Some New Year’s Resolutions

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Five police officers on bikes wait behind protester Sandy Fleming during an "Occupy Los Angeles" protest on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles on Saturday, December 17, 2011. (Photo: Ted Fisher)

My main New Year’s resolution is to try to be nicer to everybody I communicate with, and to really listen to what they have to say, but I also have a few political resolutions

  • I am going to continue to support the Occupy movements, which I consider the best hope for democratic change in the last 40 years, in every way I can.
  • I am going to continue to expose the Corporate led School Reform movement- as a force driving creativity and joy from our nation’s classrooms without doing anything to achieve real educational equity or undermine the school to prison pipeline.
  • Mark NaisonI am going to keep lines of communication open to Libertarians, even though I disagree with them on many issues, because I consider the erosion of Civil Liberties a grave threat to the future of this nation.
And if I am wrong about all of these things, it is not because of bad intentions. My goal is always, to quote Biggie “to spread love, it’s the Brooklyn way.”Peace and Happy Holidays to All!


  1. Don Duitz says

    I admire people like Mr. Naison. My problem is not with his communication with the libertarians but, with the libertarians themselves. I, too, like much of the freedoms and rhetoric they espouse; another big but is their attitude about government. They, like the GOP, advocate little or no government. This attitude, that they desire, is naive in the extreme.
    I remember years ago a conversation with one of these fanatics that suggested that all streets should be built and maintained in each neighborhood, that rubbish collection should be bought by individuals, that mail should be privately provided, etc. Perhaps, we won’t need a paper system someday, but, can you imagine a private company duplicating the delivery system of the postal structure we have now. Paper is with it now and it doesn’t look like we will ever eliminate it completely. When we do, probably government will be involved, on some level, with the required changes. Frankly, government does many things as well as or better than business. I applaud our DWP, municipal services, courts, schools and colleges, protections under the law, programs that develop new technology and so many other things that would not happen if left up to private interests
    There is no heart in libertarianism and it is grossly impractical.
    Listening to the music of their proposed programs reveals the disharmony and the dangers.
    Truthfully, government has many flaws. But, make not mistake, business and especially corporate business has is no less flawed.
    Government is there to provide balance between the heartless profit system and the impractical in many parts of our social system. We need both to continue to have a prosperous and humane society.

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