Nationalize the railways and not banks? Here is a better idea: Nationalize them both. Then while you're at it, go ahead and nationalize the American Auto industry too. Once you've done that, nationalize the oil and gas industry.
We will see how many Americans will pay taxes once their government gives them: cars, gas, heating, mass transportation and cheaper credit. Yea.
Thousands turn out to hear Cuban permaculturist
"As news headlines report riots and food shortages in Third World nations, during March and April more than 5000 people on Australias eastern seaboard were able to hear the inspiring story of Cuba's survival when faced with starvation and its transition to ecological sustainability.
Roberto Perez, a Cuban biologist and permaculturist, toured Australia to some of the biggest crowds ever seen for a Cuban activist.
The World Wide Fund for Nature rated Cuba as the only environmentally sustainable country in its 2007 report.
Perez brought a message of immense hope and survival against all the odds. He described how the Cuban people turned to various methods of organic farming after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Cubas main trading partner. This resulted in the loss of access to oil, fertilisers and food.
Those who have seen the documentary The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil, in which Perez features, will know just how close Cuba came to mass starvation.
While in Australia Perez addressed more than 30 gatherings, gave more than 20 media interviews and was applauded by radicals and conservatives alike.
Cubas achievements in the wake of its socialist revolution have come despite implacable opposition from the US, including a devastating blockade. Prensa Latina reported in September Cuba's foreign minister, Felipe Perez Roque, said the economic siege, which has lasted close to five decades, had cost the island nation over US$89 billion.
Robyn Francis, one of the organisers for the Perez tour said, People have come in such large numbers to hear Roberto because many have seen the movie Power of the Community and found it empowering and inspiring. They know things have to change they âre looking for a success story. This is an amazing success story in the face of adversity.
Francis said that Perez had spoken in many small country towns like Violet Town, where 130 people came to hear him. Hundreds came to meetings in the capital cities; in Brisbane 550 people attended a meeting on April 16. The Brisbane meeting was opened by Sam Watson, an Indigenous activist and the Socialist Alliance national spokesperson on Indigenous affairs, and was emceed by Jerry Coleby-Williams from ABC TVs Gardening Australia.
In the facilitated panel discussion that followed, Perez highlighted the need for urgent action to turn around climate change. He compared the state of soil degradation in Australia with that in Cuba, which was being regenerated through sustainable agriculture.
Perez explained how Cuban society, based on collective not individual aspirations, with human needs not corporate profits as its motor force was able to
rapidly respond to the peak oil crisis: switching to permaculture and increasing use of sustainable technology. Discussion from the floor raised questions of the potential of such a transformation in Australia.
Even regional centres like Lismore, Geelong and Daylesford attracted more than 200 people to meetings featuring Perez.
One of the more curious stories of the tour involved an address that Perez gave to the Kuringai Council Chambers, north of Sydney. One hundred and fifty people attended, and conservative mayor Nick Elsbeck was moved to proclaim at the end that We've got a lot to learn from Cuba. Thousands more Australians now agree."
From the page: "The Bush administration tried and failed three prior times to oust Hugo Chavez since its first aborted two-day coup attempt in April, 2002. Through FOIA requests, lawyer, activist and author Eva Golinger uncovered top secret CIA documents of US involvement that included an intricate financing scheme involving the quasi-governmental agency, National Endowment of Democracy (NED), and US Agency for International Development (USAID). The documents also showed the White House, State Department and National Security Agency had full knowledge of the scheme, had to have approved it, and there's little doubt of CIA involvement as it's always part of this kind of dirty business. What's worrying now is what went on then may be happening again in what looks like a prelude to a fourth made-in-Washington attempt to oust the Venezuelan leader that must be monitored closely as events develop.
Since he took office in February, 1999, and especially after George Bush's election, Chavez has been a US target, and this time he believes credible sources point to a plot to assassinate him. That information comes from Alimamy Bakarr Sankoh, president of the Hugo Chavez International-Foundation for Peace, Friendship & Solidarity (HCI-FPFS) in a November 11 press release. Sankoh supports Chavez as "a man of peace and flamboyant champion of human dignity (who persists in his efforts in spite of) growing US blackmail, sabotage and political blasphemy."
HCI-FPFS sources revealed the plot's code name - "Operation Cleanse Venezuela" that now may be unfolding ahead of the December 2 referendum on constitutional reforms. According to Sankoh, the scheme sounds familiar - CIA and other foreign secret service operatives (including anti-Castro terrorists) aiming to destabilize the Chavez government by using "at least three concrete subversive plans" to destroy the country's social democracy and kill Chavez."
The Socialist Party and The War
"The Socialist Party of the United States in the present grave crisis solemnly reaffirms it allegiance to the principle of internationalism and working class solidarity the world over, and proclaims its unalterable opposition to the war just declared by the government of the United States. Modern wars as a rule have been caused by the commercial and financial rivalry and intrigues of the capitalist interest in the different countries. Whether they have been frankly waged as wars of aggression or they have been hypocritically represented as wars of "defense," they always have been made by the classes and fought by the masses. Wars bring wealth and power to the ruling classes, and suffering, death, and demoralization to the workers. They breed a sinister spirit of passion, unreason, race hatred, and false patriotism. They obscure the struggles of the workers for life, liberty, and social justice. They tend to sever the vital bonds of solidarity between them and their brothers in other countries, to destroy their organizations and to curtail their civic and political rights and liberties. The Socialist Party of the United States is unalterably opposed to the system of exploitation and class rule which is upheld and strengthened by military power and sham national patriotism. We, therefore, call upon the workers of all countries to refuse support of their governments in their wars. The wars of the contending national groups of capitalists are not the concern of the workers. The only struggle which would justify the workers in taking up arms is the great struggle of the working class of the world to free itself from economic exploitation and political oppression, and we particularly warn the workers against the snare and delusion of so-called defensive warfare. As against the false doctrine of national patriotism we uphold the ideal of international working-class solidarity. In support of capitalism, we will not willingly give a single life or a single dollar; in support of the struggle of the workers for freedom we pledge our all. The mad orgy of death and destruction which is now convulsing unfortunate Europe was caused by the conflict of capitalist interests in the European countries. In each of these countries, the workers were oppressed and exploited. They produced enormous wealth but the bulk of it was withheld from them by the owners of the industries. The workers were thus deprived of the means to repurchase the wealth which they themselves had created."
From Marxism in Britain and France, to Marxism in Japan. Historical documents on the French and German Revolution. I personally enjoy the American Marxist section.
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