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In retirement, Bob Anschuetz has applied his long career experience as an industrial writer and copy editor to helping authors meet publishing standards for both online articles and full-length books. In work as a volunteer editor for OpEdNews, he has specialized in helping improve, where needed, the readability of articles submitted by authors for whom English is not their native language. With a background that also includes four years as a college English teacher, Bob points to Henry David Thoreau as a major intellectual influence. He cites Thoreau's many writings promoting conscience-based independent thought and action as instrumental in shaping his own continuing commitment to the progressive social and political values of economic fairness, social justice, non-violent conflict resolution, and global community. Bob also continues to pursue a lifelong love of learning. He has been a regular participant in political-science and philosophy seminars, a volunteer discussion-group leader on a variety of topics, and a literacy tutor. Bob is also a strong supporter of the Network of Spiritual Progressives, associated with Tikkun Magazine, where he served as a volunteer archives editor for two years and published several articles online. His extended Letter to the Editor on the widespread triumphalism in America's response to the killing of Osama bin Laden was included in the Summer 2011 issue of Tikkun.
"Manglehorn": A Call to the Authentic Life
The 2014 Al Pacino movie "Manglehorn," available on DVD, is a psychological drama that also seems to me an artful meditation on the theme of inauthenticity in American life. The title character, Manglehorn, played by Pacino, avoids facing life's realities until a harsh in-your-face challenge to his own sense of self sets him on a different course.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016(4 comments)
We Need a Creativity Revolution to Meet Real Human Needs and Spark Personal and Social Joy.
We human beings are the most successful product of biological evolution on earth, the only species with the capacity to create the necessary conditions for our own happiness. The key to that happiness is to make conscious use of our inborn talents to produce, in creative interplay with others, new ideas, tools, products, and other resources that add objective value to society and the world by meeting genuine human needs.
Saturday, January 16, 2016(5 comments)
How To Add Staying Power to the Sanders Campaign
In my book, Bernie Sanders of all presidential candidates has the best ideas for America and can be trusted most to back his ideas to the hilt. But for staying power to win the presidency, his campaign needs to be strengthened in two ways: by broadening its message to include the One Percent, and by quickly planning and mobilizing an activist people's movement with a comprehensive strategic plan.
Living Out the Creative Self:
As de Toqueville noted, Americans are "joiners," deriving a large part of their self-identity from the values of the groups to which they are attached. The insularity of many value-based groups makes outreach to groups with other views and values difficult or impossible. This article argues that meaningful communication is only possible when it reflects the powers of creativity and insight innate in individual group members.
Friday, January 6, 2012(4 comments)
Let's Stop Waging War To Advance America's "Interests."
This article argues that, though it is rarely acknowledged by opinion makers, it is a moral outrage that the American government has felt free throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty-first to undertake wars of choice on weak nations -- effectively wrecking their societies and killing countless civilians -- whenever it believes they pose a problem for perceived "national interests."
THE CHALLENGE OF THE CONSERVATIVE MINDSET
Conservatives may view the world in terms of competing interests that must be allowed to sort out winners and losers, while progressives tend to look past individual interests to a common humanity that underlies them and demands a politics dedicated to ensuring the general welfare. For many reasons, the progressive view must prevail, but conservatives can help to ensure that it is effectively implemented in the real world.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011(22 comments)
We Need a Progressive Primary Challenge to Obama in 2012!
Following the President's failure to argue progressive values persuasively in the debt ceiling negotiations, and in view of the minimal attention to those values that can be found in the mainstream media, it's time to encourage a progressive primary challenge to Obama in 2012 that can help educate the public about what it is progressives stand for. It's time to lay a foundation for progressive governance in the future!
Monday, July 11, 2011(4 comments)
Progressive Leadership To Serve the Common Good
This article argues for "progressive" solutions to the nation's critical debt and employment problems, but makes the larger point that the approach proposed can help heal widespread popular alienation by overtly addressing the common good, rather than the narrow needs of a ruling elite.