Learning from Their Mistakes

•January 21, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Organized labor hasn’t fared well in D.C., forcing them to shift to state and local organizing. Now it’s time for them to fight for their very survival.

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Occupy 1932

•January 7, 2018 • Leave a Comment

The Bonus Expeditionary Force, a.k.a. the Bonus Army, combined with Socialist labor organizers, are largely responsible for forcing Congress and President Roosevelt to implement socialist programs like Social Security and Medicare. Two of these veterans–occupying the U.S. Capitol lawn–were shot dead by U.S. Army soldiers sent to clear out them and their families, who were encamped in D.C. while seeking relief from the ravages of the Great Depression.

Reason for Hope

•December 26, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Saddled with Puritanical conservatives, the Republican Party is handicapped from the outset in its dogged pursuit of institutionalizing American fascism. In order to do that, they would need to put people to work, as the Nazi Party did in Germany. Punishing the downtrodden, by withdrawing social program support, only creates resentment among those who might otherwise have been their most loyal recruits.

As it stands, the only employment offered is mercenary work in the military, and while that poses its own problems, it also provides a sub-group of sociological misfits, trained in the science of killing. What could go wrong?

Society in Ruin

•December 23, 2017 • Leave a Comment

In the zero-sum game of taxes and budgets, Congress decides who pays and who benefits. Mathematically, if some get tax cuts, then others have their taxes go up to cover the shortfall. In the world of the Puritanical conservatives now dominating Congress, however, we will more likely see social program cuts and public health service reductions. In plain English, society in ruin.

Great White Father

•December 5, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Privatization is theft. Fascism is a rationalization of theft.

Revolt

•November 28, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Next summer marks 50 years since the revolt against American fascism embodied by the Democratic National Committee. 1968 witnessed revolts in Europe as well, where students and labor unions shut down the economy of France. As fascism incarnate, the Trump administration demands a no less vigorous response.

Seeing how it was the Democratic National Committee that enabled Trump to win the presidency, revolt in 2018 would be most effective by taking over the Democratic Party from the ground up. Anything else is just show business.

Betrayal of American Values

•November 26, 2017 • Leave a Comment

In July, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA) introduced a bill to preserve the nation’s public housing stock, which loses thousands of units each year. Meanwhile, privately-owned, publicly-funded housing for the low-income, disabled and seniors is facing a crisis of its own, as landlords circumvent federal covenants on their properties, in order to illegally convert to market-based rents.

In August, Governor Inslee (WA) noted the decrease in federal funding for civil legal aid to low-income citizens fighting for their rights to health care, housing and safety. Calling President Trump’s proposal to eliminate funding for legal services “a betrayal of American values,” Inslee added $5 million in new funding for legal aid.

Between 2010 and 2015, a million people were displaced from the San Francisco Bay Area alone, where rents tripled in that time-frame. With nowhere to turn, some of the displaced sought refuge in rural, quasi-public housing with federal rent-control. Now, under the Trump administration, that, too, could soon disappear.