsters” will have to be removed from power and any positions of influence by a well organized working class movement committed to enforcing working class power... socialism.