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Seattle Councilman discusses challenges of finding homes for the homeless.

From The Voice November edition

Seattle Citycouncilman Mike O’Brien discusses
challenges of finding homes for the homeless
Mike O’Brien
wants to
tax large
companies in
order to raise
more funds for
the homeless.

By Nancy Gardner The Voice editor

Seattle City Councilmember Mike
O’Brien told Seattle Housing Authority
residents that Seattle’s homeless crisis has
escalated due to a lack of enough affordable
At the monthly SHA resident meeting
on Oct. 11, he said, “A person can’t live in
Seattle on $15 per hour or by making the
minimum wage. And ticketing, towing and
sweeps create more problems than they
He also said Seattle needs more places to
move the homeless before they get ‘swept’
out of their makeshift housing.
The 49-year-old native Seattleite said
housing was affordable 20 years ago, but
not anymore.
“Look around − we’re creating massive
amounts of wealth in our community but
that’s going to just a handful of people.”
To help raise revenue for affordable
housing, O’Brien has proposed a new tax
on businesses making more than $5 million,
called the Housing, Outreach, and
Mass-Entry Shelter (HOMES) proposal.
Councilmembers will vote on Nov. 20.

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NeoFeudalism Part 1

The word feudalism comes from “feu”, “fend” or “feudum”, which stands for the fee or the fief. The fief is a piece of property held in return for services.

Corporatism: The New Feudalism

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The term feudalism was first brought into general use in eighteenth century Europe. But in the history of the world, the feudal period is recognized to have itself from the fifth to the fifteenth century. According to some critics, feudalism developed between seventh and tenth centuries.

According to Schumpeter, “feudal civilization suggests the idea of a particular type of warrior society, namely, of a society dominated by a warrior stratum that was organized on the principle of vassalage, in a , hierarchy of fief-endowed lords and knights.”


Maurice Dobb has defined feudalism to be virtually identical with what we generally mean by serfdom :

“An obligation laid on the producer by force and independently of his own volition to fulfill certain economic demands of an overlord, whether these demands take the form of services to be performed or of dues to be paid in money or in kind.”

Usually, it is West European feudalism that serves as the primary example of a feudal model. But many scholars hold the view that there were different types of feudalism existing in different parts of the world. In this regard, Paul A. Baran remarks there is a “tremendous different” between the histories of the feudal systems in different parts of the world”. Daniel Thorner has correctly remarked we have numerous ‘feudalisms’, they constitute a series of systems belonging to different families. Even for the cases that are clearest—in Asia Japan, Europe from the 9th to 12th centuries, feudalism turns out to be a mixed system, a symbiosis, difficult to conceptualize and analyze.”

Features of Feudalism :

From a discussion of the features of feudalism we can have a proper idea about the various aspects of this economic system.

1. A simple mode of production :


Feudalism represents a low level of technique in which the instruments of production are simple and generally inexpensive. The act of production is largely individual in nature. It is not the result of complex division of labour

2. Production for consumption :

Production in a feudal society is organized to meet the need of the household or a village community. Production is not meant for exchange or for the market. The feudal economy is a natural economy; its main object is consumption.

3. Political decentralization :

In the feudal era the State becomes less powerful. There is usually no strong unified central government. The most significant economic and political functions are discharged by the feudal aristocracy.

4. Hierarchical organization :

According to Holesovsky, titular ownership of land is vested in members of a class of feudal lords, Church, nobles, etc. These lords form a hierarchy starting with a king above, his vassals and then his tenants of successively lower ranks.

5. Personal relationship :


According to John Critchley, feuda­lism—particularly of Europe was Characterized by personal relationship between the lord and the vassal, between the grantor and the grantee. Dobb mentions that, with lord possessed “some judicial or quasi-judicial functions in relation to the dependent population”. The Libri Feudorum which was the most famous collection of feudal laws contained regulations governing the behaviour required of the vassal towards his lord and more vaguely of lord towards his vassal. In Japan this relationship was so close and deep that they even spoke of the “feudal family”, consisting of the tenants and the landlords.

6. Based on custom :

It was an economic society organized by tradition. Tradition solved the economic problem. Tradition directed men to their tasks. Tradition also regulated the distribution of social rewards.

7. Changelessness :

Changelessness was another attribute of classical feudalism. As Paul Sweezy mentions, “European village society which characterized feudalism was “conservative and change resisting.”

8. Absence of molestation :

Under classic form of feudalism, transactions were mostly of a barter type. Cash payments were rare.

‘Use of money for exchange was very less. Products under feudalism did not take the form of “commodity” as they mostly had a “use value”. Market forces of demand and supply had very little relevance in this system. The feudal economy was a subsistence economy.

9. Self-sufficiency :

The insularity of economic life was an important feature of feudalism. The manor used to be self-sufficient. Each manor produced all types of crops in quantities sufficient for its population. Inter-manorial trade was very insignificant. Reduction of trade with the outside world to the minimum was considered as a sign of good management. Extreme self-reliance was the economic hallmark of feudalism.

10. Typical feudal mentality :

Feudal mentality is lazy, inexpert and un-progressive. Feudal ideology is based on non-acquisitive­ness, submissiveness and respect for tradition. Motivation was non-economic. Feudal qualities were antithetic of businesslike. The emphasis is not on profit.

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This Weekend: Arm-In-Arm, Forward Together!

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March for Climate Justice w/ Backbone & Solutionary Rail Imagery
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From a Progressive Party Member

Tiny Homes: Seattle’s Latest Solution to Housing Homeless Western U.S. cities like Seattle are combatting the homeless crisis with tiny homes. Kirei Mei Johnson, who just moved to one tiny home village, says the shelters …


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Taxes. Who Pays? Who benefits?

For many years, this party has spoken out against Washington’s terrible Tax system. Generally, it can be described as a way of asking the poor and middle class to pay for most things, while the rich complain about having to pay taxes. This system may look fair on the surface, because it asks everyone to pay the same amount in taxes. But it is rather like a company that asks a low paid worker out to a fancy restaurant as a reward for hard work. Two big bosses take hi to dinner, and announce that in order to be perfectly fair, they will divide the bill equally.

So, the waiter appears, and one boss orders a nice, thick steak, champagne,  and caviar. The second boss orders Wagu beef, pate and mineral water, and the poor guest orders the cheapest soup. The bosses don’t even notice him sweating under his collar as he worries about how to pony up his, “Fair share” of the bill. The bosses congratulate each other on how fair they were.

If we all pay the same amount, those earning the least pay a high percentage of their income.

And, it’s even worse with out Business and Occupancy Tax. Businesses are supposed to thrive and provide jobs, plus provide tax money to operate our state. So, what we do is tax every penny that comes in the door of the business, instead of waiting to see what their profits might be. I’m not encouraging Hollywood bookkeeping  here, but shouldn’t businesses be allowed to subtract expenses like rent, utilities, pay for employees and inventory? What do we do instead? We allow tax breaks to the biggest companies based on the idea that they provide the most jobs. And we don’t even insist that those jobs be in our state.

I believe it would be much more sensible and fair to get rid of all the special tax breaks, then only tax the profits each company makes.  That way, even the newest, smallest companies get a fair chance to survive the first few years when they don’t always make a profit. Especially since small businesses provide more than 50% of jobs in our state.

Let’s try a little fairness in our tax system.


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Corruption in Government

This video from provides a good description of the current corrupt practices in the US government.


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Local Bills in Washington State

You can find information about all the the bills in the Washington State Legislature on the legislature’s website.

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Native Americans

Since a Native American, Deganaweda, created the first model of the US Constitution, we owe a lot to Native thinking about how to include people in government. The Great Peace was the Iroquois version of how to run a government. It included the right of women to vote, and to impeach a bad leader. Each tribe had a single representative, and the other representatives were apportioned by population. That should sound familiar.
Other tribes had easy divorce laws (for the times), women could own property, and it was simple to become a member of many tribes, while others made it difficult. Several tribes had joined together to make Kentucky a hunting preserve open only to those tribes part of the treaty.
The tribes were not perfect, and neither are we.
Despite the horrific history of taking land from every tribe in the way of, “Manifest Destiny”, most tribes signed treaties in good faith. Those treaties were to last as long as the water flowed and the grass grew. Needless to say, the part that said, “Or until we change our minds.” was written in invisible ink.
Today it is a struggle whether living on a Reservation, being an Urban Indian, member of a recognized tribe, or not. We in the Progressive Party will back up enforcing those treaties. We urge fair treatment of all Native people, including those from other nations, from Canada to Chile.
We support the efforts of Idle No More and Native Lives Matter, Native efforts to stop pollution and fossil fuel extraction on Native Lands, Sacred lands, and all pristine or endangered wild areas. Native hunting and fishing rights need to be supported. After all, their efforts to keep the wild food sources high were there from before others invaded, and continue to this day. We also commend the Native efforts to provide jobs not only for tribal members, but for other rural neighbors in need of work.

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Why is There a Progressive Party?

The Gilded Age (roughly 1880-1910) was  a time of great wealth in the hands of a few, and massive poverty holding down the many.

There were no laws protecting workers, including those aged 5-12. Factories expected all workers to put in a 14 to 16 1/2 hours a day, 6 1/2 days a week, Tenement rooms rented for $12 a month, while those being paid well earned $4 per week.

The Progressive Era was lead by people like Jane Addams and  Robert La Follette. Laws were finally passed to end child labor, control paid lobbyists, stand up for a living wage, and work against party bosses. They learned that combining with others such as, unions, immigrant groups, the NAACP, and journalists that change could happen.

The ride was bumpy. The official party was disbanded three times, but because the problems which our party was founded to address are back with us, once more we are ready to fight alongside unions, immigrants, Black Lives Matter and Native Lives Matter, Low-income and Homeless advocates and environmentalists. We have plenty to do. Let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work!

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Be a Citizen Lobbyist.

What is the difference between the usual Lobbyist and a Citizen Lobbyist?  A regular lobbyist usually is paid a lot of money to represent a group which wants special treatment from your lawmakers. A Citizen Lobbyist is someone who takes the time to talk directly with their own lawmakers.  You represent you!

Usual Lobbyist:

  • PAID!
  • Represents Clients
  • Major access to lawmakers

Citizen Lobbyist:

  • Unpaid
  • Represents their own interests
  • Lawmakers know each Citizen Lobbyist is a voter.

The Progressive Party is made up of Citizen Lobbyists. Join us in making sure our lawmakers know the issues we care about.



“I put my body and reputation on the line to stand up for my beliefs and do the right thing. I hope I’ve encouraged other people to do the same.”

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