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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.

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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        Wednesday, July 27, 2022
Create Internet Warn on Model of Skywarn Start a mass volunteer organization to at first get warnings to local people of mass shooters for reduction of mass shooting murders.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Grounding America's Kamikazis Approach for a Narrowly Tailored control of Black Guns
SHARE More Sharing        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 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 More Sharing        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
Traitor!, From WikimediaPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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!
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Covid, War and Anti-vaxers Analogy of COVID Pandemic to war. Reasons to get the vaccination.
'The Cult Of Trump' And How It Came To Be Steven Hassan, mind control expert and mental health professional, joined Adam Reilly, in for Jim Braude, to discuss his new book The Cult of Trump., From YouTubeVideos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 17, 2021
Trumpism as a Destructive Cult Posing an alternative philosophy to Trumpism and Deficit Hawkery to build back better.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 28, 2021
Use Mute, Parental Control on Trump, Unsubscribe! Out of patience! Get rid of intrusive political bullshit, get it off your TV.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 16, 2020
Protect Elementary-School Kids A proposal for opening schools more safely for our youngest kids is offered.
SHARE More Sharing        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.
War of the Worlds - Classic Comics - Space A Journey to Our Future - Museum of the Rockies - 2013-07-08, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 16, 2020
Nature Deserves Respect The disrespect for nature and consequent unpreparedness shows up now when Trumpublicans call climate change a "hoax."
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 28, 2019
Draft an American Values (Democrat) Actor for President (like Tom Hanks) How to improve chance of winning the Presidency in 2020.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 25, 2019
Possible Communication Channel to Politely Implore Trump Rich Contributors to Stop! A lot of individual requests of Mar-a-Lago donors for them to quit giving to Trump might help cut his fund raising.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 7, 2019
Argument for Impeachment Now Dem House leadership should start NOW, to introduce impeachment resolution in the House.
Alexander cuts the Gordian Knot, From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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.

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