An Open Letter to the Political Class
On the Need to Raise Taxes
Something to Think About
(2014) examines the proposition
that less government, lower
taxes, and deregulation lead to economic prosperity for all by examining the
changes in the concentration of income at the top of the income distribution and
the average real income at the bottom over the past one hundred years within the
historical context in which these changes took place.
Democrats Lose Elections (2015)
attempts to explain why those on the left should stop trying to explain why
deficits and debt are not important and start talking about what is important.
Sanders and Political Practicality (2016) explains why I see
Sanders as the only hope we have in this election.
Ideology Versus Reality
(2013) examines the extent to which free market ideologues fail to perceive the real
world as it actually is and the consequences to society that result from their
failure to come to grips with reality.
Some Notes on Republicans and Torture (2009) examines the Bush/Cheney torture policy and the
problems this policy presents to our society. The parallels between the
rise of the Republican Party over the last forty years and the rise of the Nazi
Party during the 1920s and 1930s are examined, and it is argued that those who
torture must be held accountable for their actions.
Why Blame Republicans?
examines some of the consequences of the 1929 crash and the Great Depression
that followed along with some of the lessons to be learned from this experience.
The way in which the Republican Party has dominated the political debate in our
country for the past forty years is also examined along with the role played by
the Democratic Party in bringing on the economic crisis we face today. The
essential role of government in providing a civil society and economic
prosperity is discussed, and it is argued that the Republican Party's incessant
attack on government over the last forty years is the central cause of the
worldwide economic catastrophe we face today.
It Makes Sense If You
Don’t Think About It (2011) examines
how the imaginary world created by propaganda has led to our economic problems
today and how this imaginary world is going to affect our government and economy
in the next few years. Below are some examples of right-wing propaganda:
Propaganda Works (2011)
provides a commentary on the complete text of the of the piece of propaganda
examined at the beginning of
It Makes Sense If You
Don't Think About It.
Is This Really Going to Fix Congress? (2010)
provides another example of the kind of anti-government propaganda referred to in
Makes Sense If You
Don't Think About It that makes no sense if you think about what the
propaganda is actually asking you to believe.
On Stella Award Emails (2013)
discusses Stella award emails that are designed to promote the eliminate civil
protections in our legal system against corporate negligence and fraud.
Again, it makes no sense at all if you think about it.
Security If You Are Dead (2013)
anti-government email that is designed to undermine our system of social
insurance even though it appears to be a rant defending the rights of Social
Security beneficiaries. It is a prime example of the kind of email
that obviously makes no sense, if you think about it.
Feeding the Bares
provides another example of right-wing nonsense with an article from the
Yellowstone National Park Foundation explaining the reality of bear feeding..
Ideology and Fiscal Crises
examines the way in which ideological nonsense has led to a situation in which
the private sector of the economy has created the fiscal crises in the public
Some Notes on Right-wing Propaganda (2009)
examines the nature of the propaganda put out by the
Machine, how this propaganda works, who generates this propaganda, and who is
affected by it.
The Utopian Capitalist's
the ideological logic of the Right-Wing Propaganda Machine, how it is funded,
and why it is dangerous.
The Rise of Utopian Capitalism and
the Crash of 2008 (2009)
explains the ideological basis of Utopian Capitalism and the
Movement this ideology spawned. It also examines the nature of ideological
thought, the utopian view of reality that underlies the Utopian Capitalists'
system of beliefs, the fundamental delusion on which this system of beliefs
depends, and why these ideologues are dangerous—why they are willing to ignore
the Constitution, wage preemptive wars, and implement a policy of torture to
further their ends.
lists books and videos of the congressional
hearings referred to in the papers on this website and is broken down into various categories.
Most of the videos are stored in the C-SPAN's archive and can be viewed on your computer by clicking on the
Links to other online videos that are relevant are also provided. I give a
very short, one or two sentence summary of each book, and the
title of each book is linked, whenever possible, to
reviews by readers that are published by
Amazon.com. These reviews will give
you some idea of what others think. The author's
name is generally linked to an online biography of the author.
An alphabetical listing by author