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I am a fellow traveler passing through this existence trying to stay sane in an insane society while stopping to smell the roses and the garbage as well. I've been a political activist since 1968 when my active duty military experience compelled my opposition to the Vietnam War, American imperialism abroad and American fascism at home. I've been arrested for my activism most notably in 2004 when I demonstrated against the coronation of a war criminal during the Republican National Convention in NYC. My views are influenced by eastern philosophy i.e. Buddhism as a way of life rather than a religion, the socialism of Marx and existentialist writers Nietzsche, Camus and Sartre et al. Along the way I've concluded that we live a life that requires a new way of living. At 73 I remain Billy Joel's angry young man in search of that new way of living.

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SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 19, 2020
Covid-19 Daily Briefings The "Big Lie" provided fertile ground for the banality of evil that would follow in 1930s Germany. That history is about to be repeated in a country that considered itself to be the world's leading democracy unless the truth sets us free.
Series: Koyaanisqatsi (2 Articles, 1775 views)
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 3, 2020
Deriliction of Duty We are experiencing a health crisis, an economic crisis, the ever present climate crisis and now a credibility crisis all happening at the same time with a former reality TV game show host in charge of a response. Half the country enjoys Season 3 of "The Apprentice DC" and wants more the other half watches in horror yet can't summon the courage to say ENOUGH.
Series: Koyaanisqatsi (2 Articles, 1775 views)
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 21, 2020
The Myth of Our Democracy Exposed Democrats and political pundits alike claim Trump is a threat to "our democracy" and in the process perpetuate an irrational fear of socialism while failing to describe and define today's Republican Party as the party of fascism. After the Democrat debate in Vegas an MSNBC analyst referring to Sanders claimed the US will never vote for a socialist implying voting for a fascist is preferable.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 20, 2020
A Black History Month Message Black history month provides an opportunity to recall a message from the past that describes our present and foretells our future.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 14, 2020
Dear Leader is Above the Law What it looks like when a cover up acquittal gives a demagogue license to make the rule of law disappear.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 3, 2020
Making Fascism great Again What happens when some men are above the law? A cover up acquittal of impeachment articles in a trial that did not allow for witnesses or documentation will signal the beginning of the end for our constitutional republic with ominous consequences.