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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

AFL-CIO Vice President Spews Socialism: "Together We Can Build a Green Future of Jobs, Good and Shared Prosperity"

During the recent Good Jobs, Green Jobs conference, Arlene Holt Baker, executive vice president of the AFL-CIO, gave the morning keynote address. At the end of her speech she began spewing some Socialist Mantra:

"Together we can shape a green future, of jobs, good and shared prosperity."

What Socialist Mantra you ask? Shared Prosperity of course.

Here is the Video of her speech, her comments are between 7:48-7:58:

According to an Article on Human Quest, Shared Prosperity is also the goal of an Organization started by Saul Alinsky:

"Equity in the distribution of the costs and benefits of economic change (i.e., shared prosperity) ultimately requires political institutions guided by a sense of justice for all. Consequently, political institutions and the moral vision that guides their development are important issues in the debate on how to restore broadly shared prosperity in America.

Given the recent deterioration of our public life, the institutions that control economic decisionmaking are now dominated by the interests of an increasingly narrow band of people (i.e., the top 5 percent of wealth-holders). As a result, the mechanism that once enabled a reasonably equitable distribution of the costs and benefits of economic change - that is, a vibrant public life connected to strong intermediate institutions - no longer exists.

Consequently, those at the bottom of the income distribution have been made to absorb a disproportionate share of the costs of economic change without receiving any of the commensurate benefits. One of the most important causes of declining incomes and rising poverty among working Americans is this inequity in the distribution of the benefits and costs of economic change.

If we are serious about restoring broadly shared prosperity to the United States, we must take action to reverse the deterioration of our public life and its institutions, especially those community-based institutions (i.e., labor unions, schools, churches, and other voluntary associations) that were the foundation of civic culture and historically have buffered working families from the worst effects of a changing economy. Only through the revitalization of such institutions can working people acquire the power to negotiate with politicians, corporate leaders, and other decision-makers and thereby restore the balance in power that enables prosperity to be shared.

Founded by Saul Alinsky and currently directed by Ed Chambers, the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) is the center of a national network of broad-based, multi-ethnic, interfaith organizations in poor and moderate-income communities. These organizations work to renew local democracy by fostering the competence and confidence of ordinary citizens to reorganize the relationships of power and politics and restructure the physical and civic infrastructure of their communities. To that end, the IAF provides leadership training for more than 40 organizations representing over 1,000 institutions and one million families, principally in New York, Texas, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nebraska, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Tennessee, Washington, Oregon, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. The IAF also has a training relationship with the Citizens Organizing Foundation of the United Kingdom.

In short, the primary mission of the IAF is to teach people to ask and to answer Drucker's questions about the common good. The IAF organizations' function as miniuniversities where thousands of people learn how to define their own interests and negotiate them intentionally with the interests of others and thereby develop a more concrete understanding of the common good. This understanding emerges through on-going negotiations that lead to collaborative action and thereby generate empathy, trust, reciprocity, and solidarity.

More specifically, the IAF teaches ordinary citizens to build broad-based organizations to fill the vacuum left by the deterioration of the mediating institutions of their communities - families, neighborhoods, congregations, local unions, local political parties, neighborhood schools, and other civic associations. It teaches them to rebuild damaged institutions, fashion new ones, and enter into the public relationships of democratic politics. It teaches them the skills of listening, respecting differences, arguing in good faith, negotiating, compromising, and holding themselves and others accountable for their commitments. In rebuilding civil society, the IAF provides a potential model for stemming the seemingly inexorable expansion of the market culture to ensure that the market culture, despite its benefits, does not continue to grow at the expense of working families and of the civil society that is requisite for a vigorous democratic culture."

But the fact that a Vice President of the AFL-CIO is spewing Socialist Mantra should not be a surprise. Since other leaders in the AFL-CIO have openly embraced Communists as Allies in their fight for "Progressive Values."

If this trend continues, the AFL-CIO will have to change it's name to..



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