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Understand what Critical Race Theory really is. Counter the right-wing lies about it.

November 13, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

This background helps you understand the controversy: Our nation is suffering from a number of huge problems that need huge solutions.  But instead of solving the problems, the right wing and the Republican Party keep promoting fear and hatred and ignorance.  They have no practical solutions for the problems, so they want to distract the public and promote cruelty. Recently the right wing and the Republican Party have become obsessed with denouncing Critical Race Theory.  Actually, CRT has existed for decades but was not noticed until right-wingers started publicizing it in grossly false ways. Law school professors developed Critical Race […]

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We need PEACE instead of provoking war with Russia.

November 7, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

As soon as the Russian Revolution occurred in 1917, the U.S. treated that nation as an enemy.  Although the Soviet Union was an ally with the U.S. in opposing Nazi Germany, when Japan was ready to surrender in 1945, the U.S. unnecessarily dropped two atomic bombs on Japan — partly in order to intimidate the Soviet Union.  For many decades from 1945 until the USSR collapsed in 1991, the U.S. kept treating that nation as an enemy with whom we were locked in a Cold War that was ready at any moment to destroy the entire world with nuclear weapons.  […]

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New poll shows the public supports the separation of Church and State

November 7, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

New polling data were released recently.  The public supports the separation of Church and State. See this: https://www.au.org/blogs/pew-poll-churchstate?utm_source=blogdigest&utm_medium=email&emci=2dab0b37-c738-ec11-9820-c896653b26c8&emdi=5a76f0cc-8b39-ec11-9820-c896653b26c8&ceid=3714577   For more information, see the website of Americans United for the separation of Church and State at www.au.org and their blog, Wall of Separation BLOG   You can learn a lot more by watching my October 2021 TV program at this link:  https://parallaxperspectives.org/religious-freedom-what-it-is-and-what-it-is-not This link lets you WATCH the interview video and/or READ the thorough summary I typed up about what we said during the interview.   Right-wing Christians are pushing state-level policies to erode the separation of Church and State.  See […]

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Understanding electoral losses on Tues. Nov. 2, 2021

November 6, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

When the Democratic candidate for Virginia’s governorship lost his re-election to a Trump extremists, mainstream media said — as they typically do in such cases — that the Democratic Party needs to become much more conservative.  That is a WRONG conclusion to draw from this. The Democratic incumbent was a “CORPORATE” Democrat who was already conservative.  His conservative track record as incumbent governor gave no inspiration for people to turn out.  Democrats must EARN THE VOTES by promising AND DELIVERING BOLDLY on bold issues.   Election results are SYMPTOMS of what is happening — or not happening — at the […]

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QAnon conspiracy theory: Origins, basic beliefs, infection of the Republican Party

October 23, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

You’ve been hearing about QAnon and its massive right-wing conspiracy theories that have been spreading nationwide and have infected the Republican Party.  Here are links to some articles about its origins and basic beliefs — and how it has infected the Republican Party:   Basic information and background from a few years ago: This was published in 2018:  https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/a-qanon-explainer-that-even-your-grandma-will-understand_us_5b62f755e4b0fd5c73d6ca23?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=__Politics__080318&utm_content=__Politics__080318+Version+A+CID_d56e265fc30133e4cae275c52c5b975a&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software&utm_term=What%20Is%20QAnon%20The%20Donald%20Trump-Centric%20Conspiracy%20Theory%20Isnt%20Going%20Away&ncid=newsltushpmgnews__Politics__080318   This 2018 article said the QAnon conspiracy theory has roots in the CIA:  https://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/we-have-cia-thank-qanon-conspiracy-theory?src=newsletter1095081   This 2019 article exposes origins and activities of QAnon and internet conspiracy theory wackos and hackers:  https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/02/19/1830545/-Hidden-History:-The-QAnon-Conspiracy-Theory?detail=emaildkcs   This 2020 article reports that “Out of […]

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Gun violence — including murder — is increasing now. Pass strong laws to reduce gun violence.

September 29, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

For many years I have been paying attention to the rates of gun violence, including murders.  The murder rate had been declining for several years, but just in the past few years MANY MORE murders have been occurring.  The highly publicized MASS MURDERS are only the tip of the iceberg of gun violence. Overwhelming majorities of voters DEMAND Congress pass strong laws, but too many members of Congress are refusing to do that — either because they support the gun lobby for ideological reasons, and/or because gun manufacturers and pro-gun groups are funding their election campaigns.  Republicans are MUCH more […]

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“Religious Freedom: What it Is – and What it Is Not”

September 26, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

The October 2021 episode of “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” provides fresh information and insights into some controversies that have confused and misled many Americans about many matters, including our human rights and how our government functions. In a free society, people need to get along with each other – including people whose beliefs differ from each other – and we must protect fairness for all people.  This includes the relationships between religious beliefs and governments. During this interview an expert clarifies what religious freedom IS and what it is NOT.  We clear up confusion about the centuries-old American principle of “the […]

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Insights into the horribly dysfunctional Republican Party

September 11, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

The Republican Party used to be positioned at the somewhat conservative end of the mainstream political spectrum.  It tended to support business interests while the Democratic Party supported the working class.  Both parties wanted government to function.  But in recent years — especially with Ronald Reagan, Newt Gingrich, the Tea Party and Trump — the Republican Party has been AGGRESSIVELY DESTROYING the parts of the government that actually helped people and the environment, while AGGRESSIVELY MAKING EVERYTHING WORSE through corruption, cronyism, racism, sexism, and various kinds of oppression and brutality.  The Republican Party now actually OPPOSES DEMOCRACY and supported the […]

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This woman exposed a shocking irony …

September 11, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

Betty Bowers publicly stated: “Texas doesn’t have a hotline if you see a man go into a kindergarten with an AR-15, but it does have a hotline if you see a woman go into a Planned Parenthood parking lot with her car.”   The Republican-dominated government of Texas does not seem to understand the irony — or appreciate women’s rights.                    

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Right-wing extremists have radically changed U.S. politics. Now our democracy is in serious danger.

September 9, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

This article’s headline and sub-head are these: Go Ahead, Worry! A Worst-Case Scenario for American Democracy The American far right has transformed politics in unprecedented ways. Can this be reversed? This article’s author says why he wrote it:  “I offer here a tentative map of the multiple and interlocking dimensions of the threat from the contemporary far right.”  His article lists ten serious factors.  Read the article here: https://www.thenation.com/article/politics/right-coup-danger/  

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Government-sponsored prayers

September 9, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

Some governmental bodies (legislatures, local governments, etc.) begin with official prayers. Often those are required by conservative politicians. Those conservatives typically oppose “Big Government.” Ironically, they want “Big Government” to force us to pray in certain ways. Not only does that blatantly contradict their opposition to “Big Government” oppressing us, but it also blatantly undermines legitimate religion.   Prayer should be personal and truly spiritual, but when “Big Government” imposes any prayer upon us, prayer is perverted and trivialized into just a meaningless ritual — a contemptible abuse by “Big Government.” Jesus told people to pray privately instead of in […]

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A few short quotations about religious/spiritual matters

August 29, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

Mohandas K. Gandhi (the Mahatma) said this:  “I claim that human mind or human society is not divided into watertight compartments called social, political and religious. All act and react upon one another.”   Thich Nhat Hanh, the great Zen Buddhist mystic, said this:  What we need is not another doctrine, but an awakening that can restore our spiritual strength. What made Mahatma Gandhi’s struggle a great success was not a doctrine—not even the doctrine of nonviolence—but Gandhi himself, his way of being. A lot is written today about the doctrine of nonviolence and people everywhere are trying to apply […]

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Brief insights here: See these issues from fresh perspectives!

August 29, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

#1:  In the 1940s my Dad built a SOLAR clothes dryer. Mom operated it for decades. In the 1950s when I was growing up, I remember at home we had a SOLAR and WIND clothes dryer.  It used no fossil fuels and no electricity. Dad built it in the 1940s.  Mom operated it for decades. It was called a “clothesline.”  Every home’s back yard had one.  It was an upright metal pole with a smaller horizontal metal crossbar at the top.  30 to 40 feet away was another one with the same design.  Stretched between them were four long metal […]

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July 25, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

You visited this blog because you care about important issues, such as peace, climate, economics, democracy, social justice, human rights, or ___________. YOU can make MUCH MORE PROGRESS on important issues by strengthening your skills in organizing nonviolent grassroots movements! Let’s set smart goals and devise smart strategies.  Let’s reach out to the public more effectively than we have been doing.  Let’s devise ways to be more effective in how we nonviolently push the people who have the official power to serve the broad public interest. ALL OF US — new people, experienced organizers, and everybody in between — can […]

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These fresh insights can help us speak more convincingly about the climate — even to conservatives.

July 4, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

These three resources can greatly increase our effectiveness when talking about the climate — including how to reach conservatives:     We can move conservatives to support the climate if we use the right kinds of wording and messaging: We can move conservatives to support the climate if we use the right kinds of wording and messaging.  Banging away on the facts won’t change the minds of people who refuse to support smart climate actions.  For the climate – just as for other issues – we need to “frame” the issue and use the kinds of wording and messaging that […]