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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 50 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.
Politically in 60 years I've been everything from a Libertarian in extreme youth, through socialist but now at last I just call myself a Utilitarian and Pragmatist. It avoids useless rhetorical arguments.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 16, 2022 Create InternetWarn Like Skywarn
Internet, once a paradise of free truth, is now so poisoned with marketing propaganda that a Fake News Machine makes it as dangerous as the sky. Read papers on TREND micro on internet "influences."
SHARE Sunday, January 16, 2022 Justification for Guiding National Policy by Peer Reviewed, Humane Science
This 500 word explanation tellls why Americans should sign a petition at Change.org calling for a large reorientation of our federal government's policies and budgeting priorities away from glob al wars against other major powers and for protection of individual Americans against dangers macro and micro. It recognizes that we are powerless to force our oligarchy to break gridlock and act.
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(2 comments) SHARE Monday, December 27, 2021 Force Constitutional Amendment to Guide Policy by Authoritative Science
Our American product mix reveals severe maladaptation to a climate changing world with deadly virological plagues. We are far behind where a scientifically oriented nation would be in dealing with these matters. We must overcome the corporate juntas like the Hydrocarbon Junta
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 14, 2021 The Real Smoking Gun
A proposal for a quicker and more serious thrust tward ending Trump's chances of having any chance of affecting the upcoming elections.
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SHARE Saturday, August 7, 2021 The Riot Act
I have an 8-year-old grandson in a Florida school. Kids should not be mandated to go to school until masked and then vaccinated!
We should be one, 1, nation, not a half nation and a confederacy of dunces!
SHARE Wednesday, June 24, 2020 GOP's Embrace of Austerity Worsened the COVID Crisis
Here is an explanation of the background in Republican philosophy of AUSTERITY from Reagan through Trump and how it hurts and can even kill (rather "let die") all sorts of Americans. Modern Monetary Theory is needed to eradicate this evil.
SHARE Monday, March 16, 2020 Nature Deserves Respect
The disrespect for nature and consequent unpreparedness shows up now when Trumpublicans call climate change a "hoax."
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 28, 2019 U.S Austerity Must Go!
This article is an attack on austerity and financial repression. These are the economic source of the endless threats of Republicans to cut Social Security, etc the theory has proven to not work and to cause a lot of conflict and unhappiness among Americans
SHARE Saturday, November 24, 2018 The Gordian Knot: Immigration, Climate Change & Automation
No modern-day Alexander can conquer the know world. In fact, the world is striking back at being poisoned. The Gordian Knot might still be loosened starting with adoption of Modern Monetary Theory in budgeting in the U.S. If insecurity of the masses could be lessened by guaranteed income, the U.S. might move toward social democracy and lighten up on the people of the world and the planet itself!
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 24, 2018 Mammon on Verge of Total Victory
Democrats need a new theory of money and financing for support of election promises to restore general-welfare programs like Social Security. Such a theory is Modern Monetary Theory. It is associated with the Sanders Institute and destroys Republican "Money is Scarce" rhetoric! Without it, Democrats are still just Neoliberals!
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, April 30, 2018 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.