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HERE IS HOW YOU CAN BUILD THE REVOLUTIONARY MOVEMENT IN THE UNITED STATES--STARTING TODAY
This I Believe (Yo Creo en Esto)
People are signing this statement (online or hard copy) to let others know they are not alone in wanting a revolution for a better world. The signatures are being displayed in public on large posters like this one and this one. Most of the people who stop and read the statement on the sidewalk outdoors, where we collect signatures, sign it. Try it and see for yourself how many people agree to sign it in your community. (Here is a version using smaller font size with room for more signatures.) Here are photos of people collecting signatures on a sidewalk.
Thinking about Revolution(pdf)
A pamphlet by John Spritzler and Dave Stratman, with supplementary articles here
Please download, print, share and discuss "Thinking" with your friends, neighbors and co-workers. (Also feel free to distribute these related leaflets: From Occupation to Revolution and an "advertisement" of Thinking about Revolution.)
We CAN Change the World (the book as pdf)
New Democracy works for democratic revolution. Welcome to our website! We hope you will explore it and share what you find with friends, family and coworkers.
Most Americans want a society based on real democracy and equality and on the solidarity and friendship that already exist among ordinary people. But ordinary working people do not run the show.
We live in a dictatorship of the rich. Our world is dominated by a wealthy elite who control the big corporations and the government. The elite few enjoy unlimited wealth and privilege, while the majority live in constant fear of losing their homes, their livelihoods, their health, their freedom in a growing police state. There is no such thing as democracy in a society where money is power and most people don't have any.
We need a revolution to defeat this undemocratic elite and build a better society. Revolution is possible because most people despise the values of inequality and greed and domination that characterize the powerful. Most people believe in equality and solidarity and democracy. Ordinary people already try to change the world when they defend and promote these values in their everyday lives. The constant effort of ordinary people to do the right thing--to stick together, to share what they have, to listen to and help others, in spite of the persistent messages of capitalism to just "look out for number one"-- is the realistic foundation for a new world.
Billions of people around the globe are already in motion to make a new world. The struggle for revolution will define the 21st century.
THIS JUST IN
Buncombe, by David Graeber
Why Our Rulers Killed MLK, Jr. and Malcolm X: Remember This As We Commemorate the 1963 March on Washington
Egypt and the Meaning of Democracy
What Replaces the "Free Market" in a Sharing Economy?
How the 18:1 Law Makes the War on Drugs Racist
80% Black Detroit Under Attack: Mr. Obama, Whose Side Are You On?
Obama's Disingenuous "Speak Out" on Trayvon Martin
Zimmerman Acquital: Racism, or Reasonable Doubt?
Myths about Slavery & Racism
Anomalies in the FBI's Account of the Boston Marathon Bombings (last updated October 21, 2013)
RECENT WORLD EVENTS
by ROAR Collective on December 4, 2013
Syria: Here's what we know for sure. 1) President Assad, whether he used chemical weapons or not, is a ruthless dictator, a bad guy, and by no means deserving of support. His support comes from Syrians of certain ethnic groups whom he protects from other Syrians of other ethnic groups as he foments fear and mistrust between ethnic groups to divide and rule, playing some ethnic groups against others. 2) Millions of ordinary Syrians genuinely want a more equal and democratic society in Syria, and they are the good guys. 3) Some foes of Assad (i.e. some of the "rebels") are no better than Assad, and they can be referred to as anti-Assad bad guys. 4) President Obama, whatever his specific intentions regarding Syria, acts in behalf of the American plutocracy (Big Money) and his aims are to strengthen the power of the plutocracy over ordinary people everywhere in the world. Obama's intervention(s) in Syria should be opposed! 5) In the spirit of international working class solidarity, we should support the millions of ordinary Syrians in their efforts to make a more equal and democratic society, and to defeat those with the opposite aims, which includes Assad and the anti-Assad bad guys. 6) The best way to support the good guys in Syria (whose organizations and, if they exist, military forces are difficult to know a lot about) is to fight the bad guys in our own nation (the Big Money ruling elite) whom we know a lot about. Why? Because the bad guys of the world, no matter what conflicts there are among them, stand together in opposing all efforts of the good guys to make a more equal and democratic world. To succeed, we need to remove the bad guys from power in every nation that they rule.
Hebron-style: Israel soldiers' dance with Palestinians angers top brass [
When soldiers in the oppressor's military forces start to fraternize with the "enemy" this way, it starts to make revolution truly possible. This article is about a small scale and limited kind of fraternization, but it provides a glimpse of what can become a much larger scale refusal to obey orders to kill (i.e. to kill people one has been dancing with) people that the oppressor labels the "enemy."]
China in Revolt (a close look at workers on strike during the last several years, and indications of changes to come as factories relocate to the western part of China.)
Rousseff's popularity plummets in wake of Brazil protests [excerpt: "The poll also asked Brazilians if they were in favor of the protests, the largest to hit Brazil in two decades. Eighty-one percent of respondents said they support the demonstrations. Asked if the protests had resulted in positive changes, 65 percent said yes."}
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IS vs. OUGHT
- IS: College costs a fortune so only the wealthy or those willing to take on a huge debt can get a higher education.
- OUGHT: College is free (like it was until recently in Sweden); the cost is borne by society because society benefits from having people well educated.
- IS: 30 million Americans will have no health care insurance under Obamacare.
- OUGHT: All people who contribute reasonably to society have an equal right to the health care they need for free, with equitable rationing according to need when there is a scarcity of a required kind of care.
- IS: Public K-12 schools are controlled by and run for the benefit of the richest and most powerful Americans for the purpose of making working class children blame themselves for failing standardized tests (which are are a form of child abuse designed to fail a set percentage of children no matter how well students learn the material). In this way schools are used by the very rich to make working class children accept their place at the bottom of an increasingly unequal society and feel unworthy of having a good paying job or even a job at all because they are not "smart enough" or didn't work "hard enough" to score higher on the standardized test.
- OUGHT: Teachers and parents, who want to instill in all our children the confidence, skills and joy of learning that can enable them as adults to take charge of society and make it more equal and democratic and caring for all, run the schools in a genuine democracy.
- IS: Many people who are able and willing to work cannot find a job and thus suffer great economic hardship, simply because no employer finds it profitable to hire them. People unable to work (because of their age or a disability) must live in poverty on "welfare."
- OUGHT: To get a job requires nothing more than a) pitching in wherever people are doing work or b) learning a skill so as to be able to pitch in later, because the economy is not a capitalist economy based on profit, but a sharing economy in which all who pitch in reasonably according to ability (and all who are unable to work) share in the fruits of the economy with equal status according to need--no rich and no poor.
- IS: Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison owns mansions worth an estimated $200 to $250 million, while approximately 3.5 million Americans are homeless in a given year.
- OUGHT: All power is in the hands of local assemblies, open to all who support equality and mutual aid; and these assemblies decide if people like Larry Ellison are allowed to own so many houses, or if non-greedy people should be allowed to live in them as their own instead.
The rich were never elected and cannot be un-elected, which means we need a revolution.
President Obama: the most powerful puppet in the world (from BAR)
(from Thomas F. Barton's Military Resistance 11F7)
(from "What do Bosnia, Bulgaria and Brazil have in common?" by Jerome Roos
See "Thinking about Revolution" for discussion of a moneyless society
Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison owns mansions worth an estimated $200 to $250 million, while approximately 3.5 million Americans are homeless in a given year.
Weapons of mass distraction
"Behind every great fortune there is a
Tale of Two Explosions
"Good riddance," say South African and British working class people
Does 9/11 come to mind?
The Syrian People--YES! The Assad regime and U.S.-supported opposition to him--NO!
Global Revolution is Possible!
As they vowed earlier to do, Egyptian pro-democracy protesters marched from Tahrir square to the U.S. Embassy to march in support of Occupy Oakland—and against police brutality witnessed in Oakland, and similarly experienced in Egypt.
Bangladeshi Trade Unionists Stand in Solidarity with Workers in Wisconsin, Ohio, and Elsewhere
Political Spin 101
No matter what side of the AISLE you're on, THIS is ......FUNNY!
Judy Wallman, a professional genealogy researcher in southern California , was doing some personal work on her own family tree. She discovered that Senator Harry Reid's great-great uncle, Remus Reid, was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in Montana in 1889. Both Judy and Harry Reid share this common ancestor.
The only known photograph of Remus shows him standing on the gallows in Montana territory:
On the back of the picture Judy obtained during her research is this inscription: 'Remus Reid, horse thief, sent to Montana Territorial Prison 1885, escaped 1887, robbed the Montana Flyer six times. Caught by Pinkerton detectives, convicted and hanged in 1889.'
So Judy recently e-mailed Senator Harry Reid for information about their great-great uncle.
Believe it or not, Harry Reid's staff sent back the following biographical sketch for her genealogy research:
"Remus Reid was a famous cowboy in the Montana Territory. His business empire grew to include acquisition of valuable equestrian assets and intimate dealings with the Montana railroad. Beginning in 1883, he devoted several years of his life to government service, finally taking leave to resume his dealings with the railroad. In 1887, he was a key player in a vital investigation run by the renowned Pinkerton Detective Agency. In 1889, Remus passed away during an important civic function held in his honor when the platform upon which he was standing collapsed."
NOW THAT'S how it's done, Folks! That's real POLITICAL SPIN !!!
TURN THE WORLD UPSIDE DOWN: John Spritzler's blog #1
END CLASS INEQUALTY: John Spritzler's blog #2
REAL DEMOCRACY = ORDINARY PEOPLE MAKE THE LAWS: a blog to replace the state Legislature with 100 randomly selected adult residents of the state serving terms of just one year, designated the Commonwealth Jury, that will have all the legislative and other powers of the current Legislature. [This was an attempt in 2008 to use a ballot question to promote discussion by the general public about the lack of real democracy in our current fake democracy. The solution it proposes is not as good as what is discussed in "Thinking about Revolution" written more recently. On December 2, 2012 the Boston Globe promoted the idea of a randomly selected legislature, as discussed here.]
Click here to read about the inspiring Christmas Truce during World War I
Some thoughts about the Christmas truce
Evidence of another WWI Christmas truce between Canadian and German soldiers
Click the tree to read about the amazing WWI Christmas Truce
German and Russian soldiers fraternise on the Eastern Front
SPECIAL INTEREST :
Thinking about Revolution (pdf)
by John Spritzler and Dave Stratman
with important supplementary articles here
People for Democratic Revolution
What is Democratic Revolution?
Should We Pay Back the Debts? (use this version outside of Massachusetts)
Contact PDR at PeopleforDemocraticRevolution@gmail.com
Socialism and Communism? NO! Democratic Revolution? Yes!
How Progressive Ideas Protect Inequality
Old-Fashioned Political Activism Doesn't Work
The Despicable Values in Obama's State of the Union Speech
A Misunderstanding about Democracy
True or False: An Injury to One Is an Injury to All?
Drones Create Hatred of the U.S., Which Is Their Real Purpose
A Realistic Solution to Illegal Immigration
What Should American Workers Do About Illegal Immigration? (.pdf) A New Democracy leaflet
Guns and the Working Class
A Misunderstanding about "Patriarchy"
Misandry: An Obstacle to Solidarity Between Men and Women
Israel/Palestine: "It's Complicated!"...Or Is It?
Three articles on Palestinians' Right of Return
DEAR FELLOW OCCUPIERS (articles written during the 2011-12 Occupy Wall Street days, and still topical):
Let's discuss 1) Our message to the American people, 2) demands versus no demands, 3) what to do when the cops say clear out, 4) race, 5) leaders, 6) From Occupation to Revolution and 7) persuading Republicans to support OWS, on John Spritzler's blog
The Debt Resistors Manual
From Occupation to Revolution by John Spritzler and Dave Stratman
Quick guide on group dynamics in people's assemblies (prepared by the Commission for Group Dynamics in Assemblies of the Puerta del Sol Protest Camp [Madrid])
SOME ARTICLES FROM THE PAST:
Haaretz article: Polish-Jewish Sociologist compares West Bank separation fence to Warsaw Ghetto walls [This famous academic tells the truth--that Israel's leaders are "terrified of peace" and are "taking advantage of the Holocaust to legitimize unconscionable acts." But why are they afraid of peace? See The Great Fear of Israel's Leaders for an explanation.]
Reform Congress?, by John Spritzler
Israel/Palestine: "It's Complicated!"...Or Is It?
Israel Charny, director of the Institute on the Holocaust and Genocide in Jerusalem and former editor of the Encyclopedia of Genocide, acknowledges that Zionists committed genocidal massacres and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians by John Spritzler (this includes a copy of The Jewish Daily Forward article reporting on Israel Charny's views.)
The Lockerbie Fraud Again by Dave Stratman
Egypt and the China Syndrome, by Dave Stratman
Inside Job is an Inside Job: A Misleading View of the Economic Crisis, by Dave Stratman
The Root of the Mid-East conflict and the reason our government supports Israel's government, notes for the speech given by John Spritzler at the Watertown public library
Moral Debts and Ethical Deficits by Frank Scott
BP Lays Waste to the Gulf. Corporations Lay Waste to America
by Dave Stratman
She Spoke Truth to Power, by Dave Stratman in defense of Helen Thomas
Goodbye to Social Democracy? by Dave Stratman
PTSD, infertility, and other consequences of war by Bob Nichols
Assassination by Government: An Exchange by Dave Stratman
Refuting Israel's "We don't kill civilians on purpose" argument by John Spritzler
Stop Iran's Execution of Three Gay Teenagers by John Spritzler
Whose Side Are Richard Goldstone and Bill Moyers On? by John Spritzler
Liberalism's Contempt for the Welfare of Children by John Spritzler
Race and Class in Civil War Mississippi by John Spritzler
The White Cop and the Black Professor by John Spritzler
Beware of Cost-Cutting Health Care Reform by John Spritzler
Whom Should We Support in Iran? by John Spritzler
Bank Credit Versus Solidarity by John Spritzler
"Two State Solution" Equals Racism: Palestinians and Jews CAN Live Peacefully as Equals in One Democratic State by John Spritzler
Obama's Afghanistan War: Morally Wrong, or Incompetently Waged?, by John Spritzler
Is It Realistic to Demand the Right of Return of Palestinian Refugees? by John Spritzler
The Israel Lobby's Power Comes From the American Ruling Class by John Spritzler
Banning Cigarette Sales, and Class Inequality by John Spritzler
Public Comment at the Hearing of the Energy & Utility Regulation Committee of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, February 17, 2009 to accompany power point presentation: Nuclear Power – Health and Safety Issues by Morton Skorodin, M.D.
The Madoff Ponzi Theft: Schadenfreude, Not Anti-Semitism by Daniel McGowan
Addiction and Control, by Morton Skorodin, M.D.
The Great Fear of Israel's Leaders by John Spritzler
Why Israeli Leaders Love Qassam Rockets: A Reply to Michael Neumann by John Spritzler
Why Is Israel Killing Gazans? by John Spritzler
A New Path For Israel? by John Spritzler
"Why They Voted For Obama But Against Same-Sex Marriage" by John Spritzler
Paulson's Bailout and the Great Tradition by John Spritzler
Jimmy Carter: Friend or Wolf in Sheep's Clothing? by John Spritzler
U.S. Nixes Israeli Attack on Iran: Dog Wags Tail? by John Spritzler
There is no evidence that Muslims hijacked planes on 9/11 by Elias Davidsson (see this too)
"Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage: What is at Stake?" by John Spritzler
The Tactic of Calling People Anti-Semitic by Amy Hendrickson
Help Put Question X for Real Democracy on the Ballot in 2008 (pdf)
The Israel Lobby and the "National Interest" by John Spritzler
Israel/Palestine: "It's Complicated!"...Or Is it? (pdf) by John Spritzler
Somerville Divestment Project's leaflet: Why Our Government Supports Israel's Government and Why We Shouldn't (pdf)
WHY LIBERAL REFORMERS FOR SINGLE-PAYER HEALTH CARE ALWAYS LOSE, by John Spritzler
How Can We End the U.S. Government's Pro-Israel Foreign Policy?, by John Spritzler
Unethical Media Coverage of UK Events, by Elias Davidsson
Democracy in the United States? Fugetaboutit! by John Spritzler
Azmi Bishara and Muslims Worldwide Say No to Attacks on Non-Combatants, by John Spritzler
Why Israeli Anti-Zionists do NOT “recognize the right of the State of Israel to exist as a Jewish state" by Henry Lowi
Video of Zionist ethnic cleansing going on today in Palestine, carried out by the Israel government that once claimed to have "made the dessert bloom" but now uproots trees Palestinians depend on for their livelihood.
One State is Not Snake Oil: A Reply to Michael Neumann by John Spritzler
"Affirmative Action -- or Class Solidarity?" a New Democracy flyer
Why Our Government Supports Israel's Government and Why We Shouldn't, (.pdf) a New Democracy leaflet (intended for distribution in Massachusetts)
See related background articles: SHOULD THERE BE A JEWISH STATE?
Albert Einstein Quotations Opposing a Jewish State,
SHOULD PEOPLE OPPOSED TO BIGOTRY AND ANTI-SEMITISM SUPPORT ISRAEL?,
RIGHT AND WRONG RESPONSES TO PALESTINIAN SUICIDE BOMBERS,
Rocket Attacks on Israeli Civilians
Why "Pick On" Israel? Here's Why
What about the Israel Lobby?
Bibliography on this topic, with pro- and anti-Zionist authors