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    

Insights into evangelical Christians who sold their souls to Trump

October 21, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

This article dated October 14, 2018, is titled, “The Retribution for Evangelicals Who Sold Their Souls to Trump Is Coming.” It lays out the problem but does not do much about the “retribution” part of the title. Near the end of my November 2018 TV program (and in the essay about it that I’ll post to my blog in late October) I mention that during the 1970s and 1980s the Religious Right and the Republican Party actually merged into one movement so the Republican Party could capture and dominate a huge political base, and so the Religious Right would have […]

More oil trains for the U.S. and Canada, but Trump REDUCES SAFETY protections.

October 21, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Trump repeatedly shows his UTTER CONTEMPT for the environment and for human beings. Exploding oil trains and public pressure caused Obama to create rules to make oil trains less dangerous.  Now Trump has SCRAPPED those safety rules, sharply increasing the dangers of oil trains to crash and explode. While more oil is being moved by railroads, the Trump regime is rolling back safety regulations.  Expect more oil train derailments, explosions, and so forth.  See information at this link:  https://www.desmogblog.com/2018/10/17/safety-rules-rollback-second-oil-train-boom-rail-industry There is NO LEGITIMATE REASON to deliberately make railroad transportation more dangerous.   Oil trains have derailed and exploded.  Our safety […]

Sign petition now. Trump supports Saudi Arabia’s cruelty and its passion for a war against Iran.

October 21, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Trump has denied having business dealings with Saudi Arabia, but he really does have significant business dealings with them. He has been very subservient to Saudi Arabia’s interests and has curried favor with that nation’s cruel despotic leaders. Saudi Arabia (which is Sunni) has been strongly opposing Iran (which is largely Shia), and they are fighting proxy wars in Yemen and elsewhere.  Saudi Arabia wants a war against Iran, and it is urging Trump to start one.  Trump also is very subservient to the militaristic government of Israel, which also wants a war against Iran (in addition to practicing genocide […]

URGENT! Demand your U.S. Senators to co-sponsor S. 3517: PREVENT a war against Iran.

October 21, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Trump’s EXTREME CRUELTY and MEGALOMANIA and NARCISSM cause him to think he will be a “big shot” if he attacks Iran. Trump keeps laying the groundwork for starting a TOTALLY UNNECESSARY AND UNCONSTITUTIONAL WAR. Our U.S. Senators must act responsibly to PREVENT Trump’s war against Iran.  PLEASE urge your U.S. Senators to co-sponsor S. 3517, the “Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act.”  S. 3517 would ban the use of funding for attacking Iran. PLEASE send a strong message to your senators. You can e-mail them through their websites, www.murray.senate.gov and www.cantwell.senate.gov and/or phone them:  Murray (202) 224-2621 or […]

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 […]

Click to sign petition against first use of nuclear weapons

October 7, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Many Americans think the U.S.’s nuclear weapons are intended for our defense — to retaliate in case another nation starts to attack us.  Actually, for half a century the U.S. has designed and built nuclear weapons SPECIFICALLY to be used FIRST to BEGIN nuclear war.  The U.S. has long had a policy allowing FIRST-STRIKE to BEGIN a nuclear war. Now — under Obama and under Trump — the U.S. is planning to build expensive new FIRST-STRIKE nuclear weapons. Also, ever since 1945, the U.S. has allowed a president to UNILATERALLY DECIDE whether to start a nuclear war.  This VIOLATES the […]

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 […]

Nonviolent resistance: Only 3.5% of population — if sustained — can turn things around. See useful links here.

September 22, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Below is a link to an article that contains a wealth of hyperlinks to resources and information on how the use of nonviolent action has historically and currently produced remarkable successes in US history. The author is Erica Chenoweth, the researcher that I told you about who found, in her research, that when 3.5% of a country’s population was engaged in civil resistance to the status quo, all of the campaigns studies at that level of involvement were successful. I recommend you check it out and follow the many useful hyperlinks. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/01/worried-american-democracy-study-activist-techniques?CMP=share_btn_link      

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 […]

Trump REDUCES SAFETY at nuclear weapons production sites!

September 22, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

The article at the link below summarizes Trump’s TRULY RECKLESS actions! In the 1980s the public was concerned about inadequate safety at civilian and military nuclear facilities, so in 1988 Congress created the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board. This is a small entity responsible for protecting the workers who construct our nation’s nuclear weapons and protecting local communities from radioactive disasters. Now the Trump regime is colluding with the profit-making businesses that make and store the U.S.’s nuclear bombs to REDUCE THE AUTHORITY AND REACH of that safety board. The Trump regime’s new rules eliminate the board’s authority to oversee […]

Nuclear war likelier now: Psychiatrist says Trump Is ‘Unable to Tolerate Reality’ — and his mental condition is getting worse.

September 22, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Trump Is ‘Unable to Tolerate Reality’: Yale Psychiatrist Makes the Case That the President’s Mental State Is Getting Worse. The author of bestseller “Dangerous Case” says an urgent intervention “was indicated long ago.” After explaining the problems with Trump’s deteriorating psychiatric problems, the article says Trump is getting increasingly likely to use nuclear weapons. https://www.alternet.org/trump-unable-tolerate-reality-yale-psychiatrist-makes-case-presidents-mental-state-getting-worse?src=newsletter1096436