[Marxism] A republican that became socialist

Juan Carlos juancarloscruz at hotmail.com
Wed Jan 18 18:21:58 MST 2006

Hello all: Read this article (website) about a guy who was a republican and 
became socialist

Socialism: The Next Stage of Human Development

What began as my personal exploration of political power, institutions, and 
organizations has expanded to an exploration of identity politics, 
especially religion, race, ethnicity, and gender. When I turned eighteen, I 
registered to vote as a member of the Democratic Party. In my very first 
election, the Fall 1992 election, imagine my surprise when everyone I voted 
for won, from Bill Clinton to Dianne Feinstein! The 1990s show why I 
switched to the Republican Party in 1998. That got old very quickly and I 
next explored the Libertarian Party. They seem to be group of disgruntled 
former Republicans. I'm currently registered with the Green Party, which 
doesn't have a very strong base here in Kern County, but I'm looking to 
change that. Unfortunately, the Kern County Green Party is made up of 
gray-haired old people who really aren't interested in political action and 
change. Why does Kern County have to suck so much?
I became a Republican several years ago because I found myself in agreement 
with the ideals set forth in the Republican Oath. In 1998, however, I was 
forced to switch my political affiliation to the Libertarian Party and then 
again to the Green Party in 2002. I still believe in the ideals articulated 
by the Republican Party, but I can not abide the hypocrisy of the Republican 
leadership. They can not continue to proclaim the Republican ideal of 
limited government while denying the basic constitutional rights of gay, 
lesbian, and bisexual citizens and attacking states that pass popular 
refendera allowing the use of medical marijuana or the legality of 
physician-assisted suicide. They can not continue to advocate a sound 
economic policy while allowing big business to destroy the environment, deny 
workers' rights, and place profits before people. When the current 
leadership of the Party is long gone, I might consider rejoining, but until 
then, I can not call myself a Republican and an American in the same breath.

In exploring history and contemporary international politics, I've often 
found capitalism to be the source of much human misery. I've decided to 
learn more about socialism and other alternatives to capitalism. I believe 
that capitalism is destroying our civilization and, in turn, sowing the 
seeds for its own replacement by a more advanced system of economic and 
social democracy. Capitalism has evolved into a new religion and the way to 
salvation is higher profits. To be most effective, that is, profitable, 
capitalism must operate by its own laws and not in accordance with the human 
rights recognized by our Constitution.

I am now commited to fighting againt the Bush adminsitration and its desire 
to destroy the essence of the American dream. The United States is not a 
corporation that strives to make money regardless of the cost. Our national 
interests are more than just corporate profits and lucrative business 
contracts for Bush's oil allies. We are the land of the free and the home of 
the brave. I can not believe that our veterans put their lives on the line 
in past wars just so the Bush-Cheney corporate whore team can wage a war 
against a much weaker nation for the sole purpose of taking over Iraq's oil 

The Anti-War Page: Know the facts about the Bush Administration's War for 

Socialist Parties
Democratic Socialists of America: the liberal wing of the socialist 
movement. Not really socialist, but reformist liberals.
Socialist Party USA
Communist Party USA
Freedom Socialist Party
Socialist Organizations
Industrial Workers of the World: The Unofficial United States IWW Home Page
International Socialist Organization
World Socialist Web Site
Refuse and Resist
The Left Party
Young People's Socialist League
Youth for International Socialism
Socialist Alternative
Committee for Workers' International
Leftist Parties of the World
Socialist Party USA's Queer Commission
Seattle IWW
Working Class Culture

Workers Independent News Service
Labor Arts
Anne Feeney
Working America
Labor Songs
Hard Miles Music is devoted to restoring folk music and art to their 
rightful status within the labor movement.
Socialist Publications/Publishers
The Messenger, published by Chandler Owen and Philip Randolph beginning in 
August, 1917, was a mixture of political comment, trade union news, literary 
criticism and biographies of leading radicals of the time.
Workers World Online
International Socialist Review
Socialist Appeal
Revolutionary Worker
Communist Voice
LeftBooks.Com: A resource for Marxist publications
Red Letter Press
Socialist Theory
The History of Socialism. This is an excellent resource for understanding 
what socialism is, has been, and can be.
In Defence of Marxism: The aim of this website is to defend Marxist ideas 
and their validity for today's labour movement.
World Socialist Movement
Marxist Writers Archive
Informal Communist Discussion
Ben Seattle's Revolutionary Practice Through Information Technology
Socialist History
History of May Day
The Origins and Traditions of May Day
Socialist Commentary/Critiques of Capitalism
The Capitalist Threat by George Soros. What kind of society do we want? "Let 
the free market decide!" is the often-heard response. That response, a 
prominent capitalist argues, undermines the very values on which open and 
democratic societies depend.
Violence as a Tool of Order and Change: The War on Terrorism and the 
Antiglobalization Movement by Leo Panitch
The Rise of a Liberal Aristocracy and the Fall of America by Sam Smith
The World Trade Organization: A Convincing Parody Site
Teaching Marxism
Teachers' Resource Web Study Questions on Karl Marx
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