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What Next?

On a recent blog post here on the Communist Daily, a reader keeps insisting that I don’t have a plan for an economy, and that the best way to win battles for the working class is through electing Democrats. Here, I will show why he’s wrong about socialism, and dead wrong about the democrats.

Elections in the US of A

America’s form of government is technically a “Federal Republic.” What does that mean? Well, it means that we’re a union, or federation of states under a central government, and that we elect officials to represent us. It sounds nice. It sounds democratic. It’s not very accurate. What we have in the US is a dictatorship of the capitalist class. What does that mean? It means that the capitalist class controls and owns every aspect of political life in this country. Don’t believe me? Well, let’s look at the facts.

Interesting Facts about the American Political System

Less than 1% of the American population are millionaires. About 47% of congress members are millionaires. The median net worth of congressional members was an average of  $2.56 MILLION.

Source: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/11/47-of-congress-members-millionaires-a-status-shared-by-only-1-of-americans/

Women make up about 50% of our population. How are they represented in congress? As of 2011, in the 112th congress, they represented just 16.8 % of the seats in the House of Representatives, and only 17% of the seats in the Senate.

Source: http://www.cawp.rutgers.edu/fast_facts/levels_of_office/Congress-CurrentFacts.php

Who is controlling government? Do we the people really have the power? Not according to the facts we don’t. Throughout our government are members who have close ties to companies like Goldman Sachs, and politicians have received millions of dollars in financial contributions from them. Here’s a good source where you can see just how pervasive this corruption is:

Source: http://littlesis.org/list/39/Government_Officials_with_Ties_to_Goldman_Sachs#members

Spending in Elections: In 2010 both parties broke records for amount of money raised and spent on getting themselves elected. Hundreds of millions of dollars wasted to win a popularity contest.

Source: http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2010/10/election-2010-to-shatter-spending-r.html

The solution

I could go on and on with these kinds of facts, that show that both parties are complicit in the corruption that controls our government. I could go on about how the same corporations support and defend both the Democratic, and the Republican parties, because they’re both the same, and the results are the same. I could go on about the minutiae of political interworkings, but instead, I’m going to lay out the way forward. We know that our political system is broken. Let’s not kid ourselves. Congress at last check had an approval rating of just 9%. We’re not happy with our government. The problem is that we’ve been told for so long that we’re powerless to change it. We’re told to just shut up and vote, ignoring the limited nature of our choices. Shut up and vote, ignoring the war, economic trouble and corruption that both parties represent. We’re told to shut up and vote, ignoring that our voting doesn’t really matter in a rigged system. It’s time to reject that line of reasoning. We do have a voice, we do have a choice, and it’s time we exercised our prerogative.

 

 Step One:

Demand a new government. Yes, I know that this scares some people. I know that it’s frightening to abandon the old and reach for the new. However, we must. Our current government is broken beyond repair, yet we hang on to it like it was a priceless heirloom. Let go America. Demand a government that truly represents you. Demand a government that is not controlled by money, not controlled by the capitalist class. Demand a government where you really do have a voice; one where we all really have the opportunity to pursue democracy. Before we can do anything else, the US needs a new government. Stat.

Some Plans for a New Country:

Now I am going to talk about issues. First, bring every last troop home . Every last one. Close EVERY base in foreign countries. Yes, that means close our bases in Germany, Japan, South Korea, the UK, Afghanistan, Iraq, Cuba etc. EVERY LAST ONE. Close them down immediately. Cut the military down to bare bones. Close hundreds of bases in the US, as much as possible.

Seize the wealth of the capitalist class. This means outlawing the stock market. Freeze all assets above $200,000. To build a new society, we will need to use the money that has been stolen from us for so long. The US has a GDP of around 14 trillion (with a T) dollars. Yet we cannot provide the most basic services to our citizens. This is unacceptable, it needs to end NOW.

Reform the education system. Abolish all for profit schools and seize their assets. Make education free and open to all citizens through at least the masters degree level. Education is a human right. Forgive all student loan debt.

Nationalize the health care industry. All medical care shall be free and open to anyone, regardless of their ability to pay. This is a human right as well, non-negotiable.

Redistribute the seized wealth, pay reparations to the countries we’ve invaded.

Start building an economy that works for the working class. Invest in research and development, medicine, public transport, green technology, alternative fuels.

End energy production using fossil fuels.

Destroy all nuclear weapons and make the US a nuclear free country.

Mandate that women make up half of the new government, with proportional representation and autonomy for the oppressed nations within the US. Give full unabridged autonomy to the Native Americans.

Conclusion:

These are some ideas for a new America. One free of capitalist corruption, imperialism, racism, sexism and the threat of nuclear war. A country that is truly democratic, socialist and free. I know that many Americans agree with me. They are sick and tired of the old status quo, sick of the lies and hubris of a political and financial class that walks all over them, and sick and tired of being sick and tired. We can build a new, better society, free from capitalism. The first step is to wake everyone up to the fact that we can, and must demand a new government. We are beholden to nothing but our consciences, our morals and our dreams. The planet is dying. Human beings are suffering because of this system. We can turn this around, but not until we achieve STEP ONE: A new government.

Some, like the commenter I mentioned above, think that we should settle for scraps from the table. They think that we can achieve our goals by begging the democrats pretty please. Surely they’ll listen to us. They ignore that it has been Democrats that have sent the police after activists, shot protesters in the face with tear gas canisters; Democrats were those like Obama and Rahm Emanuel that helped suppress the occupy movement. Democrats like the mayor of Seattle who has battled to protect the racist and brutal Seattle Police Dept. against Justice dept. inquiries. Democrats like Obama who have not only NOT stopped our imperialism, but have accelerated it. Democrats like the ones whose money grubbing hands are stained with the blood of innocent Iraqis, Afghans, and Palestinians. Democrats are JUST as guilty as the Republicans. Don’t be fooled. Don’t be swayed. The only way to get real change is to change the corrupt and evil system that has allowed all of these horrible things to happen, that has allowed criminals to go free while innocent Americans sit in prison by the millions. If you really believe in the courage of your conviction leftists, then stand up and demand what we have needed for so long; a new government, one that is truly of, by, and for the people.

Until we have the courage to do that, our demands will fall on deaf ears. They know that we are powerless because we make ourselves powerless. We refuse to have the courage to demand a new government, that we have no way to really pressure them.

Change that. Bring this government down.

 

 

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8 thoughts on “What Next?

  1. You are still misrepresenting Bill Maher and now my views. Both of us want people elected who will stand by their promises – like Walker in Wisconsin. He didnt change when elected he did exactly what he said he would. Someone like Elizabeth Warren.

    But lets go through your list and see where there is agreement. No problem here:

    Now I am going to talk about issues. First, bring every last troop home . Every last one. Close EVERY base in foreign countries. Yes, that means close our bases in Germany, Japan, South Korea, the UK, Afghanistan, Iraq, Cuba etc. EVERY LAST ONE. Close them down immediately. Cut the military down to bare bones. Close hundreds of bases in the US, as much as possible.

    Only difference is that we need to elect people who will do this. How else would this be done? But this makes no sense:

    Seize the wealth of the capitalist class. This means outlawing the stock market. Freeze all assets above $200,000. To build a new society, we will need to use the money that has been stolen from us for so long. The US has a GDP of around 14 trillion (with a T) dollars. Yet we cannot provide the most basic services to our citizens. This is unacceptable, it needs to end NOW.

    Wealth exists in the ether, most kept outside of the US. You can take over property if the physical force exists. Another purge of the kulaks? I dont have the statistics about how many doctors have assets in excess of 200K but I’d think it would be a lot of them. Would there be much cooperation to provide healthcare after you seized their assets? We can provide services to all. The powers choose not to. Education seems to be mostly agreement. Creating a voucher system will not work and education should not be for profit. But the innocuous statement:

    Reform the education system. Abolish all for profit schools and seize their assets. Make education free and open to all citizens through at least the masters degree level. Education is a human right. Forgive all student loan debt.

    means that religious schools are seized and the buildings seized (in addition to paces like Choate). Schools where a good portion of the 99% send their children for a better education. Of course by publishing that statement you are doing the same thing Walker did – no one can say you are not doing exactly what you said. Do not understand why you dont believe in PhD’s – why only a masters? Education should be free at all levels and costs should be what one can pay. Student loans are a travesty and shouldnt exist. Then we have the good goal:

    Nationalize the health care industry. All medical care shall be free and open to anyone, regardless of their ability to pay. This is a human right as well, non-negotiable.

    This again gets back to Bill Maher: “non-negotiable”. He believes that a group has to be elected that truly believes that it is “non-negotiable”. Otherwise who does this? Which leads in to:

    Redistribute the seized wealth, pay reparations to the countries we’ve invaded.

    who does this? who apportions the wealth and decides how much? Same for reparations. What about Armenians living in the US? do they get reparations from the oil fields in the homeland they had to flee? And who starts building an economy for:

    Start building an economy that works for the working class. Invest in research and development, medicine, public transport, green technology, alternative fuels.

    I’d nominate Krugman but there isnt any way to have him involved since his assets were seized. We had such an economy (except for the green). Great centers for research and development, some funded by the government. What happened is the drive for expansion and the change in the idea of stock. It use to be that one bought stock for the income. You owned part of the company and got income from dividends (watch any 30’s movie and listen for widows/ATT). But 401k’s flooded the market with money chasing a smaller number of objects and it was no longer the dividends but the stock itself on depended on for money. To channel that demand into a companies stock it had to keep growing and always increase profits. But they can only grow so far so increased profits had to come from cutting costs. The small minds did this through the work force. But to solve the problem your way is write off the life of the current population. But then we get to the no shit sherlock twins:

    End energy production using fossil fuels.

    Destroy all nuclear weapons and make the US a nuclear free country.

    Only problem is that you cant uninvent knowledge. Anyone can build an nuclear weapon. It isnt rocket science (until later in the process). The US can be nuclear weapon free but that doesnt mean we wont lose a city or two along the way. Not to mention I’m sure you mean nuclear energy free. So in this niche you would ban science, research and development. The final panglossian cherry

    Mandate that women make up half of the new government, with proportional representation and autonomy for the oppressed nations within the US. Give full unabridged autonomy to the Native Americans.

    begs one to ask what government? The constitution defined the government enough for it to start. But here there is no allowance for how do you get half of a entity to be women? What about racial minorities? LBGT? can one satisfy a number of your boxes? would their vote be proportional to the number of boxes checked? Think you need to check the work of Lani Guinier and brush up on your early 1980’s.

    Fine to have grand plans even if they are not workable. But it is obvious that first steps would be universal healthcare (always liked the slogan medicare for all), universal education as a priority with costs shared relative to means, increased research and development, infrastructure (energy, transportation, food, drugs). Right now the state is building a tunnel and cutting funding of universities. Know most people would argue that they are two different issues but they are part of the one issue of priorities.

    • First, fuck Bill Maher, this post doesn’t mention him even ONCE. It barely even mentions you.
      Second you don’t disagree with me really, you just think we can get people elected in our current system who will carry out most of these ideas. Yeah, that’s worked so far. You missed the entire point of this post.

    • And of course you’d fucking nominate Krugman. You’re a Keynesian. I’m not.Keynesianism is merely about saving the capitalist system, preserving it, not ending it.

  2. Just for fun, let’s go through your insipid comments and tear them apart piece by piece.

    You are still misrepresenting Bill Maher and now my views. Both of us want people elected who will stand by their promises – like Walker in Wisconsin. He didnt change when elected he did exactly what he said he would. Someone like Elizabeth Warren.
    He doesn’t have to change!! All the money is behind him! Obama? Why did he change from what he promised? Have you asked yourself that? It’s because the people who allowed him to be in office expect to get their money’s worth.

    But lets go through your list and see where there is agreement. No problem here:

    Now I am going to talk about issues. First, bring every last troop home . Every last one. Close EVERY base in foreign countries. Yes, that means close our bases in Germany, Japan, South Korea, the UK, Afghanistan, Iraq, Cuba etc. EVERY LAST ONE. Close them down immediately. Cut the military down to bare bones. Close hundreds of bases in the US, as much as possible.

    Only difference is that we need to elect people who will do this. How else would this be done? But this makes no sense:
    Right, and the people who are elected in the US with corporate money are going to risk their hides going against the very people who got them elected (the defense industry among them) to close all the US bases. Yeah, that’s going to happen by electing the right democrats.

    Seize the wealth of the capitalist class. This means outlawing the stock market. Freeze all assets above $200,000. To build a new society, we will need to use the money that has been stolen from us for so long. The US has a GDP of around 14 trillion (with a T) dollars. Yet we cannot provide the most basic services to our citizens. This is unacceptable, it needs to end NOW.

    Wealth exists in the ether, most kept outside of the US. You can take over property if the physical force exists. Another purge of the kulaks? I dont have the statistics about how many doctors have assets in excess of 200K but I’d think it would be a lot of them. Would there be much cooperation to provide healthcare after you seized their assets? We can provide services to all. The powers choose not to.

    Yeah, the powers you want to keep electing. Makes a lot of sense. No one needs more than 200K a year. Especially if health care. education etc. is free and open to the public. Most of the wealth the US has is overseas? 1. Source please 2. We can still seize it, things are done rather electronically these days. At the very least, we freeze their assets.

    Education seems to be mostly agreement. Creating a voucher system will not work and education should not be for profit. But the innocuous statement:

    Reform the education system. Abolish all for profit schools and seize their assets. Make education free and open to all citizens through at least the masters degree level. Education is a human right. Forgive all student loan debt.

    means that religious schools are seized and the buildings seized (in addition to paces like Choate). Schools where a good portion of the 99% send their children for a better education. Of course by publishing that statement you are doing the same thing Walker did – no one can say you are not doing exactly what you said. Do not understand why you dont believe in PhD’s – why only a masters? Education should be free at all levels and costs should be what one can pay. Student loans are a travesty and shouldnt exist.

    No, religious schools should be abolished. Kids have the right to an education, not indoctrination. Yes, all for profit schools need to be abolished. No one gets to put their kids over the others because they have more ill gotten wealth than someone else. Put all that money and those resources to providing a BETTER education for everyone. Take the money out of it, completely.

    Then we have the good goal:

    Nationalize the health care industry. All medical care shall be free and open to anyone, regardless of their ability to pay. This is a human right as well, non-negotiable.

    This again gets back to Bill Maher: “non-negotiable”. He believes that a group has to be elected that truly believes that it is “non-negotiable”. Otherwise who does this?

    No, he doesn’t believe in that. Bill Maher is a populist, and a millionaire. If he really cared about politics, or about spreading the wealth, he wouldn’t be hosting a comedy show, he’d be in the streets. He’s a bag of hot air. And once again, electing democrats never has gotten us anywhere.

    Which leads in to:

    Redistribute the seized wealth, pay reparations to the countries we’ve invaded.

    who does this? who apportions the wealth and decides how much? Same for reparations. What about Armenians living in the US? do they get reparations from the oil fields in the homeland they had to flee?

    Who does this? The new government. You really don’t follow along very well do you? I never said everyone has to have the same exact amount of money, but we should use that money for the hundreds of years that certain members of our society have been disenfranchised. That means a reasonable standard of living above the poverty level for everyone. Reparations to those countries we’ve illegally invaded means to their governments. Obviously we’re not going to hand it out to random people on the streets. Please don’t be stupid.

    And who starts building an economy for:

    Start building an economy that works for the working class. Invest in research and development, medicine, public transport, green technology, alternative fuels.

    Who starts building that economy? WE DO. Who the fuck do you think I was talking about? Seriously dude, you’re asking some really fucking stupid questions.

    I’d nominate Krugman but there isnt any way to have him involved since his assets were seized. We had such an economy (except for the green). Great centers for research and development, some funded by the government. What happened is the drive for expansion and the change in the idea of stock. It use to be that one bought stock for the income. You owned part of the company and got income from dividends (watch any 30′s movie and listen for widows/ATT). But 401k’s flooded the market with money chasing a smaller number of objects and it was no longer the dividends but the stock itself on depended on for money. To channel that demand into a companies stock it had to keep growing and always increase profits. But they can only grow so far so increased profits had to come from cutting costs. The small minds did this through the work force. But to solve the problem your way is write off the life of the current population.

    Well gee, the stock market sounds like a wonderful place. People put in their money and get to extract the surplus value produced by labor! What could possibly go wrong with that? *headdesk*

    But then we get to the no shit sherlock twins:

    End energy production using fossil fuels.

    Destroy all nuclear weapons and make the US a nuclear free country.

    No shit Sherlock huh? Then WHY HASEN’T any Democrat even fucking tried to do that shit?

    Only problem is that you cant uninvent knowledge. Anyone can build an nuclear weapon. It isnt rocket science (until later in the process). The US can be nuclear weapon free but that doesnt mean we wont lose a city or two along the way. Not to mention I’m sure you mean nuclear energy free. So in this niche you would ban science, research and development.

    The US can be nuclear weapon free but we’d lose a city or two along the way? Says whom exactly? Am I supposed to just take your word for it? We’d definitely get hit by everyone and anyone with nukes? Jesus Christ you’re an idiot. Most of the world doesn’t have nukes. They’re not being nuked. The only reason nuclear weapons are kept is for mutually assured destruction, a stupid idea if there ever was one. And no, not everyone can build a nuke, that’s why so few countries have them.
    The final panglossian cherry

    Mandate that women make up half of the new government, with proportional representation and autonomy for the oppressed nations within the US. Give full unabridged autonomy to the Native Americans.

    begs one to ask what government? The constitution defined the government enough for it to start. But here there is no allowance for how do you get half of a entity to be women? What about racial minorities? LBGT? can one satisfy a number of your boxes? would their vote be proportional to the number of boxes checked? Think you need to check the work of Lani Guinier and brush up on your early 1980′s.

    Really? So like other countries have instituted quotas for proportional representation in government? You’re unaware of that concept? Not surprised.

    Fine to have grand plans even if they are not workable. But it is obvious that first steps would be universal healthcare (always liked the slogan medicare for all), universal education as a priority with costs shared relative to means, increased research and development, infrastructure (energy, transportation, food, drugs). Right now the state is building a tunnel and cutting funding of universities. Know most people would argue that they are two different issues but they are part of the one issue of priorities.

    “Unworkable” Proof please? No, you don’t have any. You don’t have any sense either. You think that this time, this time for real she won’t pull the football away, and you’re willing to go to the heights of ridiculous rhetoric to plead to keep your delusion.

  3. Not to mention your ignoring the entirety of the first part of my post about the corruption of government, its low approval ratings, and lack of real representation.

  4. I’m just ending it here dude. You just want to obfuscate and ignore what I’ve written here.

  5. Reggie Rock on said:

    If you end fossil fuels and nuclear power most of the country will be without electricity. It would take decades to built enough solar/thermal/wind/hydro plants to make up for the loss, if it could be done at all.

    If you cut the number of bases and soldiers down to almost nothing you will double, if not triple, unemployment.

    Why can’t a man represent a women in government? Why can’t a woman represent a man? Why can a man not represent a women but a white person can represent a black/asian/latin person? What happens when the best candidate for the job is not minority enough?

    If you make all schools public that doesn’t take the money out of it. You would be replacing millionaire businessmen with millionaire bureaucrats. He who controls where the gold goes makes the rules. Look at public schools in the black neighborhoods of Chicago, New York, and LA; now look at the public schools in the rich districts of those cities. It’s not about private versus public, it’s about who decides which schools need what and how much.

    Your new government that would be seizing and distributing wealth would fall into the same traps every socialist and communist government ever has, creating a corrupt self perpetuating elite that controls who gets “the people’s” money. Why would I trade oppressive capitalism for oppressive communism?

    Smash the state.

    • 1. I don’t believe I ever stated that I though we could transition to a clean energy economy overnight. 2. Your second point is dumber than the first. You think unemployment will skyrocket if the military is downsized? There are maybe 2 million active duty personnel. They have skills, not all of them are just infantry. To think they wouldn’t be able to transition to a civilian life is absurd, millions of veterans have already done just that, including myself. 3.Blaming the inefficiency of American public schools on civic ownership of those schools is moronic. Do you think that because those schools exist as part of a capitalist system that their failures are because of public ownership, or because of the capitalist system in which they operate? 4.Self perpetuating elite? You mean like the workers councils in the USSR? Or their unions? Or maybe you’re talking about the millions of people who got trained in science math and medicine for free through that system. Smash the state my ass, you’re just another pissant anarchist poser who has no clue what he’s talking about. You don’t understand why the state exists, and that’s precisely the reason you will not in fact “smash the state.” Don’t worry, I’m not concerned with the likes of you. Anarchists are good at breaking windows, let me know when you all figure out how to fix society, because until now your track record is thin.

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