Both of the big political parties cause serious problems. Republican Party leaders deliberately and enthusiastically make problems worse. Republican Party members obediently follow along. Democratic Party members want to solve problems (Green New Deal, Medicare for All, Impeach Trump, promote diversity in the party, etc.) Democratic Party “leaders” refuse to solve those problems. Dem “leaders” rebuff their members – and wonder why Dems don’t win more elections.
Globally, nationally, and locally, we are confronted with very serious problems. Some people feel overwhelmed and disempowered, so they feel powerless to solve the problems. But that only allows the horrible problems to get worse. I strongly support the opposite approach: Recognize that WE CAN INDEED LEARN HOW TO ORGANIZE EFFECTIVELY at the grassroots level (“Think globally and act locally”) to solve the problems. Sometimes people and organizations merely vent or flail about with random activities without a clear strategy for how to make the political and social changes we want. We can do better than that! Specifically, I seek […]
In order to get the Republican-dominated Senate to approve the New START Treaty, Obama committed the U.S. to replacing ALL of the U.S.’s nuclear weapons (the bombs, the bombers, missiles, submarines, etc.) with expensive new ones. The cost is likely to be about $1.7 TRILLION during the foreseeable future. In December 2017 Congress passed the Trump/Republican tax scam that is estimated to increase the U.S. deficit by a total of $3 TRILLION to $7 TRILLION in its first decade. In 1941 the U.S. jumped into World War II and abruptly stopped huge parts of the civilian economy and started massive […]
For decades people have kept saying that the U.S. is the richest country on earth. We still are. But tens of millions of Americans suffer poverty, homelessness, lack of health care, lack of hope, and — really — profound alienation from “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” The U.S. keeps falling short of what we promise. We know it. The victims of our economic, social and political systems know it. The politicians know it. So why do the problems persist? Some people are profiting from the chronic injustices that infect our economic, social and political […]
In recent years the U.S. government has restricted abortion rights, especially related to our international aid programs. Within the U.S., states have passed more than 400 restrictions to reduce abortion access and rights since 2010. (Source: Page 56 of The American Prospect’s Winter 2019 issue.) See www.prospect.org for a very informative article on pages 56-60. Some states that severely restrict abortion are inadvertently CAUSING UNWANTED PREGNANCIES by failing to provide accurate sex education courses in schools. Then when pregnancies occur, the women are denied a reasonable remedy. This seems counter-productive. Why don’t we REQUIRE that EVERY school provide ACCURATE sex […]
Moderates want House Democrats to settle for bi-partisan deals with the Republican-dominated Senate. If the House Democrats do that, they will be rebuffing the voters who gave them a mandate for VERY BOLD changes. They also will FAIL TO IDENTIFY how progressive Democrats are much better than conservative Republicans. Even if the Senate fails to pass VERY BOLD House legislation, the points will be made, and 2020’s voters will see who is really on their side, vs. who is on the side of the oppressors. https://www.thenation.com/article/democrats-congress-fundamental-reforms/?link_id=7&can_id=1d662460c0abb8939c5044c82927552b&source=email-pledge-update-for-bold-reforms-naacp-protest-yemen-vote-populism-wins-roma&email_referrer=email_468235&email_subject=pledge-update-for-bold-reforms-naacp-protest-yemen-vote-populism-wins-roma
Yes, YOU can make significant progress on the issues you care about if you gain more insights into Nonviolent Grassroots Organizing. I’m offering my excellent series of 6 workshops on “Nonviolent Grassroots Organizing” on 6 consecutive Saturday mornings (February 9 through March 16) from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in one participant’s home at a convenient location about a mile east of downtown Olympia. Please sign up now. Phone me at (360) 491-9093 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am donating my time for FREE and invite voluntary sliding-scale donations to cover the cost of printing the many excellent handouts. […]
People keep saying that our nation’s systems are “broken.” That is misleading. They are NOT “broken.” They are WORKING AS INTENDED! They are DELIBERATELY UNFAIR! On issue after issue, politicians, mainstream media, and the general public keep saying that our systems are “broken.” But if you look at how they are actually functioning — WHAT THEY ACTUALLY DO — and WHAT THEY ARE PREVENTING — and WHO HAS THE POWER and WHO BENEFITS from the status quo — you’ll see that these systems are NOT really “broken.” They are serving the rich and the powerful and preventing the changes that […]
You have probably read information supporting HR 1, legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that would push Big Money out of politics. Many non-profit organizations that support democracy and other good things (environment, energy, peace, nuclear weapons, workers’ rights, human rights, the gun lobby, etc.) recognize that BIG MONEY CORRUPTION PREVENTS CONGRESS FROM ACCOMPLISHING WHAT WE WANT IT TO DO. HR 1 is a tremendously positive step forward for ALL of the issues we care about! Public Citizen (www.citizen.org), the non-profit org that Ralph Nader started in 1971, says the following in support of HR 1, and urges people […]
https://www.nationofchange.org/2018/12/08/5-2-trillion-thats-the-savings-over-10-years-by-creating-a-medicare-for-all-system/ See this blog’s “Health Care Reform” section for several good articles. I especially recommend my December 2015 TV program, which makes a strong case for Universal Single-Payer instead of Obama’s weak Affordable Care Act. Watch the informative interview and/or read a thorough summary of what we said at http://parallaxperspectives.org/tv-why-universal-single-payer-health-care-is-the-real-solution The end of that thorough summary provides sources of additional information.
In the November 2018 election American voters gave a STRONG MANDATE for VERY PROGRESSIVE ACTION by the U.S. House. Our Representatives must deliver!!! Moderates want House Democrats to settle for bi-partisan deals with the Republican-dominated Senate. If the House Democrats do that, they will be rebuffing the voters who gave them a mandate for VERY BOLD changes. They also will FAIL TO IDENTIFY how progressive Democrats are much better than conservative Republicans. Even if the Senate fails to pass VERY BOLD House legislation, the points will be made, and 2020’s voters will see who is really on their side, vs. […]
Our nation and world are in a horrible mess. The December 2018 episode of “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” TV series examines how to solve the problems. A person or an entire society has a “worldview” — a way of seeing reality — that strongly directs their behavior and public policy. The worldview that currently dominates the U.S. government and society has caused escalating greed, corruption, cruelty, oppression, war, and other bad things. Instead, we need to replace that worldview with its opposite — a worldview that is humane, compassionate, peaceful, fair to everyone, and environmentally sustainable. An unjust society seeks to […]
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 […]
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders has introduced legislation that would hold billionaires accountable for the extremely low wages they pay their employees. Currently, some of the biggest, most profitable businesses pay their employees so little that the employees must apply for welfare, food stamps, government-funded medical care, public housing, etc. Conservatives blame people for getting “welfare,” but actually our political/economic system allows these giant corporations to get “welfare.” TAXPAYERS ARE SUBSIDIZING THESE ABUSIVE BUSINESSES. Bernie Sanders’ legislation is named after Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the history of the world. His assets total $158 BILLION, and his wealth increases by […]