Socializing Movements

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The Ancient Greek(Athenian) Drachma Compared to the US Greenbacks...et al. Tadit Anderson

The Ancient Greek Drachma compared to the US Greenbacks, and Present Day US Dollars et al. ( will expand on this in the days ahead,Tadit)

It’s the System Stupid !! Structural Crises and the Need for Alternatives to Capitalism, Hans Despain

http://monthlyreview.org/2013/11/01/its-the-system-stupid

On Thursday, December 13, 2012, The Guardian announced Queen Elizabeth finally received an answer to her question—“Did nobody see this coming?”—about the 2008 financial crisis.1 While she was touring the Bank of England, Sujit Kapadia, one of the bank’s economists, informed Her Majesty that financial crises are a bit like earthquakes and flu pandemics: rare and difficult to predict. An impressive answer indeed. Brilliant for its vagueness, spuriousness, and obtuseness.

Socialism before it was a four-letter word John Gurda, Milwaukee Journal, April 3, 2010

from the Milwaukee Journal files

One hundred years ago tomorrow, Milwaukee made political history. On April 5, 1910, we became the first (and only) major city in America to elect a Socialist mayor. A former patternmaker named Emil Seidel won a decisive victory in the spring election, beginning a period of Socialist success at the polls that would last until Frank Zeidler stepped down in 1960.

Goddamn The Pusherman Don Quijone, Raging BS Blog

Released at the height of the 60′s counter-culture movement, Steppenwolf’s The Pusher was chosen as the opening song of Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper’s explosive cult classic Easy Rider (to listen to the song, click here). As its title suggests, the song is about drug dealers who aggressively “push” their often tainted wares on unsuspecting users.
Put simply, the pusherman “don’t care if you live or if you die.”

In Recognition of Hugo Chavez's Admiration and Appreciation of Istavan Meszaros

István Mészáros, Pathfinder of Socialism
Posted on February 22 2010 by admin

“Today the structural crisis of capital provides the historical setting for a new revolutionary movement for social emancipation in which developments normally taking centuries would flit by like phantoms in decades or even a few years. But the force for such necessary, vital change remains with the people themselves, and rests on humanity’s willingness to constitute itself as both subject and object of history, through the collective struggle to create a just and sustainable world.”

By John Bellamy Foster

"Fighting the politics of illusion" Paul Rosenberg

Hello readers, didn't mean to be posting this many articles by Paul Rosenberg, and the link to this article showed up in a Google Alert for Hyman Minsky. It turned out to be an interesting piece of political economy. I happen to agree with his observation of defense mechanisms, and I would take it a bit further to a characterization of cultural and even an ontological dysjunction that has plagued human kind for millennia. It surfaces as well in the distinction between appearance and being, and between micro and middlin' reproduction of cosmologies.

"Faith in the 99 percent: What drives Occupy Wall Street?" by Starhawk, http://starhawksblog.org/

Friends, this is a bit different than what is usually posted here, and I believe that she captures an essence of what is revolutionary about #OWS. Hannah Arendt and others have described the political culture of the pre-revolutionary period for what became the United States in a similar manner. In the actions against magistrate courts and sheriffs relative to property seizures the gathered people would interrogate these officials and then they discussed what would be an appropriate response.

"No Act of Rebellion Is Wasted" By Chris Hedges Truthdig, Dec 13, 2010

Readers, While the title of this article is a bit muddled, by it seeming to include resistance to socializing change, the intent of the article is very clear. What Hedges is describing is that a socializing movement is about forward cultural change, and that process is established and sustained by inches, not by celebrity status or waiting for the white knights to come charging upon the scene and into the fray. If you study socializing movements and periods of rapid technological change this is how they actually succeed in transforming a community, a society, or a nation.

The Democracy Charter & The Fierce Urgency of Now By Jack O'Dell, BlackCommentator.com Guest Commentator, 06/24/10

http://www.blackcommentator.com/381/381_democracy_charter_odell_guest_sh...

Note: The Democracy Charter, written by long-time civil rights, peace, and labor activist Jack O'Dell has been provided to BlackCommentator.com by Michael Zweig, Director, Center for Study of Working Class Life, Department of Economics, State
University of New York, Stony Brook, NY.

Zweig writes the following about O'Dell:

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