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John Rachel has a B.A. in Philosophy, and has written eight novels and three political non-fiction books. His political articles have appeared at OpEdNews, Russia Insider, The Greanville Post, and other alternative media outlets.
Since leaving the U.S. in 2006, he has lived in and explored 33 countries. He is now somewhat rooted in a traditional, rural Japanese community about an hour from Osaka, where he lives with his wife of five years. Daily he rides his bicycle through the soybean fields and rice paddies which sprawl across the surrounding landscape. As of the date of the release of his most recent book, "The Peace Dividend: The Most Controversial Proposal in the History of the World", he has a small but promising organic vegetable garden which begs his attention.
You can follow his writing and the evolution of his world view at: http://jdrachel.com
CFAR Candidates: The Real Deal
Yes, there's hope in the midst of the mass of toxic sludge clogging our electoral machinery. Along comes the grass-roots voter-based initiative called CFAR, Contract For American Renewal. It takes the guesswork out of voting by exposing the phonies and frauds. The CFAR is a populist uprising targeting the November 2018 election, introducing honesty, integrity, transparency, and accountability back into the electoral process.
Monday, August 28, 2017(139 comments)
A Cure For Mad Trump Disease
Mad Trump Disease has not just infected the Oval Office. It's running rampant through the media and most of the political establishment. Insanity is the new normal. I don't want to blow the ending of this article, so I'll just say this: When the inmates have taken over the institution, it's still the person with the keys who decides who locks the doors at night.
Saturday, July 15, 2017(41 comments)
Trump's Gone Too Far This Time!
Things just keep getting weirder with the current administration. In a surprising and highly controversial move, President Donald Trump by executive order today made Russian the official language of the United States of America.
Candidate Contracts: Weaponizing Populist Electoral Campaigns
A short time ago, I characterized the practical intent, the rubber-hits-the-road goal of the candidate contract strategy in these words: "The purpose of the candidate contract strategy is to get the good guys elected and throw the bad guys out of office." That sums it up as succinctly as I know how. Time to put the strategy to work. This article tells how we do it.
Thursday, June 22, 2017(13 comments)
Candidate Contracts: A Democratic Renewal
Here is a video and text explaining how candidate contracts take the guesswork out of voting and set a whole, new standard for electoral integrity in our country. This will answer any questions on why this unprecedented approach is now necessary, and what the ethical and political basis is for making such a proposal. Series: Effective Progressive Activism (9 Articles, 12472 views)
Monday, June 12, 2017(84 comments)
No Candidate Contract No Vote
Our democracy is in the middle of an existential crisis. That hardly suggests we should turn to those who have been participating in, often instrumental in engineering the mess, to see what their latest bright ideas are. In fact, it demands some fresh blood, some fresh thinking, some fresh ideas! Thus we need to clean house in Washington DC. That's what the candidate contract is intended to do. Series: Effective Progressive Activism (9 Articles, 12472 views)
Monday, June 5, 2017(65 comments)
Whack A Mole Activism
The ruling class have us constantly scrambling, in a frenzy, panicked and overwhelmed, confronted by one crisis after another. The reaction by our end of the political spectrum has been short-sighted and fragmented. Disoriented by the sheer number of crises being created, we're never able to mount a unified, coherent counterattack. We work hard but our energies are scattered. We end up with what I call Whack A Mole activism. Series: Effective Progressive Activism (9 Articles, 12472 views)
Monday, May 29, 2017(36 comments)
Bird dogging has nothing to do with dogs hunting birds or birds hunting dogs. It's basically in-person harassment, pursuit of an individual "with dogged determination", and is commonly used against politicians who are being outed by their opponents or the media, for dramatic effect. Series: Effective Progressive Activism (9 Articles, 12472 views)
Sunday, May 21, 2017(186 comments)
If our current congressman can't step up to the plate and play their very best game for the home team, they should be shamed, booed, reviled, scorned, humiliated, burned in effigy! Let them stew in the cauldron of the bad publicity they heap on themselves, then rot in a big foul steaming pile of their own wickedness, after we haul the garbage to the dump! They have no shame of their own, so we'll to bring it to them ourselves. Series: Effective Progressive Activism (9 Articles, 12472 views)
Monday, May 15, 2017(41 comments)
Mobilizaton Without Method Is Meaningless
To mobilize people behind any cause, regardless of how worthy that cause is, regardless of how intrinsically appealing it may be to get folks marching, singing, chanting, shouting for that cause, if there is no clear outcome with a realistic, finely-tuned, effective strategy to achieve that outcome, then the mobilization is a waste of time. Disciplined, well-planned targeted activism goes much further than just making noise. Series: Effective Progressive Activism (9 Articles, 12472 views)
Sunday, May 7, 2017(55 comments)
Dealing With A Serial Liar
Serial killers and career politicians are very similar. They both have us at their mercy. They both have the power of life and death over us. They don't play by the same rules as you and I. They are ruthlessly amoral. There is only one way to deal with a serial killer. There is only one way to deal with lying politicians. They must be taken out of circulation, so they can never inflict abuse and suffering on others ever again. Series: Effective Progressive Activism (9 Articles, 12472 views)
Monday, May 1, 2017(50 comments)
Dealing With A Serial Killer
There's a serial killer on the loose. Eight to ten people a month have been murdered over the past several years. This has to stop! So we take out full-page ads in the newspaper, have street demonstrations. We sell t-shirts, have lots of expert discussion on TV, we send emails, mount a huge telephone campaign, have a town hall meeting, even organize a successful petition drive. The killing doesn't stop. Where did we go wrong? Series: Effective Progressive Activism (9 Articles, 12472 views)
Tuesday, March 28, 2017(42 comments)
No Negotiating With Terrorists, Especially American Terrorists
U.S. terrorism expresses itself internationally as wars, regime changes, special operations missions, economic manipulation and interference, cyber and propaganda warfare, and is implemented with the forward-basing of troops and often outright military occupation of 140 countries. Much of this is the work of the CIA. We now have little choice. The CIA and all traces of it must be eradicated. "No negotiating with terrorists!"
Monday, March 20, 2017(71 comments)
What's wrong with this picture?
Want to make America safe? Want to make America loved and respected throughout the world? Halt the famine that is now developing in Africa and put a permanent end to world hunger. Our nation will no longer be looked at as the propagators of death and destruction but be heralded as saviors and saints.
Monday, January 30, 2017(35 comments)
A Nation of Relentless Savagery
We kill efficiently. We kill without remorse. We kill without hesitation. In 2016, the final year in office for our Nobel Peace Prize president, the U.S. dropped 26,171 bombs on seven countries, none of which have attacked America, none of which we are officially at war with. We as citizens pay for this killing. When you file your return on April 15th, recall that this is where a nice chunk of your tax dollars went last year.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017(26 comments)
Making AMERICANS Great Again!
America will become great again when Americans are great again. Americans will be great again when the impediments to individual potential are removed, and each person has the opportunity and resources available to them to participate and contribute as full and active citizens in an open, receptive, and appreciative society.
Saturday, December 31, 2016(9 comments)
The Red White and Blue Color Revolution
Let's install democracy in a country now truly desperate for real citizen empowerment and the vast saving graces of representative government, transparency, freedom of the press, respect for human rights -- you know the list, since its trumpeted 24/7 by our propaganda machinery, whether these inspiring and noble ideals have any basis in reality or not. Call it the Red White and Blue Color Revolution!
Thursday, December 29, 2016(12 comments)
What? Are You Crazy?
What was crazy last year sometimes becomes the new normal this year. That prospect is the source for hope that the citizens of the U.S. can get their country back on track to serve the interests of all Americans, not just the rich and powerful. Failure is guaranteed if we don't keep our minds open to new ideas and fresh narratives.
Friday, October 28, 2016(45 comments)
Why Donald Trump is not as horrible as Hillary Clinton ... and why you should vote for Jill Stein.
Vote for Jill Stein! If that ends up electing Donald Trump, so be it. He's a buffoon and will accomplish nothing. He doesn't know his way around Washington DC and will be totally isolated. If Hillary gets elected, we will end up in a major war. She is backed by Wall Street, big banks, the multinational corporations, the MIC, the neocon-infested government and media organizations. She'll deliver them their desired destruction!
Thursday, September 1, 2016(2 comments)
I now have proof that voting is a complete waste of time. Whoever is elected will immediately be disappeared by the Deep State security agencies and replaced with a robot which you and I will not be able to detect is a fake. Then this deep-state controlled doppelgänger will do and say what it is programmed to. You and I will never be the wiser. So November 8th, save yourself the trouble. Just stay home and watch television.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016(42 comments)
The "I'll vote for Jill if you will" Pledge Campaign
No more "lesser evil" voting or concerns about "throwing your vote away"! There's a way to establish a plurality victory for Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party candidate for president. Why hold your nose and vote for either a sociopathic egomaniac or a psychopathic war criminal, when you can put a brilliant woman in the White House who will serve the needs of all Americans, not just the billionaire class?
Saturday, July 9, 2016(2 comments)
Desperate Times (Putting Birkenstocks on the Ground: Part VII)
Getting the truth out to the voting public on exactly where the candidates stand requires audacity, creativity, courage, some outside-the-box thinking. But it can be done. It should be done. It must be done! Voters don't need to see protest signs. They need to see honest and clear choices at the polls. Candidate contracts leave no room for error or misinterpretation. They are as straightforward and transparent as it gets. Series: Putting Boots (Birkenstocks) on the Ground (5 Articles, 4795 views)
Saturday, June 25, 2016(2 comments)
People Power! (Putting Birkenstocks on the Ground: Part VI)
When we identify candidates who are on our side -- the ones who willingly sign contracts for those specific things the vast majority of us want done -- we unite behind them, a huge voting bloc of citizens who are serious about having true representative government -- real democracy -- in America. Candidate contracts are the surefire way of determining what candidates are on our side.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016(3 comments)
Regime Change in Congress (Putting Birkenstocks on the Ground: Part V)
It's all about people power. Not PACs and SuperPACS. Not big piles of money. Change still comes down to the choice each of us personally makes in the voting booth. Power resides in our aligning our individual choices, so that collectively -- as in tens of millions of us united in an unstoppable juggernaut of people power -- we get done what needs to get done. We must elect representatives who are guaranteed to represent us. Series: Putting Boots (Birkenstocks) on the Ground (5 Articles, 4795 views)
Monday, June 13, 2016(1 comments)
Putting Boots (Birkenstocks) on the Ground: Part IV
People must unite at a local level, not under party banners, but as a voting bloc around issues that are important to them. Party labels -- also very much the case with ideological labels -- muddy the waters, get people unfocused on what's truly consequential. We need to stay focused on the issues. Otherwise, clear thinking becomes difficult, constructive dialogue impossible. Series: Putting Boots (Birkenstocks) on the Ground (5 Articles, 4795 views)
Saturday, June 4, 2016(12 comments)
Putting Boots (Birkenstocks) on the Ground: Part III
Maybe everyday people won't talk politics. But once the floodgate is open, people will talk about what's hurting them, what's holding them back, how they are getting screwed by the system and those who run things, how they had wonderful dreams and hopes for their children which are being destroyed. So talk to them. And listen. Please! The future of our country depends on it.
Saturday, May 28, 2016(7 comments)
Putting Boots (Birkenstocks) on the Ground: Part II
Americans actually agree on a lot of important things. Most things! But the astonishing and powerful consensuses get lost in the trivialization, marginalization, and other weapons of mass distraction and sheer propaganda we all endure just trying to find out and understand what's going on. We are teased, taunted, cajoled, manipulated, titillated, dazzled, and generally overwhelmed by the main stream media. Thus we lose focus. Series: Putting Boots (Birkenstocks) on the Ground (5 Articles, 4795 views)
Politics is a Rock Concert, Not a Seminar.
All we have now is war, morning, noon and night . . . 24/7/365. We need a new "anthem" that rocks this nation back to its senses. War and fear and militarization and national bankruptcy are over . . . if you want it.
Tuesday, February 23, 2016(39 comments)
What part of "Listen to me!" didn't you understand?
It appears that there is one sane person running for president, and that person is to an impressive degree "listening" to the American public and willing to fight for a better life for all Americans, not just the privileged few. Unfortunately, Mr. Sanders doesn't understand that the policies he currently embraces on defense and international relations will sabotage his noble intentions.
Friday, February 19, 2016(38 comments)
The BS Challenge To Democratic Candidates
Cheer leading and hero-worship are the easy part. Revolution is hard work. So here's my challenge to all those people feeling the Bern. Are your hearts truly filled with the awe-inspiring message of Bernie Sanders? Are you ready to do some heavy-lifting? Or is Chris Hedges right? Is this just more BS along the historical road to disintegration and collapse? If you're serious, there's important work to be done.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016(66 comments)
Choose A Symptom, Ignore The Disease
America is very, very sick. The disease which is destroying our nation feeds on: 1) Unchecked imperial ambitions. 2) Exceptionalist hubris and arrogance. 3) The crushing power of corporations. 4) The militarization of everything. 5) Plutocratic tyranny and greed. None of the presidential candidates will talk about the disease. Because none of them has a cure.
Saturday, November 14, 2015(15 comments)
Revolution? Did you say revolution?
Will 'revolution' become the new 'LOL'? Will the profound need for radical transformation be trivialized and gutted of any substance by empty campaign rhetoric and fatuous sloganeering?
Oratory as a Weapon of Mass Deception
You can pretty much tape a copy of Obama's speech at the U.N. this week to the wall, throw darts at it, and end up 9 times out of 10 hitting a half-truth, outright lie, or manipulative mangling of reality. I won't even try to cover everything which puts this in the all-time Top 10 for gross misuse of oratorical gifts and abuse of the powerful platform he is accorded as president.
Saturday, July 4, 2015(3 comments)
The Real Debt Ceiling
THEY OWN! WE OWE! And that's how you get the worst wealth inequality in our history. Other than a handful of legislators __ Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren certainly are talking about it __ there is no one in public life who is serious about addressing this threat to our existence as a nation. No one! Just about everyone in elected office __ to a man, to a woman __ needs to be replaced. Target date November 2016!
Bulging Waste Line
What follows here is not an argument for reducing government. It is evidence that we need: Good government. Smart government. Honest government. Visionary government. Representative government. I am focusing here on profligate defense spending and pursuit of unnecessary war.
Thursday, May 28, 2015(10 comments)
Joe Biden Authorizes Russian Military Bases in Cuba
Vice-President Joe Biden established a new global foreign policy precedent. He announced st the Brookings Institute that the U.S. would not recognize any nation having a sphere of influence. This has some interesting implications, to be sure.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015(10 comments)
The Horror and the Shame
The ongoing campaign of Russia hating and demonizing of Vladimir Putin is a product of grotesque callousness, double standards, horrifying miscalculations, ignorance of history, and delusions of world conquest by psychopaths embedded in our foreign policy institutions, including many highly respected Beltway think tanks. This idiocy has the potential to terminate human life on the planet.
Saturday, May 9, 2015(23 comments)
Freedom of the Press
There is indeed freedom of the press in America. But it's not quite what I understood it to be. Now it's the freedom to keep Americans in the dark. It's the freedom cherry-pick from the vast array of newsworthy items and only publish those consistent with the preferred narrative of our government. It's the freedom to suppress anything which our government would find inconvenient or untimely.
Sunday, April 26, 2015(9 comments)
Give Peace A Chance
America thinks it can bluster and bluff and use color revolutions to nudge Putin out of office and install some bloated puppet in his place like they did with Poroshenko in Ukraine. Russia is not Zimbabwe, Iraq, or Yemen. It's not Grenada or Haiti. Russia is not going to be intimidated by a schoolyard bully. America's aggression and infantile games can only end badly. Time for it to reverse course and cut its losses.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015(2 comments)
The Bully Pulpit vs. American Idol
With the promotion of Hillary Brand now in full swing, maybe it's time to revisit what we are again being subjected to. Will we ever learn? When presidential elections are run as beauty pageants, or talent-contest spectacles like American Idol, we can only expect a president who struts and works the audience, plays the judges, gives crowd-pleasing performances, and soaks up the all the love he or she can get.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015(11 comments)
How much is a billion dollars? If you were to spend $10,000 a day, it would take 274 years to go through a billion dollars. There are more than 43 million Americans living below the poverty line. Wealth inequality as a vital issue seems to be being crowded out of the national conversation by the latest catastrophes du jour. Since it undermines the entire premise of our democracy, we must keep it in the forefront of public deba
Friday, April 3, 2015(20 comments)
Isn't it Time to Stop America's Ugly Game of Thrones Business?
The U.S. has become the most prolific sponsor of coups in history but I see that soon coming to an end with one last epic regime change. This one will be the ouster of the imperial lunatics in the current administration, an epic game-changer that will be the mother of all coups and will put the rest of the world at ease, at least for the foreseeable future.
Friday, April 3, 2015(2 comments)
Now that Michael Jackson is sadly no longer with us, his phenomenal mastery and performance of the moonwalk has been replaced by the U.S. economy. While it looks like it's going forward, it's actually going backwards.
Sunday, March 29, 2015(28 comments)
Obama Surrounds Himself With Neocons and Other Hawkish Lunatics
Obama's foreign policy is a box of chocolates, except you always know what you're going to get __ more war, more bombing, more drone assassinations, more illegal regime change, more chaos and destruction. It's the company he keeps. He is surrounded by bloodthirsty, arguably mad, imperialist warmongers, megalomaniacs who see themselves as saviors of the Universe, chosen by destiny and blessed with infallibility.
Sunday, November 2, 2014(28 comments)
Ten Commandments For A New American Century
These arrived without my consulting a burning bush, or even having to leave the comfort of my home. People like rules. So here is a fresh set of commandments, a divine path for putting America on the straight and true.
Friday, August 15, 2014(1 comments)
Militarizing The Police
The police are not only being militarized with equipment but with a mentality that makes the average, peaceful, law-abiding citizen the enemy.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014(6 comments)
From Bill To Hillary With Love
The NSA picked up a cell phone conversation between Bill and Hillary. It is both amusing and instructive. Let's keep our heads screwed on straight about this woman.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014(9 comments)
Why do "they" blame Nader?
There are so-called good reasons for blaming Nader for 2000. But they spell bad news for -- perhaps the destruction of -- American democracy.
Friday, May 16, 2014(21 comments)
We Know How This Will End
It's up to us to demand a true and honest commitment to peace, not the simpleminded, hollow, meaningless blather that we're being fed as the trigger-fingers of our war mongers tingle and twitch, just waiting for the right moment to churn up more carnage, destruction, and hatred in the rest of the world. We can start right now by demanding the administration start working with Russia to calm the situation in the Ukraine.
Saturday, February 22, 2014(18 comments)
"Throw the bums out!"
Ultimately, the choice is ours. Either we rise up now in a bloodless coup at the polls or we rise up later in the streets. Revolution in the streets will not be bloodless and I suspect it won't end well. Kicking this can down the road is cowardly at best and suicidal at worst.
Monday, October 21, 2013(2 comments)
Wonder what you may have missed for the three weeks that the soap opera of the shutdown and debt ceiling crisis monopolized the news? Here are some clues. This is only a start but hopefully offers some perspective.
Monday, March 11, 2013(4 comments)
We can deliver enough nuclear weapons to destroy the world 25 times over with 12,000 active ICBMs, and fleets of nuclear submarines and long range bombers. BUT WE CAN'T DELIVER THE MAIL ON SATURDAY!
Monday, January 21, 2013(7 comments)
"The Right To Bear Nuclear Arms"
Guns don't kill people. People kill people! Since this is irrefutable logic, I began to wonder why it has been applied so narrowly. The truth is, guns are just one form of lethal entertainment. Thanks to the amazing advances in science and technology, there is a cornucopia of devices which fit the legal definition of "arms" as referred to in our Constitution.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013(4 comments)
"Take me to your leader!"
I personally believe the President, and members of the House and Senate, both Democrat and Republican, fail on all counts to provide anything resembling strong, visionary, decisive leadership. They have proven time and time again to be weak, evasive, cowardly, unimaginative, sometimes simple-minded, at a time in our history that demands much more.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012(4 comments)
The Day That Changed The World
The coming election will change nothing. The wars will go on. The plundering of our national wealth will continue. The waste of our valuable talents and energies through unemployment/underemployment will march forward. Social Security and Medicare will be chipped away until sometime in the future they are hollowed out. The rich will get richer and we will be grateful for the few scraps we get. But we can change the world.