Pamela Powers Hannley, a progressive voice for Arizona
Communist! Fascist! Socialist! Nazi! Liberal! Teapublican! Capitalist!
Often political labels are tossed about in the US will little understanding of what they mean. This coming weekend Arizonans will have a rare opportunity to learn more about communism, socialism, and, most likely, capitalism from Sam Webb, national chair of the Communist Party USA.
There are a lot of misconceptions about far left-wing politics, so I hope people will view these events with an open mind and forget the scare-tactic propaganda from the Cold War Era.
“Socialism won’t be on the agenda [in the US] until the American people put it there. They have to come to the conclusion through their own experiences that capitalism doesn’t work, that it is a dysfunctional system, and that socialism would better meet their needs,” Webb said in a recent interview on The Lou Show.
With secret campaign financing and the corporate oligarchy’sdramatically increased governmental power (thanks to Citizens United), the shift of wealth to the richest 1% and away from the rest of us, and the all-out assault on workers by Teapublicans in Wisconsin, Arizona, and other Republican-controlled states, I wonder how many Americans already realize that capitalism isn’t working for anyone who makes less than $1 million per year. To learn more about Webb and his philosophies, check out a recent essay.
Webb will give two talks in Arizona– one in Tucson and the second in Phoenix. Here are the details.
In Tucson, the Salt of the Earth Labor College will host Today’s Struggles and the Socialist Future, a presentation and discussion with Webb on Saturday, March 12, 2011, beginning at 2 p.m. Seating is limited; come a bit early. A reception for Webb will follow the discussion.
Salt of the Earth labor College is located at 1902 East Irene Vista, on the southeast corner of Campbell Ave. and Irene Vista just east of Kino Parkway and about a half mile south of 36th Street. For more information or better directions: SELC@webtv.net or (520)235-0694. For a full Spring 2011 Salt of the Earth Labor College schedule click here.
The Phoenix Chapter of the Communist Party USA will host a picnic on March 13 in honor of Webb, who will present on the same topic– Today’s Struggles and the Socialist Future.
The picnic will begin at 1 p.m. at Kiwanis Park in Tempe, Ramada #5. For $5, you’ll get picnic food, cold beer, progressive politics, music, poetry, and Webb’s talk. The donation will benefit PeoplesWorld.org, the Communist Party’s online newspaper. Kids can attend for free.
For the full Lou Show interview, click here.