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Originally written on April 30, 2010

On the eve of International Worker’s Day, otherwise known as May Day, I thought it fitting to close out the month with a celebration and remembrance of the struggles of the workers, the poor, and the oppressed throughout the world.

First, I would like to thank everyone thus far who has supported, read, subscribed and given words of encouragement to The Todd Blog. In just over a month, my little blog, which started merely as a means of filling some time and defending my name, has become something I am proud to put my name on–something that is enjoyed by an increasing number of leftists, artists, writers and free-thinkers every day. I sincerely hope that I continue to provide intelligent and thought provoking content on a daily basis (I’ll try at least) and continue to receive the overwhelming support, not only from the left, but all others who enjoy reading my stories of a life well-worn and well-lived–I’ll try to add a bit more non-political posts in the future for you folks. Again, I give genuine thanks to everyone who has helped make The Todd Blog something special and something that will continue to strive in the future. Now on to May Day…. continue reading…

Originally written on April 29, 2010

About a week ago, a good friend of mine e-mailed me an article on existentialism, after a blog post of mine had got him examining the topic. The author of the article, Alexander Green, laid out a fairly simple explanation of the basic characteristics of existentialist thought. This, in turn, got me thinking about my role in the world, both as an individual and as an activist for social change. In essence, it is the self versus the society. Perhaps that is a bit too confrontational of a description, but I do indeed at times feel pulled between my individual desires, thoughts and manifestations and the desire to exacerbate critical thinking and pro-active social change. These two worlds are most certainly not mutually exclusive, but nonetheless, it is a common tendency of the Marxist left to distance dialectical materialism from individual notions of self, and of spiritualism and the role that plays in our schema of the social world around us. continue reading…

Originally written on April 26, 2010

I consider myself to be a part of the left. No, my views and the views of others in this camp are not “radical” or “extreme” as the corporate mainstream media would lead one to believe. My views are those of an individual who has extensively studied political-economy, history and sociology. I take a rational posture when it comes to legitimate critique and analysis of modern imperialism and the role that our two-party “democracy” plays in allowing, perpetuating and exacerbating the continued hegemony of powerful corporate interests who intend to hoard the world’s resources at the expense of everyone else.

It is quite easy to point out the hypocrisy in Republican rhetoric. They claim to stand for smaller, limited and fiscally-responsible government, yet have done nothing but expand the scope of government and increase spending and debt while lowering taxes on the wealthiest citizens claiming higher taxes would lead to a stagnating economy–well, the economy has been stagnant despite the tax cuts. Republicans spout about “Christian” values and “moral righteousness,” yet they so often live lives of greed and adultery while perpetuating war throughout the world. I’m not a biblical scholar by any means, but I believe these actions would be considered antithetical to the teachings of Christ. continue reading…

Originally written on April 25, 2010

On Friday, April 24, Arizona Republican Governor Jan Brewer signed into law a new immigration bill requiring local police officers to question people about their immigration status if there is reason to suspect they are illegal immigrants. What the actual reason is that police would suspect someone of being an illegal immigrant is not stated in the law, but is left to the discretion of the officers. The reality is every single resident of Arizona of Latino descent–about 30% of the state’s population–is a potential target for police interrogation.

This bill is the culmination of a decade’s long attempt at fear-mongering that spreads false information about the actual costs–fiscal and social–of illegal immigration, all in an effort to use the already racist inclinations of a white population duped into the belief that “American” culture, language and identity is threatened by illegal immigrants. Of course, the illegal immigrants they speak of only pertain to Latin America–Mexico at the forefront–and do not mention immigrants from any other part of the world that come to this country every year, just like Latinos, but whose skin is not dark and whose native language is not Spanish. Fear-mongers like Lou Dobbs and Glenn Beck, among many others, manipulate their audience into a belief system that re-enforces racist stereotypes, perpetuates lies about the actual costs of illegal immigration and presents hypothetical scenarios about the downfall of white American culture at the hands of these immigrants. continue reading…

Originally written on April 23, 2010

I feel that I am a citizen of the American dream and that the revolutionary struggle of which I am a part is a struggle against the American nightmare. Eldridge Cleaver

When Eldridge Cleaver spoke those words, the belief was that he, and all of black America, were indeed in a revolutionary struggle against the tyranny of the white ruling class. Some forty-odd years later, the tyranny still exists, yet the revolutionary fervor of; not only Black America, but of everyone–white, Black, Hispanic–is non-existent. There is most certainly anti-establishment fervor on the rise, but this movement–such as the tea party–is one of the white lower and middle-class alienated by a current administration headed by a black man. This white middle-class uproar is spearheaded, dictated and manipulated by the very forces that are alienating not just these white protesters, but every single person who lacks a voice. In essence: a corporate-sponsored revolution devised to further the divide between white and black, rich and poor: the haves and have nots. continue reading…

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