We Can Replace Cynicism and Despair with Empowerment and Hope

November 6, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Our world is in a serious mess.  We are suffering from a number of big serious problems. It is easy to feel powerless and despair. But if we let the oppressors get us down, we’ll be even worse off. The good news is that WE CAN INDEED ESCAPE THAT TRAP. WE CAN INDEED EMPOWER OURSELVES AND MOVE AHEAD. I wrote the following document more than a year ago, and it is still valid. Please read and share this: We Can Replace Cynicism and Despair with Empowerment and Hope

We Can Empower Ourselves to Replace the Current Cruelty and Corruption with Truth, Compassion, Fairness and Democracy

November 4, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Instead of the Cruelty and Corruption Being Dumped upon Our Nation, What Better Values and Policies Do We Want the U.S. to Affirm? Let’s Actively Work to Restore Truth, Compassion, Fairness and Democracy! Glen Anderson wrote this article in the spring of 2017, a few months into the Trump regime. Its message is still valid. Hard realities are settling upon us. It’s not just the new Executive Branch filled with ignorant and corrupt people who want to destroy the government’s ability to serve the broad public interest. It’s also most of Congress, which is fully complicit. And it’s the mainstream […]

TV Program: A blistering critique of U.S. politics! PART 1: “Choose a Better Worldview to Build a Better World”

October 30, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

You can watch the November 2018 episode of the TV program for my series “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” through a link on this blog post — or on TCTV cable channel 22 in Thurston County. (See info below.) This is PART 1 of a 2-part topic, “Choose a Better Worldview to Build a Better World.” It focuses mostly on the problems. PART 2, the December 2018 program, will focus more on solutions. SEE THE LINK BELOW for a VERY THOROUGH, BLISTERING CRITIQUE of the worldview that has increasingly dominated U.S. politics. Parts 1 and 2 of this program explains that the […]

Outreach ideas for hard, scary issues

October 30, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

It is hard to inform and mobilize the public about hard, scary issues such as nuclear weapons, the climate crisis, and Trumpism’s escalating fascism. Typically, we throw facts at people, but people too fearful and powerless to open themselves up psychologically to hear those facts, let alone act upon them. The document I wrote and linked below  can help the public empower themselves to work on serious issues, including the hardest and most  frightening issues. In order to really engage the public on these hard and frightening issues, we must deliberately strategize how to address the public’s fears, feelings of […]

De-Militarize U.S. Foreign Policy

October 28, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

In 2016 I created a workshop to help people understand the U.S.’s violent foreign policy and see how we might de-militarize it.  I created a handout for people to use during the workshop, and so people anywhere at any time can walk themselves through the process. Here is a link so you can do that:  De-Militarize U.S. Foreign Policy — WORKSHOP Handout for Participants and Others    

TV Program: A blistering critique of U.S. politics! PART 1: “Choose a Better Worldview to Build a Better World”

October 13, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

You can watch the November 2018 episode of the TV program for my series “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” through a link on this blog post — or on TCTV cable channel 22 in Thurston County.  (See info below.) This is PART 1 of a 2-part topic, “Choose a Better Worldview to Build a Better World.”  It focuses mostly on the problems.  PART 2, the December 2018 program, will focus more on solutions. SEE THE LINK BELOW for a VERY THOROUGH, BLISTERING CRITIQUE of the worldview that has increasingly dominated U.S. politics. Parts 1 and 2 of this program explains that the […]

Kick billionaires off welfare!

October 12, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders introduced legislation that deserves our support.  It would require big profitable businesses to EITHER pay their workers a living wage OR pay for the public assistance (welfare, food stamps, public housing, government-funded medical care, etc.) that the employees need. Bernie Sanders named the bill after the richest man in the history of the world, Jeff Bezos (worth $158 BILLION with wealth increasing by $260 MILLION every day).  Sanders calls his bill the  Stop Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies (BEZOS) Act. Jeff Bezos is on welfare!  Ordinary people are subsidizing him by making up the difference […]

Thomas Merton’s quotation about the violence in American culture

October 7, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Thomas Merton, the pacifist philosopher, theologian and mystic, wrote this (probably during the 1960s): “The real focus of American violence is in the very culture itself, its mass media, its extreme individualism and competitiveness, its inflated myths of virility and toughness, and its overwhelming preoccupation with the power of nuclear, chemical, bacteriological, and psychological overkill. If we live in what is essentially a culture of overkill, how can we be surprised at finding violence in it? Can we get to the root of the trouble? In my opinion, the best way to do it would have been the classic way […]

To Achieve Social Justice, We Must De-Polarize Our Society

October 7, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Oppressors like to use a “divide-and-conquer” strategy in order to keep the oppressed people from joining together to empower themselves to nonviolently fight against the oppressors. We need to recognize that tactic and refuse to let oppressors polarize us by race or religion or sexual orientation or any other factor. I wrote this article in 2018 and encourage people to read it and use its insights to de-polarize our society so we can join together to work for social justice: De-Polarize    

TV: “Let’s Understand the Islamic Faith”

October 1, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

The October 2018 episode of “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” TV series helps us understand the Islamic faith. Islam is the world’s second most popular religion, but most Americans who are not Muslim do not understand it.  Many of the things Americans think they know about Islam are not actually true.  I invite you to watch this TV interview with three knowledgeable, articulate Muslims so you will gain a clear and accurate understanding. See the link below to watch the program — and the link below that to read a thorough summary of what we said and a list of sources for […]

5 Ways Small Actions Have Huge Power

September 22, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Individuals might think they are too small and powerless to accomplish very much. But the article at this link explains that small actions can provide leverage that can accomplish huge positive results: https://www.ecowatch.com/small-actions-have-huge-power-2604264146.html?utm_source=EcoWatch%2BList&utm_campaign=324dd68e5b-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_49c7d43dc9-324dd68e5b-85369701      

U.S. govt’s “best and brightest” keep pushing us into unwinnable wars

September 22, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

For many decades U.S. foreign policy has been bi-partisan, reflecting the needs of U.S. business corporations around the world, and grounded in the myth of “entitlement” and “U.S. Exceptionalism,” the notions that the U.S. is unique in history in being the world’s ultimate savior, and therefore not bound by international law, and not subject to the constraints and realities that have confined other nations that were not the one Beacon of Liberty to save the world. The elite people who have shaped U.S. foreign policy for many decades share those assumptions, even if they have educations from elite universities and […]

Peace group creates an “Alternative Nuclear Posture Review” that would prevent nuclear war

September 22, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

The government and much of the public assume that we need nuclear weapons for our “national security. However, the truth is that nuclear weapons make us INSECURE because they could blow us all up. Presidents devise their nuclear weapons policies in the form of a “Nuclear Posture Review.” Trump released his already.  It is recklessly dangerous. Now a peace organization that opposes nuclear weapons (www.globalzero.org) has created its own ALTERNATIVE “Nuclear Posture Review” that would actually make us MORE SECURE, not LESS. Instead of planning how to fight nuclear wars, this alternative promotes genuine deterrence. The author (a former nuclear […]

Republicans excuse Kavanaugh’s crime from age 17. Will they release all prisoners who committed crimes at age 17 or in 1982 or before, when Kavanaugh commited his crime?

September 21, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Our nation’s prisons are full of prisoners who had committed felonies at age 17, were tried as adults, and were sentenced to very long sentences — sometimes life terms. Republicans say Brett Kavanaugh committed his crime at age 17, which was a long time ago, so he should be allowed to serve on the Supreme Court. That logic should COMPEL those Republicans to LIKEWISE release from prison ALL prisoners who had committed their crimes at age 17 or before, and ALL prisoners who had committed their crimes in 1982 (when Kavanaugh committed his crime) or longer ago. But MORE THAN […]

6 workshops on “Nonviolent Grassroots Organizing” Saturday mornings

September 21, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Case study: About 50 years ago when my cousin was 16 years old, she wanted to make herself a dress, so she bought some expensive fabric but did not want to spend the time or effort buying or using a pattern for her sewing project. Without a pattern, she just started cutting. Of course, she ruined the fabric and did not end up with a dress. People who want to accomplish political or societal changes often make the mistake my cousin did. They start doing things without the necessary planning or skills. I’m offering practical workshops in “Nonviolent Grassroots Organizing” […]