Monday, January 19, 2015

Reclaiming MLK's Radical Call for Social and Economic Justice

"I imagine you already know that I am much more socialistic in my economic theory than capitalistic... [Capitalism] started out with a noble and high motive... but like most human systems it fell victim to the very thing it was revolting against. So today capitalism has out-lived its usefulness."(Letter to Coretta Scott, July 18, 1952)

One day we must ask the question, "Why are there forty million poor people in America?" ... When you ask that question, you begin to question the capitalistic economy. 
(Final speech to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, 1967)

In his later political life, Dr. Martin Luther King began to turn his attention to the underlying cause of social injustice and economic inequality in American society: Capitalism.   In a series of speeches MLK addressed the evil consequences of unfettered "free market capitalism."  And it quickly became evident that the victims of these market forces were not just black.  He uncovered the underlying source of American's social problems, and it called for a more inclusive and broader movement for social justice, a Poor People's Campaign

King's plans for a broader poor people's movement was cut short in Memphis TN when he was killed, and unfortunately that people's movement was temporarily shot down, but it is time to reclaim the legacy of MLK and continue his dream by rebuilding a movement for economic justice, and political and economic democracy, for DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISM.

The Uncompromising Anti-Capitalism of Martin Luther King Jr.

The Martin Luther King You Don't See on TV

MLK's Prophetic Call for Economic Justice

4 Ways Martin Luther King Was More Radical than You Thought

Restoring King


(Here's an article King wrote in in 1965 on Socialist Thomas Thomas, "The Bravest Man I Ever Met"  (Pageant magazine, June 1965)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Top 3 Things About the 2013 Poverty and Income Data

Top 3 Things About the 2013 Poverty and Income Data

New data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau show that four years into the economic recovery, there has been some progress in the poverty rate as it fell from 15 percent in 2012 to 14.5 percent in 2013, with gains especially strong for children, whose poverty rates fell by nearly 2 percentage points. There was no statistically significant improvement, however, in the number of Americans living in poverty. The share of families struggling on the economic brink also remains elevated, with aboutone-third of Americans—33.9 percent—just one paycheck, sick child, or broken-down car away from poverty.