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Neal Herrick is author of the award-wining After Patrick Henry (2009). His most recent book is (2014) Reversing America’s Decline. He is a former sailor, soldier, auto worker, railroad worker, assistant college football coach, door-to-door salesman, bureaucrat, reporter and peace activist. He received his BS from the University of New Hampshire and his PhD from the Union Graduate School. He retired from the University of Michigan as a visiting professor


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The real problem with college sports - Part 3 of 3 parts In his excellent Aug.17, 2015 article in The Nation, "The absurd, cowardly and morally bankrupt NLRB decision against the Northwestern football union", Dave Zirin points out many of the reasons the NLRB decision is irrational, partial and unjust. This article focuses on the negative implications of the decision to the integrity and quality of higher education in the US.

Football_100.jpg: Football 100 Thursday, July 16, 2015     

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The real problem with college sports -- Part 2 of 3 parts Commercialized college sports encourage hypocrisy, corrupt behavior and cynicism. The Oxford Dictionary defines "hypocrisy" as "the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one's own behavior does not conform." Most university presidents, chancellors and boards of regents are hypocritical.

Football_Game.JPG: Football Game Tuesday, July 7, 2015     

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The real problem with college sports - Part 1 of 3 parts Div. I and II college sports lose money that could be used to reduce tuitions. But that isn't the real problem. Coaches and NCAA officials become incredibly wealthy at the expense of "student athletes." But that isn't the real problem either. The real problem is that Div. I and II commercialized sports are undermining the values upon which our system of higher education is based. We have lived with this problem for a long time

Harz National Park - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Thursday, June 4, 2015 (1 comments)     

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The Tragedies in the Middle East and Ukraine: Caging the Lynx Our plutocracy is, like the lynx, both dangerous and difficult to cage. There is only one band of "hunters" with the power to cage our lynx. This band consists of our seven thousand or so state legislators. Article V of our Constitution assigns the supreme power of our federal government solely to our state legislatures. [1] If something is to be done to reverse our country's decline, our state legislators must do it. .

Lynx lynx-4 Saturday, May 23, 2015     

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How our State Legislatures Might Help Prevent Tragedies Our state legislatures cannot interfere with specific decisions implementing US domestic or foreign policies. However, Article V does give them the exclusive power to rearrange our federal powers and to lay down guidelines for the exercise of these powers.[1] This rearrangement and lying down of guidelines could increase our control over our government and decrease the control of our plutocrats.

Lynx_lynx_-_05.jpg: Lynx lynx - 05 Thursday, May 14, 2015     

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The tragedies in the Middle East and Ukraine: why our state legislators might initiate reform Party and other considerations make it difficult for two thirds of the state legislatures to speak with one voice. However, amending the Constitution to rein in our plutocracy is a special case. In this special case, it might be possible.

Lynx_kitten.jpg: Lynx kitten Tuesday, May 5, 2015 (1 comments)     

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The tragedies of the Middle East and Ukraine: What do state legislatures have to do with them? The state legislatures (collectively) could (and should) have a great deal to do with both foreign and domestic policy. This is because they have the final say on constitutional amendments. Since our Constitution establishes how our federal government organizes and carries out all its powers, the state legislatures have the power to affect all aspects of government. However, they have not yet chosen to use this power.

Lynx_lynx-4.JPG: Lynx lynx-4 Friday, April 24, 2015 (2 comments)     

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The tragedies in the Middle East and Ukraine:" Who can de-claw the cat? Deena Stryker commented on my recent article sub-titled 'Canaries in a coal mine.' She wrote, "I agree with the premise of this article, but wonder what the next step will be when journalists have named the culprit as being our plutocracy." This is, indeed, a question well worth wondering about. It is easy to fantasize about how we would like to see the cat de-clawed, but extremely difficult to conceive of a strategy for doing

Lynx_de_Sib%C3%A9rie_Thoiry_1982.jpg: Lynx de Sib%C3%A9rie Thoiry 1982 Sunday, April 12, 2015 (2 comments)     

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The Tragedies in the Middle East and Ukraine: Who will bell the cat? As Marge Baker wrote recently, "Until we fix our democracy, it is hard to fix any problem."[1] At present, our efforts to "fix our democracy" seem to be failing. Some of the tragic consequences of this failure are afflicting both us at home and ordinary people in small countries far from home.

Constitution_Sesquicentennial_1937_Issue-3c.jpg: Constitution Sesquicentennial 1937 Monday, March 30, 2015 (3 comments)     

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The tragedy in the Middle East and Ukraine: canaries in a coal mine A canary is sensitive to coal dust. When it dies, the miners realize that they must take action or die themselves. The Middle East and Ukraine are our canaries. We must take action or the same coal dust that is killing our fellow human beings in those countries will kill us as well.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 (2 comments)     

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Sen. Warner needs to hear from us. Can you write Sen. Warner refuting any of his opinions?

Ukraine: Population Density, 2000 Sunday, February 22, 2015 (2 comments)     

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The tragedy in Ukraine and James Madison James Madison wrote, in Federalist 49, that "the people" should have a "road" to use in making decisions during "great and extraordinary" situations. Two days before the 1787 convention ended, he suggested such a "road." This article comments on our present great and extraordinary situation. Then it discusses the "road" Madison left us to use in dealing with such situations.

Football_Game.JPG: Football Game Monday, January 26, 2015 (1 comments)     

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The New Penn State Tragedy The new tragedy at Penn State lies in the refusal of the fans, students and faculty of PSU to recognize commercialized college sports as the cause of their initial tragedy. Instead, they continue to worship the memory of the essentially decent, but flawed, man who was led by the glories of commercialization to betray them. They obstinately call for the "hair of the dog that bit them."

Saturday, January 24, 2015     

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The Greensboro Four On February 1, 1960, four students from North Carolina A&T College ignited the "sit in" movement (and reenergized the civil-rights movement itself). Fifty-five years ago, Franklin McCain, Ezell Blair, Joe McNeil and David Richmond took their seats at a Greensboro, NC, Woolworth's lunch counter.

James_Madison_sitting.jpg: James Madison sitting Thursday, November 6, 2014 (3 comments)     

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Part II of Democracy, oligarchy, a convention of states and the Michigan application -- (Part II) This is the second of two articles commenting on the Michigan application for a constitutional convention. The first article dealt with the nature of the Michigan application in particular and with "the people's" right to call conventions in general. This article discusses questions about (1) the fear of a runaway convention and (2) the roles of NGO'S, state legislatures and "the people" in calling a convention.

George Washington (Lansdowne portrait), First President (1789-1797) Wednesday, October 29, 2014 (3 comments)     

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Democracy, oligarchy, a convention of states and the Michigan application -- (Part I) This is the first of two articles commenting on the Michigan application for a convention. We read and worry a great deal about our income inequality,etc. MI is worrying less and acting instead.
Series: Michigan may make history (1 Articles, 943 views)

Washington_1787-1790.jpg: Washington 1787-1790 Sunday, September 21, 2014 (3 comments)     

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Rank-and-file Republicans and Democrats should stop complaining and take action It is useless for us ordinary Americans to complain to our oligarchic government about our oligarchic government. Instead of taking action, however, this is how we occupy our time and energy. We complain about its invasions, torturing, fracking etc. Please, we add, overturn Citizens United (fat chance) and raise the minimum wage.

Policy-sensitive factors. Tuesday, September 16, 2014     

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Government reform, the quality of life and the Convention of States (COS) The 4th of 4 articles on factors that correlate positively with quality of life. Factors are chosen by the availability of relevant data concerning them and because of their sensitivity to public policy. They are, in the order of correlation: governmental honesty, democracy, union density and competitiveness. We comment on policy implications of the data and relevance of the mostly Republican Convention of States(COS) project.

Sunday, September 7, 2014 (2 comments)     

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. Robert Parry should be read by all Ordinary Americans, Republicans and Democrats alike, learnedthe truth about our war in Nicaragua by visiting the the towns and villages of that oppressed country -- and by reading Robert Parry and a fewother truth-telling journalists. Now we cannot visit

US Honesty and QL Rankings Tuesday, August 26, 2014 (3 comments)     

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Oligarchic corruption and the quality of life are mortal enemies Honest government shows remarkably strong correlations with the quality of life. Democracy is a close second. These correlations suggest ways and means of joining with our natural allies (rank-and-file Republicans) to defeat our common enemy (our oligarchy) and reform the corrupt government that serves it.

Ukraine crisis: Russian aid trucks Wednesday, August 20, 2014 (5 comments)     

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Sen Warner's views on Ukraine Recently I wrote Sen Mark Warner (D-VA) urging him to oppose US policies in Ukraine. Here is Sen. Warner's reply

See image Tuesday, July 29, 2014 (1 comments)     

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Democracy and Quality of Life Go Hand-in-Hand This article presents tables showing the associations of international "quality of life" rankings with democracy -- as defined by the Economist Intelligence Unit's democracy Index. The tables show strong correlations between the democracy rankings and the causes and indicators of the quality of life.

Friday, July 18, 2014     

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What we have (not) learned from the Penn State tragedy We (and the NCAA) have apparently learned nothing from the tragic sexual abuse in the Athletic Department at Penn State University. The NCAA's "slap-on-the-wrist," in effect, condoned the commercialization of college sports.

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Unions and the quality of life go hand-in-hand Contrary to the opinions of Republicans and other conservatives, high levels of unionization go hand-in-hand with high rankings in the quality of life. Table 1 shows that the most unionized OECD nations are far more democratic, honest, competitive and pro

Washington_Constitutional_Convention_1787.jpg: Washington Constitutional Convention Wednesday, June 18, 2014 (2 comments)     

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A golden opportunity for progressives We need to end our oligarchy and make our government responsive to ordinary Americans. Our government, of course, will not be a party to reforming itself. An Article V convention is necessary and the Republicans have set the stage for one. Let's not loo

Saturday, May 10, 2014     

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Move On - or Learn From Experience This article uses two recent events to illustrate our reluctance to learn from history.

Friday, May 2, 2014 (3 comments)     

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Unions, the Constitution and the right to organize This extract and article propose an addition to the Bill of Rights giving employees and students the right to organize. The article also discusses the need for this right.

Saturday, April 19, 2014 (4 comments)     

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Organized Labor and Governmental Reform This extract discusses the correlation between national union densities andinternational quality of life rankings

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 (2 comments)     

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I Love Taxes Taxes are a wonderful or a terrible institution – depending largely on whether the people being taxed are represented on the taxing body proportionate to their numbers in the population.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 (1 comments)     

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The USA's Slipping World Rankings This extract discusses the relevance of data generated by five international ranking organizations to US policy development.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014     

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Taxation Without Represenatiom This abstract points out America's long tradition of declining to be taxed without representation.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 (7 comments)     

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"TRADING DREAMS” WON’T WORK: Activism in 21 st Century America   Asking our unresponsive government to reform itself is futile. Instead, we should amend our Constitution to bring about reform     

Monday, March 3, 2014 (3 comments)     

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 Three Immigration Myths This article explains why there is no necessity for an immigration “wall.” It proposes enforcing the hiring prohibitions of the Immigration and Naturalization Act as a virtually cost-free alternative. It also argues that our bi-lingual policy prevents