Don’t Mourn, Organize!

I’m as upset as the next Bernie Bro (I’ve embraced the term) about Bernie’s endorsement of Joe. I vacillate between trusting his judgement and thinking he made a tragic mistake, ignoring the will of his most committed supporters. But I’m ready to move on. The electoral arena is only one front of our struggle. The more important front is at the point of production and in our working class communities. We need to take away three lessons from our Bernie experience: organize, organize, organize. SOLIDARITY FOREVER is a book about working class organizing that is almost finished. Do you have […]

Make remaining primaries a referendum on Medical for All

Proposal to the Bernie Sanders movement: Hopefully with the support of the campaign, we transform the remaining primaries explicitly as a referendum on Medicare for All. We use the phone and text systems of the campaign to call voters in the remaining states. We ask the campaign to keep staff on in those states to facilitate this process. In these calls and texts we acknowledge that Biden will be the nominee, and your reason for still voting for Bernie are to support Medicare for All. The script for the calls might read: Hello is ________________available? My name is _____________________and I’m […]

The Transition from Capitalism to Socialism

The transition from capitalism to socialism is an inevitable development, a function of social evolution. Where we can exercise some agency in this process is how it plays out, how violent or non-violent the different steps will be. Just as imperialism is a stage of capitalism, socialism seems to go through stages. The U. S. and most developing nations are in the first stage, with the state providing minimal protections for workers, compared to the fully capitalist stages of chattel and wage slavery. Britain, France, Germany, Italy, are at a more advanced stage, with Cuba, China, and the Scandinavian counties […]

Stay in the race, Bernie!

IMHO, Bernie Sanders should stay in the Democratic Primary race until the convention. He should continue doing what he is doing, which is very presidentially leading the fight against the corona virus pandemic and the attempts of the elites to profit from it. His dialogue with AOC, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib yesterday was on point – especially AOC’s advocacy and reference to Mutual Aid. Because Biden supposedly has the nomination sewed up, the electability issue is off the table. Many people who like Bernie’s policies voted for Biden because they thought he was more electable no longer have to […]

The Collapse of Capitalism II?

Some of us have been predicting the collapse of capitalism for 170 years. One day we’ll be right. Today? In a way, the situation transcends politics. Trump and McConnell are adopting socialist policies because there is really no alternative to the collapse of capitalism. One could argue that capitalism collapsed in 1929. The only way socialism was prevented from sweeping Europe and the U. S. was by the unleashing of the vicious fascism of Hitler, Mussolini, and Tojo, precipitating World War II, which in the U. S. and elsewhere established the military “socialism” that remains in effect today. The war […]

October Surprise

“October Surprise” is a short story I have written as a warning for the Sanders movement against complacency. I am reprinting the first part of the story here. If you want to read the whole thing, leave your email on my blog either by subscribing or in the comments with the words October Surprise and I’ll send it to you free as a pdf file, about 19 pages. OCTOBER SURPRISE © 2020 by Henry Hitz “I’m really not political, Conner,” Zack told his best friend since kindergarten.  “I know, Zack. Just come to the rally, would you? For me?”  It […]

M2M: A Million to Milwaukee

A Million to Milwaukee. M2M. Bernie Bros – let’s own the damn term – female and male. We will surround the Wisconsin Center. Not with a hostile thought in our hearts. We will be there to witness the transformation of American politics. To celebrate the victory – not ultimate by any means – of the working class. As boomers, we used to chant it. The people united will never be defeated. This doesn’t always appear to be true, but we might say the people united will do so much better than the people divided. We’ve glimpsed what a united movement […]

Class, clash, crash, cats

We are approaching a historic moment in our politics. Bernie Sanders is the first candidate to authentically represent the working class. To prevent him and the working class from prevailing, the ruling class has thrown a gaggle of candidates in his way with minimal success — oh, perfectly nice people (I’m no Bernie bro) but surrogates of the ruling class of billionaires. Bernie continues to surge. In a final act of desperation, the ruling class has decided to intervene directly in the form of Bloomberg, a nicer racist than Trump, with much better taste. But what an iconic struggle they […]

Capitalism, Socialism, and Climate Change

Much of the hesitation among many folk who essentially agree with Bernie’s politics is driven by fear of the word “socialism,” not for the policies the word represents but for the attacks against the word that will come from Trump. I think we can overcome this reluctance if we explain ourselves more fully. As Bernie has emphasized, climate change is the most important issue facing the world today. What’s causing this catastrophic climate change? It’s not you failing to bring your own bags to the supermarket. It’s capitalism. Unbridled capitalism with it’s relentless drive for profits and economic growth is […]

Who Rules the U. S? As Bernie draws closer to winning the whole shebang, we need to think about how we will govern. The ruling class will still be in power and will do what it can to limit Bernie’s capacity to change things. My guess is that the Rockefeller/Bloomberg (liberal) wing of the ruling class will acquiesce to his winning, even supporting him against Trump. See how the media (not Fox) — the voice of the ruling class — treats him after he wins the first 3 contests and holds his own in South Carolina. Resignation to reality will seep in, and they […]