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Democrats: When Republicans point out that the economy IS still on a downward spiral and that the Obama administration IS attacking our freedoms, it is not a viable argument to point out Bush did the same and Republicans weren’t attacking it then. You are up in arms while the economy collapses, wars are waged and freedoms are suspended during a Republican administration but where are you now?

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Dear U.S. Navy

For every smile of a child in your new commercial, how many will never smile again because of your imperialist aggression?

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Having read “Statism and Anarchy” by Bakunin and works by Chomsky I realized what I think is a correlation between anarchists’ reasoning for the destruction of the State and its difference from the socialists’ reasoning. We both agree wage slavery is “intolerable” and that true freedom will only come with the removal of the State, and that this is a feasible goal. But my feeling is the anarchist, or libertarian-socialist, focuses on the illegitimacy of almost all authority while the socialists focus more on the contradictions found in the capitalist system and evils of wage slavery.

Obviously I understand both sides talk about both, but I get the feeling each puts emphasis on one over the other.

I’m not going to say one is better or worse than the either, I think both need to grow together to focus on these issues equally. This is simply an observation and I wonder if others agree.

States are violent institutions. The government of any country, including ours, represents some sort of domestic power structure, and it’s usually violent. States are violent to the extent that they’re powerful, that’s roughly accurate. – Noam Chomsky

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Similar to my last post, regarding the capitalists attempts to save their system by giving small victories to the working class, this one is about the health insurance industry doing the same thing. Major insurance companies are telling the Obama administration they are ready to play ball this time. This isn’t because they want to help provide all citizens with adequate health care for minimum cost, but because they know through Obama’s plan they can gain more control and rake in larger profit for their private companies.

Of course, if private insurers can provide everyone with the health care they need there would be no reason to complain. Just because its private is not necessarily a reason to attack something, but if its private and horribly inefficient and down right evil at times, it is.

In Paul Krugman’s op-ed today he is much less cynical about this and seems to genuinely feel it is very good news. However, I think all of his fears will come true. We can not allow the option of buying into a public insurance plan be removed, and we can not allow this to be a way for the private insurers to dig in their claws to prevent the eventual move to fully public heath insurance.

These are the same people who have been preventing reform and fighting to limit Medicare for decades. It is obvious they can not be trusted. They want Obama’s plan because it will mean more people having private insurance and they hope by being at the table they can mold it to be even more beneficial to them and less to us.

Single payer is the only way to go. We all know the Democrats are employees of the large insurance companies and not us, so I have little faith we will see true health care reform. But we must do our best to make our voices heard and pressure the Democrats to work for us not profit.

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The New Economy

Its been pointed out by many “talking heads” that when we come out of this recession we will have a “new economy”. This point is made to say that we won’t know when we are out of it exactly, since things will look different. And some make the point that we can’t go back to the economy of speculation and debt. So, what will this new economy look like? Can it exist?

With stagnant wages for workers the economy has become based on credit card debt and mortgages. I’ve heard lots of talk about what the banks have been doing to ruin the economy, but it is rare to hear someone put out any sort of idea on how to fix a fundamental problem such as providing the working class with living wages, health care and housing. The banks are showing they are very much opposed to changing how they do business and no one has a plan to help the working class, so how can anything change?

The current system does not work and will not be changed willingly by those in power. However, they will do their best to modify it in order to keep the masses from revolting. The depression gave us the New Deal, but only to ensure the continuation of the capitalist system and the increasing profits for corporations. But will Obama be able to pull of something similar? With the Republicans so out of it I see this being a very tough thing to accomplish.

The only true solution is the removal of this system and its replacement with a society run democratically by the workers, a socialist state. I will be very interested in seeing what the Democrats are able to come up with to patch the global capitalist system, as it stands I see a good chance for real change — not Obama “change”.

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