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Quarterly Journal of The American Institute for Progressive Democracy: Issue #26

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Quarterly Journal of The American Institute for Progressive Democracy


October - December - Issue 26

A moments glimpse of the outer world. Said she was 10 years old. Been working over a year.

From the Editor

The Pictures:  Lewis Hine (1874-1940)
For each of the last several issues we have been publishing a picture.  The photographer was one of the founders of modern documentary photography, a man named Lewis Hine.  Hine’s pictures of children, forced to work in miserable conditions for little money, were instrumental in creating our child labor laws.  The photographs we use here are from the large collection of his work held by the Library of Congress.
For a good appreciation of Hine and the importance of his work see the wonderful book edited by Peter Dreier The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame.  Dreier includes Hine as one of those great Americans.
Myths of Israel’s Founding: Andy Winnick
Andy Winnick has written a major piece on the myths of Israel’s founding.  Those myths are so important in channeling ideas about the current impasse between Israel and the Palestinians in the direction of support of Israel, yet they are rarely examined in this country. 
We are pleased to publish here Winnick’s work before its publication elsewhere.
In This Issue
Once again, quite different topics are addressed in the essays published this month.  I do want to remind readers that the authors are not professional public writers about politics:  they are intelligent political amateurs.  I intend that remark to be an encouragement to the audience that they too probably have something worth saying if only they would make the effort.  Try your local paper – it is no doubt starved for interesting progressive letters. 

Notes On Contributors

Charles Bayer has been a pastor and theological professor in the United States and Australia. He and Wendy live at Pilgrim Place Claremont, CA.  He currently serves on two not-for-profit boards, writes a weekly widely circulated political column, and is a watercolor artist. He is also a former member of a Claremont City committee dealing with hate crimes and hate incidents.
Bob Gerecke (BG) retired from Los Angeles County service as Principal Welfare Fiscal Analyst. His last assignment had been as staff for 5 years to the Citizens' Economy and Efficiency Commission. Having been an active investor since the 1960's, after retirement he worked for 6 years in the financial industry as a stockbroker with an insurance license. He continues to monitor economic and investment issues, and they are the primary focus of his writing, although he occasionally strays into other topics, especially when the issue reflects a battle between "All for one, and one for all" vs. "Every man for himself". He was a political activist in the 1960's and has resumed his activism since his second retirement, including being a founding member of the Institute's Board.
Ivan Light is a Professor of Sociology (Emeritus) at UCLA and is a founding member of TAIPD.  An expert on immigrants to the U.S., he has recently completed a novel about the sinking of the Lusitania (Deadly Secret of the Lusitania) the British and American propaganda about which helped cause our entry into the disastrous World War I.
Susan McWilliams is an Associate Professor of Politics at Pomona College.
Merrill Ring has retired as a Professor of Philosophy from California State University, Fullerton – he is a member of The American Institute for Progressive Democracy board and the editor of Progressive Democracy.  He has edited the volume Pithy Progressive Polemics published in May.
Andy Winnick is President of TAIPD. He is professionally a political economist, teaching at California State University Los Angeles. He has taught or lectured at more that 20 universities in the U.S. and Europe, served on the research staffs of the President's Council of Economic Advisers and of the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank. 

The Impact of Israel’s Founding Myths on The Prospects for a Two-State Solution

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The Impact of Israel's Founding Myths on The Prospects for a Two-State Solution

by Andrew Winnick

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The Rich and Us (BG)

Our goal isn't to soak the rich but to stop them from soaking the rest of us.

The Pope on the Environment

By Charles Bayer
The Pope’s encyclical is about morality not simply climate change.  Contrary to Rick Santorum, morality is about much much more than sex.

Donald Trump on Latino Criminality

By Ivan Light
Are Immigrants Criminals?  The facts show that just is not so.

Donald Trump: Reality (TV) and Prophecy

By Susan McWilliams

The idea that an actor (someday even an actress) might rise to political power on the basis of their familiarity to an audience and their ease at being on a public stage and projecting a personality has been a fear of recent decades.  It has happened – and it is lurking once again.

Ban Private Schools

By Bob Gerecke
There are both strong moral and practical arguments

The Fetus as Person

By Merrill Ring (with Juan Matute)
The religious right cannot be swayed in their opposition to abortion by talking about a woman’s right to control her own body.  For that does not respond to the most important issue:  whether the fetus is a human being, a person

Mass Shootings

By Bob Gerecke
Given the amount of guns and ammunition already in the country, it will be impossible for future gun control regulation to lessen the number of mass shootings to a level anywhere near a liveable level.

The Common Good: Lessons in Liberty (Part V)

By Merrill Ring
Freedom is something we care for deeply  – but it is not the only thing of value to us.  People’s freedom can be restrained without denying that liberty is a major aim of our political lives.

Submission Guidelines

Having developed far enough to expand our ‘stable’ of writers to those not on the TAIPD board or connected thereto and so to ask others to submit appropriate material for publication here, it is important to develop and explain guidelines.

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