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Leaked Footage of the Incredibly Horrible Police Action Against OWS Last Year

My dear Colleagues,

I just had one of the most shocking experiences in my life, at age 96.
When the police broke up the Occupy Wall Street demonstration on the 15th of November 2011, the participants in the protest could not take any photos, all their equipment was destroyed, and all journalists were barred. What I just saw was 15 minutes of video taken by the police. Unbelievable. You must find a way to see it.
Beating up people who hardly showed any physical resistance. Grabbing children from their parents. Six policemen beating down one desperate, decent human being.
Everyone must see this film somehow. It is the most shameful of events in our own country, rivaling beatings during the Jim Crow era. Outright beating people who had done nothing wrong in any way. The world must see this, period.
I did learn that you can view it on YouTube here:
I urge you to view the video, which was done with police cameras and not released until yesterday. It also probably is only a small part of what they filmed, so you can imagine what they left out.
Do let me know if you follow through, and express your opinion.
Sincerely,
Sidney

Welcome to Sidney’s new website!

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you for visiting Sidney’s new site.

When I first began working with Sidney in July, I was immediately introduced to his email mailing list, through which he has been sharing his point of view with his friends, colleagues, and associates for many years. This blog will eventually collect his past years of emails, and going forward, will offer him a broader platform for expression.

Sidney is 96 years old and, as anyone who has met him surely knows well, is a man of many virtuous talents. It’s my pleasure to help him to present his wisdom, ideas, arguments, theories, and intellectual contributions to the broader world.

 

In solidarity,

Tim Fitzgerald
Assistant to Sidney J. Gluck

China’s Efforts To Mitigate The Effect Of World Inflation On Its Own Economy

Dear Colleagues,

As you are aware from my cry for help, we have been working on an essay on inflation as it affects China, and I appreciate comments from a number of our colleagues who I have thanked.  Our basic conclusion is that inflation is a disease of the capitalist system, which affects rising economies and, in particular, China.  Much of my research has been of China’s efforts to combat the rise of inflation as result of rising world prices for their imports. I have just received an article from China titled “Inflation Strikes: Government Policies Will Curb Rising Prices And Alleviate Burden On Consumers”.  While I had intended to share my essay, which is not quite finished (it has a lot of historic and background material), I would like to share the article with you as it reveals many of the measures taken by the Chinese government that are impossible in the US capitalist economy.

I should appreciate your comments.

Sincerely,

Sidney J. Gluck

Click HERE to view “Inflation Scare” at http://www.bjreview.com.cn/print/txt/2011-02/27/content_334084.htm

Hate Groups in the USA

Dear Colleagues,

I was shocked to learn of the increase in the number of hate groups in our country. A year ago, the Southern Poverty Law Center issued a detailed report, which I may have shared with you, of about roughly 250 hate groups as of January 2010 with details of addresses, contact points, etc.  That figure contrasted with approximately 80 hate groups 10 years earlier, which had brought down the number of hate groups due to courageous opposition by the Southern Poverty Law Center.  The current issue of this intelligence report gives details of 1,000 hate groups in eight categories, which includes a new category of internet operations.  They also include a map showing the number of active hate groups in all the states with a total of 1,002 as of the end of 2010.  I would be pleased to send copies of the actual lists to anyone interested in learning the facts and possible use in the struggles ahead.

I would suggest for those of you who would like to get a copy to contact the Southern Poverty Law Center at 400 Washington Avenue, PO Box 548 Montgomery, AL 36177-9621. You can e-mail them at: http://www.splcenter.org/contact-us

Sincerely,

Sidney J. Gluck

Click HERE to view the SPLC Spring 2011 Intelligence Report at http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2011/spring

Issues Confront the Macroeconomy

Dear Colleagues,

The big difference between the economic structure in the Western capitalist nations (the US in particular) and that of China’s economic structure is in planning national development.  They are engaged at the moment in shaping the next five-year plan, which has just begun, and are dealing with the macro-economy, which establishes the major goals and the economic planning for industrial growth and the advancement of living conditions of the people in the undeveloped areas (which happen to represent two-thirds of their land area and population).  They are even considering slowing up the rate of growth of the economy from the annual 9 percent of a phenomenal thirty years since a major problem is the development of industrial laborers’ skills and experience, which would guarantee accomplishment, considering 7 ½ percent annual in the coming few years.

The Beijing Review of February 24th, which we just received, has an article on issues confronting the macro-economy presenting ten areas of concern which give an indication of their consideration of economic functions and planned accomplishments to resolve human problems.  We particularly note concern with income distribution, which not only seeks to improve the living standards of working people but shows a concern with the distribution of wealth in the private sector, which requires special attention to maintain harmonious relations between economic groups and national obligations of the wealthy without denying the existence of private corporate and business activity that are part of industrial growth at the base of national development and elimination of feudal backwardness.  One big problem that they will be facing is training wage labor in the building of industrial enterprise as a determining factor in the rate of growth.

We hope this article gives you insights into the manner in which the economic questions are dealt with from a developing socialist point of view.  We also want to warn not to take the specific developments in China as a model of socialist development.  Must bear in mind that each country will have a range of developmental necessities that reflect the national history, culture, the level of economic development, and social relations.

Sincerely,

Sidney Gluck

Click HERE to view “Issues Confront the Macroeconomy” at http://www.bjreview.com.cn/business/txt/2011-02/18/content_332685.htm

Insight On World Agricultural Production And Relation To Prices And Inflation

Dear Colleagues,

In my request for help on a paper on inflation, which I have been preparing for China, I appreciate a good number of responses.  To give you an example of some of the contents, I am attaching a story from the Christian Science Monitor on Africa as a growing source of agricultural products, which happen to be one of the disturbing factors creating inflation in China because of rising prices of foodstuffs.  This is a part of the information that will be sent to China shortly, and I would like to share it with you.

Sincerely,

Sidney Gluck

Click HERE to view “Is Africa Selling The Farm?” at http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-Issues/2011/0206/Hunger-and-food-security-Is-Africa-selling-the-farm

China’s Development As An Economic Power

Dear Colleagues,

Despite the rise of inflation in China, their overall development is full steam ahead.  The overall picture is described in an article in the January 27th, 2011 issue of Beijing Review titled “Back on Solid Ground”.  You might find this highly informative.

My own estimate, since Hu Jintao’s assumption of leadership, is that they do not exaggerate either their successes or their problems.

A major problem is to harness inflation, which essentially is a relationship between the income of laborers and the rise in prices; while they have increased a minimum wage, it does balance the increased costs of imports, which is a much more difficult condition to rebalance.  I will probably have more to share with you from the study of how China can deal with inflation in ways not possible under capitalism’s primacy of privatization.

Sincerely,

Sidney Gluck

Click HERE to view “Back On Solid Ground” at http://www.bjreview.com.cn/quotes/txt/2011-01/26/content_328301.htm

The Truth of Efforts Towards Climate Change

Dear Colleagues,

A few weeks ago, I learned that China had spent fifty-one and a half billion dollars in the year 2010 to re-organize their power supply to reduce CO2 emissions.  Apparently, this is a continuous program and has become a part of the national budget.  This, of course, puts China in the top position of countries that are, in fact, making some effort to deal with climate change.

In the issue of Beijing Review of December 9th, there is an article “Taking Responsibility for Climate Change” that analyzes the Cancun Conference, which could not yet form an international agreement and includes China’s contribution and decision.  Again, I believe that this information should be broadly circulated to counter the anti-China propaganda.

Sincerely,

Sidney Gluck

Click HERE to view “Taking Responsibility for Climate Change” at http://www.bjreview.com.cn/quotes/txt/2010-12/07/content_317340.htm

Background of Egypt and Middle East International Relations

Dear Colleagues,

The 21st century sure is one of historic change; not only the growth of China as an economic power together with Brazil, India, and Russia (BRIC) as a second polar center in world economy generating economic developments and the end of colonialism as it moves away from the domination of finance capital of the US superpower.  The attached article in the Nation sums up the political background of the eruption in Egypt and Middle East politics.

We also want to call your attention to several stories in the New York Times, in the latter part of last week through Sunday, which exposes the political battle between Obama and the Pentagon State-Department cabal that seeks to maintain US domination in Egypt and the surrounding area.  If anyone wants copies, we would be pleased to send it, preferably by snail mail, as we will make copies where necessary.

I know that there will be differences of opinion on Obama’s vision, which challenges eco-political domination and favors internal democratic development, and that is precisely why I am raising these questions.

Sincerely,

Sidney Gluck

Click HERE to view “America’s ‘Shah’ In Egypt” at http://www.thenation.com/article/158275/americas-shah-egypt

Openings For Progress

Dear Colleagues,

I want to share Sam Webb’s, head of the Communist Party, report of the Party’s evaluation of President Obama’s State of the Union address.  I find it extremely well balanced and hope that we can find a way to redevelop the mass movement that elected Obama.

My concern is the position of many who believe in socialism, and I do find no reference to the attitude and actions that we should take in influencing the people to accede with many of the positive things that Obama has proposed. I sense that his speech and his conference with Hu Jintao, which preceded that speech, has made some difference in Obama’s approach to solving the problems of the unemployed and poverty stricken and Obama’s recognition of the unfairness of the tax return to the wealthy. What I find missing is a Marxist approach to Obama’s proposals in terms of changing our system.

I would suggest that we are living through a period in which the capitalist class has shown its unwillingness and inability to advance our economy. They are continuing to make more money than ever by allowing a deterioration of living standards in our country while making greater profits on those who are employed and even more profits on cheap labor they substitute around the world. Hence, they have no interest or desire to do anything but reduce the standards further because the only way to stop it is to tax them.  As an example, we have the total corporate profits in the third quarter of 2010, which amounted to $1.658 trillion representing the highest quarterly earnings for over two generations back.  What we should be demanding of Obama is that he encourage foreign investments that would grow the economy in our country again. No doubt much of this would come from China.  That would create an attitude that counters the anti-China propaganda in this country and recognize that they are developing as an economic power with a non-military base following an international policy of fair trade with the development of each country in its own best way. This includes making special arrangements with countries that do not benefit as much as its trading partners (China in particular), which would be ameliorated by special purchasing contracts that have already been inaugurated by China last year. Furthermore, investments in developing countries would be based on industrial and agricultural growth with capital investment and the introduction of high tech for the benefit of various countries.

In other words, the key to progress for socialism is to get people to understand that the growth of the economy would be the way to take care of all the people and that the capitalist class in this country in particular are acting in a completely opposite privatization drive which is keyed only to their own economic aggrandizement.  This would be a spur in the consciousness of the masses that there is something about socialism, which includes private enterprise as well as socially owned enterprise with the objective of increasing industrial and technological development in an effort to achieve a decent living standard for all people.

I may be wrong in this assumption, and I welcome your comments.

Sincerely,

Sidney Gluck