July 18, 2017

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A Politico* Memo

If we took a poll, all Marxists, almost all progressives and many liberals would agree that the ruling class has engaged in a war against working very successfully for the last 75 years. There are markers–passage of Taft-Hartley over the veto of Truman. Among other provisions, Taft-Hartley outlawed socialist and communists from union leadership. The […]

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July 15, 2017

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Leadership & Position

There is a myth on the left that as the oppression and exploitation of the working class increases, there will be a corresponding increase in resistance, even revolutionary struggle by the working class. That position is a holdover, maybe a corollary of economic determinism. While Marx was absolutely correct in explaining the laws of capitalist […]

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July 15, 2017

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This not a game!

In this country, class war by the ruling class against working people is incessant, mean-spirited, strategically directed. There are historical markers. The passage of Taft-Hartley over the veto of Truman. The Powell memo. The racist campaign and election of Ronald Reagan. The union busting of PATCO. The regressive tax of social security combined with tax […]

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July 15, 2017

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‘Is the corporate media powerful?’

Is the corporate media powerful? Obviously, but do progressives appreciate how powerful? When I was young (1950’s), trying to figure out what was going on the world, I could not figure out how the Soviet Union and China suddenly became enemies. The world had fought the most brutal war in history with 60 to 100 […]

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July 10, 2017

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Profiling = Diversity + Minority Privilege?

We must always be vigilant in examining the way the corporate media frames issues and does so incorrectly. For instance, the use of the term profiling. It sounds so innocuous, almost mathematical. It is targeting of communities and individuals. Targeting for punishment. That is what we are discussing. The same is true of diversity, although […]

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March 30, 2017

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Political Power and Black Leadership

In my book, The Road to Hell is not Paved with Good Intentions, I took the position that the African American Community is the core of the revolutionary movement in this country. By enduring and surmounting slavery, Jim Crow segregation and mass incarceration they have gained and established power – political power and moral power. […]

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December 30, 2016

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What is the Democratic Party?

The Democratic Party is not an undifferentiated mass of voters and operatives. The question was asked what is a Corporate Democrat? People across the board speak of the Democratic Party as if it is an undifferentiated homogenized mass. Instead, the Democratic Party is an amalgam of different factions. It includes union Democrats, identity Democrats, progressive […]

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September 12, 2016

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Future Progressive Struggles

While progressives must maintain present struggles, they also must track the development of the right wing, not only at present but also for the future.  As a rule, progressives react to immediate struggles from the Flint Water Crisis to the fight to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.  Those responses are absolutely necessary.   But progressives have […]

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August 16, 2016

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Strategic Errors

I have written 2 papers on Strategy and Tactics for the left. Generally, my criticisms focus on The Green Party but apply to the left in general.   The Green Party and the left have followed strategic mandates that have failed and failed miserably. Following an analysis that is faulty at best, many leftist groups […]

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August 8, 2016

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Corporate Media Control

In determining the strategy and tactics of struggle, the first step is to assess the forces arrayed against the working class. In contemporary society, the most powerful institution blocking united working class action(s) against the ruling class is The Corporate Media. The working class is dispersed. Factories no longer concentrate large numbers of workers in […]

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