Bruce Lesnick

Bruce Lesnick
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Seattle, Washington, USA
Birthday
December 04

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OCTOBER 23, 2014 2:49PM

A Bill of Rights for Working People

In 1976, Peter Camejo and Willie Mae Reid ran for President and Vice-President of the United States on the Socialist Workers Party ticket.  As a college student, I was very involved in that campaign.  The main piece of campaign literature was a small, green brochure entitled, A Bill of RighRead full post »

OCTOBER 13, 2014 3:13PM

Of Marches and Movements

Joshua Frank is spot-on as he argues against tying movements to the Democratic Party in his article, We Don’t Need Climate Marches, We Need a Political Awakening in the October 3-5 edition of Counterpunch.  I also quite agree (as I have written about here and here) that it’s high timRead full post »

OCTOBER 1, 2014 6:25PM

The Question is "How?"

Naomi Klein’s welcome new book, This Changes Everything, identifies the capitalist economic system as the chief obstacle to addressing the threat posed by anthropogenic climate change, but also as the main roadblock to addressing so many other seemingly intractable problems facing humanity&mdas/Read full post »

Disillusionment with the Democratic and Republican parties has always been high.  Not since 1964 have more than 60% of eligible voters turned out for a presidential election.  Since 1900, 42% of eligible voters on average stay home each presidential election, effectively choosing “non/Read full post »

First the bad news: To address anthropogenic climate change, capitalism will have to be replaced as the dominant world economic system.  How do we know this?  Well, we know that eliminating ongoing exposure to a poison is a prerequisite for curing an illness due to poisoning.  We know/Read full post »

OCTOBER 16, 2013 4:08PM

A Surefire Plan to Address Gun Violence

With an average of three mass shootings per year in the US since the Columbine High School massacre in Littleton, CO in April of 1999—and five mass shootings in the first nine months of 2013 alone—many are justifiably concerned and frustrated.  Mainstream politicians dither, debating/Read full post »

Something important is happening on the upper-left coast.  On August 6, socialist Kshama Sawant garnered 35% of the vote in a “top two” primary for Seattle City Council.  This allows Sawant to advance to the general election on November 5 where she will face Democratic incumbentRead full post »

MARCH 22, 2013 4:01PM

Time to Go

There’s an elephant in the room.  We all know it.  But we need the audacity to proclaim it openly.  The litany of urgent problems grows ever longer: endless war; executive assassinations; climate change; savage economic inequality; racial, gender, religious and national discrimin… Read full post »

OCTOBER 30, 2012 6:15PM

You Can’t Get There From Here

The Real Harm in the Lesser-Evil Approach

“You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.”  This insight by Albert Einstein reminds us that in life, certain choices and actions can undermine goals we ostensibly hold dear.  But when it comes to elections, such reasoning/… Read full post »

OCTOBER 30, 2012 6:08PM

Shoot Me Now or Shoot Me Later

In a classically hilarious cartoon, Bugs Bunny gets Daffy Duck twisted in logical knots, arguing whether Elmer Fudd should shoot the duck now, or wait until he gets home—a wretched choice if ever there was one.  Phony debates are a bit like that.  In this election season, Americans ar/… Read full post »

As everyone knows, the Democratic and Republican parties have limited and controlled the political narrative for generations.  In this way, they hope to convince people that the only “realistic” choice is between one or another party of the 1%.  At no time is this political cens/… Read full post »

The following debate was conducted in writing, from September 29 to October 5, 2012,   by Mark Linsey and Bruce Lesnick.  The debate was triggered by the publication of This Progressive Will not Vote For Obama, by Carol Dansereau, which should be read first to fully appreciate the cont… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 26, 2011 5:15PM

The Dorothy Syndrome

Why Breaking With the Two Corporate Parties and Forming a Labor Party is the Next, Best Step

As demonstrated in “The Problem is Capitalism”, the primary cause of economic, social, political and environmental crises facing the world today is capitalism.  The capitalist economic sys… Read full post »

JANUARY 12, 2011 4:30PM

The Problem is Capitalism

(Updated below.)

We are subtly taught that hunger, poverty, economic downturns, environmental disasters, are all natural phenomena, like the weather.  There’s not much you can do about them, so the theory goes.  The best you can do is hunker down and be ready for what comes.  Re/… Read full post »

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