"Intellectuals are in a position to expose the lies of governments, to analyze actions according to their causes and motives and often hidden intensions. In the Western world, at least, they have the power that comes from political liberty, from access to information and freedom of expression. For a privileged minority, Western democracy provides the leisure, the facilities, and the training to see the truth lying hidden behind the veil of distortion and misrepresentation, ideology and class interest, through which the events of current history are presented to us." -Chomsky (1967)
There's an ancient Chinese curse that says: "May you live in interesting times." If you follow the daily news, then you undoubtedly appreciate that we do indeed live in "interesting times" -- times when the very climate of our planet is changing in ways that are likely to prove catastrophic for life on Earth, ourselves included, and times when seemingly unending war and the hatred and political turmoil that fuel it are causing untold suffering. I've seen these changes during the course of my adult life and I've felt powerless to stop them. But although I may be, I can no longer remain silent. For that reason, I've added this page to my website. And with it comes a plea to please educate yourself on what's happening in the world. We are the generation that will live through more changes than all previous generations of our species combined -- a sobering thought if one considers that many or most of these changes will be for the worst. And as an American, I encourage my fellow citizens to learn more about the real history of our country and the real economic and political forces that have and continue to shape its domestic and foreign policy. A good place to start are the three books shown below. (You can learn more about them by clicking on the images.) The first, by Howard Zinn, provides a nice summary of real U.S. history; not the history that you might've learned in standard public education, but the history as lived and told by the poor and disenfranchised of our country. The second, by Noam Chomsky, provides well-documented case studies of the actual economic and political forces that are the drivers of U.S. domestic and foreign policy; current debates about such policies and how to change them remain meaningless when the two major political parties are both bought and owned by the same multinational corporations. And finally, the third book, by Chris Hedges, describes the failures of U.S. policies, and how those failures have over the last four decades eroded democracy and resulted in the rampant growth of poverty and other "diseases of despair" that most Americans are aware of but that many (I believe) have become desensitized to. (I say the latter based on my own recent experiences in the U.S., where after having been absent for a few years, I was shocked to see the homeless tent cities and other indicators of widespread poverty just a few miles from one of the most affluential communities in the U.S. -- Beverly Hills, CA). With all of this being said, please educate yourself because never in our history has so much been at stake!