Organizing Notes

Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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The collapsing US military & economic empire is making Washington & NATO even more dangerous. US could not beat the Taliban but thinks it can take on China-Russia-Iran...a sign of psychopathology for sure.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Our priorities are screwed up!

In addition, cut the military budget dramatically and tax the super rich and corporations at a 70% rate (during the Eisenhower administration the top marginal tax rate was 91%). Use the otherwise wasted $$$$ for the following which will ensure that we have full employment and a truly fair and sustainable society.  Call it Socialism, Communism, economic democracy or a Christian-based economy.  I don't care what it is called.  Just do it.  Share the loaves and fishes.

  • End homelessness
  • Full free health care for everyone
  • Free education for all
  • Fix the crumbling American infrastructure - roads, bridges, sidewalks, water & sewer systems, repair schools and more
  • Train and hire nurses, doctors, and other medical technicians
  • Train and hire legions of home care workers to help take care of the growing numbers of aging citizens
  • Retro-fit all buildings across the nation with solar power
  • Convert the military production system to build offshore wind turbines, commuter rail systems, solar and tidal power systems
  • Weatherize every house and business across the nation
  • Transform run down urban centers into parks and organic gardens.  Hire unemployed people to do the work.  Plant a ga-zillion trees across America
  • Change the Pentagon into the 'Natural Guard' and have them help communities that are hit by big storms which are more frequent and more severe due to global warming
  • Train and hire more teachers, counselors and teacher aides
  • Make mental health care free for anyone who needs it.  Train and hire more mental health and addiction services workers
  • Free day care for all - train and hire more day care workers
  • Train and hire a new generation of skilled carpenters, plumbers, electricians, mechanics, engineers, etc
  • Create a world-class national public mass transit system
  • Build affordable housing for everyone
  • De-militarize the police and have them retrained to be true peace keepers
  • Transform the prison system from punishment to restorative justice
  • Pay reparations for slavery and land confiscation from Native Americans
  • Pay every worker a living wage and empower unions to represent all workers in making decisions at their workplaces
  • Create more cooperatives
  • Dump the Federal Reserve Bank and create state banks (like in North Dakota) that are owned by the public
  • Make all public spaces accessible to the handicapped
  • Build and staff more museums and art spaces for everyone - not just for the rich
  • Create more and wider bicycle lanes throughout the nation
  • Revoke corporate personhood by amending our Constitution to make clear that corporations are not persons and money is not speech
  • Give every citizen the right to vote without any impediments
  • Repeal the Patriot Act and shut down the surveillance state
  • Free popcorn at all movie theaters 



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