(Recent comments by Jeremy Wells)
On Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 broadcast on KPFK of the Smiley and West PRI radio program, segment entitled:
‘Em to Task: Strong Demands
(The six minute comment period can hopefully still be heard on-line by following the links above.)
(My original letter, which prompted my appearance on the program, was posted as a comment on the Smiley and West web page. The original letter is posted below with a couple of typos fixed.)
Read Jeremy’s original letter:
These appeals are not demands! Powerful demands should have consequences if they are not seriously acted upon.
Obama is safely installed as President for another four years.
Progressives, merely pointing to the “greater evil”
Romney, voted again for Obama without any demands.
In order to end the crisis of poverty you must end the capitalist economy and start to transform the economy towards a socialist economy.
A socialist economy is simply an economy that is organized to meet the economic needs of the vast majority of ordinary working people, and is not totally controlled by the corporate capitalist minority, who are looting the economy for the maximization of their wealth and profit.
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The slogan to represent my perspective:
END THE BARBARISM OF CAPITALISM!
FIGHT BACK FOR A SOCIALIST ECONOMY!
Tavis, you rarely have any responsible, educated spokespersons, for an alternative anti-capitalist perspective opposed to the capitalist economy. One such person you should make an economic adviser, a regular on your programs, is Dr. Richard D. Wolff.
A Solidarity Party, politically uniting organized labor and unorganized working people, a first step to fight back for a socialist economy.
Note: The comment below was first posted as a comment on the AFL-CIO NOW Blog article Groundbreaking Study on Domestic Workers Finds Widespread Mistreatment and Systemic Low Pay
The impoverished condition that many millions of working people have had to endure has been well known for many decades by the trade union movement. The traditional trade union struggle, to organize the workers into a collective bargaining unit, does not work because these workers are atomized individuals or work in a situation that unions cannot or will not organize. The trade unions forever run a cost/benefit analysis to see if the organized group of workers can provide sufficient union dues to bring a positive economic return to the union coffers. This negative cost/benefit analysis has been a major factor in the long-term decline of the trade union movement.
The simple trade union model, which relies entirely on labor contracts with employers, fails completely to address most of the economic concerns which impoverish workers. The economic condition of all working people, organized and unorganized, is determined by the laws that control the capitalist economy.
For example, minimum wage laws, forever inadequate, still do not cover domestic workers, farm workers, or other impoverished sectors of the labor force. Neither Democrats nor Republicans represent the economic interests of impoverished and unemployed working people. Both pro-business parties receive massive corporate funding and thus end up supporting the economic and political agendas of the ruling economic class.
The only way organized labor can begin to fight back for the economic betterment of domestic workers and all working people, is to form a new political party that represents the economic interests and betterment of working people. A "Solidarity Party", to unite organized and unorganized workers, would elect lawmakers at every level of government, to pass the many laws now desperately needed to transform the economy. The capitalist economy must be transitioned towards an economy that is controlled by laws that promote the economic betterment of all people and not just to profit the tiny minority of corporate capitalism.
The vast economic attack upon working people of the last thirty years and especially the last four years under Obama, is successful in large part because there is no political party to fight for our economic interests. There is not even a pro-labor voice in corporate controlled mass media to inform and educate us all on what and why the majority of working people are being destroyed!
The creation of a pro-labor political party must be the task of the AFL-CIO convention in 2013 if there is any hope of rebuilding the labor movement or begin the task of rebuilding the economy to meet the needs of working people.
The following comment was posted on the AFL-CIO
NOW Blog article: Just
When You Thought the Hostess Story Couldn't Get Worse.. by Kenneth
In other words, capitalist enterprise must be put on notice legally, that the workers involved in any enterprise have created, with their investment of time and labor, an equity stake in the company. The private capitalist owners must no longer assume that it "owns" the entire profit and equity created by the collective effort of the workers involved.
Every unionized enterprise must likewise demand a dedicated representative on the Board of Directors and workers' representatives in top management, to monitor the financial decision making of the capitalist enterprise.
Such demands as this are now essential in the now collapsed capitalist economy, in this country and many other countries, where the capitalist economy is no longer capable of supplying millions of jobs or providing the economic needs of the society.
These tactics and demands to transition the capitalist economy towards a socialist economy can only come about from an enlightened labor movement, with it's own political party, to promote economic well-being of working people rather than being a "business partner" in the further exploitation and impoverishment of working people.
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The comment below was originally posted on the
AFL-CIO NOW Blog article Why
California Is a Pro-Union State (Sort Of)
California union membership may be the exception to the nation. But the reality for millions of working people today in California is poverty.
According to the Census numbers, California is the most impoverished state in the US, ahead of Hawaii and the District of Columbia. (Quote from article below)
The following introductory paragraphs are from the World Socialist Web Site reports mass poverty. Follow the title link to read the full article.
documents mass poverty in California
A recent poverty report detailed the conditions of growing social misery and impoverishment in California. Issued by the Center for the Next Generation, “Prosperity Threatened: Perspectives on Childhood Poverty in California,” presents a detailed breakdown of poverty statistics, focusing on the growth in child poverty and economically distressed single mothers. Taken at face value, the report's findings are devastating. In truth, the social situation of working people in California is even worse than the picture painted in the report.
According to “Prosperity Threatened,” the official poverty rate in California is 16.6 percent (6.1 million people) while another measure developed by the Census Bureau puts the rate at 23.5 percent (8.7 million people). According to the Census numbers, California is the most impoverished state in the US, ahead of Hawaii and the District of Columbia.
The data indicate that nearly one half of California’s children
live in poverty or “perilously close” to poverty. Between
2006 and 2011, the childhood poverty rate rose 4 percentage points,
for an overall increase of 21 percent in the number of children living
in poverty. These data are based on the federal poverty threshold
of $23,021 for a family of four, or $11,484 for an individual.
"The Second Bill of Rights was a list of rights proposed by Franklin D. Roosevelt during his State of the Union Address on January 11, 1944. In his address Roosevelt suggested that the nation had come to recognize, and should now implement, a second "bill of rights". Roosevelt's argument was that the "political rights" guaranteed by the constitution and the Bill of Rights had "proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness." Roosevelt's remedy was to declare an "economic bill of rights"..."
“The Economic Bill of Rights”
Excerpt from President Roosevelt's January 11, 1944 message
to the Congress of the United States on the State of the Union:
(Follow the link above to see FDR VIDEO reading this text.)
This Republic had its beginning, and grew to its present strength, under the protection of certain inalienable political rights—among them the right of free speech, free press, free worship, trial by jury, freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures. They were our rights to life and liberty.
As our nation has grown in size and stature, however—as our industrial economy expanded—these political rights proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness.
We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. “Necessitous men are not free men.” People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.
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 are:
The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;
The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;
The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;
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.
For unless there is security here at home there cannot be lasting peace in the world.
Two initiatives to build a broad and inclusive labor movement!
U.S.working people, trade union organized and unorganized, must now unite to establish what FDR called "The Second Bill of Rights", or "The Economic Bill of Rights". (See FDR Video and text.)
The AFL-CIO should implement these two initiatives to fight back for the economic justice of all working people, not just organized workers, not just for "Middle Class" workers, not simply for a higher, capitalist approved, $15 hour minimum wage.
The AFL-CIO today must realize that trade union labor contracts, by themselves, have failed to secure and maintain the economic justice of their members. Collective bargaining agreements only deal with wages and benefits with one employer. These labor contracts do not begin to cover other essential economic needs required by all working people, organized and especially unorganized. These economic needs are secured and maintained by laws passed by pro-labor law-makers, not by trade union contracts.
New laws are now desperately needed to maintain public (not privatized) education, establish universal "single-payer" (not "Obama-care") health care, maintain (not cut) Social Security, create millions of "living wage" public sector jobs (which the private sector cannot provide) , etc. President Obama, both Democratic and Republican parties, are united in an conomic class war that is creating barbaric economic inequality and poverty for working people in the U.S.
1. A new Solidarity political party, to break with the corporate-corrupted Democratic Party, to powerfully unite all trade union and unorganized workers, which refuses all corporate money and agendas, will elect pro-labor law-makers as soon as possible in every local, state, and Federal election. The long-term goal of The Solidarity Party would be to build a new economy that provides a universal minimum "standard of living" for all working people.
2. Pro-worker economic education for the public and all working people. The AFL-CIO must help sponsor, produce, and broadcast on a nightly PBS television, a news and commentary program promoting the economic betterment of working people. Corporate ownership and control of all mass media has indoctrinated, without any critical pro-worker opposition, an entire generation of viewers with pro-corporate anti-labor propaganda.
Worker funded, not corporate corrupted!
The Solidarity Party will not be simply a "trade union party", but fight for economic justice for all workers.. The PBS program must provide economic education and new perspectives that unite all working people, not just trade union members.
A new 21st Century understanding is needed by the labor movement, the AFL-CIO, to develop new organizational and political strategies to fight back Capitalist Globalization which has permanently lost millions of U.S. jobs and impoverished U.S. workers.
New ways of economic production and job creation, that break with the failed 19th century system of wage-slavery capitalist exploitation, are not only possible but now necessary for economic justice in the 21st century.
For example, the privately owned toxic energy industries (oil, coal, gas, tar sands, nuclear), which produce global warming and ecological destruction,, should all be socialized, placed under social ownership, democratic control and workers' management. This nationalization is to facilitate either the transition to non-toxic energy, or complete shutting down of these toxic energy industries, which will never be done while generating profit.
Economist Dr. Richard D. Wolff, author of Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism and promotes a democracy at work movement and a transition to a new society whose productive enterprises (offices, factories, and stores) will mostly be WSDE’s, a true economic democracy. (WSDE: Worker's Self Directed Enterprises)
Posted 09/23/2013 as a comment to the AFL-CIO NOW Blog article: 10 Important Initiatives Coming Out of the AFL-CIO National Convention
Comment by Jeremy Wells
The video illustrates how the U.S. capitalist economy is "successful" in rewarding the tiny capitalist class. The capitalist economy is owned, controlled and organized to maximize the wealth of capitalists by maximizing the profit of the corporations that they own.
The capitalist beneficiaries of the capitalist economy uses every means possible, regardless of consequences to the bottom 99%, to promote the economic activities maximizes the wealth of the top 1%.
But this video does not mention the barbaric results to humanity and to the planet:
* Wars continue as vast profits are generated for the military-industrial complex.
* Global warming, climate change, ecological devastation continues as privately owned toxic energy companies (oil, coal, gas, tar-sands, nuclear) produce profits, while destroying the planet.
* Jobs are outsourced (capitalist globalization) causing impoverishment to tens of millions of unemployed. Jobs return to US when wages are cut to maximize US profits.
* Health Care (Obamacare) maximizes costs,corporate profits, defeats Medicare-for-all.
*Taxes on the 1% minimized, destroying public education, health care, public sector jobs.
(The video commentary falsely suggests that "socialism" means simply an equal dollar amount of income for everyone; that there would be no incentive to work, and therefore "socialism" is a bad alternative to capitalism. A socialist economy for the 21st century, rejecting all forms of totalitarian economic dictatorship (Stalinism, etc.), means social ownership, democratic control, workers' management of socialized economic enterprises, industries, financial institutions, that make up the core sectors of the economy. Economic justice and equality are central to the modern definition of a socialist economy, that provides the economic needs of the society.)
* The toxic energy industries (oil, coal, gas, tar-sands, as well as nuclear) should be nationalized (socialized). These polluting industries must be placed under social ownership, democratic control and workers' management in order to either shut them down or transition them to non-toxic energy resources. Global warming, climate change will continue unabated until private ownership of these toxic energy industries is ended.
* Jobs, "living wage" jobs by the millions are needed immediately, but the capitalist economy, that maximizes profit to corporate owners, minimizes wages and benefits. Public sector jobs (teachers, postal workers, public health, infrastructure,etc.) must be restored and expanded to meet the economic needs of society.
* Health Care must eliminate corporate profiteering to be universal, affordable, quality health care.
* Taxes on the 1%, corporations, financial transactions, etc. must be massively restored. State Banks need to replace privately owned banks. The banks, the FED, nationalized.
Why doesn't the AFL-CIO help sponsor a nightly news,
information program on PBS that
The AFL-CIO must break with the Democratic Party, stop supporting Obama, and start fighting politically for the economic needs of all working people, trade union organized and unorganized. A new Solidarity political party is needed.
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