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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
"Scribo ergo sum."
(28 comments) SHARE Monday, June 8, 2020 Protest . . . But Make This Clear Reasonable Demand
Here's an idea. A clear, unambiguous, non-negotiable demand should be put front and center from this point forward by the protesters.
1) Any cop abusing his position should be immediately taken out of circulation, ultimately replaced. 2) That officer's position on the police force would be turned over to a new type of law enforcement official called a Community Facilitator, an individual drawn right from the community.
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 19, 2020 BOOK REVIEW: No More War by Daniel Kovalik
In "No More War", Dan Kovalik exposes how the West violates international law by using 'humanitarian' intervention to advance economic and strategic interestes, and calls out the profound hypocrisy of the U.S. claiming to be standing up for human and political rights in other countries, as it ignores and violates within its own borders many of those same rights for its own citizens.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 17, 2020 Il Manifesto (Italy): Movement For Democratizing The Work Place
Putting all decisions related to the functioning of the majority of businesses democratically into the hands of their workers would at the level of the fundamental building blocks of our economy completely reconfigure that economy and create a replacement for capitalism as we know it.
(62 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 16, 2020 COVID-19 Global Solidarity Manifesto
We can no longer fool ourselves, as we have done so often before, into believing that the current regime of capitalism is sustainable or tolerable. Capitalism is a failed system. It's time to replace it and oust those from power who continue to prop up this exploitative and ruinous corpse. The Covid-19 Global Solidarity Coalition is leading the charge with a new manifesto that is gaining huge support.
(10 comments) SHARE Monday, December 23, 2019 A Song for the New Year
Here is my holiday greeting card to the world, a song I wrote five years ago, performed by my wife and me here in my home studio. May I wish the best year ever for you and those you love!
(11 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 23, 2019 Book Review: "The Plot to Overthrow Venezuela: How the US is Orchestrating a Coup for Oil" by Dan Kovalik
The thought-provoking Plot to Overthrow Venezuela by Ron Kovalik is extremely well-written, with a clarity, accessibility, and erudition which puts it in a class with the best works of Noam Chomsky. The Foreword by Oliver Stone is a worthy and deserving way to get things started. It's a must-read to fully understand the crisis in Venezuela as one component of the U.S. strategy of creating chaos and division across the globe.
(16 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 15, 2019 United?
What does the 'united' in United States of America now stand for? What exactly during these contentious, deeply divisive, tragically troubled times does it mean? Were we ever united? Or is it just more boilerplate mythology that allows us to hide from the real truth? That being the 'us' (we the conquerors) vs. 'them' (slaves, Native Americans) world view, that was and still is the historical foundation for our national unity?
(48 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 9, 2019 Global Warming Solved!
Scientists have concluded that a modest nuclear war would most likely reverse the threat of global warming. What are we waiting for?
(23 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 6, 2019 The Hands-Down Ultimate Super-Bowl of Showdowns!
You know how on the last page of a book it says, 'The End'. Then you put the book down and life pretty much goes on like normal, except either you need to return the book to the library or take it down to a used book store and get a couple bucks for it. Well, this time we really mean it. So pay attention!
(16 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 12, 2019 Along Came Joe
Some criticize Vice-President Biden for his gaffs. His gaffs are trivial compared to the actual stands he has taken over the years on a wide variety of issues. Gaffs are for laughs. Sinister policies are not funny when a man is running for the highest office in the land.
(8 comments) SHARE Monday, April 1, 2019 Exploding Hockey Pucks Intercepted at Canadian Border!
Terrorism has reached new levels of sophistication. Yesterday, a huge shipment of exploding hockey pucks, some of them with the destructive capacity of nuclear weapons, was intercepted coming across the U.S.-Canadian border.
(44 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 4, 2018 Julian Assange: Could 50,000 People Provide a Human Corridor?
Julian Assange should be getting a Nobel Prize, not being persecuted.
What can we do to save this courageous, heroic man?
Can we get 50,000 people to show up at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to provide him a "human corridor" to escape to another embassy? They can't arrest or kill 50,000 people.
(134 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 17, 2018 Be Afraid ... Be Very Afraid!
The sales pitch for military expansion and more astronomical defense spending has just reached a whole new level of hysteria. Washington DC is flabbergasted! Someone figured out we can't win a war against Russia or China. (Like we've won any wars since WWII but let's not be negative.) But there's a small detail left entirely out of this discussion. What kind of war are these peddlers of paranoia talking about?
(7 comments) SHARE Friday, November 2, 2018 Guillotine or Exile?
How about a new law for the 1%? Pay your taxes or you're out of here. We'll give them a Certificate of Appreciation for their mansions and vacation homes, which will be turned into homeless shelters, alternative schools, hospices to provide care for people who are lacking proper health care, centers for peace studies.
(66 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 20, 2018 The Richest Sociopath in the World
Jeff Bezos is referred to as 'The Richest Man in the World' and his personal fortune, while growing by $191,000 each minute, is currently estimated at $168 billion. We need to correct that labeling. He should henceforth be called 'The Richest Sociopath in the World.'
(13 comments) SHARE Monday, August 27, 2018 "What if?" - A Children's Story by Dr. Goose
Reading stories to children is a beautiful way to expand their horizons and develop a meaningful, lasting bond with them. Here's one of my favorites, "What if?" by the renowned Dr. Goose.
(29 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 5, 2018 Book Review: "The Russian Peace Threat: Pentagon on Alert" by Ron Ridenour
Ron Ridenour's masterfully-written indictment of U.S. militarism and its take-all-prisoners imperial project is of such breathtaking scope and astonishing depth, it would be hard to exaggerate its value and timeliness,as the foreign policy of the Empire of Chaos now as never before in recorded history, steers the world toward apocalyptic confrontation and puts the survival of the entire human race at risk.
(91 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 6, 2018 U.S. Blames Northern Lights on Russia, Imposes Sanctions
The State Department has accused Russia of hacking into the ionosphere causing excessive and annoying levels of Northern Lights activity, and is calling on the international community to impose a brutal new round of sanctions.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, June 1, 2018 Book Review: Healing the Land with Tao by Gary Lindorff
Intentionally or not, with his new book "Healing the Land with Tao",Gary Lindorff has created a loosely structured operating manual for the soul. We'll all get different messages and meanings. We will benefit to differing degrees. But if I could choose only one book to help break the chains of my mental and spiritual incarceration, it would be this book.