Samuel E. Konkin
... is scheduled
the guest speaker for the 195th meeting of the Karl Hess Club, to convene
on September 20, 2010.
Leon Weinstein on "Up from Socialism."
Leon is on a quest to prevent Socialism from taking over the United States of America. As he puts it:
"Presented by a person who lived half of his life in the former USSR and who fears that the U.S. is heading toward becoming the United Socialist States of America, America need help, our help!
"I call on my dear ex-compatriots who once lived under the socialist regimes of the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Cuba, China, Albania, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Venezuela of Chavez, the Argentina of Peron, and others of similar life experience.
"I was born in the Soviet Union and I was lucky to part with socialism and privileged to become a U.S. citizen. But during the last year and a half, I am becoming increasingly concerned about the direction American leaders are steering our country. More and more, the U.S. resembles the world I was fortunate to leave behind. More and more, it now resembles the path Russia took a century ago -- and we all know the devastating results of this "experiment." It is the very same path Greece recently chose in trying to achieve another 'just society.'
"For years, the United States was the island of sanity in an ocean of pain, suffering and injustice, in which most of the world was drowning. The countries that were able to stand against tyrannies and make life bearable for their citizens did so in large part because the U.S. was backing them with its might. If America falls, the world as we know it will end.
"Without a strong America, we will see China establishing its hegemony over Asia; Russia will strengthen its muscles and take back Eastern Europe; Hugo Chavez and the Brothers Castro will run Latin America; and a wide swath of the globe stretching from North Africa through the Middle East to Indonesia and perhaps the Philippines will become radically Muslim -- fanatically massacring 'infidels.' "
Leon will discuss his various projects dedicated to fighting socialism and to alerting Americans and those who love freedom around the globe, including Weinstein Art Management (WAM), and his Letter to America.
Leon Weinstein is an author of hundreds of articles about socialism, its disguises and means of creeping into lives of unsuspecting people. He's written children's plays and stories, including his recent novel, Looking for Hugh: The Capitalist Guidebook, which can be read by children ages 8-14.
Leon is working on a non-fiction book to children the science of liberty and capitalism, partially inspired by Karl Hess's Capitalism for Kids.
Leon was born in 1949 in St. Petersburg, Russia. In 1972 he graduated from the St. Petersburg Culture University majoring in Performing Arts.
In 1974, Leon immigrated to Israel, where he organized the Theater for Children & Youth, directed six of his own plays and was twice nominated for the Best Children's Show of the year. He is the author of numerous short stories published in American, Russian and Israeli periodical publications, and a variety of political articles.
After the fall of the Soviet Union, Leon took part in establishing relations between post-Soviet Russia and his adopted homeland, the United States. He co-founded several companies, including Weinstein Art Management, to provide venues for artists from ex-communist counties to be seen and heard in the West.
In 1990 Leon initiated sister city relations between St. Petersburg and Los Angeles.