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Sam Webb: Capitalism and worldwide crises (video)

A protest sign from a recent MoveOn.org rally. (Photo Credit: Pamela Powers)

The world is in crisis. Hunger, poverty, homelessness, environmental devastation…

Last week at the Salt of the Earth Labor College in Tucson, Sam Webb, chair of the US Communist Party, addressed these worldwide crises, the role of capitalism, and the growing push-back from the people.

Using the pro-union, anti-right-wing government demonstrations in Wisconsin as a jumping off point, Webb said there is a growing “spirit of struggle” in the US. According to Webb, the current movement is “qualitatively different” because recent demonstrations against the extremist Republican agenda have drawn tens of thousands of people to rallies nationwide.

Most of Webb’s talk focused on capitalism in crisis.

“The capitalist class declared a strike action,” Webb quipped. “They have about $2 trillion in hand… and they’re investing nearly nothing of their $2 trillion or if they invest, they are investing it abroad or in speculative ventures, so it’s hard to think the employment rate is going to go down too much.”

Although the current demonstrations in the US have focused on jobs, pensions, and unions, the US and the world are facing several multi-level crises. Beyond widespread unemployment, there are crises in hunger, poverty, equality, education, public health, housing, and the environment.

Webb addressed a packed house of about 50 activists. According to a Labor College representative, about half of the audience was newcomers. The video below includes highlights from his talk. For an schedule of other upcoming classes, check this link.

[tnivideo caption=”CPUSA Chair Sam Webb in Tucson” credit=”Pamela Powers”]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_7_L1d-l2s[/tnivideo]

10 comments on “Sam Webb: Capitalism and worldwide crises (video)

  1. Jim Hannley
    March 18, 2011

    Well done. It is interesting to hear Sam Webb list the many indicators of global stress: widespread malnourishment and other food insecurity, the millions who die every year due to water related illnesses and the 1.5 billion people who have no access to safe water supplies. He stated that more than a billion people live in crowded slums in vast urban ghettos. Over 45 million Americans live in poverty and this is growing. It is a disgrace that this is the human condition when the knowledge and resources exist to end this condition and elevate millions and millions of people around the world from their suffering. Sam Webb points to capitalism as the impediment to progress against these deplorable conditions. I was taught to believe as a child that the human condition was improving; that it would just take more time to alleviate these ills. Perhaps it is becoming clear to others as well that these conditions are actually getting worse. Capitalism is not getting the job done.


  2. leftfield
    March 18, 2011

    Thank you for posting this.  Nice for communists to be a little more visible and even nicer to hear someone, anyone, talk about the 600 pound gorilla of the current crisis – capitalism.  It seems to be a taboo on the order of picking your nose in public to even mention the word.  Maybe we can get over that.


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  4. Don
    March 18, 2011

    Pam, what modifications would you make in American capitalism?  Would you mend it, or end it?


    • Pamela Powers
      March 22, 2011

      Don, I think instead of the constant me-me-me whining from capitalists– including local small businesses– businesses could think more about “us” and “US”. There is a constant business friendly drumbeat out there. When are governments going to stop bending over backwards to help businesses and start thinking about the people they are supposed to serve? What about a people-friendly government? And when are businesses going to start thinking about customers and customer service again? What happened to enlightened capitalism? Did Wall Street greed kill it?


  5. Don
    March 18, 2011

    Hey, that’s an AFSCME poster hanging behind the Communist speaker.  What a delicious visual.  Birds of a feather…


    • leftfield
      March 19, 2011

       Birds of a feather…

      Of course!  If he was a reactionary, there would be a picture of dead third worlders heaped in a pile, incincerated by the latest invention from the merchants of death. 


  6. Fraser007
    March 19, 2011

    The FBI has been infiltrating these chuckleheads since the 1920’s how do you know that this guy isnt an FBI agent?
    Guess there are more commies here and Berkley and New York than Moscow and Peking.


    • Jason W. Smith, Ph.D.
      March 24, 2011

      Sam Webb is an FBI Special Agent (not just a registered informant). I exposed him as such two years ago and you can read some of that expose throughout the handbook ABC’s of Communism, Bolshevism 2011 (7th edition of this Handbook) at http://www.abcsofcommunism.info. You can also type Sam Webb FBI Special Agent into your browser and you will come up  with a website put up by some of his former colleagues in the now nearly dead FBI front party. They are really angry and that is why he travels to places like Tucson without any public announcement as he is afraid of what might happen if they find him.


  7. dollarshort
    March 19, 2011

    Where has his “political party” addressed any ills of the world — other than population elimination? One of  the best method to judge the results of a system is to determine if people are fleeing from or to your system.


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The Tucson Progressive: Pamela J. Powers

I stand on the side of Love. I believe in kindness to all creatures on Earth and the inherent self-worth of all individuals–not just people who agree with me or look like me.

Widespread economic and social injustice prompted me to become a candidate for the Arizona House, representing Legislative District 9 in the 2016 election.

My platform focused on economic reforms to grow Arizona’s economy, establish a state-based public bank, fix our infrastructure, fully fund public education, grow local small businesses and community banks, and put people back to work at good-paying jobs.

In the Arizona House, I was a strong voice for fiscal responsibility a moratorium on corporate tax breaks until the schools were fully funded, increased cash assistance to the poor, expansion of maternal healthcare benefits, equal rights, choice, unions, education at all levels and protecting our water supply.

After three terms, I retired from the Arizona Legislature in January 2023 but will continue to blog and produce my podcast “A View from the Left Side.”

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