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Last updated on May 20, 2013
Revolution for a more equal and democratic world
is both necessary and possible.
We are based in Boston, Massachusetts, USA
THIS JUST IN
"The specific type of torture used by the U.S. was never aimed at producing actionable intelligence … but was instead aimed at producing false confessions" -- from a report issued by a bi-partisan panel that was co-chaired by the former undersecretary of homeland security under President George W. Bush, former Republican congressman from Arkansas and NRA consultant (Asa Hutchinson) and former Democratic congressman and U.S. ambassador to Mexico (James Jones) and included Former FBI Director William Sessions, 3-star general Claudia J. Kennedy, Retired Brigadier General David Irvine, Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Ambassador and Representative to the United Nations, and U.S. ambassador to the Russian Federation, India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria, and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Thomas Pickering. The report also asserted that "America still allows torture," "Torture is not necessary even in a 'ticking time bomb' situation" and "The use of torture has 'no justification' and 'damaged the standing of our nation, reduced our capacity to convey moral censure when necessary and potentially increased the danger to U.S. military personnel taken captive.'" Also see Taxi to the Dark Side, an Academy Award-winning film about U.S. torture online here.
RECENT WORLD EVENTS
In Bolivia, Morales faces a challenge from below
How the Corrala Movement Is Occupying Spain (If and when these good Spanish people remove their foes from power, it will be the kind of revolution that we need.)
We CAN Change the World (the book as pdf)
New Democracy works for democratic revolution. Welcome to our website! We hope you will explore it and share what you find with friends, family and coworkers.
Most Americans want a society based on real democracy and equality and on the solidarity and friendship that already exist among ordinary people. But ordinary working people do not run the show.
We live in a dictatorship of the rich. Our world is dominated by a wealthy elite who control the big corporations and the government. The elite few enjoy unlimited wealth and privilege, while the majority live in constant fear of losing their homes, their livelihoods, their health, their freedom in a growing police state. There is no such thing as democracy in a society where money is power and most people don't have any.
We need a revolution to defeat this undemocratic elite and build a better society. Revolution is possible because most people despise the values of inequality and greed and domination that characterize the powerful. Most people believe in equality and solidarity and democracy. Ordinary people already try to change the world when they defend and promote these values in their everyday lives. The constant effort of ordinary people to do the right thing--to stick together, to share what they have, to listen to and help others, in spite of the persistent messages of capitalism to just "look out for number one"-- is the realistic foundation for a new world.
Billions of people around the globe are already in motion to make a new world. The struggle for revolution will define the 21st century.
Please download, print, share and discuss "Thinking" with your friends, neighbors and co-workers. (Also feel free to distribute these related leaflets: From Occupation to Revolution and an "advertisement" of Thinking about Revolution.)
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People are signing this statement (online or hard copy) to let others know they are not alone in wanting a revolution for a better world. The signatures are being displayed in public on large posters like this one. Most of the people who stop and read the statement on the sidewalk outdoors, where we collect signatures, sign it. Try it and see for yourself how many people agree to sign it in your community. (Here is a version suitable for collecting 100 signatures.)
The rich were never elected and cannot be un-elected, which means we need a revolution.
See "Thinking about Revolution" for discussion of a moneyless society
Weapons of mass distraction
"Behind every great fortune there is a great crime."--Balzac
Tale of Two Explosions
Does 9/11 come to mind?
The Syrian People--YES! The Assad regime and U.S.-supported opposition to him--NO!
Global Revolution is Possible!
As they vowed earlier to do, Egyptian pro-democracy protesters marched from Tahrir square to the U.S. Embassy to march in support of Occupy Oakland—and against police brutality witnessed in Oakland, and similarly experienced in Egypt.
No matter what side of the AISLE you're on, THIS is ......FUNNY!
The only known photograph of Remus shows him standing on the gallows in Montana territory:
On the back of the picture Judy obtained during her research is this inscription: 'Remus Reid, horse thief, sent to Montana Territorial Prison 1885, escaped 1887, robbed the Montana Flyer six times. Caught by Pinkerton detectives, convicted and hanged in 1889.'
So Judy recently e-mailed Senator Harry Reid for information about their great-great uncle.
Believe it or not, Harry Reid's staff sent back the following biographical sketch for her genealogy research:
"Remus Reid was a famous cowboy in the Montana Territory. His business empire grew to include acquisition of valuable equestrian assets and intimate dealings with the Montana railroad. Beginning in 1883, he devoted several years of his life to government service, finally taking leave to resume his dealings with the railroad. In 1887, he was a key player in a vital investigation run by the renowned Pinkerton Detective Agency. In 1889, Remus passed away during an important civic function held in his honor when the platform upon which he was standing collapsed."
NOW THAT'S how it's done, Folks! That's real POLITICAL SPIN !!!
TURN THE WORLD UPSIDE DOWN: John Spritzler's blog #1
END CLASS INEQUALTY: John Spritzler's blog #2
REAL DEMOCRACY = ORDINARY PEOPLE MAKE THE LAWS: a blog to replace the state Legislature with 100 randomly selected adult residents of the state serving terms of just one year, designated the Commonwealth Jury, that will have all the legislative and other powers of the current Legislature. [This was an attempt in 2008 to use a ballot question to promote discussion by the general public about the lack of real democracy in our current fake democracy. The solution it proposes is not as good as what is discussed in "Thinking about Revolution" written more recently. On December 2, 2012 the Boston Globe promoted the idea of a randomly selected legislature, as discussed here.]
Click the tree to read about the amazing WWI Christmas Truce
German and Russian soldiers fraternise on the Eastern Front
SPECIAL INTEREST :
by John Spritzler and Dave Stratman
People for Democratic Revolution (PDR) leaflets:
Contact PDR at PeopleforDemocraticRevolution@gmail.com
PDR is an organization of people in the Boston, Massachusetts USA area who have signed This I Believe , agree with the above PDR leaflets and want to help spread these ideas.
What Should American Workers Do About Illegal Immigration? (.pdf) A New Democracy leaflet
DEAR FELLOW OCCUPIERS:
Let's discuss 1) Our message to the American people, 2) demands versus no demands, 3) what to do when the cops say clear out, 4) race, 5) leaders, 6) From Occupation to Revolution and 7) persuading Republicans to support OWS, on John Spritzler's blog
From Occupation to Revolution by John Spritzler and Dave Stratman
Quick guide on group dynamics in people's assemblies (prepared by the Commission for Group Dynamics in Assemblies of the Puerta del Sol Protest Camp [Madrid])
SOME ARTICLES FROM THE PAST:
Haaretz article: Polish-Jewish Sociologist compares West Bank separation fence to Warsaw Ghetto walls [This famous academic tells the truth--that Israel's leaders are "terrified of peace" and are "taking advantage of the Holocaust to legitimize unconscionable acts." But why are they afraid of peace? See The Great Fear of Israel's Leaders for an explanation.]
Reform Congress?, by John Spritzler
Israel Charny, director of the Institute on the Holocaust and Genocide in Jerusalem and former editor of the Encyclopedia of Genocide, acknowledges that Zionists committed genocidal massacres and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians by John Spritzler (this includes a copy of The Jewish Daily Forward article reporting on Israel Charny's views.)
The Lockerbie Fraud Again by Dave Stratman
Egypt and the China Syndrome, by Dave Stratman
Inside Job is an Inside Job: A Misleading View of the Economic Crisis, by Dave Stratman
How Progressive Ideas Protect Inequality, by John Spritzler
The Root of the Mid-East conflict and the reason our government supports Israel's government, notes for the speech given by John Spritzler at the Watertown public library
Moral Debts and Ethical Deficits by Frank Scott
BP Lays Waste to the Gulf. Corporations Lay Waste to America
She Spoke Truth to Power, by Dave Stratman in defense of Helen Thomas
Goodbye to Social Democracy? by Dave Stratman
PTSD, infertility, and other consequences of war by Bob Nichols
Assassination by Government: An Exchange by Dave Stratman
Refuting Israel's "We don't kill civilians on purpose" argument by John Spritzler
Stop Iran's Execution of Three Gay Teenagers by John Spritzler
Whose Side Are Richard Goldstone and Bill Moyers On? by John Spritzler
Liberalism's Contempt for the Welfare of Children by John Spritzler
Race and Class in Civil War Mississippi by John Spritzler
The White Cop and the Black Professor by John Spritzler
Beware of Cost-Cutting Health Care Reform by John Spritzler
Whom Should We Support in Iran? by John Spritzler
Bank Credit Versus Solidarity by John Spritzler
Obama's Afghanistan War: Morally Wrong, or Incompetently Waged?, by John Spritzler
Is It Realistic to Demand the Right of Return of Palestinian Refugees? by John Spritzler
The Israel Lobby's Power Comes From the American Ruling Class by John Spritzler
Banning Cigarette Sales, and Class Inequality by John Spritzler
Public Comment at the Hearing of the Energy & Utility Regulation Committee of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, February 17, 2009 to accompany power point presentation: Nuclear Power – Health and Safety Issues by Morton Skorodin, M.D.
The Madoff Ponzi Theft: Schadenfreude, Not Anti-Semitism by Daniel McGowan
Addiction and Control, by Morton Skorodin, M.D.
The Great Fear of Israel's Leaders by John Spritzler
Why Israeli Leaders Love Qassam Rockets: A Reply to Michael Neumann by John Spritzler
Why Is Israel Killing Gazans? by John Spritzler
A New Path For Israel? by John Spritzler
"Why They Voted For Obama But Against Same-Sex Marriage" by John Spritzler
Paulson's Bailout and the Great Tradition by John Spritzler
Jimmy Carter: Friend or Wolf in Sheep's Clothing? by John Spritzler
U.S. Nixes Israeli Attack on Iran: Dog Wags Tail? by John Spritzler
There is no evidence that Muslims hijacked planes on 9/11 by Elias Davidsson (see this too)
"Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage: What is at Stake?" by John Spritzler
The Tactic of Calling People Anti-Semitic by Amy Hendrickson
The Israel Lobby and the "National Interest" by John Spritzler
Israel/Palestine: "It's Complicated!"...Or Is it? (pdf) by John Spritzler
Somerville Divestment Project's leaflet: Why Our Government Supports Israel's Government and Why We Shouldn't (pdf)
WHY LIBERAL REFORMERS FOR SINGLE-PAYER HEALTH CARE ALWAYS LOSE, by John Spritzler
How Can We End the U.S. Government's Pro-Israel Foreign Policy?, by John Spritzler
Unethical Media Coverage of UK Events, by Elias Davidsson
Democracy in the United States? Fugetaboutit! by John Spritzler
Azmi Bishara and Muslims Worldwide Say No to Attacks on Non-Combatants, by John Spritzler
Video of Zionist ethnic cleansing going on today in Palestine, carried out by the Israel government that once claimed to have "made the dessert bloom" but now uproots trees Palestinians depend on for their livelihood.
One State is Not Snake Oil: A Reply to Michael Neumann by John Spritzler
"Affirmative Action -- or Class Solidarity?" a New Democracy flyer
Why Our Government Supports Israel's Government and Why We Shouldn't, (.pdf) a New Democracy leaflet (intended for distribution in Massachusetts)