This is what “revolution” should look like!

February 17, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yY1LwVn7eAc

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….and this is what democratic socialism looks like.

February 15, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyhfJTFJHu8

This is what fascism looks like–Part 1

February 15, 2016

From Michael Gerson’s column in the Washington Post:

“As Donald Trump’s GOP opponents descend on South Carolina, they are running smack into a phenomenon. In this state, Trump is riding a wave of adulation more common for rock stars, faith healers or South American dictators. His rally crowds run into the thousands — some in excess of 10,000 — with cars parked for miles down the sides of roads leading to venues. South Carolina Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster — who recently endorsed Trump — describes a woman waiting eight hours without eating to keep her place in the front of the crowd, and promptly fainting when Trump’s speech began. ‘Nineteen-year-old girls have him sign things and have tears in their eyes,’ says McMaster, tracing lines down his cheeks.”

Gerson, a Republican, hopes that someone will stop him as time goes on. Good luck with that.

Interview on Public Television

January 23, 2016

Twin Revolutions!!

July 5, 2015

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To Be a Socialist…Springfield (MA) Sunday Republican, June 7

June 9, 2015

Socialism

Local newspaper article about my book

May 29, 2015

It’s a bit disjointed and rambling, but it gets the point across…
http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/05/socialism_for_smart_people_aut.html

“Socialism for Smart Folks” now available!

May 17, 2015

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NOW AVAILABLE!  76 pages of short essays using the approach and style of this blog.  For ordering information go to www.cherrypickedbooks.com

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Soon to be a self-published book….

April 16, 2015

I’m in the process of editing this blog into a short book to be entitled “Socialism for Smart Folks” (as opposed to “for Dummies”). Stay tuned!

It’s Human Nature to…(concluded)

July 21, 2014

A socialist society–a democratic socialist society–would in fact require a different kind of behavior from its members. The point I’ve made so far is that if we reject, as we should, the totalitarian models of creating a “new socialist human being”, we have to come up with an alternative. And we have to reject the assumptions underlying the capitalist system, namely that something called “human nature” includes an unchangeable instinctual drive to seek the accumulation of more wealth.

In my previous post, I offered the argument that we are social beings, not unique and autonomous individuals. Further, that everything we do affects all of those around us in one way or another. A useful metaphor is what some scientists call the “butterfly effect”, which states that a small change at one place in a complex system can have large effects elsewhere (for more details…Google!). Of course, this is meant to refer to physical phenomena, but I would apply it to human relations. Think about your own experiences in life and consider whether that makes sense to you.

If that is correct, then we are therefore responsible and accountable for everything we do to all those who are affected by our actions. And–here’s where the socialism comes in–we need to behave accordingly if we are serious about creating a different kind of world. Because otherwise we are simply reinforcing the ethic of capitalist society, which is the right of every individual to exploit others for his or her own profit, without regard to how our actions may affect them beyond what we choose or are required by authority to acknowledge.

This requires an active consciousness about how we behave and how it affects others. It also requires constant self-questioning, and a willingness to accept constructive criticism from those around us to stimulate change. And finally, it requires us to constantly challenge the individualistic conventional wisdom that underlies the system we want to transform, and constantly question authority. No, this is not anarchism, because this must occur within a formal structure of leadership, democratically chosen. And that goes for everyone from top to bottom. This will of course create conflict, which has to be regarded as an essential occurrence in social living. Conflict cannot be ignored, suppressed, or glossed over, as is fashionable in middle class circles. It has to be dealt with openly, explicitly, and hopefully in a constructive and mutually respectful context with the goal of educating ourselves and others.

So…maybe it’s easier just to live with capitalism? Well, if you’re a capitalist, certainly. If not, one has to consider a socialist alternative and be realistic about what that might entail for our personal lives and ways of thinking. Your comments about all this are most welcome.