Monday, January 16, 2012

MLK and Democratic Socialism

As we celebrate the MLK holiday on the anniversary of his birthday, let us reflect on how the legacy of King went behind civil rights for African-Americans and went to the core of the democratic socialist vision of freedom, justice & equality-political and economic as well as social.  Dr. King not only spoke out against racism and racial inequality, but class inequality.  He called for a redistribution of wealth.  He opposed militarism and the Vietnam War.  He supported the "war on poverty" along with socialists like DSA founder Michael Harrington, but was critical of the U.S. government, both Democrats and Republicans, for not going far enough to address the social problems of poverty and inequality in American society.

Martin Luther King, Economic Justice, Workers Rights, and Multiracial Democracy

Martin Luther King Jr. and the Road to Socialism

MLK Day: The Gulf Between Promise and Fulfillment

Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence

What Did MLK Say About War Costs?

The King They Won't Celebrate

The Revolutionary MLK

Report: Massive Movement Needed to fix "Perverse Concentration of Wealth"

MLK in his Own Words

Martin Luther King Jr. and the Road to Socialism