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As Socialists, we are consistently asked to present our ideas in a clearer, easier to understand manner. To achieve this goal, I'll enlist the help of former Governor of Massachusetts and candidate for the Republican Presidential nomination, Mitt Romney, who appeared in the New York Times Op-Ed section on Nov. 19th.
Romney's piece, entitled "Let Detroit Go Broke," laid bare the intent behind the angry rhetoric used by politicians against the proposed bailout for the "Big Three" automakers. Whereas the giant Wall Street banks received over
1 trillion dollars — so far— without barely having to ask, an industry that actually produces something has to beg for a handout. Why the difference?
when the international world came to the rescue of these tens of thousands of enslaved poorer american's
Correcting our political perspective
the catholic church could help america right now by arranging a speech from the vatican by the pope concerning modern day enslavement of poorer american's by our complacent us congress who appears to be more interested in financing other congressional interests then our underfunded american judicial system.
This is not change we can believe in.
"This is more 'Groundhog Day' than a fresh start."
more than a depression
Ex-slave and Abolitionist Fredrick Douglas famously observed that power cedes nothing without struggle. The history of civil rights movements in this country also demonstrate that even the most fundamental democratic gains are temporary at best without vigilant struggle that can potentially challenge the power of the rulers against the ruled. Nothing has ever been gained and secured by simply relying on the institutions of the state and its politicians. Any implementation of progressive measures on their part has only been the product of independent mass mobilizations that have kept their forces in the streets until the sought after gains were won.
We have again been reminded of this by the recent passage of Proposition 8 in California, a bigoted mean-spirited ballot measure aimed at denying gays and lesbians the fundamental democratic right to marry whom they wish. Last June, after decades of constant organizing, educating, and protesting on the part of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) people and their supporters, the California Supreme Court was compelled to legalize same sex marriages. The purpose of Proposition 8 was to overturn this gain, leaving 18,000 same sex marriages performed in California since June in question. However, social movements aren't like films that can be run backwards and then replayed in the exact same way. The narrow victory of Proposition 8 (52% against, 48% opposed) has resulted in the opposite of its intended effect. It has re-energized the struggle for LGBT rights to a major degree, so that many are calling this movement "Stonewall II" after that inaugural rebellious act of the modern U.S. gay rights movement fighting for their rights in 1969.
It is time for the workers and the poor in the Philippines to prepare for the worse the moment its government keeps on repeating the mantra that the economic fundamentals remain good and thus there is little to worry about effects of the global recessionary trend. The world found itself in the present mess precisely because of such blind faith in neoliberal fundamentalism.
Attorney General Michael Mukasey Collapses.
Some "Antiwar" Groups Excuse Obama's Pro-War Cabinet: Kevin Martin, executive director of the group Peace Action, said. . . . "There's so much Obama hero worship, we're having to walk this line where we can't directly criticize him" . . . . Tom Andrews, national director of Win Without War, said that although he finds Sen. Clinton's views "very troubling," Obama should be given the benefit of the doubt.
After hearing that the media was referring to the weekend gathering of the G-20 as "Bretton Woods II," the White House immediately began a coordinated attack on expectations. The economic summit that was to fix the deepening economic crisis was raising hopes too high (Bretton Woods was the 1944 conference that re-organized the world capitalist system after WWII).
Alan Keyes has filed a lawsuit to stop the state of California from casting its electoral votes for Prez-Elect Barack Obama, unless he can prove he is a "natural born" citizen of the U.S. The record shows that Obama was born in Hawaii, on Aug. 4, 1961, and a "Certification of Live Birth" has been posted online to back up that position. Is Keyes just a sore loser? In 2004, he lost his bid for a U.S. Senate seat in Illinois. Who won that race? Barack Obama!
Despite SOFA, U.S. Withdrawal Still Depends, Says Admiral Mullen: Asked if the agreement could be changed, he said "that's theoretically possible".
Why are we continuing to let the government bail out a failing business that is misusing taxpayer money? Surely there are independently owned businesses, and even individuals, that could put that money to far better use.
"... with the election of Barack Obama, we'll have a government that just might listen to us, so we feel it's more important than ever to continue our Sunday walks at Lake Merritt."
[I]t will be interesting to see how antiwar activists react to this. Are they antiwar or just anti-Republican?
Beyond the title wave of liberal Obama fanfare that has engulf much of the nation, Obama's election only represents a changing of the guard to usher in a new administrator for the capitalist ruling elite. As a result of his election Barack Obama is now beholden to big business and the corporate contributors that paid his way to victory.
A friend of mine spent many years in the security business doing contract work for the CIA, some of which involved killing people. My friend had a long history in the hard side of human interactions, much of it in the murky moral regions inhabited typically by soldiers, spies and public defenders with guilty clients. This was not a man who could afford to spend too much energy on moral issues: there was a job to do, and once he embarked on it, the elements of right and wrong only got in the way. However, he was a wise student in human motivation. One of the things he told me was, "A guy will do almost anything if he thinks it's for the good of other people."
when queen elizabeth ii & president obama tell the us democratic congress ~
************************ give them liberty or give them lawyers ! *****************************
I speak of personal experience.
It's not just run of the mill racists stirring up hatred-
Just read the Sandy Post's coverage of Bergin's arrest. I'm a bit confused by some of the info in that article...
He says the biggest obstacle to Brazil overcome the crisis and get strengthened out of it is the Central Bank's President Henrique Meirelles, formed by the Bank of Boston, and that will do nothing that would undermine the private banks.
The corporate beast is on the ropes! Now let's deliver the final K.O. blow!
Things to make and do while waiting for your food to grow
Our time is also coming. But it should be noted that it has been many decades since anarchists--libertarian socialists--have played any significant role. We have been repeatedly outorganized and defeated by Marxist-Leninists (often by violent repression). This time (given the way state-Communism was discredited by the collapse of the Soviet Union and events in China) anarchism has revived. But this time the stakes are higher. The ecological-environmental crisis is worse than ever before. If a new depression ends in a Third World War, it will risk the nuclear extermination of all human life, as well as of our fellow inhabitants on the planet. We better not blow it this time.
These photos were taken at the November 14th anti-WOPR rally at the Oregon State Capitol.
In renewing its great traditions of struggle, the American proletariat will have to fight the coming blood and tears policy of the Obama presidency
With Obama elected President but not yet inaugurated, the question on everyone's mind is, "what's going to happen next?" Millions of people around the world are hoping that a Obama presidency will radically change the course of US politics, and with it, world politics. This is especially true for the huge numbers of mostly young volunteers working for Obama's campaign, most of whom had never been involved in politics before.
And while it is impossible to predict the future precisely, one can make an educated guess as to Obama's future actions, based on answering two fundamental questions: which social class is Obama and the Democratic Party going to represent while in office, and what are the current interests of that class. For example, if Obama were to act in the interests of the working class, a number of measures would be immediately taken, such as increasing wages, improving healthcare, funding schools, ending war, etc. If, on the other hand, Obama is going to represent the ruling class, we can expect policies similar to the Bush Presidency, who long ago proved himself to be a puppet for the banks and corporations.
Hang em, high!
tips for coping with snitch presence in your community.
The pink fluff meltdown is very possibly the global food crisis come home to roost. So, if you are planning to eat in future, or would like to help others do so, suggestion is, plant food now.
People are rightly confused about the issue of immigration -- it is a complex phenomenon and many things need to be considered. Often times, there seem to be equally compelling arguments and statistics on either side of the issue, creating even more confusion.
Unfortunately, the immigration debate is often tinged or even marred by racism - usually subtly, sometimes openly. This feeling finds a receptive audience not because of prejudice, but out of fear. Indeed, racism cannot exist without fear. We believe that, at bottom, recent immigration-related topics -- from ballot measures to border fences -- directly or indirectly contain elements of racism and fear. Unraveling the basis for this fear, as well as those in charge of creating it, is essential if one is to make an informed decision on the immigration question. While doing this, we will attempt to uncover the deeper reasons that have created the atmosphere that has projected this issue on to center stage.
The campaign to elect the president is over. The campaign to make the president DO what he was elected FOR is underway.
While we continually lose our freedoms
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia hosted a summit on "religious tolerance". It was held on Wednesday and Thursday November 12 and 13, 2008. An examination of this indicates that the underlining intended efforts seems to promote Islam rather than "religious tolerance."
Even though I don't like John McCain I have to state that this is not Cindy McCain!
Time to replace existing third parties with a new, bold national political party with the goal of becoming a major party.
The parallels between the Bailout and the plundering of Argentina
There is a powerful mood amongst the working class against bailing out the rich. It is so strong it defeated the bail out. The problem is there is no vehicle such as a mass workers' party to counter the ideological offensive of capital and through which this mood could channel itself and ultimately produce a more lasting and obvious alternative.
Ronald Reagan's persona was crafted from 1937 to 1965, working in B films. The Shadow side of Reagan, however, reveals that he was a snitch for the FBI and ratted out his fellow members of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), during the days of the "Red Scare." He also was a notorious womanizer, according to Marc Eliot's expose: "Reagan: The Hollywood Years." It was Reagan, too, as U.S. President, who ruthlessly busted PATCO in 1981.
Despite AB 2296, which may or may not have scared off aboveground activists at the ten-campus UC system, this action as well as the upsurge of recent actions at UCLA make it clear that underground activists has not been stopped by new laws.
The financial crisis which really began in the summer 2007 with the first bankruptcies of funds specializing in the famous American subprimes, has inexorably increased its sheer magnitude before entering its acute phase commencing at the end of this summer.
For a year the highest ranking financial and political officials in the world, as faithfully reported by all the international media, constantly minimized its extension, being mightily pleased, after each attack of the speculative fever, with the promptitude of the central banks and governments to administer the adequate remedy for the financial system, and regularly announcing the end of the crisis and the pursuit of economic growth.
What will happen in the coming years?
We believe that veterans and active-duty GIs are in a key position to stop illegal and unjust war, and we are inspired by the resistance of troops who stood against the war in Vietnam.
Suzanne Ross of the New York City Free Mumia organization provided updates on Mumia's case. The prosecution is trying to reinstate the death penalty and appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court. December 9 is the anniversary of the death of Officer Faulkner so demonstrations and rallies will take place all over the world. Saturday Dec. 6, there will be events in Philadelphia and New York City, and Monday, December 9, Portland will gather at the PSU Multicultural Center, for a rally.
A few observations about an America hoping for different change (and the corresponding different change hope)
A Vigilant Shield Alert Update
A must-read article about Obama and the "change" that he claims to represent. Looks like the struggle for real change continues, so the sooner we see clearly who and what Obama really is, the better.
tips for coping with snitches
a meeting in Washington
It is all too obvious that anti-fascism renounces revolution. But anti-fascism fails exactly where its realism claims to be effective: in preventing a possible dictatorial mutation of society. The fight for a democratic state is inevitably a fight to consolidate the state, and far from crippling totalitarianism, such a fight increases totalitarianism's stranglehold on society.
Recently some ominous statements by two very big political insiders has been making the buzz on certain blogs. It turns out that both Colin Powell and Senator Joe Biden have publicly stated that Obama will see a major international crisis early on in his presidency. According to Biden this crisis will test Obama's "mettle," and according to Powell, will "come along in the 21st or 22nd of January that we don't even know about right now."
Check out this new statement from Pastor Claudia De la Cruz of the San Romero de Las Américas Church -UCC in New York City, and photos from their Halloween event in NYC.
Fox Newz fascists pretend to care about black people.
Ralph Nader asks the question, "To put it very simply, he is our first African American president; or he will be. And we wish him well. But his choice, basically, is whether he's going to be Uncle Sam for the people of this country, or Uncle Tom for the giant corporations".
The ISO's recent conference on building a revolutionary alternative casts light on the gap between what we need and what is often the standard practice of small left-wing groups. Real organization cannot be built on a foundation of sand.
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