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  •  Lets say that again. (11+ / 0-)

    And keep repeating until it happens.

    1. House the homeless […]
    2. A debt-free college education […]
    3. Medicare for all […]
    4. End the war on drugs […]
    5. Guarantee everyone a basic income […]
    6. Invest in averting more climate emergencies […]
    7. Scrap the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) […]
    8. Establish ­­­state banks that invest in us, not Wall Street[…]

    Severely Socialist 47283

    by ichibon on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 08:51:03 PM PST

    •  And say it loud! (5+ / 0-)
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      Eric Nelson, DRo, LinSea, JeffW, ichibon
      Lets say that again.

      And keep repeating until it happens.


          1. House the homeless […]
          2. A debt-free college education […]
          3. Medicare for all […]
          4. End the war on drugs […]
          5. Guarantee everyone a basic income […]
          6. Invest in averting more climate emergencies […]
          7. Scrap the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) […]
          8. Establish ­­­state banks that invest in us, not Wall Street[…]

      My own list is very similar. It is based on a very simple principle: Simply identify what has changed since things last worked (i.e., late 1960's - early 1970's) and reverse those changes. I would recommend:


      Restoring the business and industrial regulatory structure which existed from Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration until Richard Nixon's;

      Eliminating the unrestricted "free trade" nonsense and return the USA to the same protective tariff tax structures used by all other nations on Earth;

      Stridently enforce the various Federal Antitrust laws;

      Restore the workers' right to organize to the place it held prior to Ronald Reagan's Presidency, and promote a strong, ubiquitous labor movement in the country;

      Require the basic education of all American children to be fully adequate to prepare graduates to enter the workforce at middle-class adult wages, and make this level of educational achievement both free and compulsory without any religious exemption;

      Strong government spending to restore our crumbling infrastructure;

      Full, complete, and expressly permanent restoration of FDR's "New Deal";.....

      and so on; i.e., un-doing damn near everything Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Bush did in their Presidencies.

      (Along with anything Carter, Clinton, and Obama did which resembles the same.)

      Anarchism is anti-capitalist, and advocates egalitarianism, mutual aid, and reciprocity, and goes back centuries. -- DailyKos User ZhenRen

      by thanatokephaloides on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 10:01:03 PM PST

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    •  Let's say this again, too. (3+ / 0-)
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      LinSea, JeffW, ichibon

      FDR was there earlier with this theme, and is also well worth repeating. Quoted from Wikipedia,

      Excerpt from President Roosevelt's January 11, 1944 message to the Congress of the United States on the State of the Union:

      It is our duty now to begin to lay the plans and determine the strategy for the winning of a lasting peace and the establishment of an American standard of living higher than ever before known. We cannot be content, no matter how high that general standard of living may be, if some fraction of our people—whether it be one-third or one-fifth or one-tenth—is ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-housed, and insecure.

      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.

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