Greetings (as my draft notice read in 1970!): I'm an anti-imperialist author and activist who for 50 years has battled the U.S. foreign policy of supporting repressive governments in the formerly colonized countries.
"To be against U.S. wars and arms transfers to repressive regimes, you must be against the American empire, because that's where the impulse for war and arms transfers comes from. To be against the American empire, you must be against American exceptionalism, because that's where the impulse for empire comes from. War is the symptom, empire is the disease, and exceptionalism is the cause."
Enjoy my latest crime novel on the U.S. arms trade: In April 2020 Amazon published the second of my Mar'Shae McGurk thrillers, Arms Deals. "Black" McGurk, unlikely FBI agent, tackles two cases: corruption in a U.S. arms-for-drone-base deal with impoverished Niger, and the murder of her cousin "east of the river" in Washington, DC. Which is more dangerous, the streets of Southeast or the halls of Congress? Here's the link to the Amazon description and order form: Arms Deals The cover itself is worth the $10!
And read its predecessor too! In January 2019 Algora Publishing released my first book of fiction, The Weathermen on Trial. It tells the story of a "Cold Case" investigation by the Trump administration of that anti-imperialist group for the 1970 killing of a San Francisco policeman. The novel ends in a trial in which actual members of the Weathemen testify in court about their views of U.S. foreign policy, then and now. You can read about it and buy it here.
On Memorial Day 2013 I launched a website for the American Exceptionalism Media Project. Please visit it to read posts and plans to disrupt the transmission of exceptionalist and imperial propaganda to the next generation of Americans, like Pentagon propaganda campaigns designed to convince the public and potential recruits that our armed forces are "a global force for good." Most of my foreign policy writings since 2013 are on that website. Some others are on my personal foreign policy blog, which is listed in my blogs, farther down this page. For the years before 2013, check out the "articles" button on the left.
I left the congressional staff in 2009 to write a book explaining why both parties in Congress support an imperial foreign policy of domination in the formerly colonized countries, and how to attack the sources of that support. The book was published in October 2010 by Algora Publishing. Click on this link to see the cover, read a summary, find links to reviews, and even buy it: The Turkey and the Eagle: The Struggle for America's Global Role.
Here is an an excerpt from the Introduction, entitled The Real Issue.
FREE! Read my 1996 book on the anti-war movement: The Chimes of Freedom Flashing: A Personal History of the Vietnam Anti-war Movement and the 1960.
Read articles and reports I have written on: U.S. domination of developing countries, the arms trade, "climate change," the Vietnam War, foreign aid, Africa, landmines, and even mathematics.
Here is an appreciation for the life and work of Edie Wilkie, who was executive director of the Congressional Arms Control and Foreign Policy Caucus.
(February 2020) Here's a talk I just gave about why DC statehood is a bad idea and a worse strategy for gaining voting rights in Congress.
I also have separate blogs on three topics.
Here is my foreign policy blog: Empire is Evil. Most recent entry: Octobr 14, 2018: Let's Talk About not Talking: The Left's opposition to debate is dangerous -- especially for anti-imperialists.
Previous entries: September 17, 2018: Roiling our own Ethnic Debate, Trump and Carlson Miss the Mark on South Africa, August 23, 2018: One Cheer for the Google Rebellion Against Drone Assassination; Election season, 2016: Nil for Hill: Are Anti-imperialists Right to Risk a Trump Presdidency? January 29, 2014: Global Reach Starts with Community Outreach. April 3, 2013: The UN Arms Trade Treaty: An Agreement on Arms -- With No Teeth.
Here is my "education versus schooling" blog: Real Reform. After teaching at American University in the 2000's I got the brilliant idea that I might be good at helping younger students prepare for college. So I decided to "take my talents" to DC-area high schools.
That turned out to be a bad idea! I quickly learned the difference between education and schooling. In May 2015 I published a book on what I learned as a math teacher in the corrupt system of DC public and charter high schools, "Ain't Nobody Be Learnin' Nothin': The Fraud and the Fix for High-Poverty Schools."
In DC, and it turns out in high-poverty schools across the country, all students get passed even if their attendance, effort, and achievement are minimal, and all teachers and adminisrators get paid. I have continued to write about schooling on this blog, which also provides links to op-eds I've written on the topic.
Most recent entry: December 6, 2018: A Pot and Kettle Memoir: Obama Schools Chief Slams "Lies" About Poor Children's Progress.
Previous entries: March 5, 2018: Why I'd Make A Great Superintendent for DC Schools. June 29, 2016: A New Path for Segregated Schools. May 11, 2015: My new book on the fraud of "school reform" in high-poverty communities, and related articles. January 9, 2014: Jay Mathews' Book and the Mathematica Study: What Do We Know About the KIPP Charter Schools? December 4, 2013: Why I Resigned from a Charter High School.
And here is my "climate change" blog, We Love Electricity, which I started while teaching college statistics. To my surprise my students and I discovered that claims of certainty about fossil-fueled catastrophe are wildly exaggerated, and have disrupted Africa's drive to increase electricity.
NOTE: In 2019 and 2020 I served as executive director of the CO2 Coalition, a 45-member group of atmospheric scientists, geologists, statisticians, climatologists, agronomists, and economists who educate the public and media on the science of climate and the economics of energy. All of my literally non-stop writings, congressional testimony, and media interviews in those two years on the benefits of CO2 and on the incessant phony claims of CO2-induced climate catastrophe can be found on the group's website, here. Just type my name in the search engine.
Most recent entry: Hallowe'en 2018: The UN's Terrifying, but Ever-receding, Human-caused Climate Catastrophe.
Previous Entries: November 20, 2017: It's Kathleen Hartnett White, not Ed Markey,Who's Right on Climate Models, January 17, 2017: Trump and Interntional Energy Poverty: Five Steps. June 8, 2015: Certain Trade War over Uncertain Models -- a response to Professor William Nordhau, March 25, 2015: Living with Climate Orthodoxy on Campus: One Professor's Take, March 9, 2015: Are Climate Skeptics Like Doubters of Evolution? December 20, 2014: Some op-eds and articles opposing divestment from fossil fuel companies; and May 5, 2014: My op-ed in the Wall Street Journal: Sacrificing Africa for Climate Change: Western policies seem more interested in carbon dioxide levels than life expectancy, and reactions to it -- including my termination at a progressive think-tank.
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