Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Who is Stewart Alexaner? Meet the black man running for president who's not Obama

February 28, 2012

By: Cynthia Gordy
The Root

"'People should also control the means of production and distribution, as the collective owners and managers of worksites in their communities,' said Alexander. He argues that instead of a few executives and stockholders wielding control over industry and manufacturing, the people who work at the facilities should run them as cooperatives.

'It's the difference between being gainfully employed while taking care of the needs of society, versus only accommodating big corporations who are making huge profits,' he said.

The Socialist Party USA also emphasizes public rights to social services, such as a single-payer health care system and free college education, both of which Alexander says he would be committed to if elected president. 'But the top thing on my agenda, as it should be for any person who's running for president, is the economy,' he said, proposing a public-works program that would invest public funds into businesses, owned and managed by working people, to directly create jobs in infrastructure and high-speed rail. 'The economy under capitalism is in shambles...'"

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