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Socialism According to Eugene V. Debs

 

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  • Sanders is promoting something that falls far, far short of the fundamental change that Debs fought for. Sanders relegates socialism to the realm of nice ideas that can be talked about, but never really be implemented—while he accepts what little the Democratic Party is willing to concede.
  • What did the man who Bernie Sanders today claims as his personal hero really stand for? Elizabeth Schulte tells the story of American socialism’s best-known figure.
  • Bernie Sanders Is No Eugene Debs

Elizabeth Schulte, Dandelion Salad

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July 9, 2015 | It's not your typical presidential candidate who identifies as a socialist, but Bernie Sanders does. A poster of Eugene V. Debs, the popular Socialist Party leader of the early 20th century, hangs on his office wall as a tribute to Sanders’ self-proclaimed hero.

Like Debs, who ran for president five times, Sanders is also running for president. But that, my friends, is where the similarities end.

Elizabeth Schulte is a contributor to Socialist Worker.

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Bernie Sanders Is No Eugene Debs, Howie Hawkins, Socialist Worker

  • Progressives in the Democratic Party are going to need a Plan B after Bernie Sanders throws his support to Clinton in about 10 months, after the March primaries seal the nomination for her. We should be building Plan B now.
  • Bernie Sanders for President? Why Not Try a Real Socialist for a Change? 

 

Liberalism Still the Left Flank of Oppression in the Coming Post-Obama World

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  • It is already clear that the buzz words gay rights and the Confederate flag “will be used by the powerful to move as many disaffected people toward the Democratic Party as possible.” In reality, “the American flag is the global banner of white supremacy and oppression of LGBTQ people. Its Stars and Stripes are responsible for the genocide of indigenous peoples, enslavement of Africans, and the exploitation of the global working class.”
  • Both Major U.S. Parties are Plagues on Humanity
  • Let’s abandon the Democrats: On TPP, workers’ rights and income inequality, they are as bad as GOP

Danny Haiphong, Black Agenda Report

HAIPHONG_Klan%20with%20US%20Flag.jpg?itok=RmUEUWSDTue, 07/07/2015 | “The capitalist class uses the Democratic Party as its liberal flank to help anchor its crisis-ridden system.”

One of the quintessential elements of fascism is the inability of a people to question political developments as they occur without repressive consequences. Yes, the Confederate flag could, and should, come down. The Supreme Court has affirmed gay marriage. Yet very few are questioning how these buzz issues are awash in the same tired liberalism that has dominated the US political landscape to no benefit of poor and working people. As a result, the system that rules over Washington remains unnamed and unchallenged. Even worse, these buzz issues will be used by the powerful to move as many disaffected people toward the Democratic Party as possible. The end of Obama's Administration is near and the ruling class is betting that the myth of the liberal paradigm will prevent the emergence of a radical challenge to its rule. It is from here that the struggle to build a revolutionary movement in a post-Obama US should start.

Of course, actively opposing the gay marriage ruling or the campaign to take down the Confederate flag would be a grave mistake. To do so would only serve the ruling class's interests by pinning radicals into the confines of the (neo) liberal ideological trap. However, there should be no fear in explaining to people in the streets, workplaces, and schools of the US how none of the buzz issues of the day challenge the fundamental power structure in the US. Washington is ruled by Capital, and we shouldn't hesitate to say so. That is, the owners of multinational corporations and Wall Street financial institutions control the state and use it for their profit seeking interests. With this in mind, a proper assessment of whether a policy change presents a challenge to the prevailing rule of capital lies in the question: who benefits?

Danny Haiphong is an organizer for Fight Imperialism Stand Together (FIST) in Boston. He is also a regular contributor to Black Agenda Report.

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public/Three%20Prez.jpg?itok=8b_143QU Both Major U.S. Parties are Plagues on Humanity, Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report 

  • The two corporate parties have collaborated in knocking off countries targeted for invasion and regime change. They have both nurtured the jihadist international network that was created under presidents Carter and Reagan. And presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama are complicit in the capital crime of genocide in the Congo, where six million people have died since 1996. The presidential nominee of either party must be a ghoul, a fiend, or a banshee.
  • Chris Hedges | America's Electoral Farce

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Let’s abandon the Democrats: On TPP, workers’ rights and income inequality, they are as bad as GOP, Erik Loomis, Salon

  • Two-party system is hopeless for creating progressive change. 
  • Let's take a page from marriage activists and fight.
  • Excerpted from "Out of Sight: The Long and Disturbing Story of Corporations Outsourcing Catastrophe"

Mark Fiore | The Gospel of Denial / www.markfiore.com

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Wednesday, 17 June 2015 | Now that Pope Francis has come out on the side of acknowledging human-caused global warming, Republican presidential contenders are suddenly on the side of “science” not religion.  Where does this pope guy get off on mixing religion and politics, sheesh!  

Thanks to the pope, it’s becoming more difficult to cast yourself on the side of the angels and the oil companies at the same time.  Never mind that human-caused global warming is established science, political contributions from the oil and gas industry are waaaay more important than saving the world.  And it’s not just the Republican candidates, a surprising number of regular ol’ Republican people are still buying into the “hoax” line fed to them by big oil and politicians. 

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Let’s abandon the Democrats: On TPP, workers’ rights and income inequality, they are as bad as GOP

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Erik Loomis, Salon

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Monday, Jul 6, 2015 | Labor unions were angry with President Clinton for signing into law the North American Free Trade Agreement. They pressured Congress to act to revisit the law. When the House of Representatives initially rejected Clinton’s request to negotiate new trade deals in 1997, Clinton had to show he took labor’s concerns seriously. So as part of a new trade deal with Cambodia, Clinton agreed to a union proposal to provide the Cambodian government incentives to improve the conditions of apparel workers. The final compromise between the Clinton administration and labor allowed workers to unionize in return for an increased export quota. They received $50 a month for a 48-hour week, a dozen federal holidays, vacation days, sick leave and maternity leave. The Cambodian deal became the only free trade agreement with an enforceable labor provision.

The plan worked. With oversight from the International Labour Organization (ILO), Cambodian clothing exports and union density grew together. Apparel makers signed union contracts with workers. It was not a perfect system—factory owners tried to avoid the regulations and coached workers on what to say to ILO inspectors. But it led to enormous improvements and showed how government could improve workers’ lives. Like most trade agreements, this one came to an end. The U.S.-Cambodian trade pact ended with the Multifibre Agreement’s demise. Cambodia now had to compete with the rest of the world without inspections or union contracts. Within weeks of the quota ending, underground sweatshops appeared with terrible working conditions. Companies were more free than ever before to concentrate in nations with the worst workplace standards, and Cambodian labor saw its union pacts quickly scuttled and its working conditions and wages plummet to some of the lowest in the industry. Wages fell by 17 percent for Cambodian garment workers between 2001 and 2011.

Erik Loomis: Historian, economic justice, labor, environment. Author of Out of Sight, on the plague of capital mobility.

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american_oligarchy.jpgBoth Major U.S. Parties are Plagues on Humanity, Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report 

  • The two corporate parties have collaborated in knocking off countries targeted for invasion and regime change. They have both nurtured the jihadist international network that was created under presidents Carter and Reagan. And presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama are complicit in the capital crime of genocide in the Congo, where six million people have died since 1996. The presidential nominee of either party must be a ghoul, a fiend, or a banshee.
  • Chris Hedges | America's Electoral Farce

 

 

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