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Position Paper: Revolutionary Socialism is the Primary Political Ideology of The Red Nation

Dear friends, if you read one thing today, might as well be this. Follow the link below to access the full statement.

Revolutionary Socialism is the Primary Political Ideology of The Red Nation

Adopted September 6, 2019

“I firmly believe that the philosophy of my ancestors lines up quite tidily with the philosophy of communism. I make no apology for my principles.”

— Lee Maracle

“Socialism is for the people. If you’re afraid of socialism, you’re afraid of yourself.”

— Fred Hampton

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The Myth of Middle Class Mexico

A recent opinion piece in Bloomberg makes a concerted effort to paint Mexico as “a moderately prosperous nation,” that “the World Bank calls upper-middle-income.” The thrust of the article is that Trump’s rhetoric on Mexico is wrong, and the country is, in fact, doing pretty alright. While I’m obviously not out to prove Trump right, I do want to correct the record on a few things…

Bloomberg vs. Trump?

Let’s start with the contention that Mexico is “upper middle income.” In 2019 World Bank ranked 60 countries as upper middle income. These are countries where GNI (Gross National Income, formerly known as GDP or Gross Domestic Product) is between $3,996 and $12,375 per capita (all figures in USD unless otherwise noted). According to the World Bank, Mexican workers earned an average of $9,180 a year, which is the equivalent of approximately $15,000 pesos per month. read more

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A Letter from TF’s Publisher and Editor

Hello -- again. Toward Freedom is back! Not with our magazine, but with a new and expanded Website that will continue the incisive international reporting that TF began 53 years ago. After several months of in depth discussion, the TF board of directors has begun to develop some new approaches, including a decision to strengthen our link to writers, readers, and activists who are working to create a just society.

As a first step, we have engaged journalist Ben Dangl, who has traveled extensively and written about progressive movements in Latin America. He has already revamped our Website and now becomes its editor. Please check it out at www.TowardFreedom.com and send in your stories and ideas. In the months ahead, we think you will find articles that surprise and intrigue you - continuing our tradition of bringing voices unheard into the mainstream. Other new initiatives will be announced in the future. 

Looking forward to networking with you in cyberspace,

Robin Lloyd

TF Board co-chair

A note from the new editor:

The launch of our new website takes place at a time of extreme global crisis.The War in Iraq; the creation of a possible free trade block in South America; the centralization of corporate media in the US - the list could go on and on. Yet flashes of hope have sprung up in the midst of these challenges. Labor unions are organizing in Iraq; Bolivians rejected a plan to exploit the country's gas reserves and alternative media in the US is on the rise. Toward Freedom is a part of this progressive movement and we hope you'll join us as we work for a better world. 

Starting with our July 4th inaugural issue, www.TowardFreedom.com will be publishing articles on a weekly basis on topics ranging from human rights and the environment to youth issues and activism.Our new multimedia site also includes an online bookstore, a blog, radio/audio streaming, a RSS feed, a searchable database and newly organized archives. Video streaming will soon be up and running as well.

I am excited about editing TF's new website and look forward to being a part of this community of readers, writers and activists. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions as we move ahead. If you have any questions or comments, or would like to write for Toward Freedom, please email me: Ben@towardfreedom.com

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Thanks for reading and stay tuned,

Ben Dangl

TF Editor