Stewart Acuff

Jan 28

Our Deep Struggle in America

Ayn Rand fan Paul Ryan was on the Sunday talk shows still pitching his recipe for greater income inequality in America. On the question of reducing the debt and deficit, Ryan once again said America has the highest corporate tax rates in the world = while leaving out the fact that no corporation pays those rates because of loopholes and deductions.

Last week ExxonMobil BECAME THE RICHEST CORPORATION IN THE WORLD – AND PAYS NO US TAXES.

Ayn Rand is an obscure, but important figure here. She was a mediocre novelist from Russia who didn’t believe in democracy. She believed in an anti-democratic government led by a few very powerful men with no say at all for the 99% of us. And AYN RAND IS THE IDEOLOGICAL LEADER OF PAUL RYAN AND THE OTHER DEFICIT HAWKS.

We find ourselves deep in a struggle in America not just over policy and taxes, but over fundamental visions of the nature and future of America. Our opponents want to slash programs that keep our elders and disabled alive, deny the vote to people of color and students and any others who might vote for a democratic vision.

It is up to us and our constituents who believe in democracy, peace, justice, and freedom to fight every day to build the power to push this country forward in the way the American people have voted for time and time again.

It is this dire. The radical rightwing Republican Members of the Congress who want to destroy democracy voted against assistance for the victims of superstorm Sandy – and called those victims and others who rely on government assistance “takers” as if the lives of average people don’t matter and with a disdain and contempt for any of us (and I include myself) who ever benefitted from a government program – EXCEPT FOR THE FILTHY RICH 1% AND THEIR CORPORATIONS. THE FINANCIAL ELITE SEEK IN EVERY WAY POSSIBLE TO REDUCE US TO MODERN DAY SERFS.

I leave today for a book tour in England, which I am very excited about. Playing Bigger Than You Are: A Life In Organizing is getting pre-tour rave reviews in England. If you don’t yet have it, please buy the electronic version for $2.99 BY CLICKING HERE. One reader wrote me this week and said Playing Bigger Than You Are has taken the place of Alinsky’s great Rules for Radicals as the most useful book for learning about organizing. Once you’ve read it, please tell others about it, post on facebook and my website about it. Perhaps the most important value of Playing Bigger Than You Are is that poor, hopeless, and average people can win in life’s struggles by working together for the common good. That, my brothers and sisters, is the struggle of our species history.

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Stewart Acuff is the former organizing Director of the AFL-CIO. Acuff has also written two books: Playing Bigger Than You Are: A Life in Organizing, and Getting America Back to Work.

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