Giant business corporations buy and destroy newspapers

January 21, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Thomas Jefferson once said that he would rather live in a society with newspapers but no government, rather than a society with government but no newspapers. A robust Democracy ABSOLUTELY REQUIRES a DIVERSE MIX OF VOICES.  But for a number of years an escalating crisis has been interfering with Americans’ need to be well informed.  The U.S. has been experiencing a crisis that destroys our society’s ability to inform itself through honest, diverse journalism. A few giant business corporations have been buying up newspapers, just like they’ve been buying up other businesses — and consolidating economic (and hence political) power […]

PREVENT Trump from attacking Iran.

January 21, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

During his presidential campaign and ever since his inauguration, Trump has told malicious lies and expressed hatred toward Iran.  He has been threatening war.   Trump appointed as his National Security Advisor John Bolton, the extremely poorly informed hate-monger who has a very long history of extreme animosity toward Iran. On April 1, 2018, I posted to this blog an article about Bolton’s horribly cruel and wrong views.  See this blog post:  http://parallaxperspectives.org/john-bolton-will-push-trump-into-wars-and-more-violent-foreign-policy Here is more information about Bolton’s extreme views:  https://www.thenation.com/article/apocalypse-soon-john-bolton-set-to-replace-hr-mcmaster-as-national-security-adviser/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Weekly%2003232018&utm_term=weekly   In April 2018 I compiled this list of four articles about John Bolton: “John Bolton is a […]

Do NOT wait for Mueller’s report. IMPEACH Trump for MANY MORE REASONS!

January 20, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

The Mueller investigation is focusing on only a very narrow range of Trump’s crimes (the Russia-related ones). Trump has committed MANY MORE crimes of MANY DIFFERENT kinds. And Trump has VIOLATED THE CONSTITUTION in MANY ways. All of those are IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES. When Democrats tell us that they won’t start impeachment proceedings because they are waiting for the Mueller report, THEY ARE DELIBERATELY REFUSING TO ACT RESPONSIBLY.  Every member of Congress took an oath of office to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.  THEY ARE LEGALLY AND MORALLY RESPONSIBLE TO PROTECT CONSTITUTIONAL GOVERNMENT FROM TRUMP’S ABUSES, so THEY THEMSELVES are […]

Several fresh insights into Trump’s shutdown

January 20, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Most Americans oppose Trump’s totally unnecessary shutdown of the federal government.  His reckless, impulsive behavior to follow through on a stupid campaign “talking point” designed to provoke fear and rally support from racists who oppose immigrants never was based on actual information and never had a thoughtful plan for implementation of the wall.  Likewise the actual shutdown was never thought through to anticipate the horrible and cruel consequences.  Like everything else Trump does, it was totally a scam intended to deceive people. Various persons have identified various problems with Trump’s shutdown, but here I’m identifying a few fresh insights that […]

The Trump regime continues its war against science

January 20, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

The Trump regime (and some other people) are continuing their war against science in many ways.  Many aspects of our lives and our society need solid, honest science in order to understand the world around us and devise smart public policies.  But powerful interests (oil companies, various big businesses, rigid ideologues, religious bigots, and others) vigorously oppose honest science and want to bury the truth so they can impose their narrow, greedy, bigoted and ideological dogma upon us through public policy, even though they are violating human rights, hurting our health, hurting the environment and climate, and causing a wide […]

Significantly raise rich people’s taxes!

January 20, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

In the 1950s under Republican President Eisenhower, the U.S. had a tax rate of 93% for the richest people, and we enjoyed great prosperity. Over the years Republicans and Democrats alike have been cutting taxes so rich people and giant corporations are now paying far less than they used to — and far less than they should. “Trickle-down” has been proven NOT to work.  The rich keep getting richer.  Everybody else suffers by having to pick up the slack, and also by suffering grossly underfunded governmental services.  This is true at federal, state and local levels. Rich people and businesses […]

SIGN UP NOW for 6 workshops on Nonviolent Grassroots Organizing, Saturday mornings 10 am in Olympia

January 18, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

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 glenanderson@integra.net. I am donating my time for FREE and invite voluntary sliding-scale donations to cover the cost of printing the many excellent handouts. […]

Beyond reforms, we must demand the ABOLITION of nuclear weapons!

January 18, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

The peace movement and other people working against nuclear weapons are FAR TOO TIMID in how we work on nuclear weapons.  In order to make progress we must demand the ABOLITION of nuclear weapons, not merely seek reforms and limitations. We have identified and worked for many reforms and limitations, such as: A “No First Use” policy to prevent the U.S. from starting a nuclear war Taking away the president’s sole authority to launch without a congressional declaration of war (except in retaliation) Preventing the total rebuild of all nuclear weapons, which Obama authorized and Trump is pursuing too Preventing […]

Here is a strategically smart way toward abolishing nuclear weapons and converting to a peaceful foreign policy.

January 5, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Please see the one-page document I wrote at the link below. Nuclear weapons persist after 70+ years because they are rooted in the same deep-seated problems that plague U.S. foreign policy overall. In order to abolish nuclear weapons, we must see the deeply entrenched problems that have propped up nuclear weapons – and also propped up U.S. foreign policy overall. For that purpose, I created the attached document that could guide a group discussion (or even individual thoughtfulness) toward devising strategically smart ways to move toward peace. I’d be happy to facilitate a discussion in order to help the Olympia […]

Sign this to urge 2020 presidential candidates to call for a PEACEFUL FOREIGN POLICY

January 5, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Candidates keep pretending that domestic issues are all that matters. We must strongly urge candidates to prioritize PEACE in their campaign platforms.  This is especially true for PRESIDENTIAL candidates! The organization sponsoring this petition (www.winwithoutwar.org) is an excellent advocate for peace. I signed this petition to raise the peace issue in the presidential campaign, and I hope you will sign it too: https://act.winwithoutwar.org/act/open-letter-2020-foreign-policy?source=em20190103&t=5&akid=3059%2E372126%2EuSCGG8      

I’m building a Big Beautiful Wall around my yard to keep Republicans out!

January 4, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Although Trump claims that immigrants endanger our national security, and that Mexicans are rapists and murderers, the reality is that immigrants commit fewer crimes than Americans who were born here. Ironically, many serious crimes have been committed by Trump himself and by the crooks he has hired to work for his 2016 campaign or in his administration. Many have pled guilty, and many others have been prosecuted and convicted.  Many others are being investigated and will likely be prosecuted and convicted.  In addition, many have broken ethics rules and federal regulations about conflicts of interest, waste of our tax dollars, […]

Our systems are not “broken.” They’re working as intended. They are DELIBERATELY UNFAIR.

January 3, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

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 […]

The VERY BEST, MOST PROFOUND critique of Trumpism & our current crisis I’ve EVER seen!!!

December 23, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Chris Hedges is an amazingly knowledgeable and insightful journalist who writes thought-provoking — and sometimes disturbing — articles about our nation and the world we live in. Just before the November 2018 election, Chris Hedges spoke to an audience.  He provided BY FAR THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE and MOST PROFOUND analysis of Trumpism and the U.S.’s current crisis that I have EVER seen! What we’re experiencing is far from “politics as usual,” so merely electing Democrats is NOT anywhere near what we need. Chris Hedges’ speech begins by explaining how economic elites have severed social relationships and social sustainability in order to […]

Trump can launch nuclear weapons whenever he wants — with or without Mattis. URGE CONGRESS TO FIX THAT!!!!

December 23, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Washington DC’s foreign policy establishment is upset that Trump’s Secretary of Defense James “Mad Dog” Mattis resigned.  Those folks felt that Mattis was the only “adult” restraining Trump from reckless actions against other nations, such as launching nuclear weapons in a “first-strike.” This article by experts Bruce Blair and Jon Wolfsthal says that no Secretary of Defense can stop an impulsive President:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2018/12/23/trump-can-launch-nuclear-weapons-whenever-he-wants-with-or-without-mattis/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.e6c3e579e590&wpisrc=nl_most&wpmm=1 James “Mad Dog” Mattis is an EXTREME HAWK who has said that he enjoys killing people in war. He is the kind of extremist that Trump kept appointing to powerful positions. Yet this war-hungry extremist was considered […]