Notes on Contributors


Charles Bayer (CB) 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.

Tad Beckman (TB) is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, Humanities, Social Sciences and the Arts at Harvey Mudd College. The article reprinted here comes from Tad Beckman’s Blog: current politics with some political philosophy (

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 (IL) is a Professor of Sociology (Emeritus) at UCLA and is a founding member of TAIPD. He is past President of the International Migration section of the American Sociological Association, a recipient of that group’s career achievement award, and the author of five books about immigration. He has recently published 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.

Merrill Ring (MR) 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 2015.