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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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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 26, 2015
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."
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 24, 2015
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.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 6, 2014
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.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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, 1128 views)
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 21, 2014
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.
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SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 7, 2014
. 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
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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.
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 18, 2014
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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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 28, 2014
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
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 18, 2014
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
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 10, 2014
Move On - or Learn From Experience This article uses two recent events to illustrate our reluctance to learn from history.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 2, 2014
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.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 19, 2014
Organized Labor and Governmental Reform This extract discusses the correlation between national union densities andinternational quality of life rankings
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 9, 2014
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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 1, 2014
The USA's Slipping World Rankings This extract discusses the relevance of data generated by five international ranking organizations to US policy development.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Taxation Without Represenatiom This abstract points out America's long tradition of declining to be taxed without representation.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 11, 2014
"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     

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