Author: politicalsci

politicalsci: “But if a man doesn’t have a j…

politicalsci:

“But if a man doesn’t have a job or an income, he has neither life nor
liberty nor the possibility for the pursuit of happiness. He merely
exists…” 

In 1968 Martin Luther King, Jr. had begun to organize the Poor People’s Campaign. It was a multiracial effort aimed at alleviating
poverty regardless of race in order to build the network needed to achieve the goal of redistributing political and economic power. King had shifted his focus to these issues after observing
that gains in civil rights had not improved the material conditions of
life for many African Americans. Just as King was beginning this campaign he was assassinated.

In April 1968 King had answered a call from Memphis activists who
needed him to help energize a sanitation workers’ strike, a cause for
economic justice that would be his last. King aligned with the struggle of the poor and black sanitation workers
in Memphis and suggested that their
struggle for dignity was a dramatization of the issues taken up by the
Poor People’s Campaign—a fight by capable, hard workers against
dehumanization, discrimination and poverty wages in the richest country
in the world.

In his final speech King stated: “Now, let me say as I move to my conclusion that we’ve got to give
ourselves to this struggle until the end. Nothing would be more tragic
than to stop at this point, in Memphis. We’ve got to see it through. And
when we have our march, you need to be there. Be concerned about your
brother. You may not be on strike. But either we go up together, or we
go down together.“

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it’s no coincidence that the same centrist/rig…

it’s no coincidence that the same centrist/right-wing politicians criticising jeremy corbyn for visiting children in a palestinian refugee camp are also the people who voted to invade iraq and bomb syria, whilst helping to push through the austerity that led to brexit in the first place.

voting the tories out and ending austerity should be the priority. focusing on a second referendum that does not have enough electoral support is only going to ensure the tories remain in power indefinitely and make a no-deal brexit more likely. which perhaps is exactly what neoliberal centrists and right-wingers would prefer, since undermining any future leftist labour government has remained their priority from the moment jeremy corbyn was democratically elected leader twice by the party membership.

for them, the tories continued austerity will never affect their lives but a leftist labour government would mean they could no longer ride the neoliberal gravy train.

politicalsci 2018-06-24 00:37:38

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politicalsci 2018-06-23 15:10:22

“People have been charmed and manipulated in a…

“People have been charmed and manipulated in a
concerted effort to undermine Labour by trying to take the youth support
away from Corbyn.

The main people funding them hate the idea of an anti-austerity,
pro-peacebuilding democratic socialist government more than they hate
Tory Brexit because the former will see a great many gravy trains hit
the buffers.

They know full well that a “People’s Vote” at this stage would achieve
nothing except to drive a wedge in the opposition & make Labour
unelectable. They know full well if Labour came out full-on for Remain
the Tories would reap all the Leave constituencies and stay in power.

The only way we can stop hard Brexit is by getting the Tories out of government and implementing Labour’s manifesto promises.

Tories do what they do. Even the most “centrist” of Tories will take
May’s Hard Brexit over the risk of not being in government any more. Many centrist Labour
MPs will take May’s Hard Brexit over a Corbyn government.”

politicalsci 2018-06-23 10:54:53

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