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I am a former Army and VA psychiatrist who ran for the US Senate in 2010 on a campaign based on a pledge to introduce a constitutional amendment to abolish corporate personhood.

Now that the general public is beginning to understand the importance of the issue,I am devoting much of my time to get political activists to understand that the only way to reach their goals is to establish representative democracy in the US. This will require a constiutitional amendment banning corporate campaign expenditures and limiting amounts rich individuals can spend to influence elections.

I am convinced that the only way to do this is to make support for such an amendment a campaign issue. That way, we can easily see who wants to get in Congress to represent We the People and who want to serve our interests over those of corporations who currently control the US government.

I believe that it is possible to end war if we can prove that democracy is possible. Unless we can awaken enough Americans to the fact that their government is pursuing an agenda of corporate imperialism that will enslave them along with the rest of the world if not reclaimed by We the People, we will leave our children with a legacy of pain for which we cannot be forgiven.

Ultimately, endless war is a symptom of a disease that will destroy human civilization if not eradicated. There is no "us" vs "them." Our fates are intertwined. None of us gets out alive. The question is, how will we have lived?

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Sunday, October 19, 2014 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Zionism and Racism It is impossible to address the cycle of violence between Israel and Palestine without putting aside any racist assumptions, conscious or unconscious. This article discusses this explosive topic in an attempt to promote a rational dialogue that respects the humanity of both sides.

Saturday, October 4, 2014 (24 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Why a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United is inevitable The recent vote in the senate on a constitutional amendment intended to regulate campaign finance and abolish corporate personhood was a historic advance in the abolition movement. So why are so many commentators so invested in convincing us that the movement is dead? The most charitable explanation is that they haven't bothered to consider how it can be done.

Saturday, September 6, 2014 (49 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Controlling the masses by manipulating conspiracy theories The US government routinely labels explanations of its actions that do not comport to the official story "conspiracy theories," even while concocting some whoppers of their own. People who should know better had best wake up to the fact that if they are not open to hearing how American power really works, they are wasting their time claiming to work for peace and justice.

Thursday, July 31, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Ending the tyranny of the banksters Lessons of the Populist movement can be applied to current problems that are destroying the US and world economy, plunging millions into poverty. The key to achieving the reforms sought by the Populists is to deal with the corruption of government that stymied them. It starts by making a campaign issue of support for constitutional amendment to regulate campaign finance and abolish corporate constitutional "rights."

Thursday, July 24, 2014 (40 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Getting Americans to understand the facts about Ukraine and empire Americans don't understand that their government controlled by international corporations that use its military and economic power to establish global corporate domination. Until we break through the corporate media blockade, we allow ourselves to be enslaved in a fascist New World Order along with the citizens of targeted nations. Stand up for Ukrainians, Syrians and Libyans or there will be no one left to stand for us.

Sunday, July 20, 2014 (18 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Stop bitching and start the Revolution We cannot overcome the power of the corporate media until those who speak through the "alternative" media start to focus on solutions to the root causes of the myriad problems they so love to complain about. This does not require thousands of little plans to tackle these problems. What we need is a focus on how to attack the root problem of corruption of government by the global elite.

Monday, June 30, 2014 (51 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
We are all Russians now There was a moment in history when Americans believed world peace possible. For too many, that dream died with Kennedy. We must remember in this time of unchecked US aggression JFK's words at American University when he argued for an end to the Cold War. We are one human family. Americans can change the course of history by demanding an end to US imperialism. That will happen when they abandon American exceptionalism.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 (11 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
We are all Palestinians now- A review of Max Blumenthal's Goliath The most easily refuted lie about Israel is that it represents all Jews. Blumenthal makes a major addition to the growing body of literature by American and Israeli Jews refuting it. Weaving historical narrative with contemporary events, quotes from Knesset members and interviews with a broad sample of Israelis and Palestinians, he creates a stunning indictment of modern Israel that he traces to the roots of Zionism itself.

Friday, June 6, 2014 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The real meaning of D-Day D-Day is thought of as the day the final victory over fascism began. US history since the end of WWII has proven this to be anything but the case. It is not too late for us to make sure that the victims of that war, both civilian and soldier, did not die in vain.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
How to honor the war dead One day a year, Americans set aside a day to remember the war dead. How about those who struggle on with the knowledge of what they have done in war and the civilians whose lives are forever changed by the death and destruction it causes?

Thursday, May 8, 2014 (11 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Is democracy possible? All the hopeful talk about bringing democracy to America ignores the fact that a great number of Americans fear real democracy. It is important to keep this in mind when trying to build a united front against corporate rule. To counter arguments against democracy and in favor of a constitutional republic, it is necessary to understand the basis of the objection and a way to explain why republicanism leads to oligarchy.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The horrors of global climate change no one talks about Everyone knows global climate change will cause destructive weather, displace coastal populations, cause widespread property damage and general disruption, but how many ever stop to really perceive the costs on a human scale? If we cannot even look at how many people are dying every day due to the current policies of the global elite, we will have trouble imagining the future that awaits us if we do not act forcefully now.

Thursday, April 10, 2014 (64 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
We cannot salvage a growth-based economy Anyone concerned by how we are going to recover from the devastation wrought by unrestrained greed on Wall Street needs to start by realizing that there can be no return to prosperity under the old economic rules. They are designed to accumulate wealth at the top at the expense of the worker. In a world of finite resources, we have to create an economy that works for everyone while repsecting the finite limits of growth.

Thursday, April 3, 2014 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
In the wake of McCutcheon, take back America with a Pledge to Amend The Supreme Court declared today that Congress has no power to prevent individuals from buying elections. While Citizens United awoke many to the fact that America is a plutocracy, this slap in the face should serve as a wake up call to those who didn't get the message before. Here's what you can do about it.

Friday, March 28, 2014 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Educating the masses-Why Ukraine matters Americans have a hard time recognizing their government is engaged in systematic violations of international laws specifically designed to prevent the kind of preemptive warfare the US engages in with increasing regularity. It is imperative, if we are going to halt the advance of the global corporate empire, that we educate Americans about the lessons of Ukraine.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 (85 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Changing the world-the psychology of belief Activists can despair when they see the psychopathy in the behavior of average people. They conclude that this is "human nature." Psychotherapists know this is not quite true. While humans are easily influenced to adopt beliefs that lead them to commit or accept unjust acts, with a little work they can be persuaded to change those beliefs and work for the common good. If this were not so, democracy would be impossible.

Thursday, October 24, 2013 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Setting Goals for a Real Global Revolution Despite hope for a global revolution, little of substance has been accomplished that will lead to one. Real change requires strategy, which presupposes common goals that have yet to be agreed upon. When there is general agreement on aims, ways must be found to articulate them in such a way that a large majority agrees with them. Then we have to find a way to state our aims that will unite left and right in common cause.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Toward a Strategy for Global Revolution There is a growing recognition that all the problems highlighted by the global Occupy movement are related to the control of governments by a small group of the economic elite. The question is, How are we going to address the problem? In this article, I argue that we need to develop a strategy for combining our individual efforts to systematically undermine the power of the global elite to control governments.

Monday, September 9, 2013 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Is Obama's pitch to Americans on Syria kosher? In the third of a three part series examining the Obama administration's handling of the rush to war in Syria,the role of Israel is examined and a case made that Obama may have emphasized the benefits to the Israeli right wing's objectives to help Americans wake up to the fact that the interests of the two are not identical.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 (26 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
In defense of Obama Obama is justly criticized by the Left and Right, but critics go too far in attacking the man, not his policies. As with Clinton, this only makes defenders blind to his real faults. It also ignores the fact that a President who challenges the military industrial complex does so at the risk of his life. Critics and supporters have to consider that to properly understand his motivations. They may not be what you think.

Friday, August 30, 2013 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Opposition to Syria may reignite the American Revolution Unnoticed by most commentators, there has been growing convergence of thinking by conservative and liberal activists. Common sense is overcoming dogma to the extent that even the mainstream media and Congress are not immune. The NSA-spying scandals aroused some to the dangers of an endless "war" on terror. The prospect of unilateral military action in Syria may be all it takes to connect the dots for average Americans.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The real cost of student debt The amount of student debt is not the problem. It shouldn't exist at all. A society dedicated to the ideal of equality would treat education as a commodity. Access to higher education should be a right, not a privilege. Democrats claiming victory for stopping an immediate doubling of student-loan interest rates only to raise them even more in a few years shows the dire need for better education if we want to have democracy.

Friday, August 2, 2013 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Snowden: Vanguard of an American insurgency? The one theory to explain Snowden's motivation that hasn't been offered to my knowledge is the possibility that he might be part of a growing resistance within the intelligence community and military to being used to create a global corporate New World Order. True or not, that is exactly what it will take to end the threat of global dominance by the power brokers who dictate US foreign policy and direct the security state.

Friday, July 5, 2013 (8 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A peaceful global uprising The world is beginning to awaken to the need to stand up against the Empire if they ever want to be free. We need to understand that the only way to achieve liberty and justice for all is to unite across international borders in a global uprising that will put the global corporate elite on notice that the days of empire are over.

Saturday, June 29, 2013 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Obama Doctrine Obama was elected promising to work for a post-partisan society. Partisan Democrats are so busy defending his record on issues where he has differed from Republicans that they won't look at areas where they agree but should not, like arming terrorists from Libya to Syria. The truth is, Obama is no more responsible for crafting US foreign policy than Bush was capable. Both are acting according to the dictates of others.

Monday, June 24, 2013 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
We are all Turks now Turks protesting their government's power grab realize that their democratic experiment is in danger. Erdogan is going along with the agenda for a New World Order because it coincides with his Islamist agenda, but his actions have unleashed the power of the People. Americans need to understand this lesson, because they must end their own "civil war" in order to finish their Revolution.

Saturday, February 23, 2013 (14 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Building a Movement for Real Change Each moment in history is unique, but never before has all of human civilization been threatened by human greed and lust for power. It is imperative that we move beyond competition among groups working for change and learn how to unite humanity in common cause. This article suggests how we can build a movement with the strength to create real democracy in the US so that the government will address the necessities.

Thursday, February 21, 2013 (8 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Why Syria Matters This article outlines why Syria is a target nation of NATO and the corporate forces behind the attempt to establish a permanent New World Order dominated by a small group of the international elite. It is critical for citizens of NATO governments to understand what is being done in their name if they want to free their children from bondage in a permanent global police state.

Monday, January 14, 2013 (12 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Guns And The Coming Revolution The latest round in the ongoing gun control debate has led to open discussion of the idea that Americans need to prepare to fight a violent revolution. An armed revolt need not be fought and could not be won. It would simply provide an excuse to impose what could be permanent martial law. The solution to government corruption is a constitutional amendment to end the ability of corporations and the rich to buy election.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 (12 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
It's Time For A Real Debate On Health Care Reform The health care "reform" debate of 2009-10 grahically showed the corruption of both major parties by corporate cash. If Democratic supporters could have seen past the lies of the Democratic politicians who promised to work for a public option and had paid attention to the fact that had one passed it would not lead to single payer, they might have joined the thousands of people working for single payer. It's not too late.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Mussolini test Debates about the tryanny of the right or left hide the fact that democracy depends on consensus. Arguments put in these terms pit Americans against another. The the only way to move the country in any direction is to recognize that the fate of all of us depends on considering the good of each of us. If Americans can work together in the interests of all, they will have passed the Mussolini test, proving democracy possible.

Friday, December 21, 2012 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
It's the corruption, stupid! The US left has failed to make discernible progress in unifying a movement with real political power. By studying the success of movements in Europe and the Mideast in unifying people from across the social and political spectrum to fight corruption in government, we have a historic opportunity to create real democracy in America. A united fight for both a constitutional amendment and anti-corruption legislation is the way.

Thursday, December 6, 2012 (15 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Beyond austerity Congress must begin to put the interests of average Americans over those of the corporate donors who finance their campaigns. If they don't do so in the debates on how to reduce the national debt, We the People can hold them accountable by voting only for candidates in 2014 who will support a constitutional amendment to end corporate campaign expenditures and limit those by the rich. It is time politicians shared out pain.

Sunday, December 2, 2012 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
We are all Africans now The western world is undergoing an austerity "crisis" that is the only possible outcome of an economy based on a zero-sum game. If America is really a democracy, we can decide to change our economic model to one that is just and that is able to adapt to a changing demographic that requires us to provide for both those entering the work force and those leaving it. This will require fundamental changes in our assumptions.

Friday, November 23, 2012 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Austerity or debt: a false choice The debate over austerity measures is causing riots and international strikes in Europe, but many Americans regard them as necessary to address the debt "crisis" that has resulted from 30 years of irresponsible government by both major parties. The real problem is the American system of corporate welfare. The solution is to make support of a constitutional amendment to get special interests out of financing elections.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Occupy at Two: Moving Forward For Occupy to move forward, those who want to the dream of revolutionary change alive will have to take a careful look at the choices those in the movement have made. In particular, the decision to not unify around the central issue of the need for a constitutional amendment to achieve real campaign finance reform needs to be revisited. This article argues this the key to a peaceful democratic revolution.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
America's Post-traumatic Stress Disorder We all know that endless war takes a toll on service members. How often do we think about how it affects society as a whole? This article explores the parallels between PTSD in the individual and similar problems in society caused by failure to recognize how war affects both and the work that must be done to correct the problems. Veterans have a special role in the healing of America that will in the end help them heal.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Dying for an Education Every war is different and every one affects veterans in a different way. The current global war is unique in the number of redeployments made by service members,widespread use of National Guard members and the fact that Americans do not pay the direct costs of war. This has led to young men and women paying the price of endless war on behalf of a society that increasingly offers few other opportunities for success.

Friday, July 27, 2012 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Americanism Redefined Too many Americans believe the myth that anyone who works hard can make it in a society dominated by a government that serves the corporate interest. Until we can abandon this notion of American exceptionalism, We the People will remain weak and divided. This essay explores an alternative definition of Americanism that is one of mutual respect and the value of ensuring the rights of those most vulnerable.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Learned Helplessness Americans agree that government puts special interests above their own. The "alternative" media is dominated by gatekeepers who focus on the politics of Left v Right or worse, Democrat v Republican, as if either of these parties was not bought off by corporate campaign contributions. This article examines how the echo chamber of the left is avoiding the obvious solution to the problem of corporate corruption of elections.

Friday, July 20, 2012 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Cost of Free Trade Those who protested NAFTA and other free trade agreements must get busy fighting the Trans-Pacific Partnership currently in negotiations. The US ceding its sovereignty over American trade policies led thousands around the country to take part in the Battle in Seattle. This is a much more important battle, as TPP would give transnational corporations to sue governments without needing a government to back them.

Thursday, July 19, 2012 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Occupy the Tea Party Taking America Back for the People requires more than the Left can manage to organize, given its long history of being unable to unify and work together. This article describes how Citizens United and the corruption of the US electoral system could be the issues that unify Left and Right in the cause of establishing democracy in America. Democracy is a really great idea. It requires consensus to make the ideal a reality.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Escape From Freedom Somehow the word "fascism" has been determined inappropriate to use in polite company. It is ironic that one of its hallmarks is thought control through propaganda. This article looks at the individual and social psychology of fascism to make the case that not only can it happen in the United States but if fascism is defined as an unholy alliance between corporation and state, it has already arrived.

Sunday, July 15, 2012 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
We are all Spaniards Now Most analysis of the European economic crisis focuses on austerity measures being sold to Americans as well. Some bloggers write about the use of stimulus instead of austerity. Conservative economists dismiss Keynesian economics as an obsolete theory in an age of unsustainable government debt. What is not being discussed is the possibility that resistance to austerity may lead to real economic revolt like Iceland's.

Friday, July 6, 2012 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Declaring Our Interdependence The American Revolution could not have happened without colonists recognizing their interdependence on one another. In the same way, the Revolution cannot be completed until Americans remember that democracy is not possible for some until we recognize the rights of all human beings.