The Jaded Prole

A Progressive Worker's Perspective on the political and cultural events of our time.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Military Keynesianism & the End of Empire

A good analysis of our economic demise and the failure of Military Keynesianism here. For many of us the depression has already begun as we wade knee-deep into unemployment. As gas prices skyrocket, good jobs shrink and salaries stagntate the future is looking grim. Our only option may be to build real local communities where we do our best to support each other on a cashless system. In the short term, this would be a good time to support the Prole by buying a progressive or humorous T-shirt from Partisan T-Party.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Clinton's Failed Stategy of Racism

The constant repeated attempt by Hillary Clinton to link Barak Obama with the Rev. Jeremiah Write is a remake of the Willie Horton strategy. Racism in the US remains widespread but it is not based on physical attributes. It is cultural. A problem for Clinton is that Obama does not fit the stereotypes that trigger racism in America so the solution she found is to link him with someone who does. There are problems however. As pointed out in an important article by David A. Lowe, there is nothing Rev. Wright has said that wasn't said by Dr. King decades ago or that rings as untrue to most Americans. Another miscalculation is that the most virulent and traditional forms of racism are generational. It is a good thing that many if not most of younger voters, having grown up in a more integrated society, do not buy into the stereotypes and fear that Clinton is trying to project. Instead, it is backfiring as voters see her for what she is -- another conservative Clinton, a Republican lite candidate.

As for Obama, he would do well to work with and listen to John Edwards. If he would take on single payer healthcare and better address economic disparity he might get Edwards to share a ticket which would be a victory for all of us.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Who's Bitter?

It may seem more than ironic that Hillary Clinton, a member or the very team that oversaw and orchestrated the flight of productive capital and jobs to poor countries in search of higher profits wrung from lower wages now accuses Obama of suggesting that some Americans may feel bitter about it as our economy sages into depression. Maybe instead of spewing platitudes and trying to paint a thinking candidate as "effete" or "out of touch" for speaking the truth, she should be asking, Why Americans are bitter?

Friday, April 11, 2008

The Weekend

A nice jam from better times --

Sunday, April 06, 2008

The Real News

One of many good reports on the Real News. I would suggest bookmarking this site and supporting it. In this article, the lack of real difference in foreign policy between Obama and McCain is examined. Hype and "hope" aside, the clear lack of viable alternatives leaves real change off the table.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Remembering King 40 years Later

Here on the fortieth anniversary of Dr. King's assassination by the FBI. We pause to remember what he sttod for, what he struggled against and to say, in the spirit of the struggle for a better world. Martin Luther King Jr. -- Presente!

The Struggle Continues!

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Perusing the Net

There are a couple of interesting sites and articles I'd like to steer readers to today, this blog is a good example of progressive analysis and discussion from members and friends of the Communist Party.

For some good economic analysis and commentary that is good food for thought, The Monthly Review is a worthy site and and even better magazine.

And finally, sit your kids down in front of this site. For that matter, pass this around as it explains a lot in a simple entertaining way.