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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.
Conformity is Death
For a democracy, conformity in thought and action is a sign of the democracy's degeneration. Colin Kaepernick and others kneeling during the National Anthem is a good sign, not a bad one, because it says that people are willing to take an unpopular stand. Be proud, it shows that there is still hope to salvage our democracy from the oligarchy that threatens it. Hoka Hey!
Saturday, June 18, 2016(13 comments)
You've Plunged a Dagger in My Chest, Yet I Live
America has been at war with itself for almost fifty years. In Bernie Sanders we have our last best chance at peace. In Hillary Clinton we have a continuance of the guerrilla war that has been fought since the time of Nixon. And in Donald Trump, I see the potential for hell on Earth.
Monday, March 14, 2016(1 comments)
We Are the Change
The oligarchs are trying to solidify their position, and fully establish a neofeudalistic society based on wealth. Bernie Sanders represents our last best hope to stop them. Hillary slows the takeover. Trump represents something worse: a Fascist state, IMHO. The rest of the GOP are puppets with the oligarchs pulling their strings. Vote Bernie!
Wednesday, December 16, 2015(4 comments)
Love is at the Heart of Courage
The people who would have power over us rely upon fear to achieve their ends. If we stand together against their attempts to use fear to make us cower before them, if we use love for our fellow human beings as the basis for the courage to say "NO!" to their attempts to make us back down for what is rightfully ours, then we cannot be defeated in our quest for a new and better tomorrow. "Love is at the heart of courage."
Friday, October 2, 2015(7 comments)
In a Perfect World
In a perfect world being pro-life would mean protecting children from birth to adulthood if the parents could not, not only from conception. In a perfect world there would be viable alternatives to fetal cells for some types of research, and abortions would not be needed for cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother. The current attack to defund Planned Parenthood is myopic, unrealistic, and bad policy.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015(6 comments)
Ignorance of Reality Is Called Delusion
The recent law-enforcement raid on Rentboy.com in New York City may at long last remove the blinders from the gay community on how precarious their position really is with law enforcement. They have refused aid to sex workers in their struggles, not understanding that, to many cops, gays and lesbians are every bit as No Human Involved (NHI) as any sex worker. Now thousands of closeted men's names are in police hands.
Friday, August 21, 2015(3 comments)
Children of a Lesser God, Part 2
Twenty percent of our nation's wealth and fifteen percent of its income has been redistributed upwards, mostly to the top one percent of population in terms of wealth, over the last thirty-five years. This has left millions of Americans in despair, without hope for the future for themselves, or their children. As John Berger said, "the modern poor are not pitied"but written off as trash." God help us all.
Thursday, August 20, 2015(3 comments)
Children of a Lesser God, Part 1
In 1948, Harry Truman said, "Out of the great progress of this country, out of our great advances in achieving a better life for all, out of our rise to world leadership, the Republican leaders have learned nothing. Confronted by the great record of this country, and the tremendous promise of its future, all they do is croak, 'socialism.'" This has not changed in 67 years, but the real socialism today belongs to the rich.
Friday, August 7, 2015(7 comments)
Faith and Reason
I am confused by the evangelical Christians I went to high school with. They think you should only have to give what you want to the poor, not what the poor need, and to be forced to do otherwise is wrong. Jesus said "Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven..." (Mk 10;21 NIV) They forget that except for God's Grace, they too could be destitute, like those they hold in contempt.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015(3 comments)
Of Prophets and Loss
The prophets of the Old Testament fulfilled a very important function in ancient Israel: they reminded the Jewish people and their kings of their duties to both God and one another. In our secular world, we still need someone to remind us of our duties to the world, humanity in general, and one another in particular. We need people to remind us that we are our brother's keepers, and the Earth's stewards. We need more gadflies.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015(4 comments)
Clarence Thomas says we have no right to dignity. The reality is that without dignity and its handmaiden respect, we have no rights.
Thursday, June 4, 2015(1 comments)
Bitcoin and Other Delusions
We are all appalled by the seemingly sudden outbreak of police violence against Afro-American males here in the United States. There is nothing new here: the violence of law enforcement against American minorities, as well as the different and disenfranchised, is simply being caught more by cell phone cameras. Women are one of the most consistent recipients of police violence, and the most under-reported. This must stop...now.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014(7 comments)
The South's Gonna Lie Again
The re-emergence of Confederate thought and sentiment in the 21st Century is a carefully orchestrated piece of propaganda orchestrated over the last 150 years making Lee, Davis, and Jackson saints, and demonizing good men like James Longstreet. It is an immoral ploy, worthy of a look only due to it's growing success, beginning in the 1930's,and it's relation to todays oligarchs.
Sunday, October 12, 2014(12 comments)
Teaching Civil Disobedience
The plutocratic oligarchs in our country are intent on dumbing us down until we are little more than mindless robots that work ourselves to death at their behest. All work should have dignity: Jefferson, Lincoln, FDR and JFK saw it. Marx saw it, Theodore Roosevelt saw it and MLK saw it best of all. The Jeffco School Board's proposal is an attack on what they believed. Here's a list of some history they wouldn't allow taught Series: Pulling Back Conservatism's Curtain (6 Articles, 6676 views)
Tuesday, September 23, 2014(12 comments)
Rights, Privileges, Franklin Roosevelt, and an Unfinished Revolution
With Ken Burn's PBS series on the Roosevelts< I thought it very propitious to finally publish this article. In spite of their many faults, Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt had one thing in common: their love of the average American. Together, they were responsible for every right and Protection that we enjoyed as workers and average Americans up to the Reagan counter-revolution of the 1980's. It's time to get those rights back. Series: Dying From Ignorance (2 Articles, 1907 views)
Monday, August 18, 2014(4 comments)
Discerning Our Reality
There are many things in this world that are not what we believe they are. One of these is the next stage in human evolution. It is not super-intelligence, or unearthly psychic powers; it is the development of our compassion and empathy. Without these, any other development will lead to our ultimate destruction. Series: The Madness of Selfishness (8 Articles, 6025 views)
Monday, July 14, 2014(14 comments)
In the Heart of Madness
How does one stay sane in a world gone mad? Where narcissism is celebrated as a desired trait, and acting like a sociopath is considered the best way to get ahead in business. Selfishness is the one consistent symptom in all mental illness, so common we have to ask if it is not a form of neurosis in itself. We may never know: societies based on selfishness don't survive for long. Series: The Madness of Selfishness (8 Articles, 6025 views)
Wednesday, July 9, 2014(9 comments)
Fortitude versus Greed
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 (8 Articles, 6025 views)
World Without Love--A Rock-and-Roll Epistle
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(3 comments)
The Evil in the Hearts of Men
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 (8 Articles, 6025 views)
Thursday, May 22, 2014(8 comments)
I Am Not a Number!
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(8 comments)
Cutting Our Own Throats Part Two
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 (6 Articles, 6676 views)
Wednesday, April 30, 2014(3 comments)
Cutting Our Own Throats Part One
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 (6 Articles, 6676 views)
Wednesday, April 30, 2014(8 comments)
The Continuing Allure of Marx and Lenin
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 (2 Articles, 1907 views)
Wednesday, April 9, 2014(3 comments)
Governance Without Cynicism—Part 2
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 (8 Articles, 6025 views)
Friday, April 4, 2014(4 comments)
Governance Without Cynicism Part 1
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 (8 Articles, 6025 views)
Friday, February 14, 2014(9 comments)
Wealth, Power, and Happiness
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 (8 Articles, 6025 views)
Real Feminism: A Male Perspective
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(3 comments)
Modern Conservatism, or: Who Says That We're Our Brother's Keeper?
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 (6 Articles, 6676 views)
Cynicism Gets Us Nowhere. It's Time To Fight Back with the Other Ninety-Nine Percent!
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(1 comments)
We Need to Reclaim the Spirit of America's First May Day, and Fight and Strike Anew for Economic Justice!
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(1 comments)
A Past That Never Was
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(1 comments)
A Burden to The Poor
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(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(4 comments)
If At First You Don't Secede
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(3 comments)
Three G's and an E-flat, or Why Beethoven Rules!
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(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(8 comments)
Marxism for Fun and Profit
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(9 comments)
Paranoid-A Rock and Roll Epistle
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(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(4 comments)
Failure to Communicate
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(1 comments)
Keeping Them Honest
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(5 comments)
Nature of the Beast
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(6 comments)
A Festering Wound
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(5 comments)
Aiding the Evolution
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(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(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(3 comments)
A Collective Sigh
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(1 comments)
Rebel with a Cause
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(3 comments)
Making Sex a Crime
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(3 comments)
On Our Feet or On Our Knees
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(4 comments)
I Am Spartacus!
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(1 comments)
Built on Shifting Sands
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?