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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.
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.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 22, 2017 Jumpstart America
A proposal for a left-progressive platform for Democrats that could fund employment and infrastructure through Congressional creation of money.
(10 comments) SHARE Friday, May 12, 2017 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 15, 2016 Whither Now, Progressive Advocates?
I offer some suggestions for progressive advocacy following the 2016 election, particularly for a suitably Napoleonic new president.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 26, 2016 Boycott Vote for Peace Push
An urgent call for progressives to thrust the issue of Middle East Peace back into the campaign 2016 before the election.
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 4, 2016 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.
(13 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 9, 2016 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.