Problems of Democracy

Chester Grammar SchoolI went to school in Chester, Massachusetts. We had a traditional eight room, two floor grammar school, with the executive offices on a small third floor. When I started it housed grades 1-8. The high school was across U.S. Route 20.  Sometime before it was time to switch to high school, the eighth grade was moved across the street to the high school building in order to make room for a special class - kids with special needs - cerebral palsy,  down syndrome, what was later to be called learning disabilities, etc.  That class was the envy of all the rest of us, because they went on special field trips and got other, what we thought were, special activities and benefits. 

As a matter of fact, the whole school system in Chester was special.  We had long term professional teachers that really knew their stuff and were highly dedicated.  The academics were superior as evidenced by the fact that our students who transferred elsewhere often got to advance a class while students transferring in from other schools often had to drop back a class.  At least that's the talk I remember, especially from high school. In high school I had both English and (now called) "stem" classes from the same teachers that had taught my dad. Both were fantastic teachers.  Both served me extremely well when I got to college. (In college I won the top mathematics prize all four years.) One of our courses in high school was "Problems of Democracy". Half a century later I began to become seriously interested in the current "Problems of Democracy". For the first time in my life, I actively contributed money for Elizabeth Warren's campaign opposite Republican Scott Brown's reelection bid.

 

Table of Contents

Congress

Letter to Congress - sent to all members 1975


Constitution

The Bill of Rights of the Constitution of the United States 1789






Amendments  
An amendment to establish equality of representation. 2013
An amendment to balance checks between POTUS and SOTUS 2016




Politics

A proposal for a new political party the Commonwealth Party
2016
Politics and the Republican agenda 2003
Four Keys To Political Success and commentary 1977


Issues

Global Warming 1996
my United States of America: Energy Policy 1991


Law

Statement of Belief on nuclear weapons 1969
Why Ted Cruz is not eligible to be President
2016
   
 Ethics  
Thirteen Mistakes 1966
Leadership Paradoxes 1968
   
Stages of Moral Development by Lawrence Kohlberg 1971
Maslow's Need Levels 1954


Atheism teaches (believers see this)  
Atheists claim (believers see this)  
Doubt and Faith 2003
In the name of God (Jimmy Carter) 2002

my published articles
some of my philosophy writings
bibliography of my general semantics papers
Recommended Readings