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Friday, February 11, 2022

Talkin Socialism: What Do We Mean By Democracy?

  

Saturday, Feb 12, 10 AM Eastern Time
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FREDERICK DOUGLASS, “WHAT, TO THE SLAVE, IS THE FOURTH OF JULY”







Friedrich Engels wrote:

Above all, it will establish a democratic constitution, and through this, the direct or indirect dominance of the proletariat.


Lincoln

Welcome, or unwelcome, agreeable, or disagreeable, whether this shall be an entire slave nation, is the issue before us. As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy. 


Lenin


The Scheidemanns and Kautsky's speak about "pure democracy" and "democracy" in general for the purpose of deceiving the people and concealing from them the bourgeois character of present-day democracy. Let the bourgeoisie continue to keep the entire apparatus of state power in their hands, let a handful of exploiters continue to use the former, bourgeois, state machine! Elections held in such circumstances are lauded by the bourgeoisie, for very good reasons, as being "free", "equal", "democratic" and "universal". These words are designed to conceal the truth, to conceal the fact that the means of production and political power remain in the hands of the exploiters, and that therefore real freedom and real equality for the exploited, that is, for the vast majority of the population, are out of the question. It is profitable and indispensable for the bourgeoisie to conceal from the people the bourgeois character of modern democracy, to picture it as democracy in general or "pure democracy", and the Scheidemanns and Kautskys, repeating this, in practice abandon the standpoint of the proletariat and side with the bourgeoisie.



        Rosa Luxemburg


Socialist democracy is not something which begins only in the promised land after the foundations of socialist economy are created; it does not come as some sort of Christmas present for the worthy people who, in the interim, have loyally supported a handful of socialist dictators. Socialist democracy begins simultaneously with the beginnings of the destruction of class rule and of the construction of socialism. It begins at the very moment of the seizure of power by the socialist party. It is the same thing as the dictatorship of the proletariat.

Yes, dictatorship! But this dictatorship consists in the manner of applying democracy, not in its elimination, but in energetic, resolute attacks upon the well-entrenched rights and economic relationships of bourgeois society, without which a socialist transformation cannot be accomplished. But this dictatorship must be the work of the class and not of a little leading minority in the name of the class -- that is, it must proceed step by step out of the active participation of the masses; it must be under their direct influence, subjected to the control of complete public activity; it must arise out of the growing political training of the mass of the people.

Friday, February 4, 2022

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Talkin Socialism: Twenty Twenty Two Tactics -- Force BBB Votes, or Go To War

 Saturday, 10 AM Eastern

Live on Enlighten Radio

Live on the Socialist Economics FB Group Page


Few will argue that US democracy, and US-led post WWII world order, are both at a historic crossroads. Biden's progressive, pro worker, pro equality agenda is stalled. An outright fascist leading faction in the Republican party has not been defeated sufficiently to move the country away from multiple threats of disunion. Bernie Sanders says "Hold the Line. Force politicians to be accountable for their stands before the voters.." Others appear to have abandoned that and think relaunching the cold war with Russian and China will win American hearts and minds away from the pandemic and hardship  with bloodletting over NATO seizing Ukraine, or separating Taiwan from China. 

Here is Bernie






Tom Friedman Calls for Escalating Cyber War







Friday, January 14, 2022

Talkin Socialism: the path to socialist Unity, and Power

 


Saturday, January 15, 2020
Live, 10 AM Eastern Time
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The Socialist Economics FB Group Page


The paths to socialist unity are unique to each nation. 
At the same time, recognizable patterns of capitalist development are universally present.
Social class, nationality, race, gender, economy, history, culture arise differently in each nation, but are all shaped by capitalism and markets with common themes.

Join us for a fresh discussion of some old questions in socialist history.

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Talkin Socialism: Projections, Predictions for 2022


Saturday, January 8, 10 AM, Eastern Time
LIVE on www.enlightenradio.org
LIVE Public Video: The FB Socialist Economics Group

The Talkin Socialism Team hosts include, but are not limited to: Carl Davidson, Randy Shannon, Tina Shannon, John Case, James Boyd, John Christensen, Scott Marshall, Larry Bish, Mike Diesel, Patience Wait,..... and many more!





Friday, December 17, 2021

Talkin Socialism: The Past is Prologue?

 At Years End, an Upbeat Goodbye To Plague Year II

From the Talkin Socialism team: 
We honor Scott Marshall's charge to lift our half full glasses!

Saturday morning, 10 AM Eastern Time.
Live on www.enlightenradio.org and
The Facebook Socialist Economics Group page.




Shakespeare's famous line from the Tempest, Act II, scene I.

The past is written , but the future is yours to wield, subject to the choices you decide to make. Make good ones. Each day is a new day with no mistakes in it yet.

Our discussion opens with a closing excerpt from
Robert Putnam's The Upswing






"Throughout this book we have argued that although America’s “we” had gradually become more capacious during the first half of the twentieth century, and as we continued the long historical task of redressing racial and gender inequities, we were in 1960 (and still are) very far from perfection on those dimensions. Americans could have and should have pushed further toward greater equality. Therefore the lessons of history that we glean from the I-we-I century are two-sided: We learn that once before Americans have gotten ourselves out of a mess like the one we’re in now, but we also learn that in that first Progressive Era and the decades that followed we didn’t set our sights high enough for what the “we” could really be, and we didn’t take seriously enough the challenge of full inclusion. Therefore, the question we face today is not whether we can or should turn back the tide of history, but whether we can resurrect the earlier communitarian virtues in a way that does not reverse the progress we’ve made in terms of individual liberties. Both values are American, and we require a balance and integration of both."








Saturday, December 11, 2021

Talkin Socialism: Anti-Fascism and Sociallist Strategy

Anti-Fascism and Socialist Strategy

10 AM, Eastern Time 
Saturday, Dec 11, 2021

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and

The Socialist Economics FB Page


 Henry Winston and the collapse of the post war anti-fascist coalition -- The Henry Wallace Campaign.





"Bill of Rights Socialism" -- and the "anti-monopoly" strategy