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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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(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
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!
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 24, 2012
The Biggest Outrage: Bank "Persons" Preferred Over American Citizens From Unequal Protection to Scandalously Preferential Treatment. Biggest behind - the -scenes rescue of "too big to fail" banks, rescued by Federal Reserve with $16.1 TRILLION in low interest loans.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 24, 2012
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.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 19, 2015
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?
You're too poor? You'll be pushed off the Bridge of LIfe by Age 7 (2nd right of center) for sure! Wasenius Ages of man 1831, From MyPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 30, 2017
Republicans, Eskimos and "Good Germans" Analogies to the Republican health-care proposals.
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.
Henry VIII, Pussy Grabber, Woman Murderer, From FlickrPhotos
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
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.
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 17, 2016
Back of the Envelope Calculation for Providing Millions of WPA-like Jobs with Helicopter Greenbacks How to reduce income deprivation, or starvation, for some millions of Americans.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 25, 2015
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.
'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.
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."
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 24, 2011
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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 29, 2012
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.
(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!
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 23, 2009
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.
Out of Afghanistan, at last!, From MyPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 24, 2017
Reform the Democratic Party: Push Policy, instead of Purging People This paper proposes that progressives, instead of calling for purges of Democratic party leaders, should push for explicit adoption by the Democrats of certain policy goals and the taking of strong legislative action to force these goals' adoption.
Government created, debt and tax free money. It's real, restorative power to the people., From MyPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 24, 2016
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.
Out of Afghanistan, at last!, From MyPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 16, 2015
Spoiling Corruption by a Popular Front Strategy What to do when bipartisan corruption has stagnated our country.
trapped and resigned, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 26, 2015
Harm Reduction in Police Apprehensions Reducing Harm in Police Apprehensions
(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.
Out of Afghanistan, at last!, From MyPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 18, 2016
REVISION: Repair America's "Greatness" with Greenbacks A revised, scaled-back, controlled version of how to get money for large public-works programs to get America working again.
(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.
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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
(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.
Government created, debt and tax free money. It's real, restorative power to the people., From MyPhotos
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 19, 2008
Boosting Organ Donation An article on how to increase organ donation with information on legality and new organizations to help like Lifesharers and Medcure.
(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.
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!
(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
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 17, 2012
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.
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.
(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.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 7, 2011
Beck's BS Book "Broke" Beck's BS Book "Broke," A Partisan Polemical Refudiatin' Review
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 1, 2008
Untying the Gordian Knot How One part of the Financial Tangle Might be Untied
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 7, 2016
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!
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 11, 2012
Unite for Transitional Goals: Conservative Progressivism It is proposed that activists of left and right "extremes" can and should work together more on educating voters on just two, limited, transitional goals rather than on Presidential campaign.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 20, 2008
Federal Reserve Follies Federal Reserve to Weaken Dollar
handguns, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 15, 2015
Firearms Harm Reduction Two modest suggestions to reduce harm from firearms misuse.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Beyond Bernie 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?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 26, 2015
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!
(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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 3, 2012
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.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 12, 2010
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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 18, 2013
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?
SHARE More Sharing        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.)
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 18, 2012
George Will's Deceptive "Axiom of Scarcity" Opinion writer George Will is passing off money scarcity as an "axiom" of economics.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 11, 2008
Mobilizing on Bailouts,and Stamocap An article characterizing bailouts in terms of class war, state monopoly capitalism and suggesting a mobilization target for progressives at this time.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 21, 2008
Dear Conservative: An Open Letter to Conservatives about pride, anger, religion and politics
SHARE More Sharing        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.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 8, 2008
Against Afghan War An Argument against sending more troops to Afghanistan.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 16, 2007
Avoiding Endless Occupation A compromise course is proposed for Iraq that would reduce casualties and maybe expense while "satisficing" all conflicting power interests there.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 3, 2010
Doggerel Chants for a New Decade Some chants for demonstrations and hopefully just a little fun reading. Also a book recommendation.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 22, 2008
Taxpayer Relief from Bailout How to recover taxpayer money from the bailout.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Bipartisan Pathologies A Diagnosis of the Pathologies of the Two Party System.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 11, 2008
Voting for Revenge Why voting for revenge won't work. What might shake up the system.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 15, 2007
An Alternative for Iraq Presentation of Alternative Plan to Reduce Casualties and Expense in Iraq and Prevent a Wider Middle East War

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