Here is an EXCELLENT report by WA State Govt about strategies to reduce poverty

July 9, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

Typically, governments fall far short of acknowledging the serious problems — and they also fall short of proposing bold remedies to solve those problems. HERE IS AN EXCEPTION!  Recently three of Washington State government’s agencies collaborated with many poor people, racial minorities, and supportive organizations to create a Poverty Reduction work group.  They produced a 65-page report with a 10-year plan.  It is surprisingly smart and progressive! This report provides very good information and urges people to understand historical racism, etc., include the affected people.  We should urge candidates for State Legislature to read this 65-page report carefully and pass […]

If you think Coronavirus is disruptive and deadly, it is NOTHING compared to nuclear war!

July 5, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

Nuclear weapons are an EXTREMELY SERIOUS problem, but the public and news media pay almost no attention to the danger — which could DESTROY THE WORLD in just a few minutes! People are paying attention to the Coronavirus pandemic, so let’s pivot from that to consider how disruptive and deadly a nuclear war would be. The Coronavirus pandemic is seriously disrupting our world. Trump escalated the disruptions and increased the deaths by denying the reality, preventing the government from planning for pandemics, and suppressing the knowledge of scientists and doctors. A nuclear war would be much more disruptive and cause […]

Short animated video shows and explains what a nuclear weapon would do to a city

July 5, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

Since 1945 the U.S. has been preparing for another nuclear war.  The devastation with modern weapons would be HORRIBLY, HORRIBLY WORSE than the small atomic bombs the U.S. dropped on Japan. Trump and BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES have been funding more nuclear weapons — including NEW nuclear weapons that are MORE LIKELY TO BE USED than the ones that have been existing.  Trump as RADICALLY, RECKLESSLY changed U.S. policies to make it MUCH MORE LIKELY that he can and will launch nuclear weapons. In less than 9 minutes, this animated video shows what would happen to a city if just one […]

Nearly all Americans are “deniers” of the nuclear weapons crisis.

July 5, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

Most Americans recognize that the climate crisis is VERY SERIOUS. We disagree with the “climate deniers” and with the “Coronavirus deniers.” But another existential crisis is VERY SERIOUS too:  Nuclear weapons can kill us all in just a few minutes.  Trump and both political parties in Congress are recklessly provoking and escalating a new nuclear arms race.  They are weakening the restraints against nuclear war. Most Americans are “DENIERS” that this crisis is happening.  Their negligence is even more deadly than the “climate deniers” and “Coronavirus deniers.” Mainstream news media are complicit in horribly failing to publicize the realities. Decent […]

Nuclear weapons violate international law. Here’s a protester’s strong statement.

July 3, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

It is well established that nuclear weapons violate international law.  An international court affirmed that in 1996.  Actually, even preparing for nuclear war violates the Nuremberg principles that the U.S. and the other victors in World War II established. But the U.S. and eight other countries own nuclear weapons anyway.  And the U.S. has installed them in some of our NATO allies, including Germany, where Germany’s Buchel Air Force Base maintains several of the U.S.’s nuclear bombs and prepares constantly to drop them on Russia or another nation if the U.S. orders that. For a number of years Europeans and […]

You can SIGN UP NOW for a series of FREE ONLINE workshops on Nonviolent Grassroots Organizing

July 3, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

We care about a variety of issues but we are not making as much progress on them as we could. I’m providing FREE ONLINE WORKSHOPS to increase your skills and your toolbox of strategies and methods to HELP YOU MAKE MORE PROGRESS on the issues you care about. You can still sign up now.  See this:  http://parallaxperspectives.org/locally-and-nationwide-we-must-change-the-political-culture-sign-up-for-these-practical-workshops I can e-mail you an essay with the substance of Session #1 in essay format, and then you can catch up with Sessions #2 and beyond.  Contact me at glenanderson@integra.net if you want that or if you have any questions. Also, if you […]

Many of Trump’s hard-core supporters are like CULT MEMBERS.

June 30, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

This two-part article explores the mindset of a typical hardcore Trump supporter. Part 1 of this article is here:  https://www.nationofchange.org/2018/11/26/exploring-the-mindset-of-a-typical-hardcore-trump-supporter/ Part 2 is here:  https://www.nationofchange.org/2020/01/03/exploring-the-mindset-of-a-typical-hardcore-trump-supporter-part-two/ “Other-blamers” — Psychology expert explains how Trump hijacks voters’ brains with his abusive personality style: https://www.alternet.org/2019/07/other-blamers-psychology-expert-explains-how-trump-hijacks-voters-brains-with-his-abusive-personality-style/?utm_source=&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=531   When a racist mass shooting occurred in the summer of 2019 experts and lawmakers said we should call it what it was: ‘Trump-inspired terrorism’: https://www.alternet.org/2019/08/experts-and-lawmakers-say-time-to-call-racist-shooting-what-it-was-trump-inspired-terrorism/?utm_source=&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=1012   Conservative journalist George Will says the Republican Party has ‘become a cult’ of Trump: https://www.alternet.org/2019/06/veteran-conservative-journalist-george-will-the-gop-has-become-a-cult-of-trump/?utm_source=&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=297   Trump’s true believers are hard to deal with: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/1/5/1823854/-WHY-THOSE-WHO-LOATHE-TRUMP-FIND-IT-SO-HARD-TO-ACCEPT-HIS-SUPPORTERS?detail=emaildkre   14 distinct cognitive flaws leading people […]

Trump’s re-election goal is to keep the pandemic danger high and prevent voting by mail. Then sensible people STAY HOME and his loyal cult followers will turn out and vote.

June 30, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

Put these few facts together: Democratic candidates are more likely to win when large numbers of people vote. In a number of states ruled by Republicans, those states do several things to reduce voter turnout — and to make it hard for racial minorities, young people, and poor people to vote, because those people tend to vote for Democrats. Voting by mail significantly increases voter turnout.  Trump and Republicans strongly oppose this, because they want to SUPPRESS voter turnout. The Coronavirus pandemic makes it dangerous to vote in person (in the 45 states that do not have voting by mail). […]

What Erich Fromm wrote about Fascism in 1941 pertains to the U.S. under Trumpism now.

June 28, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

In 1941 Erich Fromm wrote this about the Fascism that had emerged in Europe: “When Fascism came into power, most people were unprepared, both theoretically and practically. They were unable to believe that man could exhibit such propensities to evil, such lust for power, such disregard for the rights of the weak, or such yearning for submission.” Fromm wrote this about the Fascism that had emerged in Europe by 1941. He could scarcely have imagined that Trumpism would repeat those evils in the U.S.A. with the 2016 election. See this blog’s section on “Trump and Trumpism.”  

Trump, Republicans and conservatives keep making the pandemic WORSE AND WORSE!

June 28, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

Republicans are NOT “pro-life.”  They keep sacrificing people’s lives to the Coronavirus pandemic in order to help businesses produce and sell. Trump, Republicans and conservatives show horrible negativity and denialism against the honest science that we need in order to save our lives. Here are just a few examples from late June 2020: This article explains the late June 2020 surge in new Coronavirus cases: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/the-us-s-new-surge-in-coronavirus-cases-explained/ar-BB162ob2?ocid=spartan-ntp-feeds   Trump’s crazy psychology: Zero empathy for victims. Coronavirus victims are simply “losers.” And more … Although we know a lot about Trump’s bizarre psychology, this article provides more information: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/6/25/1955974/-Trump-believes-anyone-who-dies-from-Covid-19-is-a-loser?detail=emaildkreicymi   New COVID […]

Informative handouts for OCANW’s course: “Nuclear Weapons Nowadays: What You Can Know and Do”

June 28, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

The Olympia Coalition to Abolish Nuclear Weapons offers a 4-session course (2 hours per session) titled, “Nuclear Weapons:  What You Can Know and Do.”  It provides solid information, including background and recent updates.  It addresses the serious problems and what we can do to solve those problems.  To sign up, contact Joanne Dufour at (206) 550-1841 or jdufourhc@msn.com.  Each of the four presenters (Joanne Dufour, Mark Fleming, Jim Manista and Glen Anderson) offers handouts for these sessions. Here are Glen’s handouts. Session #1: IMPORTANT: “Fact Sheets for 6 Myths” — These fact sheets correct 6 common misunderstandings about nuclear weapons […]

Voters are much more progressive than the institutional Democratic Party and its timid Joe Biden.

June 23, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

Public opinion polling shows majorities of the public — especially Democrats but also large numbers of Independents and Republicans — urging VERY BOLD public policies, such as: Getting big money out of political campaigns Providing a nationwide system of good quality health care for every person Strong actions to protect the climate Protecting ordinary people from big business’s abuses Sharply reducing police violence And much more … During the 2020 primary election season, Bernie Sanders campaigned on boldly progressive issues, and he won huge numbers of votes from many kinds of people, including the working class, minorities, and other segments […]

These interesting items show that the U.S.’s democracy and government are NOT functioning adequately.

June 23, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

The U.S.’s government and democracy are SERIOUSLY DYSFUNCTIONAL in several ways. Ordinary people need to understand the problems and organize from the grassroots up to solve these SYSTEMIC PROBLEMS. Both political parties have been negligent and have caused the problems, and neither political party is solving them.     See this information about problems with the U.S.’s democracy, and how to solve them: See this article — https://thefulcrum.us/big-picture/american-academy-of-arts-and-sciences — and see this thorough 84-page report:  https://www.amacad.org/ourcommonpurpose/report     Instead of “checks and balances” — and instead of accountability — Trump is FIRING THE WATCHDOGS that we need in order to […]

Military weapons could NOT save us from Coronavirus! We must REDUCE weaponry and care for people instead!

June 21, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

If your only tool is a hammer, you will treat every problem as if it were a nail. The U.S. is SO HEAVILY MILITARIZED that our REAL SECURITY is SUFFERING!!! Congress keeps wasting our tax dollars on military weapons that DID NOT PROTECT US from Coronavirus. Trump eliminated two federal offices that had been planning to deal with pandemics because he wanted to spend that money on militarism. Read this one-page article that I wrote a few days ago: Military weapons could not save us from Coronavirus Ordinary people need to organize a powerful grassroots movement to SLASH the Pentagon […]