Originally Posted By: Senator Hatrack

Why should own a copy of The Communist Manifesto? Because you might learn something from it. You didn't know that the progressive income tax was a Marxist idea until I told it was. If you had a copy of the Communist Manifesto you would have known that. I don't a Che Guevara T-shirt either. The only "red baiting" that is being done is in your perception of my comments. So whenever I mention anything related to Communism in my comments to you; past, present, and future, I am not red baiting you!

In the United States, the first progressive income tax was established by the Revenue Act of 1862. The act was signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln, and replaced the Revenue Act of 1861, which had imposed a flat income tax of 3% on incomes above $800.
I didn't say that I'd never SEEN a copy of the Communist Manifesto,
I said that I don't own a copy of it.

Originally Posted By: Senator Hatrack

When I was a member of the SWP there were about 1,500 members here in MN. So your memory of the size of the party is wrong. A friend of mine is a ham radio operator and he told me there are about 300 in the Twin Cities.

Three hundred what? Three hundred hams or three hundred ham clubs?

Originally Posted By: Senator Hatrack

They are a larger organization than you guessed it to be. While the DSA may have only 56,000 members nationwide they do have a member who is in the House of Representatives, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. That will help increase the DSA's membership.

All the AOC's in the world still won't shift our economic system to socialism. Here's what might:
FAILURE of CAPITALISM to serve those who use, create and spend capital.

Originally Posted By: Senator Hatrack

It has been over 40 years since I read The Militant. I had forgotten the name of SWP newspaper and how often it was published. That you knew it was a weekly and where to get a copy of it is an indication of your leftist leanings. As a conservative I don't know where to find a copy of The Militant. And NO that last comment is not red baiting!

That I knew it was a weekly and where to get it is a function of Wikipedia. ROTFMOL tinfoilhat

Seriously, you don't realize that The Militant is online and you don't realize that typing "Socialist Workers Party" into Wiki gets you a capsule description of the party and their organ?

Did you know that you can look stuff up on this thing?

Originally Posted By: Senator Hatrack

As the men who are or were in the United Mine Workers of America maybe their union might be little stronger if the platform of the DNC didn't have plank in it calling for the abolition of coal mining. I do believe that the Democrat's 2016 Presidential candidate said that if elected she would shut down all of the coal mines in the country. Not that any President has the power or authority to do that.

Power and authority? They're not genies.
The union was destroyed partly by anti-union pressure and mostly by the fact that demand for coal is and has been on a downward spiral since the 1960's.
There are fewer coal miners in this country than Arby's employees.
Believe it or not the vast majority of them are now in Wyoming, not Kentucky.

Originally Posted By: Senator Hatrack

This comment does not contain any red baiting!

No...stating that my ability to track down a copy of "The Militant" is an indicator of my commie-ness contains red-baiting.

But you know what? You go ahead and keep on red-baiting me.
Others here think I'm an illiberal enabler of Conserv-A-Dems, which is essentially like saying I'm Joe Lieberman.

In the end it all boils down to my sig line, from an old Leon Russell song "Magic Mirror".
Maybe it all balances out in the end.

"The Left ones think I'm Right, the Right ones think I'm wrong."
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