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L. E. Alba

L. E. Alba
New Jersey, USA
January 09
Semi-retired but fully inspired
L.E. Alba (aka Lary9) was born into a venerable Louisiana political family during the Truman administration. Educated in engineering and liberal arts, this father of three opinionated offspring, has had a lifelong love affair with all things American especially political independence. He routinely apologizes for his progressive zeal by claiming to be besotted with Liberty. After serving in the USAF during the undeclared Vietnam war, he promptly joined the Woodstock Generation, lived in a commune in Haight-Ashbury and, despite the seductive Sirens of the West Coast, returned to the East and began to cultivate a stubborn but artistic Yankee sensibility. More often than not, this landed him squarely in radical left-wing territory on most issues. Lately he has been thinking about retiring from politics but his Louisiana roots are deep and proving to be retirement-resistant. [Twitter: @Lary9]


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APRIL 13, 2011 5:07PM

Switched-On Marx!

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Obama and friends need to wake up and realize that calling tax breaks for the top income earners of the country 'unfair' is not the way to sell the idea of shared sacrifice through tax revenues! Conservatives aren't moved these days by appeals to fairness. It falls upon deaf ears and heads full of Friedman economics. The way to sell this is by shouting out the hard factualized reality which lies at the heart of the matter.

Billionaires do not ascend to monetary Mt. Olympus as solitary achievers. Although they routinely disseminate this shallow pretense, it is workers who create the majority of economic value by their work. It's the fist and arm of labor that generates most profits. Then, ironically, they gratefully morph into consumers to justify those same profits at the nation's malls, buying back what they just produced. And the community of citizens-at-large maintains the vaunted playing fields and infrastructure of the free market place... and capitalism's celebrated baronial elite strut like feverish roosters, crowing about their well-deserved successes on dung heaps of fallen glories... and this economic mystery re-emerges again and again to woeful sobs of "tax cuts for those who create the jobs!"


The emperor has no clothes and he's getting sloppy about covering his grand ruse. The time for renewed class awareness is today or our children will curse the past in shanty towns through all their sad tomorrows.

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I can't decide whether this is some kind of weird cultivated cynicism or you're serious. Are you actually involved in anything? I would think a leftist would say exactly the same things, only without the strange, high-pitched tone that borders on a satire of quite literal truths.
Good call! I was feeling a little tentative before I posted this. What you've described as a 'high-pitched tone' satiring 'literal truth' is the same shrill whine that I noted in the writing as a bit over the top and out of character for me.
I guess I'm a little frustrated over the current state of public discourse and the politics that follows in its wake. BTW. I consider myself a life long lefty... lately leaning to democratic socialism.
I am involved in many things. My OS profile is honest enough. I'm a veteran of Vietnam era service and work with vets at my local VAMC. I'm an openly declared recovering alcoholic with 30 years (just this month---yea!) in AA and a registered voter. I'm also semi-retired but fully-inspired about American history, minor league baseball, bicycling, cinema, chess, reading & blogging, birding and grandchildren... whew! I'm tired just writing it out!
So yeah, frequently I engage in self-parody but I can be somber and brooding all too often with loads of extra gravitas on the side. My one saving grace is that I do enjoy all this and am 99% authentically me.
One of the things about billionaires is that they've figured out ways to have all the poor people give money to them. Movies, cell phones, Brawny paper towels, etc. The tea baggers seem to worship the billionaires because they think that some day, they'll win the lottery and then they can be rich too. Obviously, it's a sucker's game.

Therefore, I think the real challenge is to talk to people, to show them HOW they're being screwed by the rich. And when people do have an understanding of the mechanisms for their impoverishment, then you're going to get some understanding of class consciousness in this country.
I agree. I wonder just how effective the direct sales, front door approach would be. "Ding-dong...Hello. My name is Trotsky and I'm here to talk about class consciousness and the working man. Can I give you some literature?"
I suspect class consciousness raising seminars are better conceived as impromptu affairs using what ever crisis is available in the public square to illustrate familiar social ideas with new socialistic interpretations. Of course, there's no quicker path to marginalization than spouting political ideas from a soapbox. That's the fiendishly clever ruling class mechanism of preemption. I've felt it... felt preemption and it's painful. But then again... there are always drugs for that.
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