He discussed four frightening realities: current and likely new wars, a deepening economic crisis, pervasive corruption, and the earth dangerously near a "tipping point" of environmental disaster.
His books and other writings are informative and warnings. Things are terribly wrong today, he believes. Too much poverty, unemployment, underemployment, hunger, homelessness, war, violence, and privilege exist.
Too little of what matters most does not. Blame colonialism (now imperialism), capitalism, nationalism, and industrialism. They're "processes," not "things." They feed destructively on each other.
Today, America bears most responsibility. It brought world societies dangerously to "a cliff's edge." A permanent state of war exists. It's combined with corporate empowerment, economic crisis conditions and police state repression.
De facto one-party rule prevents change. Judicial corruption supports it. So does iron-fisted militarism. Media manipulation reinforces it. Constitutional freedoms are endangered.
Electoral politics in America are farcical and meaningless. Major issues go unaddressed. Horse race journalism substitutes. Popularity, not competence, is stressed. Vital information is suppressed. Managed news leaves people in the dark on their own.
In 2008, Dowd hoped Obama might be different. Like many others, he's angry over his support for Wall Street, war profiteers, other corporate favorites, militarism, and permanent wars. In contrast, he ignores people needs.
At the same time, he thinks Republicans are more dangerous and must be defeated. What's needed is a vibrant third party seeking "genuine and peaceful democracy."
He fears America may bomb Iran. He expects all hell to break lose if it happens. He's seen a lifetime of wars and wants them ended. He feels the same about politically and economically destructive policies. He wants America's resources used for helping, not harming, people. He wants conditions mirror opposite of today's.
His latest article is titled "We Need a People's Movement: Soon." It's the 10th in a series begun in fall 2011. It came by email. It's not yet posted on his site . Watch for it. It will be. You'll also find information there on his books.
He urges readers to pass his articles on to others. He sees "the world now headed for the worst ever disasters."
He's not alone believing America is the source of most anger and violence combined with socially, politically, economically, and militarily destructive policies.
"We the people", he believes, "must take the lead toward transforming the country toward peace and decency: now."
"Time is running out." No matter who wins in November, "two overlapping actions" must be addressed:
(1) Overcoming right wing fascism.
(2) Mobilizing for real democracy. It's the kind America never had.