MLK was far from being reactionary. I agree. But I think we need t.o avoid exaggerating the truth. MLK never gave a sermon on socialism. I do not think that he knew the solution. I think what he was doing was encouraging us, our generation to think about it and search for new ideas and possible solutions. But he never claimed any solutions. He was non-committal.<quoted text>
He never reject democratic socialism outright. In retrospect, he never publicly said that he wanted a total socialist solution for his plans. I will give you that. He still was not a reactionary.
For example, I do not think MLK was a Pan-Africanist. He leaned closer towards Gandhianism than Africanism. Yet it is obvious that his emotional feelings towards Nkrumahism was much greater than his feeling about socialism. he gave a sermon on Ghana's independence. It was impossible for an African at that time to ignore what was going on in Africa.
There is nothing in his theology, philosophy, ideology or morality that made MLK a socialist. He had companions and associate who were socialist or became socialists later on. Kwame Ture, for example, became very socialist. Nkrumah was very socialist although not a Marxist. What MLK's thinking has done is make people like me study this issue and try to find answers. I have done my best to do that. And it has not been easy. I have proposed forms of cooperative and collectivist economics as a step in the right direction. But we have a long, long ways to go in as much the current CPP in North America is only about 20 people and not all of us seem to be on the same page. Obama has confused too many people which is what he is really all about. But we have 20 people where we need at least one thousand dues paying members. So we have made a very tiny step in the right direction. We have created a workable proposal to fill in where MLK lefty off.
But we are much more socialist than MLK ever was. Nkrumahism is socialistic, but Marxist. For example, I am proposing that we elect leaders at the local level who will use government to help solve economic problems in our community. That could mean things as simple as depositing government funds in a Credit Union account that is owned by Africans. African teachers and professors ought to be investing their retirement accounts in Africa and things like that.
In Africa, we have to start water bottling companies and dig irrigation holes. That is socialism. And we in the USA must link ourselves to those type of projects. Thus, we will be socialist in that sense. But America is a very backwards assss country on economics. The overall economy will take a long, long time to get close to socialism. But we as African have no other choice than to move in that direction because there no other solutions on the table right now. We must link to socialism in Africa, Asia and Latin America.