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I could be Bernie Sanders older brother by similarity. I was born in Manhattan, 1940, he, about a year later, in Brooklyn. I too am a white male American. A retired college professor of philosophy. We both were born of Jewish parents. I was in Harlem CORE, He in Chicago CORE. We both went to the University of Chicago; me 58 - 62, he 60 - 64 (I think.) And yet, I don't recall meeting him! U. of Chicago had plenty of progressive activists despite being a bastion of Milton Friedman. He went into politics in Vermont in '68 (?) and I settled that year into a college professorship in northwestern Pennsylvania.
I've been a long-time minor activist in the civil rights, anti-war, pro feminism movements and taught critical thinking and social philosophy. I've been a unionist, on the Board of Directors of a food co-op, an ACLU chapter president, a CASA, and an elected Green Party Borough Councilman in my small hometown. I'm happily married, for over 45 years, to a woman significantly responsible for my modest success in life, we have two great kids and one grandchild, for whom we hope there is a decent future! Recently I've been pushing Modern Monetary Theory.
A Call to Preach the Gospel of Modern Monetary Theory
This paper presents two, for me, litmus tests for Democratic candidates for the elections of 2018 and 2020 to stimulate movement by progressives to give the Democrats an explicit leading campaign ideas, SOCIAL MODERN MONETARY THEORY. This could, I hope, provide a better basis for campaigning than another collection of tokenistic"neoliberal" programs.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017(1 comments)
A proposal for a left-progressive platform for Democrats that could fund employment and infrastructure through Congressional creation of money.
The Usurper versus Direct Democracy
The People are wiser than the Prince! Let Democrats be democratic! Push for a Constitutional amendment that would guarantee that the winner of the popular vote would be the next president.
A Progressive's Indictment of the Democratic Party
A 10 - item list is given of harms to large numbers of Americans which either Democrats actively participated in or failed to prevent when they could have prevented them. It is concluded that both major parties are thoroughly corrupted and, although one should vote, both parties activities should otherwise be boycotted, even spurned.
For a Greenback Restoration
AN argument for use of government money, greenbacks, to be created, not taxed out of people's earned income. This money to be used to restore middle income and poor Americans to roughly where they were before the Crash of 2009. A Presidential LEADER, alone, might be able to start it. By putting the money into public works employment programs it would restore many and trickle up to local and state governments.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016(1 comments)
Where's Our Damned Bailout?
Following up the Great Recession we see, as economist Jack Rasmus put it in his book title, "Obama's Economy, Recovery for the Few" that about 165 million Americans remain severely financially impaired. A way of remedying that is described, using debt - free greenbacks.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016(1 comments)
Assuming that the truth and justice in Sanders campaign will be beaten by the wealth behind Hillery the Sly, what next for all who want government to do some good?
Thursday, April 7, 2016(2 comments)
How to Win Peace in the Middle East
The Middle East has become our new Vietnam. Voters can limit it by a mass outcry to both parties to limit their presidential candidates against funding any more regime change to "democratize" Muslim lands. Election of a first Jewish American progressive president (Sanders) could help!
Thursday, March 17, 2016
The "Lighten Up!" Presidential Campaign Platform
I present a two - plank platform to run upon for the Presidency: 1) how to obtain unthreatened basic income security for all through greenbacks, and 2) how to stop our murderous meddling in the Middle East (DISENGAGEMENT.)
Gun Lethality Deposit: A "Pop Bottle" Remedy?
Can a dent be made in the ever - increasing number of guns in private heands in America? Could a sizeable deposit for return when no longer wanted, or if found not in proper custody, help get loose guns collected?
Start an All-American Anti-Corruption Party
Political Proposal to start real change with the issue of anti-corruption by forming a broad - based, anti-partisan political campaign that will draw voters away from the thoroughly corrupted major parties.
Monday, January 26, 2015(1 comments)
Re-institute Disengagement Policy in Middle East
"Disengagement" is the name of a policy successfully practiced by the U.S. during the cold war. This short op-ed is an attempt to inject the idea of disengagement back into discussion of what the U.S. should do in the Middle East. Talk it up!
Monday, March 18, 2013(1 comments)
Peterson, et. al.: Pay Up or Shut Up!
The debt fixers have had the chance for 51 years to pay down any share of the debt directly to the Treasury. In all 51 years only $85 million has been contributed. Where are the big contributions by billionaires and millionaires who benefited from infrastructure and protection in wealth-making from all these expenditures?
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Dear Charitable Billionaires:
An Open Letter to Charitable Billionaires: Educate our Politicians and Media about creating Greenbacks (government money created without debt)and using them for stimulus.
Saturday, September 29, 2012(1 comments)
Uncle Sam and Brer Rufus
A way to attack the conservative's argument that the size of the National Debt should require austerity cuts in Social Security, etc.
Monday, September 3, 2012(1 comments)
USA, Inc.? Voter, Forbid!
A polite argument is made to conservative voters, to compare the goals and plans of Romney and Ryan to the First Principles of our country as constituted (expressed in the Preamble to the Constitution.) R & R's goals may be OK for a private profit making business, but don't comport with the goals of a national government "for the People." Also that they expose all non rich people to vastly greater risk over a long lifetime.
Will Bigotry Sabotage Republicans in the Election of 2012?
The election of 2012 will be the most religion imbued one in recent history. The nature of religion is defined and some history of sectarian conflict is brought to bear to consider whether sectarianism is likely to harm Republican election efforts.
Shared Economic Theology Causes Stagnation, Suffering
Federal Reserve gave vastly greater aid to corporate "persons" than losses to human persons. ($16 trillion vs. less than $1 trillion.)Both parties share an economic dogma that leaves government and business stalemated over who should provide the jobs. Vast new government job-creating stimulus needed. See "19 Million Jobs for U.S. workers" online.
Questioning Fiscal Conservatives Talking Points -I
Letter-to-Editor brief (250 word) replies to fiscal conservative (fiscons) economic propaganda talking points. Available for readers to use in replying to fiscons over - simplifications and Big Lie Exaggerations in local newspapers.
Monday, April 12, 2010(2 comments)
American Ideals and Full Employment
This is a hopefully useful "deduction," from ideals in our Declaration and Constitution, of the need for shared work programs as a principal basis of a guaranteed annual security income.
Stimulate Without Debt, Bankrupt the Banksters!
How to stimulate the economy without encumbering taxpayer debt. Bank credit creation, monetizing the national debt, "credit," money, greenbacks, inflation, over productivity, capacity utilzation, unemployment, redistribution, 40/30 plan, ecological economics, sustainable living wages.