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Richard Girard is an increasingly radical representative of the disabled and disenfranchised members of America's downtrodden, who suffers from bipolar disorder (type II or type III, the professionals do not agree). He has put together a team to prosecute Bush, Cheney, et al., but has given up waiting for his credentials, and fully expects either the United Nations or Spain to beat him to it. An autodidact, he has read more than 3000 books over the last 35 years, on subjects including history, mathematics, political science, economics, sociology, anthropology, psychology, philosophy, women's studies, physics, martial arts, science fiction, and art. He is still editing Immanuel Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, trying to make it comprehensible to someone who is not a Rhodes Scholar. It surprisingly calms the worst effects of his bipolar disorder, acting both as a sleep aid, and helping to keep him out of the funny farm.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 Fortitude versus Greed (7 comments)
Too many libertarians think that their liberties begin with Milton Friedman's version of capitalism. This is a harmful and restrictive viewpoint, if one looks at history. If you want to have any degree of authority over yourself in this society--what most of us will recognize as being the definition of personal liberty--you must be responsible for yourself, and accept the obligations, and the duties, that you have to others. Series: The Madness of Selfishness
Monday, June 9, 2014 World Without Love--A Rock-and-Roll Epistle (8 comments)
Poor Nietzsche. Thanks to his sister and his "friends," we cannot be certain how much of his work from 1888 on is his. I believe he lost his mind because he had suffered for most of his life being alone and unloved. Like most people who don't have enough love in their life, he believed that selfishness and the "Will to Power" were the answer to his needs. What he really needed was the power of love.
Thursday, June 5, 2014 The Evil in the Hearts of Men (3 comments)
I have always considered Nietzsche an important if flawed philosopher. He is the archer who fires his arrow at the bulls-eye, only to have the arrow swerve and miss its target. Thomas Farrell has written a series of articles about Nietzsche, Zarathustra, and love that has made me reconsider: What if Nietzsche's Will to Power was the Power of Love? What if the war of good and evil became one between love and selfishness? Series: The Madness of Selfishness
Thursday, May 22, 2014 I Am Not a Number! (8 comments)
The modern oligarchic state, run through the corporations for the benefit of the plutocrats, is creating a world not of Star Trek hope, but of Rollerball despair and Prisoner paranoia. It cannot be allowed to stand. I am not a number; I am a free man!
Thursday, May 1, 2014 Cutting Our Own Throats Part Two (8 comments)
I consider the American Revolution and Constitution to be the positive culmination of the Age of Reason, as well as more than two thousand years of philosophical thought. It demonstrated that rights are not given to us by monarchs or governments, but by agreement of the governed amongst themselves. Any who would use the advantage of such government to take advantage of other citizens, deserves our opprobrium. Series: Pulling Back Conservatism's Curtain
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 Cutting Our Own Throats Part One (3 comments)
Economic inequality in America is destroying the hearts, the minds, and the very soul of the nation. Franklin, Jefferson, and Madison all spoke out against danger to the Republic of too much wealth being gathered in too few hands, and now their worst nightmare has come to pass. We mus act now, to prevent the plutocrats from establishing an oligarchic despotism, while we may do so without violence. Series: Pulling Back Conservatism's Curtain
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 The Continuing Allure of Marx and Lenin (8 comments)
It used to be a badge of honor in this country to be well-read. The conservative reaction of the last fifty years against critical thinking and knowledge has changed this for the worse. This was due to the fear that being well-read would make you a "commie," like Marx and Lenin. This ignored men like Franklin, Jefferson, and Lincoln. The nation is much the poorer for it. Series: Dying From Ignorance
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 Governance Without Cynicism—Part 2 (3 comments)
Wealth concentrated in the hands of the few, the free market's inability to provide for the public good, the failure of the free market to prevent cronyism, oligopolies and other evils; these are faults in a free-market economy for which libertarians have no answer. The increasing control of our country by corporations with no patriotism or morality makes our taking back our government a moral imperative. Series: The Madness of Selfishness
Friday, April 4, 2014 Governance Without Cynicism Part 1 (4 comments)
The cynicism of libertarians towards government is not a virtue. It is in fact a vice, preventing the libertarian from providing any useful assistance to his fellow citizens to fix the problems of America today. Until they overcome their cynicism, and provide useful input rather than Utopian platitudes, libertarians will be the spare tire of American politics. Series: The Madness of Selfishness
Friday, February 14, 2014 Wealth, Power, and Happiness (9 comments)
It is not enough that the super-plutocrats are destroying the United States; they are trying to also destroy the World. Their avarice and pride, coupled with a healthy dose of narcissism, may spell doom for us all, if we don't take the weapon they are using against us out of their hands: Money. What use has anyone for a billion dollars? You can't spend it without making the rest of us miserable. Series: The Madness of Selfishness
Saturday, November 30, 2013 Real Feminism: A Male Perspective (5 comments)
Right now, the only right in this country that women have that cannot be taken away by a single reactionary legislature, intransigent executive, or ultraconservative judiciary is their right to vote. It is the only right they have that is clearly delineated under the U.S. Constitution. Many women believe they don't need to renew the drive for the Equal Rights Amendment, and perhaps they are right. But if they are wrong...
Monday, September 23, 2013 Modern Conservatism, or: Who Says That We're Our Brother's Keeper? (3 comments)
When attacking a political movement, you must start at the beginning and then cut the foundation out from under it. So let it be with Modern Conservatism. And with Dr. Russell Kirk and his book THE CONSERVATIVE MIND. The book was the intellectual foundation of Modern Conservatism, praised by Reagan and Goldwater alike. And, like Modern Conservatism itself, it was based on distortions, half-truths, and intentional omissions. Series: Pulling Back Conservatism's Curtain
Thursday, May 16, 2013 Cynicism Gets Us Nowhere. It's Time To Fight Back with the Other Ninety-Nine Percent! (6 comments)
Is sequestration just the One Percent's way of trying to hit the American people with an austerity program? I think it is. and I also think it is time to give voice to our extreme displeasure on the impasse in Washington. Tea Party types say they fear the "tyranny of the Majority," but they seem to have no problem with a tyranny of a minority, as long as they are the minority. Let's end this NOW!
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 We Need to Reclaim the Spirit of America's First May Day, and Fight and Strike Anew for Economic Justice! (1 comments)
Our democracy has had few friends better than Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis. As the working man's advocate and virtually the only liberal on the court when FDR took office, this man lived the role of prophet and gadfly to the powerful, just as his Jewish forebears had done to the kings of ancient Israel and Judah. Men like Bernie Sanders, Alan Grayson, and Leo Gerard honor his memory by speaking truth to power.
Saturday, April 6, 2013 A Past That Never Was (1 comments)
One of our society's greatest flaws is its inability to learn even from our immediate past, let alone any lessons that we might garner from other times and other places. Ignorance is not bliss, and the past is far too often prologue. We must save our democratic republic from the predations of a pseudo-aristocracy while we still can.
Monday, February 4, 2013 A Burden to The Poor (1 comments)
Idolatry shrouds the American landscape like a pea-soup fog on I-5 in California: hiding in its gray expanse a multitude of pressing problems with stories of sports teams and the other manufactured celebrities whose existence makes no real difference in our day to day lives except as a brief distraction from our pain. It is time for us to throw down those idols, and take back our humanity while we still can.
Thursday, January 3, 2013 Human State (1 comments)
We are rapidly approaching the most important crossroads in world history since the 1930's. Will our future be one of "Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness;" or shall humanity be reduced to a state of serfdom in service to the multinational conglomerates of the World. Shall our future be that of "Star Trek," or that of "Rollerball?" The choice is ours.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 If At First You Don't Secede (4 comments)
We once again have people who really should know better calling for secession. I am beginning to think Andrew Jackson may have made a mistake not taking the U.S. Army into South Carolina, and hanging the paleo-Confederates from every tree between Columbia and Charleston, in 1831-32 over South Carolina's Ordinance of Nullification. It probably would have prevented the Civil War 30 years later.
Monday, December 10, 2012 Three G's and an E-flat, or Why Beethoven Rules! (3 comments)
Something a bit different for the holiday season, and yet still the same. He was one of the most politically aware composers of all time, changing the title of his Third Symphony from "The Napoleon" to "The Eroica" when Bonaparte crowned himself Emperor. Lenin hated him, because his music filled him with tender emotions, ruining his revolutionary hard edge. Happy 142nd birthday Maestro, and thank you.
Friday, November 30, 2012 Crass Materialism (1 comments)
In the season of "crass materialism," I could not think of a better subject for me to pursue. Whether you are discussing the materialism of laissez-faire capitalism," or the Dialectic Materialism of Marx, we have reached a point in this world where any form of unabated materialism is a form of suicide. If we do not adopt a policy of sufficiency, and soon, our civilization will die.
Thursday, November 15, 2012 Marxism for Fun and Profit (8 comments)
Karl Marx is a perplexing historical figure. His insistence on a violent overthrow of all existing institutions makes him a pariah to disciples of Gandhi and King, his lack of empathy and self-awareness weakens his arguments. But what he meant by a Communist state has never been achieved, his observations on the pitfalls of laissez-faire capitalism are generally correct, and his, fully developing all human potential, noble.
Saturday, October 27, 2012 Paranoid-A Rock and Roll Epistle (9 comments)
This is my last article before the election. I showed a friend of mine this article, and she said I was overstating the situation, that it was not quite so dire. She also said that I had named the article properly, because it expresses my--and many others--darkest fears of a Romney-Ryan victory. If God forbid it happens, I hope that I'm wrong and she's right.
Monday, October 15, 2012 Transformers (1 comments)
All of us can be agents of change, transformers if you will, but not if we blindly follow any doctrine or dogma of any philosopher or religion.
As much as I love and respect Thomas Jefferson, I'm far more aware than most Americans of his "feet of clay." Like any good student of philospohy, I take the good and and throw out the bad, knowing that all of us are finite, transient, and imperfect.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 Failure to Communicate (4 comments)
It is not our education system that is failing us, it is we that are failing our education system. And in failing that system we fail succeeding generations and our country. Thomas Jefferson thought that funding for education was so important that even war did not take precedence over it. I believe that Jefferson was right, and we need to quit blaming teachers for our failure to fund education properly.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012 Keeping Them Honest (1 comments)
Harry Truman said, "There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know." Unfortunately, to do this article justice, I had to cover a lot of history of the GOP, before and during WWII. So I'm afraid it is long. But it also points out that the GOP has not changed tactics in the last seven decades, only refined them. People Like Eisenhower tried to make them honest, but it's not in their souls.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 Nature of the Beast (5 comments)
We are left with the choice of selfishness or survival of our nation as a democratic republic. There is nothing in-between. The oligarchs are poised to usher us into an era of darkness and serfdom, where Edmund Burke's ideal of idle rich and working poor as the only two economic classes is realized. We cannot allow this to happen.
Thursday, July 19, 2012 A Festering Wound (6 comments)
Those of us who keep in the public spotlight the murder of our 35th President in Dallas 49 years ago as a bunch of Don Quixote's tilting at windmills. It is imperative that the American people learn the truth about this assassination because of the implications it has on today's political economic reality. The oligarchs takeover of our nation started there, and has nearly reached fruition. This must not occur.
Monday, July 2, 2012 Aiding the Evolution (5 comments)
We are in trouble on Spaceship Earth. Instead of a group of Captain Kirks at the helm, we have a group of Captain Queegs, more interested in the disposition of their strawberries for the officer's mess than they are in saving their ship and crew. If we aren't careful, this spaceship may founder on the rocks of history, nature, or both. Kropotkin created the concept 110 years ago called "Mutual Aid." It is our last best hope.
Monday, June 18, 2012 Parabolic Thinking (10 comments)
The most disturbing thing when you read Karl Marx are not his solutions to the world's economic woes, but his chillingly correct observances of "free market" capitalism's faults and pitfalls for the majority of the workers and others not in the "One Percent," the capitalists who would destroy human lives in search of an extra penny's profit.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 Limitations (4 comments)
The libertarians are horribly misinformed if they believe the majority of the Founding Fathers would agree with them, in toto. But they are correct that they would see the runaway Military-Industrial Complex as a monster requiring crushing.
Thursday, May 10, 2012 A Collective Sigh (3 comments)
The best system of government in the world is worthless without responsible individuals to run it. Responsible humans of goodwill can take a piece of crap system and make it better than it has any right to be. However, no government will simply allow those who sill exploit their fellow humans to do so without fear of punishment. Martha Stout stated 1 in 25 of us are sociopaths; without government, they run things.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 Rebel with a Cause (1 comments)
This one is for all the small "r" rebels out there, we broadcaters of the Emperor's lack of clothing to unite. The ERA did not pass in the 1970's, and it has returned to haunt us. The Right Wing, aided by pseudo-Marxist feminists more interested in ideology than goals prevented passage. The recent attack on women's issues is the result. Women's rights includes the right to use their bodies to mske money if they want.
Saturday, March 24, 2012 Making Sex a Crime (3 comments)
If the American public wants to know what the ultimate goal of the Radical Right is in terms of abortion, contraception, and the rights of all of those who aren't white males, ask a prostitute, or as I prefer to call them, a professional sex provider. They have been dealing with the problem for 4000 years, and uptight feminists like Andrea Dworkin and Catherine McKinnon won't even talk to them.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 On Our Feet or On Our Knees (3 comments)
This is not an article to provide you with new information on the evils that beset this country. It is a warning, a clarion call to all of us who love our country too much to watch it descend into the clutches of those whose only redeeming quality is their ability to make money. The great revolutions of this country: 1800, the Civil War, the New Deal were against the establishment of an aristocracy. The time has come again.
Saturday, February 11, 2012 I Am Spartacus! (4 comments)
Right-winger Mel Gibson's "Braveheart" was not the first or even the best movie about men who would rather die on their feet than live on their knees. And Kirk Douglas's "Spartacus" (and the Starz series as well) say a lot more about how the One Percent would like us to live under their heel. They want to destroy our worth as human beings, and then treat us as slaves. I say thee, Nay!
Monday, January 23, 2012 Built on Shifting Sands (1 comments)
Modern conservatism is a house, built on shifting sands. Its sole moral basis is "I've got mine, and I'll kill you if you try to take the smallest crumb." It lives by Burke's Vindication of Natural Society, which asserts that the sole purpose of the rest of us is to serve the rich.
Is that with or with out gravy?
Friday, January 6, 2012 Responsibility and Respect (3 comments)
The conservatives continually cry out fro the Occupy Movement to act "responsibly," but without the respect that must go with it, democracy is impossible. The Athenians knew that 2500 years ago, but their Ayn Rands and Koch Brothers, Socrates and Critias, ignored it even then. The more things change, the more they remain the same.
Thursday, December 29, 2011 Let's Sit This One Out (7 comments)
The three words at the start of our Constitution--We the People--make it a revolutionary document every bit as much as it is a legal one. Lincoln recognized that fact when he stated that we had the Constitutional right to change our Government, or the Revolutionary one to overthrow it. With one-half of our nation at 200% or less of poverty, the One Percenters had better take note.
Thursday, December 15, 2011 Friend of the Devil-A Rock and Roll Epistle (1 comments)
There can be no doubt that America is going to Hell in a hand basket. I would rather be a Friend of the Devil than any of those sanctimonious bastards in the GOP who have done nothing while one third of our nation has fallen into poverty, myself included.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011 Apology (5 comments)
The Arab Spring. Wisconsin against Walkerism. Occupy Wall Street. The people are rising against their oppressors around the world, and the wolves are scared. Keep it peaceful, persevere, and we will win. Regrettably, not without cost.
Saturday, November 5, 2011 Simple As A-B-C (1 comments)
Sometimes, the biggest arguments between the left and the right is an intentional misunderstanding by the right about the terms we use, including democracy. Neither the word republic or democracy is used in relation to the national government in our Constitution, and as Jefferson pointed out, democracy is the purest form of a republic, though not practicable above the size of a township.
Sunday, October 16, 2011 Occupying Our Time (3 comments)
The Occupy Wall street is spreading faster than kudzu in hot weather. The big complaint from the media is that it seemingly has no purpose. Well let me suggest one: broad enough to include one of the 1100+ groups here in the U.S. plus all of those we are beginning to see sprouting up abroad. The restoration of human dignity for the 99% of us who aren't millionaires.
Thursday, September 29, 2011 Liberty, Equality, Fraternity (6 comments)
Liberty, Equality and Fraternity (Brotherhood) were the watchwords of France's Revolution 222 years ago. They are words we Americans need to remember as this election year approaches. There is a class war, and you and I, the people who that bloody elitist Ayn Rand and her ilk had the unmitigated temerity to call "parasites" are losing to the real parasites, Edmund Burkes idle rich.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 Dignitas (7 comments)
The biggest casualty in the war on the middle and working class has been millions of American's dignity. In the military, one of the first parts of breaking you down to be a good soldier is robbing you of any sense of dignity you might have. The difference is, the military then builds you back up with a new sense of dignity tied to your membership in the military. The ownership class wants it to remain destroyed.
Friday, August 26, 2011 Mayday! Mayday! (6 comments)
The reality is that there is no cause for fear of our deficit NOW! If and only if we continue with the high level of unemployment that we are currently experiencing, the two budget draining wars, and the Bush era tax cuts ar we in trouble. No, this is about finishing off the middle class that scared the oligarchs to death in the '60's and '70's, the middle class established by FDR and his Democratic successors. Screw them.
Thursday, August 11, 2011 Working Class Hero-A Rock and Roll Epistle (1 comments)
Does the recent debt ceiling compromise make you feel like a used Kleenex? If you think it is bad for you, my fellow Boomers, how do you think the younger generation feels who placed so much hope in Obama, and now feel betrayed by the system. We cannot permit this generation to fall into nihilistic apathy. We must teach them to have hope, even when they are betrayed, because the real power comes from them.
Thursday, August 11, 2011 A "Cute" Depression is an Ugly Thing (8 comments)
Depression is a word that describes both one of the most common and debilitating character disorders in psychiatry, and one of the two worst economic disasters that can happen to a nation. Neither can be solved by "just get over it," or "tough it through," in spite of what conservatives think. Nor can they be fixed with simple one size fits all solutions: the problems underlying them are much too complex. America has both.
Saturday, July 23, 2011 Dumb and Dumbest (13 comments)
If Obama is simply the populist stalking horse for Wall Street and the "banksters," we are screwed beyond all hope of salvation without a rising of the American people in a general strike. But as a person who suffers type III bipolar disorder, I have to hope we are not that far gone...Yet. The alternative is too horrible to imagine.
Friday, July 22, 2011 Teach Your Children--A Rock and Roll Epistle (5 comments)
It takes a community, to paraphrase Hillary, to raise a child in a free society. A child in a free society is not an automaton or drone, who meekly accepts his lot. He is a fearless being who believes his government should be more afraid of the people than the people are of the government. He is not impressed by wealth, position, or power; rather honesty, honor and conscience.
Saturday, July 9, 2011 Revolution-A Rock and Roll Epistle (4 comments)
One of the resources I attempt to bring to my readers is putting together a number of articles I have seen in a coherent form to make a point. This is one of those. It points out how Wal-Mart is representative of all the corporations trying to crush the middle class, why the destruction of the unions have long been the first priority in destroying FDR's New Deal,
and why we should emulate our revolutionary founders.
Friday, June 24, 2011 Submitted for Your Consideration (1 comments)
Sometimes you are shocked in your reading, and sometimes you shock your friends when you tell them what you read. Karl Marx is proving himself a prophet in his Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts, written in 1844. He describes much of the detereoration of America's working and middle classes as if he were reading today's headlines. It was very nearly a Depends moment, it scared me so much.
Thursday, June 2, 2011 Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense (9 comments)
I am tired of the followers of Ayn Rand using her so-called Objectivist philosophy to justify their being hateful, uncaring bastards to the rest of humanity. At a time like this, one must pullout the big guns to demonstrate how Un-American her philosophy is. In the Hagiology of American political thought, there is no bigger gun than Thomas Jefferson, although I admit it's like using a nuke to kill a gnat.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 The Four Horsemen of Calumny (1 comments)
Being a Republican used to be respectable, back when Margaret Chase Smith was Senator from Maine. Of course in those days, conservatives weren't so stupid as to equate socialism and Stalinism. Only extreme reactionaries like Joe McCarthy and Ayn Rand did that. The American people were too smart to fall for such crap. Unfortunately, our educational system and media has declined since then.