Sunday, January 30, 2011

Frances Fox Piven: Another Progressive Glenn Beck Target

Sociologist, and DSA honorary Co-Chair, Frances Fox Piven is one of the latest progressive targets of Glenn Beck's red scare campaign.  Why is she an "enemy of the United States" according to Beck?  Because she has advocated for organizing the poor and the unemployed into a movement to demand social and economic justice!

The Cloward-Piven Strategy and the Mad Tea Party

Frances Fox Piven:  Organize the Unemployed

Glenn Beck Targets Frances Fox Piven

Why is Glenn Beck Obsessively Targeting Frances Fox Piven?

Why 78 year old Frances Fox Piven Isn't Sweating Over Glenn Beck's Attacks

Frances Fox Piven Defies Death Threats After Taunts from Glenn Beck

Sunday, January 16, 2011

MLK: Democratic Socialist

Even most conservatives now praise Dr. Martin Luther King as a good man who stood for equality and civil rights, etc.  But MLK had a lot more to say than just judge people by the content of their character not by the color of their skin.  He spoke truth to power--he stood for economic and social justice for everyone, not just racial equality.  And he was an outspoken opponent of the Vietnam War.

By 1967, King had become the country's most prominent opponent of the Vietnam War, and a staunch critic of overall U.S. foreign policy, which he deemed militaristic. In his "Beyond Vietnam" speech delivered at New York's Riverside Church on April 4, 1967 -- a year to the day before he was murdered -- King called the United States "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today."
Time magazine called the speech "demagogic slander that sounded like a script for Radio Hanoi," and the Washington Post declared that King had "diminished his usefulness to his cause, his country, his people."

While conservatives, even right-wing Tea Party leaders like Glenn Beck, claim to defend MLK's dream and legacy, the truth is MLK was what they would call a "Socialist."  King called for CUTTING military spending, increasing social spending to END poverty, redistribution of wealth, and an end to U.S. militarism.  King condemned the individualistic, selfish, greed that defines modern conservatism and the Tea Party movement.  He would support a single-payer national health care system, not private insurance companies.  He would support raising taxes on the rich to provide healthcare, education, etc. for the poor, not more tax cuts and austerity plans to roll back the New Deal and Great Society.  He worked with and supported socialists and communists.  

In fact, MLK challenged so much of the mainstream views of America, that you will not hear about any of that on the national MLK Holiday in the United States.

MLK: Democratic Socialist

When Public Workers Were Under Attack, MLK Stood with the Workers

Which Side Would MLK Be On?

Class War

Class War Waged By Wealthiest Getting More Savage

The Rich Can Already Call It A Year

-Jim Maynard

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

FDR: The Second Bill of Rights

Jan. 11 marks the 67th anniversary of FDR's historic 1944 State of the Union address which lays out a Second Bill of Rights:

In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all -- regardless of station, race, or creed.
"Among these rights" -- Roosevelt did not pretend to be comprehensive -- were:
  • The right to a useful and remunerative job...
  • The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;
  • The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;
  • The right of every family to a decent home;
  • The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;
  • The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;
  • The right to a good education.
All of these rights spell security. And after this war is won we must be prepared to move forward, in the implementation of these rights, to new goals of human happiness and well-being.
America's own rightful place in the world depends in large part upon how fully these and similar rights have been carried into practice for all our citizens.